Only one Manitowoc County prep boys basketball player received Player of the Year honors from his conference, was named a Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association All-Star team and was recognized by The Associated Press with All-State honors — Two Rivers senior Brett Linzmeier.
Linzmeier, HTR Media’s All-Area Boys Basketball Player of the Year, averaged 17.3 points, six rebounds, five assists and 2.6 steals per game en route to being a unanimous All-Eastern Wisconsin Conference first team selection and an AP honorable mention.
His PPG average was second in the EWC while he led the conference in assists.
At six-foot-one, Linzmeier was second for the Raiders in rebounds and fifth in the EWC.
With his efforts, Two Rivers earned a No. 4 seed in the WIAA Division 3 State Basketball Tournament, defeating No. 5 Chilton 77-63 in the regional semifinal before falling to No. 1 Brillion in the regional final 52-48.
Behind him, Linzmeier leaves a long list of career accomplishments as he leads the program in numerous all-time categories including scoring (1,550 points), field goals (548), free throws (316), consecutive games in double figures (49) and double-digit scoring games (77).
He additionally holds the record for most points scored in program history by a freshman (202), sophomore (434) and junior (498) while holding the single-game scoring record for a freshman in the program with 22.
Linzmeier is also second in program history in single game points by a sophomore (31), single game points by a junior (35), overall single season scoring (498) and field goals in a single game (15).
A 16-free throw performance by Linzmeier additionally was fourth in program history while his 35-point performance ranks sixth.
Brock Gilsdorf, 6-1 jr., Reedsville
Gilsdorf, a second team All-Olympian Conference selection, led Reedsville with 15 points per game and also two-point field goal percentage for those with more than 20 attempts at 51 percent. He additionally led the team in 3-pointer percentage at 37 percent and free throw percentage at 81 percent for those with more than four attempts. Gilsdorf also was third on the team in defensive rebounds, offensive rebounds and steals.
Zack Goedeke, 6-6 jr., Valders
In leading Valders with 14.2 points per game, seven rebounds per game and 1.5 blocks per game, Goedeke was selected to the All-Olympian Conference first team. Leading the team in charges taken, he also attempted the most shots on the team while having the highest field goal percentage for anyone with more than five shot attempts at 60 percent.
Nate Lassila, 6-1 sr., Roncalli
For the second season in a row Lassila led the Jets in scoring with 19.1 points per game, but that wasn’t where the standout’s on-court abilities ended. As an All-Olympian Conference first team selection, he also led Roncalli in defensive rebounds — he was second on the team with 4.3 rebounds per game — and tied for the team lead in assists per game with three. Lassila averaged 1.6 steals per game, which were second on the team, and was second in OC in points per game, according to WisSports.net. His season highs in points came when he scored 36 and 32 points against Manitowoc Lutheran.
Austin Mecca, 6-7 sr., Manitowoc Lincoln
Mecca, a second team All-Fox River Classic Conference selection, averaged 15.8 points per game and 9.3 rebounds per game. For the third straight season he led Lincoln in scoring and rebounding as he had 13 double-doubles while scoring a season-high 29 points twice — against Sun Prairie and Sheboygan South. In those games Mecca also had 14 rebounds and 13 rebounds, respectively, while collecting a season-high 18 rebounds in a win over Two Rivers in which he also scored 22 points. Mecca led the FRCC in rebounding.
Kyle Hoffman, 6-3 sr., Manitowoc Lincoln
Hoffman was an All-Fox River Classic Conference honorable mention as he averaged 11.5 points per game, 3.1 rebounds per game and 2.9 assists per game for Lincoln, with his assists total leading the team. One of Hoffman’s notable performances came in a game against Green Bay Notre Dame as he had a season-high 24 points and eight 3-pointers.
Brett Kasper, 6-3 sr., Two Rivers
As an All-Eastern Wisconsin Conference honorable mention, Kasper averaged 8.6 points per game, 7.3 rebounds per game, two assist per game and one steal per game. He led Two Rivers in rebounding and was fourth in the EWC while his assists were second for the Raiders. In the EWC, Kasper’s free-throw percentage of 81 was fourth for those with 20 or more attempts.
Dexter Smith, 6-1 jr., Two Rivers
Smith was second for Two Rivers with 12.3 points per game but led the Raiders in 3-pointers made with 49. The All-Eastern Wisconsin Conference second team selection shot 84 percent on free throws, which was second in the conference for those with more than 50 attempts and led Two Rivers. He additionally averaged 4.3 rebounds per game, one block per game and nearly two assists and one steal per game.
Jacob Winkel, 6-4 jr., Kiel
Winkel led Kiel with 12.8 points per game and also attempted the most field goals and free throws. His field goal percentage of 43 was second on the team for those who played in 15 or more games and the second team All-Eastern Wisconsin Conference selection led the Raiders in rebounds with 8.2 per game and was second in the EWC. He was third on the team in steals and had a single game season high of 27 points.
Nick Stelzer, 6-2 jr., Roncalli
Stelzer was second for Roncalli in scoring with 11.1 points per game as he led the team in 3-pointers made with 62. His season high was a 24-point performance against St. Mary Central in December and the All-Olympian Conference second team selection was first one the team in two-point field goal percentage for those who attempted more than 11 shots at 66 percent. He averaged nearly two assists per game and was second on the team with 4.4 rebounds per game.