Rongstad named 1st-team all-Big 8

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By: 
Rob Reischel
Middleton senior guard Derek Rongstad received first-team all-Big Eight Conference honors for a second straight year./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

The trio helped define Middleton’s boys basketball program the last two years.

They helped the Cardinals post 27 total wins, countless memorable performances and the school’s first win over Madison Memorial in nearly nine years.

So it was no surprise that Middleton’s Derek Rongstad, Luke Schafer and Max Oelerich each received all-Big Eight Conference honors.

Rongstad, a senior guard, was named first-team all-Big Eight for a second straight season. Schafer, a senior guard, and Oelerich, a senior forward, were both named honorable mention all-conference.

Rongstad, a preferred walk-on at UW-Milwaukee next season, was a unanimous first-team all-conference selection. He was joined on the first team by Madison Memorial center Darrlyn Willis, Sun Prairie guard Nick Noskowiak, Madison West guard Malik Clements and Janesville Craig guard Jerry Ngobi.

Coaches can’t vote for their own players. But the other nine schools in the league all had Rongstad — better known as “Doc” — in their top five.

“Doc was a consensus pick,” Middleton coach Kevin Bavery said. “He has truly earned his opportunity as a preferred walk on at UW-Milwaukee next year.”

Indeed.

Rongstad was Middleton’s leading scorer at 14.8 points per game. He also led the Cardinals in assists (2.5 per game) and steals (1.5).

Rongstad was second on the team in rebounding (4.3) and in blocked shots (0.8). Rongstad had a career-high 33 points at Madison East on Jan. 31 and shot 70.3% from the free throw line line.  

Rongstad finished his career with 891 points, the second-most in Bavery’s eight years as Middleton’s coach. Will Hudson’s 997 points are the most by a Cardinal in Bavery’s tenure.

Rongstad also was named Middleton’s ‘Most Valuable Player’ and was a co-captain this season.

Schafer finished second on the team in scoring (12.0), second in assists (2.0), second in steals (1.2) and third in rebounding (4.0). Schafer shot 44.4% from three-point land and 72.4% from the free throw line.

Schafer, a co-captain this year, finished his Middleton career with 579 total points. Schafer, a three-sport athlete, will play baseball at the University of Iowa beginning next season.

“Luke was that day-in and day-out high effort and high energy guy for us — practices and games alike,” Bavery said.  

Oelerich was Middleton’s leading rebounder with 5.6 per game, including 3.1 on the offensive end. Oelerich finished third on the team in scoring (9.0), third in blocked shots, shot 43% from the field and 73.6% from the free throw line.  

Oelerich is undecided about his college plans, but might pursue playing basketball at UW-La Crosse.

“Max is extremely young for his class, so his best basketball days are ahead of him should he choose to play at the next level,” Bavery said.

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