Colfax’s George Scharlau had already put 18 points on the board before coming down on and breaking his wrist as he braced himself for a fall following a slam dunk against Boyceville on Jan. 25.
The injury set the 6-foot-4 junior on the bench for the remainder of the 2017-18 season. He had been averaging 18.5 points (ppg) and nine rebounds (rpg) per game.
“I was a bit shocked he got it due to the amount of games he played, but talent-wise, I knew he was the best player in the conference,” head coach Garrett Maas said.
The Dunn-St. Croix All-Conference selected Scharlau as Player of the Year, along with a first-team pick, for leading the Viking team in both scoring and rebounds with a season high of 30 points in their first game of the season against Ellsworth on Nov. 21. He had scored over 20 points in six games throughout November and December and helped lift Colfax to eight consecutive victories between Dec. 5 and Jan. 16.
Alongside Scharlau was teammate and classmate Ben Thompson, who earned a second-team selection for putting up 17.4 ppg and six rpg. Thompson was a key player for the Vikings both before and after Scharlau’s injury.
Thompson matched Scharlau’s high-season score at 30 points, against Fall Creek on Dec. 9. He went on to tally seven games at 20 points or higher and scored less than 10 points in just one game all season.
Last season as a sophomore, the 6-foot-2 Thompson came off the bench to average nine points and 3.3 rebounds per game.
The Vikings ended the season with a 10-13 record, landing in a 3-way tie for fourth place in the DSC at 7-7 with Mondovi and Colfax.
Other first-team picks
Other first team picks in the DSC were Luke Knudtson of Boyceville High School and Ben Lambele of Elk Mound High School.
Knudtson, a senior, finished up his final season on the Boyceville basketball team with 18.6 ppg and 12.8 rpg. Knudtson also joined the 1,000-point club during the Feb. 5 game against Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran. He scored a season-high 39 points against Spring Valley on Feb. 22.
Boyceville finished the season with a 6-16 record and were second to last in the DSC at 3-11.
Lambele led the Mounder team to a 10-14 season, tying for fourth in the conference with a 50 percent win-loss record. Lambele played in all 24 games where he averaged 14.4 ppg and 8.9 rpg. He scored a season-high of 31 points during the Division 4 Regional opener against Fall Creek.
Girls basketball all-conference picks
Colfax’s Kameri Meredith, Savannah Henricks and Elk Mound’s Morgan Radtke were named to the DSC All-Conference first team for the 2017-18 season.
Meredith and Henricks helped lead the Viking team to a second place conference finish and a regional championship. They went on to defeat Cameron 51-49 in the sectional semi-final before falling 52-31 to Melrose-Mindoro in the sectional championship. It had been the Vikings’ first appearance in sectional final since 2013.
Meredith averaged 14.2 ppg and 7.7 rpg, while Henricks averaged 9.3 ppg and 4.5 rpg on the season. Meredith performed her highest scoring game of the season against Cameron in the regional final with 26 points and Henricks tallied her highest scoring game of 20 points against Boyceville on Dec. 5.
Allie Weber earned a second-team selection for averaging 11.3 ppg and 3.4 rpg. She put up a season high of 25 points against Spring Valley on Feb. 1.
Colfax ended the season with a 20-6 record, losing just two games in the DSC, both to the conference champion Durand Panthers.
Elk Mound’s Radtke wrapped up her junior season on the Mounder squad with 14.8 ppg and 8.2 rpg. She scored a season high of 26 points in the season-opening game against Fall Creek on Nov. 16 and again against Elmwood/Plum City on Feb. 6.
Emma Hurlburt was a second-team selection, averaging 6.2 ppg and five rpg. She scored a season high 15 points against Ladysmith on Jan. 30.
The Elk Mound team finished with an 18-6 record and landed third in the conference at 11-3, just behind Colfax.