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Boys Basketball: Lake City trio leads All-Area team

Nathan Carlson1 / 5
Marc Kjos2 / 5
Reid Gastner3 / 5
Jacob Niebuhr4 / 5
Nathan Heise5 / 5

First team

Marc Kjos

(Lake City, sr. guard)

16.8 ppg, 5.3 apg, three-time All-HVL, 2018 HVL Player of the Year, 2018 Republican Eagle Player of the Year, Minnesota All-Star series selection, Academic All-State

From head coach Greg Berge: "Marc was the HVL Player of the Year, a four-year varsity player, and three-year starter, on four conference championship teams. He was the engine of our team and led our team in scoring and assists. Best player in our area, in my opinion, and will be playing at the University of Jamestown next season."

Nate Heise

(Lake City, so. guard)

16.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.0 spg, All-HVL

From head coach Greg Berge: "Nate is an excellent shooter and scorer (shot 40 percent from 3-point line, made 78 3-pointers, and had an Effective FG percent of 61). Nate also shot 80.2 percent from the free-throw line. Nate is one of the best shooters and scorers in our area. He is also a very good defender who led our team in steals and was second in blocked shots."

Reid Gastner

(Lake City, so., guard/forward)

11.7 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 5.3 apg, All-HVL

From head coach Greg Berge: "Reid is an excellent all-around player who has been close to getting a triple-double many times this year. He is an excellent defender, passer and rebounder as well; Reid is a player who makes everyone around him better."

Nathan Carlson

(Red Wing, sr., forward/center)

12.5 ppg, 7.1 rpg

From head coach Drew Olinger: "Nathan was a very strong leader for us on and off the court this season. When he was on the court he made everyone else around him better. Over his career at RWHS he has battle a lot of injuries, but through it all he became a very solid Big 9 post player. Nathan is also an exceptional student, he takes pride in his academic success."

Jacob Niebuhr

(Zumbrota-Mazeppa, sr., guard)

16.1 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 4.0 apg, two-time All-HVL

From head coach Fred Liffrig: "Jacob is an outstanding athlete and team leader. Jacob is the first player in school history to lead our team in scoring, rebounding, steals and assists in one season."

Second team

Zach Bremer

(Lake City, sr., forward)

12.9 ppg, 8.0 rpg, All-HVL

From head coach Greg Berge: "Zach has had a great senior season as a scorer, defender and rebounder. A team captain and a great competitor who always gave us 100 percent effort. Zach is playing basketball at the University of River Falls next season."

Isaiah Nolte

(Zumbrota-Mazeppa, sr., guard)

12.3 ppg, 4.9 spg, 1.6 apg, two-time All-HVL

From head coach Fred Liffrig: "Isaiah has one of the quickest first-steps in the conference. He is a great 3-point shooter who could also take you quick off the dribble."

Jacob Weber

(Pine Island, jr. guard)

16.2 ppg, 5.1 rpg, All-HVL

From head coach Jim McNamara: "Jacob led our team in scoring and was our second leading rebounder. He is a hard worker that rarely left the floor while drawing the opposition's best defender every night. He is a very good 3-point shooter that also has the ability to score in the post."

Sam Opsahl

(Goodhue, so. guard)

10.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.0 spg, All-HVL

From head coach Matt Halverson: "Sam, although a sophomore, was one of our captains this year. We literally had him play every position on the court because he is that versatile. We look forward to having him for another two years as his game and leadership continues to develop."

Carsyn Gunderson

(Randolph, jr., forward)

15.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.5 apg, All-SEC

From head coach Kent Otte: "Carsyn led our team in scoring, assists, and rebounding. He was also voted our team MVP. Carysn drew special defensive attention in most games we played this year. He is a great shooter and passer. Carysn makes every player around him better when he is on the floor. He is a very unselfish player and does what is asked to help his team be successful. Carsyn was also a captain of this year's team."

Honorable Mention

Ryan Dirckx, Cannon Falls, sr., guard (13.7 ppg, 4.7 apg, 3.5 rpg, 2.0 spg); Isaac Illa, Cannon Falls, jr., forward (9.9 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.7 spg, 1.4 apg); Chase Reber, Cannon Falls, sr., guard (6.7 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.4 spg); Jack Buelke, Kenyon-Wanamingo, sr., forward (10.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.2 apg, All-HVL); Andrew Wenstrom, Randolph, jr., forward (9.5 ppg, 4.7, rpg, 2.3 apg, Honorable Mention All-SEC); Nick Drinken, Randolph, so., guard (10.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.2 apg); Zach Cota, Red Wing, jr., guard (9.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.5 spg)

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