The Pilot Tribune's 2009 All-Area Boy's Basketball Selections
All-Area First Team
Michael Huseman - Senior - Alta
While guiding the Cyclones to a third place finish in the Northwest Conference at 8-4, Huseman averaged a team-high 11.7 points per game while shooting 44% from the field and 61% at the line. The senior swingman was also one of the conference's strongest defenders, averaging five rebounds and two steals a night.
Austin Stille - Senior - Alta
One of the most versatile post players in the NW Conference, Stille did a bit of everything for an 11-10 Alta squad. The senior hit 49% of his field goal tries while averaging 10 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 2.9 steals per game. Also a strong passer, Stille was second on team with 2.5 assists a night.
Aaron Bruce -
Senior - Aurelia
On a Bulldog squad that featured 10 players six feet tall or above, the 6'3" Bruce was asked to share the majority of the ball-handling duties for Aurelia. The senior fared admirably averaging 13.9 points (4th best in the NW Conf.) and 1.9 assists per game. A well-rounded player, Bruce added 6.1 rebounds, 1.8 steals, and 1.2 blocks per game.
Camrin Meyer - Senior - Aurelia
Meyer averaged 13.2 points and pulled down a team-high 8.5 rebounds a game while sharing point guard responsibilities. The senior also led the Bulldogs in steals (2.1 per game) and finished second in assists (1.9) and blocks (0.9).
Taylor Nees - Senior - Galva-Holstein
The Pirates finished their season at 20-4, and fell just one game shy of the state tournament with Nees leading the way. His senior campaign saw him turn in some extraordinary numbers, averaging 19.6 points, 11.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.4 steals, and 1.8 blocks.
Ryan Stumbo - Senior - Laurens-Marathon
It was a historic season for the L-M boys as they wrapped up their 2008-2009 campgaing with a fourth place finish at the state tournament. The senior forward started every game while finishing among the conference leaders in both points (14.7, 3rd in NW) and rebounds (9.0, 2nd). A more than reliable shooter, Stumbo hit 61.6% from the floor and at the foul line.
Adam Woodin - Senior - Laurens-Marathon
Capable of scoring from both inside and long range, Woodin turned in over 13 points a night at a marksmanlike rate. The senior forward hit 49% from the field, 50% from three, and 67% at the line. Woodin added 4.8 rebounds a night, helping the Chargers claim the Northwest Conf. crown.
Brett Wollum - Senior - Laurens-Marathon
L-M's slasher/scorer point guard helped fuel a Charger offense that was one of the most productive in Class 1A. The senior scored 12 a night while shooting 49% from the field. The sure-handed guard dished out 3.3 assists per night to go with 3.2 rebounds.
Stuart Goslinga - Senior - Sioux Central
The Rebels' big man turned in a dominant senior season that saw him lead the Northwest Conference in both points (20.9) and rebounds (15.5). The center shot 64% from the field while adding 2.3 blocks per game as Sioux Central finished at 17-5 and second in the conference race.
Adam Ehlers - Sophomore - Sioux Central
Coming off the bench for the majority of the year, Ehlers was dynamite in his reserve role, averaging 10.4 points on 48% shooting. The sophomore forward also finished second on the team in rebounds (6.2), assists (2.7), and steals (1.5).
Connor Richardson - Sophomore - St. Mary's
The Panthers' super-soph was one of the areas most explosive and efficient scorers, hitting 45% of his field goals and 73% of his free throws on his way to a 16.3 ppg average (2nd in NW). Far from one-dimensional, Richardson also averaged 5.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists. Leading St. Mary's press defense, his 113 steals were the second highest amount in the state.
All-Area Second Team
Jack Mills - Senior - Alta
The Cyclones' senior point guard was as capable of a scorer as he was a passer in the 2008-2009 season. While leading Alta with 2.6 assists per game, Mills also hit 40% from the field and 70% at the line, averaging 8.6 points per night.
Jeremy Lambert - Senior - Alta
The Cyclones led the conference in made threes in 2008-2009, thanks largely in part to Lambert. The senior forward averaged 9 ppg and hit 38% of his long range attempts en route to a conference-leading 49 treys.
Mark Cronin - Senior - Galva-Holstein
The Pirates were dominant inside this season as the duo of Nees and Cronin made up one of the area's strongest frontcourt pairs. The senior power forward shot 55% from the field, while averaging 10 points, 5.7 rebounds, and a team-high 2.7 steals.
Jordan Else - Senior - Galva-Holstein
Galva-Holstein's potent offense averaged nearly 63 points per game this season, and it all started with Else's play at the point. The senior guard turned in 6.6 points and 5.5 assists while starting every game this season.
Zach Lovin - Senior - Laurens-Marathon
Lovin hit 45% from the field, 41% from deep, and 64% at the line as the dependable shooter averaged 6.2 ppg. The senior guard added 3.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.
Nate Reichter - Senior - Newell-Fonda
A competitive NW Conf. race saw the Mustangs slip to fifth this season, but Reichter shined at the point guard position for N-F. The senior shot 41% from the field and 72% at the line to average 8.3 ppg. Reichter led the conference with nearly four assists per game and with his 2.2-1 assist to turnover ratio.
Trevor Tiefenthaler - Senior - Sioux Central
Tiefenthaler gave SXC a reliable third scoring option with just under 9ppg. The senior guard was even better at setting his teammates up with open looks, finishing second in the conference with 3.9 assists per game. A lockdown defender, Tiefenthaler added 2.8 steals per contest.
Jack Reis - Senior - Newell-Fonda
The Mustangs' leading scorer and rebound, Reis turned in 8.8 points and 7 rebounds per game at the power forward position. A 43% shooter on the season, the senior also dished out 30 assists.
Michael Ivey - Junior - St. Mary's
Ivey thrived in the Panthers up-tempo style of play, averaging 11.5 ppg, 3.3 steals, 2.6 rebounds, and 2.1 assists as St. Mary's raced their way to a 12-10 finish in 2008-2009.
Paul Yak - Junior - St. Mary's
Just a few spots behind his backcourt made Richardson, Yak finished seventh in the state with his 92 steals (4 spg). His quickness helped on the offensive end as well, where he averaged 10.2 points and 2.9 assists a night.
Nolan Cone - Sophomore - Storm Lake
A strong Lakes Conference made for a rough season for the Storm Lake boys, but Cone and the sophomore class give reason for optimism about the upcoming seasons. Cone hit 53% of his shots while averaging 7.9 ppg, but he would truly find his groove late in the season, scoring nearly 14 per night over the final five games.
Jordan Glawe - Senior - Aurelia
The Bulldogs' senior center was their most efficient offensive threat, hitting 51.5% of his shots. Glawe averaged 11 points 6.2 rebounds on the season.
Caleb Jamison - Senior - Laurens-Marathon
On the Chargers' senior-laden team, Jamison still netted 7.7 per game as their fourth scoring option. The forward added 2.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals as Laurens-Marathon reached their first state tournament as a consolidated school.
Steven Mason - Senior - Schaller-Crestland
Among the Northwest Conference's scoring leaders Mason averaged 10.1 a game during his senior season. The forward added 4 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.
Josh Alesch - Senior - Schaller-Crestland
Averaging nearly 7.5 per game, Alesch finished fifth in the NW Conf. in rebounding. Offensively, he added 6.4 ppg, second-best on the team.
Nathan Lenhart - Freshman - St. Mary's
Lenhart had in impressive debut as he played a key role in the Panthers' fourth place finish this season. The power forward pitched in 8.7 points per game while leading St. Mary's with his 6.3 rebounds.
Taylor Anderson - Senior - Storm Lake
The Tornadoes' senior leader averaged 7.6 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists while sharing point guard duties. Anderson hit 39% of his field goals and 61% of his free-throws.
Michael McCabe - Sophomore - Storm Lake
Another soph who turned in valuable minutes for Storm Lake this season, McCabe excelled on both ends of the court, leading the Tornadoes in both assists (2.9 apg) and steals (1.5 spg). He added 6.5 ppg while sharing time at the point this season.