Boys basketball: Chargers recognize 18-win season

Brandon-Evansville senior Keagan Schiele lofts a shot up in the lane against West Central Area this season. Schiele earned the Chargers' Lockdown Player Award after leading the team defensively with 62 steals and 66 deflections and averaging 9.7 points-per game. (Eric Morken / Echo Press)

The Brandon-Evansville boys basketball team dealt with some injuries that started before the season ever got going when senior Sam Fuller was lost for the year after a torn ACL in football.

Sam Fuller

Fuller got in for just a couple of minutes on Senior Night for the Chargers, but his team recognized him through its postseason awards by honoring Fuller and sophomore guard Tyler Bitzan with the Best Communicator Award.

Fuller was charged with leading from the bench due to his injury, but Bitzan also helped out on the court with 5.1 points-per game to go along with 72 total rebounds and 39 assists.


Tyler Bitzan

Senior guard Keagan Schiele earned the team’s Lockdown Player Award. Schiele had a team-high 62 steals and 66 deflections, while also averaging 9.7 points-per game.

Jesse Perleberg

Senior Jesse Perleberg earned the Chargers’ Most Disciplined Award. He racked up 51 rebounds, 21 deflections and 15 steals.

Junior Kobe Reiland was named the most-improved player for B-E. Reiland scored 105 points (4.0 PPG), and grabbed 49 total rebounds.


Kobe Reiland

Seniors Andrew Johnson and Andrew Perrin rounded out the team-award winners by sharing the Pillar Award. Brandon-Evansville head coach Trent Hintermeister said he wants his players to be great in the three pillars of communication, discipline and trust.

Andrew Johnson

“We feel if we can be great at these three things, we will give ourselves a good chance to be successful in basketball and in future life situations,” Hintermeister said. “We are trying to build quality basketball players, but overall we want to help young men be prepared for what life throws at them in the future.”

Andrew Perrin

Perrin and Johnson did not see a bunch of minutes on the court, but they were recognized as guys who exemplified those three pillars throughout the season.


The Chargers finished the year with an 18-9 record overall. They played in two different conferences and racked up league awards in both.

Schiele, senior forward Tanner Bitzan and senior guard Marshall Riedel were All-Pheasant Conference, while sophomore guard Titus Fuller was an honorable-mention selection. In the Little Eight Conference, Schiele, Bitzan and Riedel earned all-league status after helping B-E to an 8-4 record in the conference to finish third.

Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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