When she first took the court to play in the Green Bay women's basketball summer pick-up games, Mehryn Kraker thought she had made a mistake. She thought maybe she wasn't cut out for this.
These people were out of their minds.
Five years later, the espnW mid-major player of the year is the embodiment of a particular brand of obsession that has produced at least a share of 19 consecutive conference titles.
The summer games in Green Bay are the stuff of legend, at least in that part of the women's basketball world that covers the northeast corner of Wisconsin. It's not just that games end only after the player who scored the winning basket must confirm it by then hitting free throws. Miss and the game continues. You see that here and there. It's the way games come to sudden halts. With no coaches in the gym, players take it on themselves to stop and correct mistakes. Older players coach newcomers, and they spare no feelings. You do things the Green Bay way.