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Indians land 4 on all-league teams

By Grant Guggisberg

With high school basketball season in the rearview mirror, the Centennial League boys’ basketball coaches announced their all-league selections Tuesday night, with four Manhattan players honored.

Topping the list for the Indians were juniors Payton Stephens and Pierson McAtee, who each were named to the all-Centennial second team. Senior Alex Stitt and sophomore Gabe Awbrey were both named honorable mention.

Sweeping the league’s top awards was Highland Park, which had co-players of the year Jahmal McMurray and Shafee Carr, as well as coach of the year Ken Darting. Seaman’s Reid Morgart was named newcomer of the year.

Joining Carr and McMurray on the first team were Shawnee Heights’ Jovan Barksdale, Hayden’s Marcus Meier and Seaman’s Joe Miller.

While Manhattan’s 2013-14 season will likely be remembered for the midseason resignation of coach Tim Brooks and the roster changes that accompanied it, the future is bright for the Indians.

Stitt was the lone remaining senior by season’s end, forcing Manhattan’s underclassmen to step up and take the minutes. Near the end of the year, players like Grant Munsen and Trevor Hudgins were playing increased roles.

The Indians will return four starters from this year’s team, as well as the first guard off the bench in Garrett Francis.

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