Morris Area / Chokio-Alberta freshman Jackson Loge and Hancock senior Bennett Nienhaus were honored in West Central Tribune’s All Area boys basketball team announced Thursday, March 21. Loge earned a First Team nod while Nienhaus was named to the Second Team. Below is an excerpt from the originally published article.

Jackson Loge,  Freshman, C, Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta

Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta has a 6-foot-6 freshman with an enviable pedigree and staggering skill at a young age. Good luck to the rest of the West Central Conference.

Jackson Loge took a big step in his freshman year, looking much more like an upperclassmen as he averaged 17.8 points, 10.6 rebounds and 2.9 blocks per game. The rest of the conference got a chance to see what the future might hold for the young center when he dropped 45 points with 15 rebounds and five blocks against ACGC in the Section 3AA quarterfinals back on March 3.

If that portends what’s to come, some big time coaches could be calling.

“It’s hard to average a double-double at any position, but Jackson has done it this year,” said Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta head coach Mark Torgerson. “It’s impressive not only because of his age, but he’s done it against very tough competition with four teams that have players guarding him who were at least 6-foot-7.”

Bennett Nienhaus,  Senior, G, Hancock

Hancock graduated all-time leading scorer Noah Kannegiesser and it would have been easy to think the Owls would fall off but Bennett Nienhaus played a big part in keeping the Owls to their winning ways.

The senior forward was a lights-out 3-point shooter, averaging 20 points per game while hitting 38.3 percent of his long shots. He also picked up 4.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.4 steals per game as the Owls reached 20 wins for the second year in a row.

“Bennett is one of the best shooters I have coached in my career as head coach,” said Hancock head coach Cory Bedel. “He shoots the 3-ball very well with a great percentage along with free throws. He has really developed a dribble-drive, which has helped his game a lot. Bennett puts a lot of time and hard work into his game and it is paying off.”