By Russ Pankonin
The Imperial Republican
All five senior starters on this year’s Longhorn boys’ basketball team received honors on this year’s SPVA all-conference team chosen Monday night.
Jeff Dickey and Travis Luhrs were named to the first team, Kelton Fisher was named to the second team and Issac Sorensen and Ryan Moline were given honorable mention.
These five seniors helped the Longhorns put together their best season record in more than a decade, finishing at 19-6.
Coach Carl Zuege said his seniors experienced some big career moments in their final year.
For example, Dickey was the first Longhorn to eclipse 1,000 points since Mitch Vires in 1998. Dickey finished his career with 1,005 points.
Looking back on the season, Zuege said these seniors can be proud of their season.
Of their six losses, two came to Sidney, who was the runner-up in Class B last weekend. In both of those games, the Longhorns played right with them.
Three teams that defeated the Longhorns—Chadron, Bridgeport and Southern Valley—all went to the state tournament in their respective classes.
One of the Longohrns’ 19 wins came over Holyoke, a team this group of seniors had never defeated. Last weekend, Holyoke finished third in their class of the Colorado state tournament.
Team averages 54 points
Led by the five seniors, the Longhorns averaged 54 points per game this season. Going into the season, Zuege felt if the team could score 50 points per game, they had a great shot at winning the game, especially with the kind of defense the Longhorns played this season.
That defense was evidenced by their opponents’ scoring average which was 41 points.
As a team, the Longhorns shot an average of 39 percent from the floor for the season and 59 percent from the free throw line.
From 3-point range, the Longhorns shot 32 percent. Inside the arc, they shot 42 percent.
Luhrs took the most attempts from 3-point range, making 32 percent of 167 attempts. Dickey made 33 percent of 122 attempts. Moline finished at 42 percent on 52 attempts.
Fisher led the team in 2-point atttempts with 203, making 43 percent of them.
Dickey finished with the best 2-point average, making 48 percent of 155 attempts. Sorensen was right behind at 47 percent on 169 tries.
Dickey finished as the leading scorer with 320 points, giving him a 12.8-point-per-game average. Luhrs finished with 283 points, averaging 11.3 points per game.
Dickey, Luhrs, Sorensen and Fisher all finish their basketball careers as four-year letter winners.
The team’s season record appears on Page B2. A complete list of the SPVA All-Conference teams are as follows:
Andrew O’Neil—NPSP, Quinton Baxter—Bridgeport, Jeff Dickey—Chase County, Wyatt Pankowski—Bridgeport, Travis Luhrs—Chase County.
Josh Margritz—Hershey, Kaden Copeland—Sutherland, Drew McClellan—NPSP, Cory Clinch—NPSP, Kelton Fisher—Chase County.
Isaac Sorensen—Chase County, Bryce Byrn—NPSP, Josh Johnston—Perkins County, Jason Amateis—Bridgeport, Michael Furguson—Kimball, Baylor Hellmuth—Hershey, Charles Johnson—Perkins County, Marcus Miller—Maxwell, Ryan Moline—Chase County, Jason Davis—Hershey, Zak Kurkowski—Perkins County, Brook Bloomstedt—Sutherland, Colton Stull—Kimball.