Richland's Myers, HCV's Henningsgard named to N.D. Class B all-state boys basketball team
GRAND FORKS — Region 2 dominated the North Dakota Class B boys high school basketball poll all season. Thompson was ranked first in all but two of the weekly polls, Hillsboro-Central Valley was in the top four all season and Cavalier and Grafton each made several appearances in the top 10.
Thompson also claimed the Class B state championship, giving Region 2 the state title for the third consecutive season.
So it should come as no surprise that Region 2 dominates the Class B all-state team, as selected by members of the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. Of the five first-team picks, three are from Region 2 with seniors Hayden Overby of Thompson and Dalton Albrecht of Grafton and junior Carson Henningsgard of Hillsboro-Central Valley.
Rounding out the all-state first team are Class B senior player of the year Ben Bohl of Minot Ryan and junior Cole Myers of Richland. Henningsgard and Bohl are repeat all-state first-teamers, while Albrecht moves up from a second-team berth last season.
Overby led the Tommies to a 26-1 record and the program’s first state championship in Thompson’s first state tournament appearance. The 6-foot-6 forward averaged 18.9 points per game, while shooting 54 percent from the field. He added 8.1 rebounds per game.
“Hayden’s length and athleticism as well has his ability to play both on the perimeter and in the post made his a tough matchup for opponents,” Thompson coach Brandy George said. “He runs the floor as good as any post player I’ve ever coached.”
Albrecht, a 6-8 guard-forward, averaged 27.3 points, 11.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.7 steals per game. He shot 55 percent from the field.
“Dalton has proven himself to be a dominant scorer and can do it from inside or out,” Grafton coach Riley Lillemoen said. “Dalton is one of the most driven and determined competitors I’ve ever been around.”
Albrecht and Henningsgard were the only two unanimous picks for the all-state team.
The 6-2 Henningsgard averaged 20.9 points, 7.0 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 3.8 steals per game.
“The biggest thing about Carson that makes him a great player is his poise, leadership and unselfish play,” HCV coach Elliot Rotvold said. “He has the tangible that every coach is looking for and that is his ability to make everyone around him better.”
Bohl was a dominant player out of Region 6, who led the Lions to a fourth-place finish at the state tournament. The 6-3 guard averaged 24.2 points per game, while shooting 56.4 percent from the field and 40.5 percent from the 3-point line. He also had 9.2 rebounds per game.
“Ben’s talent is a direct result of his work ethic,” Ryan coach Jeremy Feller said. “Ben works hard to do things his opponents aren’t willing to do.”
Rounding out the first team is Myers, who led Richland to a third-place finish at state. The 6-2 guard-forward averaged 18.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game while shooting better than 50 percent from the 3-point line and 85 percent from the foul line.
“(Myers) is a pure jump shot shooter and is one of the most unselfish kids that could be a true high scorer for any team,” Richland coach Cody Reiland said. “His ball-handling skills and outside shooting are amongst the best in the state.”
All-state second team
Jesse Chase, 6-1 sr. F-G, Mandaree; Mason Hedberg, 6-3 sr. G, Minot Ryan; Jaden Mitzel, 6-2 jr. F, Shiloh Christian; Doug Yankton, 6-3 jr. G-F, Four Winds-Minnewaukan; Tommy Burke, 5-11 sr. G, Berthold; Jamison Kramer, 6-4 sr. G, LaMoure-Litchville-Marion; Cody Perkins, 6-4 sr. F-C, Mott-Regent; Macauley Young, 6-9 sr. C, Shiloh Christian; Seth Nelson, 6-4 jr. F, Carrington; Austin Molan, 6-1 sr. G, Ellendale; Michael Two Hearts, 6-1 sr. F, Dunseith.