Jack Farley Is TimesLand 2017-18 Top AthleteIssue Date: April 18, 2019
The TimesLand Athletes of the year have been selected for the 2017-18 school year. Heading thats season's list was none other than St. Thomas Aquinas's star athlete Jack Farley, who battled his way through a very very tough season of play and still displayed his ability to win.
The St. Thomas boys had a battle in every game they faced this during the 2017-18 basketball season. Under manned but never outgunned the Cavaliers put the gears to nearly every one in the M&O and much of that had to do with their all-star starter and dangerous shooter Jack Farley.
Farley averaged 25.9 points per game in conference play which was 1st in conference, and overall1 17th in the state. He had 8.7 rebounds per game while averaging 4.5 assists per game 4th in conference. That probably should have been at least 50% higher if we made some of the easy shots," said STAA head coach Ric Powers.
Farley also had 5.2 steals per game which was 1st in conference and 2nd in state while getting 2.7 blocks per game. He shot 46% from the field in conference, often having to create shots that have a higher level of difficulty.
"He consistently faced heavy defensive attention including the opponents top defensive player," said Powers. "He increased help side defense, and frequent double teams"
"He excelled defensively in various roles," said Powers. The 1st half of the year he was used as an all-purpose defender helping on just about every other player, While the 2nd half of the year he locked down top perimeter players on opposing teams (held Mahoney to 7/25 shooting with all but 2 coming in fast breaks, held Marquardt to 3 points). He had six conference games of 30+ points and scored at least 20 points in all but 3 conference games and at least 17 points in every conference game except 1."
Farley also tacked on 7 double-doubles in 15 conference games and 1 triple-double against Coleman in the game where he surpassed 1000 points.
Farley has kept pretty solid numbers over the years getting 36 points his freshman year, 284 his sophomore year, 443 his junior year and 604 to cap off his senior year.
"Jack made huge strides as a leader this year," said Powers. "With 4 seniors and 5 freshmen, he was going to be playing with 2 to 4 freshmen at some times. He encouraged them to play well and not worry about making mistakes. Jack was a gym rat and really worked on his shot and ball handling skills. I think he was the best ball handler all year. It made it difficult to put pressure on us full court because even when double or triple teamed, he still got the ball down court. He had a great ability to get to the basket and create fouls. You could see his confidence go up year to year. I think last year, he was worried about some defenders he would go against but this year I don't think he feared anyone. It was fun to watch him go as far as being a more mature player and person. It was easy for a coach to be able to have a player you can rely on handle the ball so much and not worry about anyone pressuring us. His durability was also fantastic. The last 2 years, Jack played probably more minutes than anyone in the conference. If not for foul trouble, he was playing. I'm guessing he play in 99% of the minutes. Jack played hurt and sick in a lot of games this year which shows how tough of a kid he was. It's going to be a big hole to fill next year because he not only scored but rebounded and played great defense.
Farley not only shined on the basketball court but on the football field during the fall where he competed for the Lena/STAA Titan 8-man team.
During his final football season Farley played a mean offensive end where he averaged 21 yards per catch with over 20 catches. He also has 10 TD's and drew double coverage in most games. His senior year Farley was a returning all Conference player from the year before.
At defensive back Farley had 2 interceptions. "He always covered the best receiver from the other team and was key to stopping the run. Filled very hard," said Lange.
He had 19 solo tackles and 18 assist.
He was awarded a 1st Team Offense selection at Receiver as well as a 2nd Team vote for Defensive back.
"Farley was our leading receiver and demanded the respect from the other teams," said Titans co-head coach Dale Lange. "He was double teamed most of the time. He was the kind of receiver who could get into the clear and would bring down any pass that was near him."
He went on to discuss his role on the defense, "He was the player who covered the opponents best receiver. He also filled on running plays and was a strong attribute to our team. Jack is a very talented athlete and young man. Jack played hard even when he was injured and tried to get the rest of the team to play at his level."
Jack was also selected to the State All Star Game but was unable to participate because of a previous commitment to Baseball during that time period.
Dale finished up by making note of what other coaches had to say about him, "He also had the respect of the opposing coaches both as a receiver and as a defensive secondary who could be a ball hawk to their passing game."
Ending his senior season on the baseball field for the Lena/STAA Cavaliers, Farley distinguished himself as one of the teams top pitchers.
Number two on the season's list was Oconto's Carson Moe who distinguished himslef as the Blue Devils lead man over the year.
Moe took time to say a little about what football meant to him, "I liked how tightly bonded the team was and how every role was important."
Oconto Football Head Coach Brian Sohrweide had this to say about Moe, "Carson is the ultra competitor. He is willing to do whatever is needed to win. He is the type of player that wants the ball in his hands when the game is on the line. Carson is also the player that puts in the work in the off season. Both at his sports and also in the weight room. It is not an accident that Carson has had the success that he has in high school. Carson not only does well on the field but also in the classroom, he is a very good student. In football Carson was the Defensive player of the year in the Packerland conference. He ended the season with 119 tackles 5 sacks and 3 forced fumbles."
"Carson was also a big contributor on the offensive side as well. He rushed for 161 yards averaged 6 yards per carry. Carson also had 231 yards receiving and a 15.4 yd per catch average. He was also an outstanding blocker we used him on the line a little and he was a great lead blocker for the other backs. Carson also was honorable mention as our kicker. He was the type of player very coach wants on his team," said Oconto Football Coach Brian Sohrweide.
He also made mention of how he felt about his basketball season, "I liked how intense the games were and all the conference rivalries. Baseball" I liked playing a more relaxed sport and being with friends
Moe made it very obvious that he didn't do anything alone and sent a shout out to his team, "Having teammates that were willing to work out all the time with made things so much more enjoyable"
Moe finished by mentioning his father, "My dad both as a coach and a mentor pushed me harder than anyone else and worked with me the most. We'd watch film together, he'd shoot with me, and he'd throw bullpen throughout my whole life."
The Wolverines were tough during the 2017-18 seasons and much of that had to do with a great group of athletes that worked extremely well together. But one athlete stood out as an area elite, that Wolverine was Jakob Voss.
Voss began his 2017-18 season with the Wolverine football squad where he distinguished himself as a tough and hard to take down running back.
"Jake Voss was a great leader by example on the football field for us,said Crivitz Head Coach Matt Brenier. "He played running back and some wide receiver for us. He was also a defensive back. Jake worked hard to do all the little things right and was always doing extra work to make himself and his team better. He was a physical player and was a pleasure to coach.
Running the ball Jake had 133 carries for 802 yards and 10 td's. Receiving the ball Jake had 14 receptions for 437 and 4 td's.
"Jake did miss a few games over the season," said Bernier, "so I believe those stats are for 7 games. Jake was the type of player you wanted on the field and was a great example of a hard worker for the underclassman."
After the gridiron season was over Voss began his senior year of basketball where he was one of the best the area had to offer, making it on the first team for the M&O for that season.
Voss had 10.3 points per game with a 246 point total., while also registering 3.5 assists a game and 3.5 rebounds.
"I saw some of the biggest improvements from last year from Jake," said Baumann. "He was a different player this year. He was always extremely helpful with the younger guys. I just loved his team attitude, he never put anyone down and was always there to help correct the younger players. I'd have to say that Jake is one of the top three players I have ever coached."
Jake also took part in the Wolverine baseball program where he swung a mean bat as well as covering the grass if the Outfield with fleet feet.
"Jake was a 1st Team All-Conference performer in Football, Basketball, and Baseball----he was 2nd Team All-District Outfield for Baseball as well as on the All-Academic Team. He was one of only three players that have earned All-District 1st or 2nd Team Honors in the Crivitz Baseball Program," said Crivitz baseball head coach Jeff Dorschner.
What an honor for the young baseball star, as well for his team. For only three Wolverines in the history of the program to earn such an accolade its speaks volumes to the calibur of his diamond play.
"Jake really matured over the course of his four years and blossomed into a nice player and was a guy that led by example," said Dorschner. "He really solidified the top of our lineup and was outstanding defensively in the outfield. He was a guy that loved to compete and that comes from a long line of older siblings that were the same way. He was a pleasure to coach and to watch him grow into a fine young man."
The 2017-18 sporting season's number four athlete was Marinette's top basketballer Jake Poetzl.
But basketball wasn't his only sport of distinction, he also played some great ball for the Marine football machine.
"What makes Jake one of the best athletes this area has to offer is his rare combination of size and athleticism," said Marinette Head Football coach Andy Walters. "Jake complimented his natural talents with great work ethic in the off season to become a master of his craft in both football and basketball. Jake has spent a lot of time in the gym, weight room and camps to better himself as an athlete. Jake is a respectful young man that is coachable and go beyond what is expected of him."
He ended that football season with a selection as thebAll NEC TE and Defensive Utility. He was All Region TE and DE as well as All State Large School TE
Poetzl also tacked on one more accolades North Team Large School Shrine Bowl Selection
"Jake Poetzl made the most out of his first season as a varsity football player. At 6-5, 225 pounds, Poetzl was a tough matchup for anyone in the conference thanks to his size," said Walters. "Jake is a rare combination of size and athleticism. He not only did a nice job making plays in our passing game, but was a ferocious blocker with his hand in the dirt." Coach Walters added, "Jake was also a multiple-position player for us on defense but, was best on the line of scrimmage. He made it almost impossible for other teams to run his way."
Rounding off the top five for the TimesLand selections list was Peshtigo Max Rauch.
Rauch began his sporting year on the football fields of the area where he was one of Peshtigo's toughest.
"Max Rauch was a coaches dream last season. Hard worker, assignment sure, good tackler and sneaky fast. Had an 80 yard TD run to jumpstart our comeback against Kewaunee. In fact he scored 3 TD's in that game. He finished the season with 17 catches for 290 yards and 4 TD's. Was a key blocker at the wingback spot to make our running game go. As good as he was on offense, he more than excelled on defense. He was as close as we had to a lockdown cornerback. We had no reservations about putting him on the other teams best receivers. Very good tackler and understood the position well," said Football head man Jeff Beyerl.
When it came to wrestling Rauch was a hard match for anyone. Max had a record last year of 41-11 and was one match away from going to state at one of the toughest sectionals in the state.
"Max is a Team Captain and a leader that always puts in the extra work to become better , not only for himself but also for his teammates. His positive attitude and work ethic put him in a class by himself and as a Coach ,it has been great to have Max in the wrestling program. People just get better being around Max and he is truly a special Athlete," said Warren Howard, Peshtigo Wrestling Coach.
Rauch also took part in Peshtigo's Track and field season where he was able to make it to state, winning gold in the pole vault.
"Max is an outstanding example of a very strong senior class at Peshtigo High School. Max has attended numerous skill development camps for some time now, and he has done an exceptional job in implementing those tools in the pole vault. Max has a very strong work ethic and is a leader. He shows good sportsmanship regularly at meets and is well liked and respected by athletes from other schools. He is a returning State champion and everyone is very excited to see what 2019 holds in store for him," said Joe Nault.
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