Any season of boys high school basketball on the Hi-Line is an exciting one. But this year was extra special.
The Box Elder Bears going undefeated and winning the Class C state championship, the Havre Blue Ponies making the state tournament for the first time in eight years, the Ponies and powerful Rocky Boy Stars starting a new basketball rivalry, that was all just part of a big year of hoops.
It was also a big season for individual players in our area, and the 2014 Havre Daily News All Hi-Line Boys Team reflects that big season. There are five repeat performers on this year’s All Hi-Line Team, and the list of 12 is strong with upperclassmen. Five seniors and four juniors made the list this year, and of the three sophomores, two made the team a season ago.
There are two Class A players on the squad, while there are eight from Class C and two from Class B.
Dane Warp, Havre
Just a sophomore, Warp is well on his way to becoming only the fourth player to make the All Hi-Line Team four times. In his second season as a Blue Pony, Warp poured in 24 points per game, while also leading the Ponies in rebounding, assists and steals.
Earning Class A All-State honors this winter, Warp shot better than 50 percent from the field, 80 percent from the free-throw-line and better than 30 percent from the 3-point-line. As one of the top scorers in Class A, he also racked up an astounding seven 30-point games this season, and was held under double figures just once in Havre’s 23 games.
Randall Gardipee, Box Elder
Gardipee is now a three-time All Hi-Line selection. In helping the Bears to an unbeaten season and their first state championship in 24 years, Gardipee averaged 20 points and six rebounds per game this year. He also averaged over 24 points per game in nine tournament games this season, and was named the Class C state tournament MVP.
Gardipee’s illustrious Box Elder career includes three All-Conference nods, as well as being selected Northern C All-State twice. Over the last three seasons, he also averaged 18 points and seven rebounds per contest.
Brandon The Boy, Box Elder
The second of four Bears to make the list, the Boy is on the All Hi-Line Team for the second year in a row, and like Warp, is just a sophomore. So the Bears’ point guard, too, has a chance to be a four-time All Hi-Line selection. The Boy averaged eight points and five assists per game this season, while also leading the District 9C in steals. He was also selected as a Northern C Class C All-State selection for the season.
Kade Rismon, Havre
As a senior, Rismon is on the All Hi-Line Team for the second straight year. In his final campaign with the Blue Ponies, the 6-4 forward averaged 11 points and five rebounds per game, while helping HHS to its first Class A state tournament in eight years. Rismon was a four-year varsity player for the Ponies, and earned Central A All-Conference honors three times, including Second-Team honors this season. He also scored a career-high 25 points in a win back in January.
Clayton Morsette Jr ., Box Elder
A junior, Morsette Jr. is on the All Hi-Line Team for the first time. He averaged 13 points per game for the state champion Bears and was their most accurate 3-point shooter. Standing 6-2, Morsette Jr. is a tough matchup for opposing defenses because of his long-range shooting ability, plus his knack for taking defenders off the dribble and driving to the basket. He’s also an outstanding defensive player, and will be one of the top returning players to the 9C next season. Morsette Jr ., also earned All 9C honors for the second straight season, and was named Northern C All-State for the first time in his career this season.
Zach Molyneaux, Chinook
A four-year starter for the Sugarbeeters, Molyneaux, who’s headed to Rocky Mountain College to play football, makes his debut as part of the All Hi-Line Team. An outstanding 3-point shooter and defender, Molyneaux averaged 12 points per game this season, and helped Chinook reach the Northern C Divisional. Molyneaux also earned Northern C All-State honors this season, and was selected 9C All-Conference for the third year in a row.
Cecil Lafromboise, Rocky Boy
The Rocky Boy Stars had a roller coaster of a season, but the 6-5 Lafromboise was a constant. He averaged 12 points per game and led the Stars in rebounding. The senior helped the Stars to a great run at the end of the season, which included a District 1B title, and over Rocky Boy’s last eight games he averaged 17 points and nine rebounds per contest.
Justin May, C/J-I
The third sophomore to make the All Hi-Line Team, May came on strong in the second half of the season. He helped the Hawks to an incredible run through the 10C tourney and on to the Northern C in Great Falls. May finished the year averaging nearly 15 points per game, and was outstanding shooting the ball from the outside, as well as playing in the paint with bigger players. May was selected all 10C for the season, and also earned Northern C All-State honors.
Lane Seymour, Chinook
The second Beeter to make the list, Seymour had a stellar junior campaign for the Chinook. He scored in double figures for the season, and he plays bigger than his frame, as he was also one of Chinook’s top rebounders. For his efforts, Seymour earned All 9C honors for the second straight year, and will return as one of the top seniors in 9C in 2014-15.
Sterling White Cow, HLP
The Thunderbirds were talented this season, but White Cow soared. In his junior year, he led the high-scoring T-Birds at 14 points per game and was their top 3-point shooter. White Cow also earned all 9C honors for the second year in a row.
Desmond Parker, Rocky Boy
Box Elder senior Randall Gardipee led the undefeated Bears in scoring on their way to the Class C state championship. He also landed on the All Hi-Line team for the third year in a row.
Parker helped guide the Stars to a strong finish to the 2013-14 season, and he earned 1B All-Conference honors for his efforts in his senior season. Parker was one of four Stars to average double figures this season, scoring 14 points per game, and shooting better than 35 percent from the 3-point-line.
Thomas Parisian, Box Elder
The fourth Box Elder player to make his way on to the All Hi-Line Team, Parisian was a huge piece of the Bears' state title formula. He was nearly unstoppable in the paint, averaging nine points per game and leading the Bears in field goal percentage. On his way to All 9C honors, Parisian was also an outstanding defender and a top rebounder.
Note: The All Hi-Line Team is made up of players voted on by available area coaches and the Havre Daily News sports department. The list does not reflect the opinion of any single individual. The All Hi-Line Girls Team will be published in next Monday's Havre Daily.