Ognacevic, Widder make all-state

by Dave Boehler
Beacon Sports Editor

To no surprise, Sheboygan Lutheran junior Jacob Ognacevic was named to the WBCA Division 5 All-State basketball team.

Ognacevic, who recently received an offer to play at UW-Milwaukee, finished with a scoring average of 30.2 points per game.

He also grabbed 15.7 rebounds per contest en route to being named co-player of the year in the Big East Conference.

“He’s very agile and a slippery guy,” McDonell senior Cory Hoglund told after his team lost to Lutheran in the state semifinals. “He was challenging.”

Marshfield Columbus Catholic coach Joe Konieczny agreed after watching Ognacevic end with 35 points and 19 rebounds in the final.

“(We) did an unsuccessful job of boxing out the big fella,” Konieczny said. “He had 35 and he was actually somebody we were trying to key on. We tried to jump with him too many times and really weren’t physical as far as boxing him out.”


Widder also rewarded

The WBCA selected North senior Brent Widder to its Division 1 team a few days after he was named the player of the year in the Fox River Classic Conference.

Widder averaged 24 points, seven rebounds and three assists per game and played shooting guard, forward and could also bring up the ball.

He was selected to the league’s all-defensive team, too, in helping North finish second in the conference standings with a 15-2 record (18-6 overall).

“He’s a dream to coach,” Golden Raiders’ coach Eric Worth said. “It was funny, on Senior Night he says ‘I don’t want to be a senior.’ I said, “I don’t want you to be a senior either.’

“He’s extremely coachable, anything you tell him he’s willing to do. He was our leader. It’s going to be tough replacing a kid like that.”


All-conference selections

Sheboygan South junior Josh Govek earned first-team recognition thanks to averages of 25 points, three rebounds and three assists per game.

He also become his school’s all-time leader scorer this season, surpassing a record that stood since 1977.

North senior Sawyer Pothast earned a spot on the second team after finishing second to Widder in scoring with 15 points per game.

In the Big East, Lutheran freshman Casey Verhagen and senior Delvin Barnstable were tabbed all-conference second team.

Crusaders’ senior Graden Grabowski, earned all-BEC honorable mention.

Christian seniors Trevor Wisse and Joe Lemmenes also received all-league honorable mention.


Girls also honored

Lutheran senior Katelyn Witte earned all-Big East second team and senior teammate Emma Egbert received honorable mention.


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