Source: Lake Geneva Regional News

Faith Christian fuels all-area basketball squad
Montsmas, Ingersoll head of first class

by Mike Ramczyk

March 21, 2013

Although baseball started Monday, snow is still on the ground.

So why not milk this winter sports thing for all itís worth?

I was recently inspired to create an all-area basketball team. But my first reservation was that the Geneva Lake area is too small.

With four schools, there are eight total teams, boys and girls. So I had to make it concise, with only a first team and honorable mention.

The athletes had to stand out, whether it be in scoring, rebounding, defense or the intangibles.

I couldíve expanded it to Walworth County, but the all-Walworth County teams are something completely different I will be voting on this week.

Plus, in print, we donít cover East Troy, Whitewater, Delavan-Darien or Elkhorn. Thatís content reserved for our Facebook sports page, Regional News Sports Check.

It wasnít easy, but I finally crunched the numbers and determined the inaugural Lake Geneva Regional News All-Area basketball squad. These athletes exemplified hard work on the court and made their teams better.

This week, we start with the boys. Stay tuned for the girls all-area team next week.

First team

Adam Montsma, sr., Faith Christian (player of the year)

Montsma, a 6-foot-3 combination guard, led the area in scoring with 26.0 points per game. He helped lead the Eagles to a 21-4 record and a regional final appearance.

In an unfortunate turn of events, he came down with the flu during the playoffs and missed some time, but he valiantly competed in the teamís season-ending loss.

Adam scored from anywhere on the court, and his strong drives to the hoop freed space for open teammates. He scored a season-high 50 points and scored more than 30 points eight times.

Alex Montsma, sr., Faith Christian

Adamís twin brother is next on the list, another 6-3 do-it-all guard. He averaged 17.7 points per game and totaled 20 or more in 10 games. He came up biggest in the postseason, averaging 25 points in three games. He knocked down 11 3-pointers in the playoffs.

For the season, Alex led the area with 42 3-pointers. Both Adam and Alex scored more than 1,000 points for their careers.

Joe Ingersoll, jr., Faith Christian

The 6-foot-2 forward was the unsung hero for the Eagles. Ingersollís superior athleticism helped him control the paint and often sky over taller players for rebounds.

Ingersoll also provided an interior scoring threat one year after center Ben Sassí graduation. He averaged 12.4 points per game, including a season-high of 28. Ingersoll finished the season with a bang, averaging 15.7 points in his final six games. Ingersollís numbers will only go up as he will be one of the teamís leaders next season.

John Higgins, soph., Williams Bay.

Higgins, a 6-foot-2 powerhouse who first gained notoriety on the football field, had a breakout season for the Bulldogs. A physical menace down low, Higgins led his team in scoring (11.3 points per game) and rebounding (8.9) and was a second team all-Trailways South selection. Higgins had eight double-doubles, including three 15-15 games.

Carter Hehr, sr., Big Foot.

Opposing coaches raved about the 5-foot-9 guardís quickness, but basketball isnít even Hehrís main sport. The recent University of Arizona football recruit led the Chiefs with 12.8 points per game and was the areaís third-leading scorer. He had a season-high 28 points, and he finished the season with games of 16, 18 and 20 points. Hehr was a first team all-Rock Valley South pick. He is a returning all-conference selection for the baseball team.

Honorable mention

Lincoln Wieseman, soph., Badger.

Badgerís leading scorer with 10.1 points per game, the 6-foot-3 sophomore bounced back after missing almost his entire freshman season with a leg injury. Wieseman, the younger brother of current college players Laramie and Lana, scored in double figures 11 times and had a season-high total of 20.

Lincoln shot a solid 71.4 percent from the foul line and showed an ability to not only penetrate the defense but shoot from beyond the arc. With Wieseman as the centerpiece, the Badger future is bright.

Jared Mulder, jr., Faith Christian.

Probably the best true point guard in the area, Mulder was the floor general for the Eagles the last three seasons. He only averaged 6.2 points per game this season but missed some time due to illness. Mulder knocked down six triples for 21 points in Faithís playoff-opening victory. Mulder and Ingersoll should help Faith contend for its third straight conference title next season.

Adam Lechelt, jr., Williams Bay.

The other solid point guard in the Bay, Lechelt made fans believers with his long-range shooting and his open-court wizardry.

Lechelt averaged 10.4 points per game and hit 34 of 93 triples for a strong 36.6 percent. He scored in double figures 10 times and had a season high of 22. Lechelt also led the team with 2.9 assists per game. With Higgins, Lechelt and junior Sergey Klyukvin all back for the Bulldogs next year, look out.

Bryan Colby, sr., Big Foot.

Colby, a 6-foot-4 forward who can play inside and outside, was Big Footís second-leading scorer with 8.6 points per game. He scored in double figures six times and went off for 25 points in Big Footís 79-65 victory over Parkview late in the season. Colby was deadly at the free-throw line, connecting on 83.3 percent of his shots.

Ian Weber, sr., Badger.

Weber, a shooting guard who also stars at baseball, was a constant threat from long range. With a quick release and accuracy, Weber could knock down shots from 5, 15 or even 30 feet. Badgerís second-leading scorer with 7.4 points per game, Weber hit the second-most 3-pointers in the area with 38. He hit four or more triples in four games, including a 5-for-5 performance for a total of 19 points in a game against Burlington. The first team all-conference second baseman will star for the baseball team, which could be the favorite to win conference.

Sergey Klyukvin, jr., Williams Bay

The 6-foot-2 sharpshooter did just about everything for the Bulldogs. Along with 9.2 points per game, the lanky, energetic guard totaled 4.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists per contest. He swished 27 of 75 triples for a 36-percent clip. Against rival Big Foot, a 75-67 victory, Klyukvin had a season-high 21 points and six rebounds. Klyukvin scored in double figures nine times.