The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 8, 2001 · Page 16
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 16

Salina, Kansas
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C2 SUNDAY. APRIL 8. 2001 ALL-AREA BASKETBALL THE SAUNA JOURNAL BOYS TOP 5 PROFILES MATT BARTZ Concordia It hasn't mattered what sport Matt Bartz has played over the last couple of years: he has been a clutch-time player for Concordia High School. Bartz, who was an all-area football selection last fall, was the Panthers' main threat inside but also had the BARTZ ability to bring the ball up the floor when teams opted to press. For the season he averaged 22 points per game and nine rebounds per game. Bartz, who will play football at Colorado State next fall, finished his prep career with 1,354 points and 644 rebounds, both of which are new CHS records. He is also fourth on Concordia's all-time steals chart with 122. • Career highlights — "Th6 highlights of my career were when we won the sub- state championship my sophomore year and setting the career scoring and rebounding records this year : • Role models — "My little brother Andy is my role model. He always works so hard so that when he is in high school he will be able to beat my records. Andy makes me work harder to set my records high." • Accomplishments most proud of — "I am very proud of my grades. My parents have made me realize how important they are, so I take pride in studying." • Hobbies — "Spending time with friends and coaching the Baylor Bears on NCAA Football 2000." • Future Plans — "Next year I plan on going to Colorado State and playing football." • Coach's comments — From Ron Johnson: "Matt's best attributes for us was his versatility and consistency. Matt's presence inside was obvious, but his ability to bring the ball up the floor against full-court pressure, penetrate from the outside and shooting range made him a very unique player "Throughout his career Matt represented our team, school and community with his es- PRUITT teem and was an exemplary role model for our youth." JEFF PRUITT Beloit Jeff Pruitt is the first sophomore to be selected to the boys all-area squad in the 23 years the Journal has been awarding the honor After playing a reserve role last year for Beloit, Pruitt became a tall presence for the Trojans, joining his 6-foot-6 brother Brad down low to present a dominating force inside. Pruitt, who stands 6-foot-9, averaged 17.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.4 blocked shots per game. But what set him apart was the ability to step out and knock down mid-ranger jumpers and some 3-pointers. That shooting touch gave the Trojans threats all over the court as they posted an 18-4 record. • Career highlights — "Beating the number-one ranked Concordia Panthers at Concordia. Also being selected (All-Area) by the Salina Journal as a sophomore." • Accomplishments most proud of — "I am proud that 1 come from a small town that gives all athletic teams such good support. I am proud that my family and friends support me. I am proud of being more than just a basketball player" • Hobbies — "I love to go hunting, fishing, football and track and field." • Coach's comments — From Barrel Kelley: "He stepped in his first game as a sophomore and was a very dominant player We knew he was going to be good, but I didn't think it would come this early." JAY REID Brewster Like many players around the state. Brew- ^f^^ ster's Jay Reid '•'^ had great individual numbers, but stats don't tell the whole story about the Bulldogs' senior guards. The numbers that tell a little ALL-AREA FIRSTTEAM ^ Name, School Hgt .4; Yr, Pos;#PQ i Matt Bartz, Concordia ^ 6-4 $t:.' F.'22.6'' i Jeff Pruitt, Beloit 6-,d So. - F 17.4 ' Jay Reid, Brewster 6-2 Sr. G 21.6 Mark Toms, Chapman 6^5': vdiv G-Fs 19it^^^ ? Drew Wedel, Minneapolis 5-8 Jr. " G 16.0 Coach - Larry O'Connor, Brewster SECONDTEAM Kevin Campion, Salina Central 6-2 Sr. F 12.4 Zacl< Graber, Salina South 5-11 Srif s G; 14.3 Shawn Herrman, Abilene . 6-5 ' JK F 28.1 Logan Robinson, Eastern Heights 6-8- Jr. C' 24.0 Ben Zuker, Minneapolis 5-9 Jr. G 12.'5 THIRD TEAM Lance Bergman, SJ Beloit -6-1:'^'-^:Sr;mmx<^2W':''''-' D'Andre McGrew, Salina South 6-3 .Sr.- F 16.6 Parker McKee, Colby 5-8 Sr. P-G 14.5 Jeremy Thayer, Belleville 6-5 Jr. ' F 20.4 John Tietjens, Waconda East 6-4 Sr. C 19,0 bit more of what Reid accomplished this season are two and 106. As in two state titles in the last two years for Reid's Bulldogs and 106 victories during the four years Reid played at Brewster. "Individual stats meant nothing to Jay; he was all about the team," said Brewster coach Larry O'Connor "He led by example on and off the court." Regardless his individual stats were still impressive as well. As a senior Reid led the Bulldogs with 21.6.1 points per game, was second with 8.2 rebounds as well as dishing out 3.3 assists per outing. Reid, who also was a standout quarterback where he led the squad into the postseason each of the past two years, is still undecided about where he will attend college but is considering playing either football or basketball. • Career highlights — "Winning back-to-back state championships in 2000 & 2001. Being named lA Player of the Year Being undefeated at home from sixth grade through 12th grade. • Role models — "My brother Josh. He likes new challenges and meets them head on. He takes every opportunity he gets to do the best he can. He has shown me you can achieve the goals you set with hard work and determination." • Accomplishments most proud of — "Maintaining a 3.9 GPA throughout high school. Being student body president." • Hobbies — "Reading. Being with family and friends. Weight lifting. Working on computers. Listening to music." • Future Plans — "Going to college to get a degree in business and marketing. I'm still looking at my options as far as athletics." • Coach's comments — From Larry O'Connor: "What made Jay so tough was his ability to score from outside as well as inside. He was one of the best players around at posting you up or shooting a 3-pointer over you. Plus he could take you off the dribble. Jay also hated to lose. He drove himself to be the best he could be. Jay worked harder in the summer on his game than anyone I've ever coached. He loved playing with his teammates. Jay was the total team player." MARKTOMS Chapman Mark Toms has done more at Chapman High School in his first two seasons than any other Irish player has done in a career and he still has another year left. Toms, one of TOMS two juniors on this year's Top 5, averaged 19.1 points and 11 rebounds as he helped the Irish to their first state tournament berth in 19 years. At 6-foot-5, Toms has the ability to bang down low and post players up, but he also has the versatility to step outside and knock down 3-pointers. He knocked down 54 percent of his shots from the field this year, was a 78 percent shooter from the free throw line and hit 44 percent from beyond the arc. It is those attributes that have led him to the career points (1,088) and rebounding (645) mark at Chapman. • Career highlights — "Making it to state this year was a great feeling. The way we played in the sub-state finals (against Concordia) was a great team game. We all played well and won the game as a team." • Role models — "Like most kids, Michael Jordan. He works hard and continued to get better as the years went by. My mom is another. She supports me through everything and sacrifices things so I can play basketball. She always is there and I look up to her" • Accomplishments most proud of — "I take pride in getting straight A's and being a good student." • Hobbies — "I like to hang out with friends and have a good time." • Coach's comments — From Sam Muff: "Mark's best attributes are his leadership and confidence. He is definitely the coach on the floor. He does a great job of communicating to his teammates in a positive manner In crunch time, Mark is the type of player that wants the ball. He thrives under pressure and likes to take charge. "Mark continued to improve his individual statistics and put up great numbers while accompanied by a great supporting cast and well-balanced team." DREW WEDEL Minneapolis Perhaps Drew Wedel's coach, Kevin Williams put it best: "He was never afraid to take the big shot." Not only was he not afraid to take the big shot, but more often than not that shot found WEDEL the bottom of the net for the Minneapolis Lions this season. On a team that featured a run-and-gun offense, Wedel was the biggest scoring threat with a 3-point shot that helped him average 16.0 points this season and aided the Lions in their run to third place in Class 3A this yean While his perimeter shooting was Wedel's main asset, he also proved to be an unselfish player on offense and stingy on defense by averaging four assists per outing and 2.4 steals. • Career highlights — "The major highlight in my career was not just one game, but the entire trip in reaching third place in the 3A state basketball tournament. I could ask for nothing more than the coaching staff and my teammates offered on the wonderful ride. We beat some very good basketball teams along the way ... There was no greater moment than playing in front of nearly 1,000 of our faithful fans in Hutch at the state tourney, and being able to sit behind the trophy with my teammates and coaches after earning third place." • Role models — "I have no real single role model but a whole team that I idolize. I have grown up following Kansas University basketball since I was three. I have looked up to that program more than any single individual. They have run a very clean, successful program and have had many tremendous student-athletes go there." • Accomplishments most proud of — "I am especially proud of having the privilege to say I am a member of the National Honor Society I am also glad to still be carrying around a 4.0 GPA. Besides academics, I really have fun being able to coach my brother's YMCA basketball team." • Hobbies — "Besides basketball I really enjoy golf. I spend many of my summer days on the golf course. My only other real hobby I enjoy is playing all kinds of video games." • Coach's comments — From Kevin Williams: "He is an unselfish player He wants to get everybody involved. "He set out to accomplish the team goals first. He is never worried about individual stats, only the results." — By CHRISTIAN D ORR GIRLS TOP 5 PROFILES STAGEY BECKER McPherson McPherson has one of the most successful girls basketball programs in state history and has produced more than its share of standout athletes, but Stacey Becker finished her career as the school's all- time leading scorer A consensus all-state selection following her senior season, Becker played in four state tournaments and was part of two Class 5A state championship teams. A Wichita State signee, the versatile Becker averaged 15.5 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists a game this year '. • Career highlights — "Winning two state championships as a freshman and sophomore, winning the Ark yalley League outright as a senior and being able to play on iSaturday with my team at the state, tournament this year • Role models — "My coach, Scott Schaefer As a coach he is so dedicated to his players and the future of his program. He has made McPherson girls basketball what it is today "His knowledge and love for the game made it so special for his players. He lives through us as a player and is such a fun person to be around. Over the past'. four years, we've developed a great coach-athlete relationship and it's meant a lot to ine. He has sacrificed a lot of his own time into making my personal goals possible." • Accomplishments most proud of — "My close friendships and family relationship is something I am proud of." : • Hobbies — "Spending time with my family and friends, and chatting with friends on the computer" • Future Plans — "I look forward to spending my sum- iner in California and returning to play basketball at Wichita State University 1 will study sports administration and business management." • Coach's comments — From Scott Schaefer: "Her leadership was her greatest attribute. She was willing to give of herself for the benefit of our team and the program. She truly sees the big picture, pro- DIETZ gram, community, and helps her teammates get better" BRITTANY DIETZ Osborne She won more high school tennis matches than any player in Kansas history and was a four-time, undefeated state champion. Yet Brittany Dietz loves basketball so much, it is her choice of sports she would like to play in college. Any college team that can use a good outside shooter would be wise to give Dietz a look. She finished with a state-best 95 3- pointers this season and shot 41.3 percent from behind the arc. She also made 86 percent of her free throws and averaged 16.1 points and 5.0 assists per game. • Career highlights — "The highlight of my basketball career was my junior year at state when we became the 2000 state basketball champions. It was our goal all year long and all the hard work paid off It was a dream come true." • Role models — "1 have two role models. Those role models are my sisters. I look up to them so much. They have given me advice about many things that have helped me in many ways. They have inspired me to work towards my goals." • Accomplishments most proud of — "I enjoy singing. I sang in a trio at the 2A state basketball tournament this year in Manhattan. We sang at many home games, but that was the best." • Hobbies — "I enjoy playing tennis, working out (lifting weights) and hanging out with my friends." • Future Plans — "1 am going to play college basketball. 1 plan to major in business and exercise science. 1 have made no decisions as to where I'm going. I am in the process of taking visits to schools." • Coach 's comments — From Darrel Wolters: "Her leadership skills and positive personality motivate her teammates to play at a notch higher Her love for the game rubs off on everyone else and makes our team better "Her ability to hit the outside 5-10 Sr. ^ G 155 5-6 Sr. G 16.1 5-8 Sr. F 11.3 5-8 Sr. . G 21.1 5-10 So. F 23;7 ALL-AREA GIRLS TEAMS FJRSTTEAM Stacey Becker, McPherson Brittany Dietz, Osborne Esther Dohl, Sylvan Jennifer Hake, Oakley Brooke Ubelaker, Osborne i COACH OF THE YEAR — Brian Johnston, Grinnell SECONDTEAM Casey Henningsen, Waconda East 6-2 Jara McKee, Goodland 5-6 Pam Mealiff, Beloit 5-10 Shauna Riedy, Hope 5-10 Megan Williams, Clay Center 5-11 THIRD TEAM Emily Braxmeyer, Atwood 5-7 Erica Dechant, Salina South 5-7 Jamie Fithian, McPherson 6-4 April Roadhouse, Osborne 5-8 Lynsie Tischhauser, Salina Central 6-0 So. C 21.6 Sr. F 15.1 Sr. C 13.8 Jr. G 13.4, Sr. F 13.4 Sr. G 16.1 Sr. G 13.2 Jr. C 16.9 Jr. G 13.7 Sr. F 13.7 shot made teams key on her, which opened up our inside game. Her passing ability is exceptional and she is a good ball handler" ESTHER DOHL DOHL Sylvan Sylvan returned to the top of the Twin Lakes League standings behind a solid senior class, including three-year starter Esther Dohl, but the Mustangs stretched that success into the postseason, qualifying for the Class lA state tournament for the first time since 1993. It was that same year that Sylvan's Crecia Meitler was named to the all-area first team, and Dohl becomes the first Mustang to earn that honor since Meitler Dohl led Sylvan in scoring this season, but just as important was her play on defense. The future Bethany College basketball player averaged 5.5 steals a game for a Sylvan team that allowed only 38 points a game. • Career highUghts — "Finally making it to state as a senior We hadn't made it out of regionals in my high school careen It was an exciting senior year from the beginning. The first week of practice was exciting and the whole team was enthusiastic because we knew we had a chance to make it." • Role models — "I have a large supporting family My five siblings, mom, dad, grandparents and all give me great advice in athletics and life." • Accomplishments most proud of — "Academics are important to me and being a well- rounded individual through my music/drama, academics, public speaking, etc., are more important than just being good at basketball." • Hobbies — "All other sports, including volleyball and Softball, and being involved in community clubs and organizations." • Future Plans — "I intend to play for the Lady Swedes at Bethany College in Lindsborg. I have been very impressed with the coach, players and faculty there." • Coach's comments — From Mike Weatherman: "Esther was one of the best defensive players in the area. She worked hard throughout the game and was a very good cover person in man-to-man. It was in our press that she caused problems for other teams. She had great anticipation where the ball was going and had a lot of steals and forced turnovers." JENNIFER HAKE Oakley Jennifer Hake's name is scattered all over the Oakley record book, but sits alone atop the school's career scoring list. Hake passed former Oakley standout Kerri Moellering — HAKE the school's only other all-area selection in 1994 — with 1,484 career points, 15 better than Moellering's mark. Hake is also the school's all- time leader in steals (411) and is second to Moellering in career rebounds (712). Although she has committed to continuing her basketball career at Fort Hays State, Hake has also had success in other sports, including all-league honors in cross country and volleyball, and running at the state track meet each of the last three years. • Career highlights — "The highlight of my high school basketball career would have to be an undefeated regular season my senior year Although it did not end with a trip to the state tournament, the season as a whole was unbelievable. An. other highlight would be breaking the career scoring record at our high school." • Role models — "My parents would be the people I use as my role models. For as long as I can remember, they have always given all they had in everything they do, whether it was work or being a parent. "Along with my parents is my coach. I was given the chance to play as a freshman and he always believed in me. I thank him for everything he helped me accomplish." • Accomplishments most proud of — "Maintaining a 3.98 grade point average and always doing my best in the classroom." • Hobbies — "Selling fireworks in the summer and spending time with family and friends." • Future Plans — "I plan on playing basketball at Fort Hays State University and majoring in sports administration." • Coach's comments — From Randall Rath: "Jennifer was a leader both verbally and by example. She is extremely unselfish and at times, too unselfish. Jennifer was always loyal to the program and other girls know what type of dedication she has and this helped to motivate others. "She set a standard for our younger girls to reach through her dedication and drive for excellence. Our younger kids really looked up to her She is an UBELAKER individual that, as a coach, you just had to love." BROOKE UBELAKER Osborne Osborne had its first ever all- area selection a year ago in Amber Roadhouse, but wasted little time in adding to its total. After two seasons of high school basketball, Brooke Ubelaker has experienced only one loss, and there is reason to believe the Bulldogs will find continued success in the coming years. Ubelaker will be back and will bring with her a 23.7 scoring average. This season she scored under 20 points only three times in 26 games and never scored less than 15. She doesn't necessarily need a lot of shots to get those points either, averaging 62 percent from the field. • Career highlights — "My freshman year when we won the state title was really special. It was such a fun year and we had great team camaraderie. Also, this year our 51- game winning streak meant a lot to me." • Role models — "I look up to my parents. They lead by example and have always taught me 'To those that work hard, good things happen.' And I've always tried to live by that." • Accomplishments most proud of — "I try to do my best at school. I am proud of my 4.0 grade point average." • Hobbies — "I like to spend time with my family. I babysit my little brother and enjoy hanging out with my sister. I also enjoy watching KU play on television." • Coach's comments — From Darrel Wolters: "Brooke is especially tough offensively because she can hit the outside jump shot as well as go inside and dominate. She is a very intelligent basketball player and her consistency separates her from most players. "She defends well and always gets her hands on the ball. She has a burning desire to play college basketball, so she spends endless hours developing her skills in the summertime." — By LARRY MORITZ

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