GREENVILLE — The Greenville Yellow Jackets boys basketball team dominated the O-K White Conference this year.
The Yellow Jackets finished 9-1 in the league (19-1 overall in regular season) and won their first league title since 1993, as members of the Seaway Conference.
They were rewarded with three players being named to the all-conference team. It’s debatable, but the Yellow Jackets could have placed a couple of more players from their team on the 12-player squad.
Earning first team honors were seniors Chris Mickey and Austin Somerfield. Senior Torrey Davis earned an honorable mention.
Also making first team were Northview’s Kevin Rich and Darren Kapustka, Grand Rapids Christian’s Jordan Daley and Drake Harris, East Grand Rapids’ DeAndre Grady and Lowell’s Alec Roerig. Honorable mentions also went to Marcus Hall of East Grand Rapids, Blake Lyman of Lowell and Ryan Ruschmann of Northview.
Mickey averaged 15.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game this season. He was named team MVP by his teammates this year, as well.
“I think Chris took higher quality shots this year. He shot almost 40 less three-points, but his percentage went way up,” Greenville coach Mark Haist said. “He was more aggressive, but I also think he deferred a lot too. He could have shot the ball more, but he made sure we moved the ball around.”
Mickey, a three-year varsity member, made sure he got every teammate involved in the game. It was a big reason the team was so successful.
“He made a statement it wasn’t about the stats,” Haist said. “He wanted us to be successful and he had a team first mentality. He was very unselfish in that regard.”
Mickey will play college basketball at Grand Rapids Community College next year.
Somerfield averaged 16.2 points ad 9.2 rebounds per game this year.
“I expected him to have a big year, but I didn’t expect him to have some of his monster games,” Haist said. “He had 36 points against Creston and had multiple double-double games. We knew as long as he stayed inside he was going to have a big year for us.”
Improvement from last season from Somerfield came at the free throw line and in overall consistency.
“He ended shooting almost 70 percent from the free throw line this year, which was a goal for him,” Haist said. “That is up from around 50 percent. I think he shot the second or third most free throws in a season in Greenville history.
“And consistency. Night in and night out he was in double digits in points for us,” he added.
Davis averaged 12.7 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists.
“Torrey really grew. Last year, we wanted him to be a little more consistent defensively and get to the basket,” Haist said. “Those are two things he did very well this year.”
Davis always guarded the opposing team’s best player.
“When it came to a guy, especially a point guard, we put Torrey on them,” Haist said. “We said keep them out of the paint and he did that.”
Somerfield and Davis are still deciding on where to play college basketball. Both have multiple offers.
Somerfield was named the team’s most dedicated, junior Greg Krusniak was most improved and Davis and senior Aaron Crebessa were named captains at the team banquet on Tuesday.