TRACK AND FIELD
TRACK AND FIELD
NWMT 'A' LINKS
PRE-SEASON BASKETBALL ALL-STATE PICKS
December 5, 2012Northwest Montana A Conference
Riley Bradshaw of Corvallis headlined this list last season. While there probably isn’t anybody on his level this year, there are some really good players in Class A, especially in the Southwestern and Eastern conferences.
Ben Folsom, Dillon - Folsom might seem undersized for a forward/center, but he can create mismatches out of the high post, especially when Dillon goes small. He made the State A all-tournament team last season for the defending state champions.
Zach Gavlak, Stevensville - The Yellowjackets have a surplus of talent this year with three returning players who were named to postseason honors teams. Gavlak is a big (6-foot-4), athletic forward who could lead the team in scoring.
Daniel Meyer, Billings Central - Meyer had that monster game at the State A tournament where he corralled 26 rebounds in a Saturday morning loser-out contest. At 6-foot-8, he’s going to consistently put up big numbers in the Eastern A.
Jesse Sims, Stevensville - If Gavlak doesn’t lead Stevensville in scoring, it will probably be Sims. Sims is a big, strong 6-foot-4 post presence, who can score and rebound. It wouldn’t be a surprise if he averaged a double-double this season.
Brett Thompson, Laurel - Thompson was a first-team all-conference player last year and will likely shoulder more of the load this year as a senior. He can flat out shoot and will put up some big scoring totals this year.
The Class A team was the toughest one for me to decide. Two of these players made the list last year, but I had a tough time trimming the rest of the team down to just three players as there were probably six or seven girls in consideration.
Justyn Juhl, Billings Central - Juhl flashed potential last season and could really turn some heads this year. She has the size and athleticism to play multiple positions on the floor and can score inside and out.
Courtney Moodry, Anaconda - This is Moodry’s second appearance on my preseason all-state team as she’s one of the best point guards in the state. Teams fear her passing and ability to run a team, but she’s a good shooter and can light it up from deep.
Lexi Prevost, Sidney - Prevost earned second-team all-conference honors in the Eastern A last year by putting up some huge scoring games. She might be one of the best players nobody talks about, but she can flat out score the basketball.
Alycia Sims, Stevensville - Like Moodry, Sims is on this list for the second year in a row. She’s already committed to Montana and can do a little bit of everything – score, rebound, and defend.
Vanessa Stavish, Frenchtown - I left Sarah Lester off this list last year. I’m not making that mistake with another Frenchtown girl. Stavish was a solid No. 2-scorer for the Broncs last season, but she’ll be elevated to No. 1 this year. She’ll do most of her damage in the post but can extend her range to the perimeter.