Josh Dahlke led the Tomah High School boys basketball team in points, rebounds and assists.
To say Tomah’s offense went through Dahlke is an understatement.
Dahlke, a 6-8 senior center, emerged as a scorer, passer and rim protector, and his efforts were recognized by Mississippi Valley Conference coaches with a first-team selection on the all-conference team.
Dahlke, a three-year letterwinner, matured into an all-around player this season, said Tomah coach Brad Plueger.
“Whenever a player leads a team in all those categories, obviously the offense will go through him,” Plueger said. “He made himself a complete player on the offensive side.”
Plueger said Dahlke also emerged as a dominant defender who learned to protect the rim without getting into foul trouble.
“We had a lot of games where we didn’t give up 50 points, and he was a big part of that,” Plueger said.
Dahlke will play for the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse next season.
The Timberwolves also had a second-team selection in senior forward Peter Brey. Plueger said Brey’s leadership and ability to hit the mid-range jump shot were major roles in Tomah’s success.
“People can’t guard the 15-foot jump shot anymore, and that was big for us,” Plueger said.
Two other Tomah senior starters − forward Trevor Shutter and guard Kyle Kroener − were named honorable mention.
Plueger was named the league’s coach of year. He led the Timberwolves to their first winning MVC season − both overall and in the MVC − since 2004-05. Tomah Area School District activities director Tom Curran said Plueger led the program to a breakthrough season in a conference that regularly churns out NCAA Division 1 basketball talent.
“The award is selected by his peers, and (Plueger) stood out for the job he did,” Curran said. “He has done a good job for a long time. He had some good talent this year and was able to put it all together.”
Senior Trey Gnewikow was Tomah’s representative on the sportsmanship team.
La Crosse Logan senior guard C.J. Siegel and Onalaska senior guard Noah Skifton were named co-players of the year. Two players from La Crosse Central − sophomore wing Johnny Davis and junior guard Noah Parcher − rounded out the first team.
Joining Brey on the second team were: Conley Malone, senior, guard, La Crosse Aquinas; Jordan Davis, sophomore, guard, Central; Carson Arenz, sophomore, forward, Onalaska; Tyrell Stuttley, sophomore, forward, Onalaska.
The rest of the honorable mention: Craig Newsome, senior, guard, Holmen; Jimmy Gillespie, junior, guard, Holmen; Terrance Thompson, sophomore, center, Central; Randy Jacobson, senior, center, Aquinas; David Hayden, junior, guard, Central; Alex Burke, senior, guard, Sparta; Bryce Edwards, junior, forward, Sparta; Calvin Mavin, junior, guard, Logan; Matthew Borsheimm, senior, guard, Logan; Sam Kick, freshman, guard, Onalaska, Landon Skemp, senior, guard, Onalaska; Brandon Merfeld, junior, guard, Aquinas.
MVC BOYS BASKETBALL
Final 2017-18 standings
Onalaska 10-2 20-4
Tomah 7-5 14-9
Logan 7-5 11-13
Holmen 4-8 10-14
Aquinas 3-9 13-13
Sparta 0-12 5-18