2013 Boys All-Area Basketball Team
It’s a good time for boys basketball in the area.
Litchfield went to the title game in the Class AA state tournament for the second straight year. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, though upset in the Section 6A-South tournament, only lost two games all season. Dawson-Boyd and MACCRAY each made runs deep into the Section 3A tournament. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City and Morris/Chokio-Alberta also had strong seasons.
Those standout teams feature some exceptional players, including three to repeat as Tribune All-Area First Team selections and two honorable mention repeats.
Litchfield’s Zach Kinny didn’t put up the gaudiest numbers in the area, but he was the spark plug for the Dragons during their run at state.
He came up big in the state tournament with 18- and 19-point performances in the first two games against Redwood Valley and Esko.
During the regular season, Kinny averaged 10.1 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. He easily led the team in assists with 6.5 per game, while playing every position from point guard to post.
Kinny was selected All-Wright County Conference for the third time and finished his career with 1,088 points. This is his second straight selection to the All-Area First team.
BBE’s Brian Goodwin, another repeat First-Teamer, could be the best player in the area.
“(Goodwin) is a once-in-a-lifetime player for BBE,” Jaguars’ head coach Dave Montbriand said. “Very humble kid whose first priority is to make his teammates better. He puts up the big stats, but is an equally outstanding defensive player.”
The numbers back it up, as Goodwin, just a junior, is already the Jaguars’ all-time leader in assists, steals and points (1,332). He was All-Central Minnesota Conference for the second straight year and was a starter on two state tournament teams.
Jacob Belgum, a senior at Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, makes the team despite missing six games due to injury.
He averaged 18.2 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 3.2 steals for the Falcons, a performance that earned him the West Central South Conference MVP award.
Belgum, a four-year starter, was a 40 percent shooter on 3-pointers and 50 percent overall. He finished his career with 1,138 points.
The Dawson-Boyd duo of Joey Lee and Nathaniel Huot rounds out the first team.
Lee, the Camden North MVP, averaged 18.3 points, 5.1 assists and 6.3 rebounds for a Blackjacks team that fell in the Section 3A title game. He crossed the 1,000 point threshold as a junior this season.
Huot, a senior guard and All-Camden Conference pick, also surpassed 1,000 points, thanks to his 44 percent shooting from the 3-point line.
He also averaged 3.6 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.9 steals.
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Dylan Hoerchler, senior point guard
Hoerchler averaged a team-leading 18.5 points, 4 steals and 9.2 assists, while crossing the career 1,000 point mark and being named All-West Central Conference. He finished his career with 1,063 points and broke the school record for assists in a season with 257 and in a career with 456.
Taylor Larson, senior guard
Larson averaged 18 points and 3.6 rebounds and was an All-West Central South Conference selection. He shot just less than 40 percent on 3-pointers and set a school record for 3s in a season with 94. He also had 44 blocks.
Matthew Ahrndt, senior guard
Though a knee injury cost him a chance at 1,000 career points, Ahrndt averaged 18.9 points and 3.1 rebounds to earn team MVP and an All-West Central South Conference selection. Ahrndt finished his career with 921 points, including a 43-point game against Eden Valley-Watkins on Feb. 12.
Billy Borgerding, junior forward
Borgerding averaged 14.9 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. He shot 46 percent from the field and 74 percent on free throws while providing strong defense. He was an All-Central Minnesota Conference selection for the 25-2 Jaguars.
Trent Athmann, sophomore wing
Athmann averaged 11 points and 4.4 rebounds while playing strong defense for the Warriors with 79 defensive rebounds and 38 steals. He notched double-doubles two times this season and was named All-West Central South Conference.
Tyler Rock, senior guard
Rock averaged 13.8 points and 4.6 rebounds to earn a West Central South All-Conference selection. He adapted his game this year to more of a perimeter player than the driver he was as a junior. Rock shot 67 percent on free throws and 32 percent from 3-point range, and scored 20 or more points in a game five times this season.
Michael Lee, sophomore
Lee nearly averaged a double-double with 17.2 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. He finished the season with team-leading 46 blocks and 250 rebounds. He shot 48 percent from the field. Lee was named All-Camden Conference.
Jordan Miller, senior forward
Miller averaged 15 points, 3 assists and 5 rebounds, and was an All-Pheasant Conference honorable mention. The senior captain and three-year starter was second on the Owls with 335 points.
Taylor Holleman, junior guard
Holleman averaged 15 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals to earn an All-Pheasant Conference selection. He led the Owls with 353 points, and also paced the team in total rebounds and assists.
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Dylan Erickson, senior guard
Erickson averaged 17.3 points, 3 assists and 3.6 rebounds — all while playing the season with a torn ACL in his right knee — to earn an All-West Central South Conference selection. He shot 41 percent from the field and 77 percent from the line.
Dylan Koll, senior guard
Koll averaged 10.2 points and 4 rebounds in the regular season, and added 28 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists over three state tournament games. The All-Wright County Conference selection always guarded the other team’s best player, according to head coach John Carlson.
Riley Pater, senior center
Pater capped his season with a 16-point performance in the state tournament title game. He averaged 12.5 points and 5.1 rebounds during the regular season and shot 64.1 percent on 2-pointers. He finished his career with 704 points.
Zach Whitchurch, senior guard
The shooting guard hit 47 percent of his 3-point attempts this season while averaging 14.3 points and 4.4 rebounds during the regular season. Whitchurch scored 1,111 total points in his career. He will attend Augustana (S.D.) to play golf next season.
Carter Asche, sophomore center
Asche averaged 13.6 points and 8 rebounds for a Wolverines team that made it to the Section 3A-North title game. He was named to the All-Camden Conference team.
Bailey Boike, junior center
Boike averaged 14 points and 6 rebounds, earning an All-Camden Conference selection.
Taylor Thissen, senior guard
Thissen averaged 13.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4 assists, and was named All-Camden Conference in his second year as a starter. He was the sixth man as a sophomore for the MACCRAY team that placed third at state in 2010-2011.
Jesse Brace, senior guard
A 45 percent 3-point shooter, Brace averaged 17.1 points and 3.5 rebounds for the Thunder Hawks, including a 32-point performance against ACGC. He shot 52.1 percent overall from the field and 79.5 percent on free throws. He came back from a torn ACL to lead Montevideo to the Section 3AA-North semifinals and was named to the All-West Central South Conference team.
Ryan Maroney, senior point guard
Maroney averaged 10.1 points and 5.2 assists. He shot 70.3 percent on free throws and 39.4 percent from the field. He was an All-West Central South selection.
Austin Dierks, senior guard
Dierks averaged 15.3 points and 8 rebounds and was named All-Conference as well as the Tigers’ team MVP. He led MCA in scoring, rebounds, blocks and steals and shot over 50 percent from the field. He finished his career with 782 points and 430 rebounds, with the rebound total placing him in the Top 6 in school history.
Logan Manska, senior guard
Manska averaged 10 points per game in his second straight season as an All-West Central North selection. He tied for the Tigers’ team lead in 3-point shots.
Aaron Ruter, senior guard
Ruter averaged 11.6 points and 5 assists while shooting 41 percent on 3-pointers and 76 percent on free throws. An excellent defender in the backcourt, Ruter was an All-Wright County Conference honorable mention.
Joey Dreier, senior guard
Dreier averaged 13.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and 4.2 assists. The two-year captain was named All-Wright County Conference and finished his career with 918 points.
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Mitch Treml, senior guard
Treml averaged 17.3 points and was named to the All-Camden Conference team. His 433 points on the season were 40 percent of the total points the Jaguars scored. He finished his career with 839 points.
Kyler Johnson, junior guard
The 37 percent shooter averaged 12 points a game in a season where he was named the Cardinals’ 2012-13 Most Improved Player.
“Kyler came on slow for us dealing with an early concussion, but when he came back he turned into one of the better shooting guards in the area,” Willmar head coach Steve Grove said.
Joe Leuze, senior guard
Leuze averaged 8 points per game and had the best shooting percentage on the team 45 percent from the field and 67 percent from the line.
Grove said that Leuze could guard any opponent’s guard baseline to baseline, and Leuze was named the Cardinals’ Best Defensive Player for 2012-13.
Austin Rambow, senior forward
Rambow was the Cardinals’ 2012-13 team MVP and an All-Central Lakes Conference selection. He averaged 14.4 points while shooting 38 percent on field goals and 70 percent on free throws.
“Austin would be a nightmare to guard because he could shoot the three, shoot the pull-up jumper and had a variety of post moves,” Grove said.