Tribune announces 1st team All-Area boys’ basketball

Published 7:52 pm Friday, March 15, 2019

Area basketball players recognized


First team

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AJ Kloos

United South Central, junior, forward

Kloos led the area in scoring with 486 points (18 ppg), totaling almost 50 points more than the second-place scorer. He also nearly averaged a double-double, pulling in nine rebounds per game.

“AJ was a staple to our team,” said head coach Taylor Ovrebo. “Day in and day out we knew we could rely on AJ to produce points and guard some of the best players in the area. Whether it be small guards or post players, (he is) a very dynamic player.”

The Rebels finished the season with a 14-13 record and a first round exit in the Section 2A tournament. Kloos will undoubtedly be a key figure in the Rebels’ 2019-20 season.


Brady Agrimson

NRHEG, senior, forward

As a senior, Agrimson led the Panthers with 438 points (16.2 ppg). He also averaged seven rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.9 steals throughout the season, while shooting 51 percent from the field, 36 percent from three-point territory and 66 percent from the free-throw line.

The Panthers ended their season with a record of 12-15. Scoring nearly a third of the Panthers’ total points this season, Agrimson will be a big loss for the team next season.


Jacob Schuller

NRHEG, senior, forward

Schuller finished second in scoring for the Panthers and third in the area with 423 points, just 15 shy of teammate Agrimson. Schuller averaged 7.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 2.3 steals in his senior season.

He will be another big missing piece from next year’s Panthers squad. Combined with Agrimson, the duo totaled for nearly 60 percent of the Panthers’ offensive production.


Dawson Dahlum

Glenville-Emmons, junior, guard

Dahlum led the Wolverines in points (415), assists (3.5 apg), three-pointers (62), steals and free throws in the 2018-19 season. He was a high point in the season which saw the team finish 0-23 and a first-round exit in the Section 1A playoffs.

“Dawson is definitely one of the best guards in our conference,” said head coach Aaron Dempewolf. “We saw a variety of different defenses this season that were focused on stopping him and he handled it well. He was relentless at driving to the basket as he got to the line 165 times, making 78 percent of his free throws. I’m looking forward to seeing him improve even more this summer and throughout his senior year.”


Dylan Scherff

Albert Lea, senior, forward

Scherff was a catalyst in the Tigers’ offense for a majority of the 2018-19 season. He averaged 11.4 points, three rebounds, 1.2 steals and 0.6 assists throughout his senior season. Scherff shot 49 percent from the field, 30.3 percent from beyond the arc and 72.1 percent from the free-throw line.

“(Dylan) has developed his game tremendously since his sophomore year,” said head coach Luke Novosad. “(He’s a) relentless player with great range from anywhere on the court.”

Scherff also etched his name in program history, setting the new mark for points in a game with 48. He was a key piece in the Tigers’ 3-23 season.



Second team

Chett Helming

Lake Mills, junior, forward

Helming scored 361 points (16.4 ppg), averaged 4.7 rebounds and shot 56 percent form the field and 66 percent from the free-throw line.


Sam Zebro

United South Central, senior, guard

Zebro scored 324 points in his senior season, while also averaging eight rebounds, five assists and five blocks.


JJ Mucha-Owens

Albert Lea, junior, guard

Owens scored 196 points, averaged 2.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.2 steals per game.


Erick Theusch

Alden-Conger, senior, forward

Theusch averaged 13.6 points, 9.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.7 steals per game in his senior season with the Knights.


Caleb Bacon

Lake Mills, sophomore, forward

Bacon was an All-Conference selection in the Top of Iowa West Conference, scoring 12 points per game and averaging 10.6 rebounds, three assists and 2.2 steals throughout the season.



Honorable mention

DaShawn Linnen

Lake Mills, sophomore, guard


Ryan Hansen

Alden-Conger, senior, guard


Bret Belshan

Glenville-Emmons, senior, forward


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