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Three Cats All-BRC boys hoops

Wildcat senior Adam Feyereisen broke his own single-season assist record this season and was the Cats' top rebounder on his way to earning All-Big Rivers Conference Second Team honors. File photo 1 / 2
Sophomore Zac Johnson led the Wildcats in scoring this season with an average of 15 points per game to earn a spot on the All-Big Rivers Conference Second Team. File photo 2 / 2

What does it say about a team when it wins the conference championship but none of its players are named first team all-conference?

Maybe it means it's about more than one or two players.

The Wildcat boys' basketball team won a share of its first Big Rivers Conference championship since 2011 this season and three players were honored by the conference coaches with spots on All-BRC teams. Senior Adam Feyereisen and sophomore Zac Johnson were named to the All-BRC Second Team while sophomore JT Dougherty received honorable mention.

Feyereisen and Johnson are repeat selections to the all-conference teams while it's the first postseason honor for Dougherty.

Wildcat head coach Zac Campbell said the outcome of the all-conference voting was a testament to the Cats' team play this season.

"I have not been able to find an instance of a conference championship team who did not have one player on first team all-conference," Campbell said. "As disappointed as I was to not be able to award a player first team honors, this speaks more to our team and how much they have accomplished doing it the right way and playing as one."

Feyereisen, an All-BRC honorable mention selection a year ago, broke his own single-season assist record this season with 162 while leading the Cats in rebounds, steals and free throw percentage, all while usually guarding the other team's best player. He averaged 10.3 points, 7.1 rebounds, seven assists and two steals while shooting 73 percent from the free throw line and will graduate as the school's all-time assist leader with 352.

Campbell said Feyereisen, who is also an All-BRC baseball and football player, has made an impact on the program that goes far beyond his numbers.

"Being a three-sport athlete who can play at an all-conference level in all three sports is unheard of nowadays," Campbell said. "Having a player lead who just loves winning and someone who we relied heavily on in making game adjustments, Adam's presence on this team will be dearly missed."

Johnson, who received honorable mention as the top-scoring freshman in the conference a year ago, was the Wildcats' top scorer this season with an average of 15 points while leading the team in total three-pointers with 45. His 3.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game were second on the team behind Feyereisen.

Campbell said after making a splash as a freshman last year, Johnson became the target of the team's defensive game plans this season.

"Despite the added attention, Zac was still able to lead our team in scoring and was second on our team in rebounding," the coach said. "Zac has the ability to carry our team offensively at times and the individual we run many of our sets through. We look forward to another large step in his growth process leading into next season."

Dougherty, a 6-foot, 8-inch sophomore, was the Wildcats' second-leading scorer this season with an average of 10.9 points while rotating alongside his twin brother Liam. Campbell said it's uncommon to see a first-year varsity player make as big of an impact as JT Dougherty did for the Cats this year.

"This is a testament to the work ethic he and his brother Liam possess," Campbell said. "They have taken instruction and been laser-focused on improvement. JT had games this season where he carried us offensively. He is a tough match who has the ability to score from inside and out. His ceiling, as a player, is very high and we look forward to him taking on a much larger role next season."

The Wildcats shared the BRC title this season with a record of 9-3 while finishing 16-7 overall.

Bob Burrows

Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.

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