Here’s a closer look at the 2013-14 Enquirer All-Area boys’ basketball team, as selected by area coaches and the Enquirer sports staff:
A third-year varsity member and team co-captain, Bloch will go down as one of the all-time greats to ever come through the Bellevue program.
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound senior guard/forward tallied 633 career points to rank fourth in school history. He capped off his career by averaging 19 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.2 steals in helping the Broncos win their second straight district title.
“On the court Ethan led our team in both two point and 3-point shooting average, and was extremely good off the dribble. In addition, he was a good rebounder and defender. There was nothing he didn’t do well,” said Bellevue coach Joe Costello. “In addition to being a very good basketball player, Ethan is an even better human being..”
Madry brought a lot of tenacity and athleticism to the court, as the three-year varsity starter and co-captain set a new benchmark for rebounding in his career at Bellevue.
The 6-foot-3, 235-pound senior forward pulled down 630 rebounds in his career, the most in school history. In his final campaign, he averaged a double-double at 11.2 points and 11.3 rebounds per contest. He also added 2.4 blocks and 2.0 assists per game in guiding the Broncos to their second straight district championship.
“Cole is one of the best athletes to ever play sports for Bellevue High School,” said Costello. “Although Cole was a good offensive player for us, rebounding was where he excelled. His size and strength were seldom matched and he took great pride in rebounding. “
Hiscock filled up the stat sheet like never before seen at Calhoun Christian.
The senior guard/forward was among the most well-rounded small-school players in the area, finishing as the Cougars’ career leader in points, rebounds, steals and assists. In his final act, he averaged 17 points, 15 rebounds, two steals and five assists per contest in helping Calhoun Christian win 10 games and a second-place finish in the Mid-South Conference.
“Cameron is a human Swiss army knife,” said Calhoun Christian coach Eric Hiscock. “He gave his team whatever they needed each night, in helping his team with their best-ever league finish.”
Brittingham was the main focus for many opponents, but that didn’t stop the four-year varsity member from putting up his best season for the Magi.
The 5-foot-11 guard/forward earned special mention All-State in Class D after he averaged 21.4 points, 8.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.6 steals per contest in guiding Colon to a 10-win season.
“Brad was our only proven scorer and opposing defenses focused on stopping him. He had the pressure of scoring every night for us to be competitive,” said Colon coach Mike Sowles. “He scored many different ways. He could shoot the three — 41 made — he could drive to the basket, and at 5-11 he could score with his back to the basket.”
One of the best sharp-shooters the area has seen in some time, Minehart provided Delton Kellogg with a player who could go off on any given night.
But the senior guard was more than just an outside threat, leading the Panthers in scoring (15.1 ppg), rebounding (7.8 rpg) and assists (2.1 apg). His 3-point shooting was off the charts at 48 percent (43-of-89). He was also selected among the top 20 shooters in the state to compete at the MHSAA State Finals 3-point competition.
“Jeff went from a non-scoring average shooter his junior year to an exceptional 3-point shooter and pure scorer,” said Delton Kellogg coach Steve Miknis. “He was definitely one of our stronger competitors and really demanded a lot of attention from opposing teams. He really had his best games against our toughest opponents.”
Born scored over 800 career points for Galesburg-Augusta, but it was his ability to do all things well that made him a dangerous weapon for the Rams.
The senior four-year varsity starter capped off his outstanding career by averaging 18.8 points, 8.6 rebounds and 5.4 assists vs. only 1.5 turnovers per game.
“He is a leader on the floor and in the community,” said G-A coach Tim Born. “He has a GPA of 3.79 and is a member of the National Honor Society and participates in many volunteer activities, including Red Cross Blood drives.”
Miller was a prototypical power forward for Gull Lake, with a big emphasis on power.
The 6-foot-4 senior led the Blue Devils to a 15-win season behind a team-best 15.3 points and 11.2 rebounds per game. In the regular season finale against Class A ninth-ranked and SMAC East champion Battle Creek Central, he posted 28 points and pulled down 17 boards.
“He was the second highest vote getter in our conference All-Star selection,” said Gull Lake coach Gary Sprague. “He is an excellent student, a great person, and the captain of our team.”
White was arguably the best scorer in the area this season, but he is undoubtedly one of the most heralded players ever to come through Homer’s basketball program.
A four-year varsity starter, he finished his prep basketball career with 1,152 points — with 423 coming in his final season. The senior led the Trojans to a 19-1 regular season record and a Big Eight Conference title behind 20.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game on his way to Class C All-State honorable mention.
“Alex has been a great leader on and off the court,” said Homer coach Jim Huffman. “He has proven to be among the great basketball players of Homer.”
Brubaker had a breakout season in which he became one of the top scoring threats in an extremely loaded SMAC East Division — and he still has two more years to give opposing coaches headaches.
Brubaker led Marshall in just his sophomore season as the guard finished with a team-best 12.6 points per contest.
“Jacob is a flat out scorer. He is effective off the dribble, from beyond the arc, and at the free throw line,” said Marshall coach Nick Dent. “When we needed a shot he was our guy. And when we did experience success this season, he was one of the reasons why.”
Simply put, Maple Valley doesn’t set the program benchmark for victories had it not been for Bromley.
The senior three-year varsity starter and team co-captain guided the Lions to 20 wins and the program’s first district title in nearly two decades behind 15 points, 3.0 steals, 7.0 assists and 6.0 rebounds per contest in his senior campaign. He will continue his career at Division II Northwood University.
“He is one of the hardest-working individuals I know and it shows in his game,” said Maple Valley coach Chris Ewing. “Spent endless hours in the gym before and after practices. He was our point guard and the tempo of the game ran off of him.”
Martinez arrived in Vermontville as an exchange student from Spain, and immediately provided Maple Valley with a post player capable of posting a double-double any given night.
The senior averaged 17 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks per game, while posting 17 double-doubles on the year to help the Lions reach the Class C Regional Final round. He plans on returning to Spain for one year with hopes of coming back to play collegiately at the University of Michigan Dearborn.
“A very coachable kid. You asked him to do something he did it the best he could,” said Ewing. “We put many games on his shoulders this year and he had no problem taking the team on his shoulders..”
A balanced Quincy squad won 16 games this season with seven players averaging between five and 15 points, but it was Rider who was the catalyst for the Orioles.
The junior guard averaged 14.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.7 steals in helping Quincy to a runner-up finish in the Big Eight Conference and the second best winning percentage (.762) at the school since 1988-89.
“Jake was often given the task of guarding the opponent’s best perimeter player, and he won the battle more times than not,” said Quincy coach Scott Rodesiler. “Jake is a pure shooter, he runs the floor well on the fast break, and he is a fierce competitor. “
Jeff Adamski (Gull Lake); Darren Austin (Union City); Sam Benedict (Maple Valley); Angus Bennett (Marshall); Jalen Boes (Union City); Andrew Brighton (Maple Valley); Connor Dartt (Olivet); Sam Eshuis (Climax-Scotts); Dallas Froberg (Climax-Scotts); Austin Gonser (Maple Valley); Landon Grizzle (Delton Kellogg); Anthony Houtrow (Delton Kellogg); Jacob Iles (Athens); Jimmy King (Quincy); Anthony Mahler (Maple Valley); Jeremiah Mansfield (Gull Lake); Grant Maurer (Coldwater); Wes Mink (Gull Lake); Ryan Mock (Coldwater); Matthew Parks (Calhoun Christian); Joey Stap (Gull Lake); Logan Targgart (Coldwater); Michael Tesch (Quincy); Dylan Thomas (Homer); Ethan Vosburg (Climax-Scotts); Brendan Whitely (Olivet); Troy Wooden (Delton Kellogg)