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Archive for Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Journal-World All-Area Boys Basketball first team

The Journal-World's All-Area boys basketball team is, from left, Weston Wiebe and Kris Wilson, Free State High; Andre Linzy, De Soto; in the foreground center are Perry-Lecompton players Kyle Morgison and Shane Gimzo and coach Jeff Dickson; in the background on the ladder are Baldwin's Dustin Schiller and Drew Berg, followed by Brock McGinnis, Oskaloosa, and John Schneider and Dorian Green, Lawrence High.

The Journal-World's All-Area boys basketball team is, from left, Weston Wiebe and Kris Wilson, Free State High; Andre Linzy, De Soto; in the foreground center are Perry-Lecompton players Kyle Morgison and Shane Gimzo and coach Jeff Dickson; in the background on the ladder are Baldwin's Dustin Schiller and Drew Berg, followed by Brock McGinnis, Oskaloosa, and John Schneider and Dorian Green, Lawrence High.

March 12, 2008

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Weston Wiebe, Sr., Forward Free State High

The Firebirds' 6-foot-4 forward was among the leaders in the Sunflower League all season, finishing with per-game averages of 18.9 points and 8.7 rebounds. His leadership and consistency led FSHS to a 13-7 regular-season record, including a berth in the championship game of the McPherson Invitational. Wiebe also shot 63 percent from the field.

Kris Wilson, Sr., Guard Free State High

Wilson was one of the most pleasant surprises for the Firebirds this season. In addition to holding up his end of the bargain to form the team's dynamic 1-2 punch (with Wiebe), Wilson became a true floor general for Chuck Law's team. He finished the season averaging 14.6 points per game and five assists per game while shooting 73 percent from the free-throw line.

Dorian Green, Jr., Guard Lawrence High

Green entered his junior season with high expectations. For the most part, he did not disappoint. The Lions' point guard was among the team leaders in points, rebounds, steals and assists while leading LHS to the title game of the state tournament. Green was at his best down the stretch, taking over and providing LHS with a go-to guy that most teams feared.

John Schneider, Sr., Center Lawrence High

Schneider showed flashes of big things during his junior campaign. But on a team saturated with seniors, his ability barely came through. As a senior, the 6-foot-7 center was dominant at times. He averaged double digits in points and had several big rebounding games, as well. When he wanted to be, was the best big man in the Sunflower League.

Drew Berg, Sr., Forward Baldwin High

Berg was the leading scorer and rebounder for a team that finished the regular season with a 16-4 record and a No. 1 seed at sub-state. His 15.1 points and 6.6 rebounds per game put him among the leaders in the area. He also shot 83 percent from the free-throw line.

Dustin Schiller, Sr., Guard Baldwin High

Schiller's numbers were not a fair representation of what he meant to his team. He averaged just 3.9 points per game but chipped in with 6.6 assists and 3.3 steals per contest. Known for his on-the-ball defense and unselfish nature, Schiller led the Bulldogs in charges taken. In addition, he guided BHS to the most wins (16) since 1992 and a second-straight BHS tournament title - the first such achievement in school history.

Shane Gimzo, Jr., Guard Perry-Lecompton High

Gimzo enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2007-08. He averaged a steady 12 points and 6 rebounds a game and added three steals per contest, as well. In addition, he became a serious threat from the outside, knocking down 35 three-pointers during the Kaws' 19-3 season.

Kyle Morgison, Jr., Guard Perry-Lecompton High

During his third season as a starter, Morgison had another stellar year. He averaged 11.7 points and five assists per game and chipped in three steals per contest in the process.

As the team's point guard, he led the Kaws to their best record in 27 years, helped snap a 21-game losing strike to league rival K.C. Piper and picked up the team's first sub-state victory since 1996.

Brock McGinnis, Sr., Forward Oskaloosa High

McGinnis put the finishing touches on a stellar four-year career by finishing the 2007-08 season with per-game averages of 14 points and five rebounds. For his career, the 6-foot forward leaves the Bears program with 886 points.

In addition to scoring the way he always had done, this season he did his damage from the free-throw line (72 percent) and behind the arc (34 three-pointers).

Andre Linzy, Sr., Forward, De Soto High

Linzy was one of the most complete players in the area, and it showed on the stat sheet. His 17.7 points-per-game average was near the top of the list in the area. He added 6.3 rebounds per game and totaled 16 blocks on the season, as well. In addition to those numbers, Linzy swiped 53 steals for the Wildcats, showing a well rounded defensive game, as well.

Honorable Mention

Brandon Tommer, Jr., Baldwin High; Gabe Belobrajdic, Sr., Tonganoxie High; Dylan Rust, Sr., Eudora High; Justin Ballock, Soph., Eudora High; Chase Tenpenny, Jr., Oskaloosa High; J.T. Thurston, Jr., Oskaloosa High; Joel Gantz, Jr., Perry-Lecompton High; Craig Rosenstengle, Sr., Free State High; Jake Miller, Jr., Free State High; Lance Kilburn, Jr., Lawrence High.

Comments

Nikki May 6 years, 1 month ago

Because 1st team doesn't mean starters, it means team in this case. No one has only 5 guys on their team.

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lionbacker 6 years, 1 month ago

WHY DO YOU REALLY CARE. JUST LET THESE KIDS HAVE A LITTLE PUBLISITY. HECK THE BIG XII HAS 6 ON THEIR FIRST TEAM, DID YOU SAY ANYTHING ABOUT THAT.

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Ranger35 6 years, 1 month ago

nothing against these kids, but why are there ten kids on the first team? Shouldn't there just be five?

Does the LJW's all-region baseball team get 18 players?

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