The Bertha-Hewitt boys’ basketball team came together to celebrate the end of the 2014-15 season during the annual banquet on Tuesday, March 17.
Coaches and players were joined by parents, and even some fans, to recognize the individuals and teams for their accomplishments this season.
The freshman team finished the season undefeated with a balanced group that can fill every position.
“They work hard, play with intensity and have overall size, which made them very successful this season,” stated Bears’ head coach Dale Finck.
The junior varsity finished the season with a 13-13 record.
“The sophomores led the way and they have continued to develop their skills on both ends of the court, discipline and being coachable,” Finck said. “We look for the underclassmen to make great gains in the off-season and strive to become better in 2015-16.”
The varsity finished the season as Park Region Conference champions and an overall record of 17-10.
Senior Preston Riewer was named the PRC Most Valuable Player. Senior Riley Boehland and junior Jordan Frethem were also named to the All-Conference team.
The team gave out some individual awards:
Most Improved - Tyler Weiss (12)
Team Spirit - Travis Kramer (12)
Mr. Hustle - Collin Morris (12)
Mr. Defense - Tylor Waln (12)
Mr. Offense - Preston Riewer (12)
MVP - Preston Riewer
The Bear Award went to team captains Boehland and Riewer.
Varsity letters were presented to seniors Weiss, Kramer, Morris, Boehland, Waln, Riewer and Brady Baumgartner; juniors Frethem, CJ Baumgartner, Cory Bertram and Zach Mousseau; along with sophomores Jerry Lamb and Austin Mattson.
The Bears also recognized Riewer for becoming the all-time leading scorer in Bertha-Hewitt boys’ basketball history during the season. Riewer finished his career with 1,578 points, breaking the old record of 1,271 set by Matthew Frethem.
Riewer scored 1,000 points from the field and 578 from the free throw line.
“Preston made his way into the record book all over,” commented Finck.
Riewer’s other team records include most career games (99) and most points in a game (44). He is second all-time with 308 career assists.
Finck concluded the evening by thanking the senior players who “played the game in a way that made the coaches, parents and fans proud.”
The players and coaches made it clear that they were extremely thankful for the parents’ support, both individually and for the team.