Several area high school basketball players can add more honors to their 2012-13 season with the announcement of the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association (MSSA) East Central All-District selections.
The district divided schools in Franklin, Warren, Montgomery, St. Charles and Lincoln counties into Class 5, Class 4 and Classes 1-3. Media members throughout the district voted for the teams.
On the boys side, one area player was picked for the Class 5 first team.
Washington junior Ronnie Suggs received the top local honor after averaging 16.8 points and 4.1 rebounds per game this season.
Suggs’ Washington teammate Luke Schroepfer, a senior, was picked for the second team. He averaged 13.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game for the Blue Jays.
In Class 4, half of the first team came from this area.
Sullivan junior Justin Biermann and Pacific sophomore Cullen VanLeer were unanimous picks.
Biermann averaged 16.2 points, 7.9 rebounds, 4.6 steals and 3.5 assists per game. VanLeer averaged 18 points, 4.7 assists and 4.5 rebounds per contest.
Also making the first team were St. Clair senior Neyko Dominguez and Borgia senior Jordan Miller.
Dominguez averaged 15.5 points, 4.8 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game. Miller, who helped the Knights to the Class 4 quarterfinals, averaged 14.2 points and four assists per game.
Five area players made the second team.
Union had two representatives, senior Brandon Ford and sophomore Nick Ziegler.
Ford averaged 11 points, 8.8 rebounds and 3.9 blocked shots per game. Ziegler ended with 13.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.
Borgia senior Casey Kuchem made the second team after averaging 11 points and six rebounds per contest.
Sullivan senior Adam Weiland recorded 10.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.4 steals per game.
TJ LaFaver, a Warrenton senior, averaged 13.3 points, 4.2 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game.
Borgia’s Dave Neier was named the district Class 4 boys basketball coach of the year. He led the Knights to a 20-9 record. Borgia lost to eventual state champion Republic in the quarterfinals.
In Classes 1-3, one area player was recognized. New Haven sophomore Kyle Ruediger was picked for the first team after scoring 14.1 points with 6.2 rebounds and two assists per game.
On the girls side, Washington junior Courtney Kedroski was named to the Class 5 first team as a unanimous selection. She averaged 12.6 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.9 steals per game this season.
In Class 4, five of the eight first-team selections were from this area.
Borgia junior Janie Arand received unanimous selection after averaging 17 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game.
Union senior Rachael Bassett was honored after scoring 13 points with 10 rebounds per game.
Borgia senior Katie Lindemann made the first team with 13.2 points and 9.1 rebounds per game.
Sullivan junior Taylor Lucas was picked with 14.8 points, nine rebounds and 2.4 steals per contest.
And Pacific senior Lizzy Almo rounded out the first team with 13.4 points and 2.1 assists per game.
Leading the second team was Warrenton sophomore Hannah Sutton, who scored 13.3 points with four rebounds and two assists per game.
Sullivan junior Aley Lucas averaged 10.3 points with 6.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists and two steals per game.
Pacific junior Kya Hill netted 13 points per game with eight rebounds, 2.2 blocked shots and 2.1 steals per outing.
Union junior Bethany Coons scored 11.3 points with 4.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.6 steals per game.
Sullivan junior Sierra Pryor averaged 10.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.8 steals per game.
Sullivan sophomore Allison Hinson scored 10.3 points per game with 3.9 rebounds, 2.7 steals and 2.2 assists.
St. Clair junior Karissa Hoffman made the second team with 11.3 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.
The coach of the year was Sullivan’s Jason Merkel, who led Sullivan to a 24-5 record while sharing the Four Rivers Conference title with Hermann. Sullivan reached the Class 4 quarterfinals, losing to eventual runner-up Webb City.
In Classes 1-3, two area players were honored.
New Haven junior Rachel Steinhoff was a unanimous first team selection after averaging 16.1 points and 3.8 rebounds per game for the state runner-up.
Fulton St. Albans junior Jessica Dunne was picked for the second team after averaging 10 points and 10 rebounds per game.
In Class 5 boys, other first-team picks were Ft. Zumwalt North’s Chaz Glotta, Francis Howell North’s Kyle Lemons, Troy’s Landon Mills, Ft. Zumwalt South’s Preston Whitfield and Francis Howell Central’s Derrick Puni. Glotta and Lemons were unanimous picks.
Second-team picks were Timberland’s Jack James, Troy’s Ben Chaney, Ft. Zumwalt North’s Zach Glotta, Ft. Zumwalt East’s Logan Coburn, Ft. Zumwalt West’s Ryan Daugherty and Francis Howell’s Nic Perkins.
The coach of the year was Ft. Zumwalt North’s Charles Glotta.
In Class 4 boys, other first-team picks were St. Charles’ Casey Teson, St. Charles West’s Chris Percy, Duchesne’s Ryan Tune and Duchesne’s Drew Moore. Teson and Percy were unanimous picks.
Second-team selections were St. Dominic’s Michael Schneider, St. Dominic’s Alex Hagan and St. Charles West’s Davis Soderberg.
In Classes 1-3, other first-team picks were Elsberry’s Kenny Lesley, Winfield’s David Bauer, O’Fallon Christian’s Deantrell Prince, Elsberry’s Charles Fracton and Lutheran St. Charles’ Logan Kluesner. Lesley and Bauer were unanimous selections.
Second-team picks were Winfield’s Aaron Aubuchon, Orchard Farm’s Beau Beeson, O’Fallon Christian’s Lance Lehmann, Montgomery County’s Jerad Jordan, Elsberry’s Rahiem Porter and Montgomery County’s Cameron Parrish.
The coach of the year was Elsberry’s Ryan Parker.
On the girls side, Class 5 first-team selections were Timberland’s Sam Domalewski, Holt’s Melyk Taouil, Ft. Zumwalt West’s Lexie Moe, Troy’s Madeline Throughman and Ft. Zumwalt North’s Shelby Bateman. Domalewski was a unanimous pick.
Second-team picks were Ft. Zumwalt East’s Mallori Hellrich, Ft. Zumwalt South’s Claire Johnson, Francis Howell North’s Madison Gillam, Francis Howell’s Danielle Berry, Ft. Zumwalt West’s Jada Poland and Troy’s Haley Meyer.
Mandee Krueger of Ft. Zumwalt West was the coach of the year.
Other Class 4 first-team selections were Kacy Eschweiler of St. Charles West and Olivia Hollander and Gabby Walker of St. Charles. Eschweiler was a unanimous pick.
The other second-team pick was Duchesne’s Janelle Eisenbath.
In Classes 1-3, other first-team picks were Lutheran St. Charles’ Lauren Orr, Orchard Farm’s Meghan Boschert, Elsberry’s Brittni Hagemeier, O’Fallon Christian’s Emma Farley and Lutheran St. Charles’ Claire Schoedel. Orr, Boschert and Hagemeier were unanimous selections.
Other second-team picks were Lutheran St. Charles’ Hannah Leppien, Elsberry’s Tanner Bencomo, Orchard Farm’s Casey Mann and Allison Little and O’Fallon Christian’s Rachel Reichert.
The coach of the year award went to Erin Pauk of Lutheran St. Charles, who led her team to the Class 3 state title. Also under consideration was New Haven’s Doug Peirick, who led the Lady Shamrocks to second place in Class 2.