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American Family Insurance ALL-USA Press-Gazette Media who to watch in the Bay Conference

8:19 AM, Dec. 6, 2012  |  Comments
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Here are American Family Insurance ALL-USA Press-Gazette Media who to watch players, teams and coaches in the 2012-13 Bay Conference boys basketball season.

■ Shawano will be led by point guard Zack Sousek. The 5-foot-9 sophomore was an honorable-mention selection in the Bay last season and is considered by some coaches to be one of the top players in the league.

The Hawks also return 6-2 junior guard Will Cox, who averaged 10.0 points and 4.0 rebounds last season.

A name to look out for is 6-6 freshman Zeke Gueths, who has been a starter early in the season and has shown promise.

■ Denmark coach Bob Gaulke has been happy with the leadership displayed by his seniors. There is little question that one of those players, Dalton Lefebvre, will be counted on a great deal. Lefebvre was an honorable-mention selection on the all-conference team last season.

■ Kirk Hirst has taken over as the head coach at Oconto Falls, but after going 2-21 last season, it's about taking small steps back to respectability in his first year.

"I would say our youth in the program is good," Hirst said. "We have some real good freshmen, and couple that with a few solid sophomores and juniors.

"We can compete down the road, after our guys get some experience playing at this level."

■ Luxemburg-Casco will have plenty of new faces after graduating eight players. The team will look to junior guard Caleb Willems to help lead the way. He also was a standout quarterback for the Spartans.

"We are looking for our identity as a team yet with a lot of young and inexperienced players," L-C coach Kyle Thayse said.

■ Senior guard Derek Klegin has gotten off to a dominating start for Marinette. He recently scored 28 points in a win over New London and had 30 points in a win against Oconto on Monday. He is averaging 25.0 points in Marinette's first five games.

■ West De Pere is considered one of the favorites in the Bay, and for good reason. The Phantoms have five players returning with varsity experience from a team that was one of the best in the league in 2011-12.

At the top of that list is sophomore forward Cody Schwartz, who averaged 13.4 points and 8.4 rebounds as a freshman and was a second-team all-conference selection.

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