Brandts, Polesky lead All-Journal team
2013-14 All-Journal Boy’s Basketball
Zach Brandts, sr., F, St. James Area
A four-year starter for the Saints, Brandts became the school’s all-time leading scorer with 1,888 career points and also set the single-season scoring record with 736 points this season. Brandts led the South Central Conference in scoring, averaging 27 points per game and was second in the conference in rebounding with 8.9 per game. He went 74-straight games of scoring in double figures and also scored a career-high 43 points against Rockford in late December.
Brandon Polesky, sr., G, Sleepy Eye
Polesky was named the Tomahawk Conference Player of the Year along with his third All-Conference selection this season. He averaged 26.7 points per game, 11.6 rebounds per game, 4.7 assists per game and 2.5 steals per game. He finished his career second on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,422 points, set the school’s single-season records in scoring (721 points), 3-pointers (67) and free throws made (172). He scored a career-high 40 points against MVL on Jan. 31.
Neil Eichten, sr., G, Wabasso
Eichten’s senior season was laden with broken records. The two-time All-Conference selection broke the 52-year-old mark for average points per game with 31.4 and also set the record for most points in conference games with 502. Eichten finished his career as Wabasso’s all-time leading scorer with 1,671 points (17.8 average) and set the school’s single-season record for points scored with 760. His 19-for-20 (95 percent) stand at the free-throw line against Fulda in mid-December also ties the fourth-best single-game free-throw percentage in the state.
Tanner Bock, sr., F, Wabasso
In his senior season, Bock set numerous school and conference records along with averaging 17.6 points per game. This season alone, he set school records for most rebounds in a season (475), rebounds per game (19.0) and rebounds in a game (33 vs. St. Mary’s on Dec. 17). Bock set Tomahawk Conference records in rebounds (325) and rebounds per game (20.3) – both within conference games. He finished his career averaging 10.5 points per game and 11.9 rebounds per game.
Kyle Kubesh, sr., C, BLHS
The 6-foot-7 three-year starter was an All-Conference selection as a junior and senior. He averaged 19.8 points per game, 13.9 rebounds per game and 5.3 blocks per game while shooting 54.3 percent from the field this season. He also set single-season school records in rebounds (348) and blocks (133). For his career, Kubesh averaged 14.7 ppg and 9.2 rpg while shooting 56 percent from the field.
Sam Pendleton, jr., G, Redwood Valley
Pendleton led Redwood Valley in scoring with 18 points per game while shooting 53 percent from the floor and dishing out 8 assists per game. He also surpassed the 1,000-point mark for his career this season.
Brody Rodning, sr., G, Sibley East
Rodning led the team with 20.2 points per game with 8.7 rebounds per game and was also an 85-percent free-throw shooter en route to earning All-Conference honors. Rodning, who is going to Minnesota State University, Mankato to play baseball after high school, eclipsed the 1,000-point mark earlier this season.
Seth Schuette, so., G, GFW
Schuette led the Thunderbirds to a Tomahawk Conference title by scoring with 20 points per game to become a unanimous All-Conference selection. Through his three seasons on varsity, Schuette has 768 career points, 120 assists and 106 rebounds.
Matt Christenson, sr., C, Nicollet
Christenson averaged a double-double of 15.6 points and 13.4 rebounds per game while shooting 57.4 percent from the field. He ended his career with 1,108 points and 1,015 rebounds. In his time on varsity, Christenson earned All-Conference honors as a sophomore and senior and was an honorable mention as a junior.
Tyler Vogel, jr., F, Springfield
Vogel, a unanimous All-Conference selection, led the Tigers with almost 21 points per game along with 7.4 rebounds per game and 2.6 assists per game. This season he scored 501 points, allowing him to eclipse the 1,000-point mark for his career.
Walker Froehling, sr., G, St. James Area
Froehling, a 6-foot-7 point guard, earned his second All-Conference honors this season after averaging 15.2 points per game, 7.8 rebounds per game and 7.1 assists per game. A three-year starter at point guard, Froehling eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for his career to finish with 1,023, which is seventh all time in school history. He also tied a school record for the most assists in a single season this year with 193.
John Brandl, sr., G, St. Mary’s
Brandl led the team in scoring with 18 points per game as well as rebounding with 8 per game and assists with 5 per game. A two-year starter for the Knights, Brandl finished his career with 724 total points and was an All-Conference selection this season.
Chad Lease, sr., G, MVL
Lease was pivotal in MVL’s turnaround from a three-win season from 2012-13, averaging 17 points per game and 6.4 rebounds per game while shooting 54.6 percent from the free-throw line. Lease also led the team in minutes played (972), free throws made (100) and steals (34).
Grant Kannegiesser, sr., F, New Ulm
Kannegiesser led the Eagles with 16.5 points per game and 7.0 rebounds per game. He also shot 83 percent from the free-throw line and 50 percent from the field.
Cooper Scheffler, sr., G, Springfield
Scheffler earned All-Conference honors after averaging 16 points per game, 4.5 rebounds per game and 3.9 assists per game as Springfield’s primary guard. He was also the team’s best defender, typically assigned to defend the opposing team’s biggest scoring threat.