Colfax’s Kameri Meredith and Alyssa Dachel and Elk Mound’s Morgan Radtke were each named to the Dunn-St. Croix Conference first team for the 2018-19 season.
Meredith led the team and was third in the conference at 13.4 points per game according to Wissports.net. She also added 7.8 rebounds and 3 assist both third-best in the Dunn-St. Croix.
“One of, if not the best athlete I’ve coached,” Colfax coach Joe Doucette said of Meredith. “If she could improve a little on offensive skills and facing tough defenses the sky is the limit for her.”
Dachel put up 8.8 points and tied Meredith with 3 assists a game.
“Came into our program when we had lost a ton of great kids and she never flinched,” Doucette said of the four-year starter Dachel. “(She) did the best she could with determination. “
Emma Hurlburt earned second-team honors for the Vikings. She was second the squad with 5.6 rebounds a game and scored 5.5 points.
“One of the best inside defenders we’ve ever had,” Doucette said of Hurlburt.” Always there for the team and teammates. When she scored we were really good.”
Morgan Schleusner was named an honorable mention performer. Schleusner averaged 3.9 points and led the team with 46 steals.
“Tough as nails. Never gives up,” Doucette said of Schleusner. “Always gets tough guards to cover and always does a great job.”
The Vikings were co-champions of the conference with Durand with a 13-1 record. Colfax secured a regional title before falling in a sectional final to Melrose-Mindoro to finish the season at 19-5 overall.
Colfax will lose five seniors as Dachel, Hurlburt, Savannah Henricks, Rachel Knutson and Erica Kallstrom will graduate this spring.
“Except for a couple of bumps we had a great year,” Doucette said. “We will miss our senior class that came into the program after we lost so many great kids.”
Radtke led the conference in both points and rebounds per game. She averaged a double-double with 18.1 points a game and 10.3 boards for the Mounders.
“Morgan had an outstanding senior season,” Elk Mound coach Jordan Kongshaug said. “She was honorable mention all-state, and was the most dominant post player in our area.”
Elk Mound had three players given honorable mentions as seniors Alana and Brooke Plaszcz, and junior Sophie Cedarblade were acknowledged.
Alana Plaszcz scored 5.3 and recorded 3.8 rebounds a game, while Brooke Plaszcz poured in 6.8 points, handed out 2.2 assists and had a team-high 2.1 steals.
“She did a great job being versatile on the defensive end, as she at times guarded the opposing teams best guard, as well as guarded in the post,” Kongshaug said of Alana. “She was also a threat to knock down shots from the outside.”
“She was a very consistent shooter for us,” Kongshaug said about Brooke. “She was also very active on the defensive end getting deflections and steals.”
Cedarblade was second on the team at 8.6 points while shooting 40 percent from beyond the arc. She also won the WIAA 3-pointing shooting contest at the girls state tournament on March 9 in Green Bay.
“Sophie finished her junior season very strong,” Kongshaug said. “She was a major threat from the three point line, and she got extremely hot in the tournament.”
Elk Mound finished at 9-5 to come in third in the conference. The Mounders went 16-8 before falling to state-qualifying Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau in a regional final.
“I was proud of the girls and the way they finished the season,” Kongshaug said. “I thought we played our best basketball during our run in the tournament. We came up just a little short against a very good G-E-T team in the regional final. Our team accomplished a lot, and I appreciate all of the girls’ efforts in making this an enjoyable season.”
Elk Mound loses seniors Radtke, Alana and Brooke Plaszcz, Kayla Bridges, Victoria Fasbender and Sydney Simpson.
Boyceville’s Rachel Prestrud was also an honorable mention selection.
“She was our most consistent offensive threat throughout the year as well as our best guard defender,”Boyceville coach Jolene Bird said of Prestrud.
The junior averaged 9.7 points per game leading the Bulldogs in points on the season.
The Bulldogs came in fifth in the Dunn-St. Croix at 6-8 while finishing at 10-12 overall.
Boyceville will lose senior Alyx Bloom.
“Her stats were not the highest for our team but she was able to do the little things consistently for us,” Bird said of Bloom.
Durand’s Emily Annis was named the conference’s player of the year.
Dunn-St. Croix All-Conference
First Team—Kameri Meredith, Colfax; Alyssa Dachel, Colfax; Emily Annis, Durand; Emma Hansen, Durand; Hannah Prissel, Durand; Morgan Radtke, Elk Mound.
Second Team—Emma Hurlburt, Colfax; Julia Hayden, Durand; Delaney Quinn, Glenwood City; Rian Evans, Mondovi; Ella Poeschel, Mondovi; Lexi Johansen, Spring Valley.
Honorable Mention—Rachel Prestrud, Boyceville; Morgan Schleusner, Colfax; Sarah Dunbar, Durand; Alana Plaszcz, Elk Mound; Brook Plaszcz, Elk Mound; Sophie Cedarblade, Elk Mound; Sandy Bune, Spring Valley.
Player of the Year—Emily Annis, Durand.