Three local players garner all-NTC honors

A trio of area boys basketball players were honored recently by being named to the all-National Trail Conference team.

St. Elmo’s Colton Booher was one of five first-team NTC picks, coming off an outstanding all-around senior season in which he averaged more than 17 points and 11 rebounds per game.

Booher made NTC history in late January, as he became the only player in league history to make the conference tournament team every year of his career.

Joining Booher on the first team are Stew-Stras senior Ben Giertz, Altamont junior Kieffer McCarron, Teutopolis junior Tony Zerrusen and Effingham-St. Anthony junior Blake Steppe.

St. Elmo’s Wade Nevergall was named an NTC second-team pick after averaging roughly 13.5 points per game his senior year.

Joining Nevergall on the second team are St. Anthony’s Anthony Hecht, Neoga’s Alex Walk, Beecher City’s Tyler McKay and Altamont’s Landon Duckwitz.

Booher and Neveragall helped the Eagles to a 19-9 overall record, a perfect 7-0 Egyptian-Illini Conference mark and a 6-3 finish in the NTC.

Brownstown sophomore Jared Winters was named an all-conference honorable mention after a breakout season in which he averaged more than 16 points and 10 rebounds per game. Winters helped the Bombers to a surprising 16-10 record.

Other NTC honorable mentions were Teutopolis’s Brian Haskenherm and Stewardson-Strasburg’s Phil Wetherell.

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