The Mukwonago boys basketball team finished third in the Classic 8 this past season with a 9-5 record. After a successful league showing, several MHS players were honored by the Classic 8 coaches.
Senior Brandon Hau, the school's all-time leading scorer, was named to the first team.
"He has also been selected for the (Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association) All-Star game this upcoming June," Mukwonago coach Jim Haasser said. "I also expect him to get some recognition on local teams and possibly some state teams."
On March 20, the WBCA announced Hau had been named to the Division 1 All-State honorable mention list.
Alex Gehl, a senior, made the second team in the Classic 8.
"Alex earning second team was a surprise for him but not for us nor the other coaches in the conference," Haasser said. "He had a great season, which was extremely consistent from game to game. His ability to play with great energy and passion helped us be the tough matchup we were for most of our opponents. He spearheaded our defensive effort on a nightly basis all the while putting great pressure on their defense by attacking relentlessly on the dribble. While not a vocal leader, he was definitely looked upon (along with Nathan Jendusa) as being one our leaders because of his consistent motor and attention to detail both during games and practices."
Jendusa, a senior, was on the honorable mention list.
"Nathan and his reckless abandon will be remembered fondly for many, many years," Haasser said. "You cannot overestimate how important it is to have someone like that on your team and in your program. While there are still, sadly, too many people who only see his limitations as a top-tier point guard, having that kid who consistently pressures his teammates to play at or near his energy level is irreplaceable. Over the years, I can think of only a handful of players who have brought the same level of passion and energy to practices and/or games and that's one of the highest compliments any coach can give any of his players."
Senior Gabe Cizauskas was also honorable mention.
"Gabe had a heck of a season for us," Haasser said. "After gaining huge minutes last season and all of the experience that goes with that, we were hoping he would have the type of year he did. Played some of his best games against some of the best competition we faced which, we believe, speaks to how well prepared he is on a nightly basis. Very good student of the game who could definitely impact future teams by being a coach someday."
Arrowhead, which finished as the D1 state runnerup, won the Classic 8 with a 13-1 record. Arrowhead's Trevell Cunningham was named Player of the Year and Arrowhead's Craig Haase was Coach of the Year. Kettle Moraine's Justin Bestor was Assistant Coach of the Year.
Classic 8 boys basketball
First team: Trevell Cunningham, sr., Arrowhead (POY); Ben Seefeld, sr., Arrowhead; Brandon Hau, sr., Mukwonago; A.J. Makinen, soph., Muskego; Stu Vent, soph., Muskego; Will McDonald, jr., Waukesha North; Keaton Stremick, sr., Waukesha South
Second team: Alec Hamilton, sr., Hamilton; Austin Young, sr., Catholic Memorial; Rich Byhre, soph., Catholic Memorial; Michael Payant, jr., Kettle Moraine; Alex Gehl, sr., Mukwonago; Luke Horozewski, sr., Muskego
Honorable mention: Marko Matejic, sr., Arrowhead; Lucas Morris, sr., Catholic Memorial; Nick Dahmen, sr., Kettle Moraine; Ben Psicihulis, sr., Kettle Moraine; Ben Wellenstein, jr., Kettle Moraine; Will Herald, sr., Muskego; Ben Schaefer, sr., Muskego; Taylor Anderson, sr., Waukesha North; Grayson Cooley, jr., Waukesha South; Rocky Martinez, soph., Waukesha West; Finley Schumacher, jr., Waukesha West; Tahjay Blackmon, sr., Waukesha West