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Boys high school basketball all-area awards

April 27, 2011

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The Journal-World All-Area boys basketball first team, from left, is: Justin Vander Tuig, Baldwin; Dalton Abel, Santa Fe Trail; Adam Bowser, Oskaloosa; Adam Hasty, Ottawa; Eric Watson, Free State; Dane Erickson, Tonganoxie; Reed Grabill, Seabury Academy. Not pictured from the first team are KJ Pritchard, Lawrence High; Semi Ojeleye, Ottawa; Trenton Meyer, Wellsville; coach of the year Jon McKowen, Ottawa.

The Journal-World All-Area boys basketball first team, from left, is: Justin Vander Tuig, Baldwin; Dalton Abel, Santa Fe Trail; Adam Bowser, Oskaloosa; Adam Hasty, Ottawa; Eric Watson, Free State; Dane Erickson, Tonganoxie; Reed Grabill, Seabury Academy. Not pictured from the first team are KJ Pritchard, Lawrence High; Semi Ojeleye, Ottawa; Trenton Meyer, Wellsville; coach of the year Jon McKowen, Ottawa.

Boys basketball All-Area first team: Justin Vander Tuig, Baldwin; Dalton Abel, Santa Fe Trail; Adam Bowser, Oskaloosa; Adam Hasty, Ottawa; Eric Watson, Free State; Dane Erickson, Tonganoxie; Reed Grabill, Seabury Academy; KJ Pritchard, Lawrence High; Semi Ojeleye, Ottawa; Trenton Meyer, Wellsville.

Boys basketball player of the year: Semi Ojeleye, Ottawa.

Ojeleye led all Journal-World area players with 23.3 points per game in the winter. He also averaged 6.5 rebounds per game and shot 53 percent from the field. Ojeleye was an All-Frontier League first-team selection; a Class 4A All-State selection; and a Journal-World first-team All-Area selection in 2010.

Boys basketball coach of the year: Jon McKowen, Ottawa.

McKowen guided the Cyclones (22-4) to the Class 4A state title game, where they finished runner-up. The second-place finish at state was best among all J-W area schools this past winter. It was only the second time in school history Ottawa advanced to the state title game. The Cyclones won a state title in 1971.

Boys basketball honorable mention (alphabetical order): Andrew Ballock, Eudora; Anthony Buffalomeat, Lawrence High; Jeremy Carlisle, Tonganoxie; Alex Dahl, Santa Fe Trail; Shawn Dailey, McLouth; Alec Heline, Free State; Logan Henrichs, Lawrence High; Joey Johnson, De Soto; Ethan Kay, Veritas Christian; Alen Kramer, McLouth; Khadre Lane, Seabury Academy; Evan Manning, Free State; Aaron Nutterfield, De Soto; Elijah Penny, Veritas Christian; Anthony Perry, Santa Fe Trail; Nate Scott, Veritas Christian; Gavin Swearngin, McLouth; Levi Wade, Oskaloosa; Mason Wedel, De Soto.

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