Several area basketball players receive honors

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Forest Park’s Daniel Lusk and Sam Englert were both named to the Pocket Athletic All-Conference boys basketball team on Monday while fellow teammate Curt Hopf was named to the honorable mention team. Other area players receiving recognition on the teams were Southridge’s Colson Montgomery and Jaden Hayes as well as Heritage Hills’ Murray Becher, Blake Sisley and Simon Scherry. Englert and Patriot senior Mitchel Becher were both also named to the HBCA All-District Team.

From Herald Staff Reports

On Monday, nine local boys basketball players received some sort of recognition varying from being named to the Pocket Athletic All-Conference team to being selected as an all-district representative by the Hoosier Basketball Coaches Association.

One local player recieved both of those honors.

Forest Park senior forward Sam Englert was selected to both the all-conference team as well as the all-district team.

Englert finished the regular season averaging 16.6 points per game and also became the sixth 1,000-point scorer in Forest Park history.

Englert was joined by two fellow Ranger teammates on the All-PAC team as Daniel Lusk and Curt Hopf were both selected — Lusk as an all-conference member and Hopf as honorable mention.

Lusk’s senior campaign was capped by breaking several Forest Park records including becoming the school’s all-time assist leader, most assists in a single-season as well as breaking the single-game record of most assists in a game (16). Lusk averages 8.7 points per game.

As a freshman, Hopf started to make his name known immediately — in his very first varsity game he threw down a massive dunk against Crawford County.

Hopf is more than just a big guy that can throw it down, however. He averages 13 points per game and has shown that he’s even comfortable playing point guard or other positions when neeeded.

Southridge freshman Colson Montgomery (pictured) and teammate Jaden Hayes were named the PAC All-Conference First Team and PAC All-Conference Honorable Mention, respectively.

Speaking of freshmen, another area youngster that gained a lot of notice right away is Southridge’s Colson Montgomery. Montgomery was named to the All-PAC first team after his impressive freshman season where he is currently averaging 18.3 points per game and has already broken a few Southridge records including most points in a single game (39) and most points scored in a single season, breaking Andy Stout’s prior mark of 448 from 1988.

Montgomery’s teammate Jaden Hayes was named to the honorable mention All-PAC team as he has continued to become a bigger factor for the Raiders as their postseason continues.

He scored a career-high 24 points in the sectional championship double overtime victory against Vincnenes Lincoln and has acted as one of the Raiders primary vocal leaders on and off the court.

Heritage Hills’ Mitchel Becher was one of four Patriots recognized on Monday as he was selected to the HBCA All-District Team while teammates Simon Scherry, Blake Sisley and Murray Becher were selected to the Pocket Athletic All-Conference first team.

The Heritage Hills Patriots had three players named to the PAC All-Conference first team after their impressive 20-4 season — Murray Becher, Simon Scherry and Blake Sisley.

Becher and Scherry are both sophomores and both showed a ton of growth in their second year at the varsity level.

Becher averaged 18.2 points per game while Scherry finished with 11.8 points per game and was known to be one of the more athletic players in the conference.

Sisley, who joins Hopf and Montgomery as freshman selections, has given opponents fits with his height and his skill to do other things than just dunking and grabbing rebounds. The freshman big man has superb ball-handling skills to go along with his dunking prowess.

Senior Mitchel Becher joined Englert as the only area players to be selected for the HBCA All-District Team as Becher finished his senior campaign averaging 9.4 points per game.

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