Impressive performances by basketball players, wrestlers

11 Polar Bears named to All-FVA team

Eleven Hortonville winter sport athletes have been named to All-Fox Valley Association (FVA) teams after turning in impressive performances in their respective sports this year.

Maddie Dunathan, Shay Frederick, Sarah Huebner and Lexy Campshure made the lists in girls’ basketball, while Ryan Krueger was the lone representative for boys’ basketball. Wrestlers Joe Cliver, Jacob Barnett, Cam Luker, Elliott Luker, Jack Huebner and Nathan Lichtfuss all made All-Conference teams as well.

Girls’ basketball

Dunathan, a senior, was a unanimous First Team All-FVA selection and was also named FVA Player of the Year after leading the Lady Polar Bears with 14.9 points per game and 3.3 assists per game. She directed the Polar Bear offense from the guard position and helped the team compile a 16-2 conference record as Hortonville won the FVA title this year.

Frederick, a freshman, joined Dunathan as a First Team All-FVA guard after averaging 11.2 points per game and 2.6 assists per game. Frederick helped the Polar Bears earn a Regional Championship this year while providing extremely accurate 3-point shooting.

Huebner, a senior, led the team with 7.2 rebounds per game while also contributing 5.5 points per game. She earned an Honorable Mention All-FVA Conference nod, along with Campshure, a junior who averaged 3.3 rebounds per game and 5.1 points per game.

Wrestling

Cliver wrestled his way to an appearance at State this year. The junior competed at 145 pounds, finishing first at the conference meet, Regionals and Sectionals. Cliver won one match at State before his season came to an end. His outstanding season helped him earn First Team All-FVA Conference honors.

Barnett, a sophomore, wrestled at 113 pounds this year, also earning a trip to State. Barnett won one match and lost two in Madison after taking first place in his bracket at Sectionals. Barnett earned Second Team All-FVA recognition this year.

Cam Luker, a senior, competed at 138 pounds this year, earning a first place finish at Regionals. He competed at Sectionals but saw his season come to an end after a tough 8-6 loss in the first round. Cam Luker earned Second Team All-FVA Conference honors for his efforts this year.

Elliott Luker, a sophomore, competed at 152 pounds this year. He took first place in his bracket at Regionals and followed it up with another first place finish at Sectionals. After earning a trip to State, he lost a tough 7-5 decision in his first match in the State Tournament. He was selected to the All-FVA Second Team for his performance this season.

Huebner, a junior, wrestled at 220 pounds this season, securing a Second Team All-FVA Conference selection. Huebner took second place in his bracket at Regionals and lost to the eventual champion at Sectionals, where his season came to an end.

Lichtfuss, a sophomore, earned Honorable Mention All-FVA Conference recognition this year while wrestling in the 132-pound weight class. He took first place in his bracket at Regionals and placed third at Sectionals, narrowly missing a trip to State.

Boys’ basketball

Sophomore guard Ryan Krueger helped lead the Polar Bear boys’ varsity basketball team to a WIAA Division 2 Regional Championship game. Krueger scored 23 points in the Bears’ 50-49 win over Antigo in a Regional semi-final game after averaging 12.3 points during the season. Krueger earned Honorable Mention All-Fox Valley Association honors for his efforts on the court this season.

“Ryan works extremely hard at the game of basketball,” said Coach Matt Hintz. “It is a passion of his and he is a great young man to coach. The Hortonville basketball program is very proud of Ryan and this accomplishment.”

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