When it comes to high school boys basketball, the Hi-Line never has a shortage of quality players or great teams. And the 2012-13 season was no exception.
Big Sandy's Trevor Lackner
And that's what makes voting for the annual Havre Daily News All Hi-Line Boys Team so difficult each and every year. This is already the sixth straight installment of the All Hi-Line Team, and once again, the list is filled with great players from great teams, from all areas of the HDN coverage area.
This year's list includes a rare two freshmen on the team, as well as two sophomores to go along with five seniors and three juniors. There's also a record nine first-time selections, as well as three repeat performers, including one three-time honoree. From great teams, Havre High, Big Sandy and Box Elder dominated the list with three selections, while the Class C ranks had the most players selected with a whopping total of six.
Trevor Lackner, Big Sandy
Few Big Sandy players have seen as much success as senior Trevor Lackner over the last four winters.
Box Elder's Randall Gardipee
Lackner was part of the 2010 Class C state championship team, while in his three four years as a starter for father and head coach Roy Lackner, he guided the Pioneers to a pair of District 9C titles, as well as four trips to the Northern C and three Class C state tournament appearances.
In his final campaign, Lackner scored 14 points and dished out five assists per outing, helped the Pioneers to an improbable run through the postseason, which reached all the way to the Class C semifinals, all the while being named Class C All-State for the third straight year. He's also a four-time All-9C performer and he lands on the all Hi-Line team for the third straight year.
Randall Gardipee, Box Elder
Talented Box Elder junior Randall Gardipee makes his second straight trip to the All Hi-Line team. This season, Gardipee averaged 16 points and seven rebounds per game in helping Box Elder win both the 9C regular season and postseason championships. He's already a three-time All-9C performer, as well as a two-time Class C All-State selection. He'll also return next winter as one of the top high school seniors in the area.
Grant Tilleman, Chinook
The third repeat performer on the list, Tilleman has been a force in the paint for the Chinook Sugarbeeters for four seasons. In that time, the Beeters have won a 9C title, been to three Northern C tourney's, and have
Chinook's Grant Tilleman
had a strong run. Tilleman averaged 11 points and a 9C best 11 rebounds per game this season for a relatively young, but talented Beeter squad. He's also a three-time All-Northern C selection, as well as a standout on the football field.
Dane Warp, Havre
One of two freshmen to make the list, Warp took the Blue Ponies and the Central A by storm this season. After a stellar season as the Pony quarterback, Warp carried it right over into basketball where he led HHS in most offensive categories, including his 15 points per game scoring average. In his first season of high school basketball, Warp was second in the Central A in scoring and was named First-Team All-Conference.
Havre's Dane Warp
Lonnie Plain Bull, Box Elder
The second of three Bears to get the nod, Plain Bull was a versatile scoring machine for the 9C champions. He averaged 15 points and five boards per night, was and was a dynamic inside-out scorer with deadly 3-point range. For his efforts, the sophomore earned Class C All-State honors in just his second year of high school basketball.
Kade Rismon, Havre
Blue Pony junior Kade Rismon had a breakout season for first-year head coach Curt Leeds. The 6-5 standout
Box Elder's Lonnie Plain Bull
earned Central A All-Conference honors by upping his scoring and his rebounding in his second year as a starter. Rismon will return to the Ponies for a senior season as one of the top big men in the Central A and the state as a whole.
Junior Day Child, Rocky Boy
Few players on the Hi-Line are as a big a scoring threat as Rocky Boy sophomore Junior Day Child. In helping the Stars to a great season in which they went 19-5, won both the 1B regular season and postseason championships, Day Child averaged 19 points per game and was equally deadly from the outside and in. He also was named to the prestigious Class B All-State squad and a had a game-high of 29 points this season.
Havre's Kade Rismon
Zac Leader, Big Sandy
The second Pioneer to make the All Hi-Line Team, Leader was invaluable to Big Sandy's success. The 6-3 power forward always played bigger than his height, and was instrumental in the Pioneers winning a 9C challenge game, as well as four straight at the Northern C to reach the state tourney. In his final season, Leader, a three-year starter averaged 12 points and a team-high nine rebounds and was named Class C All-State for the first time in his career.
Rocky Boy's Junior Day Child
Brandon The Boy, Box Elder
The second freshman to make the lost, Box Elder's Brandon The Boy burst onto the 9C scene this winter. His amazing speed and ball handling and passing skills only made him one of the most dangerous guards in Class C because he's also a terrific outside shooter. The Boy pumped in 13 points and dolled out six assists per night for the Bears on his way to All 9C honors and an exciting freshman season.
Big Sandy's Zac Leader
Thurman Holdsclaw, Havre
Holdsclaw is perhaps the most gifted athlete in high school sports around these parts, and he proved it with a second straight All-State campaign on the football field this season. He then backed it up with a strong senior season in basketball for the Blue Ponies. Holdsclaw averaged nine points and five rebounds per game for HHS and was also a strong senior leader for a young HHS squad. He also earned All-Conference honors and is planning on taking his football prowess to the collegiate level.
Havre's Thurman Holdsclaw
Darien LaFromboise, Rocky Boy
The second Rocky Boy standout on the list, 6-6 senior Darien LaFromboise was a force in the 1B. Averaging 13 points and 11 rebounds per night, LaFromboise gave the high-scoring stars an inside presence, while earning Class B All-State honors.
Box Elder's Brandon The Boy
Jerry Hanson, Big Sandy
The third Big Sandy standout to make the All Hi-Line team, Hanson came on strong late in the season. A junior guard, he was an accurate 3-point shooter, a solid distributor and was excellent and driving to the basket. His incredible leaping ability also helped him earn All-9C honors, and will also make him one of the top returning seniors next year.
Rocky Boy's Darien LaFromboise
Note: The All Hi-Line Boys team was voted on by all available area coaches, as well as the Havre Daily News sports department. The list does not reflect the opinion of any single individual.
Big Sandy's Jerry Hanson