The Central State Activities Association saw fit to name three local boys basketball players to the all-conference team.
Lakeview’s dynamic duo of Shawn Lindsey and Nate Shurlow were honored by CSAA coaches, while Central Montcalm’s Lane Ledford also was honored. All three were first-team selections.
Shurlow was named the Daily News All-Area Boys Basketball Player of the Year. He averaged 15.6 points per game.
“He (Shurlow) actually is the most complete offensive player,” Lakeview coach Mike Schreiber said. “He runs the point, he can post up. We used him in the 15-foot range as a zone-buster. He passes the ball will. He’s really complete. He sees the floor really well. He doesn’t make mistakes with the ball once he gets his hands on it.”
Lindsey added another 10 points a game for the Wildcats. Schreiber called Lindsey a “tough competitor.”
“He (Lindsey) played injured, he sacrificed a lot of things along the way,” Schreiber said. “Shawn’s strengths were he’s a slasher and he did a nice job getting the offense into a flow. People had to respect him. He did what he had to do to make us win.”
That included various roles which changed from game to game, Schreiber noted.
“Some games it was scoring and some games it wasn’t,” he said. “It would be a big offensive rebound. He did the jobs that not many people can do. Not everybody can bring the ball up the floor and then after that, does what he has to to make the offense work.”
Ledford was the main player on the Green Hornets’ team, Central coach Dan Basom said.
“Lane was our leader,” he said. “He was our only captain this year. He led us in our major statistical categories. As a junior to be able to come in and do that was impressive. He improved so much from a year ago and you can tell that in his leadership as well.”
Ledford averaged almost 20 points and nine rebounds a game.
“He’s playing some AAU ball in the spring,” Basom said. “He did that last year and you can tell it improved his game.”
The Wildcats’ Brad Hamlin and Central’s Mason Barnwell were also named as honorable mention all-conference.
All-CSAA Boys Basketball Team
Tyson Quinn, Big Rapids
Tim Cairnduff, Morley Stanwood
Nate Shurlow, Lakeview
Kyle Wright, Reed City
Lane Ledford, Central Montcalm
Shawn Lindsey, Lakeview
Dakota Queen, Newaygo
Dean Eichenberg, Reed City
Jake Hayes, Big Rapids
Kyle Wright, Newaygo
Mike Todd, Chippewa Hills
Heath Harrington, Newaygo
Traxton Gordon, Hesperia
Honorable mention: Austin Hayes, Big Rapids; Hunter Conley, Chippewa Hills, Mason Barnwell, Central Montcalm; Joe McKeown, Hesperia; Cory Sokolowski, Holton; Brad Hamlin, Lakeview; Chase Huntley, Morley Stanwood; Zach Knight, Newaygo; Josh Saez, Reed City; Daric Paul, White Cloud.