Boys' basketball: Borgerding, Bosshart make first team; Maxwell honored by DSC
Since their conference play was cut from 16 to 14 games, the Spring Valley Cardinals have boasted 12-win seasons twice — the first in 2016-17, and again in 2018-19.
The Cardinals led the DSC for the majority of the 2018-19 season, and though their league dominance was made possible by their rookie role players, co-captains Aaron Borgerding and Dylan 'Zip' Bosshart played a large hand in leading their team to a 12-2 DSC record.
Borgerding and Bosshart were named to the DSC's All-Conference First Team after they not only filled the Cardinals' box scores but also finished with top scoring averages in the DSC.
Borgerding finished the season with averages of 15.9 points, 7.1 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game, leading the Cardinals in all three categories. The junior's 15.9 points per game was the fourth-best scoring average in the DSC this season, and his assists-per-game average made him the second-best distributor among his league peers.
Bosshart finished just behind Borgerding in scoring with an average of 15.8 points per game, which was the fifth-best average in the DSC. The senior guard added 3.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game during his final season and finished his four-year varsity career with 900 points.
Rob Bosshart, the Cardinals' head coach, was pleased to see two of his players receive first-team honors after their dedication in the offseason.
"They were both highly motivated to improve upon our record from the previous year and did a great job of encouraging their teammates to do the same," Bosshart said. "Both are very dynamic players, fundamentally sound and outstanding teammates. Their recognition was well deserved, and we are very proud of both of them."
Elmwood/Plum City senior co-captain Tyler Maxwell was also honored by the DSC at the end of his high school basketball career when he was named to the conference's honorable mention list.
After missing two games at the beginning of the season due to an ankle injury, Maxwell came back to lead the Wolves in scoring with an average of 8.8 points per game in the 20 contests he played. The senior guard also added averages of 4.6 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.2 assists per game in his final run with the Wolves.
Maxwell finished with 449 career points at the conclusion of his three-year varsity career, but the loss of his defensive play will be missed.
"Tyler was a key part in our defensive scheme this year," said EPC head coach Zach Gilles. "Offensively, he was very streaky, but he was a kid who gave 100 percent when he was on the floor.
"He's a senior who will definitely be missed."
Colfax senior George Scharlau was named the DSC's Player of the Year.