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Hillsboro dominates WBCA All-Star selections
Helgerson, Stockwell named to D5 South team; Hildreth will be its head coach
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Joe Helgerson - photo by Hillsboro Sentry Enterprise archives

After an unprecedented two-year run, the Hillsboro boys basketball program will be well represented at this year’s Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Games that will be held at JustAGame Fieldhouse in Wisconsin Dells on Saturday, June 18.

Seniors Max Stockwell and Joe Helgerson will suit up for the boys’ Division 5 South team, that will be coached by Hillsboro head coach Curt Hildreth, Hillsboro boys assistant coaches Curt Bisarek, and Chris Koopman, and Hillsboro girls head coach Scott Egan.

The boys’ Division 5 game will tip off at 9 a.m. Saturday, followed by the boys’ D4 game at 10:45 a.m. and games in D3, D2 and D1 later in the afternoon.

Proceeds from the WBCA All-Star Games will go directly to the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer fund. All athletes and coaches involved in the event must raise money in order to participate. The money raised through donations will go directly to the MACC Fund.

Each all-star player has his or her own web page on the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association website at Just click on the All-Star Game Donation icon in the upper right corner and find the player you wish to support. All donations can be made electronically.

Anyone making a donation will receive game tickets upon request. A single game ticket is good for all girls’ games on Friday, as well as all boys’ games on Saturday.

Stockwell averaged 20.2 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 2.8 steals and 0.6 blocks per game, while shooting 57.8 percent (177-for-274) from the field, 66.5 percent (117-for-176) from the free throw line and 28.6 percent (18-for-63) from behind the arc as a senior.

Stockwell is a four-year varsity player, earning first-team All-SBC honors each year and first-team WBCA Division 5 all-state honors as a junior and senior.

Stockwell became Hillsboro’s all-time leading scorer with a career-high 30 points in a 66–48 win over Royaall on Jan. 29. He finished his career with 1,627 points.

Helgerson was also a four-year varsity player and a three-year starter at point guard. he averaged 14.7 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.6 steals per game to earn his second-straight first-team All-SBC award.

Helgerson shot 46.8 percent from the field (132-for-282), 76.5 percent (52-for-68) from the free throw line and 42.6 percent from the 3-point line with a team-high 66 made 3-pointers.

Helgerson surpassed the 1,000-point mark for his career with a 20-point effort in Hillsboro’s 67–55 regional champion win over Alma/Pepin on March 5. He finished his career with 1,022 points. Helgerson was an honorable mention all-conference selection as a sophomore.

Together Stockwell and Helgerson led the Tigers to a 47–8 mark of the past two years, a SBC title as seniors this past season and to the D5 state championship game as juniors in 2015.

Hildreth, a 2004 graduate of Iowa–Grant High School, took over the Hillsboro program prior to the 2014–15 season and has led the Tigers to a 47–8 record during his two seasons, including 26–2 in SBC play and 24–2 this past year.

Bisarek, who was a varsity head coach for nine years, including five years at Iowa–Grant (2000–2005), was Hildreth’s head coach in high school.

Egan has led the Hillsboro girls basketball team to a 36–16 record in his two seasons as head coach, including 20–7 this past season, which included a trip to the WIAA Division 5 sectional semifinals.