Girls Basketball: Gresham’s Cerveny makes CWC-North first team

Bowler’s Pecore also lands on first team
Morgan Rode
Sports Editor

GRESHAM — Gresham Community High School junior Valarie Cerveny was the lone girls basketball player to unanimously be named to the Central Wisconsin Conference-North Division first team.

Cerveny averaged 13.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 assists per CWC-North contest.

“To me, it’s just a great honor to make the first team,” Cerveny said. “I’m just so grateful for the opportunity to play basketball, and I’m hoping to improve and set higher goals for myself and for my team in the future years.”

Despite being the only unanimous pick to the first team, it was Northland Lutheran’s Brooke Neumann and Manawa’s Kaitlyn Miller who were named co-players of the year in the conference.

Gresham junior Makayla Belongia and sophomore Hannah Cerveny each made the second team.

Belongia finished the conference season with averages of 10.7 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.7 steals and 3.3 assists.

Cerveny averaged 12.9 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.9 steals and 2.2 assists in CWC-North play.

Gresham finished the conference season with a 6-4 mark.


Bowler posted a 3-7 record in conference play and had three girls make an all-conference team.

Kayla Pecore led the Panthers on the court and made the all-conference first team for her efforts.

Pecore averaged 18 points, 11.9 rebounds, 2.8 steals and 2.4 assists.

“It means a lot to me and shows some physical remembrance for me that my hard work paid off,” said Pecore.

Bowler’s other two all-conference selections, seniors Brooke Thiex and Alyssa Strassburg, were honorable mentions.

Thiex finished with averages of 8.3 points, 8.9 rebounds, 3.2 steals and 2.7 assists per conference game.

Strassburg averaged 7.6 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.4 steals per game.


Tigerton also earned three conference wins and had three players recognized with conference honors.

Junior Savannah Swartz was the highest finisher, making the second team after averaging 9.1 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.2 steals per CWC-North game.

“Making second team all-conference is really exciting,” said Swartz. “We had a rough season with losing a bunch of girls and a coach (both of which left the team) during the season, and we really had to come together as a team and reconstruct ourselves. This year was all about learning and to know some of us, myself included, were recognized as being successful is very exciting to me.”

Tigerton senior Colleen Smith and junior Adrienne Brady both were honorable mentions.

Brady finished the conference season with averages of 9 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.4 steals and 2.3 assists.

Smith averaged 3.8 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.


Marion was unable to secure a CWC-North win, but it did have a player recognized on an all-conference team.

Senior Kyla Zillmer received an honorable mention and averaged 5.5 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3 steals per conference game.