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Undefeated Cougars Top M&O Boys All-Conference Hoops Roster

Issue Date: April 28, 2021

The 2020-2021 basketball season all-conference voting for the M&O conference saw the Coleman Cougars clean up at the selection meeting with five all-stars making the list due to their undefeated season. Crivitz was second in the voting with four while Gillett was third with three. Lena, Wausaukee, St. Thomas, and Oneida Nation all placed two on the all-conference list. Suring and Niagara both had a single spot.

The Coleman Cougars were the best team on the court this season and it showed as they plowed into the postseason with some good momentum.

In the all-conference voting, Coleman saw juniors Tieg Sadowski and Noah Nosgovitz join seniors Logan Zeitler, Simon Maedke, and Cayden Bintz on the all-conference honor roll.

Coleman Head Coach Tim Forner started by taking a moment to note the fact there wasn't an MVP for this season, "In a normal year, Cayden, in my opinion, would have been the M&O Conference MVP this season. He has an excellent work ethic and commitment. He has improved each and every year and will continue to succeed as he moves forward in College." Forner said, "Cayden was our leader in scoring and assists in 2020-21 and reached a career milestone surpassing 1000 points. He is an excellent defender, sees the floor well, and does whatever the team needs on any given night. I am very thankful to have had the opportunity to coach Cayden the past four years."

He went onto describe Zeitler saying, "Logan stepped up big for us this year. He is a very smart and skilled big and was a great inside presence for us this season. He was a very big contributor to our undefeated conference season. Defensively Logan was our anchor inside, forcing poor shot choices and blocking numerous shot attempts throughout the season. He was our leading rebounder, a very skilled passer, and ran to the floor well in transition. I have appreciated him personally and what he brought to the program the last four years."

Forner also commented on Maedke, Nosgovitz, and Sadowski, "Simon was another big reason for our successful season. He was a very athletic and aggressive player who played multiple positions, from running the point to playing in the post, he did whatever we needed. He plays with tremendous anticipation and had multiple games where he had numerous steals because of it. Simon has the range to shoot from outside the arc, or back you down, post up, and finish over you." Forner continued, "I appreciate all of Simon's effort and leadership for us the past four years, and we will miss his versatility for sure."

"Noah burst on the scene for us this season as a junior. He led us in scoring on multiple nights, hit big buckets in close games, and was relentless in attacking the basket. He is one of our bigger guards and gave us an advantage at times this season against smaller backcourts.  He finished second on our team in scoring this season, scoring over 20 points multiple times. We needed someone to step up when the defense focused on others, and Noah filled that void with no hesitation. He is good at shooting from the perimeter and can take you off the dribble as well. The best thing is Noah will return for a senior season and should be a favorite for MVP next season."

"Teig is another one of our breakout players this past season. He was a major cog in our machine this year and will be moving forward. He finished third on our team in scoring this season, and was our leading scorer, rebounder, steals, and assist man numerous times. Teig's ability to elevate over others was a huge advantage for us at times. He would always look to share when attacking the basket and drawing the defense. I look forward to the next chapter as a senior for Tieg."

Crivitz freshman Tegan Werner and sophomore Sean Christiansen joined seniors Alec Grandaw and Eian Baumann on the prestigious post-season list.

Crivitz head man Jeff Baumann had this to say about the three-year starter and leading scorer Eian Baumann.

"Eian had an excellent senior season this year. He has always been an excellent defender, but this year we had to depend heavily on his scoring since we lost three of our top four scorers from last year. He responded by averaging 17.3 points per game in conference play and scoring in double figures in 23 of the 26 games he played. He also had six games where he scored 20 plus points. Eian gave 100% in every game and I will greatly miss his fierce competitiveness especially on the defensive end of the floor. His well-rounded game will be difficult to replace next year."

Baumann also had high praise for the versatile Grandaw. "Alec overcame a broken wrist that sidelined him for a good portion of his junior season with a very good senior season. We had to depend on Alec much more this season for scoring and he responded by scoring in double figures nine times this season. We played him at every position on the floor because he understands the game and is a well-rounded player. At 6'4", he had the size to play inside, but he was also one of our best 3-point shooters as well. Alec was a joy to coach because of his intelligence on the floor and because of his terrific attitude. I will greatly miss him next year.

Baumann continued by commending the play of underclassmen Christiansen and Werner.

"Sean was a bit of a surprise for me this year. I knew he would have to contribute this year as a sophomore with the amount of youth we had on the team, but I did not think he would have such a great impact so quickly. Sean did not start for us until the fifth game of the year. When he broke into the starting lineup, he never looked back. He scored in double figures 11 times throughout the season with 24 against Laona-Wabeno in the Regional semi-final. Sean is difficult to defend because of his physical strength and he was one of the best rebounders on the team. If he puts in the time this summer, Sean could have a great junior season."

"Tegan had one of the best freshman seasons I have ever had a player have. It was evident from the start of the season that he was not a player who was going to be overwhelmed by the moment. Tegan scored in double digits 11 times this year as a freshman and had his best games against the best teams we played, including 20 against a very strong NEW Lutheran team. In fact, he was in the top three of almost every statistical category this year. I am very excited to coach Tegan for three more years because he has the ability and the competitiveness to become one of the best players I have ever coached."

Gillett placed three on the all-conference balloting with freshman Brandon DeBauch, Aydin Franti, and Ben Matczak.

"We entered this season without a single starter from the previous season and our most experienced returning player out due to virtual learning," said Gillett head coach Russ Young.  "We started the season with two players that played very limited minutes the previous season.  Our most experienced returning player suffered an injury early in the season and was limited until January. All that being said, we were forced to play freshman on varsity -not just play but start, and ask them to lead! What started as a struggle early on became the foundation of our program."

Young went on to describe his player's efforts, "Aydin, in my biased opinion, became one of the top point guards in the conference. Undersized as a freshman, he grew into a good defender and his floor vision was excellent.  As the season progressed he improved his shot selection to become a true threat offensively.  Aydin led our team in assists, was second in scoring and fourth in rebounding as a freshman point guard."

"Ben is a natural athlete and became our best offensive threat.  Ben excelled in all three phases of the game, offense, defense, and transition.  He led our team in scoring, was second in assists, and second in rebounding.  Ben was tasked with guarding the opponent's best offensive player."

"Brandon grew into a terrific low post threat for us.  It is very difficult for a freshman to compete in the post, and he was giving up height and weight to most teams' post players but made up for it by being more skilled and out-hustling opponents.  He finished the season as our leading rebounder and top three scorers.  Defensively, Brandon performed outstandingly in very difficult situations."

Lena put two up for top honors with juniors Max Beyer and Logan Shallow.

Anyone who had the chance to see Bayer play knows the kid can pile up points like nobody's business.

Lena head coach Fritz Weidner commented on Bayer's play saying, "Max had a very solid season for us this year leading the team in nearly every offensive category.  He averaged  22.6 points a game to lead the conference and also averaged 8 rebounds a game.  He's worked so hard to become the player he is today and he's still only a junior!  I can't wait to see what he brings next year. Max went over 1000 points for his career in a game against Coleman and in our regional game against Oneida he tied and broke the school record for most three-pointers made in a career. 



Max was also named Honorable Mention All-State by the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association.  In my opinion, he was one of the top players in the conference."

Weidner continued, "Logan started the season off very well for us and led the team in assists on for the season before his season ended with some injury issues. Up until his injury, he did a really nice job of running our offense and playing excellent defense. Logan is our team's best defender and I could put him on the opponent's best player and know that he would slow them down.  He made nice strides offensively this season as he averaged nearly 8 points a game, his shooting really improved from previous seasons.  He also averaged nearly 6 rebounds a game as well. I'm excited to see what Logan can do for us in his senior year."

Wausaukee had two seniors among the selections with Peyton Betts and Brendan Versaskas. Wausaukee head mentor Jon Betts had high praise for both of his senior selections.

"Brenden was a solid post player who led the team in both points and rebounds.  He had a few games where he really carried us.  Brenden was also a good leader on the court.  The highlight of the year for him was putting up 26 points in Niagara in a game we won by one point."

Betts added, "Peyton was our point guard and did a nice job running the show.  He really improved his game this year and although he was usually the smallest player on the court, he was not afraid to drive to the basket and find a way to get off a shot or dish to a teammate.  Peyton led the team with both assists and steals.  The highlight of the season for him was hitting the game-winning buzzer-beater in that one-point win in Niagara."

St. Thomas Aquinas saw seniors Alex Powers and Ethan Russell make the team. STAA head coach Ric Powers noted the importance to the team of his two all-conference athletes.

"Alex was our Team Captain and co-MVP of the team.  He was a four-year starter on the Varsity and started every game from 9th grade thru 12th.  He lead the team in 3 point and free-throw shooting.  He was second on the team in scoring and rebounding.  Alex was our most consistent player and showed up every practice and game."  

 "Ethan was co-MVP of the team.  He lead the team in scoring and assists and was one of the best point guards in the conference. Ethan was an outstanding defensive player who always guarded the best player on the opponent's team."

 "Both players are high character people and team leaders for us," said Powers.

Suring's lone all-conference election was junior Taron Haak. The Eagles headman Chris Geniesse had this to say about his team's all-conference standout.

"Taron was very deserving of this award due to his natural ability to score. He has the ability to get to the basket at will and finish at the rim and was a main factor in our offense this year. He also played a huge role in our 1-3-1 defense creating issues for opposing offenses playing that top spot of the zone. Many of his points this season were off steals out of that 1-3-1. I'm excited about our next season and Taron will be a big part of our team next year." Haak's notable offensive performances this season were scoring 31points at Gillett, 29 points against Bowler, 33 at White Lake, and 34 at Wausaukee. He averaged 19.3 ppg over the season.

Niagara's single spot was taken by sophomore Logan Weber. Niagara head coach Steven Derwinski had this to say about Weber who averaged 8.9 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.

"Logan had one of the highest field goal percentages on the team. His play this year was a contributing factor in the success that this team had and a reason why we were in some of the games we were in. As a sophomore, he was asked to go up against mostly older players that were more physical. Logan did an outstanding job on a lot of them and accepted the challenge without backing down."

Oneida Nation placed seniors Mason King and Javon Webster on the post-season team.


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