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First ever, Fillmore County Journal all-county basketball teams

Wed, Apr 6th, 2011
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Unlike most teams, this squad is a dictatorship. Only one person voted to form its membership. One voter is really all that's needed. It was pretty cut and dry as to who played the best basketball individually in Fillmore County this year. This also isn't just a team in name; it's truly a team, or the individuals this writer would take to form a group of All-Stars to play actual games. My picks take position, depth, and bench into consideration (though not too much)!

On the girls's side, my centerpiece would be 5'7" senior guard's from Fillmore Central, Connor Nagle. She was good this year: notched 30 in a game five times, scored nearly 20 per, scored over a thousand career points, became FC's all-time leading scorer (boys and girls), and led the Falcons to the Sub-Section final. A nifty lefty, Connor played at her own pace, was creative around the bucket and quick on her deep draw. On this team, I need all of that. She's my only guard! Of my three forwards, I'll start with the one most likely to help Connor with ball handling, 5'7" junior Karen Sass from Chatfield. Versatile (not to mention tenacious) best describes Ms. Sass. She helped break presses, rebounded extremely well for her size, all while leading the Gophers in scoring (roughly 17 per). In need of another forward distributor, I'll pluck 5'10" junior Kenzie Lind from Rushford-Peterson. Probably too unselfish, she led the Trojans in pretty much everything (including scoring, rebounding, and assists). Big and staying that way, I'll snag another 1,000-point career senior scorer, Kingsland's 17 and 7 per game gal, 5'10" Molly Greiner. With skills inside and out, after Connor, my offense would go through Ms. Greiner. In the middle (center), I'll get bigger still (6'2") with Chatfield junior Kenna Moechnig. With a good short jumper and a better up-and-under move, keeping her out of foul trouble would be my only concern. My bench would be rather short. I need only three gals (honorable mention All-County if you will), 5'9" junior forward from Fillmore Central Alex Peterson, 5'10" sophomore forward from Kingsland Cheyenne Losey, and 5'10" junior forward from Lanesboro, Paige Hungerholt. I go big and focus inside with my girls' squad.

On the boys' side of the equation, I might as well be Rushford-Peterson's Tom Vix. I'm concentrating my attack from deep (mostly with his guys). The difference from this team and his vaunted Trojan's, I have a low post hoss to go through, the centerpiece to this squad, Mabel-Canton's 6'2" junior center Steve Smith. The highest scoring player in the county (at over 20 per game), Smith and his burly frame are nearly un-handleable down low. From there, I'll surround him with shooters, or R-P's best bombers. Lefty Nick Thompson would technically be my power forward. The long and rangy 6'4" junior was the Trojans most reliable and difficult to defend scorer. He averaged in the neighborhood of 17 per. At the two (shooting guard), Ben Krambeer was a streaky perimeter baron; just ask Lewiston-Altura and Dover-Eyota. He nailed 10 three's in two games versus the Cardinals (24 points each game) and seven bombs in Eyota (29 points). Point guard Trent Vix would round out my R-P triumvirate. Slight in stature, but long in the arc he points on his successful deep shots, Trent handled the rock the most for the Section runner-up Trojans. Filling out my starting rotation, I need a glue guy, someone who can do a little bit of everything. It leads me to Lanesboro and 6'1" junior guard Braden Hanson. Braden scored inside, outside, took over games (ask Houston), and won games with miraculous shots (ask Fillmore Central). He was the Burros steadiest player. My bench would be four deep. I need more interior presence, so I'll add Kingsland's 6'5" senior center Jacob Harder. I need bench shooting, just in case the R-P boys are cold, so I'll add Kingsland's 6'1" senior guard Joey Strike. With shooting covered, I need a slasher and a scorer. That again leads me back to Kingsland for 6'1" junior guard Tanner Lange. Finally, I'll throw in another marksmen, just for good measure, Chatfield's 6'1" senior guard Erik Hilgren.

That officially wraps up basketball for 2010-2011. On to spring sports.

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