Northland Pines junior guard Ryan Peterson was the first Eagle to be named to the Great Northern Conference first team in boys basketball. He was second in GNC scoring. —STAFF PHOTO
Northland Pines junior guard Ryan Peterson was the first Eagle to be named to the Great Northern Conference first team in boys basketball. He was second in GNC scoring. —STAFF PHOTO
Northland Pines junior Ryan Peterson was named to the Great Northern Conference (GNC) 2018-’19 boys basketball all-conference first team and Eagles senior Max Lurvey was named to the second team.

It’s the first time since the GNC was formed in 2008 that Pines has had both a first and second team player named all-conference in the same season in boys basketball.

Peterson was second in the conference in scoring with 206 points, averaging 18.7 points per game. He also was second in rebounding with 92, good for 8.4 per game. He was second in assists with 55, averaging five per game. He also was second in steals with 31, good for 2.8 per game.

Lurvey was fifth in scoring in the conference with 183 points, averaging 16.6 points per game. He was first in the league with 14 blocks in 12 games and second in 3-pointers with 29, averaging 2.6 per game.

Peterson and Lurvey helped the Eagles to a 4-8 GNC record. The Eagles were 11-12 overall.

Joining Peterson on the first team were Lakeland senior Jonathan Jurries, Mosinee junior Luke Spink, Medford sophomore Peyton Kuhn and Mosinee sophomore Cyle Kowalski. Peterson, Spink and Jurries were unanimous selections.

Joining Lurvey on the second team were two Antigo juniors, Tanner Resch and Nevin Cornelius; Mosinee senior Casey Kowalski; and Rhine­lander senior Bryce Schickert.

Players receiving honorable mention included: seniors Milo Wittmann and Sebastian Noskowiak, both of Antigo; junior Michael Ouimette, senior Mason Wolfe and junior Collin Quade, all of Lakeland; juniors Justin Sullivan and Doug Way, both of Medford; senior Adam Moucha of Mosinee; senior Junior Howard and sophomore Ross Skeen, both of Rhinelander; and sophomore Drew Bolder and senior Jared Leverance, both of Tomahawk.

Spink of Mosinee was named the GNC Player of the Year. He led the conference in scoring with 242 points, averaging 20.2 points per game. Mosinee coach Andy Bruess was named the GNC Coach of the Year. 

Mosinee won the conference with a 12-0 record, followed by Antigo and Medford both at 7-5, Lakeland and Rhinelander both 6-6, Northland Pines at 4-8 and Tomahawk at 0-12. 

Northland Pines beat Tomahawk twice, as well as Antigo and Rhinelander each once.