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General News 2024

2024 State Journal/WiscNews boys lacrosse All-Area teams

The amount of talent among high school boys lacrosse teams in the area was on full display during the inaugural WIAA-sponsored season this spring.

Dynamic scorers and dominant defenders starred on the field, and an team from the area captured the first state championship.


Waunakee's Cleveland State men's lacrosse commit is 2024 State Journal/WiscNews Player of the Year

Here is the 2024 State Journal/WiscNews All-Area boys lacrosse team.

First team

Karsyn Banta, Sr., Sauk Prairie







Sauk Prairie's Karsyn Banta

Banta


Stats: 53 ground balls, 49 forced turnovers, 4 goals

Favorite athlete: Cale Makar or Gavin Adler

Favorite athletic memory: Winning the Culver’s Cup in 2022

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Favorite comfort food: Macaroni and cheese

Favorite pregame song: “Superhero” by Metro Boomin

Top bucket list item: Own a Yamaha r6 motorcycle

Most rewatched movie: “Miracle”

Person to narrate your life: Morgan Freeman

Wade Bryan, Sr., Waunakee







Wade Bryan, Waunakee

Bryan


Position: Long-stick midfielder/defender

Stats: 65 ground balls, 61 forced turnovers, 6 goals, 3 assists

Favorite athlete: Deebo Samuel

Favorite athletic memory: Beating Middleton in OT to start the year

Favorite comfort food: Ice cream

Favorite pregame song: “8am in Charlotte” by Drake

Top bucket list item: To go to Italy

Most rewatched movie: “Miracle”

Person to narrate your life: Morgan Freeman

James Grosspietsch, Sr., Middleton







Middleton's James Grosspietsch

Grosspietsch


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Stats: 44 goals, 15 assists, 48 ground balls, 5 forced turnovers

Favorite athlete: David Goggins

Favorite athletic memory: Winning the state championship

Favorite comfort food: Ground beef

Favorite pregame song: “Putting On” by Travis Scott

Top bucket list item: Wingsuit flying

Most rewatched movie: “Iron Man”

Person to narrate your life: Ryan Reynolds

Arjay Johnson, Jr., Middleton







Middleton's Arjay Johnson

Arjay Johnson 


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Stats: 55 goals, 25 assists, 46 ground balls, 13 forced turnovers

Favorite athlete: Michael Jordan

Favorite athletic memory: Winning the state championship this year

Favorite comfort food: Rotisserie chicken

Favorite pregame song: “Let’s Go” by Key Glock

Top bucket list item: Own my own business

Most rewatched movie: “Step Brothers”

Person to narrate your life: Will Ferrell

Logan Leatherberry, Sr., Oregon







Logan Leatherberry, Oregon

Leatherberry




Stats: .748 save percentage, 327 saves, 40 ground balls, 6.27 goals against

Favorite athlete: Blaze Riorden

Favorite athletic memory: Winning the state championship my sophomore year

Favorite comfort food: Buttered noodles

Favorite pregame song: “She Took” by J.P.

Top bucket list item: Skydiving

Most rewatched movie: Either “The Wolf of Wall Street” or “Miracle”

Person to narrate your life: Neil deGrasse Tyson

Parker Leslie, Sr., Middleton







Parker Leslie, Middleton

Leslie




Stats: 51 goals, 26 assists, 18 ground balls, 7 forced turnovers

Favorite athlete: Tiger Woods

Favorite athletic memory: Being recruited to the Air Force Academy for lacrosse and winning state with my best friends

Favorite comfort food: Chocolate chip cookies

Favorite pregame song: “Losing it” by Fisher

Top bucket list item: Travel the 7 continents

Most rewatched movie: “Goodfellas”

Person to narrate your life: Morgan Freeman

Talon Luttrell, Jr., Sun Prairie







Talon Luttrell, Sun Prairie

Luttrell




Position: Defender/Long-stick midfielder

Stats: 142 ground balls, 94 forced turnovers, 6 assists, 1 goal

Favorite athlete: Jarrod Neumann

Favorite athletic memory: Making all-conference as a sophomore

Favorite comfort food: Pizza

Favorite pregame song: “Great Balls of Fire” by Jerry Lee Lewis

Top bucket list item: Get better at using my left hand in lacrosse

Most rewatched movie: “How to Train Your Dragon”

Person to narrate your life: Clay Luttrell, my dad

Gunnar McFadden, Sr., Waunakee*







Gunnar McFadden, Waunakee

McFadden




Stats: 51 goals, 35 assists, 11 ground balls, 10 forced turnovers

Favorite athlete: Kobe Bryant

Favorite athletic memory: Scoring the game-winning goal in overtime against Middleton this season

Favorite comfort food: Avocado toast with an egg

Favorite pregame song: “MIDDLE CHILD” by J. Cole

Top bucket list item: Scuba diving in the Maldives

Most rewatched TV show: “Breaking Bad”

Person to narrate your life: Mike Breen

* 2024 State Journal/WiscNews boys lacrosse Player of the Year

Israel Mikkelson, Sr., Oregon







Oregon's Israel Mikkelson

Israel Mikkelson


Jon Masson | Wisconsin State Journal



Position: Midfielder/Faceoff specialist

Stats: 231 faceoff wins, 210 ground balls, 84.6 faceoff percentage, 32 goals, 15 assists

Favorite athlete: Yuto Horigome

Favorite athletic memory: Shooting tennis balls at my brothers in our backyard

Favorite comfort food: Frosted Flakes

Favorite pregame song: “My My My!” by Troye Sivan

Top bucket list item: Fly in space

Most rewatched movie: “Back to the Future”

Person to narrate your life: Robin Williams

Cole Savola, Sr., Waunakee







Cole Savola, Waunakee

Savola


Stats: 51 ground balls, 46 forced turnovers, 7 goals, 2 assists

Favorite athlete: Ray Lewis

Favorite athletic memory: Making it to state my junior year

Favorite comfort food: Grilled cheese

Favorite pregame song: “Enter Sandman” by Metallica

Top bucket list item: Travel to Hawaii

Most rewatched movie: “Grown-ups”

Person to narrate your life: Morgan Freeman

Honorable mention

Attackers: Charlie King, Sr., Waunakee; Gabe Passini, Sr., Middleton; Brayden Schmidt, Sr., Madison. Midfielders: Will O’Brien, Jr., Middleton; Kaito Mikkelson, So., Oregon; Troy Teff, Jr., Middleton; Austin Weber, Sr., Sun Prairie. Defender: Jake Duren, Sr., Waunakee. Goalie: Nate Olsen, Sr., Waunakee.

Editor’s note: The Wisconsin State Journal’s high school coverage area includes the following schools: Madison Memorial, Middleton, Verona, Madison La Follette, Sun Prairie East, Sun Prairie West, Madison West, Madison East, DeForest, Waunakee, Mount Horeb, Stoughton, Monona Grove, Oregon, Madison Edgewood, McFarland, Madison Abundant Life, Madison Country Day, St. Ambrose, Lodi and Sauk Prairie.

Schools in the WiscNews coverage area are: Beaver Dam, Waupun, Columbus, Dodgeland, Horicon, Hustisford, Fall River, Rio, Randolph, Cambria-Friesland, Wayland Academy, Central Wisconsin Christian, Portage, Poynette, Pardeeville, Lodi, Sauk Prairie, Reedsburg, Baraboo, Wisconsin Dells and Mauston.