Best of the bunch

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Ethan Hoppes shot his way to the Big 8 All-Conference West Division team this season for the Wildcats. Jared Lankford/

Wildcats duo claim conference awards

Postseason awards are always a bittersweet announcement.

On one hand, it signals that the time of the regular season has ended and players are either moving on in their careers or preparing for the next sports season.

D.J. White was rewarded for his hard work with a Second Team All-Big 8 Honors. Jared Lankford/

But, it also a time of reflection to look back and honor the outstanding achievements and contributions made during the most recent campaign.

On Thursday, the Big 8 Conference named its top hoops stars from the 2018-2019 season.

Cassville landed two on the list, with Ethan Hoppes collecting First Team honors and D.J. White being named to the Second Team.

The complete list is as follows:

All-Big 8 West Division

Player of the Year: Matthew Thompson, Nevada

Coach of the Year: Shaun Gray, Nevada

First Team

Matthew Thompson, Nevada

Logan Applegate, Nevada

Truman Kaderly, Lamar

Brennen Yust, Seneca

Ethan Hoppes, Cassville

Second Team

Dalton Gayman, Nevada

Cooper Reece, McDonald County

Jonny Jeffries, Lamar

Trevon Price, Monett

D.J. White, Cassville

Honrable Mention

Preston Armstrong, Seneca

Landon Hardman, Lamar

Jackson Spencer, Monett

Kyson Lahman, East Newton

Gavin Clouse, Seneca

All-Big 8 East Division

Player of the Year: Luke Vandersnick, Logan-Rogersville

Coach of the Year: John Schaefer, Logan-Rogersville

First Team

Luke Vandersnick, Logan-Rogersville

Jake Branham, Springfield Catholic

Kelly Vaughn, Mt. Vernon,

Charlie O’Reilly, Springfield Catholic

Triston Letterman, Marshfield

Cade Blevins, Logan-Rogersville

Second Team

Mason Ballay, Mt. Vernon

Michael Manzardo, Springfield Catholic

Cale Miller, Mt. Vernon

Austin Porter, Marshfield

Carter Krysl, Hollister

Honorable Mention

Ryker Strong, Logan-Rogersville,

Lance Hafar, Reeds Spring

Tyson Riley, Springfield Catholic

Presley David, Hollister

Drew Cromer, Marshfield

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