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2018 Havre Daily All Hi-Line Boys Team

 

March 19, 2018

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

Rocky Boy's Ben Iron Eyes was one of the top scorers in Class B basketball this season. He's also making his second straight appearance on the Havre Daily News All Hi-Line Boys Team.

So, as fun a year as it was, it should come as no surprise that, the 2018 Havre Daily News All Hi-Line Boys Basketball Team is loaded with talented players. In fact, some of the best players in the state, from across all classes made this year's All Hi-Line team, including three from Rocky Boy.

The 2018 team is also very senior and junior heavy with just two underclassmen on the entire list, and for only the second time in the history of the team, no freshmen made the cut. Overall, of the 13 players to make this year's team, eight are seniors, and three more are juniors. There are also just four repeat performers from the 2017 squad.

More history is being made this year on the boys team with Turner getting its second All Hi-Line boys nod ever, as well as the first player from the Fort Benton boys. Also, a set of brothers made the All Hi-Line Team together for the first time.

The breakdown by class includes two players from Class A, four from Class B and seven from the Class C ranks in the area.

Ben Iron Eyes, Rocky Boy

Not only is Iron Eyes making his second straight appearance on the All Hi-Line Team, but the Rocky Boy senior is also the highest-scoring player to ever make the team. In his final year for the Stars, the two-time Class B All-Stater poured in a whopping 27 points per game, and had six games of 30 points or more, including an incredible 39 in the Northern B challenge game that sent the Stars to the state tourney. Iron Eyes is a three-time All District 1B performer, as well, and is one of three Rocky Boy players to make this year's All Hi-Line Team. He was also simply the top player in Hi-Line basketball this season.

Isaac Bell, Chinook

Bell is making his second straight appearance on the All Hi-Line Team, and for good reason. The junior helped lead the Sugarbeeters to the District 9C title, while earning Class C All-State honors for the second straight season. Bell also shattered Chinook's single-game scoring record when he scored 51 points in a win over Harlem back in February. Bell, a three-time all 9C honoree, averaged close to 20 points for the Beeters this season and will return for his senior year as one of the top prospects in all of Class C hoops.

Kendall Windy Boy, Rocky Boy

The second Rocky Boy player and third repeat performer on the list, Windy Boy, a 6-8 monster, was dominant in his junior campaign. He averaged a double-double, scoring 14 points and grabbing 11 rebounds per night, and, at the state tournament two weeks ago, he had a Rocky Boy record 29 boards in one game. Windy Boy, who was a big part of the Stars' run to a state tournament trophy, was named Class B All-State for the second year in a row, and was easily the most outstanding big man on the Hi-Line this season.

Cord Schneider, Chinook

Also a junior, Schneider makes his second straight appearance on the All Hi-Line Team. Schneider was a force in the paint for the Beeters this winter, and his presence, averaging over 12 points and eight rebounds, to go with more than two blocks per game, was a big reason why Chinook won the 9C regular season title, and its first 9C tourney title in quite some time. Along with Bell, and a host of other talented returners, Schneider will certainly make the Beeters a state title contender next season.

Dylan Miller, North Star

It was a historic year for the North Star Knights, who advanced to the Northern C for the first time in 12 years, and Miller was a big reason why. Averaging over 15 points per game, Miller, who was named Class C All-State in both football and basketball this season, was a driving force for head coach Walynn Burgess' squad. Miller also earned all 9C honors for the third straight season, as he helped the Knights not only reach divisionals, but also play for the 9C championship back in February.

Kordell Small, Rocky Boy

The third member of the Stars to be named to the All Hi-Line Team, Small ran the show for the high-scoring Stars from the point guard position. He led District 1B in assists, while also averaging more than 14 points per outing. He was also one of the top 3-point shooters in the conference, and an excellent defender, earning District 1B All-Conference accolades along the way.

Trey Murphy, Havre High

It was a tough year for the Blue Ponies, but Murphy, who was also an All-Conference quarterback for HHS, had a strong senior season. He averaged close to 10 points per night and led the Ponies in field goal percentage and 3-point shooting. Murphy also played strong defense in the post, guarding taller players all season long, and for his efforts, he earned Central A All-Conference honors.

Chance Main, HLP

An All Hi-Line Team wouldn't be complete without a Thunderbird on the list, and Main certainly had a big senior season. He barely missed the cut for the All Hi-Line squad a year ago, but, after averaging 22 points per game in an injury-filled senior season, he wasn't going to miss the list this year. Main was voted All District 9C for the second straight season, and his winter included five games in which he poured in 30 or more points for the T-Birds.

Garrett Diekhans, Fort Benton

Diekhans is one of just two sophomores to make the All Hi-Line Team. And it was well deserved. Diekhans was one of the top players in the 9C this season, averaging 17 points and eight rebounds per night. He's an athletic monster who can play nearly every position on the floor, and with his leadership, the Longhorns had their best season in quite some time, making it all the way to the Northern C in Great Falls. Diekhans, who will return next season as one of the top players in the 9C, also earned Class C All-State honors this season, after also having a strong fall in football.

Cody Welsh, Turner

The first Tornado to make the All Hi-Line Team in seven years, Welsh was a scoring machine this winter. He averaged 15 points and was a top 3-point shooter in the 9C as Turner finished what was one of its best years in recent boys basketball history. Welsh also earned 9C All-Conference honors for the second straight season.

Ivar Aageson, Havre

Aageson, an elite athlete, was a three-year starter for head coach Curt Leeds, but a shoulder injury has always slowed him down some. Still, the All-State wide receiver for the Blue Ponies made the most of his senior year as a steady point guard and great defender for the Blue Ponies, which eventually earned him Central A All-Conference honors.

Devon Miller, North Star

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Chinook's Isaac Bell scored a school record 51 points in a game this season, on his way to making the All Hi-Line Team for a second straight year.

The second Knight to make the All Hi-Line Team, Miller is also part of some history, as he and brother Dylan are not only the first set of brothers to appear on the All Hi-Line Team in the same year, but are also the first pair of what is actually triplets to ever be voted on to the squad. Miller's numbers weren't gaudy this season, as he averaged 10 points and nine rebounds per game, but his leadership, toughness and especially his defensive prowess, were all big factors in North Star producing its best boys basketball season in more than a decade.

Brad Cichosz, Harlem

Cichosz is the first Harlem Wildcat to make the All Hi-Line Team in the past three seasons. Just a sophomore, he burst onto the scene with multiple 30-point games before Christmas break. And while it was a tough overall year for Harlem, Cichosz, who averaged over 16 points per night and earned District 2B All-Conference honors, was certainly a bright spot. And, he should be even better next winter.

Editor's Note: The All Hi-Line Boys Team is voted on by available head coaches in the Havre Daily News' coverage area, as well as by members of the HDN sports staff. The list does not reflect the opinion of any single individual. The 2018 Girls All Hi-Line Team will be published in next Monday's Havre Daily News.

 

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