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Jake Poetzl (left), Matt Wagner (center) and Jeremy Wendt (right) were included in the 2018-19 North Eastern Conference’s all-conference picks for boys basketball. Poetzl and Wagner were first-team selections and Wendt was an honorable mention.
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Jake Poetzl (left), Matt Wagner (center) and Jeremy Wendt (right) were included in the 2018-19 North Eastern Conference’s all-conference picks for boys basketball. Poetzl and Wagner were first-team selections and Wendt was an honorable mention.

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MARINETTE — The two highest scorers in program history had their names appear together one more time.

Jake Poetzl and Matt Wagner – who rank No. 1 and 2 in all-time scoring for the Marinette boys basketball program – officially became first-team selections in all-conference selections this week. The duo led the Marines to a 14-9 overall record for the 2018-19 season with help from fellow senior Jeremy Wendt, who was an honorable mention in the postseason awards.

“Matt and Jake obviously both deserved first-team status,” Marinette coach Matt Joost said. “I was hoping Jeremy would make it to the second team, but a lot of the conference coaches were looking at scoring numbers and with Matt and Jake on the team, it’s tough to score more.”

Wagner led the Marines in scoring, getting a very good start to the season to finish with an average of 21.9 points per game. In the team’s first win of the season, over Pacelli, Wagner had a season-high 42 points and following with double-digit totals the entire season until the regular season finale. His season included two other games where he scored over 30 points and 11 others with at least 20.

“(Wagner) got better at finishing throughout the season,” Joost said. “He naturally fits as a guy coming off the ball. He and Mayson Hazaert (Wrightstown) were the two best guards in the conference.”

Including the Marines’ playoff game, Wagner surpassed the 500-point mark on the season and went 101-for-119 at the free throw line, putting him at 84.9 percent on the season.

And while Poetzl’s size automatically slots him as a post player on the roster, his ability to play and shoot from the perimeter helped place him atop the program’s all-time scoring list. He had a pair of games with at least 30 points and nine others in which he scored at least 20.

Joost said deciding whether Poetzl would be a perimeter threat or anchor in the post depended on how opposing defenses decided to address both he and Wagner.

“It depended on the night,” Joost said. “To start games, a lot of guys would play off (Poetzl); teams were more focused on him going to the post, so he then worked his way from the outside in.

“He’s have two or three 3-pointers and defenses would come out on him, then he’d start to dominate down low.”

Poetzl finished each of Marinette’s games with double-digit point totals and sank 36 3-pointers while being the Marines’ primary post scorer.

Wendt on the other hand, was a player that allowed for Poetzl to test the perimeter. While he reached double-digit point totals eight times during the season, he also had at least 10 rebounds in five of Marinette’s games.

“(Wendt) was our best rebounder and one of the best in the conference,” Joost said. Jeremy was aggressive when he had a mismatch and often there would be a bigger guy on Jake, so he could stay on the outside and we could feed Jeremy the ball.”

Wendt had a season-high 16 rebounds in Marinette’s January win over Waupaca.

Wrightstown’s Hazaert was selected as the conference’s top offensive player and Freedom’s Devin Baumgart was picked top defensive player.