Baker earns 2nd team All-NHC honors
BAKER GARNERS HONOR â€” Joe Baker, shown above in the sectional last week at Bellmont, was named second team guard on the All-NHC Boys Basketball Team. Baker averaged 10.1 points a game for the Braves. (Photo by Deb Shannon)
Senior guard Joe Baker was the only Bellmont player named to the All-NHC squad this year as he was put on the second team.
The 6'2" senior led the Braves with a 10.1 scoring average this season, easily the top scorer for the 4-18 Braves team.
Bellmont went 0-7 in the NHC, which didn't give coach Larry Patterson much leverage at the conference coaches meeting recently. Homestead won the conference with a 7-0 mark while Columbia City and Carroll both went 5-2 and Norwell 4-3.
Currently, only Columbia City and Norwell are alive in postseason play, and both are set for the 3A Blackford Regional this coming Saturday. The 17-5 Eagles will take on Delta in the 10 a.m. game while 16-6 Norwell will meet 9-10 Harding.
Homestead, Norwell and Columbia City all had three players on the first team, released Monday morning by the league coaches. Evan Rhoades and Nick Gamble of Homestead earned top league honors, as did Josh VanMeter and Kyle Fillman of Norwell. Drew Benedict and Derek Hinen of Columbia City were first-teamers as well.
Tyler Ault of Carroll made the first team, as did T.J. Blair of East Noble, Adison Daub of DeKalb and Justin Miller of New Haven.
Norwell's Jeff Shatto was named to the second team along with Tyler Clendenen and Kyle Sovine of New Haven. DeKalb's Ryan Boester and Jared Forrest made the second All-NHC team along with Drew Sery of Homestead, Erik Ward of Carroll, Tyler Mosher of Columbia City, and Kyle Reece of East Noble.
Grant Baker, who knocked down a crucial three-pointer for Randy Hawkins' Norwell team in the sectional title game versus Peru, topped the list of players given Honorable-Mention. Matt Noll and Cody Schoeff of Carroll, along with A.J. Dove of East Noble and Joe Olivieri of Homestead were on the list.
Only two seniors were named to the first team, Ault and Rhoades. The only non-senior on the second team was 6-9 New haven center Sovine, a junior.
Homestead coach Chris Johnson was named Coach of the Year in the NHC.
First Team All-NHC Boys Basketball
Na. Schl. Ht. Yr.
Tyler Ault (Car) 6-1 12
Drew Benedict (C. City) 5-7 10
T.J. Blair (EN) 6-5 11
Adison Daub (Dek) 5-10 10
Kyle Fillman (Nnor) 6-5 11
Nick Gamble (Ho) 6-0 10
Derek Hinen (C. City) 6-2 10
Justin Miller (NH) 5-11 12
Evan Rhoades (Ho) 6-3 12
Josh VanMeter (Nor) 5-10 10
2nd Team All-NHC Boys Basketball
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Joe Baker (Bel) 6-2 12
Ryan Boester (DeK) 5-10 12
Tyler Clendenen (NH) 6-5 12
Jared Forrest (DeK) 5-10 12
Tyler Mosher (C. City) 6-6 12
Kyle Reece (EN) 6-3 12
Drew Sery ((Ho) 6-3 12
JeffShatto (nor) 6-3 12
Kyle Sovine (NH) 6-9 11
Erik Ward (Car) 6-1 12