High school basketball: Suring’s Stegeman named M&O boys player of year

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Gillett’s DeBauch makes M&O girls first team

Suring’s Mitchell Stegeman, center, tries to evade Green Bay NEW Lutheran’s Jacob Champeau, left, and Suring teammate Caleb Lally, right, during a Division 5 regional title game at Green Bay East High School on March 2. Stegeman was recently named the conference player of the year in the Marinette & Oconto Conference, while Lally was placed on the second team. (Times Herald photo by Morgan Rode)

Gillett’s Aubrey DeBauch, left, dribbles the ball up the court during a nonconference game at Bonduel on Jan. 4. DeBauch was recently named to the all-conference first team. (Times Herald photo by Morgan Rode)

Suring High School boys basketball standout Mitchell Stegeman was named the player of the year in the Marinette & Oconto Conference after a strong senior season on the court.

“I am extremely honored to have been named player of the year,” Stegeman said. “It reassures me that when you put in a lot of hard work, it really does pay off.”

Stegeman averaged 18.9 points per game to lead the M&O. He also grabbed about eight rebounds, dished out three assists and had over two steals per contest.

Stegeman helped the Eagles reach a Division 5 regional title game. The senior poured in a season-high 34 points against Oneida Nation on Jan. 15 and scored over 20 points in Suring’s last five games.

Gillett senior Cole Long was also a first team all-conference pick.

“Being named to first team means the world to me,” Long said. “I feel so proud that I was able to reach the goal that I had since freshman year.”

Long averaged 16.6 points, 9.3 rebounds and nearly two steals across the Tigers’ 23 games.

The senior scored a season-high 31 points against St. Thomas Aquinas Academy on Jan. 26, and he scored in double figures in the team’s final four games.

Also enjoying a strong senior season was Suring’s Caleb Lally, who was placed on the second team.

Lally averaged 17.2 points and over seven rebounds per contest. Lally finished behind only Stegeman in points per game in the conference.

Gillett senior Logan Krause landed on the honorable mention team.

Krause scored nearly 10 points per game, while averaging over four assists.

Lena’s Max Beyer was one of two freshmen to earn an all-conference nod.

Beyer was an honorable mention after averaging over 10 points per contest.


Gillett High School girls basketball sophomore Aubrey DeBauch was named to the all-conference first team in a tough and rugged Marinette & Oconto Conference.

Over the Tigers’ 26 games, DeBauch averaged 17.1 points, a conference-leading12.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 3.5 steals and 1.9 blocks per contest.

“It really is an honor,” DeBauch said. “I’m proud that the work I’ve put in is paying off.”

After making a run to the sectional semifinals and with no seniors graduating from this year’s roster, Gillett believes its future is even brighter.

“We didn’t quite get to where we wanted to be as a team this year, but we will definitely have more confidence going into the season next year,” DeBauch said.

Fellow Gillett sophomore Karissa Schaal was named to the all-conference second team.

Schaal finished with averages of 13.8 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 4.4 steals per contest.

“It really means a lot knowing that hard work does pay off,” said Schaal of the honor. “It sets real high standards for my next two years and definitely will motivate me to put even more time and work into it and maybe be named first team all-conference (the) next two seasons.”

Also landing on the second team was Suring sophomore Kylee Stelzer.

Stelzer led the Eagles in scoring, averaging 12.6 points per game.

“This gives me confidence in myself knowing that I have the potential to make myself better in the next two years,” said Stelzer on how the honor affects her. “It also gives me motivation to work harder in the offseason in the hopes of getting first team in the future.”

Suring sophomore Paige Krueger landed on the honorable mention team.

Krueger scored just under 10 points per contest.

Senior Meckenna Portier was the lone Lena player to make an all-conference team, being named honorable mention.

Portier averaged a double-double for the season, scoring just over 10 points and grabbing nearly 12 rebounds per game. She had just under three steals per game and averaged 1.6 blocks.