MOUNT VERNON — He stepped up as a team leader on and off the court, averaging 16.5 points and 6.4 rebounds per game while leading the Mount Vernon Yellow Jackets to a 15-5 record, all while competing against some of the biggest and best post players in the state.
For his efforts, senior Ben Hoar has been named the All-Area Player of the Year.
Hoar also led the Jackets with a 52.8 shooting percentage (130-for-246) and shot 72.2 percent (70-for-97) from the free-throw line. Defensively, he averaged 1.4 steals and one block per game.
Sharing First Team All-Area honors with Hoar is Centerburg’s Drew Osborne. The senior averaged 15 points per game, and led the area in shooting percentage (55.2), three-point percentage (55.2) and rebounds (7.7). Osborne also tallied 2.2 assists and 1.7 steals per game as he stepped up to a leading role on a team which qualified for districts.
Also on this year’s First Team is Utica’s Scott Cline. The senior averaged 13.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, shooting better than 48 percent from the field and 36 percent from three-point range. Defensively, Cline added 2.3 steals per game.
Bryce Staats, another All-Area First Teamer, was the most versative player for the Danville Blue Devils. The junior led the area in scoring (16.6 points per game) and shot 77 percent from the free-throw line. Defensively, Staats had 3.1 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game.
Wrapping up First Team All-Area honors is Ryan Logan from Fredericktown. Logan stepped forward as a leader on the court and helped carry the Freddies to districts. Logan averaged 12.7 points, 5.1 rebounds and three assists on a team that finished 18-5, including a berth in the district semifinals.