Morrison County Record’s All-Area Boys Basketball Team
Preston Weber, senior, Pierz
Weber posed a match-up nightmare for opposing teams this season, able to overpower foes with his size and blaze by them with his quickness. The senior was the Pioneers’ leading scorer with 19.2 points per game, crossing the 1,000-point threshold during the season, and also hauled in 3.9 rebounds and distributed 2.6 assists per game.
Josh Wenzel, junior, Little Falls
Wenzel helped the Flyers form a wicked inside-outside combination with fellow all-area member Valentine, averaging 12 points per game. The All-Granite Ridge Conference junior was even more precise from beyond the arc than inside it, sinking 49 percent of his three-point attempts during the year, while also averaging 2.1 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.3 assists per game.
Luke Wentland, junior, Royalton
A series of excruciating injuries didn’t prevent Wentland from inflicting plenty of pain on opposing teams this winter. He averaged 13.1 points and 6.8 rebounds per game while helping lead the Royals to the sub-section finals despite suffering torn ligaments in one ankle, spraining the other and also spraining his knee, limiting his minutes but not his production.
Caleb Janson, senior, Pierz
Janson, The Record’s Player of the Year, was as versatile as he was spectacular this winter, using his athleticism to guard the opposing team’s top player, no matter the position, while also posting 22 double-doubles in 27 games. Janson, the Central Minnesota Conference’s Most Valuable Player, averaged 18.2 points and 15 rebounds per game.
Matt Valentine, senior, Little Falls
Valentine, the Granite Ridge Conference’s Most Valuable Player, was easily one of the most imposing players in the area this season. He was an efficient scorer, averaging 15 points on 57 percent shooting from the field, while grabbed 9.3 rebounds and passing out 1.7 assists per game.
Grant Bell, senior, Little Falls
Thomas Smith, senior, Little Falls
Collin Eckman, junior, Little Falls
Logan Meyer, senior, Pierz
Jess Kasper, junior, Pierz
Steve Hoff, senior, Royalton
Matt Silbernick, junior, Royalton
Austin Mollner, junior, Swanville
Jordan Sales, freshman, Swanville
Avery Smieja, junior, Upsala
Garrett Wolf, junior, Upsala
Christian Pekarek, sophomore, Upsala
Alex Hiltner, junior, Holdingford