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Mauermann named first-team all-state

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JOHN N. BARRY
March 10, 2009
— Ross Mauermann’s illustrious high school hockey career didn’t end with a state title, but it did end with another major postseason honor.

The Janesville Parker High School senior has been named to the Wisconsin High School Coaches’ Association first-team for the second straight year. It honors a season in which Mauermann led Janesville’s high school co-op team to a 17-6 record and a berth in the WIAA sectional title game, where the Bluebirds lost 3-0 to Stoughton.


Mauermann, the two-time Player of the Year in the Big Eight Conference, finished this season with 31 goals and 26 assists. He had 19 goals and 29 assists a year ago.


Bluebird coach John Mauermann, Ross’ father, said his son didn’t rest on his laurels.


“Ross continued to work hard and just improved from year to year,” coach Mauermann said. “I didn’t have to push him. He knew what it would take to get better and have a chance to play at the next level.


“I coached, and he played, and when we got home, we didn’t talk about hockey or the games very much.”


Ross played on Team Wisconsin last fall, and he hopes to play junior hockey next fall, possibly on the East Coast.


“Playing on Team Wisconsin really helped Ross during our (high school) season,” coach Mauermann said. “When you skate with so many good players (on Team Wisconsin), it tends to slow the high school game down a little bit.”


However, like Ross, Janesville’s Derek Mussey maintained a fast pace at the high school level and has received all-state honorable mention. Mussey, a Janesville Craig senior, scored 11 goals and added 20 assists as the team’s top defenseman.


Coach Mauermann said Mussey’s biggest strength was his ability to see the ice.


“Your best defensemen are your best passers, and Derek moved the puck up the ice as well as any defenseman I’ve had,” Mauermann said. “He sees the ice very well.


“Like a lot of good players, Derek became an even better hockey player as he got bigger and stronger. He put a lot of time into improving his game, and that included playing with the Spooner Mustangs in the off season.”


Madison Edgewood’s Cody Strang has been named Mr. Hockey in Wisconsin. The senior and University of Wisconsin recruit finished with 39 goals and 37 assists in leading the Crusaders into the sectional finals. Ross Mauermann was one of eight finalists for the award.


Coaches’


All-State


FIRST TEAM


Defensemen—Sam Frank, Kettle Moraine, sr.; Aaron Harstad, Stevens Point, jr.; Michael Wolter, Antigo, sr.; Cody Hans, Oregon, sr.; Travis Litvinoff, Lakeland, sr.; Shane McLaughlin, Eau Claire Memorial, jr.; Casey Holmes, Fond du Lac, sr.; Luke Jenkins, River Falls, sr.


Forwards—Cody Strang, Madison Edgewood, sr.; Jordan Tredinnick, Onalaska, sr.; Tommy Westmark, Appleton, sr.; Matt Pappe, Appleton, jr.; Pat Dalbec, Superior, sr.; Ross Anderson, River Falls, sr.; Nick Van Vonderen, Hayward, sr.; Wes Wauters, Ashwaubenon, sr.; Ross Mauermann, Janesville, sr.; Ethan Nauman, Mosinee, sr.; Kolton Jones, Monona Grove, sr.; Brian Berger, Hartland Arrowhead, jr.


Goaltenders—Andrew Martin, Stoughton, sr.; Nick Krohn, Hartland Arrowhead, sr.; David Eland, Ashwaubenon, sr.; Brandon Gwidt, Lakeland, sr


HONORABLE MENTION


Defensemen—Josh Jerron, Hudson, sr.; Nolan Kirley, Hayward, jr.; Derek Mussey, Janesville, sr.; Chris Bishop, Superior, jr.; Dustin Klitzke, Appleton, jr.; Tyler Henke, Rhinelander, sr.; Greg Steiner, Ashwaubenon, sr.; Brian Kemp, Fond du Lac, jr.; Evan Weber, Northland Pines, sr.; Derek Knetter, Wausau West, jr.; Tyler Roberg, Rice Lake, sr.; John Winnegar, Rice Lake, sr.; David Harlander, Webster, sr.; Zach Downing, Reedsburg, sr.


Forwards—Mac McCormick, Green Bay Notre Dame, jr.; Mark Gruber, Stevens Point, sr.; Parker Tomczyk, Mosinee, sr.; Seth Johnson, Lakeland, sr.; Brad Navin, Waupaca, soph.; Connor McBride, Hartland Arrowhead, sr.; Derek Dillon, Eau Claire North, sr.; Derick Lund, Eau Claire North, sr.; David Clark, Hartland Arrowhead, sr.; Mike Pankowski, Wauwatosa, sr.


Mike Mosso, Sun Prairie, sr.; Russell Blaser, Monona Grove, jr.; Cody Johnson, Hudson, sr.; Zach Lemke, Park Falls, soph.; T. Christensen, Antigo, sr.; Colin Fritz, Milwaukee University School, sr.; Devin Stuermer, Waukesha Memorial, sr.; Rob Dorrance, Rice Lake, sr.; Tanner Tryggerstad, Amery, jr.; Jordan Guth, Onalaska, sr.; Thomas Wettstein, Fox Cities, jr.; Cody Novinska, Rice Lake, fr. Taylor Leuthner, Superior, sr.; Taylor Zarfos, Hudson, sr.


Goaltenders—Tanner Cernick, Rice Lake, sr.; Tony Kujava, Green Bay Notre Dame, jr.; Aarin MxLaughlin, Eau Claire Memorial, jr.; Mark Lambrecht, Schofield Everest, jr.; Mitch Szepi, Greendale, sr.; Austin Schmid, Verona, jr.


Player of the Year (Mr. Hockey)—Cody Strang, Madison Edgewood.


Coach of the Year—Ryan Sarazin, Fond du Lac.



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