Tigers’ Brinkman on All-CLC first team

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff

ETHAN BRINKMAN of Howards Grove, shown driving to the basket against Ozaukee this past season, was named to the All-CLC basketball first team. – Review file photo ETHAN BRINKMAN of Howards Grove, shown driving to the basket against Ozaukee this past season, was named to the All-CLC basketball first team. – Review file photo Senior Ethan Brinkman of Central Lakeshore Conference co-champion Howards Grove was voted unanimously to the All-CLC boys basketball first team by the league coaches for the 2014-15 season.

Brinkman, a 6-foot-2 guard, was a second-team pick the previous two years. His Tiger teammate, 6-4 senior forward Trent Beninghaus, earned second-team honors.

Senior 5-11 guard Trevor Taubenheim of the Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah Resorters was named honorable mention.

Brinkman ranked fifth in the CLC in scoring with an 18.0 points-pergame average, was fourth in threepoint goals with 31 and second in free-throw shooting at an outstanding 82.7 percent.

He shot well from the field overall with 50.3 percent and hit an excellent 44.9 percent from three-point range. Brinkman averaged 3.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.

“Ethan is a tremendous kid and did an incredible job for us throughout the year,” said Tiger head coach Eric Worth.

“He’s one of our captains and does a great job providing leadership and guidance for the rest of the guys on our team.

“Anytime you have a kid who can shoot the three at over 45 percent [47 percent for overall season] and also possess the ability to attack the rack the way he does is a deadly combination. Ethan was truly a guy we could go to during crunch time,” said Worth.

Beninghaus finished second in the CLC in overall field-goal shooting with a sizzling 66.7 percent and was third in rebounding with an 8.5 average per game. He averaged 1.0 assists per contest.

“Trent is an undersized big [post player] and really holds everything together for us down low,” Worth noted.

“Trent had some huge rebounding games for us this year. Five different times this year he was over the 15-rebound mark.”

Taubenheim ranked No. 2 in three-point goals with 42; ninth in scoring, 13.0 average; fourth in steals, 2.1 per game; and tied for sixth in assists with a 2.6 average. He averaged 4.2 rebounds per contest.

“Trevor worked very hard in the off-season to take his game to an all-conference level,” said Resorter head coach Ray Mlada.

“He was obviously the kid our opponents targeted in their defensive game plans. Trevor scored in double-digits in 18 of the 23 games he played [in the overall season]. He averaged double figures against every conference opponent except Random Lake and Cedar Grove [9.5 points per game against these two teams].

“Trevor was extremely versatile, playing every position on the floor except the 5 spot. A coach’s favorite because he played hard, did everything we asked him to do and tried to transfer skills taught during practice into game situations,” Mlada pointed out.

“He was extremely patient with his younger teammates and led by example. I often told the kids that if you want to do things the right way, then model yourself after Trevor Taubenheim.”

Senior guard Jacob Jurss of Sheboygan Lutheran, senior guard Owen Miller, Ozaukee, and senior guard Caleb Kelley of Sheboygan Christian are first-team repeaters. Joining Brinkman as a unanimous first-team choice are Jurss, Miller, Kelley and sophomore forward Josh Weiss of Cedar Grove-Belgium.


Jurss had a sensational conference season. He led the CLC in scoring with an impressive 25.0 average; three-point goals, 51; assists, 6.0 average, steals, 3.9 average and freethrow accuracy at 82.8 percent. He ranked second in rebounding at 8.8 per game.

Senior forward Aaron Rathke of Random Lake was the rebounding champion with a 9.8 average.

Ozaukee junior forward Mike Richter was the top overall field-goal shooter with a blistering 67.2 percent.

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