Shoreland Lutheran’s Adam Freitag joined some exclusive company over the weekend.
Freitag, a 6-foot-1 senior, was one of four players to be a unanimous choice to the inaugural All-Metro Classic Conference first team. The others: Racine Lutheran’s Clay Stevens, Marquette recruit Duane Wilson, Whitefish Bay Dominican teammate Diamond Stone, a highly sought after recruit in the class of 2015.
YOUNG COGGS 73, SHORELAND 68
Adam Freitag scored 31 points, but a late offensive surge wasn’t enough as Young Coggs Prep ended Shoreland Lutheran’s season with a 73-68 victory in a WIAA Division-4 regional semifinal in Somers. ... The Pacers (13-10) outscored YCP 32-26 in an uptempo fourth quarter, but scoring just 36 in the first three quarters proved too much to overcome. “We struggled putting the ball in the cylinder tonight,” Shoreland coach Paul Strutz said. “When you don’t play your best in the playoffs, you lose.” ... Freitag scored 27 in the second half, while Jake Andersen added 10 points for the Pacers. ... Stephon Brown and Isaac Gillium had 20 points apiece for the Eagles (14-9), while D’Landric Winzer added 16 in the victory. ... “It was a great year by these kids, they overachieved,” Strutz said.
The Shoreland boys basketball team saw what happened when Jacob Thren stays within himself on Thursday night.
The senior scored 36 points as the Pacers handled Milwaukee Thomas More 68-56 in a Metro Classic Conference game in Somers.
RACINE — The first 3½ minutes were ideal for the Shoreland Lutheran boys basketball team Friday night.
KENOSHA — In the waning seconds of the first half, St. Joseph senior Alex Foster grabbed a defensive rebound, took two dribbles and launched a shot from beyond midcourt.
As the buzzer sounded, the ball banked high off the glass and fell through the rim as the Lancer faithful exploded.
SOMERS — There’s really no other way to put it: This was an absolutely brutal loss for the Shoreland Lutheran boys basketball team.
Up by eight points with 4 minutes, 21 seconds to play, the Pacers appeared to be on their way to an encouraging Metro Classic Conference win over talented Racine St. Catherine’s.
SOMERS — Listening to Shoreland Lutheran boys basketball coach Paul Strutz say, “I thought the kids played well,” after a 21-point loss Thursday might make your eyebrows furrow.
You might accuse Strutz of wearing rose-colored glasses, or perhaps trying to use reverse psychology to motivate his team.
Luckily for the Shoreland boys basketball team, games contain two halves.
The Pacers shook off what coach Paul Strutz called a “lethargic” first half in defeating Racine Lutheran 51-45 in a Metro Classic Conference game on Tuesday night in Somers.
The Shoreland Lutheran boys basketball team used a late game run to put its struggles in close contests behind them on Saturday.
Adam Freitag sparked a 7-0 run and the Pacers beat host Union Grove 51-43 in non-conference action.
In its first game since Dec. 21 and in front of an Alumni Night crowd, the Shoreland Lutheran boys basketball team defeated Greendale Martin Luther 58-31 Friday in Metro Classic Conference action.
“We were a little sluggish early but then got our legs back and really played well throughout the first half,” said Pacers coach Paul Strutz, whose team led 14-2 after the first quarter and 30-10 at halftime.
Unfortunately for the Shoreland Lutheran boys basketball team, the Pacers are getting an early season lesson on how to cope with crushing defeats.
Racine Prairie’s Sam Hatem banked in a one-handed runner in the lane with 3 seconds left to lift the Hawks to a 37-35 Metro Classic Conference victory over the visiting Pacers on Friday night.
The St. Joseph boys basketball team used a barrage of third quarter 3-pointers in shooting past Shoreland 69-55 in a Metro Classic Conference game in Somers on Tuesday night.
The Lancers drained eight 3-pointers in the third to turn a one-point lead at the break into an insurmountable 14-point bulge by quarter’s end.
The Shoreland boys basketball team survived a thriller in edging host Reuther, 55-53, in a non-conference game Thursday.
Reuther’s Aavery Brice missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer from the wing with one second remaining as the Bulldogs nearly overcame a five-point deficit in the final 20 seconds.
It’s hard to imagine a tougher end to a season than the Shoreland Lutheran boys basketball team suffered in 2011-12.
A senior-laden squad with WIAA Division-4 state aspirations saw a 16-point lead go by the boards in a 66-64 overtime loss to a Brookfield Academy team propelled by a stellar individual effort by Dominique Cross in regional final action in Somers.
SHORELAND LUTHERAN 44, HOPE 39
Adam Freitag scored 19 points and Jacob Thren added 11 as Shoreland rallied past Hope in non-conference action in Somers. ... The Pacers (2-0) trailed the Eagles 35-30 before closing out the game on a 14-4 run, with Thren providing some huge plays down the stretch according to coach Paul Strutz. ... Freitag made four 3-pointers and was 3-of-5 from the foul line. ... Nick Zupinski had six steals and Jake Anderson had seven rebounds to lead the Pacers. ... “This was a totally different style than what we saw in Beloit (in Friday’s 54-30 victory),” Strutz said. “We really had to work. Two very contrasting styles and it was good for the kids to see that.”
KENOSHA — The St. Joseph boys basketball team rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit to pull away from New Berlin West 57-46 in a non-conference season opener at St. Joseph on Friday night.
“New Berlin West is a very strong and well-coached team,” St. Joseph coach Jose Winston said. “They are the type of team we will face every game in our conference. I am extremely proud of both the effort and energy my young men showed tonight.”
—at Beloit Turner (W, 54-30).
—Hope (W, 44-39).
—at Central, 7:30 p.m.
—at Reuther, 6:30 p.m.
—at Racine St. Catherine’s, 7:15 p.m.
—Christian Life, 7:30 p.m.
—St. Joseph, 7:30 p.m.
—Burlington Catholic Central, 7:30 p.m.
—at Racine Prairie, 7:30 p.m.
—Greendale Martin Luther, 7:30 p.m.
—at Union Grove, 7 p.m.
—Racine Lutheran, 7:30 p.m.
—at St. Thomas More, 7:30 p.m.
—Whitefish Bay Dominican, 7:30 p.m.
—at Burlington Catholic Central, 7:15 p.m.
—Racine St. Catherine’s, 7:30 p.m.
—at St. Joseph, 7:30 p.m.
—Racine Prairie, 7:30 p.m.
—at Greendale Martin Luther, 7:30 p.m.
—at Racine Lutheran, 7:30 p.m.
—St. Thomas More, 7:30 p.m.
—at Whitefish Bay Dominican, 7:30 p.m.
—WIAA Division-4 regional quarterfinal, TBD.
—WIAA Division-4 regional semifinal, TBD.
—WIAA Division-4 regional final, TBD.
—WIAA Division-4 sectional semifinal, TBD.
—WIAA Division-4 sectional final, TBD.
—at WIAA State Tournament (Kohl Center, Madison), TBD.
No. Player Pos. Ht. Yr.
10 Ryan White G 5-10 Jr.
12 Jacob Lash G 5-10 Sr.
15 Colin Schneider F 5-10 Jr.
20 Travis Barcalow F 6-2 Sr.
22 Ben Rust G 5-9 Jr.
24 Robert Strutz F 5-11 So.
25 Jacob Thren F 6-4 Sr.
30 Nick Zupinski G 5-9 Jr.
32 Jacob VanSant G 5-10 So.
33 Adam Freitag G 6-1 Sr.
34 Jacob Anderson F 6-3 So.
42 Joshua Richter C 6-7 Jr.
44 Alex Schumacher F 6-2 So.
Head coach—Paul Strutz, seventh season
Assistant coaches—Andy Baumgart, Don Eickmeyer and Andrew Willems
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