Three Jeeps receive all-conference recognition

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Alex Harder was one of three Northeast Dubois boys basketball players who received Blue Chip recognition on Wednesday night. Harder was named to the all-conference team while Alan Kerstiens and Reece Bauer were named to the honorable mention roster.

From Herald Staff Reports


The Northeast Dubois boys basketball team had three players selected to the Blue Chip All-Conference and Honorable Mention rosters on Wednesday evening at the annual all-conference meeting.

Senior Alex Harder was named to the All-Conference team while senior Alan Kerstiens and sophomore Reece Bauer were both named to the honorable mention squad.

Harder averaged 9.9 points per game for the Jeeps this season and was consistently one of the most physical players on the floor as he’d nearly always be on the ground fighting for the loose ball or battling in the paint to get position on a rebound.

Harder was also known to be one of Northeast Dubois’ more vocal players on the court, helping teammates know where to go on certain plays and helping at times to direct the flow of the offense.

Kerstiens averaged 10.7 points per game for the Jeeps and was one of Northeast Dubois’ most consistent scoring options both from inside and from beyond the arc.

The senior knocked down 40 three-point shots this season (a team high) and also got to experience his first career dunk this season in the 74-63 victory over Wood Memorial in the opening round of the sectional.

Bauer was the team’s leading scorer at 11.5 points per game and showed several times this season that he could score at will including his career-high 30-point outburst in a 60-44 home victory against conference rival Shoals.

The sophomore guard also was able to draw fouls and get to the line frequently as he went to the line a total of 139 times — the most of any local boys basketball player.

Other Blue Chip All-Conference selections were Barr-Reeve’s Keegan O’Neill, Gabe Gladish and Austin Ainscough, South Knox’s Brandon Fickling and Gage Bobe, Wood Memorial’s Walker Nurrenbern, Lathan Falls and Paxon Bartley, Vincennes Rivet’s Colten Mouzin, Shoals’ Klayton Tichenor and Loogootee’s Jayden Wagoner.

Joining Reece Bauer and Alan Kerstiens on the honorable mention roster were Barr Reeve’s Isaac Wagler, South Knox’s Justin Fickling, Shoals’ Ryan Hawkins, Loogootee’s Silas Bauer, Washington Catholic’s Brock Craney and North Knox's Keagan Thomas.

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