Ozaukee’s Janke is unanimous pick for first-team honors; CG-B’s Meinen also earns highest honors
The best season in recent memory yielded four all-conference selections for the Ozaukee boys’ basketball team.
“Alex made us a team. He did everything for us and was, essentially our glue. I honestly can say that he did not come out of at least 15 games. We never subbed for him.”Weston Meinen
Senior Alex Janke was a unanimous selection for the Central Lakeshore Conference’s first team.
“I think that right there speaks volumes about Alex as a player,” said coach Isaiah Ketterhagen.
Janke became the second 1,000-point scorer in school history with 1,003 while improving his assist-to-turnover ratio and boosting his steals.
“He is the best all around player that I have coached here at Ozaukee. I received oodles of compliments about him from other coaches throughout the year after our games about how tough of a
kid he is,” Ketterhagen said
Patrick Kroening and Eric Hartnett earned second-team honors, Kroening much for his improvement throughout the season and Hartnett on improvement from last year.
“Through the first eight games, Patrick averaged about eight points a game and ended the season with just over 12. That is tough to do, but it began to reveal his game and improvement,”
About six games into the season, Kroening found his shooting stroke and understood how to mix his penetration, mid-range and three-point shooting.
“I would say that he is our most athletic kid right now and he has tweaked his shot so it is a lot more consistent,” said Ketterhagen. “This off-season is going to be crucial for Patrick because if he works on his weaknesses, he is going to be an elite player, not only in the CLC, but in the area.”
Hartnett’s points and rebounding were better this season, and he “has done a much better job in the paint on staying out of foul trouble by doing a better job of understanding positioning and not trying to block every shot,” Ketterhagen said.
His best scoring game was 20 points and best rebounding effort was 17.
“Eric almost averaged a double-double throughout the year. We are excited to get Eric going in the off-season as well and get him a few more moves in the post to really excel his game,” Ketterhagen said.
Stephen Street received honorable mention. Ketterhagen said he was the Warriors’ best defensive player.
“Stephen is a kid that does all the little things, that we couldn’t win or be successful without. He always got the assignment of the other team’s best player and gave him all he could handle with his length and athletic ability. He led the conference in steals and was top five in blocks,” he said.
The sophomore has a bright future.
“Stephen has phenomenal potential right now and if he improves his offensive end, he is going to be handful for other teams these next two years,” Ketterhagen said.
The Warriors finished 19-6 overall and 14-4 in conference, second to powerhouse Oostburg, which advanced to state.
Cedar Grove-Belgium landed point guard Weston Meinen on the first team and forward Jon Herzog as honorable mention.
The Rockets finished 10-8 in conference and 12-12 overall.