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Mathiowetz, Pendleton and DeCock lead All-Journal Boys Basketball team

March 31, 2013
The Journal

First team

Sean Mathiowetz, Sr., G,

St. Mary's

The Tomahawk Conference Player of the Year, Mathiowetz rounded out his outstanding career by averaging 24 points, 10 rebounds and six assists per game this season. He finished with a school-record 1,838 career points. He showed exceptional consistency at the point guard position, handling the ball 90 percent of the time for the Knights and constantly placing himself right in the middle of the action on the court. Playing as the point guard didn't stop Mathiowetz from leading the team in both scoring and rebounding this season. His combination of talent, effort and competitiveness made him one of the best players to ever play at St. Mary's.

Sam Pendleton, So., G, CM/C

A dynamic player equally able to take the ball to the rim or manufacture an acrobatic assist, Pendleton led the Cougars both in scoring (21.1 points per game) and assists (7.9 assists per game), with his point guard play a big reason why Cedar Mountain/Comfrey finished as Tomahawk Conference co-champions with a 19-7 record. He also averaged 2.5 steals per game and shot 52.3 percent from the field and 72.4 percent from the free throw line. He was named team MVP for the second straight year and was a unanimous All-Conference selection. He will bring 982 career points into his junior season.

Fact Box

2013 All Journal Boys Basketball

The following is the 2013 All-Journal boys basketball team, as voted on by The Journal's sports writers. The players are nominated by their coach and The Journal staff writers rank their top 10 players based on all of the nominees and circle an additional five. Points are as follows: 15 points for first-place vote, 14 for second, etc. First-place votes are in parentheses.

First Team

1. Sean Mathiowetz, St. Mary's - 135 (9)

2. Sam Pendleton, CM/C - 117

3. Jeff DeCock, RRC - 116

4. Zach Brandts, St. James - 96

5. Neil Eichten, Wabasso - 90

Second Team

6. Kansas Adams, St. Mary's - 82

7. Henry Rogotzke, RRC - 79

8. Mason Clark, BLHS - 71

9. Tyler Bates, Sibley East - 66

10. Brandon Polesky, Sleepy Eye - 42

Third Team

11. Cole Milbrath, Springfield - 30

12. Zach Kerkhoff, CM/C - 29

13. Christopher Kretsch, Springfield - 28

T14. Jordan Anderson, St. Mary's -24

T14. Kyle Kubesh, BLHS - 24

Honorable Mention

Brett Rickheim, GFW; Matt Christenson, Nicollet; Walker Froehling, St. James; Jeff Osborne, Cathedral; Brody Rodning, Sibley East.

Editor's Note: Nominations were not submitted from Minnesota Valley Lutheran, Madelia and Redwood Valley.

Jeff DeCock, Sr., G,

Red Rock Central

A talented scorer and ball handler, DeCock had a knack for turning his drives into either points at the basket or at the free throw line. He averaged 22.1 points per game this season and earned 216 free throw attempts, which he converted at a 73 percent clip. He also averaged 6.7 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 2 steals per game. He set an RRC scoring record with 42 points in the Falcons' sub-section quarterfinal victory, including going 16-for-16 at the free throw line. He ended his career with a streak of 56 straight games in double figures and finished with career totals of 1,376 points, 383 rebounds, 347 assists, 162 steals and 377 free throws made. He was the team's leading scorer for the third straight season, was named All-Conference in the Red Rock Conference for the third straight year and was named co-MVP of the team.

Zach Brandts, Jr., F,

St. James

Brandts has made a name for himself scoring from the low block and despite constant pressure from opponents, few teams have been able to slow him down. He averaged 21.7 points per game this year, finishing as the leading scorer in the South Central Conference. He is also an aggressive offensive rebounder, with his 7.9 rebounds per game making him the conference's fourth leading rebounder. He had a landmark campaign this season, passing the 1,000-point milestone for his career and extending his streak of games with double-digit point totals to 50. His 1,152 points currently rank fourth in school history. He was named team MVP for the second straight year and also earned his second straight All-Conference selection.

Neil Eichten, Jr., G, Wabasso

Eichten was a prolific scorer for the Rabbits this season, averaging 22.6 points per game. He made 65 3-pointers and shot 75.5 percent from the free throw line, accumulating 588 total points this season. He also averaged 2.4 rebounds a game and had 57 steals. He was the Team MVP and Offensive Player of the Year for Wabasso as well as being a team captain and the team's undoubted leader on and off the floor, playing almost every minute of every single game this year. He was named All-Conference in the Tomahawk Conference.

Second team

Kansas Adams, Sr., F,

St. Mary's

Adams provided matchup problems for opponents this season, able to beat his defender either with his outstanding perimeter shooting or off the dribble. He averaged 19 points and four rebounds per game this season and was named All-Conference in the Tomahawk Conference. Adams played at the varsity level since his freshman season and ended his career with 1,317 points.

Henry Rogotzke, Sr., C, Red Rock Central

Rogotzke was not only a dominant force inside for the Falcons, but developed into a very strong passer that was able to dish off to teammates when he was routinely double and triple teamed by opponents. He averaged 16.8 points, 10.9 rebounds, 1.9 steals and 3.5 assists per game this season and had 15 double-double games. He was also a strong defender at the low post, earning 61 blocks this season (1.9 blocks per game) to finish second in school history with 179 career blocks. A starter for almost four full seasons, he finished his career with 1221 points and 721 rebounds. He was named All-Conference in the Red Rock Conference for the second straight year and received co-MVP honors for the Falcons.

Mason Clark, Sr., F, BLHS

Though playing mainly as a post player, Clark developed into a deadly outside shooter this season, taking many of the Mustangs' critical shots at the end of games. He averaged 18.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per game and made 43 3-pointers on 36.4 percent shooting from beyond the arc. He also had 42 steals and 54 assists. He passed the 1,000-point milestone this year to finish with 1,045 points for his career. He was named All-Conference in the Tomahawk Conference and was also named as the Mustangs' team MVP.

Tyler Bates, Sr., F,

Sibley East

A co-captain for the Wolverines, Bates was named team MVP for the second year in a row, leading the team in scoring with his dominant presence in the post. Able to score both from the inside and the outside, Bates averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds per game, accumulating 14 double-doubles on the season. Widely considered as one of the best players in the Minnesota River Conference, he received his second All-Conference selection this season.

Brandon Polesky, Jr., G, Sleepy Eye

Polesky led the Indians in scoring (15 points per game) and assists (4.5 assists per game) and led the Tomahawk Conference in free throw percentage for the second straight year by making 81 percent of his 140 free throw attempts. He also averaged seven rebounds a two steals per game, earning one triple-double and three double-doubles on the season. He was especially hot in the playoffs, accumulating 44 points, 12 rebounds and 14 assists over the Indians' two playoff games. He was a unanimous All-Conference selection.

Third team

Cole Milbrath, Sr., F, Springfield

Milbrath was the Tigers' main scorer and defender in the paint this season. He was a dominant force both with his inside scoring and his work on the boards, averaging 15.4 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. He also had 28 blocks and shot almost 52 percent from the field and 71 percent from the free throw line. He was a co-captain for the Tigers and was named All-Conference in the Tomahawk Conference.

Zach Kerkhoff, Sr., F, CM/C

Kerkhoff captained the Cougars to a share of the Tomahawk Conference title this season, averaging 14.6 points and 9.1 rebounds per game to help the team finish with a 19-7 record. He made 63 percent of his shots from the field as the team's go-to option in the post. He received Honorable Mention All-Conference honors.

Christopher Kretsch, Sr., G, Springfield

Kretsch earned the respect of his teammates this year as the Tigers' leader on the floor at point guard, with his teammates voting him as the team's Best Offensive Player and as the team's MVP. Despite playing through a knee injury early on, Kretsch played a key role in leading the Tigers to the Section 2A, South championship game, averaging 14.2 points and four assists per game this season. He made 46 pointers on 46.5 percent shooting from beyond the arc and made 77.5 percent of his free throw attempts. He was a co-captain and was named All-Conference in the Tomahawk Conference.

Jordan Anderson, Sr., F, St. Mary's

Able to rack up points both from the perimeter and from the inside, Anderson averaged 14 points per game this season to end his career with 988 total points. He also averaged seven rebounds per game and provided the Knights with excellent consistency and strong leadership both on and off the court. He was named All-Conference in the Tomahawk Conference this season.

Kyle Kubesh, Jr., C, BLHS

Kubesh not only averaged a double-double per game as the Mustangs' main force inside, but also developed into a premier shot blocker this season. His 70 blocks this season were a team record, with his 112 career blocks already a school record as well. Despite going for so many blocks, he had a knack for avoiding fouls. He averaged 13.5 points and 12.3 rebounds per game this season, with his 425 career rebounds putting him second place in the school record book. He also had 45 steals. He was named All-Conference in the Tomahawk Conference.

 
 

 

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