|SIX BRUINS HONORED AFTER UNDEFEATED LEAGUE SEASON|
|March 04, 2008 11:00 pm|
By Josh Bronson
Pilot staff writer
The Brookings-Harbor High School boys' basketball team took home all the major awards this year for the Far West League as voted on by league coaches last week.
Along with a league-leading six players voted to the All-League team, junior Chase Bansemer was named the Far West League MVP and Coach Bryan Wood was also named Coach of the Year.
"All of them are very deserving of their awards and their hard work has been recognized," Wood said.
Three Bruins were named to the All-League First Team, while only three other players from the five remaining teams were selected to the first team.
Bansemer, who is quietly becoming one of the best point guards in the state, averaged 14 points per game for the Bruins, but contributed to the Bruins' winning ways in almost every facet of the game.
"Chase is our defensive stopper, he can score and he's a good rebounder," Wood said. "He's tough physically and mentally and adversity doesn't bother him. And far above anything else, like the rest of the guys, he's just a great kid."
On any given night, Bansemer would guard the opposing team's best scorer or ball handler and would also be counted on to create offense on the other end.
Bansemer was also named to the All-Defensive Team.
Twin brother Kenton was also voted to the first team and is also averaging 14 points per game for the Bruins.
The 6'7" post player has improved tremendously from last year has turned into an unstoppable force down low.
"His work ethic is unsurpassed and his desire and dedication to be great is unbelievable," Wood said.
Kenton has developed a solid post game with moves from both the left and right sides of the key.
Junior Fred Corpening was the other Bruin to join the Bansemer brothers on the Far West League First Team.
Corpening is an incredibly versatile wing who averages 10 points per game while providing the Bruins with excellent defense and rebounding.
"Fred is quick, he jumps well, is extremely athletic and is one of the best on-the-ball defenders we have," Wood said.
Senior Nick Taresh was the lone Bruin selected to the All-League Second Team.
Taresh is one of the Bruins best pure shooters and has a 15-foot jumper that is almost automatic.
"He's found his niche and he does it very well," Wood said. "Nick is also a good defender and he plays off the ball well."
A pair of Bruin seniors Michael Wood and AJ Weber were recognized as honorable mention selections.
Wood is the Bruins best threat from beyond the arc and teams who don't step out and cover him learn the hard way.
Although Wood lacks the size of most prep basketball players, his hard work and determination paid off and earned him a starting role.
"Michael is one of those kids you tell every freshman and sophomore about," Coach Wood said. "He's the ultimate hard work and perseverance story. It didn't matter what anybody said about it, he knew what he wanted to do and he worked for it."
Weber is the first Bruin off the bench and uses his size to control the boards on both the offensive and defensive ends.
"AJ has that blue collar mentality and he's a very strong, very physical kid," Wood said.
The Bruins ended regular season play with a perfect 10-0 league record and an incredible 20-2 record overall.
On Saturday, March 8, the No. 2 Bruins will battle the No. 4 Junction City Tigers in a second round home playoff game to try and earn their second straight trip the state tournament.
Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. and the doors will open at 5:30 p.m.
OSAA ticket prices are $6 for adults and $4 for students.