Farley, Gruszynski Top List of M&O's BestIssue Date: March 29, 2018
Coleman's Peyton Nelson is M&O's Top Defensive Player
The M&O all conference lists are out and topping the list as MVP this season was none other than STAA's Jack Farley.
Now the St. Thomas boys had a battlle in every game they faced this season, under manned but never outgunned the Cavaliers put the gears to nearly every one in the M&O and much of that had to do with there all-star starter and deadly shooter Jack Farley.
Farley averaged 25.9 points per game which was 1st in conference, and overall1 7th in the state. He had 8.7 rebounds per game while averaging 4.5 assists per game(4th in conference. " That probably should have been at least 50% higher if we made some of the easy shots," said STAA head coach Ric powers."
Farley also had 5.2 steals per game which was 1st in conference and 2nd in state while getting 2.7 blocks per game. He shot 46% from the field in conference, often having to create shots that have a higher level of difficulty.
"He consistently faced heavy defensive attention including the opponents top defensive player, " said Powers. "He increased help side defense, and frequent double teams
Excelled defensively in various roles, 1st half of year he was used as an all-purpose defender helping on just about every other player, 2nd half of the year he locked down top perimeter player on opposing teams (held Mahoney to 7/25 shooting with all but 2 coming in fast breaks, held Marquardt to 3 points) He had six conference games of 30+ points and scored at least 20 points in all but 3 conference games and at least 17 points in every conference game except 1"
Farley also tacked on 7 double-doubles in 15 conference games and 1 triple-double against Coleman in the game where he surpassed 1000 points.
Farley has kept pretty solid number over the years getting 36 points his freshman year, 284 his sophomore year, 443 his junior year and 604 to cap off his senior year.
"Jack made huge strides as a leader this year," said Powers. "With 4 seniors and 5 freshmen, he was going to be playing with 2 to 4 freshmen at some times. He encouraged them to play well and not worry about making mistakes. Jack was a gym rat and really worked on his shot and ball handling skills. I think he was the best ball handler all year. It made it difficult to put pressure on us full court because even when double or triple teamed, he still got the ball down court. He had a great ability to get to the basket and create fouls. You could see his confidence go year to year. I think last year, he was worried about some defenders he would go against but this year I don't think he feared anyone. It was fun to watch him go as far as being a more mature player and person. It was easy for a coach to be able to have a player you can rely on handle the ball so much and not worry about anyone pressuring us. His durability was also fantastic. The last 2 years, Jack played probably more minutes than anyone in the conference. If not for foul trouble, he was playing. I'm guessing he play in 99% of the minutes. Jack played hurt and sick in a lot of games this year which shows how tough of a kid he was. It's going to be a big hole to fill next year cause he not only scored but rebounded and played great defense."
Also on the list of first teamers was Coleman's Cole Woulf.
Woulf amassed 420 total points scored while averaging 17.5 points per game. He had 10.4 rebounds a game while averaging 5.2 assists and 2.9 steals per game.
"What makes Cole one of the top players in this Conference is is ability to play against any size player, especially offensively," said Coleman head coach Tim Forner. "Teams will use big post players all the way down to guards to try and stop him. His game is just very well rounded and he can have success vs any type of defender. This season Cole and his teammates came in determined to compete for the top of the M&O Conference. Cole drew a ton of attention this season, and saw double teams and defenses collapse/converge on him, even at the high post spot. Which leads me to mention his ability to score from all over the court. Cole was front and center as a Team Captain. He lead more by example than words. He has that competitiveness you look for in a player, never backing down from bigger opponents, attacking the rim even when it looks like he could not possibly get there, he always seemed to find a sliver of a gap to slip though going to the hoop.
I know that frustrated our opponents as times as well. Cole has been great for our program and and instrumental in our team success. I know he will continue to be successful as he moves into the next chapter in life."
Crivitz added two names to the first team list this season with Jakob Voss and Travis Giese.
Giese led the way in scoring for the Wolverines this season with 15. 4 points per game with a total of 370 on the season. while Voss followed with 10.3 per game with a 246 point total. Geise got 6.4 rebounds a game while Voss registered 3.5 assists a game and 3.5 rebounds.
Wausaukee's Schlies Earns Top Defensive Player
This season the M&O girls race really turned into quite a fight. And the all conference listing this year bares this out with some of the All-Stars that made the harwood year something to talk about.
Topping the list and claiming the M&O's MVP for the second straight year in a row was Crivitz's Chloe Gruszynski.
Playing her sophomore year of ball Gruszynski never missed a beat. Many of the area coaches all had little something to say over the season about the impact this ball player had on the court. It was undeniable that Gruszynski was the conference's most dangerous player, and she made teams pay scoring almost 19 points a game while averaging close to 4 assists She amassed 93 steals on the season.
"Well, I guess I'd say I'm pretty lucky to have been able to coach a team like mine and a player like Chloe," said crivitz head coach Brett Meyers. "She had what I would say is a great year. I believe she had 29 against Coleman which would've been her season high. She has held true to the high expectations placed upon her. Overall she has developed into more of a leader this year. Which was the next step I needed her to take. I believe that she truly enjoys playing the game. I think more than the game she loves playing with her teammates, which challenge her while having fun. She has a solid work ethic which I believe was established early by her family. She does what I ask without complaint and gives 100 percent. I am blessed to have a player like her. She may be one of the most gifted players I've ever coached. I think even more than that I'm lucky to be around such a quality young person in a day where our youth have become harder to relate to. I'm very lucky to have Chloe be part of our basketball family."
Also joining the first team list was Wausaukee's Madelyn Schlies. Schlies tok the court as a sophomore this season, another young and raising star amongst the heated completion of the M&O.
Schlies had 200 points with an average of 12.5 points per game, 55 total rebounds 3.4 per game, 35 assists at 2.2 per game, and 78 steals at 4.9 per game.
"Madelyn is one of those players who never tires," said Ranger head coach Dave Messar. "She has a good basketball sense and could change gears on the fly and carry out defensive shifts without missing a beat. Madelyn is a coach's dream, and will only get better in her remaining two years at Wausaukee. Madelyn's work ethic is very intense, always working to get more out of every touch. She is the first one on the floor and the last one to leave. She works just as hard in the off season. She comes to the gym before school to shoot free throws and works relentlessly to develop her shot. She is a complete player and our team is very fortunate to work with her day in and day out. "
Coach Messar went on to describe one of Madelyn's shining moments from the season,"The game that stands out most is our regional final; she was playing at the top of our zone press, I motioned her to get up and face guard the girl at half court and got the steal and drove to get the lay up. With one motion she was able to figure out what I meant without any verbal cue. She is that much a student of the game that she can understand those needs. She thrives on ball pressure ,she moves into gaps when not on the ball and has changed many passes in both situations. Madelyn is one of our many players that leave it all on the court and I believe that is why our chemistry is so good. She, like her teammates only work for the team giving total effort and results are the proof."
Jasmine Racine of Niagara also joined the list of first teamers with a great season on the courts for the Badgers.
Racine averaged 12.4 points 4.2 rebounds 2.3 assists and 2 steals per game.
"Jasmine has the ability to handle the ball, drive, shoot from outside, rebound and play defense," said Racine. "You don't get all those things from a player often. She is talented, and just a sophomore, so I fully expect her game to improve still. She is a team player who wants team success above any personal achievements. I look forward to coaching her and her teammates next season."
Taylor Yonker joined the list for the Gillett Tigers. Both players helped to make serious gains for their teams. Yonkers late season exploits where key in their post season push.
Oneida's M'Kenzey Ackley also added her name to the list of first teamers with a tough fought season that saw the Thunderhawks sock Crivitz with a loss which nearly threw the entire conference standings on their head.
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