By Jack H. Smith
Whitehall Ledger 

5 Trojans earn postseason honors

 

March 25, 2020

BRYNNA WOLFE

Five Whitehall basketball players were recently recognized for their efforts during the 2019-20 season. The good news for Trojans fans is each of the players was an underclassman and will return next season.

For the girls, Brynna Wolfe was named to the 5B District All-State team and was also selected first team all-conference. The sophomore was second in scoring in 5B with 14.7 points a game, second in free throw percentage at 78.4 percent, and second in three-pointers made with 26.

Head Coach Kelly Nieskens said Brynna Wolfe is a hard worker who has a good understanding of the game.

"She was our floor leader and a big reason why we went as far as we did this year. She shows up every day and practices hard to learn and make herself better. It's fun to watch her take control of a game. She has a bright future, she's going to continue to grow," he said.

Jada Clarkson was named first-team All-Conference. The freshman was third in the district in scoring at 13.1 points per game and was fifth in three-pointers made during the season.

"Jada just wants to play basketball, that's one of the great things about her. She just wants to go out and play hoops like no one is around. Jada can take over a game when she wants to and came up big for us on a frequent basis this year. She's special, she's going to do good things in the future," Nieskens said.


Junior Meagan Johnson was named second-team All-Conference. She was seventh in scoring with 9.4 points per game and finished fifth in free-throw percentage.

Nieskens said Johnson did a great job this year getting out in front of the defense to help pull teams of their game plans and play into what the Trojans wanted to do.

"She spent a lot of time defending the other team's point guard full court most of the game. Meagan works and plays hard. She's just going to continue to get better," Nieskens said.

On the boy's side, sophomore Brendan Wagner was named first-team All-Conference. Wagner was sixth in the district in scoring at 14.1 points per game and led the district in three-pointers with 46.

Junior Hayden Hoagland was named second-team All-Conference. Hoagland was seventh in the district in scoring with 11.2 points per game.

Head Coach Zach McLean said he was proud of both players.

"Brendan led us in scoring and was one of the best shooters in our league. When he gets his feet set he can really shoot it. Hayden really came a long way. He was a force in the paint defensively blocking shots. His offensive game really improved throughout the season. These two deserve the recognition and I'm happy for both of them," he said.


BRENDAN WAGNER

 

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