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Cornbelt Conference Elite

By Staff | Mar 9, 2011

Graettinger-Terril’s Beau Craig averaged 16 points per game in Cornbelt Conference play to earn first team honors. EDN file photo

With Armstrong-Ringsted and Graettinger-Terril both finishing in the top half of the Cornbelt Conference standings, both teams were sure to receive postseason awards.

Breaking into the first team all-conference squad for the Mustangs, who finished 8-2 in league play, were seniors Spencer Clausen and Travis Hantelman.

Clausen finished the season with a 16 point average in league play while shooting 34 percent (18-for-53) from three-point range and 79 percent (34-for-43) from the free throw line. He also averaged nearly eight rebounds per contest, 1.6 steals and 2.2 steals.

Although injured part of the season, Hantelman averaged 17.2 points per game in conference play while shooting 51.4 percent (38-for-74) from the field.

Graettinger-Terril finished 5-5 in league play. Beau Craig was the lone first team selection for the Knights. The senior averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds per game in conference play, along with 1.7 steals and 1.3 assists.

Spencer Clausen was one of two Mustangs to earn first team all-conference honors in the Cornbelt.

Making the second team for the Mustangs was junior Brett Thackery who averaged 3.8 points per game, but also had a team-high 2.1 assists along with 1.8 steals per contest.

For the Knights, junior Mitch Girres made the second team. He averaged 8.7 points in league play and shot 32 percent (23-for-71) from three-point range. He also had 4.8 rebounds and 4.5 assists per contest.

Earning honorable mention for the Knights was junior Colin Leiting. He averaged 8.6 points in league play while shooting 51 percent (53-for-104) from the field.

The complete all-conference teams are listed below along with the league standings.

Cornbelt Conference

All Conference Teams

First Team

Spencer Clausen, SR, Armstrong-Ringsted

Travis Hantleman, SR, Armstrong-Ringsted

Eli Ihnen, SO, Harris-Lake Park

Brady Nissen, JR, Harris-Lake Park

Caleb Mackey, SR, Clay Central-Everly

Beau Craig, SR, Graettinger/Terril

Cal Huber, SR, Ventura

Eric Spear, SR, Woden-Crystal Lake-Titonka

Chris Schmidt, JR, West Bend-Mallard

Colton Bakken, Sr, Ruthven-Ayrshire

Second Team

Colen Hanley, SR, Ventura

Mitchell Shipman, SR, Corwith-Wesley-LuVeren

Jason Zinnel, FR, West Bend-Mallard

Jake Meinders, SR, Woden-Crystal Lake-Titonka

Mychal Sheridan, SR, Harris-Lake Park

Nick Roghair, SR, Clay Central-Everly

Mitch Girres, JR, Graettinger/Terril

Brett Thackery, JR, Armstrong-Ringsted

Travis Larson, JR, North Sentral Kossuth

Jared Callison, SR, Ventura

Jordan Buhs, FR, Twin River Valley

Trevin Enderson, SR, Ruthven-Ayrshire

Honorable Mention

Tommy Schutter, SR, Woden-Crystal Lake-Titonka

Ben Berberich, SR, Clay Central-Everly

Jason Carrol, SR, Corwith-Wesley-LuVerne

Kade Heikens, SO, Harris-Lake Park

Colin Leiting, JR, Graettinger/Terril

Taylor Foley, SR, West Bend-Mallard

Coach of the Year: Jeff Sohn, Harris-Lake Park