Clinton Township Chippewa Valley coach Jackie Maurer is pictured with players from her team during a recent game against Warren Fitzgerald. . Maurer said winning a division title would be “huge” for the program.

Clinton Township Chippewa Valley coach Jackie Maurer is pictured with players from her team during a recent game against Warren Fitzgerald. . Maurer said winning a division title would be “huge” for the program.

Photo by Deb Jacques


Chippewa girls hoops looking for a run in the MAC Blue

By: Mark Vest | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published January 15, 2019

 Senior Brisa Vidal advances the ball against Warren Fitzgerald. At press time, the Big Reds were 1-1 in the MAC Blue Division.

Senior Brisa Vidal advances the ball against Warren Fitzgerald. At press time, the Big Reds were 1-1 in the MAC Blue Division.

Photo by Deb Jacques

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Clinton Township Chippewa Valley girls basketball coach Jackie Maurer is in her 10th season leading the program.

During her tenure, the program has enjoyed some success, including winning a district title in 2012 and finishing in the top three of the Macomb Area Conference Blue Division in each of the past two seasons.

But a division championship is something that has eluded Chippewa in recent seasons, and it is something Maurer wants for the program.

“I think it would be huge for our program,” she said. “It would be something that I haven’t been able to do as a coach yet.”

Another goal this season is to make a run in the postseason when district play begins.

At press time, the Big Reds were 3-5 overall and 1-2 in the MAC Blue Division.

Over the past two seasons, the team to beat in the division has been St. Clair Shores Lakeview, as the Huskies have won back-to-back division titles and were 19-1 during that span.

Although the Huskies were off to a 2-0 start in the division, Maurer feels that a title is there for the taking.

“The league really is up in the air. I think it really could be anybody’s league,” she said. “It just depends on how teams match up and how well they battle each other on any given night.”

As for where her team is at in the process, Maurer would like to see some improvement.

“I don’t think we’ve met our potential yet,” she said prior to a game against Warren Fitzgerald Jan. 8. “I think we still have some work to do; some areas to focus on, some things to improve on. But I would say we do some good things at times, and then there are some times where we’ve got (to) re-adjust.”

A few of the players who can help Chippewa reach its potential are senior captains Marisa Vermiglio, Aubrey Vitale and Abby Wochaski.

They are part of a diverse squad Maurer has to work with this season.

“I think, in some ways, we’re experienced,” she said. “We have some returners coming back. And then in other ways, we’re inexperienced. Some of our new players to the team are still learning what varsity basketball is, and the level of play. Little bit different than a freshman or a JV level. But I think we’re still kind of getting our team chemistry together.”

This season’s squad could be part of a process of helping Maurer reach her long-term aspiration for the program.

“Ideally, we’d like to move up divisions if we could,” she said. “My first year we were in the Red. … I think, for the most part, we just need to keep working to (get) our goals for the season, and then just keep pushing to move up.”

Up next, Chippewa plays Fraser High at 7 p.m. Jan. 17 at home.