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Zackery, Koker garner AP All-State honors

Zackery, Koker garner AP All-State honors

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Jaeden Zackery and Chelby Koker were honored with one final award recently for their standout senior seasons with the Central boys and Shoreland Lutheran girls basketball teams, respectively.

On Monday, Zackery was named honorable mention All-State by the Associated Press, while late last week the AP named Koker second-team All-State among girls.

It was Zackery’s second consecutive AP All-State honorable mention selection. Koker moved up to the second team after being named honorable mention as a junior.

Previously, both were named first-team All-State in their respective divisions by the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association, Zackery in Division-2 and Koker in Division-3.

Zackery averaged 21.5 points, 5.8 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game in leading the Falcons to an undefeated Southern Lakes Conference title and an appearance in the WIAA Division-2 sectional semifinals, one year after Central advanced to the state tournament for the first time in program history.

The SLC Player of the Year, Zackery finished his Central career with 1,250 points, just 15 shy of 1989 graduate Tim Cates for the most in program history. Zackery will play in college and has drawn interest from NCAA Division I and II programs.

Koker, meanwhile, ended her career as the most prolific scorer in Kenosha County history, boy or girl.

During the season she became the first player in county history to reach the 2,000-point mark and finished her four-year varsity career with an astounding 2,448 points.

For her senior season, Koker averaged 32.4 points per game, second in the state to Milwaukee Academy of Science senior Shemera Williams. The NCAA Division I Northern Illinois recruit also averaged 9.2 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 3.0 steals per game, made 78 3-pointers and was 226-of-266 (85 percent) from the free-throw line.

Koker was named the Metro Classic Conference Player of the Year and led the Pacers to a co-conference title and an appearance in the Division-3 sectional semifinals.

Garnering the AP Player of the Year award among boys was Nicolet junior Jalen Johnson. Williams was the Player of the Year for girls.

Sun Prairie’s Jeff Boos was named the Boys Coach of the Year, while Beaver Dam’s Tim Chase was selected as the Girls Coach of the Year.

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