Not only did Sheboygan South’s basketball team win a playoff game on the road for the first time in over 20 years, the last time two of its girls made all-conference was in 2013.
And for only the second time in 11 years, a Redwing was higher than honorable mention.
Junior Maddie Ognacevic earned all-Fox River Classic second team by leading the conference in rebounding with 14.0 per game.
She set the school record for most in a game with 21 and also led her squad in rebounding last year (7.6).
“Her season was a lot of fun to watch,” coach Garrett Renzelmann said. “Maybe started a little slow and then grew in confidence as the season progressed. I want to say she averaged probably like 15-plus points a game over the second half of the season.
“Rebounding wise, that’s been something she’s been dominant on. She led the conference in rebounds by about six per game.”
Ognacevic, who had a double-double in her final eight games, landed on the all-defensive team as well.
“Not only was she able to be an incredible rebounder and get the blocked shots, but even on shots that she didn’t get a piece of, she altered and affected them,” Renzelmann said. “She made a lot of teams shoot pretty poorly around the basket.”
Senior teammate Halle Boldt received honorable mention by finishing third in the FRCC in scoring (15.3) and assists (4.4). The four-year varsity player, who also got honorable mention a year ago, ranks third in school history for most assists and sixth in scoring.
Three Golden Raiders made all-Fox River Classic, including senior Emma Belmore, who was picked to the second team after getting honorable mention a year ago.
The four-year varsity player, who was captain for three seasons, led her team in scoring (10.1), assists (4.1) and steals (3.4) despite missing the last seven games with a torn ACL.
Coach Keith Conway also liked that she was a very efficient, vocal leader.
“You could hear her basically directing traffic offensively and defensively, and she continued to do those things from the bench,” he said.
Two senior teammates made all-conference honorable mention in Hannah Martin and Karsyn Bichler.
Martin led North in rebounding (6.1) and was third in scoring (8.3).
Bichler was second in rebounding (4.2) and fourth in scoring (7.4).
Lutheran junior Rose Hahn finished on the all-Big East Conference second team after ranking second in the South Division with 3.7 assists and fourth in scoring with 12.9 points per game. She also led her team in scoring last year.
“(It was because of) Rose’s hard work and relentlessness throughout the season,” coach Mike Scheele said. “Rose has set a number of goals for this offseason and I cannot wait to see what God has in store for our team next season.”
Christian senior Maddie Zylstra received honorable mention for the second straight time as a result of 6.7 boards and 4.8 points.