Three members of the Hillsboro boys’ basketball team were recently named All-Scenic Bluffs.
Freshman Max Stockwell was named to the 10-player first-team, while juniors Matt Anderson and Brandon Stanek were among the 15 players that received honorable mention.
Stockwell averaged 9.0 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game in 25 contests. He shot 41.4 percent (89 of 215) from the field, 22 percent (10 of 45) from behind the arc and 59 percent (36 of 61) from the free throw line.
“Max is a truly talented player,” said Hillsboro head coach John Koopman. “Although he is only a freshman, he sees the floor well and can finish with the bigs inside. He needs to develop a more consistent outside shot and he could be very hard to stop. He has a great body frame for such a young kids and with his work ethic will be fun to watch in the upcoming years.”
Anderson was Hillsboro main post presence, rarely taking a shot outside the lane. In 25 games, the 6-foot-1 forward averaged a team-high 9.4 points and a team-high 5.8 rebounds. He led the Tigers with 62 offensive rebounds and shot a team-best 56 percent (95 of 169) from the field, while shooting 49 percent (46 of 93) from the free throw line.
“Matt was our best post player and rebounder,” said Koopman. “He was in foul trouble in some games only because he was stronger than other players. It was a simple formula; when Matt played well, we won. With his dedication to the weight room he will be a force next year.”
Stanek, a 5-11 guard, averaged 7.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. He also had 22 steals and shot 39 percent (67 of 185) from the field and 70 percent (37 of 53) from the free throw line.
“Brandon is probably our most gifted athlete,” said Koopman. “He can run and jump with anyone in the league and has the ability to get to the rim, hit a jumper, or knock down a three. I truly believe Brandon could be one of the top players in the conference next year.”
Senior forward Nick Skala was Hillsboro’s representative on the SBC All-Sportsmanship team.
In 25 games Skala scored 16 points, grabbed 32 rebounds and had three assists.
Hillsboro finished the season 11–14 overall and 7–7 (fourth place) in the SBC.
The Tigers advanced to the WIAA Division 5 regional finals before losing to Royall, 54–41.
Royall senior Nate Scheeter was named the SBC Player of the Year after leading the Panthers (23–4, 13–1 SBC) to the outright conference title.
Scheeter averaged 15.9 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game in 27 games played.