Repeats on All-EWC first team

¦ Duff voted Coach of the Year; Unger, Henriksen on second team
by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff


JASON DUFF (middle), Plymouth head boys basketball coach, was voted the EWC’s Coach of the Year. The other PHS coaches pictured are Josh Oppeneer (left) and Jason Jaeckels. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley JASON DUFF (middle), Plymouth head boys basketball coach, was voted the EWC’s Coach of the Year. The other PHS coaches pictured are Josh Oppeneer (left) and Jason Jaeckels. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley Junior Kollin Neils of Plymouth was named to the All-Eastern Wisconsin Conference boys basketball first team for the second straight season.

Neils, a 6-foot-2 guard, is a unanimous choice in voting by the EWC coaches. Jason Duff, who directed PHS to its second consecutive league title, was voted the EWC’s Coach of the Year by his peers.

The Panthers’ other all-league selections are 5-10 senior guard Cory Unger and 6-2 senior guard Owen Henriksen who are on the second team. Unger, honorable mention last year, was named the EWC’s Defensive Player of the Year.

Neils tied for first in the conference in steals with a 2.2 average per game and ranked fifth in scoring at 13.6 points per contest. He averaged 2.1 assists and 3.0 rebounds.


KOLLIN NEILS KOLLIN NEILS Neils shot an excellent 53.5 percent from the field overall and 36.2 (17-for-47) from three-point range. He hit 73.3 percent at the free-throw line.

“He [Neils] is very deserving. This year I thought he become more of a complete player,” said Duff.

“Defensively, he showed that he can be an elite defender. He also spoke up more as a leader.

“He doesn’t have any weaknesses. There are things that he can definitely improve on and he will but there isn’t anything he can’t do at this level,” Duff said.

Unger shared third in steals with a 1.9 average and was eighth in assists at 2.8 per contest. He averaged 9.6 points and 3.1 boards. Unger connected on 42.0 percent overall from the field and 32.5 (13- for-40) on three-point attempts.

“Cory was clearly the best de- player in the conference. He was a unanimous choice for this award,” said Duff.


CORY UNGER CORY UNGER “He can guard anyone – big, small, strong, quick, shooters, slashers, post players. You name it, he did it this year.

“I think the key to Cory’s defensive prowess are three things: intelligence, competitive will and physical toughness,” Duff observed.

Henriksen tied for second in steals with a 2.1 average and ranked third in assists at 3.8 per game. He averaged 10.0 points and 3.9 rebounds per contest. Henriksen shot 43.3 percent from the floor overall and 27.3 (9 of 33) on three-pointers.

“Owen was our most important vocal leader. He is one of the most intelligent high school players I’ve ever been around,” the coach said.

“He understands the game, situations and opponents. He was also very important to us offensively because he makes everything flow with his decision-making, and his ability to pass and handle the ball.


OWEN HENRIKSEN OWEN HENRIKSEN “When he was hurt [knee injury] during the middle part of the year we struggled and it wasn’t until he was back for a few weeks that we started clicking again,” Duff pointed out.

“These three players are a reflection of the team and the program as a whole. We have a lot of talented players that have good work ethics and do things the right way.”

Senior guard Brett Linzmeier of Two Rivers was voted the EWC’s Player of the Year. Linzmeier finished second in the league in scoring with a 17.8 average, first in assists at 5.4 per game and was tied for first in steals with a 2.2 average.

Linzmeier is on the first team for the third straight season. He and sophomore guard Mason Domask of Waupun join Neils as unanimous first-team picks.

Senior center-forward Cody Zimmermann of Waupun was selected to the first unit for the second consecutive year.

“It’s [Coach of the Year is] an award that is shared by all of our coaches [Josh Oppeneer, varsity assistant and defensive coordinator; Jason Jaeckels, junior varsity coach; Scott Richards, freshman head coach; and Erik West, freshmen assistant],” said Duff.

“I’m really lucky to be surrounded by coaches that are so highly qualified and experienced. We compliment each other very well. They put in time year-round to serve this program. The players and myself are all beneficiaries of their hard work and dedication.”

FINAL EWC STATS

Domask was the EWC scoring champion with a 19.2 average per game.

Isiah Daniels of Campbellsport led in rebounding with an 11.6 average, overall field-goal shooting with an impressive 61.6 percent and blocked shots at 2.8 per contest.

Jordan Dreikosen of Campbellsport led in three-point goals with 35. Parker Lemke of New Holstein was first in three-point shooting with 47.9 percent (23 of 48).

Two Rivers’ Dexter Smith was the top free-throw shooter with an outstanding 89.7 percent (26 of 29).

All-EWC Boys Basketball

FIRST TEAM
Brett Linzmeier, Two Rivers….…......Sr.
Mason Domask...Waupun...............So.
Kollin Neils, Plymouth….....….......Jr.
Matt Wilke, Sheboygan Falls….........Jr.
Cody Zimmerman, Waupun….….….Sr.
SECOND TEAM
Cory Unger, Plymouth…...……......Sr.
Isiah Daniels, Campbellsport............Jr.
Jacob Winkel, Kiel.……..........….…..Jr.
Dexter Smith, Two Rivers........….…..Jr.
Hunter Flanders, Kewaskum.……....Sr.
Owen Henriksen, Plymouth...........Sr.
HONORABLE MENTION
Jake Hucke, Sheboygan Falls….......Sr.
Jacob Tenpas, Sheboygan Falls…...Sr.
Jordan Dreikosen, Campbellsport...So.
Brett Kasper, Two Rivers….....…......Sr.
Jason Brandt, New Holstein….....….Sr.
Connor Clark, Sheboygan Falls.…...Sr.

EWC BOYS BASKETBALL
Final Standings
W L
Plymouth…………..........…......12 2
Waupun………........…...........…11 3
Sheboygan Falls………….........10 4
Two Rivers..……...…………..…..9 5
Campbellsport….……..…….…...5 9
Kiel………………………………..4 10
Kewaskum……………................3 11
New Holstein..….………….........2 12


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