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By Jason Nihles, The Platteville Journal / Fennimore Times / Boscobel Dial
Max Lucey, Sr., G, Cuba City boys basketball and
Brady Larson, Sr., G, Fennimore boys basketball
Cuba City senior guard Max Lucey and Fennimore senior Brady Larson were recently named to the the 10-player Wisconsin Coaches Association Division 4 All-State first-team at the conclusion of highly successful final seasons. Lucey and Larson shared Player of the Year honors in the Southwest Wisconsin Activities League and were named first-team all-conference for the second straight year.
Lucey helped Cuba City to a 19–8 overall record and an 11–3 second place finish in the eight-team SWAL by averaging 21.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists, while shooting 36.6 percent (59 of 161) from behind the 3-point arc. He finished his high school career with 1,166 points.
Larson averaged a SWAL-best 21.5 points per game on 46.8 percent shooting from the field (291 of 410), including 38.7 percent on 3-pointers (79 of 204), and 81.9 percent at the free throw line (95 of 116). He also averaged 5.5 rebounds, a team-high 3.7 assists and a team-best 3.6 steals per game and led the Golden Eagles to a 16–10 record and an 8–6 fifth-place finish in the SWAL. Larson surpassed the 1,000-point career mark this year and finished his career with 1,378 points, 370 rebounds, 311 assists and 189 steals.
HONORABLE MENTION (in alphabetical order):
Chandler Batchelor, Sr., C, Dodgeville boys basketball
Batchelor was named the SWC Player of the Year and WBCA Division 3 honorable mention All-State after averaging 16.2 points, and 9.8 rebounds, while leading the conference with 3.2 blocks per game and a 70.5 field goal percentage for the SWC co-champion Dodgers (16–10, 9–1 SWC).
Gavin Wunderlin, Jr., F, Potosi boys basketball
Wunderlin was named the Six Rivers West Player of the year after averaging a team-high 19.7 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.4 steals and 2 assists per game, while shooting 48.4 percent (200 of 413) from the field, 36.3 percent on 3-pointers (57 of 157) and 77.6 percent from the free throw line (76 of 98) to earn first-team All-SRW for the second-straight year for the SRW co-champion Chieftains (21–6, 11–1 SRW). Wunderlin also joined the 1,000-point club with a 29-point performance in an 87–45 win over Belmont Feb. 14 at PHS.