After leading the Hillsboro boys’ basketball team to its first state tournament in school history, postseason awards continue to roll in for junior standout Max Stockwell.
The talented 6-foot-5 forward was one of 12 players recently named to the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Division 5 All-State first-team.
Stockwell led the Tigers to a 23–6 overall record while leading the team in nearly every statistical category. He finished the year averaging 17.7 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.8 steals, all team highs. He shot 53.7 percent (181-for-337) from the field, 58.4 percent (90-for-154) form the free throw line and 29.3 percent (17-for-58) from the 3-point line.
Stockwell is a three-year varsity player earning first-team all-conference honors in each of his three seasons. He also surpassed the 1,000-point mark in a regional semifinal victory over Royall on March 6. He finished the year with 1,102 career points.
Stockwell played the final five games of the season with an injured right wrist, after falling hard during the Tigers’ 66–42 regional semifinal victory over Royall on March 6. He will have a CT scan to determine if he has a hairline fracture or ligament damage. He will be in a cast for at least three weeks and will miss baseball until he is healed.
Stockwell was joined on the WBCA D5 All-State team by a handful of familiar foes.
Bangor senior Canon O’Heron, Young Coggs Prep senior Tiwon Jones, Green Bay N.E.W. Lutheran senior Noah Gosse, were also named first-team all-state. Gilmanton senior Devin Oesau received all-state honorable mention.
Stockwell and Hillsboro played O’Heron’s Bangor team twice during the regular season — losing both times. O’Heron was named the Scenic Bluffs Conference Player of the Year for a second straight season.
He averaged a conference-best 25.3 points per game, while leading the Cardinals in rebounds (220), assists (110), steals (47) and blocks (30). He averaged 9.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.2 blocks per game while shooting 57.3 percent (239-for-417) from the field, 67.2 percent (88-for-131) from the free throw line and 38.9 percent (37-for-95) from behind the arc.
Bangor went 21–3 overall and won a second straight conference title with a perfect 14–0 mark in SBC play.
Hillsboro lost to Jones and Young Coggs Prep in the WIAA Division 5 state championship game on March 21, 56–50.
Jones scored a team-high 24 points on 5 of 10 from the field and 14 of 21 from the free throw line. Jones, a speedy 6–1 guard, averaged 26.8 points per game to lead the Eagles to a 23–5 overall record.
Hillsboro defeated Gosse and Green Bay N.E.W. Lutheran 59–57 in the D5 state semifinals. The Tigers held Gosse to nine points and eight rebounds. The 6-foot-3 forward averaged 17.6 points and nine rebounds per game.
Hillsboro also beat Oesau and Gilmanton (18–6) en route to state, downing the Panthers, 61–47, in a D5 sectional semifinal on March 12. Oesau averaged 18.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game.