Vikings' Hartwig named first-team all-Big Eight

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John Barry
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Julia Hartwig had a dominating season.

The Janesville Parker sophomore led the Big Eight Conference in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots.

For her efforts, Hartwig was among five players named to the all-Big Eight first team as voted by the league’s coaches this past weekend.

The 6-foot-2 Hartwig is joined by Verona’s Alex Luehring, Madison East’s Erin Howard, Bria Lemirande of Middleton and Jayda Jansen of Sun Prairie. Luehring, a UW-Green Bay recruit, is the player of the year.

Sun Prairie’s John Olson and East’s James Adams shared coach of the year honors.

Hartwig put up some gaudy numbers. She averaged 18.7 points per game, 13.7 rebounds and 2.5 blocks. She had at least 10 points and 10 rebounds in 18 of 23 games.

“There was just nobody to match up with her in our conference,” Craig coach Kerry Storbakken said of Hartwig. “Most of the time it didn’t even matter if you tried to double-team her. She was going to get her points and rebounds, regardless.”

Hartwig saved her best for the latter part of the season. She scored 24 points or more in five of Parker’s last six games, including 30 against conference co-champion Middleton.

“To lead our conference in those three categories is pretty special because there are so many good players,” said Parker coach Jennah Hartwig, Julia’s mother. “That’s impressive.”

Luehring had the highest conference scoring average at 19.6 points per game but missed four games due to injury. Hartwig finished the regular season with 411 points, while Luehring had 317.

Storbakken believes Luehring will thrive at Green Bay.

“She’s going to tear it up at Green Bay,” Storbakken said. “She has the prototype body for college at 6-3, can shoot the 3, handle the ball or go down low and post up.”

Craig senior Hannah Halverson was named third-team all-conference, while senior Ali Carlson received honorable mention.

Sun Prairie, East and Middleton are all still alive in the WIAA Division 1 tournament. Sun Prairie and East play each other, while Middleton faces top-seeded Mukwonago, in sectional semifinal play Thursday night. The winners meet at 1 p.m. Saturday at Craig High.



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