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All-Area First Team Boys Capsules

Published 3/29/2014

First Team Boys

Trey O'Neil

6-2 Jr., Scott City

O'Neil garnered Telegram Player of the Year honors, making him the fourth straight Beaver to earn such an accolade, joining Ron Baker (2011), Brett O'Neil and Drew Kite (2012) and Drew Kite (2013).

The junior guard averaged 21 points, 5.7 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.2 steals per game in helping the Beavers return to the state championship game, this time in Class 4A-Division II before finishing second to Eudora, losing 71-58 at Hartman Arena in Wichita.

He scored in double figures in all 25 games.

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Most memorable moment for 2013-14 season: The Concordia overtime win in the state semifinals.

Favorite athlete: Lebron James.

Favorite food: Spaghetti.

Favorite class in school: Home Ec. (foods).

Person I most admire: Big brother Brett.

If I could meet one person, it would be: Lebron James.

Favorite moments: Winning state last year for a 3-peat.

Season highlight: Made it to state championship.

Honors: 4A-Div. II player of the year; all-area player of the year; all-state.

Tate Skinner

5-10 Jr., So. Gray

Skinner was a rock-solid point guard for veteran coach Mark Applegate and helped lead the Rebels to a 19-4 season record.

The Rebels' season came to an end with a 76-69 loss to Meade in the championship game of the Class 2A sub-state tournament. In one stretch, the Rebels won nine consecutive games.

Skinner played in all 23 games for the Rebels, averaging 14.3 points, 6.8 assists, 3.6 steals while shooting 48 percent from the field, including 34 percent from 3-point range. He had a brilliant 2.97/1 turnover/assist ratio for Applegate. Despite his small stature, he still averaged 3.6 rebounds.

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Most memorable moment for 2013-14 season: Winning the SPIAA regular season championship; setting single-game and season records for assists.

Favorite athlete: Chris Paul.

Favorite food: Steak.

Favorite class in school: Science.

People I most admire: My father and mother.

If I could meet one person, it would be: Chris Paul.

Favorite moment: Going to state tournament my freshman year.

Honors: SPIAA all-league first team; KBCA HM.

Trey Sleep

6-4 Jr., Holcomb

Sleep had mostly just suited up for varsity games last season, and the only people who seemed to know his potential were his team and opposing coaches who had seen him dominate junior varsity games.

But with the Holcomb Longhorns graduating seven players, coach Chad Novack was looking for younger players to step in and take over, and not surprisingly, Sleep turned out to be one of those.

In just his first season as a varsity player, Sleep led the team in scoring (17.3 points per game) and tied for total points with 345 after missing two games to rest a sore shoulder.

With his points mainly coming in the paint, Sleep hit 67 percent from the field, and he was 61 of 94 from the free throw line. On the boards, he was nearly equally good on both sides (52 offense, 64 defense).

And in the final game of sub-state, he led the Longhorns with 24 points, his second-highest output of the season (he had 25 against conference foe Goodland earlier in the season).

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Most memorable moment for 2013-14 season: Winning GWAC and winning sub-state.

Favorite athlete: Lebron James.

Favorite food: Chicken fettuccine Alfredo.

Favorite class in school: Strength and conditioning.

Persons I most admire: My dad and grandpa.

If I could meet one person, it would be: Jesus.

Favorite pastime: Shooting hoops with my friends.

Season highlights: First varsity start; cutting down nets at Cimarron sub-state and playing in a state game.

Honors: GWAC first team; All-state HM Wichita Eagle; All-state HM Topeka Capital Journal; All-state second team Kansas Sports.

Caleb Tramp

6-4 Jr., Garden City

Tramp proved to be a steady performer during his junior season, scoring in double figures in 16 of the Buffs' 22 games.

His season high of 21 came against Denver South during the Southwest Classic. He registered three double-doubles in points/rebounds, and all three of those came in the final month of the season, and all three came in the Western Athletic Conference against Great Bend (19/14), Hays (10/10) and Liberal (18/13).

Tramp finished the season hitting 51 percent of his field goals and averaged 6.0 rebounds, 1.7 steals, 1 block and 1 assist.

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Most memorable moment for 2013-14 season: 21 points, 9 rebounds with 3 dunks against Denver South.

Favorite athletes: Michael Jordan, Kyrie Irving.

Favorite food: Chicken Alfredo.

Favorite class in school: Physics.

Person I most admire: My mom.

If I could meet any persons, it would be: Wilt Chamberlain and Michael Jordan.

Favorite pastime: Shooting at the gym; playing Xbox.

Honors: All-Western Athletic Conference first team; Hays City Shootout all-tournament team; 2nd team Valley Center January Jam; Honorable mention Class 6A, varsitykansas.com.

Heath Tucker

6-3 Sr., Holcomb

When the final horn blew in the opening round Class 3A state tournament game, it marked the end of senior Heath Tucker's high school basketball career.

It was a bitter-sweet moment. It was his first trip to state in four years of varsity play, but it was a quick exit to for a team that went 20-4 and wrested the conference title away from Scott City, the team that had beaten Holcomb in the previous three substate finals.

Tucker averaged 15.7 points a game, second on the team. His 345 points tied Trey Sleep for team high, and he led the team in total rebounds (123), assists (113) and steals (62).

His 345 points included 31-of-91 3-pointers (34 percent) and 80-of-92 free throws (87 percent).

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Most memorable moment for 2013-14 season: Winning sub-state after making the championship game the previous three years but losing. It lifted a huge weight off our shoulders.

Favorite athlete: Kirk Hinrich.

Favorite food: Mom's biscuits and gravy.

Favorite class in school: Media tech.

Person I most admire: My brother Scott.

If I could meet one person, it would be: John F. Kennedy.

Favorite pastime: Hanging out with friends and family.

College you plan to attend: Washburn or K-State.

Area of intended study: Engineering.

Season highlights: Winning league for the first time and winning sub-state.

Honors: All-league first team; Kansas Sports Info first team all-state; Topeka Capital Journal second team all-state; Kpreps all-state HM; KBCA academic all-state.

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Second Team

Dalton Gottschalk, Holcomb, 6-3, F, Jr.; Brett Meyer, Scott City, 6-3, G, Jr.; Tristan Nanninga, Garden City, 6-1, G, Sr.; Carson Skidmore, South Gray, 6-3, F., Jr.; Christian Fischer, Cimarron, 6-1, Sr., F.

Honorable Mention

Nathan Medina, Ulysses; Tregg Rodriguez, Ulysses; Jeison Rodriguez, Hugoton; Alex Mata, Deerfield; Mike Mata, Deerfield; Anthony Mata, Deerfield; Ryder Yakel, Lakin; Garrett Miller, Satanta; Tierney Dewitt, Syracuse; Andrew Lower, Sublette; Caleb Fischer, Cimarron; Hunter Delgado, Garden City.

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