2010 All-Area Boys Basketball Team
The better the team, the more exposure the team receives. And the more exposure for the team, the more the individual components that make up the team get a chance to showcase their abilities.
Class AA state champion New London-Spicer was a good example of that. The Wildcats had all five of their starters named to the West Central Tribune's All-Area team after capturing the Class AA state title and finishing 32-2.
Senior guard Erik Tengwall, a second-team selection last season, was named to the first team this time. Aaron Johnson, a senior post, was named to the second team, and senior forwards Aaron Jenny and Justin Zylstra, plus junior guard Jayme Moten were all named to the third team. Tengwall, Johnson and Zylstra were also named All-Area in football after the Wildcats won the state championship.
MACCRAY senior guard Shaun Condon of MACCRAY is the lone repeater on the first team.
Others on the first team are Brendon Foss, a senior guard from Hancock; Taylor Filipek, a senior forward from Willmar; and Matt Anderson, a senior guard from Dawson-Boyd.
The All-Area team is selected by the sports editor from among the 21 area school districts after consulting with staff members, coaches and several area players in various conferences.
Coaches were asked to name their top opposing players by position.
Joining Johnson on the second team this year is junior post Seth Hinrichs of MACCRAY, senior forward Lincoln Arnold of Morris/Chokio-Alberta, junior forward Shane Bosek of Minnewaska, and junior forward Kevin Kuefler of Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa.
Jenny, Zylstra and Moten are joined on the third team by junior guard Eric Paulson of LQPV and senior guard Dominic Devine of Litchfield.
Hinrichs and Filipek are also repeat selections. Each was on the third team a season ago.
6-2 senior guard
Condon helped the Wolverines reach the section title game before falling to Ellsworth, which went on to finish third in the state, 76-71. Condon was second in the area in scoring with a 23.5 points-per-game average, while shooting a torrid 56.4 percent from the field. He also averaged 4.7 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 2.2 steals per game. And he drained 40 three-pointers while shooting 39 percent from beyond the arc. Condon, also an All-Area choice in football, finished his career with a school-record 1,654 points, 14th all-time in the area.
6-1 senior guard
Tengwall, the co-Most Valuable Player in the West Central North Conference, led a balanced Wildcats attack in scoring this season with a 15.6 average, shooting 44 percent from the field. He also led the team in assists with 162 (4.7 average) and in steals with 137 (4.0). And he was second in rebounds with 203 (6.0) and second in three-pointers made with 37. Tengwall was named to the Class AA All-Tournament team after helping the Wildcats win the state title for the second time in three years. For his career, Tengwall scored 1,344 points. He was also an All-Area football selection.
6-5 senior forward
Filipek, a Division I signee at Eastern Kentucky, averaged 20.4 points per game this season for the 19-10 Cardinals. He made 45 percent of his shots from the field, including 36 three-pointers. Strong and agile, Filipek also pulled down 9.0 rebounds per game and also averaged 3.1 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.8 blocks per contest, helping Willmar reach the Section 2AAA championship. Also All-Area in football, Filipek finished his prep hoops career with 1,266 points.
6-1 senior guard
Anderson, who led the area in rushing in football this past fall and was an All-Area choice, continued his remarkable prep career in basketball. Able to score when needed as evidenced by 17.5 points-per-game average, Anderson also was one of the area's top playmakers, averaging 7.1 assists per game. He shot 48 percent from the field, including 43.2 percent from three-point range where he sank 60 shots. Also a stellar defensive player, Anderson averaged 2.5 steals per game while often defending on the perimeter or inside. He had 1,373 career points.
6-4 senior guard
Foss led the area in receptions this fall in football when he was an All-Area choice, then led the area in scoring this winter in basketball. Despite being double-teamed in most games, the nimble guard averaged 24.8 points per game as the Owls finished 13-10. He shot 49 percent from the field, while also draining 57 three-pointers. He also averaged 5.7 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 3.3 steals per game. For his career, Foss notched 1,151 points.
6-6 senior post
Johnson was a force inside with his strength and athleticism for the Wildcats this season. He was second on the team in scoring average (15.0) and first on the team in rebounding (9.3). He also connected on 65 percent of his shots from the field, helped by finishing with 180 offensive rebounds. Johnson also was an All-Area football selection as a powerful offensive lineman. He was named to the Class AA All-Tournament team and finished his prep basketball career with 900 points.
6-4 junior forward
Kuefler sparked the Jaguars to a stellar 25-4 mark this season, including a Central Minnesota Conference title. An excellent leaper who likes to drive to the basket, Kuefler averaged a team-high 18.6 points per game, while shooting a robust 54 percent from the floor. He also averaged 7.1 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 3.1 steals and 1.6 blocks per game. So far in his career, Kuefler has amassed 746 points.
6-2 senior forward
Arnold was selected the Most Valuable Player in the West Central South Conference after helping lead the Tigers to the loop title with a perfect 16-0 record. Quick with an explosive step to the basket, Arnold shot a blistering 70 percent from the floor and finished his three-year career by shooting 65 percent. This season, he averaged 13.3 points per game as the Tigers finished 25-3 and reached the section title game. He also averaged 4.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.1 steals per game. He had 1,154 career points.
6-3 junior post
Hinrichs often went up against bigger inside players, but almost always won the battle. He averaged 15.5 points while shooting 52.8 percent from the field for the Wolverines, who won the Camden North title and were ranked No. 1 in Class A most of the year. He also averaged 9.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.7 steals per game. He also cashed 80 percent of his free throws. He currently has 878 career points.
6-6 junior forward
At 6-foot-6, Bosek could play the perimeter or post-up with equal success for the Lakers. The two-year starter averaged 20 points per game this season, while shooting 56 percent as the Lakers went 16-8. He netted 36 three-pointers. Bosek also contributed 7.3 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game. He is currently at 796 points in his career.
6-5 senior forward
Zylstra could score inside or out for the Wildcats, hitting 51 percent of his shots, including 39 percent from three-point range where he drained 34 of his attempts. He was named to the Class AA All-Tournament team for the state champion Wildcats. For the season, he averaged 11.8 points and 6.8 rebounds for the 32-2 Wildcats. He had 618 points in his career.
6-2 senior forward
Jenny led the Wildcats with 48 points in the three state tournament games and also pulled down 22 rebounds. In his first year as a starter, Jenny put up strong numbers on a team with excellent balance. He averaged 13.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.4 steals per game, while sinking 30 three-pointers. He shot 50 percent from the floor and 81 percent from the free-throw line. He had 635 career points.
5-10 junior guard
Moten was named the Most Valuable Player in the Class AA state championship after leading the Wildcats with 19 points, including five 3-pointers. He also hit the game-winning shot from near half-court in overtime in the section championship. For the season, Moten averaged 11.5 points, 4.1 assists and 1.2 steals while hitting 67 three-pointers. He also shot 78 percent from the free-throw line. He has 543 career points.
6-5 senior guard
Devine was the jack-of-all-trades for the Dragons this season, leading the team in scoring and rebounding, while also showing excellent passing and defensive skills. Devine averaged 18.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.1 steals per game. He also had 39 three-pointers. On de-fense, he was assigned to the opposing team's top player regardless of position. He finished with 997 career points.
Lac qui Parle Valley
6-0 junior guard
Paulson, a two-year starter for the Eagles, was second in the area in three-pointers made this season with 73. He also shined at the charity stripe, cashing 80 percent of his free-throw attempts. He led the Eagles in scoring with a 16.0 points-per-game average and also chipped in 3.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals per games this season for Lac qui Parle Valley. For his career, Paulson has 746 points.