The Hoosier Heartland Conference announced the all-conference boys’ and girls’ basketball teams at the Winter Sports Banquet on March 14.
On the boys’ side, conference champion Rossville led the way with three first team selections: senior James Baker and juniors Ethan Brenneman and Brandon Tonsoni. Clinton Prairie junior Austin Martin and Clinton Central junior Cole Simmons were also first team selections.
Clinton Central sophomore Jake Burton, Clinton Prairie freshman Kale Morris, and Rossville senior Michael Gregorash and junior Austin Miller were honorable mention selections.
On the girls’ side, conference champion Clinton Prairie’s three first-team selections were freshman Madison Douglass, senior Jasmine Hanna and junior Abby Clark. Joining the trio on the first team were Rossville seniors Hannah Alling and Michaela Miller, and Clinton Central senior Stephanie Ellis and sophomore Caitlyn Bradley.
Clinton Central senior Riley Cripe, Rossville senior Emily Virtue-Gamblin and Prairie seniors Kelsey Dunham and Stephanie Schrock were honorable mention selections.
All-conference spots for wrestling were determined in the conference wrestling meet in January. Central had five conference champions: freshman Caleb Archibald (120 pounds), junior Wyatt Lucas (126), junior Jeff Scott (170), junior Adam Miller (182) and junior Tristan Shaw (285).
Scott received special recognition at the banquet for qualifying for the state finals.
Rossville sophomore Adam Easterday (132) and Clinton Prairie senior Tyler Casey (195) were also conference champions.
Tonsoni averaged 15.6 points and 4.3 rebounds per game for the Hornets this season, making 42 percent of his 3-point attempts and 87 percent of his free throws. Baker was among the state leaders in assists, averaging 6.3 per contest while also scoring 7.1 ppg. Brenneman stats were balanced, tallying 8.4 points and 7.9 rebounds per game.
Simmons averaged 7.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game and Martin had a breakout junior year, averaging 14.9 ppg and 5.2 rpg.
“(Martin’s) consistency on both ends of the floor was outstanding,” said Prairie head coach Eric Ulrich. “He demonstrated a great will to compete by playing sick or injured for much of the last part of the season. He is going to be a very difficult player to guard next season.”
Douglass led the county in points (13.9/game) and field-goal percentage (52 percent) while also earning team MVP honors for Prairie. Hanna averaged 10.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg and 2.6 spg and hit 31 percent of her 3-point field goals while Clark averaged 6.4 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.
Alling averaged 8.1 ppg and Miller tallied 7.5 points and 3.8 rebounds per game for Rossville.
Ellis averaged 19.7 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, and Bradley averaged 8.0 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.
“Stephanie being on the conference first team two years in a row is deserving and shows that hard work trumps those with more skill that do not work hard,” said Central head coach Brad Montgomery. “When other teams plan to stop you, then you’re pretty dang good.”
Miller, Clark first team selections
Rossville senior Michaela Miller (left) and Clinton Prairie junior Abby Clark (right) were first team all-Hoosier Heartland Conference selections.