SPRING VALLEY, WI – The winter sports season has come to an end. While that is always bittersweet, especially for seniors, it also gives those that have put in the extra work needed, to reap the rewards for that hard work. Seven Spring Valley athletes earned various all-conference honors recently in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference voting.

Boys’ Basketball
Spring Valley senior Dylan Bosshart and junior Aaron Borgerding earned first team honors, leading the team to a second place finish in the conference. The duo joined George Scharlau and Ben Thompson of first place Colfax, Avery Hoepner of Mondovi and Riley Radle of Durand on the first team. All, except Borgerding, are seniors.

Bosshart was the second leading scorer for the Cardinals at a rate of 15.8 points per game, good for fifth in the conference. He led the Cardinals in free throw percentage, connecting on 85% from the line (72-of-85).

Borgerding was fourth in the conference in scoring at 15.9, narrowly edging his teammate for leading scorer on the Cardinals. He was also second in the conference in assists, 4.8 per game, and steals (58 on the season). Borgerding was also fifth in the conference in rebounds at a rate of 7.1 per game.

Both players earned second team honors last year, while Bosshart earned second team honors in the 2016-17 campaign as a sophomore and Borgerding had honorable mention honors as a freshman.

The two were the biggest keys to the Cardinals success this season, playing the ultimate team game, always looking for one more pass for an open shot for anyone. Bosshart’s exit marks the end of an era of Head Coach Rob Bosshart’s sons playing for him. His loss will be extremely hard to fill. Borgerding will be back for his senior season in 2019-20.

“Both players set the tone for our team from the start of the season,” said Head Coach Rob Bosshart. “This group has been so unselfish, always willing to do whatever helps the team, and that comes right from these two.”

Wrestling
The Spring Valley-Elmwood wrestling team had three players earn first team honors for the 2018-19 season.

Seniors Santana Schlegel and Kenny Fesenmaier and freshman Kaleb Casey were all deserving recipients of their honors.

Fesenmaier earned honors and had a great post-season run making it all the way to Madison as a regional and sectional champion for the first time in his career. He finished sixth at the WIAA State Tournament in his first visit to the event. Fesenmaier, wrestling at 182 much of the season, finished second at the Ellsworth Invite, New Richmond Invite and Chi-Hi Invite this year, as well as third at the Eau Claire Husky Invite.

Schlegel competed in a very tough 152 pound division that was also home to four time state champion Brock Schlough of Boyceville in the WIAA Tournament. Schlegel finished the season at the Regional Tournament with a season record of 28-10 in third place. He also had second place finishes at the Shell Lake Challenge, Chi Hi Invite, and New Richmond Invite. He finished third at the Eau Claire Husky Invite and sixth at the Northern Badger.

Casey finished with a record of 38-9 on the season in his rookie campaign and helps establish a new era for the Cardinal wrestling with his ability and drive. The freshman took first place at the Ellsworth Invitational to start the season at 106 pounds, took first at the New Richmond Invitational and Shell Lake Challenge events in January. He also finished second at the Chi Hi Invite, fifth in the Eau Claire Husky Invite and seventh in the very competitive Northern Badger.

The loss of Fesenmaier and Schlegel mark the end of era’s as both families have been wrestling families and very involved in the wrestling program for Spring Valley for many years. Casey is the start of a new era and has established himself as the foundation for the next generation of wrestlers for the Cardinals along with a few others that did not earn all-conference honors.

Girls’ Basketball
A pair of juniors is leading the charge for the resurging Spring Valley program. The Cardinals finished the season with a 5-16 overall record, 3-11 in the Dunn-St. Croix, behind the leading play of Lexi Johansen and Sandy Bune.

Johansen led the team in scoring, finishing fifth in the conference with a rate of 11.3 points per game over the course of the season. She was also second in the conference in rebounding with a rate of 8.8 boards per game.

Bune earned honorable mention honors with a 9.2 scoring average, but established herself as one of the premier point guards in the conference with her ball-handling skills. Not too bad for a player that missed all of last season due to an injury. She averaged 2.3 assists per game and 2.1 steals per contest.

“Lexi and Sandy are very deserving of their honors,” said Head Coach Sean Hoolihan. “Both players lead the team in scoring, rebounding, steals and assists, and they both worked hard in the off season and came to compete each and every night both at practice and in games.”

That’s good news for the Cardinals and not so good news for the other teams as both players will be back next year.

Congratulations to all the honorees!