Lanesboro Boys Win Honors
Thursday, March 22, 2012 8:01 AM
Two Burros have been named to the 2012 SEC All-Conference Boys' Basketball Team.
Senior Braden Hanson made his third appearance on the squad. The 6'2" guard again led the Burros in scoring, with 511 points this season. On Feb. 6, he eclipsed the school career scoring mark of 1,352 set by Bill Johnson back in 1961. Hanson wrapped up his high school career with 1,430 points.
Hanson averaged 20.4 points per game, 21.9 in conference contests, leading all conference players in that SEC game category. He finished third in conference-game treys with 48, hitting 66 overall. Hanson was also the Burro rebounding leader, with 139 grabs in 2011-12.
Lanesboro's other contribution to the 2012 All-Conference team is 6'0" Senior guard Cory Strom, who made the All-Conference third team last year.
Spark plug Strom was first in conference contest assists this year, averaging 5.0 per game. He finished the season with 119 total assists and only 82 turnovers.
Strom was second only to Hanson in overall scoring, with 289 points. He was right behind Hanson in total rebounds for the season, with 137. Strom was also number one in Burro steals in 2011-12, with 69.
Junior guard Erik Peterson made the 2012 SEC Honorable Mention list. He finished fourth on the SEC-game three-point list with 45 treys, 65 overall.
Peterson scored 255 points this season. He contributed 76 rebounds, and was second only to Strom in thefts, with 52.
In team awards, Strom was voted Most Valuable Player. Sophomore guard Kole Ruud won the team award for Most Improved Player.
Ruud was third in scoring this season, with 283 points. He led the Burros in points scored from downtown, hitting 75. In SEC contests, Ruud finished second in total threes, with 55.
As a team, the Burros probably set some state records in three-point shooting for 2011-12, coach John Smith said recently. Although still-arriving 2011-12 statistics from other schools could potentially alter the overall picture, current records from the Minnesota State High School League would place Lanesboro first in overall three point field goal attempts in a game (50 versus Lewiston-Altura on Feb. 16), and fourth in the same category versus Houston on Jan. 5 (46 tries). In successful treys, the school would be second overall with 19 versus Hope Lutheran on Feb. 6. For three-pointers attempted in a season, Lanesboro would be number one (869), and for treys made, tied for number three (302).
Lanesboro basketball says goodbye to senior letter winners Strom, Braden Hanson, Joey O'Koren, and C.D. Hanson, as well as senior team manager Mitchell Walbridge.