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The top two teams in the FVA and WSN Coaches Poll meet in their first of two regular-season games on Friday. Each team has one non-conference loss, Hortonville fell to D2 No. 2 Notre Dame, 67-64, while Appleton East's lone loss was against undefeated Hopkins, Minn., 91-59, ranked No. 1 in Class 4A. The Patriots defeated Notre Dame, 63-45, back in November which is the Tritons' only loss of the season. Hortonville gets a team-high 18.1 points per game from freshman Rainey Welson. Seniors Kamy Peppler (UW-Milwaukee signee) and Lyric Johnson (Eastern Illinois signee) average 15.1 and 13 points per game, respectively, for coach Celeste Ratka and the Polar Bears. Appleton East is led by senior Emily LaChapell, a Marquette signee, who averages 19.1 points per game. Junior Sammi Beyer scores 13.9 points per game and senior Lily Hansford (Oregon State signee) nets 12.3 points per contest for coach Joe LaChapell and the Patriots.
Grafton and Sligner each enter the game one-game back of Cedarburg and Homestead atop the North Shore standings. Grafton's loss was against D2 No. 8 Cedarburg and Slinger's lone league loss was to D1 No. 10 Homestead. Slinger's other loss was against D1 No. 5 Brookfield East. Sophomore Sarah Aleknavicius leads Grafton with 13.1 points per game. Other top players for coach Matt D'Amato and the Black Hawks include sophomore Savannah James and senior Ashley Weir who each average 12 points per game. Slinger is led by junior Mallory Hoitink who averages 16.1 points per game. Joining her as double-digit scorers for coach Tony Dobson and the Owls are seniors Kacey Ott and Callie Ziebell who contribute 13.1 and 11.1 points per game, respectively.
The Flyway teams have each played three league games so far this season; Mayville is 2-1 while Winnebago Lutheran is 1-2. Mayville gets a team-high 22.1 points per game from junior Adison Mittelstadt. Other top scorers for coach Zach Jahns and the Cardinals are senior Braedon Vollmer (14 ppg) and junior Bradley Bushke (13.7 ppg). Winnebago Lutheran is led by senior Ethan Cole who averages 26 points per game. Senior Aidan Bahr and sophomore Sam Loehr tally 14 and 10.1 points per game, respectively, for coach Marty Nell and the Vikings.
The Badger East teams meet for the first time this season. Sophomore Ty Fernholz leads Stoughton with 21.4 points per game. Other top scorers for coach Nolan Weber and the Vikings include senior Luke Fernholz and sophomore Sawyer Schipper who average 14.1 and 13.6 points per game, respectively. Monona Grove is led by senior Jordan Hibner who averages 23.5 points per game. Sophomore Isaiah Erb chips in just over six points per game for coach Dan Zweifel and the Silver Eagles.
Fox Valley Lutheran is currently unbeaten and atop the North Eastern standings while Little Chute is 1-3 so far in league play. Leading the way for Fox Valley Lutheran is senior Josiah Butler who averages 27.9 points per game. Other top players for coach Jay Wendland and the Foxes include senior Drew Mears and junior Issac Knoll who contribute 12.3 and 10.6 points per game, respectively. Little Chute's squad is highlighted by Kade Van Asten who scores 16.5 points per game. Joining him as top players for coach Jake Van Roy and the Mustangs are juniors Hunter Thiel (11.3 ppg) and Drew Joten (8 ppg).