Redwood Valley's Felt, Benson's Lindahl are repeat picks to first team; three others are also named for second time
Mike Felt of Redwood Valley, the area's all-time scoring leadrer, and Aaron Lindahl of Benson repeated as first team selections to the All-Area Boys Basketball Team.
Felt and Lindahl are joined on the first team by Shaun Condon of MACCRAY, Pierce Peters of Minnewaska Area and Eric Brandon of Montevideo.
Peters was a third-team selection a year ago.
Felt scored 2,450 points in his career, surpassing a 47-year-old record of 2,364 by Bob Bruggers of Danube.
Lindahl was second to Felt among the area scoring leaders this season. Those two were the only players in the area to score 700-or-more points this season.
Felt led the area in scoring each of the past two season, finishing this season with a 30.4 average. He has signed to play for North Dakota State next season
Felt was also a second team pick as a sophomore.
New London-Spicer, Montevideo, Willmar and MACCRAY landed two players each on the All-Area team. NLS and Montevideo were the only area teams to play in the state tournament this season, each playing in Class AA.
On the second team is Jordan Smith of Willmar, Erik Tengwall and Jay Moten of New London-Spicer, Jeff Jerve of Montevideo and Nathan Nietfeld of Paynesville.
Smith was also on the second team a year ago.
Jordan Tanner of Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, Taylor Filipek of Willmar, Andy Kalenberg of Buffalo Lake-Hector, Michael Rodgers of Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa and Seth Hinrichs of MACCRAY round out the third team picks.
Tanner was on the second team last year.
Lindahl, Smith and Jerve were also All-Area selections in football this past fall. Smith was also All-Area in baseball last spring.
The All-Area teams are selected by the sports editor after consulting with area coaches, who are asked to name their top opposing players. Several area players were also polled.
MIKE FELT, Redwood Valley
6-2 senior guard
Felt was a four-year starter for the Cardinals and led the area in scoring each of the last two years, averaging over 30 points-per-game each season for the Cardinals. Although thought of mainly as a scoring machine, Felt also contributed to the team in many other ways.
"Mike can score from anywhere on the floor and he has a great passion for the game," said Redwood Valley coach Markus Okeson. "But he makes the other players around him better, too, by getting them involved in the offense when he has two or three defenders on him. And on defense, he can defend a guard or a post."
Felt averaged 8.1 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 2.2 blocks and 2.0 steals per game this season. He made 109 three-pointers this season and 308 in his career, the latter fifth all-time in Minnesota boys basketball history. And his 2,450 career points is 13th on the state's all-time list.
SHAUN CONDON, MACCRAY
6-2 junior wing
Condon led the Wolverines in scoring this season with a 23.1 average and led them to a 26-2 record and a Camden North Conference title. The conference Most Valuable Player also averaged 4.5 re-bounds, 3.1 assists and 1.3 steals per game.
"He was our 'go-to' guy," said MACCRAY coach Gary Nelson. "He has a very quick first step and can shoot outside as well as drive to the basket. He is very intelligent on defense with quick hands."
The two-year starter made 36 three-pointers this season, hitting 31 percent of his shots beyond the arc. He also made 76 percent of his free throws.
Condon currently has 971 career points.
AARON LINDAHL, Benson
6-4 senior guard
Lindahl, a three-year starter, was second in the area in scoring this season at 27.8 points-per-game and was one of two players (Felt the other) that amassed over 700 points. Lindahl was also voted the West Central South Conference Most Valuable Player.
"Aaron has been a great floor leader for us," said his father/coach Roger Lindahl. "He can score on the drive and from outside. He led our team in rebounding and steals each of the last two years."
After averaging a double-double as a junior, Lindahl nearly duplicated the feat again, averaging 8.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 3.2 steals and 1.0 blocked shots per contest.
Lindahl finished his career with 1,648 points, the highest total in Benson history. He is also 15th on the area's all-time list.
PIERCE PETERS, Minnewaska
6-6 senior wing
Peters utilized his versatility, size, strength and quickness to dominate inside or hit from beyond the arc this season, averaging 21.8 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 2.3 steals and 2.7 blocks per game for the Lakers.
"He handles the ball very well and is capable of hitting the three-point shot, as well as post up or drive to the basket," said Minnewaska Area coach Phil Johnsrud. "His long frame resulted in several blocked and altered shots. He can defend post players as well as he can defend guards."
Peters was one of only six players in the area this season to score 500-or-more points. He finished his career with the Lakers with 1,028 points.
ERIC BRANDON, Montevideo
6-1 senior guard
In his first year as a starter, following a successful and senior-dominated lineup, Brandon emerged as a top-notch scorer for the Thunder Hawks and helped take them to the Class AA state tournament. He averaged 18.7 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.5 steals per game this season.
"Eric is a scorer who can get to the basket well," said Montevideo coach Dan Douglas. "He also is an excellent offensive rebounder who jumps well. He is usually called on to handle the ball against an aggressive press. And he is asked to guard the other team's best scorer on most nights."
Despite being a role player until this season, Brandon still nearly reached 1,000 points for his career, finishing with 940.
JORDAN SMITH, Willmar
6-3 senior forward
Even though he started only two years, Smith fell just short of 1,000 points for his career while playing for a Class AAA school in a conference with two teams reaching this season's state tournament. He averaged 16.1 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.1 blocks per game as the Cardinals finished 17-11.
"Jordan has an all-around game in which he can penetrate or shoot from the perimeter," said Willmar head coach Steve Grove. "His versatility allowed him to defend guards and centers."
Smith drained a team-high 60 three-pointers this season for the Cardinals, who reached the section semifinal, losing to Class AAA state finalist Mankato West. He finished his career with 974 points and 550 rebounds.
ERIK TENGWALL, New London-Spicer
6-0 junior guard
Tengwall had a stellar junior season, his first full year as a starter after being a top reserve on last season's Class AA state championship team. His all-around play helped the Wildcats reload and return to the state tournament this winter.
"Erik was our best player offensively and defensively," said New London-Spicer coach Matt Cordes. "He can take over games at both ends."
Tengwall averaged 15.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 2.6 steals per game this season as the Wildcats finished 23-9 and won the West Central North Conference and the Section 6AA championship.
He currently has 819 career points.
NATHAN NIETFELD, Paynesville
6-5 senior forward
Nietfeld started three full years and part of his freshman season for the Bulldogs. He led the team in scoring and rebounding this season, averaging a double-double with 18.3 points and 13.3 rebounds. He also averaged 2.1 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocks per game.
"Nathan is long and athletic and capable of scoring inside and outside," said Paynesville coach Phil Carlson. "He is a key scorer for us, but it's his defense and rebounding that makes him a strong player."
Nietfeld closed out his career with 1,215 points, over 800 rebounds and over 200 assists.
JAY MOTEN, New London-Spicer
5-9 senior guard
Despite being outsized on most nights, Moten overcame it with his quickness and leaping ability. He helped spark the defending state champion Wildcats to a return trip in his first season as a starter.
He averaged 14.8 points, 1.7 assists and 1.7 steals per game, helping the Wildcats go 23-9 this season. He also had 67 three-pointers this season.
"Jay is one of the best shooters I've ever coached," said New London-Spicer head coach Matt Cordes. "He is also a tenacious full-court de-fender."
Moten led the Wildcats in scoring in their Class AA quarterfinal loss to eventual state champion Pelican Rapids with 15 points.
He finished his career with 682 points.
JEFF JERVE, Montevideo
6-5 senior center
Jerve was able to utilize his strength and athleticism to become a prolific inside threat for the Thunder Hawks.
The three-year starter averaged 15.9 points, 10.8 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game this season, helping Montevideo earn consecutive state appearances.
"Jeff turned into an excellent scorer in the post," said Montevideo coach Dan Douglas. "He uses his body well to establish position down low. He is our leader defensively."
Jerve, a Division I football signee with North Dakota State, had 720 career points.
TAYLOR FILIPEK, Willmar
6-5 junior guard
Filipek stepped up his game against tougher opponents and improved steadily as the season progressed. The two-year starter was an integral part of the Cardinals reaching the Section 2AAA semifinals this year after helping the team place third in Class AAA as a sophomore. Filipek averaged 16.1 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists this season. He also connected on 37 three-pointers.
"Taylor has incredible court vision and is a great perimeter shooter," said Willmar coach Steve Grove. "His ability to get to the basket off the drive makes him a valuable weapon."
Filipek has 713 points in his career.
JORDAN TANNER, ACGC
5-10 senior guard
Tanner was a three-year fixture at guard for the Falcons and led the team in scoring each of the last two years.
This season, he averaged 15.8 points, 2.3 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.9 steals as Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City went 14-13. He also connected on 53 three-pointers.
"Jordan is an excellent shooter who can also get to the rim," said ACGC coach Terry Miller.
Tanner finished his career with 1,274 points and is the ACGC all-time boys' scoring leader.
SETH HINRICHS, MACCRAY
6-4 sophomore center
Hinrichs, the youngest player selected to any of the three teams, was one of the most improved players in the area over the course of the season. In his first season as a starter, Hinrichs was the team's second-leading scorer at 14.5 points-per-game and also averaged 7.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.1 blocks per game. He drained 37 three-pointers.
"Seth is the best-shooting sophomore I've ever had," said MACCRAY coach Gary Nelson. "He has very good quickness and is very intelligent on the court.'
Hinrichs shot 65 percent from the field this season, including 46 percent on three-pointers, and also cashed 84 percent from the free-throw line.
Hinrichs currently has 430 career points.
ANDY KALENBERG, Buffalo Lake-Hector
6-0 senior guard
Kalenberg started only two years, yet finished as Buffalo Lake-Hector's No. 2 all-time scoring leader and is the school's career and single-season record-holder for steals.
Able to score from long range or off the drive, Kalenberg averaged 19.4 points this season, including 27 three-pointers, and shot 77 percent from the free-throw line. He also averaged 6.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 5.7 steals and 1.0 blocks per game as BLH finished 17-12.
"Andy is an excellent ball-handler and can shoot from anywhere," said BLH coach Scott Powers. "He is good on the ball and off the ball defender because he anticipates well."
Kalenberg finished with 1,215 points and 315 steals.
MICHAEL RODGERS, BBE
6-0 senior guard
A starter for four years (part time as a freshman), Rodgers developed into an outstanding all-around player for the Jaguars.
He amassed an 11.9 scoring average, while also contributing 2.7 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.5 steals per game as BBE finished the season 24-5.
"Michael is a prolific ball-handler and passer," said BBE coach Dave Montbriand. "He shoots 80 percent from the free-throw line and gets there often. He's also a solid defensive player."
Rodgers helped the Jaguars win the Central Minnesota Conference title while closing out his career with 1,028 points.