Seven Bluejays named All-KCAC in hoops

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Four Tabor men and three women were named to the KCAC post-season all-conference teams. Men’s coach Don Brubacher was named coach of the year.

Tyson Ratzlaff, a senior from Hillsboro, was a unanimous all-conference first-team selection voted on by the 10 KCAC head coaches. The 6-foot-1 guard/forward averaged 10.7 points per game and scored a279 points this season. Ratzlaff led the Bluejays with 127 assists, 56 steals and 13 blocks.

Brad Gattis, a sophomore from Hesston, was named All-KCAC honorable mention. The 6-5 forward/guard averaged 5.2 rebounds per game for a total of 161. Gattis averaged 10 points a game and ended with 309 points.

Also receiving honorable mention was junior Anthony Monson, St. Paul, Minn. Monson, a 6-6 forward/center, led Tabor in total points with 320. He averaged 10.3 points per game and 3.3 rebounds.

Jeremiah Randall, a senior from Mound City, was named to the all-defensive team. The 6-6 forward/ guard totaled 129 rebounds, 85 on the defensive end. Randall added seven blocks and 16 steals.

Brubacher earned coach-of- the-year honors by leading the Bluejays to another conference title and berth to the NAIA Division II national tournament in Point Lookout, Mo..

In Brubacher’s 22 years as coach, the Bluejays have won 13 conference titles and earned six national tournament berths. Brubacher’s career record stands at 338-258.

For the women, Erica Hemmert, a sophomore from WaKeeney, was voted all-conference first team. The 5-7 guard led Tabor in points with 434. She averaged 14 points per game and 5.5 rebounds. Hemmert added 15 blocks and 67 steals.

Named All-KCAC honorable mention were Rachelle Wertenberger, a senior from Morrill, and Jill Hein, a sophomore from Hillsboro.

Wertenberger, a 5-6 guard, averaged 11 points per game, finishing with 339. She had 61 steals and 21 blocks during the season.

Hein, a 5-11 forward, averaged 3.6 rebounds per game and ended with 216 points.

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