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Heights boys picked for second

 

November 29, 2018

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Cole Cribbs and Wisconsin Heights' boys basketball team were picked to finish second in the Southern Capitol Conference.

Editor's Note: The following preview of the Southern Capitol Conference was compiled by Wissports.net.

1. NEW GLARUS

Winners of 21 straight conference games and the past two Capitol South Conference championships, New Glarus appears primed for more success in 2018-19 as coach Travis Sysko welcomes back four starters from a club that went 24-1.

Senior point guard Jaden Kreklow (5-11) is as skilled as any other backcourt player in Wisconsin and is a two-time first-team all-league performer. He averaged 20.3 points, 3.9 rebounds and 5.6 assists as a junior.

Senior wing guard Zach Feller (6-0) is a terrific perimeter shooter who joined Krewlow on the first-team all-league squad after averaging 19.1 ppg.

Senior Trevor Gassman (6-1) and junior Connor Siegenthaler (6-1) each earned honorable mention all-conference laurels and join Kreklow and Feller as returning starters.

Sophomore Mason Martinson (6-4) grew a few inches since last season and is poised for a big second year of varsity competition after being a key reserve last winter.

"We are coming off one of the best seasons in school history and return four starters so there will be some high expectations," Sysko said. "Guard play is a definite strength. I think Kreklow is one of the best point guards in the state. Feller is a four-year starter who has improved every year. We have a lot of experience and skill. The potential is there is have another successful season.

"We did lose a double-double guy with the graduation of Cullen Brooks. We will have to find a way to make up for those points, rebounds and defense in the paint."

2. WISCONSIN HEIGHTS

Two starters are back for Wisconsin Heights, which went 17-6 and finished second in the Capitol South Conference.

Seniors Clay Caminiti (6-0) and Shravan Parman (6-1) form a strong nucleus for coach Zack Colby. Caminiti averaged 8.7 points and Parman contributed 11.3 ppg.

Also back are seniors Camden Brown (5-11) and Demond Barsness (5-9) along with sophomore DeShawn Barsness (6-0).

"Defense and toughness are strengths," Colby said. "We may seem somewhat unexperienced, but we looked very impressive this summer and the seniors we do have coming back mesh really well together.

"Depth is a concern, at least at the beginning of the season. We don't have a ton of experience coming back so some guys might experience some growing pains at first. But I'm completely confident they will catch up to the varsity pace quickly."

3. MARSHALL

With a pair of 8-15 finishes over the past two seasons, the Cardinals look for vast improvement in 2018-19 behind the return of four starters and several talented newcomers.

Seniors Gabe Stewart (6-3), Quinn Killerlain (5-10), Joseph Cook (6-2) and Blake Luzenski (6-1) are returning starters for coach Jason McConnell.

Stewart picked up second-team all-league recognition as a junior after averaging 13.0 points and 7.0 rebounds. His production figures to go up this season as he takes over the primary scoring load from the graduated Reece Leistikow (6-0), who averaged 25.6 points and 7.9 rebounds as a senior last season.

Seniors Zion Smith (6-2) and Noah Freeman (6-2) also return while talented freshmen Reid Truschinski (6-3), Craig Ward (6-1) and Cole Denniston (5-10) might work their way into the playing rotation.

"Returning experience is a strength along with balance, work ethic and tradition," McConnell said.

4. CAMBRIDGE

After 33 seasons, 418 victories and 328 defeats, John Leadholm retired as the boys' varsity basketball coach at Cambridge last spring.

He is being replaced by Mike Jeffery, a former player at Assumption High School and UW-Whitewater who guided the Cambridge girls' program to a 195-180 record over the past several seasons.

Jeffery needs to replace four starters from a club that went 9-14, including first-team all-league performer Jacob Horton, a 6-foot-0 guard who led the team in scoring at 22.1 ppg.

Two-year regular Ryan Janson (5-10) is the lone holdover starter for the Bluejays. He averaged 9.8 points per game as a junior.

Other key returning players include seniors Bailey Furseth (5-10), Cameron Muth (6-4), Kobe Kravik (6-2) and Carter Joyce (6-2), along with junior Jordan Marty (6-3).

"Athleticism, shooting and depth are strengths," Jeffery said. "Rebounding and adjusting to a new defensive system are concerns."

5. BELLEVILLE

The future looks bright at Belleville as coach Scott Noll works with a talented group of returning players while welcoming newcomers off JV and freshmen teams that went a combined 29-10.

Senior Austin Fahey (6-3) is the top returning player for the Wildcats as he averaged 7.0 points and 4.1 rebounds while helping Belleville to a 9-15 record.

Other returning players include seniors Jared Schulting (5-10), Jayden Winkers (5-10), Jacob Shrader (6-3), Caden O'Rourke (5-8) and Dylan Gratz (6-0) along with junior Royce Clark (6-2) and sophomore Sawyer Fahey (5-8).

"Defense and understanding our expectations as a second-year program," said Noll, who took over the Belleville coaching position several weeks prior to the start of last season. "We have more capable scorers this year. Teams won't be able to focus on one kid. Staying healthy is our biggest concern."

6. WATERLOO

The Pirates hope to avoid the cellar in the Southern Division of the Capitol Conference for the third straight season behind the return of three starters from a club that finished 3-18.

Seniors Spencer Noel (5-10) and Aaron Brey (5-8) along with junior E.J. Jiles (6-0) are returning regulars for coach Bryan Setz, who begins his seventh year as head coach at Waterloo needing to replace the top three scorers from a year ago in Peter Miller, Easton Ellis and Louis Hensler.

"Speed, guard play and depth will be strengths," Setz said. "Rebounding and experience at the varsity level are among our concerns."

Sophomore Blake Huebner (6-2) figures to play a key role on the Pirates' frontline while junior Chase Bostwick (5-9) should contend for playing time in the backcourt.

 
 

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