On more than one occasion during the 2012-13 boys basketball season, Ethan Guske’s shooting range would shock and awe opposing teams.
No matter where defenders face-guarded the Sheboygan North senior guard — and most teams used the tactic in an effort to limit his touches — Guske had the ability to step back and hit.
The more he hit, the further back he could shoot it. And he did.
But guard him too close, and an explosive first step would leave defenders in the dust.
It’s a quandary that few opponents could figure out. That’s how the Sheboygan Press Media Boys Basketball Player of the Year averaged more than 22 points per game and was named the Fox River Classic Conference’s Player of the Year.
When the team’s second-leading scorer, Joe Hameister, was lost to the season to a knee injury, the pressure to produce increased. And he stepped up.
“Ethan’s role increased and our conference foes recognized,” said North coach Tom Desotell. “He had some remarkable games.”
Ethan Guske, 6-1 sr., Sheb. North (POY)
Averaged 22.2 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists per game for the Golden Raiders, who defied projections to tie for third in a rugged Fox River Classic Conference. … Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Division 1 All-State, Associated Press All-State honorable mention, and FRCC Player of the Year. … Scored 40 points in a win at Notre Dame despite playing just 20 minutes. Scored 28 of his series-record 40 against South in the second half and overtime of a regional playoff victory. … Will play on scholarship at NCAA Division II Augustana (S.D.).
Kollin Neils, 6-2 jr., Plymouth
Averaged 13.6 points on 50.4 percent shooting, 3.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.9 steals per game for the EWC champion Panthers. … Named WBCA All-State honorable mention for Division 2, and a unanimous member of All-EWC first team. … Had 23 points, four rebounds and five steals in a season-opening win over Manitowoc, a season-high 29 points with three rebounds, four assists and four steals at Waupun on Dec. 14, and 12 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals in a key EWC win at Waupun on Dec. 6.
Josiah VerVelde, 6-9 sr., Oostburg
Led CLC champion Flying Dutchmen in scoring (18.2 ppg), rebounding (8.9) and blocked shots (3.7). … Was a unanimous All-CLC selection, and honorable mention Division 3 WBCA All-State pick. … Scored in double digits all but one game (a blowout win), and scored at least 20 points 10 times. Oostburg was 10-0 in those games. … Was also a dominant defensive presence, leading the area in both blocked shots and likely in altered attempts.
Matt Wilke, 6-1 jr., Sheb. Falls
Was a big-time scorer, able to produce from anywhere on the floor, and was also the top defender. … Averaged 17.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.5 steals per game for the Falcons. He shot 83 percent from the free-throw line. … A first-team All-EWC selection. … Scored 31 points in a big non-conference win over West Bend East. In the EWC finale, had 25 points, four rebounds, two assists and four steals in a win over Waupun, securing third place. … Scored at least 20 points 10 times and in double digits in 21 games.
Davis Larson, 6-4 fr., Sheb. North
Averaged 13.1 points per game (second on North), and 8.4 rebounds per game (second in FRCC). Was also second on the team in assists. … Honorable mention All-FRCC, and is the first freshman in North history to start every game. … Stepped up in the big regular-season games against rival South, with 25 points and 15 rebounds in the opener, 23 and 10 in the second.
Stephen Street, 6-6 sr., Ozaukee
Was a strong defender already, but became a scoring force in the paint for the Warriors. … Averaged 13.6 points, 10.3 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 2.6 steals per game. … Was an honorable mention Division 4 All-State pick by the WBCA, and a unanimous All-CLC selection. … Had at least one steal in every game, with a season-high seven in a win over Kiel on Jan. 10. Had an area-best 12 double-doubles, with a season-high 23 rebounds in a win over Cedar Grove on Nov. 27, and 23 points and 18 boards against Random Lake on Jan. 4. … Will play football at UW-Whitewater next fall.