18 players, one coach repeat on all-district basketball team
By Chris Bowie
Boonville Daily News - Boonville, MO
By Chris Bowie
Updated Mar. 21, 2013 @ 12:54 pm
By Chris Bowie
Updated Mar. 21, 2013 @ 12:54 pm
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If there is one thing that came of the 2012-13 season in the Boonslick area, its that teams were well rounded with 18 of the 27 players and one coach repeating on the North Central Missouri All-District Basketball Team.
Voted on by the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association, 16 players were selected to the first team in Class 1, 2 and 3 while 11 players were named to the second team.
Glasgow boys basketball coach Mick Cropp also repeated as the Coach of the Year in the North Central Missouri District in Class 1. In 11 years as head coach at Glasgow, the Yellowjackets are 247-71 with three Final Four appearances (208-2nd, 2009-3rd and 2012-3rd), five CAC titles and five district titles.
It also came as no surprise when Glasgow placed four of the five starters on either the first or second team in Class 1. Joining Glasgow's Reid Littrell and Joel Monnig on the first team from the area were Damario Walker of Boonville, Tyler White of New Franklin, Trever Huth and Rayce Kendrick of Prairie Home, Mason Schlotzhauer and Kendall Kraus of Pilot Grove and Kyler Tucker of Bunceton.
Second-team selections were Blake Hackman and Ethan Thompson of Glasgow, Jay Barnhart of Boonville, Sam Distler of Prairie Home, Colton Glenn of Pilot Grove and Jacob Clevenger of Bunceton.
The Yellowjackets also had the best record for the boys at 23-6, followed by Pilot Grove at 23-7, Prairie Home at 15-12, New Franklin at 13-13, Boonville at 12-13 and Bunceton at 8-16.
Of course nobody had a better record in the Boonslick area than the Bunceton Lady Dragons, who finished the 2012-13 season at 24-3 overall. Glasgow girls also closed out the season with 20-plus wins at 21-7 overall while New Franklin finished 20-7, Prairie Home 10-15, Pilot Grove 10-16 and Boonville 7-16.
Bunceton junior Rachel Emde was the only first-team selection for the Lady Dragons while senior Erica Kahle was a second-team selection.
Other first-team selections for the girls were Morgan Edwards of Boonville, Jasmyne Boggs of New Franklin, Nikki Fuemmeler of Glasgow, Kendra Stinson of Prairie Home and Melissa Schlotzhauer and Kerigan Wessing of Pilot Grove.
Other second-team selections were Aly Hundley of New Franklin, Erin Reynolds and Abby Thompson of Glasgow and Makayla Zey of Prairie Home.
Damario Walker, Sr.
A three-year starter at the point-guard position for Boonville, Walker's final year may have also been his best while leading the team in scoring with 308 points for an average of 12.3 ppg and 89 assists for 3.6 apg. Walker also finished the season with 41 steals, which was second on the team, for 1.6 spg not to mention that he also shot 62 percent from the foul line and 46 percent from the field.
Boonville coach Scott Floyd said Walker is very much a leader for the team. "He is responsible for setting our defense and getting us into offensive sets," Floyd said. "We relied on him to give us points, assists and rebounds this past year, along with the fact that he guarded the opponents toughest perimeter player."
Jay Barnhart, Sr.
Senior Jay Barnhart joined teammate Damario Walker not only on the all-district team for the 2012-13 season but also on the all-conference team in the NCMC.
While finishing second to Walker in scoring with 296 points for an average of 11.8 ppg, Barnhart ranked first when it came to rebounding with 165 boards for an average of 6.6 rpg and free-throw shooting while hitting 41 of 58 shots for 71 percent.
Boonville coach Scott Floyd said Barnhart's numbers have increased over the last-three years in the categories such as scoring, rebounding and assist.
Morgan Edwards, So.
Boonville Lady Pirates basketball coach Jaryt Hunziker couldn't have inherited a better player when it came to scoring and rebounding this past season.
Although just a sophomore, Morgan Edwards picked up where she left off last year while leading the team in scoring with 355 points for an average of 14.2 ppg, 180 rebounds for 7.2 rpg, 48 blocked shots for 1.9 bpg, field goal percentage while hitting 147 of 301 shots for 49 percent and free-throw percentage while connecting on 61 of 91 attempts for 67 percent.
"This season our team was centered around Morgan in the post and her ability to score and pass from there," Hunziker said. "Morgan is a hard working individual who can become one of the best posts in our area as long as she keeps working to improve her game."
Tyler White, Sr.
New Franklin boys basketball coach Jim Schlotzhauer said senior Tyler White was not only the team leader in statistics, but also led on and off the court this past season for the Bulldogs.
While finishing the season with an average of 18.6 ppg, White also averaged 6.2 rpg, 2.9 apg and 1.5 spg.
"Our kids look to him in those situations when we are in need of a spark," Schlotzhauer said. "He is a very talented offensive player who has learned to make others better around him as well. He has also begun to play timely defense and rebounded well on the defensive end."
Jasmyne Boggs, Jr.
It was no secret that when teams tried to stop the New Franklin Lady Bulldogs basketball team, they looked first to stopping junior Jasmyne Boggs.
While a threat in the post night in and night out, Boggs also let her play do the talking while averaging a double-double for the season with 11.6 ppg and 11.2 rpg. She also finished the season with 3.9 blocks per game, 1.9 steals per game and 1.8 apg not to mention that she also shot 50.4 percent from the field.
New Franklin coach Chris McGowan said Boggs was the best player and attracted the attention of opposing coaches and players. "Jasmyne makes our defense much better by blocking shots and rebounding for us," McGowan said. "Offensively, she shot a high percentage and allowed our guards to get open jump shots."
Aly Hundley, Jr.
No player played a bigger role on the team this past season than junior Aly Hundley. While playing the point-guard position for the Lady Bulldogs, head coach Chris McGowan said Hundley was responsible for getting everyone on the same page.
Of course Hundley wasn't bad shooting the ball either while averaging 10.6 ppg along with 4.6 apg, 3.7 rpg and 3.0 spg. She also finished the season shooting 26 percent from the three-point arc, 35 percent from the field and 71.6 percent from the foul line.
"Aly is a very good shooter who also led us in assists, steals and free-throw shooting," McGowan said.
Rachel Emde, Jr.
Bunceton junior Rachel Emde did her part while leading the Lady Dragons to their first-ever district title and best season in the history of the program.
While averaging a double-double with 16.3 ppg along with 11.6 rpg, Emde also finished the season with 73 steals for 2.8 spg and 65 assists for 2.5 apg. But that's not all. While shooting 58 percent from the field and 36 percent from the three-point arc, Emde also ended the season with 24 double-doubles in 27 games.
Bunceton coach Mike Arnold said Emde is the best post in the area in Class 1-5. "Not only can she post up, but she can hit the three," Arnold said. "She was double teamed all year and did a great job passing out of the post. She is only going to get better. Her attitude is great and she is always the last one to leave the gym."
Erica Kahle, Sr.
As the second-leading scorer on the team this past season for the Bunceton Lady Dragons basketball team at 11.62 ppg, head coach Mike Arnold said senior Erica Kahle was also the team captain and did a great job of leading by example.
In addition to scoring over 11 points from the point, Kahle also finished the season with 79 rebounds for 3.0 rpg, 71 assists for 2.7 apg and 39 steals for 1.5 spg. She also shot 44 percent from the field and 29 percent from the three-point arc.
"Erica played good defense and hit a lot of big shots for us," Arnold said. "She will be missed a lot next year."
Kyler Tucker, Jr.
With one more year still left at Bunceton, junior Kyler Tucker could also join the ranks as a 1,000 point scorer for the Dragons after closing out the 2012-13 campaign with 340 points for an average of 14.8 ppg.
While playing in 23 games this past season, Tucker also had 125 rebounds for 5.4 rpg, 60 assists for 2.6 apg and 48 steals for 2.0 spg. He also finished the season shooting 47 percent from two-point range, 36 percent from the arc and 66 percent from the foul line.
Bunceton coach Yancy Cody said Tucker was very consistent shooting the ball all year. "Kyler also had a great year on the defensive side as well as offensively," Cody said. "He is still young and will only get better."
Jacob Clevenger, Sr.
It mattered little that Bunceton senior Jacob Clevenger sat out nearly three weeks with a knee injury.
As the team's leading scorer up until the injury, Clevenger still managed respectable numbers while finishing with 259 points for an average of 14.3 ppg along with 159 rebounds for 8.8 rpg and 27 assists for 1.6 apg. He also shot 52 percent from two-point range, 25 percent from the arc and 53 percent from the foul line not to mention that he had 13 double-doubles on the season.
"Jacob was a good leader and our team captain," Cody said. "He had a great year overall."
Kendall Kraus, Sr.
Pilot Grove boys basketball coach Rick Grunden didn't shy away from calling senior Kendall Kraus a workhorse for the Tigers this past season.
While averaging 10.4 ppg along with 6.9 rpg and 2.7 apg, Grunden said Kraus isn't afraid of anyone or anything and will always go 110 percent.
"He has worked his tail off over the years and has become an outstanding rebounder and defensive player," Grunden said. "During his high school career, Kendall has taken over 110 charges including holding the school record in charges taken for a season with 59. As a senior, he also led our team in rebounds and was our number one defense. He is unselfish with the ball and extremely coachable. Kendall puts the team before himself and just wants to win."
Colton Glenn, Jr.
While averaging 9.0 ppg along with 2.8 spg, 2.8 spg and 2.2 rpg, head coach Rick Grunden said this season would not have been a success without the play of junior Colton Glenn.
"He is the gear that makes our motor go," Grunden said. "Although he is a junior and was on a team with four seniors this year, Colton was our leader both on and off the floor. Colton works hard to get open and can create well for himself and his teammates. Colton is a difference maker on our team."
Mason Schlotzhauer, Fr.
As the MVP of the CCAA conference this past season as a freshman, Pilot Grove coach Rick Grunden said nobody eats and breathes basketball more than Mason Schlotzhauer.
While averaging 16.1 ppg along with 4.2 rpg, Schlotzhauer also finished the season shooting 79.5 percent from the foul line.
"It shows in what he does on the court," Grunden said. "Although he is only a freshman, he was a major factor for us this year. Standing at 6-2, Mason can handle the ball for us as well as play inside. Defensively, his wing span takes away a lot of area and he is quick enough to slow people down. Mason was a go-to player on our team this year and I expect great things to come in his future."
Kerigan Wessing, So.
If comparisons mean anything, Pilot Grove girls basketball coach Landon Daniel said sophomore Kerigan Wessing is the only player that has been on every Boonville Daily News Prep Honor Roll in every category this season.
While averaging 17.08 ppg this season, Wessing also led in every other statistical category with 8.58 rpg, 4.19 apg and 3.31 spg. She also shot 30 percent from the field, 28 percent from the arc and 68 percent from the foul line.
Daniel said Wessing also had 10 double-doubles on the year and one triple double. "Kerigan raised her scoring average five points this year, doubled her output in rebounding and blocks and made three times as many threes from last year," Daniel said.
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Melissa Schlotzhauer, So.
Pilot Grove sophomore Melissa Schlotzhauer may have been a slow starter this season, but if you consider what she accomplished after the New Franklin Tournament by raising her points per game from under 10 to over 14.5, 34 percent from the three-point line and 44 percent on the year is a pretty good stat for anybody.
While finishing the season with 367 points for an average of 14.68 ppg, Schlotzhauer also averaged 6.8 rpg, 3.12 apg and 2.48 spg while shooting 39 percent from the field, 34 percent from the arc and 64 percent from the foul line.
"Melissa raised her scoring average, almost doubled her rebounding output, and is averaging one more assist from last year," said Pilot Grove coach Landon Daniel.
Trever Huth, Sr.
Prairie Home senior Trever Huth definitely made his presence felt on the basketball court this season for the Panthers while averaging 19.0 ppg along with 8.0 rpg, 3.2 apg and 2.5 spg.
While starting all four years for the Panthers and surpassing the 1,000-point mark last year as a junior, head coach Jesse Oswald said Huth's scoring dipped a little bit this year but his assists became a factor which they never had been. "Trever is not a selfish player by any means, even when he probably should have been," stated Oswald. "He kept us in a lot of ballgames and put the team on his back when we needed a bucket or a big play. He also shot tremendously inside the three-point line and shot just as well outside the three-point line."
Inside the arc, Huth shot 62 percent but from outside the arc he made 31 percent of his shots for 52 percent overall.
Rayce Kendrick, So.
While Prairie Home senior Trever Huth was the scorer for the Panthers this past season, head coach Jesse Oswald said sophomore Rayce Kendrick was what made the team.
In addition to averaging 10.0 ppg and 5.0 rpg, Kendrick also finished the season with four assists per game and 1.5 steals per game in 2012-13. Of course Kendrick wasn't too bad shooting the ball, either. While hitting 50 percent of his shots inside the arc, Kendrick also shot 34 percent from outside of the arc for 46 percent overall.
"Rayce was a true point-guard who had a 3:1 assist to turnover ratio," Oswald said. "He has a great shot but doesn't always look to shoot. Instead he looks to pass a lot and find the open man or create something to find an open man. He led our team in assist, was second in steals and was third in rebounds at only 5'-11". Rayce also came up big for us with some big games against big-time opponents."
Sam Distler, So.
While playing the post for most of the year, Prairie Home coach Jesse Oswald said sophomore Sam Distler was capable of stepping outside and hitting some shots for the Panthers.
Distler also stepped up to the occasion against bigger opponents while tallying 22 points against Father Tolton and 16 against Russellville. The sophomore standout also finished the season averaging 11.0 ppg along with 6.5 rpg, 1.5 apg and 1.0 spg. He also shot 52 percent from inside the arc.
"Sam is very deceptive for his size because he has such great footwork," Oswald said. "He can out-smart most of his opponents and does a good job of playing defense and scoring."
Kendra Stinson, Sr.
Prairie Home senior Kendra Stinson used her speed on fastbreaks to her advantage this past season for the Lady Panthers while averaging 11.7 ppg along with 2.6 spg and 2.6 apg.
But when it came to shooting free throws nobody was better than Stinson, who knocked down 70.1 percent of her shots this season.
Prairie Home coach Linda Scott said Stinson is a solid player that used her speed to get the ball up the floor against the press against other teams. "Kendra had a slow start early in the season but ended the season strong," Scott said. "She ended the season with 16 games in double figures."
Makayla Zey, Fr.
When it came to touches this past season for the Prairie Home Lady Panthers basketball team, nobody had the ball in their hands more than freshman Makayla Zey.
While finishing the season with 12.3 ppg along with 10.3 rpg for a double-double, Zey also had 2.7 spg and 1.4 blocks per game. But it gets better. In addition to her scoring and rebounding, Zey also developed into one of the better shooters on the team while shooting 44.9 percent from the field. She also had 13 double-doubles and 18 games in double figures.
Prairie Home coach Linda Scott said Zey is an outstanding young player. "Makayla led our team in points, rebounds, field goal percentage, blocked shots and steals, yet was fifth on the team in turnovers. She had the ball in her hands more than anyone else on our team but did not turn the ball over. She's on pace to reach the 1,000 point club in both rebounds and points in her career. Makayla is the smartest player that I have ever coached. When we need help on the press, she is always in the correct place to help the team. She is three steps ahead on every play. I have been blessed to coach all-state players in the past and Makayla is the best freshman all-around player I have coached and a future all-state player."
Nikki Fuemmeler, Jr.
Junior Nikki Fuemmeler made her presence felt in the low block this season for the Glasgow Lady Yellowjackets basketball team while average 13.3 ppg along with 9.8 rpg, 2.4 spg, 1.2 apg and 1.1 bpg (blocks per game).
While finishing the game with 20 double-doubles on the season, Fuemmeler also had her best game of the season against the Marshall Owls in the Slater Tournament while pouring in 32 points and grabbing 15 rebounds.
The junior standout is also close to 1,000 points and rebounds in her career with 988 points and 786 boards.
Abby Thompson, So.
Glasgow sophomore Abby Thompson is a guard that often played many different roles this past season for the Lady Yellowjackets.
While averaging 8.4 ppg along with 4.1 rpg, 3.8 apg and 3.1 spg, Thompson also finished the season shooting 63 percent from the foul line, 39 percent from the field and 36 percent from the three-point arc.
Glasgow coach Molly Monnig said Thompson always made the big play for the team whether it was a made basket, a steal or a rebound. "She often defended the other team's best guard," Monnig said.
Erin Reynolds, Jr.
Glasgow junior Erin Reynolds is another long line of players for the Lady Yellowjackets that greatly improved this season.
While averaging 8.9 ppg along with 5.2 rpg, 2.3 apg and 1.9 spg, Reynolds also finished the season shooting 61 percent from the foul line, 32 percent from the field and 26 percent from the three-point arc.
The junior standout also had her best game this season while scoring 23 points and pulling down eight rebounds against Cairo.
Glasgow coach Molly Monnig said Reynolds had 11 games where she scored in double digits including 16 in the Glasgow Championship game against Harrisburg.
Reid Littrell, Sr.
Glasgow boys basketball coach Mick Cropp said senior Reid Littrell was the unquestioned leader for the Yellowjackets basketball team this season.
A three-time all-conference and all-district selections for the Yellowjackets, Littrell also closed out his career with 1,160 points and over 700 rebounds. He was also part of four Glasgow Tournament championships and four Marceline Tournament titles not to mention that he also participated on one conference championship team, four district championship games and one Final Four.
For the season, Littrell led the team in scoring with 392 points for an average of 13.5 ppg along with 224 rebounds for 7.7 rpg. He also finished the season shooting 57 percent from the field and 60 percent from the foul line.
"He was not afraid to say what needed to be said and our team was better for that," said Cropp.
Joel Monnig, Sr.
Glasgow senior Joel Monnig was what head coach Mick Cropp called a "relentless worker" on the glass and very good defensively this past season for the Yellowjackets.
While finishing second only to Reid Littrell in scoring with 284 points for an average of 9.8 ppg, Monnig also had 243 rebounds for 8.4 rpg while shooting 58 percent from the field and 56 percent from the foul line.
"Joel may have surprised some people by the success he had this year, but it was no surprise to me or his teammates," Cropp said.
Ethan Thompson, Sr.
As one of the most improved players on the team from the time he was a freshman until now, Glasgow senior Ethan Thompson was also known as the best defender for the Yellowjackets and always drew the other teams best player.
A two-time all-conference selection for Glasgow, Thompson finished the season with 283 points for an average of 9.8 ppg along with 109 assists for 3.8 apg, 104 rebounds for 3.6 rpg and 59 steals for 2.0 spg. He also shot 62 percent from the foul line, 38 percent from the field and 33 percent from the three-point arc.
"Ethan also contributed a lot of leadership for our team," said Glasgow coach Mick Cropp.
Blake Hackman, So.
As the starting point-guard on the Glasgow boys basketball team, head coach Mick Cropp called sophomore Blake Hackman an "electrifying player" in the open court for the Yellowjackets this past season.
A two-time all-conference and all-district selection for Glasgow, Hackman also finished the season with 265 points for an average of 9.1 ppg along with 72 assists for 2.5 apg, 57 steals for 2.0 spg and 53 rebounds for 1.8 rpg.
The sophomore standout also closed out the season shooting 64 percent from the free-throw line, 38 percent from the field and 25 percent from the three-point arc.
"Blake was also a good defender for us and I'm looking forward to him stepping up in the next-two years and continuing to better his game," Cropp said.