Area players earn AP All-State honorable mention
The players you know, the ones area teams always knew they could trust, have gained their place among the elite in Wisconsin high school boys basketball.
While the Associated Press All-State selections showcase Jeronne Maymon and Vander Blue of WIAA Division 1 state champion Madison Memorial on the first team, Big Eight scoring champion Jason Ziemer of Verona on the second and Madison East junior Marques Mason on the third, the immediate area’s prime players have received honorable mention.
That list of accomplished seniors includes Edgerton center Bryan Gregory, Elkhorn guard Eric Bryson, Milton forward Mason Walters, Monroe guard Mitch Tordoff, Lakeside Lutheran guard Nate Bauer and Madison Edgewood forward Derek Braucht.
It’s a repeat honor for Gregory, a two-time Player of the Year in the Rock Valley Conference. The 6-foot-4 standout has earned his latest recognition in AP member sports writers’ voting by averaging 21.4 points a game for the Crimson Tide’s 16-7 team, which gave the school 36 victories over the last two years.
With 486 points this season, Gregory became Edgerton’s all-time scoring leader. The UW-Stevens Point recruit finished with 1,490 points in a four-year varsity career, surpassing 1991 graduate Tim Achterberg’s 1,478 total.
Despite drawing major attention from everybody’s defense, Gregory scored at least 24 points 10 times, including 39, 34, and 33-point games. He also had 20 or more five other times.
“We asked him to do a lot of things, and he never let us down,’’ Edgerton coach Mark Wanless said. “He became our leader on and off the court.’’
On the court, the four-time All-Rock Valley selection was a picture of precision.
“He could catch the ball in traffic and had great body control to finish around the basket,’’ Wanless said. “The kids this year developed a knack for getting him the ball in a position where he could score consistently.’’
Walters also was a consistent force in Milton’s first Badger South season. After making the All-Southern Lakes first team as a junior, the Red Hawks’ 6-6 veteran duplicated that honor in the Badger by leading the conference and area scoring with a 23.6 average that included 17 games between 20 and 28 points.
“As tough and as physical as the Badger Conference was, especially in rebounding, Mason almost averaged a double-double,’’ retiring Milton coach Brian Hammil said. “He had two or three guys on him all the time, but he still was consistent the whole season.
“He’s not a real vocal kid, but he was very focused this season and became a real team leader. I think the big thing was how he matured, both as a person and a player.’’
Hammil also saw similarities between Walters and Gregory, especially when they scored 21 and 19 points, respectively, the night Crimson Tide edged Milton, 47-44.
“I think their on-court personality is similar,’’ Hammil said. “They don’t let the last play affect the next, and I think that’s what’s made them good players.’’
Meanwhile, Bryson did a lot of good things for Elkhorn’s Southern Lakes champions, who were 20-3, ranked ninth in the AP Division 1 state poll and took Beloit Memorial to double overtime in the WIAA sectional finals before falling, 66-62.
“He did everything for us,’’ Elkhorn coach John Handel said of the 6-2 standout, who repeated as an All-Southern Lakes first-team selection and became conference Player of the Year. “He’s one of the best defensive players I’ve ever coached, and he led us in scoring (16.5 ppg) and assists.’’
But it was Bryson’s not-stop effort that may have impressed Handel the most.
“The guy’s motor never stops, in a game or in practice,’’ the coach said. “I never saw him take a play off.’’
People may think they never saw Tordoff miss a shot, particularly in a postseason surge that sparked Monroe to second place in the Division 2 state tournament. He made nine of 10 shots in a regional final against Edgerton, all 14 of his free throws in a sectional semifinal against Wisconsin Dells, 15 of 17 free throws in the state semifinals against Appleton Xavier, then finished with eight three-point goals and 33 points in the title game against Wisconsin Lutheran.
“I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a kid get a shot off so quickly with so much accuracy,’’ Hammil said of Tordoff, who finished with 83 three-point goals and a 19.6 scoring average.
Bauer showed similar prowess, including a game in which made all 19 free throws, while sparking Lakeside’s Capitol North champions to 19-4 season. He had a 19.6 scoring average, and the 6-6 Braucht had a 19.3 average in leading Edgewood to a tie with Monroe for the Badger South championship.
Jeronne Maymon, Madison Memorial 6-7 Sr.
Jamil Wilson, Racine Horlick 6-7 Sr.
Vander Blue, Madison Memorial 6-4 Jr.
Antone Byrd, Milw. Washington 6-3 Sr.
Ben Averkamp, Germantown 6-8 Sr.
Flavien Davis, Wis. Lutheran 6-4 Jr.
Kameron Cerroni, Sussex Hamilton 6-1 Jr.
Nolan Free, Sheboygan North 6-1 Sr.
Jason Ziemer, Verona 6-4 Sr.
Danny McKeown, Milw. North 5-10 Sr.
Jimmy Whitehead, La Crosse Aquinas 6-1 Sr.
Steve Tecker Northwestern 6-5 Jr.
Jimmy Sherburne, Whitefish Bay 6-2 Sr.
Jake Thomas, Racine St. Catherine’s 6-3 Sr.
Marquis Mason, Madison East, 6-4 Jr.
Jake Hottenstine, Bay Port 6-3 Sr.
Josh Gasser, Port Washington 6-4 Jr.
Derek Semenas, Laconia 6-4 Sr.
Garrett Maloney, Milw. Marquette 6-5 Sr.
Tyler Brown, Eau Claire North 6-7 Sr.
Player of the Year—Jeronne Maymon, Madison Memorial.
Coach of the Year—Jim Blaine, Benton.
Eric Bryson, Elkhorn, sr.; Bryan Gregory, Edgerton, sr.; Mason Walters, Milton, sr.; Mitch Tordoff, Monroe, sr.; Derek Braucht, Madison Edgewood, sr.; Chris Siebert, Baraboo, sr.; Mike Boebel, Marshall, sr.; Evan Richard, Cuba City, jr.; Jade Royston, Wisconsin Dells, sr.; Alex Erickson, Darlington, soph.; Kyle Kelm, Randolph, jr.; Nate Bauer, Lakeside Lutheran, sr.; Quevyn Winters, Milwaukee Washington, soph.; Eric Williams, Wauwatosa East, sr.; Ed Reed, Milwaukee King. sr..
Elgin Cook, Milwaukee Hamilton, soph.; Bryan Stave, Whitnall, sr.; Reginald Hearn, Milwaukee Marshall, sr.; Chip Rank, Cedarburg, jr.; Des Smith, Watertown, sr.; T.J. Bray, Waukesha Memorial, jr.; Javar Lawson, Racine St. Catherine's, sr.; Antwon Oliver, Racine Horlick, sr.; Ben Mills, Hartland Arrowhead, jr.; Jerrell Harris, Whitefish Bay Dominican, sr.; Jordan Giordana, Kaukauna, sr.; Marcus Ruh, Bay Por, sr.; Andy Popp, Brillion, sr.; Branden Tachick, Bay Port, sr.; Trevor Hass, New London, sr.; Pat Alexander, Hillsboro, sr.; Trevor Jorgenson, La Crosse Logan, soph.; Jack Taylor, Black River Falls, sr..
Jordan Reetz, Fall Creek, jr.; Alex Culy, Rice Lake, sr.; Brennan Olson, Luck, sr.; Alex Erdmann, Wisconsin Rapids Assumption, sr.; Clayton Heuer, Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln, sr.; Josh Veldhuizen, Wausau East, sr.; Jordan Mach, Antigo, jr.; Austin Armga, Waupun, jr.; Tank Johnson, Oshkosh North, sr.; Taylor Koth, Kettle Moraine Lutheran, sr.;Tyler Tillema, Randolph, sr.; Nathan Zastrow, Manitowoc, sr.