March 20, 2003
Moore, Fromm Earn First Team All Conference Honors
Despite finishing without a first place team for the first time in several years Clark County swept the Tri-Rivers All-Conference basketball awards by bringing home the most valuable player awards in both the boys and girls divisions.
Lance Boatman was named the conference MVP after averaging 17.2 points and 9.9 rebounds per game for the Indians on his way to the MVP honor. The 6'5" senior center led Clark County to a 4-3 mark in league play.
Joining him as first team all conference performers were fellow seniors Bub Hardy, a 6' guard from North Shelby and 6'5" center Damon Collins of Brookfield, last year's league MVP.
Collins averaged 20.7 points and 10.5 rebounds as well as 2.4 blocks per contest. Hardy has his Raiders in the semi-finals of the Missouri Class 1 playoffs. He led his team with a 13.5 scoring average and also dished out a team high five assists a game.
Chase Moore, a senior from Scotland County R-I nearly made it an upperclassmen sweep on the first team. The 5'9" guard led SCR-I with a 14 scoring average and was the league top free throw shooter at over 85 percent.
Ian Gilworth was the lone underclassman on the first team. The junior from Putnam County was a unanimous selection to the first team after leading the Midgets with an 18.5 scoring average on his way to 1000 points in his career.
On the girls side of the awards it was Megan Martin making it a Clark County sweep as the 5'9" senior forward earned MVP honors. Martin capped of an impressive career by scoring 20 points and grabbing nearly 14 rebounds per contest.
Martin edged out a fellow Megan, Meagan Fromm, ending her streak of two consecutive league MVP awards. Fromm's numbers dipped a bit in her final year but she still led SCR-I to its first ever district title. The 5'9" forward led the Lady Tigers scoring at a 15.7 clip while grabbing a team high 8.7 rebounds per night while also recording nearly three blocked shots per game.
Two other seniors, Rebecca Van Soest of Milan and Lesley Paalhar of Brookfield earned first team honors along with junior Katie Fowler of Putnam County.
Putnam County won the girls conference with a record of 7-0. Clark County finished 6-1 followed by Brookfield at 5-2. Milan finished 4-3 while SCR-I was fifth with a 3-4 mark. Knox County ended the year 2-5 followed by Schuyler County (1-6) and North Shelby (0-7).
The Raiders boys team was at the opposite end of the standings going a perfect 7-0 to win the league. Putnam County was the most improved team in the conference winning more than 20 games just one year after finishing 7-17. The Midgets finished in second place with a 6-1 mark ahead of Brookfied (5-2) and Clark County (4-3). Knox County moved up in the standings to finish fifth with a 3-4 mark. SCR-I was sixth (2-5) followed by Schuyler County (1-6) and Milan (0-7).
Two other players from the SCR-I boys team received post season honors. Clint Cottrell, a junior forward, earned second team all-conference after averaging 10 points and eight rebounds a game. Fellow junior Aaron Dale was named to the honorable mention squad. He averaged eight points, seven rebounds and two assists per game, giving the team a solid forward duo to build around for next season.
Three Lady Tigers joined Meagan Fromm on the all-league roster. Ali Fromm earned second team honors as a freshman. She scored 11.3 points and grabbed more than four rebounds per game. Fellow guards Jessie Cotton (junior) and Amy Blomme (senior) were both named to the all-conference honorable mention team.