The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


March 19, 2014

Five area players earn first team accolades

CLINTON — Five area players have been named to the Tri-Rivers All-Conference Eastern division first team this offseason, including three players who have just finished their season at the state tournament.

The Easton Valley trio of Logan Wilhelm, Craiton Andresen and Chase Zaruba were named to the premier squad of the conference, and in well-deserved fashion.

Easton Valley fell to Keota at the state tournament on March 10 in the first round, but the three who were named to the first team were a big reason why they got there.

As an added bonus, the three were all unanimous selections.

“It’s been a fun year, especially playing with these guys in my senior year, taking Easton Valley to state,” Zaruba said following the state quarterfinal loss.

Zaruba entered the state tournament scoring 23 points a game, including scoring a season-high 33 points on Jan. 17 against Cedar Valley Christian. The top gun for the River Hawks shot over 50 percent on the season and hit his 50th 3-pointer of the season against Keota.

Zaruba’s 23 points a game was second-best among state tournament qualifiers behind Mr. Basketball nominee Jeremy Deemer from Lamoni.

Wilhelm used all of his 6-foot-7 frame to crash the boards for the River Hawks, leading the team with 221 total rebounds. Wilhelm also averaged 16 points a game, and also led the team with 88 made free throws.

Andresen is the third fiddle to Zaruba and Wilhelm, but he put in his fair share each game by averaging 11 points a game entering the state tournament while having 138 assists. That number was the 12th best in Class 1A and third-best among student-athletes that made it to the state tournament. (It was 22nd-best in all classes.)

Easton Valley coach Dan Beck was named Coach of the Year in the Tri-Rivers East, while Jarod Lee was named onto the honorable mention group.

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