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Boys basketball: Chargers, Panthers, Arrows well represented on All-Little Eight Conference teams

Ashby senior forward Jacob Cook finishes as the Little Eight Conference's second-leading scorer after averaging a double-double of 22.5 points and 12.7 rebounds.

Carter Spangler and Jacob Cook
Ashby's Carter Spangler and Jacob Cook celebrate during the Arrows' playoff game with Hancock on March 12, 2022. Cook earned first-team All-Little Eight Conference honors for his play in helping the Arrows to an 11-1 conference record as he averaged 22.5 points and 12.7 rebounds per game.
Sam Stuve / Alexandria Echo Press

Members of the Little Eight Conference honored the boys basketball players who earned all-league status this winter during a season when Ashby (23-4) and Hillcrest Lutheran Academy (21-7) tied for the LEC title with 11-1 conference records.

Both the Comets and Arrows were well represented on All-LEC teams as senior Sam Brumfield of Hillcrest earned the conference MVP Award. Brumfield averaged 24.8 points per game on 56% shooting overall, including 39% from three.

Ashby senior forward Jacob Cook was the league’s second-leading scorer as he joined Brumfield on that All-LEC first team. Cook averaged a double-double of 22.5 points and 12.7 rebounds to go with 2.8 assists per game. He shot 60% from the field, including 37% from three.

Battle Lake sophomore Jack Mekalson (18.1 PPG, 4.8 RPB), Rothsay senior Tanner Heier (15.2 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 3.4 APG), and Parkers Prairie junior Mason Arens (13.3 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 2.1 APG) rounded out the five-person first team.

Brandon-Evansville had three players named to the All-LEC second team in seniors Titus Fuller and Tyler Bitzan, along with junior guard Dezmond White.

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White averaged 15.5 points per game on 44% shooting overall and 41% from three. Fuller averaged 14 points and 5.3 rebounds, while Bitzan averaged 10.7 points and 8.2 rebounds.

Ashby players took the other two spots on that second team with seniors Hunter Norby and Torin Olson earning All-LEC honors. Norby averaged 11 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.7 assists, while Olson averaged 14.7 points on 62% shooting overall.

The fiver-player All-LEC third team included Justin Petersen and Noah Brumfield of Hillcrest, Cole Koep and Jake Wagner of Parkers Prairie, and Drew Evavold of Underwood.

Koep averaged 11.8 points per game for the Panthers, and Wagner was right behind him with 11.5 points per game.

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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