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1997 ALL-AREA BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM

March 23, 1997

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Seniors Nick Warren and Darrin Bretthauer, who helped Eudora High to its first state appearance in 45 years, headlined the Journal-World's all-area boys basketball team.

Warren, a repeat J-W selection, led the Cardinals in scoring and rebounding during their road to Hutchinson, site of the Class 3A state tournament.

Eudora coach Terry Zerr, who resigned following the Cardinals' fourth-place finish at state, was named all-area coach of the year for guiding EHS to a 19-7 record.

The two Cards were joined on the first team by Wellsville sharpshooter Jim Bellinger, Baldwin's Nathan Sudja and Ottawa's Ricky Bulmer.

Bellinger, a senior, helped lead the Eagles to a 16-6 season.

Sujda was the top scorer for the Bulldogs.

Bulmer, the lone underclassman on the J-W's top five, also led the Cyclones in scoring.

Here are capsules on the J-W's tp five:

Jim Bellinger, Wellsville

5-10, senior, guard

Bellinger, a consensus all-Frontier League pick, averaged 17.3 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists for the Eagles.

Bellinger, who shot 42 percent from three-point range, averaged 2.9 steals a game to lead the league.

Bellinger keyed the Eagles' 8-0 record to capture the league crown.

"We asked him to move to point guard and he filled that role for us all year long," Wellsville coach Kermit Deterding said.

Darrin Bretthauer, Eudora

6-3, senior, forward

Bretthauer, a four-year starter for the Cardinals, averaged 11.4 points and eight rebounds a game his senior season. He shot 51.2 percent from the field.

"I don't think we ever had a kid who's worked harder than Darrin Bretthauer," EHS coach Terry Zerr said. "He never took a day off. He worked just as hard on the defensive end as he did the offenisve end."

Bretthauer was a repeat selection on the all-Frontier League team.

Ricky Bulmer, Ottawa

6-3, junior, forward

Bulmer emerged as Ottawa's primary scoring threat his junior season.

He averaged 14.6 points and eight rebounds a game for the Cyclones while shooting 67 percent from the field. He scored 20 points and had 12 rebounds in the season opener.

"He literally came out of nowhere," Ottawa coach David Grover said. "He was not in a varsity uniform last year and was a spot starter on junior varsity."

Bulmer sat out his freshman season to a knee injury.

"He was an inspiration for me," Grover said. "He far exceeded any expectations we had."

Nathan Sudja, Baldwin

6-0, senior, forward

Sudja, a two-year starter and two-time all-Frontier League pick, averaged 15.4 points and 5.9 rebounds a game for the Bulldogs.

"He was our go-to guy," Baldwin coach Bob Martin said. "At times he pretty much had to carry us offensively. He did a great job going inside against 6-7 and 6-9 players. "He was our biggest offensive weapon."

Sudja scored a season-high 27 points and was named to the Baldwin Invitational all-tournament team.

Nick Warren, Eudora

6-7, senior, center

Warren, a three-year starter, averaged 18.2 points and 10.1 rebounds his senior season. He also connected on 17 of 41 three-point attempts.

In the three games at the state tournament, Warren averaged 20 points a game. He hit the game-winning shot in a 58-56 overtime victory over Silver Lake in the sub-state final to send the Cardinals to Hutchinson.

"I thought especially in the second half of the season he really upped his play to another level," Zerr said. "He gave us a presence in the middle. I think that intimidated some teams as well."

Warren, also a football standout, plans to walk on as a tight end at Kansas State.

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