Ozaukee boys have scoring shoes to fill

By 
DEB HAMM
Ozaukee Press correspondent

The Ozaukee High School boys’ basketball team is full of opportunity this season, according to coach Bob Domach.  

The Warriors, who return all but three players, went 13-8 last season and finished third in the Big East Conference South Division with a 12-7 record.

“This will be a season of opportunity,” Domach said, “opportunity for the returning players to fill the shoes of last season’s top two scorers, Simon Bares and Noah Miller. Not only did they score a lot of points, they were both very good on the defensive end.”

Both Miller and Bares were four-year varsity players.

Miller holds Ozaukee’s all-time career scoring record with 1,574 points. He averaged 20.8 points per game last season and pulled down 6.3 rebounds. He was chosen to the Big East first team.

Bares averaged 10.6 points per game and 4.2 rebounds per game.

The absence of their top two scorers will be a challenge.

“How the returning players fill that void will be a discovery process as the season goes on,” Domach said.

“It’s a challenge that our returning players will embrace. We have worked hard these past few weeks, and we will see how all of the parts fit into the whole as we kick off the season against a really well-coached Oostburg team.”

The Warriors return a lot of experience, which will be a strength. Starters Matt Miller, Braxton Gahan and Jesse Schauer are back.

“Post play will be a strength this season,” Domach stated.  

Leading that group in the middle will be senior Matt Miller, a 6-1 forward who last season averaged 8.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.

Gahan, a 6-4 senior center, scored 6.9 points and grabbed 7.9 rebounds per game last season.

A pair of sophomores in Bret Hamm and Mason Pantle complete the inside players.

Hamm, a 6-2 forward, was the first man off the bench last season as a freshman.

Pantle is a 6-3 forward.

Schauer, a 5-11 senior, returns to the starting lineup this season to lead a group of six guards.

He scored 5.5 points per game and dished out 3.4 assists per game last season.

Chase Miller, a 6-0 junior guard, was a part-time starter last season.

Connor Rennicke, a 6-1 junior, often led last year’s junior varsity team in scoring.

A pair of sophomore guards should provide some scoring depth.  

Sawyer Kowalkowski, 6-1, saw time on varsity, and Aaron Nehls, 6-0, showed he could score points as a junior varsity player.

Both are threats from outside.

Senior Tyler Mueller (6-0) rounds out the guards.

Domach looks to a trio of teams to lead the competition in the Big East South Division.

“Sheboygan Lutheran, Oostburg and Howards Grove will be the top teams in the Big East,” he said.

The Warriors were to open their season against Oostburg on Tuesday. On Friday, they play at St. Mary Catholic. On Tuesday, Dec. 7, the Warriors will host Mishicot.

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