Two of the top girls basketball players in the Wisconsin Valley Conference the past few years have received one more honor in their prep careers.
D.C. Everest’s Taylor Hodell and Wausau West’s Jasmin Samz were named to the third and fourth team, respectively, for The Associated Press all-state girls basketball team that was released Thursday.
Arike Ogunbowale of the Division 1 state champion Divine Savior Holy Angels is the player of the year, while Whitewater’s Judy Harms is the coach of the year.
Adams-Friendship’s Emma Roenneburg, Assumption’s Gena Grundhoffer, Marathon’s Emily Kind, Mosinee’s Bailey Schultz and Owen-Withee’s Stephany Heggemeier all were honorable mention selections.
Hodell, a 6-foot-4 forward, helped the Evergreens reach the state tournament for the first time since 1994 and advance to a title game against DSHA. She averaged 18.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.3 blocks and was a unanimous all-Wisconsin Valley Conference selection a year after being the conference player of the year.
Samz was the WVC’s top player this season after leading the conference in scoring. The Wausau West senior averaged 25.4 points per game this year overall, with a season high of 39 points.
Both Hodell and Samz were also selected all state by the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association.
For Ogunbowale, this is the third straight season that she won top player honors.
“That’s really amazing,” she said after scoring nine points in the McDonald’s High School All-American game. “There a lot of great players in Wisconsin, so it’s an honor to be able to get it not once but (three times) now.”
The 5-foot-9 Ogunbowale averaged 27.2 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.5 steals in leading the Angels to their first WIAA state title. She set a tournament record with 55 points in the state semifinal, which tied for third most in a girls game in the state, according to records kept by the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association.
“I think she will be remembered as the greatest female player to play in the state of Wisconsin,” coach Jeff Worzella said. “At times, I just sat there on the sideline and was simply amazed at what she could do on the basketball court.”
Harms had a season to remember, too, after Whitewater won its first state championship. The Whippets became the first team to go undefeated and win the Division 3 title since Cuba City in 2010.
She gives much of the credit to the unselfishness of her players.
“The biggest reason is our seniors and the leadership out of our senior captains. They grew up a lot over the years,” Harms said. “It was finally their turn to lead and they just stepped up.”
ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-STATE GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM
Arike Ogunbowale, 5-9, sr., G, Divine Savior Holy Angels; Gabby Green, 5-5, sr., G, Pius XI; Megan Gustafson, 6-3, sr., F, South South; Allazia Blockton, 5-10, sr., G/F, Dominican; Natisha Hiedeman, 5-8, sr., G, Green Bay Southwest
Kayla Goth, 6-0, sr., G, DeForest; Amani Wilborn, 5-10, G, Milwaukee Riverside; Chloe Wanink, 5-7, sr., G, Cameron; Annalese Lamke, 6-3, sr., C, Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau; Hannah Whitish, 5-9, jr., G, Barneveld
Shakeela Fowler, 5-3, sr., G, Milwaukee King; Taylor Hodell, 6-4, sr., F, D.C. Everest; Taylor Higginbotham, 5-10, sr., G, Germantown; Kelli Schrauth, 5-11, sr., F, Fond du Lac St. Mary’s Springs; Sarah Schumacherm 6-0, sr., P, Whitewater
Chelsea Ritter, 5-10, sr., F, La Crosse Aquinas; Mikayla Voigt, 5-9, sr., G/F, Kettle Moraine Lutheran; Karly Murphy, 6-1, jr., F, River Falls; Jasmin Samz, 5-10, sr., G, Wausau West; Madison Blair, 5-11, sr., G/F, Waterford
Abby Gerrits, jr., Pewaukee; Mariana Bautista, sr., Heritage Christian, Sammy Kozlowski, sr., New Berlin Eisenhower; Akaylah Hayes, sr., Milwaukee King; Allie Barber, sr., Cedarburg; Alona Johnson, jr., Milwaukee Riverside; Gena Grundhoffer, jr., Assumption; Bailey Schultz, jr., Mosinee; Stephany Heggemeier, sr., Owen-Withee; Emily Kind, sr., Marathon; Morgan Horstman, sr., Bangor; Hillary Filla, sr., Arcadia; Tayla Stuttley, soph., Onalaska; Dani Nelson, sr., Augusta; Maddie Dunathan, sr.; Hortonville; Abbie Botz, sr., Little Chute; Peyton Ufi, sr., Appleton Xavier; Bailey Diersen, sr., Fox Valley Lutheran; Jenna Smarzinski, sr., Kimberly; Alyssa Fischer, sr., Manitowoc Lincoln; Conner Grall, jr., Valders; Mariah Szymanski, jr., Pulaski; Margaret Miller, sr., De Pere; Madison Wolf, sr., Sheboygan; Kylie Moe, jr., Brodhead; Chloe Pustina, sr., Cuba City; Emma Roenneburg, sr., Adams-Friendship; Rachel Slaney, sr., Barneveld; Kelly Tramburg, jr., Fall River; Taylor Baker, sr., Lodi; Caitlyn Hibner, jr., Portage; Alison Hughes, sr., Janesville Craig; Emma Meriggioli, sr., Madison Edgewood; Monica Muth, sr., Cambridge; Ellie Harmeyer, sr., Somers Shoreland Lutheran; Jessica Kelliher, sr., Waukesha North; Dani Rhodes, jr., Waukesha West; Ally May, sr., Arrowhead; Bre Cera, jr., Mukwonago; Shae Brey, jr., Regis; Jamie Reit, jr., Stanley-Boyd; Morganne Gruber, sr., Durand; Tatum Mayenschein, sr., Fall Creek; Katie Stark, jr., Hayward; Alexi Walesh, jr., 5-7, G, Two Rivers; Alyssa Fischer, sr., 5-10, G, Manitowoc; Julia Silloway, jr., Berlin; Brooke Scott, sr., North Fond du Lac; Jamie Spanbauer, sr., Lourdes Academy