The North Central Missouri All-District Basketball Team, which includes players and coaches from over 80 schools in Class 1-5, was recently selected by the media for the 2016-17 season.
With 18 schools making up Class 1, 26 in Class 2, 20 in Class 3 and eight in each of Class 4 and 5, the surrounding area also had its share of good basketball. Along with six boys and 11 girls selected in Class 1-3 alone, two coaches were also named Coach of the Year for 2016-17.
In addition to the 20 players/coaches selected from the Boonslick area, the 2016-17 season also produced two conference champions (Boonville and Prairie Home girls), three district champions (Boonville girls, New Franklin and Prairie Home girls) and had one fourth-place finisher at state in the Prairie Home Lady Panthers.
But that’s not all. Three MVPs also made up three conferences in the Boonslick area. They were Boonville sophomore Jamie Lemmons, Boonville senior Riley Lang and Prairie Home senior Shianne Rhorer.
In all, the Boonslick area had 10 repeaters from last year, 12 first team selections and five players selected to the second team.
First team selections in the North Central Missouri District are Riley Lang, Alec Adair, Jamie Lemmons and Hannah Fuemmeler of Boonville, Madison Matney of New Franklin, Rachel Distler, Shianne Rhorer and Ross Kendrick of Prairie Home, Brady Rentel, Emily Schupp and Reagan Walker of Pilot Grove and Lauren Wieland of Bunceton.
Second team selections are Brynn Edwards of Boonville,  Rachel Lenz of Bunceton, Shelby Breshears of New Franklin and Wyatt Borghardt and Creed Flood of Prairie Home.
Boonville girls basketball coach Jaryt Hunziker was selected the Class 3 Girls Coach of the Year after leading the Lady Pirates to their fourth district title. Meanwhile, in Class 1, Prairie Home’s Dalton Armontrout was named the Coach of the Year for leading the Lady Panthers to their first ever Final Four.
The following are players and coaches selected to the North Central Missouri All-District Basketball Team for the 2016-17 season:
Riley Lang, Sr.
Boonville senior Riley Lang couldn’t have scripted his final season for the Pirates any better.
Although the Pirates fell short in the district semis, Lang still managed to put up some pretty good numbers for the 2016-17 season while finishing with 657 points for an average of 24.3 ppg along with 5.4 rpg, 2.2 apg and 1.0 spg. Lang also finished the season leading the team in free throw shooting at 76 percent. But that doesn’t compare to the three records Lang set during the season for most points in a career with 1,609 points, most points in a season with 657 and most points in a single game with 46.
Alec Adair, Sr.
When Boonville senior Alec Adair was healthy, there was no better on the floor offensively or defensively for the Pirates.
While finishing second only to Riley Lang in scoring with 359 points for an average of 16.3 ppg, Adair led the Pirates with 75 assists for an average of 3.4 apg and 55 steals for 2.5 spg. He also averaged 2.0 rpg and finished the season shooting 63 percent from the foul line, 45 percent from the field and 35 percent from the three-point arc in 22 of the team’s 27 games.
Jamie Lemmons, So.  
Although just a sophomore, Boonville’s Jamie Lemmons has already established herself as one of the best post players in the area.
As the leading vote getter in the NCMC for the 2016-17 season, Lemmons was also the leading scorer and rebounder for the Lady Pirates with 433 points for an average of 16.0 ppg along with 215 rebounds for 8.0 rpg. She also averaged 2.1 spg and 1.0 apg while shooting 46 percent from the field and 60 percent from the foul line.
Hannah Fuemmeler, Sr.
Boonville senior Hannah Fuemmeler took over the leadership role after the injury to teammate Paige Renfrow to start the season.
While finishing second only to teammate Jamie Lemmons in scoring at 13.2 ppg, Fuemmeler was a huge perimeter threat for the Lady Pirates while knocking down 50 threes for 39 percent. But that’s not all. Fuemmeler also finished the season averaging a team leading 3.6 spg along with 2.1 apg while shooting 42 percent from the field and 65 percent from the foul line.
Brynn Edwards, Jr.
A key player on both ends of the floor this season for Boonville, junior Brynn Edwards also used her length to her advantage while averaging 11.9 ppg along with 3.5 spg, 2.8 rpg and 2.1 apg.
Edwards also led the team at the foul line this season while hitting 69 of 92 shots for 75 percent not to mention that she was a 45 percent shooter from the field and a 33 percent shooter from the three-point arc as well.
That was reason enough to earn Edwards a spot on the NCMC All-Conference team for the 2016-17 season and a second team selection to the North Central Missouri All-District Basketball Team.
Jaryt Hunziker, Boonville girls basketball coach
In five years as head coach of the Boonville Lady Pirates basketball coach, Hunziker has led the team to an overall record of 105-35, including four NCMC titles along with four consecutive district titles.
The Lady Pirates have also made it to the quarterfinals twice, which led to a third place finish at the state tournament in 2015. Before coming to Boonville, Hunziker coached at Scotland County, where he won a district title in 2011 before losing to class 2 powerhouse Clopton in sectional tournament.
In 13 years of coaching, Hunziker has an overall record of 215-130.
Shianne Rhorer, Sr.
A four-year starter for the Prairie Home Lady Panthers basketball team, senior Shianne Rhorer pretty much did it all during that span.
While finishing her career with 2,257 points along with 1,010 rebounds, 375 steals and 162 assists, Rhorer was recently honored with all-state honors by the MBCA.
Rhorer was also a big reason why the Lady Panthers played in their first ever state tournament this season, finishing fourth. In 32 games, Rhorer led Prairie Home in scoring at 23.4 ppg along with 11.2 rpg and 4.6 spg. She also finished the season shooting 60 percent from the field, 40 percent from the three-point arc and 69 percent from the foul line.
Rachel Distler, Sr.
Prairie Home senior Rachel Distler was another big reason why the Lady Panthers advanced to the Final Four this season.
Like teammate Shianne Rhorer, Distler was a key figure night in and night out while finishing the season with 580 points for an average of 18.1 ppg along with 193 rebounds for 6.0 rpg and 100 steals for 3.1 spg. She also shot 43 percent from the field, 41 percent from the three-point arc and 77 percent from the foul line.
As for her career, she finished with 1,846 points, 447 rebounds, 331 steals and 183 assists.
Ross Kendrick, Sr.
One of the hardest workers on the floor night in and night out, Prairie Home senior Ross Kendrick also played bigger than he really is while leading the team in scoring at 25.4 ppg and rebounding at 8.7 rpg.
But that’s not all. While averaging 1.5 spg game this past season, Kendrick also finished the season shooting 61 percent from the field.
“Ross is one of those kids that is always in the gym improving his game,” said Prairie Home coach Dalton Armontrout. “He has a great motor that does not stop and improved his shooting just because of his hard work from last year.”
Wyatt Borghardt, Sr.
Another constant in the gym, Prairie Home senior Wyatt Borghardt was also the general on the floor when it came to bringing the ball up the floor and dishing it out to teammates Ross Kendrick and Creed Floor.
Of course Borghardt wasn’t bad at shooting the ball, either. In 26 games, Borghardt finished with 318 points for an average of 12.2 ppg along with 73 assists for 2.8 apg, 54 steals for 2.1 spg and 74 rebounds for 2.8 rpg. He also shot 31 percent from the three-point arc and 65 percent from the foul line.
Creed Flood, Jr.
Coming off a broken leg during the summer, Prairie Home junior Creed Flood worked his way back to greatness throughout the season while averaging 10.7 ppg along with 5.6 rpg.
While playing in 25 of the 26 games, Flood was also a threat when it came to shooting the ball while hitting 44 percent of his shots from the field, 33 percent from the three-point arc and 64 percent from the foul line.
Prairie Home coach Dalton Armontrout said while Flood’s numbers may have dropped off due to the injury, he still helped his team out by doing the little things.
Dalton Armontrout, Prairie Home girls basketball coach
Prairie Home girls basketball coach Dalton Armontrout led the Lady Panthers to their highest finish in the history of the program while finishing fourth at the state tournament in Class 1.
Although the Lady Panthers were seeded fourth in their district, they beat both top-seeded Glasgow and No. 2 St. Elizabeth to win the title. Meanwhile, after beating Madison in the final seconds at sectionals, the Lady Panthers came back and knocked off a tough Green City team in the quarterfinals to reach the Final Four.
In two years as the Prairie Home girls basketball coach, Armontrout has led the Lady Panthers to one conference title, two district titles and one appearance at the state tournament. He also has a career record while coaching the girls at 47-16 overall. His overall record at Prairie Home for coaching the boys and girls is 94-50.
Emily Schupp, So.
Pilot Grove girls basketball coach Landon Daniel called sophomore Emily Schupp the sparkplug on the team both offensively and defensively this season.
While improving her points per game by 5 and rebounds by three this season compared to last year, Schupp also led the Lady Tigers in both categories this past season while averaging 15.5 ppg along with 9.3 rpg. She also finished the season averaging 2.73 spg and 2.58 apg while shooting 49 percent from the field.
“She is the girls that other teams have to gameplan for,” Daniel said. “She is long and athletic and still pretty raw. Emily doesn’t know how good she really could be.”
Reagan Walker, Jr.
As Pilot Grove girls basketball coach Landon Daniel sees it, junior Reagan Walker is the best true point guard in the area.
While playing in all 26 games this season for the Lady Tigers, Walker finished the season averaging 10.12 ppg along with 5.15 apg, 3.38 spg and 3.5 rpg. She also shot 45 percent from the field and 27 percent from the three-point arc.
“Reagan’s defense and ability to lead our offense and set other girls up to succeed is really unmatched,” Daniel said. “Her role is not shared on our team like it is on most. She would make any other team so much better.”
Brady Rentel, Sr.
Pilot Grove senior Brady Rentel was definitely the go to player this season for the Tigers.
While playing varsity the last-two years for the Tigers, Rentel may have saved his best for last while leading the team in scoring and rebounding for the season with 330 points for an average of 17.4 ppg along with 126 rebounds for 6.6 rpg. He also finished the season averaging 1.3 apg and 1.4 spg not to mention shooting 41 percent from the field, 28 percent from the three-point arc and 63 percent from the foul line.
Pilot Grove coach Derek Skaggs said Rentel made a huge contribution to the team offensively. “Over his 2 1/2 years of varsity experience, Brady almost hit 1,000 points in his career,” Skaggs said. “Even though we play a tough schedule he still found multiple ways to get points up.”
Madison Matney, Jr.
New Franklin junior Madison Matney was another player that played bigger than her size.
As a returning starter from last year’s Final Four team, Matney was the one constant this past season for the Lady Bulldogs while leading the team in both scoring and rebounding at 13.4 ppg and 8.6 rpg. She also dished out 1.0 apg from the post position.
“Madison was our leading scorer and main go-to person,” said New Franklin coach Morgan Vetter. “She is a strong and hard working athlete who has continued to improve year in and year out. “She is only a junior and she plays bigger than her size.”
Shelby Breshears, So.
As a first-year starter for the Lady Bulldogs, sophomore Shelby Breshears definitely held her own on the court this season.
While averaging 11.1 ppg along with 5.0 rpg and 1.3 apg, New Franklin head coach Morgan Vetter said Breshears is long and lanky which makes her a nightmare for other teams on the defensive end. “She is quick and has filled big shoes for us this season,” Vetter said.
Lauren Wieland, Jr.
It’s no secret that Bunceton junior Lauren Wieland was the go-to player for the Lady Dragons this past season.
While playing in all 24 games, Wieland led the Lady Dragons in both scoring with 291 points for an average of 12.1 ppg along with 54 steals for 2.3 spg. However the junior standout was more than just a scorer for Bunceton, she also finished the season with 142 rebounds for 5.9 rpg along with 36 assists for 1.5 apg not to mention that she also shot 65 percent from the free-throw line.
“Other players fed off her energy on both ends of the floor,” said Bunceton coach Mitch Hurt. “Lauren had many big games for us and is in large part the reason why we won as many games as we did. She will get better because she is never satisfied with her performance. She encourages other players on her team and does not get on to them.”
Rachel Lenz, Sr.
It didn’t matter to Bunceton senior Rachel Lenz that she was undersized on most nights while playing the post or forward positions this past season for the Lady Dragons.
While playing in all 24 games this past season for Bunceton, Lenz finished third on the team in scoring while averaging 10.6 ppg. However when it came to rebounding, Lenz was No. 1 for the Lady Dragons with 166 boards for an average of 6.9 rpg. She also averaged 1.4 spg while shooting 39 percent from the field and a team-leading 73 percent from the foul line.
Bunceton coach Mitch Hurt said Lenz was easy to coach. He said she played very hard at the post or forward positions and was a true leader in the locker room and on the floor.