Awards conclude season for Fillmore Central boys

DEB FINSETH/NEWS LEADER Team awards, voted on by the players, include, from left, Nick Whalen (Most Improved Player), Tyler Raaen (Hustle Award and Defensive MVP) and Josh Peters (Offensive MVP).

DEB FINSETH/NEWS LEADER Academic All-Conference selections from Fillmore Central are, from left, Ian Shupe, Jeremy O'Connor, Trevor Hershberger, Zach Haugerud and Carson Kiehne.

DEB FINSETH/NEWS LEADER All-Conference Honorable Mention honors went to Josh Peters.
By : 
Bill Bentson
News Leader

While going 0-27 is a tough pill to swallow, the Falcon boys’ basketball players held their heads high each and every game, and supported each other right to the very last shot.  During the course of the season coach Aaron Mensink noted how the varsity boys cheered on the JV team, in spite of their poor won-lost record.

The final record for the FC boys was 0-27, which included winless records in the Three Rivers Conference (0-16) and versus the TRC-West division teams (0-6).

End-of-the-season roster included four seniors (Josh Peters, Tyler Raaen, Brock Walsh and Logan Dyerson), five juniors (Mason Berg, Hadrian Williams, Cory Brown and Nick Whalen), six sophomores (Zach Haugerud, Trevor Hershberger, Wyatt Breeser, Jeremy O’Connor, Carson Kiehne and Jacob Wood) and two freshmen (Alec Sikkink and Haven O’Connor).  Head coach Mensink was assisted by Brady O’Connor (JV), Andy Todd (eight) and Chad Musel (seven).  Student managers were Haidyn Gunderson, Grant Kennedy, Maddy Bakken, Katrina Bergey and Marissa Bremseth.  Roster/personnel information was taken from the Minnesota State High School League website, which was provided to the website by Fillmore Central High School.

Playing in all 27 games were Peters, Raaen, Haugerud, Berg, Dyerson and Shupe. 

Final team stats

Offense, 44.04 points/game.  Defense, 68.96 ppg.  Rebounds, 27.11/game.  Steals, 8.15/game.  Assists, 9.89/game.  Field goal shooting, 33.51 percent (446/1331).  Three-point shooting, 25.79 percent (155/601).  Free throw shooting, 50.35 percent (142/282).

Individual team stats leaders

Scoring (total): Josh Peters, 15.04 points/game (406); Zach Haugerud, 5.41 ppg (146); Tyler Raaen, 4.56 ppg (123).

Rebounding (total): Hadrian Williams, 4.33/game (91); Brock Walsh, 3.63 (87); Ian Shupe, 3.48 (94); Peters, 3.30 (89).

Steals, total: Peters, 62; Dyerson, 33; Walsh, 25.

Assists, total: Peters, 60; Dyerson, 46; Raaen, 39; Shupe, 31; Haugerud, 24.

Field goal shooting: Walsh, 42.35 percent (36/85); Nick Whalen, 38.46 percent (15/39); Dyerson, 37.38 percent (40/107); Peters, 35.98 percent (145/403). Alec Sikkink, 100.0 percent (1/1).

Three-point baskets, total: Peters, 80; Haugerud, 23; Cory Brown, 18; Raaen, 14. 

Free throw shooting: Brown, 83.33 percent (20/24); Peters, 70.59 percent (36/51); Haugerud, 58.70 percent (27/46).

Season awards

All-conference honorable mention: Josh Peters.  Academic All-conference: Ian Shupe, Jeremy O’Connor, Trevor Hershberger, Zach Haugerud and Carson Kiehne.  Most Improved player: Nick Whalen.  Hustle Award and Defensive MVP: Tyler Raaen.  Offensive MVP: Josh Peters.