By Ken DeLaat
Photos by Mike Gesler
It was a rugged first year in the WMC for our local teams. Fremont finished in a three-way tie for third with a respectable 6-6 mark in conference play but the Packers are a bit more accustomed to battling for the crown most years. Have to say, adding a District Title to the trophy case is not a bad consolation though.
Hesperia and Holton struggled in the Rivers Division where they ran into a cluster of teams who were each having really good years. They finished tied for last with each getting one win…against each other.
Lakes co-champ Whitehall should have some good years ahead with 3 of their 4 all conference players having two more years on the court and Montague’s 3 selections are juniors.
In the Rivers Hart has 3 of their AC players finishing their high school careers while Mason County Central, North Muskegon and Shelby each graduate 2 from the AC teams.
Locally Jordon McDonald added another league to his all conference collection and Packer point guard Chaz Miller received honorable mention. The two (and their teammates)have been outstanding in the postseason for the Pack
Coach Bowen: “Both well deserved for sure. Jordon has been one of the best players in the area for the last two years. He averaged over 20 points, 7 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 1.5 blocks this season. Chaz had a very good year as well, averaging 10 points, 5.5 assists and 2 steals per game. He is also one of the best defenders in the conference. They are both very good players and also very good students. They are great representatives of our program and our school.
Little wonder why Red Devil Carter Brant notched a spot on the Rivers AC First Team. He was clearly the best player on a last place team and Coach Swanson will be welcoming him back next year.
Coach Swanson: “Carter is a very advanced basketball player that had another strong season despite some pretty tough circumstances. He led us in points, assists, and rebounds and was a leader for us on and off the court.”
Youth will be served in Hesperia with Honorable Mention Jared Turner just a sophomore.
LAKES FIRST TEAM ALL CONFERENCE
1. Camden Thompson 10 Whitehall
2. David Schillinger 11 Ludington
3. Jordon MacDonald 12 Fremont
4. Mathew Westhouse 12 Ludington
5. Owen Raeth 11 Montague
6. Spencer Holmes 11 Montague
7. Jack Houtteman 12 Whitehall
8. Kal Koehler 10 Whitehall
9. Isaiah Atchison 11 Montague
10.Payton Ruel 10 Oakridge
LAKES ALL-CONFERENCE HONORABLE MENTION
1. Levi Laman 12 Ludington
2. Camar Ready 10 Whitehall
3. Chaz Miller 10 Fremont
4. Matt Danicek 12 Oakridge
5. Stephon Oakes 11 Orchard View
6. Jacob Sharp 11 Manistee
RIVERS FIRST TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE
1. Parker Hovey 12 Hart
2. Troy McMannis 12 North Muskegon
3. Jayden Perrone 12 Mason County Central
4. Will Chye 12 Mason County Central
5. Blake Weirich 11 Hart
6. Bishop Lee 12 Shelby
7. Carter Schullo 11 Ravenna
8. Diego Escamillo 12 Hart
9. Sam Gallo 12 North Muskegon
10.Carter Brant 11 Holton
RIVERS ALL-CONFERENCE HONORABLE MENTION
1. Caleb Bitely 12 Hart
2. Hunter Hogan 12 Ravenna
3. Mason Garcia 12 Shelby
4. Jaxon Lisinski 11 North Muskegon
5. Jared Tanner 10 Hesperia