BOYS FIRST TEAM
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: CONNOR BURKHART, FIRTH
Why he is Player of the Year: One constant on Firth’s three straight state championships came from their 6-7 senior post. But his game wasn’t limited to the block. Burkhart averaged 13.7 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 1.5 assists.
Coach’s comment: “Connor was our go-to guy underneath,” Firth coach Scott Adams said. “(He) accomplished a lot in his three years on varsity.”
What others are saying: “Watching him at state, you could see that he was the best all-around player in the 2A bracket,” Grangeville coach Kelcey Edwards said.
What’s next: Burkhart is weighing his options to play at a smaller college.
LUCUS ORME, FIRTH
The 6-1 senior point guard carried the Cougars throughout the year, averaging 13.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.8 steals. He reserved another gear for the state final, scoring 13 of his team’s 17 points in the fourth quarter.
PEYTON BROWN, WEST SIDE
Brown’s shooting and versatility led the Pirates to the state championship game. The 6-2 senior played everything from point guard to shooting guard to small forward, averaging 15.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.4 steals.
NICK FITTS, MELBA
The 5-7 junior point guard drew plenty of attention for his scoring (23.4 points, 4.1 made 3-pointers a game). He also took advantage of tilted defenses with 2.5 assists and racked up 1.9 steals a game to lead the Mustangs to state.
JOHNNY LANCASTER, WENDELL
The Trojans earned the state’s third-place trophy largely thanks to the 6-foot senior forward. Lancaster, who can work inside and step out for a 3-pointer, averaged 15.6 points and 5.6 rebounds on the season. He stepped it up to 19.3 points and 8.7 rebounds at state.
12.0 ppg, 6.0 reb, 1.5 stl
14.4 ppg, 5.1 stl, 4.5 ast
18.3 ppg, 6.2 ast, 5.1 stl
15.5 ppg, 5.2 reb, 4.1 ast
14.6 ppg, 6.8 reb