Rock Valley stars make state all-star team
Brad Pickett feels like a rich man.
As coach of the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association girls Division 3 South all-star team, Pickett has a wealth of talent at his disposal.
Among the players on his team are Rock Valley Conference standouts Carly Mohns, Brooke Trewyn and Megan Lantz, who ended their careers as their schools’ all-time leading scorer.
Heading the list is Mohns. The University of Iowa recruit and Brodhead senior led the Cardinals to the WIAA Division 3 state tournament and was a second-team all-state selection. Pickett knows how good the 6-foot-1 Mohns is after coaching her for four years.
“Carly does so many things well that it’s going to be fun to watch her play when she’s not being double- or triple-teamed,” Pickett said.
“We’re not going to have her for most of the all-star week for practice because she will be in Iowa taking a couple of summer courses and doing some conditioning, but she’ll be with us Thursday and for the game on Friday.”
The five WBCA girls all-star games will be played on Friday, June 20, at JustAgame Fieldhouse in Wisconsin Dells. The five boys all-star games are scheduled for Saturday, June 21.
Joining Mohns on the D3 South team are Whitewater’s Trewyn and Clinton’s Lantz. Trewyn was the two-time Player of the Year in the Rock Valley North, while Lantz was a two-time all-Rock Valley South selection.
“It’s going to be really nice to not have to worry about guarding Brooke for a change,” Pickett said. “Hopefully, she’ll come out and hit six 3s like she seemed to do against us every time we played them.
“And Lantz is just a very, very good scorer. She really improved her overall game from the first time we saw her play to where she was as a senior.”
Pickett’s assistant coaches are Carly’s father, Jim, along with Edgerton’s Mike Schmidt.
The WBCA All-Star players are once again teaming up with Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer (MACC Fund) in the fight against childhood cancer—the leading disease-related cause of death in children after the newborn period. Each player is required to raise at least $1,000 for the MACC Fund.
“I was an assistant coach last year for Mike Schimdt, and we had a girl come and talk to all the players that was a cancer patient and a MACC Fund recipient,” Pickett said. “Her talk and her message really put things in perspective for everybody involved with the all-star week.
“The games are a lot of fun and very competitive, but in the long run, raising money for MACC Fund is the most important thing. And I really think the kids that are playing realize that.”
Ngobi on D1 boys South team
Jerry Ngobi deserved and earned a spot on the WBCA Division 1 boys South team. The Janesville Craig senior and UW-Whitewater recruit earned all-Big Eight first-team honors after averaging 15.5 points per game. The 6-1 Ngobi scored in double figures in 21 of 24 games for the Cougars, including a season-high 24 in a win against Madison East.
Albany’s Isaiah Shell is on the boys Division 5 team. The 6-1 Shell averaged 19.8 points per game and had a season-high 34 in a nonconference loss to Beloit Turner.
The coaches of the D5 boys team will be Albany’s Derik Doescher and TJ Zweifel, along with Brodhead’s Brian Kammerer.