Seven area basketball players named all-state

By The Mercury

Staff reports

Four area boys basketball and three girls players and were among the best of the best, according to the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association.

Manhattan had the most representatives with four. Junior guard Chrissy Carr was named to the first team, and senior point guard Gigi McAtee was honorable mention for 6A girls.
Carr led the Indians in scoring with 14.1 points per game, while McAtee chipped in nearly nine points per game and led in several other statistical categories such as assists (3.6 apg) and steals (2.2 per game, tied with Garrin Williams).

For the boys, seniors Trevor Hudgins and Tommy Ekart were named to the second team and honorable mention, respectively. Hudgins finished seventh all-time in Manhattan scoring and holds the school record for assists (342). He led the team with 15.2 points per game, and Ekart recorded 14.2.

The Manhattan boys basketball team finished 18-5 and lost to Lawrence, 51-44, in overtime in the state tournament quarterfinals. The Manhattan girls basketball team (24-1) won its first state title in school history with a nail-biting 44-42 win over Derby.

The Wamego senior duo of Dillon Blain and Sean Nordberg were named to the 4A Division I second team. Blain led the Red Raiders in scoring with 19 points per game, and Nordberg recorded 18.4 points per game and led the team in rebounding with 8.5 per game. Wamego finished with a 16-5 record.

Rock Creek junior guard/post Martin Vogts was named to the 4A Division II first team. Vogts, who was the All-Flint Hills player of the year, set the record for most points in a season at Rock Creek with 506. He led the Mustangs in scoring with 23 points per game and helped them to an 18-5 record and state tournament berth, where Rock Creek lost, 75-51, to Hayden in the state quarterfinals.

Riley County senior Bethany Crubel was named honorable mention for 3A. She was seventh all-time in scoring in Riley County history with 995 career points and averaged 15.5 points per game and six rebounds per game.

The Falcons finished 15-9, and lost, 44-24, to Hugoton in the state tournament quarterfinals.

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