HDN all-area 2014 -- First-team capsules
6-4, sr., F/G
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6-4, sr., F/G
Gillum, the HDN Player of the Year for the second consecutive season, averaged 21 points and 14.5 rebounds per game for Plainville High School. The 6-foot-4 seniorwhere they finished second in Class 2A behind St. John-Hudson, 71-58.
In three games at the state tournament in Manhattan, Gillum averaged 17 points, 14 rebounds and 5.3 blocks a contest.
Against Meade in the first round, a 46-41 win, Gillum scored 20 points while bringing in 24 rebounds and blocking seven shots. This season marked the best in Plainville history. The Cardinals made the state tournament for only the third time in school history and the state title game for the first time.
6-6, jr., G/F
Patrick, who transfered to Otis-Bison from Hutchinson-Central Christian, was a difficult matchup in a Central Prairie League loaded with high-caliber talent, inclduing standout Dean Wade from St. John-Hudson.
Patrick, playing for his father, Erin Patrick, averages 21.8 points per game and 10.5 rebounds.
He also got others in the mix. At 6-6, he averaged 5.4 assists per night, blocked 3.3 shots per game, and grabbed 2.1 steals.
Patrick and the Cougars (13-9) ended up finishing second behind Patrick's old team -- Central Christian -- in the Class 1A Division II sub-state championship game, 68-53.
6-1, sr., G/F
Three years ago, Spresser and teammate Chase Kennedy were sophomore starters on Hoxie High School's third-place team in Class 1A Division I.
Then-freshman Connor Katt was the sixth man and the reserves had plenty of underclassmen. At that point, coach Aaron Dardis believed Hoxie could compete for a state title in 2013-14, but this year, the Indians completed the greatest season in school history.
Hoxie won 24 straight games, finished 24-2 and lost to MdCV in the state championship game. Spresser, a three-time all-state pick and two-time first team all-area selection, averaged a 20.4 points, 9.7 rebounds, 5.8 assists. His 2.8 steals finished second.
6-7, jr., C
Hays High Indians
While Hays High's team was built predominantly around its deep senior class, Werth was undoubtedly the centerpiece of the record-breaking Indians' season. Werth averaged 15.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and three blocks per game this season, helping guide the Indians to a 23-2 record and fourth-place finish in Class 5A.
The 23 wins is a season record for Hays High, which was unbeaten heading into the state semifinals. Werth, the two-time WAC Player of the Year, hit the 20-point barrier four times, including a season-high 26 against Hutchinson in the Dodge City Tournament of Champions semifinal.
He was the tournament's Most Inspirational Player.
6-0, sr., G
Hays High Indians
Windholz missed most of the end of his junior season aftertearing his ACL. He returned this year as a senior and left it all out on the court.
Windholz started all 25 games for the Indians, finishing second on the team with 13.6 points per game. He was also second with 47 steals and was far and away the most productive 3-point shooter with 55 makes from deep.
Windholz was the runner-up for Player of the Year in the WAC behind teammate Brady Werth and led the Indians in scoring in two of their three state tournament games in Topeka. He scored a career-high 26 points against Dodge City, a 55-47 win on Feb. 25.
5-11, sr., F
Dennis, a repeat selection to the HDN first team, was up to old tricks under coach Randall Rath, who coached his final season at Oakley.
Dennis, while leading Oakley to a 13-9 record, was the top vote-getter on the Mid-Continent League first-team in Oakley's first season as a member of the league.
She averaged 22 points and 14 rebounds for the double-double, while shooting 58 percent from the floor.
She also nabbed 4.9 steals per game, and finished the season shooting 64 percent from the free throw line.
Oakley eventually lost to Ellis in the Class 2A sub-state championship game, 55-42.
5-10, sr., G
Farber, a four-year starter for the Indians, averaged 8.9 points per contest. But it was the rest of her game - especially defensively - that made Farber one of the area's top five players. Farber led Hoxie with 6.5 rebounds and 4.6 steals and also collected 3.8 assists.
In the semifinals of the Class 1A Division I state tournament, Farber limited Osborne leading scorer Jessica Princ to four points. Princ entered the game averaging 16 points per contest.
In the title game, Farber held down Blue Rapids-Valley Heights' forward Brandi Jo Roepke in the first quarter as Hoxie went on a 36-6 run.
The senior class finished 100-3, won its final 73 games and finished second, first, first and first at state.
5-8, jr., PG
Heim has normally played her best in the biggest games and at key moments. Perhaps no one, though, has delivered in state championship games like Heim.
She has scored 18, 21, and 18 points as Hoxie has won the Class 1 Division I state championship in each of her seasons. The Indians carry a 73-game winning streak into next winter.
This year, Heim averaged 15 points, 6.2 assists, 5.4 rebounds and 4.2 steals as she collected first team all-area honors for the second straight season. Hoxie finished 26-0 for the second straight year. Last season, she averaged 11.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 3.7 steals a contest.
This is Heim's second appearance on the All-Area list.
5-3, sr., G
Huser has done it all in the last four seasons at Victoria, and now will get a chance to showcase her talent at the NCAA Division II level. The Fort Hays State University signee helped guide the Knights to the Class 1A Division I state tournament in her final year.
Huser averaged 15.9 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 3.4 steals per game to lead the way for Victoria, which went to state via a 45-25 win against Macksville in the Burrton sub-state. The Knights fell to eventual runner-up Blue Rapids-Valley Heights, 57-48, in the first round.
Huser, who missed three games because of a concussion suffered while attempting to take a charge, was one of four unanimous selections to the Central Prairie League first team.
5-9, sr., F
Princ, who is likely headed to Sterling College to play basketball, was one of four seniors who have played together all four years on varsity for the Bulldogs. The senior class, led by Princ, got Osborne to state for the first time in their four years, and eventually finished third with a 48-40 victory against St. Paul.
Princ was among three Bulldogs to average double digits. She scored 15.9 points and grabbed 9.2 rebounds per game, while leading the team in steals (2.7 per game) and was second in assists at 2.5 per game.
Osborne finished 21-4, and Princ was one of two Bulldogs -- with senior Caitlyn Miller -- to be named to the Northern Plains League first team.