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Senior duos headline this year's All-County Team

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COAPSTICK: Clinton Prairie center Mitch Coapstick averaged 12.5 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game in his senior season.
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KING: Frankfort senior guard Malik King earns a second straight selection to the All-County First Team.
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JACOBY: Rossville junior guard Dawson Jacoby earned his place on the All-County First Team in his first year as a full-time starter for the Hornets.
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PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Clinton Prairie senior forward Collin Stroup is an unanimous Player of the Year selection after averaging 16.3 points and 8 rebounds per game for the Gophers.
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SIEGFRIED: Frankfort senior guard Alex Siegfried finished second only to Stroup in points scored and averaged out of Clinton County players this season.

By AARON KENNEDY - akennedy@ftimes.com

Clinton Prairie’s senior frontcourt duo joins Frankfort’s senior backcourt duo and a Rossville junior on the All-County Boys’ Basketball First Team.

Gophers forward Collin Stroup is the first unanimous selection as the Frankfort Times Player of the Year since his former teammate, Kale Morris, earned the same honor two years ago.

Stroup is joined on the All-County First Team by teammate Mitch Coapstick, Frankfort guards Malik King and Alex Siegfried and Rossville guard Dawson Jacoby.

Second Team All-County selections are Clinton Central junior forward Spencer Smith, Rossville junior forward Chase Frey, Clinton Prairie senior forward Sam Schoonveld, Rossville junior guard Bryce Oliver and Frankfort junior guard Casey Henry.

Honorable mentions go to Clinton Prairie senior guard Kam Peters, Rossville forward Ronin Green, Clinton Central junior guard Nate Martin, Clinton Central sophomore guard Ross Cripe, Clinton Central senior guard Brendan Smith, Frankfort senior center Damon Moore, Clinton Central freshman forward JT Holton and Clinton Prairie senior guard Logan Martin.

Voting for the All-County teams were Clinton Prairie head coach Jeff Henley, Rossville head coach Cory Dunn, Frankfort head coach Nate VanDuyne, Clinton Central head coach Whit Keadle and Frankfort Times Sports Editor Aaron Kennedy.

FIRST TEAM

Collin Stroup

Clinton Prairie senior

This year’s Player of the Year averaged 16.3 points, eight rebounds and 1.7 assists per game. He shot 58 percent from inside the arc and 44 percent from behind it while also making 77 percent of his free throws.

“Collin is one of the best all-around players that I have ever coached,” Henley said. “He is very good at finishing at the rim, a very good 3-point shooter and an excellent rebounder. Collin is a match-up problem for most teams.”

Stroup was selected to the All-County Second Team as a junior a year ago.

Malik King

Frankfort senior

In his final season with the Hot Dogs, the veteran point guard averaged 12.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.7 steals per game.

“He was our point guard, four-year letter winner and best player,” VanDuyne said. “He often drew the best defender. He is a very good downhill driver, has great passing vision and is a capable shooter from mid-range and beyond.”

This is King’s second consecutive selection to the First Team. He earned an honorable mention in each of his first two seasons.

Mitch Coapstick

Clinton Prairie senior

Coapstick followed up on his breakout junior year with a senior season in which he averaged 12.5 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game.

Like his teammate Stroup, Coapstick averaged 58 percent on 2-point goals.

“Mitch had an excellent year on both ends of the floor,” Henley said. “As the season wore on, Mitch saw numerous double-teams. He is very good at finishing around the basket, an excellent rebounder and an excellent passer. Mitch was always looking for the open man.”

Coapstick earned an honorable mention last year.

Alex Siegfried

Frankfort senior

Always dangerous on the offensive end, Siegfried scored more points than everyone else in the county with the exception of Stroup. In his first and last full year with the Hot Dogs, Siegfried averaged 13.3 points and 3.1 rebounds per game.

“He was a really good scorer for us this year,” VanDuyne said. “He is deadly from beyond the arc, and he has extended range. He developed a driving game this year that allowed him to get to the rim.”

Siegfried lands on the First Team after getting a Second Team nod a year ago.

Dawson Jacoby

Rossville junior

The only First Team selection who will return to play for his high school next season, Jacoby averaged 12.7 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1 steal per game in his junior season with the Hornets.

“Dawson’s shooting ability really helped open thing us for us inside at times, and Dawson usually drew the best defender ever night,” Dunn said. “For his size, he was also a pretty good rebounder for us. His free throw shooting (85 percent) was something we could always count on.”

This is Jacoby’s first selection to one of the All-County basketball teams. 

SECOND TEAM

Spencer Smith

Clinton Central junior

A steady presence and leader through Clinton Central’s winless season, Smith averaged 10.6 points and 5 rebounds per game for the Bulldogs.

“Spencer was the glue to our team,” Keadle said. “After sitting out last year, he came to be our best and hardest-working player. Despite being undersized and having to play out of position nearly every game, he battled like crazy. He’s the ultimate team player. He led our team in charges taken with 19 and only had a 12.7 turnover percentage.”

Chase Frey

Rossville junior

Despite missing some games early and battling injuries, Frey became a key factor for the Hornets, averaging 12.2 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.4 steals per game.

“Chase has great athleticism and can really change the game at times,” Dunn said. “He almost led us in scoring and was our second-leading rebounder by 0.1. Once Chase got healthy, he was one of our more-consistent guys.”

Sam Schoonveld

Clinton Prairie senior

A quiet but physical and athletic presence on the floor for the Gophers, Schoonveld averaged 8.5 points and 4.4 rebounds per game in his final season. He also made 64 percent of his shots from inside the 3-point arc and 32 percent from beyond it.

“Sam had a very good season,” Henley said. “He scored very well both inside the 3-point line and around the basket. Sam’s 3-point shooting opened up the inside for Mitch and Collin. He is a very unselfish player.”

Bryce Oliver

Rossville junior

Part of a talented backcourt for the Hornets, Oliver averaged 12.5 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.3 steals per game in his first season as a regular starter.

“Bryce runs the point for us and was our best defender,” Dunn said. “Bryce works as hard on the floor as any guy we have had. His shooting really came on as the year went on. He did a great job of handling the ball for us, and I know that will only improve.”

Casey Henry

Frankfort junior

Always in position to make teams pay if they doubled one of his teammates, Henry averaged 8.1 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.1 assist per game for the Hot Dogs.

“He developed well as the year progressed,” VanDuyne said. “Casey ended the year playing with great intensity and began defending many of opposing team’s top-tiered players. He is a good shooter from the perimeter that has a nice driving game.”

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Kam Peters

Clinton Prairie senior

Another athletic and hyper-competitive member of the Gophers’ senior class, Peters averaged 6.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game in his final season.

“Kam was our high-energy player,” Henley said. “When Kam was on the floor, he made things happen. He is an excellent defensive player who is also capable of scoring inside or out. He is also a tremendously unselfish player. Kam was always looking for the open man.”

Ronin Green

Rossville senior

In his final season with the Hornets, Green averaged 11 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.4 steals per game.

“Ronin could really take over a game at times,” Dunn said. “His ability to rebound and get to the rim was good for us this year.”

Nate Martin

Clinton Central junior

One of the most explosive players in the county, Martin averaged 8.3 points and 1.7 assists per game for the Bulldogs.

“Nate really battled this year, kept an amazing attitude and was a team-first guy when we needed it,” Keadle said. “He scored a game- and career-high 30 points versus Rossville and also averaged one steal a game.”

Martin earned an honorable mention for the second consecutive year.

Ross Cripe

Clinton Central sophomore

The Bulldogs found their selves another weapon from the perimeter in Cripe, who averaged 8.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists in his second year on the varsity.

“Ross was our leading 3-point shooter (46 makes) and really developed a nice pull up by the end of the season as a sophomore,” Keadle said. “He was our second-leading rebounder despite being undersized. He was voted by his teammates as a team captain, which is the highest honor a team member can get.”

Brendan Smith

Clinton Central senior

Returning to the basketball program for his senior season, Smith averaged 6 points, 2.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game for the Bulldogs.

“Brendan is the definition of a point guard,” Keadle said. “He ran our offense and got us into sets when needed. As the primary ball handler, he was able to have a positive assist-to-turnover ratio and guarded the other teams’ best guard every night. He sat out last year and really adjusted well to a new staff and shook the rust off quickly to lead us.”

Damon Moore

Frankfort senior

A strong presence in the paint for the Hot Dogs, Moore averaged 5.6 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.

“He was out anchor inside,” VanDuyne said. “He did a great job defensively and on the boards and worked really hard to get solid inside positioning. He really came on mid-year and added a nice inside scoring theat.”

JT Holton

Clinton Central freshman

The lone freshman to earn consideration, Holton averaged 5.9 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists for Clinton Central.

“JT came to us at the end of December after moving from Oklahoma and, although his stats aren’t overwhelming, he had an immediate impact on our team,” Keadle said. “We improved in every major category as soon as he entered the lineup in Game 8. Our turnover percentage went from 29.9 to 21, our field goal percentage went from 29.9 to 33.8, our points per game went from 36.9 to 48.1, and our assists per game went from 8.6 to 11.3. He was one of two players to have a positive assist-to-turnover ratio. He did all this while coming to a new team mid-year and being a freshman.”

Logan Martin

Clinton Prairie senior

Arguably the most unappreciated player in the county due to the manner in which he made his contributions to the Gophers, Martin averaged 3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2 assists per game. His impact was seldom shown on the stat sheets, though.

“Although Logan’s offensive numbers are not that impressive, it was his leadership on the floor that was critical to our team’s success,” Henley said. “When doing matchups, Logan was always assigned the best offensive player if it was not a post player. Logan is without question one of the best defensive players that I have ever coached.”