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  • Kansas high school basketball wrapped up its season with state tournaments over the weekend.

    Now, it's time for the All-County Team, expanded to 13 from the usual 12 and still featuring selections from all six county schools — Pittsburg, St. Mary's Colgan, Frontenac, Girard, Southeast and Northeast.

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  • Kansas high school basketball wrapped up its season with state tournaments over the weekend.
    Now, it's time for the All-County Team, expanded to 13 from the usual 12 and still featuring selections from all six county schools — Pittsburg, St. Mary's Colgan, Frontenac, Girard, Southeast and Northeast.
    The girls team will be unveiled later this week.
    Devin Alters, Girard
    "ALTERS FOR 3!" must have seemed like a familiar refrain on KKOW 860 AM broadcasts of Girard basketball this season, especially since the junior guard poured in four straight games of six 3-pointers to close out the season in style.
    In fact, Alters went on a shooting tear his last seven games, totaling 154 points and 36 trifectas. Here's the damage on defenses: 19 points and four 3s against Baxter Springs, 14 points and four 3s against Columbus, 20 points and four 3s against Oswego, 27 points and six 3s against Southeast, 28 points and six 3s against Frontenac, 22 points and six 3s against Prairie View, and 24 points and six 3s against Anderson County. Girard went 5-2 over that stretch.
    No. 1 totaled 340 points and 63 3s on the season, averaging 15.5 points and 2.9 treys.
    Blake Barto, Frontenac
    The 6-foot-3 senior was called the leader of the deep and talented Raiders (12-deep) by head coach Doug Barto.
    Despite missing his first free throw with 1.8 seconds remaining in double overtime, Barto stepped back and made the second, giving Frontenac a 45-44 win over their rival St. Mary's Colgan. Barto finished with three points, none bigger than his free-throw split.
    "What was going through my head was that it was the last time we were playing Colgan," Barto said. "And the last time we beat them was in 2004 and the league title was on the line and I felt I was one of the captains and seniors and luckily, it went in."
    Barto, a deceptively deft player, averaged 8.9 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.7 steals for the Raiders.
    Austin Commons, Colgan
    This sophomore gunner provided the Panthers instant offense from off the bench, often capable of heating up from anywhere on the court.
    Commons, who hit a game-winning three late against Seneca (Mo.) in December, averaged 12. 1 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.0 steals as Colgan made its 12th consecutive state tournament appearance and its second in a row in Class 3A. Commons also led Colgan with 17 blocked shots.
    No. 10 led Colgan with 30 3-pointers and he accounted for 54 percent of the Panthers' 56 made 3-pointers. Commons shot 53 percent from the field overall and 72 percent (36-50) at the foul line, one of the most dependable shooters in the area.
    Avery Coronado, Frontenac
    Jan. 4, 2013.
    It's a night Coronado and the Frontenac Raiders will never forget.
    Page 2 of 3 - Coronado scored a career-high 35 points during a 58-45 win over the Lamar Tigers.
    Coronado made 6 of 8 3-point shots and 11-16 free throws during his career night.
    No. 15 averaged 9.3 points, 1.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.1 steals his senior year.
    Drew Davied, Girard
    Davied was the most consistent player on the Trojans this season.
    Consider that Davied was "only a freshman," which could mean three years of the versatile 6-3 player giving trouble to Crawford-Neosho-Cherokee and Southeast Kansas League teams.
    Davied averaged 11.5 points with no game fewer than five and his best offensive games include 22 points against Labette County, 21 against Columbus, 18 against Independence, 18 against Prairie View and 17 against Anderson County. Davied averaged 17.5 points in substate games against Prairie View and Anderson County.
    Dyson Dechant, Colgan
    Dechant was the definition of a go-to player for the state-qualifying Panthers.
    The 6-3 senior forward and return All-County selection averaged 18.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.3 steals for the 17-6 Panthers.
    Over a two-game stretch of the Tony Dubray Classic during Tournament Week, Dechant showed Missouri schools Bronaugh and Wheaton his offensive capabilities, 35 points against Bronaugh and 28 against Wheaton in back-to-back victories.
    To get Colgan to its second consecutive Class 3A state tournament appearance (12 straight overall), Dechant scored a game-high 21 points and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds in the 74-54 win over Riverton on the Panthers' home floor.
    Dechant scored 15 points in his final high school game against three-time defending state champion Scott City.
    Tanner Ellis, Pittsburg
    With defenses naturally focused on collapsing around Pittsburg big men Stefon Rich (6-8) and FeDor Lomax (6-3) that left open shots aplenty for the perimeter guys.
    Ellis, a wiry senior guard-forward, was often up to the challenge of keeping opposing defenses more honest, leading Pittsburg with 14.6 points per game and hitting 40 percent of his 3-point shots.
    No. 14 helped out the Dragon attack with 79 percent free throw shootings and had 3.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.0 steals per game for the Class 4A substate semifinalists.
    Bryan Horgan, Southeast
    One of several seniors on the Lancers team, Horgan scored 12 in a season-opening win over Oswego, 16 in a loss to Derby Homeschool, nine in a loss to St. Paul, 10 in a loss to Commerce (Okla.) and 10 in a win over Marmaton Valley.
    FeDor Lomax, Pittsburg
    The very athletic senior forward averaged a double-double for the Purple Dragons: 13.1 points, 10.8 rebounds.
    With his long arms, quick jumping ability and sprightly energy, Lomax often proved he could go anywhere for a rebound.
    Some of his big nights included 10 points and 12 rebounds against Labette County, 12 points and 13 rebounds against Coffeyville and 18 points, 10 rebounds against Columbus on Homecoming when seniors Stefon Rich, Lomax and Ellis scored 19, 18 and 17 points, respectively.
    Page 3 of 3 - Lomax averaged 2.0 assists, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 steals per game, plus he finished shooting 51 percent from the field.
    Luke Marquardt, Colgan
    The 6-2 junior forward's skills translated from the football field to the basketball court.
    Marquardt led the Colgan football defense with six interceptions and on the hardwood, No. 20 led the Panthers with 2.2 steals and ranked second with 5.0 rebounds per game.
    Marquardt, who often created frustration for opponents during both sports, especially seemed proficient at intercepting lazy passes and coming from seemingly nowhere for an offensive rebound.
    Marquardt ranked third on the Panthers in scoring with 10.0 points per game and ranked third in assists (2.1 per game) behind V.J. Piccini and Austin Commons.
    Noah Popejoy, Northeast
    The lone upperclassman on the Viking roster, the 6-5 junior was a big man inside for Northeast in more ways than one.
    He started his season in style with 22 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots in a 72-65 win over Bronaugh (Mo).
    Popejoy recorded a rare feat Jan. 8 against Three Rivers League rival Pleasanton: a triple-double with points, rebounds and blocks.
    No. 33 had 13 points, 12 rebounds and 11 blocks.
    Another big performance for Popejoy was 18 points against Oswego.
    Stefon Rich, Pittsburg
    The second-tallest player in the Southeast Kansas League at 6-8, Rich posed defensive and offensive challenges for any opponent.
    Rich finished his senior year averaging 13.1 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.8 blocks per game with shooting percentages of 62 from the field and 58 at the line. Rich found some effectiveness passing out of double teams, especially finding his fellow senior FeDor Lomax for layups.
    Rich scored a career-high 28 points against Paola in the Burlington Invitational and his nights include 19 against Columbus, 17 against Fort Scott, Parsons and Girard, 16 against Coffeyville and 14 against Neosho.
    Josh Thompson, Southeast
    An All-League, All-County and All-State quarterback for the resurgent Lancer football team in the fall, senior Thompson brought his toughness back to the court as the most experienced Lancer player.
    Thompson, a selection to the Lancer Classic All-Tournament Team, scored 15 points against Marmaton Valley, 13 against Derby Homeschool, 12 against Columbus, 11 against Oswego and 10 against Commerce (Okla.) and St. Paul.

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