All-County Boys Hoops Team
There was some mixed success among the county high school boys hoops team this past winter. However, that did not effect the rise in the performance level from several individual players throughout the season.
Leading the list chosen to the this year’s Sanilac County News All-County Boys Basketball Team is Sandusky’s
A diverse athlete, the 6’, guard/forward, turned in a terrific senior season for the Redskins with his hustling play all over the court. Fetting, a captain on both the football and basketball team this school year, led his team in scoring with a 12.3 average, in steals with 2.57 lper game, and in overall shooting percentage, 46% from the floor. He also collected 4.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.
“He’s a good leader. He enjoys playing the game, he has fun and he stays positive,” praised Ryan Pritchett, Redskins head coach. “Andrew showed his versatility by playing anywhere from point guard to power forward, which created match-up problems for the opposition. He loves the game and has represented his team, family and school in an honorable and respectful way.”
Kyle Hall fit that bill for the Marlette Red Raiders this season. Just a junior, the 6’4” center could start the fast break with a defensive rebound and he could finish a break, too, by racing down the court. A 56% shooter from the floor, Hall averaged 9.6 ppg., and 5.6 rpg. Defensively, he patrolled the middle well and also had 18 blocks for the season.
Coach Chris Storm of the Raiders lauded Hall’s play. “He’s a pretty hard working kid. He got better each game and he became more confident this season. He runs the floor..... gets out quick and finishes well. He also really improved his defensive game and altered shots.”
There have been a good number of sophomores over the years that have landed on the All-County First Team. Most of those, though, did have a surrounding cast of veteran players to take a little pressure away. CPS’s Calvin Amey was among three sophomores that started for the Tigers this season. The 6’2” post player showed plenty of savvy around the basket, averaging a doubledouble in his second varsity year, scoring at a 10.1 clip and rebounding at a 10.95 rate. Amey also had 32 assists, 36 steals and 39 blocks on the season, and shot 47% from the floor.
“Calvin gave us a big boost underneath,” pointed out Cliff Amey, the CPS coach and Calvin’s father. “As much as we like to run the floor, he grabbed a lot of defensive rebounds, and that’s what started us. And, he had to compete with kids older than him and did it well. He was a big part of our success.”
Brown City’s Dylan Mason had to move up from his spot as a role player from the highly successful 2008-09 Devils’, to an impact player this season. The 5’8” senior guard responded by leading the team in scoring with a 12.0 average and in steals with 30. He shot 48 % from two-point and could light it up from the outside, including a handful of games where his three-point outbursts helped spark vctories. Mason also averaged 2.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.
Coach Tony Burton of the Green Devils talked about Mason: “His role changed from last year to this year. He needed to score more, and he did that. He’s only 5-8, but he can jump well. The thing, though, he realy did best was attack the basket. He has good quickness and used that ability.”
Rounding out the A-C First Team is Drew Bringard of Cros-Lex. There were not a lot of big numbers, offensively, for the Pioneers this season since Coach Adam Nelson rotated quite a few players in the lineup. Bringard, a 6’, senior forward, delivered on both ends of the court with his athleticism. A first-team All-BWAC selection in basketball and a standout in football and baseball, he averaged six points and 3.4 rebounds a contest, plus nearly two steals a game. He also sank 20 triples for the ‘09-10 campaign.
“No one out-worked Drew. His stats don’t do justice for what he did for us this year,” said Coach Nelson. “He’s a most intelligent player and was assigned, defensively, to the best offensive guard on the opposing teams. He’s a floor leader, very competitive and just does a lot of the little things.”
Cliff Amey of CPS. The Tigers’ first-year head coach took a team that primarily consisted of three seniors -two of whom had much playing experience - three sophomores and four freshman, to the NCTL South championship this winter. It was the school’s first outright league title in 30 years. The Tigers finished the 2009-10 campaign at 14-4 in the South and 1`4-7 overall.
Amey has been around most of his players for awhile, coaching at younger levels through the school system and in the summer. He credits the players for taking to his philosophies on the court.
“And, I got better (as a coiach,” he added about the team’s eventual succes. “The first part of the season, I made mistakes. I started watching more film and scouting more, and, from there, the kids got better.
“It was a great year. It was nice to win an league title, especially when it had been 30 years.” He then added, “I got an e-mail from Jim Olsenavage (the All-state forward from the 1980 title team). He’s been watching from a distance and congratulated us. That was nice to hear. And, also, for me, to get mentioned with guys like Daryl Walker (a two-time SCN Coach of the Year from CPS), is a great honor.”
A sparkplug on offense and defense, Eric Taylor of CPS excelled in the biggest games of the season. The 5’8” senior guard/forward could handle the ball on the perimeter, but could also make things happen underneath with his quickness and in the full-court pressure defenses. Statistically, he averaged 8.75 ppg., 3.55 rpg., and over two assists and steals a contest.
Coach Amey commented on Taylor: “Eric was the ‘X’ factor. He was a big game player and had his best games when we needed him most. He’s undersized, but he he found ways to get the job done. Defensively, he drew the toughest assignments all of the time.”
Following the graduation of two highly-lauded players like Billy Burns and Zac Overstreet, the Peck Pirates were in need of someone stepping up to the forefront on the court this season. Senior Kolin York was one of those players that did that for Coach Garnett Kohler. York, a 5’10” guard who had missed much of his junior season because of injury/illness, turned into the Pirates’ leading scorer, averaging 12.7 poionts a game. He also averaged 7.6 rebounds and 2.15 steals per contest. The Peck captain was instrumental in the team’s rally against Deckerville in the Class D district championship game.
“(Kolin) had to be our main go-to guy, offensively,” explained Kohler. “What I liked about him most this year was he was really attacking the glass. He was our leading rebounder and is just 5-10, 5-11. He did a great job on the boards and was probably our best defender.”
Another all-around performer for Sandusky this winter was junilor Jordan Coats. The 6’ guard actually led the team in rebounding with over four a contest and added to the Reskins attack in many ways, averaging 8.1 ppg., 2.1 apg., 2.35 steals a contest, and led the team in blocked shots
Coach Pritchett commented, “Jordan did a lot of of the little things that go unnoticed on paper. He has the ability to make things happen. He can score well, he’a a real good passer, rebounder and defender. He does a little bit of everything.”
One of the most dangerous three-point threats around this season was Deckerville’s Josh Fritch. The 6’ senior guard connected on 45 triples this winter, including games of six and five late in the season. For the campaign, he averaged 12.8 points, 3 rebounds, and 2.26 steals per game.
“He’s just an all-around player,” stated Steve Keinath, Eagles coach. “He understands the game. He’s been here three years with me and understood what I wanted. He made my job easier. (As a shooter), when he had an open look, he could probably shoot 55-60% from outside.”
A bit undersized in height, Brown City’s Josh Moffitt used solid frame to perform well in the post again this season. The 6’2” senior led the Devils in rebounding with 7.6 a game and added 7.7 points a contest. Also impressive was his passing ability, which led to a team-high 72 assists on the season.
“He was probably our most consisternt player,” noted Coach Burton. “He gave us strength inside, but he could also step out and knock down a shot from the perimeter. We relied on his leadership and playing experience.”
Cros-Lex’s Nathan Cornwell provided his team a steady offensive effort, particularly in the final 10 or 12 games. The 6’ senior guard averaged about 10 points a game down the stretch for the Pioneers. He also handed out 2.1 assists per game for the season and was a 71% free throw shooter.
Coach Nelson commented: “Nathan really came on the second half of the year. He didn’t hide down the stretch. During that time, he led the team in scoring, was our most reliable ball handler and successfully looked to score.”
There are no all-star type numbers for Marlette’s
Brandon King, but there also were not many other players that scrapped and pounded the boards harder all season. A good, all-around athlete that has found notoriety on the football and track teams as well, the 6’ senior forward averaged 6.3 points and 5.6 rebounds a contest for the Raiders this season.
There’s more to King than those numbers. Coach King explained, “He’s our MVP. Brandon is a very physical defensive player. He usually gives up several inches in size, but he plays great position defense. He also had 15 loose ball recoveries, 24 deflections and took nine charges this season.”
All-County Boys Basketball Team
|Andrew Fetting, Sandusky||G/F||6’||Sr.|
|Kyle Hall, Marlette||C||6’4”||Jr|
|Calvin Amey, CPS||C||6’2”||So.|
|Dylan Mason, Brown City||G||5’8”||Sr.|
|Andrew Bringard, Cros-Lex||G/F||6’||Sr.|
|Coach of the Year - Cliff Amey, CPS|
|Eric Taylor, CPS||G||5’8”||Sr.|
|Kolin York, Peck||G||5’10”||Sr.|
|Jordan Coats, Sandusky||G||6’||Jr.|
|Josh Fritch, Deckerville||G||6’||Sr.|
|Josh Moffitt, Brown City||C||6’2”||Sr.|
|Nathan Cornwell, Cros-Lex||G||6’1”||Sr.|
|Brandon King, Marlette||F||6’||Sr.|
Brown City - Stew Peterson, Trent Wood, Cory Soucie; CPS - Hayden Adams, Jake Hughes; Cros-Lex - Noah Lazurka, Anthony Mini; Deckerville - Cody Hoff; Marlette - Mike Armstrong, Kolby Lange; Peck - Gerald Pathic, Brandon Mann, Devin Meddaugh; Sandusky - Kyle Kritzman, Jordan Katt