Manistique girls young, but ready

2018-19 Prep Basketball Season Preview

Manistique’s Sydny Peterson tries to drive to the basket as Westwood’s Ellie Miller defends, while teammate Madison Kraatz tries to get open during a game on December 14, 2017 at Westwood. (Journal photo by Corey Kelly)

Manistique girls

2018-19 schedule

All times Eastern

Monday — at Newberry, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 5 — Rudyard, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 11 — at Engadine, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 13 — Westwood, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 17 — at Gwinn., 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 4 — at Negaunee, 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 5 — at Big Bay DN, 4:30 p.m.

Jan. 7 — Engadine, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 11 — Gladstone, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 15 — Munising, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 18 — at Ishpeming. 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 24 — at Gladstone, 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 28 — Gwinn, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 31 — at Iron Mount., 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 8 — at Westwood, 7:15 p.m.

Feb. 11 — Iron Mountain, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 19 — Ishpeming, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 22 — Big Bay DN., 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 26 — at Munising, 7:15 p.m.

Feb. 28 — Negaunee, 7:30 p.m.

By MARK JOHNSON

Escanaba Daily Press

MANISTIQUE – The 2018-2019 Manistique girls’ basketball team will be a young group with six sophomores on the nine-player varsity roster.

The three upper-class players (seniors Joslyn Muth and Sydny Peterson and junior Emilee McDaniel) will be key team leaders according to fourth-year coach Dave Winkel.

“We are very, very young,” said Winkel. “I feel bringing up that many sophomores it helps knowing the three upper-class will be good for our younger players.

“They help teach, coach and are vocal. They are three really good leaders. They are good role models and they play really hard.”

Muth (5-6) is the most experienced in her third year as a starter. Winkel looks for big things from his top senior.

“Joslyn plays harder than any player I’ve coached in my four years. She has a great approach to the game and can do a little bit of everything. She plays with intensity and is athletic and leads by example,” said Winkel.

“A team leader on and off the floor. She will play all over for us, point guard and wing.”

The Emeralds’ other senior, Peterson (5-2) is a versatile player who will play back up point guard and also on the wing.

“Sydny is a solid player and an all-around player for us. She got a lot of playing time last year as a junior and first year on the varsity,” he said.

McDaniel (5-11) is a third-year varsity player and will play the opponent’s tallest inside players.

Winkel says McDaniel’s improvements started last year and will continue into the current season.

“The last five games of the season, the light bulb turned on for Emilee and she played very well for us,” said Winkel.