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Peshtigo’s Sydney Lund is swarmed by multiple NEW Lutheran defenders before still finding a way to the basket during their game in Peshtigo. Lund was named to the Packerland All-Conference First Team.
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Peshtigo’s Sydney Lund is swarmed by multiple NEW Lutheran defenders before still finding a way to the basket during their game in Peshtigo. Lund was named to the Packerland All-Conference First Team.

PESHTIGO — The Peshtigo and Oconto girls basketball teams each placed a pair o players on the Packerland All-Conference team. Sydney Lund and Grace Wickman represented the Bulldogs while Jenna Hornblad and Aubree Bucheger represented the Blue Devils.

Lund and Hornblad were first team selections while Wickman and Bucheger were honorable mention picks.

Lund turned in a magical season and was the lone sophomore among six players selected to the first team.

“Sydney is really a remarkable story,” Peshtigo coach Bruce Parkovich said. “She played JV last year as a freshman and really made a jump over the summer working hard at her game and deserved to be first team All-Conference this season.”

Lund led the Bulldogs in scoring at 10.3 points per game while grabbing 7.5 rebounds, handing out 2.2 assists, and nabbing 3.2 steals. She also shot over 46% from the field.

With such a young player, Parkovich didn’t know what he had when the season began.

“We had a lot of question marks when we started,” he said. “Sydney didn’t start the first three games, but I found that I couldn’t keep her out of the lineup. She is one of the hardest working people I have had a chance to coach. She has a great work ethic on defense and offense. She was our most improved player and our most valuable player. I know she’s going to continue to work at her game, and I really expect big things.”

Lund’s performance helped a very young Peshtigo team to an unexpected 3rd-place finish in the Packerland standings. The Bulldogs went 12-11 overall and 10-6 in the PC.

Being so young, the Bulldogs were picked to finish much lower. “We got a lot out of our girls,” Parkovich said. “I’m hoping it will carry over to next year. We started well and slid a little late, but the slide was really due to some poor shooting. We were steady throughout, but just didn’t make enough shots to win late in the year, but that’s something that will improve as these young players progress.”

Wickman, a junior, provided solid support for Lund, averaging 7.5 points per game and pouring in a season-high 24 against Southern Door.

“Grace was our second leading scorer and just missed making second team,” Parkovich said. “She improved over the summer as well after starting last year. That 24-point game really showed the promise she has going forward. I know she will be a fine asset to the team next year.”

2020 Packerland Girls Basketball All-Conference Team

Player, School, Year

First team

Jenna Hornblad, Oconto, Sr.

Zoe Rose Kuehn, Sevastopol, Jr.

Sydney Lund, Peshtigo, So.

Nicole Norton, Southern Door, Jr.

Abbigael Sitte, Gibraltar, Sr.

Mackenzie Tlachac, Kewaunee, Sr.

Second team

Sarah Bridenhagen, Sturgeon Bay, Sr.

Clair Kohnle, Kewaunee, Jr.

Sage Krause, Gibraltar, Jr.

Katie Metzler, Kwaunee, Sr.

Lydia Nelson, NEW Lutheran, Sr.

Ashley Pawlitzky, Kewaunee, Sr.

Honorable Mention

Jackie Atkins, Southern Door, Sr.

Aubree Bucheger, Oconto, Sr.

Kendra Dantoin, Southern Door, Sr.

Hailey Gaedtke, Kewaunee, Sr.

Natalee Jandrin, Southern Door, Jr.

Chloe LaCrosse, Southern Door, So.

Greta Meleen, Sturgeon Bay, Sr.

Morgan Reinhardt, Sturgeon Bay, Jr.

Beiley Rikkola, Sevastopol, Fr.

Bailey Scholz, NEW Lutheran, Jr.

Chloie Spitzer, Algoma, Sr.

Emersn Wallace, Algoma, Sr.

Grace Wickman, Peshtigo, Jr.

Sydney Zimmerman, Algoma, Sr.

Player of the Year

Mackenzie Tlachac, Kewaunee, Sr.