This winter was full of exciting times on the basketball court, as one local team hoisted a regional plaque and three senior hoopsters reached scoring milestones at their respective schools.
Here’s the Republic-Times All-Local Boys Basketball Team for 2018.
Jordan Holmes, Columbia. Who else? The 6-foot-tall senior point guard led the Republic-Times coverage area in scoring at 18.6 points per game, and also paced the regional-title-winning Eagles in rebounding (7.4 per game), assists (4.38 per game) and steals (2.7 per game) this season. He scored more than 1,500 points in his CHS career, putting him in the top five all-time at the school.
Karson Huels, Gibault. This junior guard scored in bunches for the Hawks this season, averaging 17.5 points per game. Huels shot 38 percent from three-point range and also made 81 percent of his free throws.
Michael Chism, Valmeyer. A 6-foot-3 senior lefty forward, Chism led the Pirates in scoring at 17 points per game and in rebounding at eight per game. He topped 1,000 career points early in the season and finished among the school’s all-time leading scorers and rebounders.
Ross Schrader, Waterloo. Another senior on this list, Schrader averaged 13 points per game to lead the Bulldogs and also pulled down 4.7 rebounds per game. He reached 1,000 career points late in the season and earned second team all-Mississippi Valley Conference honors.
Jon Peterson, Columbia. This 6-foot-6 junior forward was instrumental in the Eagles’ success this season, averaging 13 points and 6.3 rebounds per contest to earn all-conference accolades. He’ll return to lead the Eagles in 2018-19.
Eli Dodd, Waterloo. Dodd put together a solid senior season for the Bulldogs, averaging 12.3 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.
Owen Miller, Valmeyer. Another senior, Miller averaged 11 points and five rebounds per game for the Pirates. He also averaged nearly two blocked shots per game.
Kyle Steinhauer, Dupo. Steinhauer led the Tigers in scoring at 11.7 points per game this season, earning all-conference honors.
Tre Wahlig, Waterloo. This junior guard led the Bulldogs in steals and also averaged 11.7 points per game. He shot 33.3 percent from three-point range and will look to lead the Bulldogs on the court next season.
Philip Reinhardt, Valmeyer. A sophomore guard, Reinhardt averaged 11.6 points and 3.4 assists per game for the Pirates. He made 73 percent of his free throws.
Kolbie Allen (Dupo), Logan Doerr (Gibault), Josh Besserman (Gibault), Cole Juelfs (Valmeyer), Riley Hubler (Columbia), Brennen van Breusegen (Columbia), Cole Khoury (Columbia), Derek Smothers (Waterloo), Jackson Ivers (Waterloo), Tyler Touchette (Dupo)