EAST TROY -- Senior Jon Ciriacks of East Troy was named the best of the best on the 2016-'17 All-Walworth County Boys Basketball Team. The only return first-teamer on the 20th all-county team was Elkhorn senior Alex Easterday.
Ciriacks and Easterday each had teammates join them on the first team. Senior Ross Ingersoll of Elkhorn made the team, along with senior Beau Cary of Walworth Big Foot and freshman AJ Vukovich of East Troy.A year ago, the Trojans had then-senior Jake Nixon as the POY and then-senior Joe Ciriacks also made the first team.
Jon Ciriacks becomes East Troy’s sixth county player of the year in seven seasons, with only Lake Geneva Badger’s Lincoln Wieseman breaking the streak in 2014-15. Before that, Tanner Plomb won POY in 2010-'11 and 2011-'12, while Nate Dodge earned the honor in 2012-13 and Jake Growel led the way in 2013-14.
It was also the seventh time a player from East Troy was named the best player, as Alex Bondar was honored in 2007-'08. That tops the six times Elkhorn had the top player.
“Jon Ciriacks was one of the most improved seniors in the state of Wisconsin. Jon was getting recruited by St. Thomas, UW-Whitewater, MSOE, Viterbo and UW-Stout,” said Coach Darryl Rayfield of East Troy. He noted Ciriacks will attend the University of Wisconsin-Stout to play basketball.
The first-team all-Rock Valley Conference player had 485 points, 184 rebounds and 76 assists in 23 games. That included 12 games of 20-plus points and nearly averaging a double-double on the season. Ciriacks, a 6-foot-5 forward, had a career high of 39 points against Clinton. He shot 43 percent from three-point range.
Easterday, a 6-4 forward, scored 416 points, had 175 rebounds and 48 assists in 23 games this past season, while scoring 1,227 points and grabbing 597 rebounds, to go with 109 assists, in 86 career games. He was a first-team all-Southern Lakes Conference selection and was chosen for the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Division 2 all-star team.
Ingersoll, a 6-7 forward, gained 361 points, had 163 rebounds and dished out 18 assists in this past season. That gave him 512 points and 253 rebounds in 46 career games. He made the second team in the SLC.
Cary, a 6-6 forward, finished with 382 points, 206 rebounds and 76 assists in 23 games this past season, while totalling 962 points, 579 rebounds and 133 assists in 75 career games. He had 47 blocks and shot 44.8 percent. Cary, who will play basketball at Ripon College, has been first-team all-conference in the Rock Valley the past two seasons.
Vukovich, a 6-4 guard/forward, scored 347 points, pulled down 147 rebounds and dished out 48 assists in 23 games. He was named to the first team in the RVC. He has 12 games of 15-plus points and a career-high of 32 points against Evansville.
The second team included: Jerome Payne, 5-7, senior, Wisconsin School for the Deaf in Delavan; Bryce Parrish, 6-4, junior, Whitewater; Logan Rasmussen, 6-7, senior, Whitewater; Logan Eischeid, 6-3, sophomore, Big Foot; and Nick Bourdo, 6-5, junior, East Troy.
The honorable mention included: Caleb Thomas, 5-10, junior, Faith Christian in Williams Bay; Delavan-Darien seniors Jayce Crull (6-0), Ethan Cesarz (6-2) and Seth Kirsch (6-2); Cole Becham, 6-1, junior, Faith Christian; Jared Brehm, 5-6, junior, East Troy; Avery Lettenberger, 6-5, senior, Williams Bay; Michael Polakoski, 6-1, sophomore, East Troy; and Eric Norton, 6-2, junior, Williams Bay.
The 2016-17 all-county team was selected by area coaches and media.