Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

March 18, 2014

Effingham's Zerrusen, Kaufman, Michael make All-Apollo

Ryan Czachorski
Effingham Daily News

EFFINGHAM — Coming off a 28-4 season and an Apollo Conference championship, it was no surprise that 30 percent of the All-Apollo girls basketball team was made of Effingham Lady Hearts.

Effingham was represented by seniors Josie Zerrusen and Caitlin Kaufman, and junior Janzten Michael, their three leading scorers on the season, as part of the 10-person All-Apollo squad.

Zerrusen was the top vote-getter in the conference, averaging 14.4 points per game, while also pulling down seven rebounds, dishing out four assists and grabbing two steals per game.

She also scored her 1,000th point of her career late in her senior season. It was Zerrusen's second time being named All-Apollo, according to coach Jeff Schafer.

Kaufman was named for the third time, in a year where she set a school record for 3-pointers in a season, canning 71 on the year. Last year, she fell one short of the school record (58) with 57, blowing by the mark this year.

She also averaged about 4.5 rebounds per game.

Michael stepped into a new role this year, after serving as Kelli Utz's backup in 2012-13. At the point, she made her mark, earning a spot on the All-Apollo team for the first time.

She scored about eight points and dished out 3.5 assists per game, upping her scoring as the season went on.

The rest of the team consisted of Charleston's Morgan Sherwood, Salem's Dearria Watson and Kyla Cook, Mt. Zion's Brittany Marquardt and Shannon Propst, Paris' Madelyn Brouwer and Mattoon's Kaitlyn Bath. Effingham's three players were tops of any of the six schools.