Ozaukee senior caps career with top honor, joining duo from CG-Belgium on 1st team
One look at the numbers makes it easy to see how important Mike Richter was to the Ozaukee boys’ basketball team this season.
Not only did the senior forward lead the Warriors in scoring with a 21-point-per-game average, he topped the team in rebounding (8.0 per game) and was one of its best field-goal shooters (.519).
Not surprisingly, the 6-foot-5 Richter had no trouble catching the eye of Big East Conference coaches, who named him Player of the Year in the league’s inaugural season.
Richter was also a unanimous choice for the all-conference first team in the coaches’ voting.
“Mike was our foundation this year,” said Ozaukee coach Isaiah Ketterhagen, whose team went 15-8 overall, including a 10-3, second-place record in the conference inaugural season.
“Mike not only understood how much we were going to be leaning on him, but he exceeded expectations.
“To average the numbers that he averaged all year is very difficult because he became the focal point of every other team’s game plan to stop.”
Richter, who finished his Ozaukee career as the team’s all-time leading scorer (1,148 points), was third in the conference with 498 points and second with 175 rebounds. He shot .342 from three-point range (13 of 38) and .616 on free throws (90 of 146) and averaged two assists and 1.6 steals per game.
“There were games where Mike just took over,” Ketterhagen said. “He’ll go down as one of the best players that I have had the pleasure to coach at Ozaukee.
“He didn’t only break the all-time scoring record, but he is sprinkled all over the Ozaukee record books now.”
Richter was one of three unanimous choices on the nine-player first team. The others were Devin Gallenberger of Big East champion Howards Grove and Tristan Van Ess of Oostburg.
Two Rockets among the elite
Also named to the top squad were Cedar Grove-Belgium’s Reid Hilbelink and Josh Weiss, both juniors.
Hilbelink, a 6-2 guard, led the Rockets in scoring with 19.8-per game average, fifth-best in the conference. He shot .533 from the field, including .407 on three-point attempts.