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THE SALINA JOURNAL ALL-AREA BASKETBALL SUNDAY. APRIL 8. 2001 C3 • BOYS • BOYS COACH • GIRLS CLASS 4-5A FIRST TEAM Hgt. Yr. Position 6-4 Sr. Forward 6-2 Sr. Forward. 5-11 Sr. Guard 6-5 Jr. Forward 6-5 Jr. Guard-forward SECONDTEAM 5-8 Sr. Guard 6-3 Sr. Forward 6-3 Sr. Forward-center 6-2 Jr. Guard 6-4 Sr. Center Name, School Matt Bartz, Concordia Kevin Campion, Salina Centrai 2acl< Graber, Saiina Soutti Shawn Herrman, Abilene Mari< Toms, Chapman Parker McKee, Coiby D'Andre McGrew, Saiina South Matt Mentzler, Goodiand Marcus Watts, Hays Cory Wofter, Coiby Coach of the Year — Jim Campion, Saiina Central HONORABLE MENTION John Anderson, Ciay Center; Brandt Busse, McPherson; Garrett Farha, Concordia; Derel< Havens, McPherson; Matt Heiler, Chapman; Stu Keitner, Hays; Richard Kueker, Concordia; Matt Martin, Clay Center; Justin McDonald, Chapman; Chris McGowan, Hays; Jordan Riebel, Goodiand; Cody RIerson, McPherson; Luke Stone, Goodiand; Brett Wahlgren, Saiina South. FIRST TEAM AT A GLANCE Shawn Herrman was Abllene's all-everything player this year, averaging 28.1 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. He poured in 46 points In one game alone and shot 61 percent from the field and 76 percent from the free-throw line as he helped Abilene record nine victories. Mark Toms' personal statistics didn't climb that much from his sophomore season, but the team numbers certainly did. Toms, who averaged 19.1 points and 11 rebounds per game for Chapman this season, excelled thanks to a solid supporting cast that helped the Irish post a 16-8 record and make an appearance in the Class 4A state tournament. Concordia's Matt Bartz may be headed for a collegiate career In football, but he also showed that he Is a pretty dominating player on the basketball court as well. Bartz, who signed a letter of intent to play football at Colorado State, will leave Concordia as the school's all-time leading scorer and rebounder after averaging 22 points and 9.1 rebounds per game as a senior. He finished his career with 1,345 points and 654 rebounds. There was little doubt who was running the show on the court for Saiina South this season as point guard Zack Graber took control of the attack and led them to a 17-5 record as the team's point guard. Graber, a 5-11 senior, averaged 14.3 points, but his biggest stat came In the assist department where he averaged 5.6 per game. Saiina Central's late-season surge Into the Class 5A state championship game had a lot to do with the play of senior Kevin Campion. Campion's play was solid ail season long, but he took It to an even higher level down the stretch as evidenced by his state tournament numbers where he averaged 15.3 points for the runner-up Mustangs. For the season, Campion averaged 12.4 points per game. COACH OF THE YEAR — Directing Saiina Central's late-season surge was Jim Campion, in the middle of the season, Campion switched to an all-senior starting lineup and it paid huge dividends for the Mustangs as they ripped off eight straight wins, including two In the 5A sub-state tournament and two in the 5A state tournament before eventually falling to Bishop MIege In the championship game. - CLASS 2-3A FIRST TEAM Hgt. Yr. Position 6-3 Jr. Guard 6-9 So. Fonward 6-5 Jr. Forward 5-8 Jr. Guard 5-9 Jr. Guard SECONDTEAM 6-4 Jr. Center 6-6 Jr. Forward 6-2 Sr. Guard 6-6 Jr. Center 6-1 Sr. Forward THIRD TEAM 5-9 Sr. Guard 6-4 Sr. Center 5-11 Sr. Guard 6-3 Sr. Guard-forward 6-4 Sr. Fonward Name, School Josh Campbell, Hoxle Jeff Pruitt, Belolt Jeremy Thayer, Belleville Drew Wedel, Minneapolis Ben Zuker, Minneapolis Luke Bott, Washington Jason Crist, Bennington Trey Look, Quinter Brad Pruitt, Beloit Scott Schultz, Hill City Jonas Cook, Solomon Justin Long, Lincoln Mike Wolters, St. Francis Justin Waggoner, Beloit Michael Yates, Phillipsburg Coach of the Year — Kevin Williams, Minneapolis HONORABLE MENTION Geoff Andrews, Ellis; Kelly Bailey, Ellsworth; Colby Bertrand, Ell-Sallne; Luke Bott, Washington; Ben Cole, Russell; Jamey Cooper, Marlon; Luke Dannefer, Osborne; Rusty Grafei, Oberlin; Zach Gregoire, Norton; Noah Nusbaum, Solomon; Matt Overiease, Norton; Ryan Ruf, Oberlin; Nick Sheahon, Sacred Heart; Dave Sutton, Hoxle; Anthony Taylor, Ellis; Mark Toriumeke, Hoxle; Mark Troutfetter, SE of Saline; Steven Waiters, Russell; Dan Weis, Hoxle; Nick Wilson, Smith Center. FIRST TEAM AT A GLANCE After averaging 10 points per game as a sophomore, Jeremy Thayer blossomed into a go-to player for Belleville this season. He averaged 20.4 points and 7.9 rebounds per game for a team which was hit hard with injuries early before the Buffaloes went a late-season rally that allowed them to end the regular season with a .500 record. There was little doubt that it was the guard tandem of Ben Zuker and Drew Wedel that made Minneapolis go this season. Zuker was the team's quarterback on the floor, running the show, while Wedel was the long-range scoring threat. Zuker, a 5-9 senior, averaged only 12.5 points for the Lions, but he made his biggest contributions by averaging 6.5 assists. Wedel, meanwhile, was able to dish the ball off as well as he averaged 4.6 per game, but his main weapon was deadly shooting from beyond the arc. Wedel led the Lions with 16 points per game, most of which came from 3-polnt land where he shot at a 46- percent clip. The other big tandem of the North Centrai Activities Association this season was in Beloit with the Trojan Towers of Brad and Jeff Pruitt. Both put up big numbers, especially Jeff who was a force Inside and outside. At 6-foot-g Jeff Pruitt had the ability to alter opponent's games inside as well as the touch to step outside and hit jump shots. He averaged 17.4 points per game and 7.5 rebounds. Hoxie's run to the 2A state tournament this season was in large part due to the play of point guard Josh Campbell. Campbell, a 5-11 Junior averaged 11.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 5.4 steals as the Indians built a 20-4 record. Campbell also had an assist-to-turnover ratio of better than 2-to-1. COACH OF THE YEAR — One year after posting just an 8-13 record, the Minneapolis Lions made quite a turnaround under Kevin Williams, as they compiled a 19-7 overall record and qualified for their first state tournament In 40 years where they finished third. It could be just the beginning for the Lions, who had only one senior In their starting lineup. CLASS1A FIRST TEAM Name, School Hgt. Yr. Position Lance Bergman, SJ Beloit 6-1 Sr. Guard Scott Brown, Mankato 6-3 Sr. Guard-forward Jay Raid, Brewster 6-2 Sr. Guard Logan Robinson, Eastern Heights 6-8 Jr. Center John Tietjens, Waconda East 6-4 Sr. Center SECOND TEAM Brandon Buehier, North Central 6-0 Sr. Guard Lance Cheney, Sylvan 6-1 Sr. Forward Blake Doyle, Tipton 6-0 Sr. Guard-fonward Sam Jackson, Logan 6-5 Jr. Forward-center Nathan Lindberg, Pike Valley 6-2 So. Guard-forward THIRD TEAM 6-1 6-2 6-4 6-7 6-0 Adam Cseszlai, Downs 6-1 Sr. Guard Trent Gottschalk, Logan 6-2 Sr. Guard-fonward Levi Huncovsky, Hllicrest 6-4 Jr. Forward Chad Reed, Hope 6-7 Jr. Center Devan Weiser, Grinnell 6-0 Jr. Guard Coach of the Year — Larry O'Connor, Brewster HONORABLE MENTION Brett Arnberger, Brewster; Matt Blxenman, Grinnell; Chris Bowman, Clifton- Clyde; Wes Clark, Pike Valley; Keith Crossler, Wheatland; Drew Duskie, Waconda East; Eric German, Clifton-Clyde; Shannon Gustafson, Wilson; Jonathan Hardy, Wakefield; Kyle Hesterman, Kensington; Steve Motta, Victoria; Josh Mussman, Northern Valley; Troy Okeson, Weskan; Matt Ryff, Hope; Patrick Siemsen, Quivira Heights; Landon Steele, Weskan; Gunnar Tope, Weskan. FIRST TEAM AT A GLANCE For two straight years Jay Reld has been a go-to type player for the Brewster Bulldogs and for two straight years he helped the squad to the Class 1A state championship. As a senior, Reid, a 6-foot-2 guard, averaged 21.6 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists as Brewster built a 27-1 record, losing only to Class 6A Derby In the first round of the Dodge City Tournament of Champions. John Tietjens was a dominant inside player for Waconda East, averaging a double-double as the Vikings built a 15-6 record before failing in the semifinals of the regional tournament. Tietjens, a 6-4 senior, averaged 19 points and 11.5 rebounds as well as dishing out two assists per game. There wasn't much that Lance Bergman couldn't do for St. John's Beloit. The 6-1 senior guard was all over the court for the Bluejays, helping them to a 19-4 record as well as regional and Pike Trail League titles. Bergman averaged 21.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.7 steals as well as shooting 49 percent from the field and 86 percent from the charity stripe. Scott Brown was the lone returning starter for Mankato this year, but he was the one the Cougars needed the most. Brown led Mankato this season in scoring with 19.4 and assists with six per game and was third In rebounding with 5.7 as he helped the Cougars to a 17-7 record. One of the big reasons Eastern Heights posted a 16-3 mark during the regular season this year was the Inside play of junior Logan Robinson. Robinson, who checks in at 6-8, was virtually unstoppable when he got the ball down low. He led the Mustangs In both scoring and rebounding with 24 points per outing and 9.1 boards. COACH OF THE YEAR — It Is sometimes said that even though It Is played with the smallest schools, the 1A title Is the hardest to win. Larry O'Connor, however, has made It seem relatively easy the past two years as he has guided the Bulldogs to back-to-back crowns. This season the Bulldogs proved to be a tough team regardless of their classification with a pair of wins over 6A schools. Brewster's run features repeat O'CONNOR O'Connor: Playing together, knowing roles key to success By CHRISTIAN D ORR The Saiina Journal Larry O'Connor wasn't sure that he would ever have a team quite as good as he did a year ago when the Brewster Bulldogs claimed the lA state championship. It didn't take him long to put together a team that not only rivaled that 2000 group, but possibly played a little bit better. Despite losing some key personnel from a year ago, O'Connor directed the Bulldogs to a 27-1 record and successful defense of their title. "It was very special, especially after losing everyone that we did from last year," said O'Connor, the 2001 Saiina Journal Coach of the Year. "I don't think there was a lot of people that thought we would be as good as we were last year. "But considering the competition we played, I think we played tougher this season. We certainly weren't as talfented as we were last year, but everybody played together. Everybody knew their roles this year" The only thing that didn't seem to cooperate with O'Connor and the Bulldogs was Mother Nature. Numerous snowstorms kept the Bulldogs from being able to practice as much as O'Connor would have liked. "There was more coaching to do this year," O'Connor said. "With us missing so much practice time, it made it difficult to do the things that we needed to do. There wasn't anymore coaching in games, but we had to do more coaching in practice. "The games, all of those seniors were like coaches on the floor. A lot of times they would come off the floor at timeouts T GIRLS COACH and tell me the things we needed to be doing out there." It hasn't just been the last two years that have been special for the Bulldogs, rather the last four. This year's senior class has taken the tiny northwest Kansas town on a remarkable run during their prep careers. Brewster posted a 106-6 record and five of those six losses came either in the Dodge City Tournament of Champions or the state tournament. The BuUdogs have qualified for the lA state tournament each of the past four years, finishing third two years ago before winning the championship the last two years. Their only regular-season loss in the last four years was a one- point defeat in overtime at Quinter. "That is just phenomenal," O'Connor said. "It would be hard to find anything like that anywhere at any classification. To do that, it is just phenomenal. "It boils down to parents. We have been blessed with a community of parents of Brewster athletes that bleed for their kids. The Reids, the Rushs the Arnbergers they are always doing things for the kids. ... It is just a unique situation." This year's only loss came in the TOC at the hands of Class 6A Derby in the opening round. The Bulldogs responded by winning the next two games to finish fourth place. They never lost again. "After the TOC our practices got more intense, they got more focused," O'Connor said. "After that we started talking about winning state. We started talking about repeating. We talked a lot more about our goals. "The last two years the TOC has been special for us. That has allowed us to get away from all of the Brewster stuff and go be together as a team. We stay in a hotel as a team, we go to other schools and practice as a team, we go out and eat as a team. I think that tournament has been a big reason why we won state the past two years." Johnston oversees reversal of fortune JOHNSTON First-year coach leads Grinnell to a dramatic 19-game turnaround By LARRY MORITZ The Saiina Journal Brian Johnston came a long way to help the Grinnell girls basketball program do the same. Johnston makes the 134-niile round trip from his home in Oberlin to the northwest Kansas community of Grinnell five days a week. All those miles logged paid off in a big way this year when Johnston took the Warrior girls from a winless team a year ago to a 19-6 record and a sub-state title game appearance in a span of 12 months. One of the top turnarounds in state history has earned Johnston the title of Saiina Journal Girls Area Coach of the Year for the 2000-01 season. The fact that Johnston's team was also one of the youngest in the state either explains a lot or makes the accomplishment even more remarkable. The Warriors had four freshman and one sophomore among their top seven players, and those younger players didn't doubt their new coach when Johnston told them they could be successful this season. "I knew the talent was there and we had high expectations starting out," Johnston said. "But I think the girls that had been there awhile thought we could have success, but not the kind of success that we had. "I expected my big chore would be getting the older kids to play with the freshmen and they did that real well. I was pleased with the way they got together as a group and became friends on and off the court." Johnston grew up in Stockton and graduated from Fort Hays State University in 1995. His only previous coaching experience was an assistant foot- • List of previous ail-area coaches / Page C6 ball coach, first at Phillipsburg High School and his two years at Grinnell. Johnston had plans to coach basketball eventually, but figured he would work his way into a head coaching position. "They were looking for a girls basketball coach at Grinnell and nobody was biting so I decided to take the job," Johnston said. "Coaching basketball was something I wanted to do when I started teaching, but I didn't know my first job would be a head coaching job. I thought I would probably start as an assistant first." Having already spent a year at Grinnell, Johnston knew his players and had some idea of their basketball skills and experience. Having been an assistant coach, even if it had been football instead of basketball, also made things easier. "Being a football coach helped," Johnston said. "Even though the X's and O's are different, I learned how to deal with kids in certain situations that come up in any sport." After winning eight games total in the past three years, the Warriors had matched that figure by midseason. Grinnell won the Western Kansas Liberty League tournament and rolled to its Class lA regional title in late February The Warriors nearly extended their remarkable season another week, leading Tribune by one point heading into the final quarter of their sub-state title game. But falling just short of a state tournament appearance gives Johnston's club even more motivation for next year. "I'm sure there is going to be more pressure next year, but if the kids work in the offseason there is room for improvement and they can take another step," Johnston said. "They've already set some goals as a team for next year and one is to go farther than they did this year. They had a taste of a sub-state championship game and didn't like the taste of a loss.". CLASS 4-5A Name, School Stacey Becker, ti^cPherson Jamie FIthlan, McPherson Jara McKee, Goodiand Lynsle TIsohhauser, Saiina Central Megan Williams, Clay Center FIRST TEAM Hgt. 5-10 6-4 5-6 6-0 5-11 SECONDTEAM 5-10 5-7 5-8 5-11 5-9 Yr. Position Sr. Guard Jr. Center. Sr. Fonward Sr. Fonward Sr. Forward Jr. Forward Sr. Guard Sr. Guard Sr. Center Sr. • <3uard' Kristen Ackerman, Hays Erica Dechant, Saiina South Ashley Hailagin, Goodiand Andrea Stephens, Coiby Beth Whaiey, Chapman Coach of the Year — Scott Schaefer, McPherson HONORABLE MENTION Toni Bathurst, Chapman; Alexis Longhofer, Abilene; KristI Parry, Clay Center; Taby Robblns, Concordia; Lauren Schwindt, McPherson; Jaycl Stone, Goodland; Betsy Wilson, Saiina South. FIRST TEAM AT A GLANCE Stacey Becker wrapped up a remarkable career at McPherson wherb she played varsity all four years and spent the iast'three as a starter. The Bullpups went 92-6 In those four years, winning four Ark Valley League titles and making four state tournament appearances. While McPherson loses an all-state player In Becker, the Bullpups will return some talent. Including center Jamie FIthlan. A 6-foot-4 junior, FIthlan led the team with a scoring average of 16.9, and also averaged 10 rebounds.and 3.1 blocked shots a game. 'Jara McKee was one of the key players for a Goodiand team that Improved its victory total by eight wins this season and advanced to the Class 4A state tourney for the first time in six years. Though not particular tall (5-fobt-6), McKee used her quickness to find success inside, averaging 15.1 points and 5 rebounds a game. A four-year starter at Saiina Central, Lynsle TIschhauser was the team's leading scorer and rebounder each of the past two years, this season averaging 13.7 points and 6.7 rebounds a game. TIschhauser has committed to play for NJCAA national champion Cloud County next season. Megan Williams was asked to pick up some of the slack after Ciay Center lost a pair of North Central Kansas League standouts a year ago in Nicole Ohide and Jenna Wolfe. Williams, who plans to play fof Fort Hays State next season, averaged 13.4 points and 6.8 rebounds for the Tigers to earn all-NCKL honors for a second .time. COACH OF THE YEAR — Scott Schaefer just keeps producing winners at McPherson High School. The Bullpups made their eighth state tournament appearance in nine seasons under Schaefer and have won or shared seven consecutive Ark Valley League titles. McPherson's 22-3 mark this season gives Schaefer an ail-time record of 186-31 with the Bullpups. CLASS 2-3A Name, School Emily Braxmeyer, Atwood Brittany DIetz, Osborne Jennifer Hake, Oakley Pam Mealiff, Belolt Brooke Ubelaker, Osborne Megan Dennis, Bennington Jill Hein, Hiiisboro Jill Mahoney, Russell April Roadhouse, Osborne Stef Sloan, Norton Megan Glessner, Herington Lindsay Hadorn, Sacred Heart Erica Landis, Ell-Saline Kristy Meagher, Solomon Kristi Stillwell, Beloit Position Guard Guard Guard Center Forward Guard-Fonward Guard Guard Guard Forward Forward Guard Fonward Guard-Forward Center FIRST TEAM Hgt. Yr. 5-7 Sr. 5-6 Sr. 5-8 Sr 5-10 Sr. 5-10 So. SECONDTEAM 5-8 Jr. 5-7 Jr. • 5-9 Jr. 5-8 Jr. 5-9 Jr. THIRD TEAM 5-11 Sr. 5-7 Sr. 5-9 Jr. 5-9 Jr. 6-0 Jr. HONORABLE MENTION Kelsey Andrlst, St. Francis; Emily Eilders, Southeast of Saline; Bethany Kanak, Ellsworth; Abbey Keiswetter, Norton; Megan Kroeker, Solomon; Shannon Kroeker, Hiiisboro; Cassy McDonald, Minneapolis; April Merritt, Smith Cen-.. ter; Katie Moore, Lincoln; Erin Murray, Bennington; Fayiin Nightengale, Canton- Galva; Ashley Pulls, Russell; Erin Schmidt, Atwood; Jana Spradiin, Russell; Re-' becca Stover, Quinter; Erin Stump, Belleville; Jami Turiey, Trego; Valerie Waldschmidt, Ellis; Sarah Weese, Sacred Heart; Dani WIttman, Sacred Heart. FIRST TEAM AT A GLANCE Brooke Ubelaker earned a lot of recognition after a sopinomore season that saw her average 23.7 points and 6.0 rebounds a game for an Osborne team ranked No. 1 most of the season. Ubelaker earned first-team all-Mid Continent • League honors, and was named first-team all-state by one Kansas newspaper. Brittany DIetz was a four-year starter at Osborne and averaged at least 13 points per game in each of those four seasons. The ali-MCL guard averaged 16.1 points and 5.0 assists per game this season while helping the Bulldogs to a 25-1 record. Like Dietz, Oakley's Jennifer Hake started each of her four year's of high school basketball and averaged double-figure scoring each of those four years. The school's all-time leading scorer. Hake scored 15 or more points in 19 of 22 games this season, and had single-game highs of 34 points (vs. Hoxie), 17 rebounds (vs. Oberlin) and nine steals (vs. Quinter). Pam Mealiff was the leading scorer in the North Central Activities Association, averaging 13.8 points a game for Beloit and helping the Trojans to a share of the league title with a 9-1 record. Mealiff also was tops among NCAA players with a 53.4 field goal percentage (142 of 266) and finished second in rebounding (8.8 per game) behind teammate Kristi Stilwell. • Emily Braxmeyer was the go-to player for an Atwood team that went 20-3 this season and fell to Osborne in the sub-state championship game. A three- year starter and two:time ail-Northwest Kansas League selection, Braxmeyer • averaged 16.1 points and 5.7 rebounds her senior year. COACH OF THE YEAR — Norton's Kevin Jllka got his team on a roll late In the season as the Blue Jays, the No. 4 seed in their sub-state, posted three impressive victories to advance to the Class 3A state tournament. Once there, unranked Norton knocked off No. 2 ranked Silver Lake in the opening round, before falling to eventual champion Conway Springs in the semifinals. CLASS 1A FIRST TEAM Hgt. Yr. Sr. Jr. So Jr Jr. Position Forward Forward Center Guard Guard Name, School Esther Dohl, Sylvan 5-8 Jamie Harvey, Mankato 5-11 Casey Henningsen, Waconda East 6-2 Shauna RIedy, Hope 5-10 Brynn Williams, Sharon Springs 5-8 SECOND TEAM Kala Adam, Tipton 5-8 Sr. Fonward Kayla Beckman, Grinnell 5-5 Fr. Guard . Carly Bloomfleld, Cllfton-Clyde 5-8 So. Guard Laura Cowan, Hope 5-11 Jr. Guard Ashley Latham, Triplains 5-9 Sr. Fonward THIRD TEAM Kariynn Cox, Northern Valley 5-9 Sr. Center Renee Ecklund, Centre 5-11 Sr. Fonvard Jennifer Joy, Hllicrest 6-0 Sr. ' Center Karl Schwerman, St. John's Belolt 6-2 Jr. Center Ashley Stull, Natoma 5-3 Sr. Guard HONORABLE MENTION Sarah Aspegren, Pike Valley; Tanya Beckman, Grinnell; Kelii Berg, Logan; Jandi Bolen, Sharon Springs; Alicia Collett, Brewster; Rachel Duey, North Central; Rachelle Gelst, Victoria; Victoria Giiiett, Mankato; Trisha Griggs, Tescott; Amber Heller, Sylvan; Debra Hofer, Kensington; Rachel Jones, Eastern Heights; Cayla Kepka, Wilson; Megan Leitner, Herndon; Lacey Moiihagen, Quivira Heights; Elizabeth Pauls, Southern Cloud; Katie Pruitt, St. John's Beloit; Ailsha RIdgley, Luoas-Luray; Elizabeth Schroeder, Tipton; Sonya Trlplett, Logan; Lorl Vahling, Jennings-Lenora. FIRST TEAM AT A GLANCE Casey Henningsen continues to get better, and if that trend continues,.that means troubje for future opponents of Waconda East. After averaging 17 points a game a year ago as a freshman, Hennlngsen's sophomore season saw the 6-foot-2 center average a double-double of 21.6 points and 13.0 rebounds a game. Brynn Williams was part of a balanced offensive attack that helped Sharon Springs go unbeaten against Western Kansas Liberty League opponents and reach the sub-state championship contest before iosinp by one point. Williams earned first-team all-league honors after averaging 13 points and 4.1 rebounds a game. A three-year starter for Sylvan, Esther Dohl helped the Mustangs end a seven-year absence from the Class 1A state tournament. Sylvan coach Mike Weatherman credits Dohl's offseason work for making her an excellent all- around player and Improving her defensive skills, which helped the Mustangs hold opponents to 38 points a game. Mahkato's Jamie Harvey helped her team go unbeaten against Pike Trail League opponents, including a first-place finish In the league's midseason tournament. Harvey will be back next year when the Cougars attempt to defend those titles after averaging 15.7 points and 7.4 rebounds a game this se^on. Hope will bring back some talented players from a team that went-20-2 this season. Including Junior guard Shauna RIedy. A key player for the Lions on both ends of the court, RIedy averaged 13.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.8 assists a game. COACH OF THE YEAR — It didn't take the Grinnell Warriors long to adjust to first-year head coach Brian Johnston. After going 0-20 during the 1999-2000 season, Johnston took a very young squad and led them to the sub-state championship game before ending the season with a 19-6 record. *^ Saiina Journal Connective communities with information

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