A combined four Central Montcalm Green Hornets and Lakeview Wildcats were honored for their play on the basketball court last week.
Hornets’ senior Alex Maxted and Wildcats’ senior Brad Rood were named to the CSAA second team while Hornets’ senior Jared Cilibraise and Wildcats’ sophomore Shawn Lindsey earned honorable mentions.
Big Rapids and Morley Stanwood each had four players earn honors while Reed City saw three players honored. Big Rapids place first in the league followed by Reed City and Morley Stanwood.
Nick Baldwin and Quinn Tyson of Big Rapids, Jared Holmquist and Chad Samules of Reed City, Caleb Bowman of White Cloud and Travis McCauig of Morley Stanwood consisted of the first team.
“Alex did a great job for us. Inside, people really had to stop him if they wanted to stop our whole team,” Hornets coach John Kearney said. “That would sort of loosen everybody else up outside.”
Maxted nearly averaged a double-double with 12.5 points and 9.2 rebounds per game.
“He did a lot of good things for us,” Kearney said. “He led us in scoring and rebounding. He had to do both sides and always had to take on the big guy inside for us.”
Root averaged 13.2 points and 2.3 assists per game. He shot 80 percent from the free throw line making 66-of-83.
“He was really our only consistent contributing factor,” Lakeview coach Mike Schreiber said. “He came in game and game out with about 13 points per game.
“It was his steadiness that, when we did play well, we could always count on him,” he added.
Cilibraise handled the ball for the Hornets and was very good from the free throw line. He averaged 7.9 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.
“He played really well. He did a great job for us shooting the three-point shot and opened up a lot for us inside,” Kearney said. “He drove the bucket inside and really concentrated hard on his free throws this year. That really helped us out this year.”
Lindsey averaged 10.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2 steals per game.
“I think Shawn is really going to be a big player in the area before he is done,” Schreiber said. “I have high hopes for his abilities. He had some good solid games for us. For a sophomore he is close already.”
The Hornets finished the season 8-13. They lose five seniors to graduation.
“We had a really good group of seniors this year,” Kearney said. “We lose half our team. Both of them are big spots to fill and that is what we will be working on from now until November.”
Lakeview finished the year at 7-14 overall.
“We improved. We just, as a unit, we fell under in some pressure situations,” Schreiber said. “We played hard and did everything we could. We just weren’t as fundamentally sound as we needed to be to finish off some games.”
Big Rapids was the last remaining team from the CSAA remaining in the MHSAA boys basketball tournament. They lost on Monday in the regional semifinals 64-44 to Sparta.
Nick Baldwin, Big Rapids
Caleb Bowman, White Cloud
Jared Holmquist, Reed City
Travis McCuaig, Morley Stanwood
Chad Samules, Reed City
Quinn Tyson, Big Rapids
Tyler Hanks, Morley Stanwood
Alex Maxted, Central Montcalm
Brad Root, Lakeview
Jake Tarbell, Chippewa Hills
Adam Wheeler, Morley Stanwood
Dario Williams, Big Rapids
Jared Cilibraise, Central Montcalm
Colton Conley, Chippewa Hills
Jake Daugherty, Big Rapids
Evan Fifer, White Cloud
Lukis Hawrysz, Hesperia
Brock Kelley, Holton
Shawn Lindsey, Lakeview
Tony McCuaig, Morley Stanwood
Dakota Saez, Reed City