The summer after senior year of high school is a time for reflecting on the past four years and, for many, looking ahead to the next step.
Janesville Craig High grad Adam Anhold mixed the two quite well this past weekend.
As a member of the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Classic’s Division 1 South team, Anhold got to play against Big Eight Conference foes Chris Knight, Storm Murphy and Tyree Eady once more. And he also got a chance to meet his future Bemidji State college roommate, Oak Creek grad Drew Yetka.
“I had a really good time,” Anhold said of the event in Wisconsin Dells. “All of the guys were really cool, and the coaches were great. There were a lot of really good basketball players up there.”
Eady, Knight and Murphy combined to score 54 points as the North beat the South in the D1 game, 109-95.
Anhold made two 3-pointers on the way to scoring 10 points, and he added seven rebounds for the South.
“Right away it was Storm, Tyree and Chris all on the floor,” Anhold said. “We were out there with a bunch of kids we had never met before. But it was pretty cool because a lot of the Big Eight was there.”
Yetka, who Anhold met for the first time, had six points for the North.
Anhold hopes it was the first of many minutes they see together on the court as they head to Bemidji.
For now, Anhold is working out in town, looking to improve his speed and strength as he prepares for Division II college basketball. After a few more grad parties and reminiscing with his Craig teammates, he’ll leave for college in August.
“We’ve talked a lot about how we should have been a little bit better, but we had a pretty good final year and we’re going to miss playing together. We’d been playing together since sixth grade,” Anhold said of his time with the Cougars. “It should be a fun time (at Bemidji). Hopefully I can get a few minutes my freshman year, play a decent amount.”
Fruin leads other area players
Beloit Turner grad Alec Fruin led a handful of other area players at the All-Star Classic.
Fruin made five 3-pointers on the way 20 points to help lead the D3 South team to a 111-87 victory over the North. Evansville grad Brennen Banks had seven assists and five points for the South team.
Elkhorn grad Alex Easterday scored 10 points for the D2 South team, which lost 107-96.
The girls All-Star games were played Friday night.
Whitewater teammates Myriama Smith-Traore and Rebekah Schumacher joined forces with Edgerton grad Kellan Schmidt as part of the D3 South team in the Dells.
Smith-Traore, who will play at Marquette, had 10 points, 10 rebounds and four assists for the South team that lost 70-66. Schumacher finished with eight points, while Schmidt grabbed six rebounds.
Players, coaches part of softball All-Star games
Area softball seniors—and some of their coaches—were busy playing All-Star games last Monday and Tuesday.
Janesville Craig pitcher Jenna Brandt and infielder Hannah Halverson were part of a Division 1 Blue team coached by Cougars head coach Dan Bayreuther.
Evansville’s Annika Lehman and Kelsee Cashore joined Edgerton’s Schmidt as part of the Division 2/3 Black team.
And Delavan-Darien slugger Morgyn DeLara played for a Division 2/3 Blue team that was coached by Delavan-Darien’s Hank Johnson.
Still to come
The Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Classic takes place this Friday and Saturday in Oshkosh, and four players will represent the area as part of the South team.
Janesville Craig pitcher/infielder Evan Spry and infielder/outfielder Austin Kraus will be joined by a couple area catchers—Beloit Turner’s Ethan Burns and Milton’s Chase Davis.
The state’s all-star football event takes place in mid-July. The Gazette will have more information on that in the coming weeks.