Cats highlight Big Eight all-conference team

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Jasper’s Eric Nordhoff was one of three Wildcats selected to the Big Eight All-Conference team on Wednesday, joining teammates Justin Persohn and Jared Englert.

From Herald Staff Reports


After claiming their first outright Big Eight conference title since 1996, the Jasper boys basketball team had three players selected to the Big Eight All-Conference team on Wednesday.

Seniors Eric Nordhoff and Justin Persohn along with junior Jared Englert were the recipients of this honor after all three of them finished with successful seasons in helping leading Jasper to a 15-9 record in their first season in Class 4A.

After missing the team’s first seven games due to injury, Nordhoff became an instant factor for the Wildcats as soon as he returned to the starting lineup against rival Vincennes Lincoln on Jan. 5.

Nordhoff finished the season averaging 10.4 points per game and 3.8 rebounds per game and also had the team’s second-best three-point shooting percentage at 37 percent.

Persohn averaged 8.3 points per game for the Cats and was consistently one of the team’s most active players on both offensive and defense as well as being one of Jasper’s vocal leaders.

The senior guard also shot strongly from three-point percentage as he finished with a 31 percent clip from downtown and was second on the Cats in assists per game with 2.3.

Englert has continued to show growth throughout his first three seasons at Jasper as he finished his junior year averaging a team-high 11.6 points per game along with 6.5 rebounds per game which also led all Wildcats.

The junior forward has become a dominant force in the paint but also has showed his strength from mid-range and also made six three-pointers this season after making just a total of three through his first two years.

Other all conference recipients were Boonville’s Glen Rouch, Mount Carmel’s Austin Rager and Brayden Stipp, Princeton’s Zach Dove and Stephan Wilkerson, Vincennes Lincoln’s Sam Corrona and Washington’s Tyson Wright.

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