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Monroe native named first team all-conference in final season
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MONROE - If this is the end of Monroe alumnus Brett Stangel's basketball career, he has no regrets.

Stangel, a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, has been named first-team All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

"Being named first-team all-conference is a big accomplishment because our conference is one of the best year in and year out," Stangel said. "This is probably the end of my basketball career."

Stangel was one of 10 players selected to the first team. UW-Whitewater's Chris Davis, who averaged 22.2 points and 8.4 rebounds per game, was named the conference player of the year.

Stangel led the Pioneers to a 14-12 mark and a fourth-place finish in the WIAC. He finished the season among the top players in the WIAC in multiple categories, including:

- Fourth in free-throw percentage at 81.3 percent.

- Sixth in scoring (16.3 ppg).

- Seventh in 3-point field goal percentage (40.7 percent).

- Eighth in 3-point field goals made (1.77 per game).

- 14th in steals (1.12) and 15th in assists (2.23).

The 6-foot, 175-pounder was a prolific scorer for the 2006-07 Monroe squad that won the WIAA Division 2 state championship. Where does being named first-team all-conference in his final season at Platteville rank in his career of accomplishments?

"Winning a state championship and being named tournament MVP is probably first and this would be second," he said.

Stangel has been renowned for his 3-point shooting. He wanted to expand his game more and he started driving to the basket more.

"I felt I have become more of an all-around player," Stangel said.

The Pioneers' season came to a heartbreaking end after a 57-56 loss to UW-La Crosse in the WIAC quarterfinals. Stangel nearly led UW-Platteville into overtime when he was fouled attempting a 3-pointer with 12 seconds to go. He made two of three free throws to cut the Eagles' lead to one. La Crosse made 1 of 2 free throws with 10 seconds left to seal it.

"It hurt that I missed that one," Stangel said of his one missed free throw with 12 seconds left. "I can't just look back and dwell on it. It was just one of many plays. We had 15 turnovers in the first half."

Brett's brother, Brad Stangel, who is an assistant coach for the UW-Platteville men's basketball team, would like to see other players follow the career development path his brother did.

"He was able to get everything out of his ability that he can," Brad said. "I don't think he has any regrets with his career. From where he started to where he is now, he improved tremendously."

Brett, who is a business major with an emphasis on finance and supply chain, still has one more semester left after this spring.