Albert Lea Tribune All-Area Third Team

Published 3:31 am Saturday, March 27, 2010

Kyle Ooms, sophomore, Albert Lea

Ooms averaged 9.9 points per game in his first season with the Tigers and 7.5 rebounds per game. Ooms gave Albert Lea an interior presence and helped create a new dynamic for the Tigers. A tenacious attacker of the basket and aggressive rebounder, Ooms provided a toughness for Albert Lea.

Derek Sanderson, senior, Glenville-Emmons

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Sanderson scored eight points per game and averaged nearly eight rebounds a game for the Wolverines in guiding them to an 18-7 record. At 6-foot-4 with a solid frame Sanderson gave opponents problems in the paint and was another reason why the Wolverines were one of the best defenses in Class 1A.

Jacob Gordon, senior, Northwood-Kensett

Gordon missed the start of the season because of a football injury, but once he returned it was clear he was a force for the Vikings. Gordon played in 14 games and averaged 9.6 points per game and 7.7 rebounds per game. Gordon shot 44 percent from the field and had showed range with his jump shot.

Tyler Firme, senior, NRHEG

Firme averaged 7.4 points per game this season and 7.1 rebounds per game for the Panthers as they won 20 games for the first time under head coach Brian Riley. Firme’s presence down low and on the perimeter drew attention away from teammate Cory Camerer. Firme shot 41 percent from the field and added 25 blocks and 28 steals in his senior season.

Damian Montes, senior, Albert Lea

Montes role with the team increased as he showed his offensive skills. Montes battled for the starting point guard spot early in the season, but won out because he created his own shot and handled the press capably. Montes led the Tigers with a career-high 19 points against New Prague in the section playoffs. Montes averaged 5.8 points per game.