By Steven Kochersperger
The Mount Vernon boys’ basketball team gathered with friends and family on Tuesday to celebrate their great season. This season was one of the best Mount Vernon has seen in its school history and the team accomplished a lot of firsts. There certainly was a lot to celebrate.
This season opened with the Wildcats winning their first ten games, the first time in school history this has been done. The season saw its first sectional win in Boonville and the first post season win in 10 years. The 17 wins was the second most in school history and Coach Marc Hostetter Tuesday night says its all due to the players making up their minds to come and play.
“From the very beginning of the year these guys came to practice with a winning attitude and work ethic,” Hostetter said. “They did things that even they probably didn’t know they could do this year and that’s something they can take with them forever. No one can ever take that away from them.”
Two Wildcats were honored by being selected to the Big Eight All Conference team. Those two players, senior Brian Koch and junior Bryce Newman, led the way in several statistical categories this season and the selection was well earned.
Three Wildcats were honored as Academic All Conference. These seniors, Jevin Redman, Drake McNamara, and River VanZant kept their GPA above 3.5 during the season to gain this recognition. It’s an honor that Hostetter said they should be proud of.
“Learning is the most important job here,” Hostetter said Tuesday. “This is why we are here and these guys have done well in the classroom as well as on the court.”
There were three statistical leaders that were also honored at the banquet. Redman took two of those categories leading the team in both Free Throw percentage (85%) and Assists per game (3.4). The other statistical leader was Brian Koch who was recognized for the most rebounds per game at 4.4.
During his speech at the banquet, Hostetter honored the seniors who have given so much to the program and helped make the season what it was. Those seniors, Koch, Redman, Brandon Roy, River VanZant, and Collin Varner were given senior awards and a standing ovation from all in attendance as a way of thanking them for all their hard work.
The seniors then presented Hostetter with a signed game ball as a way of thanking him for all his hard work and dedication as well.
The season ended with the Wildcats going 17-7 and making the sectional championship game. The players and coaches believe that they year has paved the way for great things to continue within the program but it will be up to the hard work and dedication of all the basketball players.
By Steven Kochersperger
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