Proclamations, parades and pomp: Germantown boys celebrate state title
Records tumbled like dominoes in 28-0 season
Germantown - Numerous items on the checklist have already been taken care of for the newly crowned WIAA State Division 1 boys basketball champion Germantown boys basketball team.
There was a proclamation and a fine frameable document given to coach Steve Showalter by a Germantown governmental body last week.
Then there was the busy day of March 20.
It started with a congratulatory phone call in the morning from Showalter's old boss and coach at UW-Platteville, Bo Ryan, who will now be the boss and coach of Showalter's son, Zak, when Zak heads off to the University of Wisconsin as a preferred walk-on next fall.
Team gets some pep from fans
And then, later in the afternoon was the fine, glorious pep assembly in the gymnasium, where the team had to wait its turn following several other worthy honorees, both academic and athletic.
But then everyone knew who would get the loudest cheers from the assembled student body as Steve Showalter and company brought out the big coveted gold ball and officially presented it to the school.
And there was the team banquet that night, the one where it was announced that the 28-0 state championship group had erased virtually all the fine records that the 24-2 team of a year ago (which was virtually the same crew) had set.
It was also a place and time for some fine official goodbyes too, for the nine seniors who were in large part responsible for the Warhawks' heady achievements.
"It was fun, it was happy and it was sad too," said Steve Showalter. "I told everyone I had to keep it happy or else I wouldn't be able to get through it (without crying), but then Zak got up and he got very emotional and then so did I and so my original plan just went out the window (laughs)."
There was also the AP all-state team that was announced where Zak lost out on a tiebreaker for player of the year to his future Wisconsin roommate and pal Sam Dekker of Sheboygan Lutheran, he of the miraculous last-second shot that gave the Crusaders the state Division 5 title on the Warhawks' fateful day of March 17.
"He's a great kid and a tremendous athlete," said Zak of Dekker. "That performance was remarkable. He scored something like 12 points in 40 seconds. Just flat-out remarkable."
And, oh yes, dad Steve was named the AP coach of the year just for fun, too.
There was also the organization MaxPreps, announcing to Steve Showalter that Germantown was in their estimation, a team worthy of top 10 ranking nationwide, which will also eventually result in another fine frameable piece of paper coming his way.
Also to no one's big surprise, senior captains Zak Showalter, point guard Josh Mongan and center Dan Studer were all recently named to the WBCA All-Star game to be held in Wisconsin Dells early this summer and Zak will also be joining his old pal from Menomonee Falls, J.P. Tokoto, on Sunday for the American Family Insurance High School Slam Dunk and 3-point shooting championships to be held in New Orleans in conjunction with the NCAA Men's Final Four (see separate article).
Families unite, of sorts
There are also other enjoyable items on the slate yet to be taken care of. Lutheran's and Dekker's title was also something of a father and son venture as Sam was coached by his dad, Todd, and so Steve and Zak Showalter are going to arrange to meet the Dekkers somewhere between Sheboygan and Germantown in the next week or so to take pictures together with their big fine, respective gold trophies.
And there are things going on that are warming Steve Showalter's heart, that shows him that the kids aren't going to be complacent or let this moment of transcendental glory go straight to their heads or let themselves fall off the face of the earth after this monumental campaign.
The ridiculously balmy March weather had a little bit to do with it too.
"They were still in their glory the rest of last week," said Steve Showalter, who officially went back to giving his full and complete attention to his demanding day job of Germantown police officer starting March 20, "but they were also still lifting weights and more amazingly, they were out at Fireman's Park every warm afternoon still playing ball. Something like that means more to me than anything else.
"Because that's what I wanted, to create that kind of (basketball) culture.
"It was funny. The first couple of days afterward, I was glad to be able to take a breath, but now the guys and I are ready to go.
Germantown boys basketball
Celebrating its first-ever state title
TEAM RECORD THE LAST TWO SEASONS: 52-2 (.963 winning percentage)
TEAM RECORD IN THE LAST SIX SEASONS: 132-18 (.880). In that time were included five North Shore Conference titles (one shared), six WIAA regional titles (2007-2012); four WIAA sectional titles (2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012) and three trips to the state tournament (2008, 2009 and 2012).
TEAM SEASON RECORDS SET
Wins: 28; win streak: 28; scoring average: 80.0 ppg; most assists: 552; most rebounds: 972; total points: 2,240; most two-point field goals: 834; most 3-point field goals: 265; most free throws: 367; most steals: 287; most blocks: 152.
TEAM SINGLE GAME RECORDS: Fewest points allowed: 26; most 3-pointers: 15.
TEAM INDIVIDUAL RECORDS: Single season field goal percentage: Luke Fischer: 69 percent; most assists in a career: Josh Mongan 367.
MOST GAMES PLAYED, MOST WINS AND MOST CONSECUTIVE STARTS: Zak Showalter and Mongan (103 games, 91 wins and 79 consecutive starts apiece).
ALL-TIME LEADING SCORER: Zak Showalter (1,688 points).
STATE TOURNAMENT RECORDS: Most team assists in a Division 1 game: 25; most individual 3-pointers in Division 1 play (two-game format): Jake Showalter: 9.
SENIORS: Zak Showalter, Mongan, Studer, Zack Kumbier, Jimmy Doedens, Tyler and Troy Heaney, Brian Keller and Matt Schultz.
GERMANTOWN WIAA STATE TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS (all sports): Boys track - Class B 1972 (Coach Bill Pohland); Division I 2006 (Todd Brawner); Girls swim - Division 2: 1992 and 1993 (both Dick Zache); Football - Division 2: 1998 and 2003 (both Phil Datka); Girls softball - Division I: 1996 (Rich Anderson); Boys basketball - Division I: 2012 (Steve Showalter).
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