Melrose, Wisc. (WXOW)- It is the first day of high school girls basketball in Wisconsin, and the Melrose-Mindoro team is embarking on what they hope is their third year to the state tournament. The Mustangs are coming off their second consecutive state runner-up season.
Mel-Min returns three of their starters in Mesa Byom, Calette Lockington, and Emily Herzberg. All three seniors grew up playing the game of basketball together and will take their talents to the next level next year. But right now, the focus is on one last last season together.
“It’s just cool,” Herzberg said. “We all have the same mindset of we’ve got to get ready for next year, and we’re going to use this year to just to get better. We’ve set the goals so much higher for this program, and just to be able to do that the last two years and get the rest of the young girls excited for that is awesome.”
“Us three have grown up together,” Lockington said. “We’ve made a lot of basketball memories and just grown off each other. I think that it’s great to see all of us moving to the next level. We’ve all pushed each other to make it to that level.”
The Mustangs have seven seniors on the team, but experience will still be the challenge. Mel-Min lost two of their top scorers in Katie Christopherson and Erika Simmons to graduation. Therefore, there is plenty of opportunity for new players to step up.
“These girls really want to put a print on the Mustang program, and you know we’re excited for just a new beginning,” Head Coach Joey Arneson said. “We had a great year last year, and we want to see what we can do with a new group of girls.”
“I’m really excited to see how we can do, how we adapt, and excited to see some new faces on the court,” Byom said. “Our game is going to completely change, so I’m just excited to see how that goes.”
“I think the girls that we have are willing to step up into the position, and they’re going to do fine once they get rolling,” Herzberg said.
Herzberg and Byom committed to South Dakota State and Lockington committed to Vitbero to continue their academic and basketball careers.
Melrose-Mindoro will play at G-E-T on November 22nd to start their season.