ORIGINALLY WRITTEN DON RATZLAFF
Seven Hillsboro Trojan basketball players-four from the boys’ team and three from the girls’ team-received all-league recognition by the Mid Central Activities Association last week.
For the boys, who compiled a 22-4 season record and finished third at the Class 3A state tournament in Hutchinson earlier this month, two members were picked for the first team and two received honorable mention.
Tyler Peachey, a 6-foot-2 senior, and Eric Weinbrenner, a 5-10 junior, were picked for the first team. Caleb Marsh, a 5-10 senior, and Daniel Deckert, a 6-1 senior, received honorable mention.
Peachey averaged a team-high 14.8 points a game while shooting just under 49 percent from the field. The guard/forward led the team in assists (70, 2.7 per game) and rebounds (136, 5.2) and was second on the team in steals (58, 2.2).
Weinbrenner missed four games because of injury, but the Trojan point guard still averaged 10.5 points per game on just under 43 percent shooting from the floor. He made a team-high 55 3-pointers in 123 attempts (43.1 percent). He also averaged 2.7 assists, 1.7 steals and only 1.6 turnovers. He was the team’s top free-throw shooter at 74.2 percent (23-31).
Marsh average 7.8 points per game while shooting 47.4 percent from the floor. The senior averaged a team-high 2.7 steals per game and was second in assists at 2.6. He averaged only 1.4 turnovers per game.
Deckert averaged 6.0 points per game while shooting 47.2 from the field. He averaged 1.8 steals, 1.6 assists and 4.3 rebounds.
For the girls, who finished 13-9, Katie Fast was selected to the first team while Emily Ratzlaff and JuliAnne Chisholm receive honorable mention.
Fast, the Trojans’ 6-1 senior post, scored 8.7 points per game on 45.8 percent shooting from the floor. She led the team in rebounds, averaging 7.5 per contest, and in blocked shots. Her total of 78 blocks for the season was one short of the record she set last year as a junior.
Ratzlaff average 7.5 points per game while shooting 41.2 percent from the field. The junior guard led the team in free-throw shooting with 51 successes in 82 attempts (62.2 percent). She also averaged 2.0 steals, 2.1 assists and 2.4 rebounds.
Chisholm led her team in scoring as freshman, averaging 9.4 points per contest, and shot a team-high 53.4 percent from the field. She led the team in steals (2.1) and was second in rebounding (5.1).
2003 ALL-MCAA Selections
First team: Cody Engle, sr., Ellinwood; Jordon Regehr, sr., Halstead; Andy Dirks, sr., Haven; Kendell Dreier, sr., Hesston; Eric Weinbrenner, jr., Hillsboro; Tyler Peachey, sr., Hillsboro; Kyle Hubele, jr., Smoky Valley; Dallas Schnurr, sr., Sterling; Grady Pauls, jr., Hesston; Wade Church, sr., Lyons; Ben Hawley, sr., Collegiate.
Honorable mention: Jeff Steinert, jr., Ellinwood; Seth Stahlheber, sr., Halstead; Marcus Wells, jr., Haven; Ross Fishburn, sr., Hesston; Matt Wray, sr., Hesston; Caleb Marsh, sr., Hillsboro; Daniel Deckert, jr., Hillsboro; Blaine Clark, so., Lyons; Hogan Smith, sr., Nickerson; Shawn Sullivan, so., Nickerson; Shannon Christians, jr., Smoky Valley; Matt Hodges, jr., Smoky Valley; Kevin Laudermilk, sr., Sterling; Scott Buess, jr., Collegiate.
First team: Hillary Stucky, jr., Haven; Kristen Frey, jr., Hesston; Katie Fast, sr., Hillsboro; Sierra Radke, sr., Lyons; Andrea Leiker, jr., Lyons; Kelcii Peck, sr., Collegiate; Sara Washburn, sr., Hesston; Liz Sowers, sr., Hesston; Amanda Anschutz, sr., Nickerson; Bryn Swisher, sr., Smoky Valley; Mariah Smith, sr., Sterling; Sam Smalley, sr., Collegiate.
Honorable mention: Kimy Morgan, jr., Ellinwood; Ashley Kaiser, jr., Ellinwood; Kacy Garnett, so., Halstead; Ashley Sage, sr., Haven; Rachel Drake, sr., Haven; Katie Sowers, sr., Hesston; Liz Wray, so., Hesston; Emily Ratzlaff, jr., Hillsboro; JuliAnne Chisholm, fr., Hillsboro; Jessica Steffen, jr., Lyons; Cassie Barber, fr., Nickerson; Allyson Weldy, sr., Smoky Valley; Candace Lacey, jr., Sterling; Ashley Bell, so., Collegiate; Cana Wilson, jr., Collegiate.