Most Improved Dustin Vickerman and Most Valuable Blaine Storlie
Most Improved Dustin Vickerman and Most Valuable Blaine Storlie
Senior Blaine Storlie received three of the four team honors announced Friday night by the 2012-13 conference championship Spring Grove boys basketball team. The 6-foot point guard was selected Most Valuable Player in team voting as well as being voted the recipient of the Lion Award. He also earned the Hustle Award by finishing the season with the most "hustle points" (4.0 per game).

The Most Improved Player award went to 6-0 sophomore guard Dustin Vickerman.

Storlie wound up his career at Spring Grove with three triple-point scoring records. He set a new single-game mark with 9 threes versus LeRoy-Ostrander, a new season record with 72 made treys, and a new school career record with 232 three-point buckets.

Another boys record that Storlie now holds is 358 career assists. For the season just past, he totaled 130 assists, the third-best on the books. He managed all that while hitting 1433 points, the second-highest career total in program history.

Other career marks include second best in three-point accuracy (39%), second in total steals (274) and second in hustle points (407).

In 2012-13, Storlie also hit a team-high 76% from the foul line, notching the third-best season in the record books with 107 made free throws.

Storlie made the Academic All-State list this year, a senior-only award. He was named to the SEC All-Conference team three times, the Academic All-Conference Team four times and was named team captain three times.

A four-year starter/letter winner, Storlie won the Lion Award for "Leadership and Heart." As starting point guard on three straight conference championship teams, he helped the Lions to an enviable 50-4 SEC record during the last three seasons.

Vickerman was usually the first player off the bench for Spring Grove this year, playing in all 28 games. He gamely reported to the hardwood floor after an injury scratched his entire football season.

Vickerman was third in team assists this year (2.4 per game), scored 6.4 points per game and was one of only three Lions with more assists than turnovers.

Besides Storlie, the Academic All-Conference list included senior guard Josh Olerud, senior center Brandon Schuttemeier, freshman forward Brady Schuttemeier, freshman guard Gabe Solum and eighth-grade guard Chase Grinde. Honorees must be letter winners with a 3.4 (B+/A-) GPA during the academic grading period that contains the basketball season.

Olerud joined Storlie in collecting his fourth varsity basketball letter. Brandon Schuttemeier took his second. Vickerman, Brady Schuttemeier, Alex Engelhardt, Solum and Grinde were first-year letter winners.