Jr., Guard, St. Mary's
Mathiowetz was the best player for the Knights this season as they advanced to the Section 2A title game. As one of the most multi-talented point guards around, Mathiowetz not only handled the ball 90 percent of the time for St. Mary's, but also led the team in scoring (17 points per game), rebounding (nine per game - also tops in the Tomahawk Conference) and assists (6.5 per game). He also averaged 3.8 steals per game and was named All-Conference for the third time. He was named honorable mention All-State by the Associated Press.
Sr., Guard, Springfield
2012 All-Journal Boys'
The following is the results of the 2012 All-Journal Boys' Basketball team voting by six Journal staff members. Nominated players are ranked 1-10 with the first-place votes worth 15 points, second place 14 points and so forth. Only players nominated by area coaches were eligible for selection. First place votes in parentheses.
1 - Sean Mathiowetz, St. Mary's, 86 (2)
2 - Alex Fink, Springfield, 84 (2)
3 - Mike Busack, Red. Valley, 81 (2)
4 - Nate Siemers, MVL, 69
5 - Kendall Peterson, Madelia, 62
T6 - Brian Nosbush, Cathedral, 52
T6 - Sam Pendleton, CMC, 52
8 - Zach Brandts, St. James, 48
9 - Kansas Adams, St. Mary's, 42
10 - Jeff DeCock, RRC, 37
11 - Ben Wolf, Cathedral, 28
12 - Henry Rogotzke, RRC, 25
T13 - Andy Hawkins, NUHS, 18
T13 - Jon Milliard, St. Mary's, 18
15 - Brandon Polesky, Sleepy Eye, 9
HONORABLE MENTION: KT Farasyn, New Ulm; Tyler Hadley, Sleepy Eye; Marcus Heiling, CMC; Ryan Pendleton, CMC
Editor's note: Nominations were not received from: Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart, Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop, Sibley East, Nicollet, Wabasso.
Fink didn't let having to play through a torn labrum in his shoulder slow him down this season, playing his way to Tomahawk Conference Player of the Year honors. He had per-game averages this season of 19 points, 8.5 rebounds, five assists and 2.5 steals while extending beyond his usual point guard role and spending more time playing inside.
During his career he helped the Tigers earn a state title, two section titles, two sub-section titles and two conference championships and topped numerous statistical milestones (1,102 career points, 558 career assists and 525 career rebounds). The team MVP for the Tigers this season, Fink will play baseball at Augustana College next year. He was named honorable mention All-State by the Associated Press.
Busack's size and versatility made him an almost unstoppable force for the Cardinals. He was close to averaging a double-double per game, ending up with per-game averages of 27 points, nine rebounds, five assists, two blocks and two steals.
Equally able to post up or shoot the 3, Busack was named All-Southwest Conference for the third time this year. He will continue his basketball career at Minnesota State University, Mankato next year. He was named honorable mention All-State by the Associated Press.
Sr., Forward, MVL
Siemers concluded his three-year career at MVL with 518 points this season, averaging 19.2 per game. He averaged 2.6 blocks this year and shot 35 percent from 3-point range and 68 percent from the free throw line. He also pulled down nine rebounds per game and he finished his career with 1,149 points (seventh all time at MVL) and 571 rebounds (eighth all time).
He was a unanimous selection to the All-Conference team this year in the Tomahawk Conference. He was named honorable mention All-State by the Associated Press.
Sr., Forward, Madelia
Peterson finished his four-year varsity career with outstanding numbers for the Blackhawks, including 1,407 points in his career to rank first all time in school history. He finished the 2012 season as an All-Valley Conference selection after scoring 19.4 points per game and grabbing eight rebounds per game. He also had two steals per game and led the team to a 14-13 record.
Sr., Forward, Cathedral
Nosbush was the Greyhounds' go-to player for points in the paint and defense under the basket this season. He helped the team post its best record in 12 years at 19-7. He put up solid numbers across the board, averaging 16.9 points per game, 8.8 rebounds per game, 1.9 blocks per game, 1.5 steals per game and 2.9 assists per game. He was named honorable mention All-State by the Associated Press.
Fr., Guard, CM/C
Pendleton took a huge step with his career this season, skippering the young Cougars to the Section 2A, North championship game from the point guard position. He was a unanimous All-Conference selection in the Tomahawk Conference, averaging 17.7 points per game, 6.3 assists per game and 3.5 rebounds per game. With three years remaining with the Cougars, his best is yet to come.
So., Forward, St. James
Brandts was the Saints' MVP this season, leading the team in scoring (18.6 points per game) and rebounding (6.8 rebounds per game). He notched double-figure point totals in every game he played. He was named All-South Central Conference and ranked third in the conference in scoring. He also contributed two steals per game and 1.5 assists per game.
Jr., Guard, St. Mary's
Adams improved this season from being primarily a spot up shooter to an all-around scoring threat, leading him to average 17 points per game. He also averaged seven rebounds per game and was named Tomahawk All-Conference.
Jr., Guard, RRC
DeCock has led the Falcons in scoring both years that he has been a starter, leading the team with 18 points per game this season. He was an asset to the team for his ability to attack the basket and get to the free throw line, earning 50 free throws over the Falcons' final four games alone. He also contributed heavily as a ball handler (4.2 assists per game), on defense (2.5 steals per game) and on the glass (4.7 rebounds per game). He was named to the Red Rock All-Conference team this year.
Sr., Guard, Cathedral
Wolf was the Greyhounds' go-to perimeter shooter, but was also a dual-threat with his ability to score inside. Wolf was constantly able to frustrate opposing offenses with his ability to earn a steal, averaging 2.8 steals per game. His other per-game averages included 17.3 points per game, 3.1 rebounds per game and 1.9 assists per game.
Jr., Center, RRC
Rogotzke has been a key player for the Falcons during his three years starting, with this season being his best yet. This season he had per-game averages of 15.9 points, eight rebounds, two blocks, 1.9 assists and 1.2 steals.
Although mainly used in the low post, Rogotzke also has the ability to step outside and shoot from behind the arc, converting 13 3-pointers this season. He was named to the Red Rock All-Conference team this year.
Sr., Guard, New Ulm
Hawkins was an All-Conference pick in the South Central Conference and averaged 14.2 points per game for the Eagles his senior year. He shot 42 percent from 3-point range and 41 percent from the field, while also adding two rebounds per game and 1.9 assists per game.
Sr., Forward, St. Mary's
A three-year starter for the Knights, Milliard averaged 13 points per game and six rebounds per game this season and was named to the Tomahawk All-Conference team. Milliard was not only a physical presence on the inside, but played an integral role in helping the Knights become a deadly outside shooting team this season.
So., Guard, Sleepy Eye
Polesky was a unanimous selection to the Tomahawk Conference All-Conference team this season after posting per-game averages of 13 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals. His season-high point total was 26. He was clutch in the Indians' two playoff games, totaling 41 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists in the playoffs.
Sr., Forward, New Ulm
Farasyn was a dependable go-to guy for the Eagles, averaging 11.4 points per game in his senior year. His season high of 22 points came against Le Sueur-Henderson late in the season and he shot 40 percent from the field and 38 percent from 3-point range. He averaged seven rebounds per game and added 1.6 assists per game and 1.2 steals per game.
Sr., Guard, Sleepy Eye
Though he missed 10 games due to injury, Hadley provided a spark for the Indians this season, averaging 13 points per game and six rebounds per game. Among his season highlights were a 26-point performance and breaking the school record for career 3-pointers.
Sr., Forward, CM/C
A physical rebounder and defender, Heiling finished as a successful two-year starter for the Cougars, helping the team achieve a 43-11 record in games that he started. This season he averaged 11.1 points per game and 6.8 rebounds per game.
Jr., Guard, CM/C
Pendleton was the team's best defender, always guarding the other team's best player. He earned Tomahawk All-Conference honors and averaged 11.7 points per game, three assists per game and 4.5 rebounds per game.