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Marinette Names Two Boys, Two Girls to NEC All Conference List
Issue Date: March 29, 2018
The Marinette girls basketball team had a tough year on the hardwood of the NEC but were recognized for their efforts with the election of two of their girls to the honorable mention list.
The two Marines were Mckenzie Bebo and Katelyn Kitzinger who both did their best to keep the Marine machine on the surface.
Bebo ended the season with 177 points on the season while averaging 9.3 a game. Kitzinger totaled 250 while averaging 11.4 a game.
"McKenzie Bebo is an athletic player who can heat up from the perimeter and caused some trouble for some of our opponents," said head coach Robert Smith. "Katelyn Kitzinger is an all around player with a motor that never quits. She led our team in scoring, assists, FG %, FT %, and despite being one of our shortest players and our point guard was 2nd on the team in total rebounds. As only a sophomore this season she competed against some of the states best players game in and game out. The program is looking forward to her leadership abilities this offseason in an effort to improve the competitiveness of the ladies of Marinette."
Two Marinette Marines made the North Eastern Conference boys basketball all-conference team, with three local players earning an honorable mention.
Junior Matt Wagner was one of four players to earn a unanimous selection to the NEC first team. After returning from injury, Wagner dominated on the offensive side of the floor, tying his season-high 25 in the team's regional loss to Notre Dame Academy.
"Matt really stepped up in the leadership department as far as coming to practice to get better every day and having a great attitude," Marines Coach Nick Semenas said. "He has really done a good job developing his game into more of an all-around scorer."
Jake Poetzl also earned a first-team spot. The senior forward hit the 1000-point mark this season, with his season-high total coming Jan. 25 in a five-point win over Denmark, when he scored 28 points.
"He has matured his game over time," Semenas said. "Everything in our offense usally runs through him, as he is our best facilitator. He's always a threat to score and dominated in the post more this year than he ever has."
Marines junior Jordan Wendt took home an honorable mention spot. He started the season hot, which included a 30-point outburst against Menominee on Dec. 21.
"He continued to develop his game as his perimeter game has gotten better," Semenas said. "He does a lot of things for us on the defensive end that don't get noticed or necessarily fill up the stat sheet."
Semenas added that despite a "a lot of good players" in the conference, he thought Wendt was deserving of a second-team spot.
Oconto Falls junior Joe Schoen and sophomore Mitch Manns were each honorable mention selections.
Manns scored 10.6 points per game on the season, while Schoen improved his scoring from 6.3 points per game last season to 11.3 in 2017-18.