Season wrap up for the Sleepy Eye boys basketball team
The Sleepy Eye boys basketball team gathered together with parents and teammates to remember their exciting season one more time on Sunday night.
Team awards, as well as conference awards,were given away as the Indians looked back on their up and down season.
The Indians finished with an overall record of 7-21 and a conference record of 5-11.
Five seniors on the team have played their last games in an Indians uniform. Dylan Zeig, Ben Jakobitz, Saul Ibarra, Isaiah Krumbach and Miqueas Alvarez were all honored for their great careers at Sleepy Eye.
Each senior received a photo ball as well as a certificate.
Some of the highlights for the season include their big road win over Springfield. The Indians also lost by only nine points to St. Clair, who went on to win the Section 2A title.
For awards given, Zach Haala and Caleb Christensen were awarded All Conference Academic. Senior Saul Ibarra was also selected as All Conference Honorable Mention for his play this season.
Ibarra averaged 13.7 points per a game and 4.5 assists per a game as well.
The Tyler Hadley Memorial Award was also presented that night. The award is given to a player who represents what Sleepy Eye basketball is all about and strives to get better every day. The winners of that award were Ben Jakobitz and Jon Mickelson.
Although the Indians lose five seniors who posted a majority of the scoring and rebounding this season, the future is bright for the program.
The junior varsity team this season had one of the best seasons ever with a 19-5 record and started the season with a 13-game winning streak. It’s the most wins in a season for a JV team since 2009.
The Indians will return key guards next season as well.
Caleb Christensen will be back for the Indians as their top shooter. Christensen averaged 8.5 points per game this season while knocking down 37 3-pointers.
Sophomore Ben Laffen will also be back as he will be expected to step up in a big way with Ibarra being gone. Laffen averaged 6.8 points per game this year as well as 3.3 assists per game.
Junior Sam Tessmer will also be back. Tessmer really came on down the stretch for the Indians and will be looked on more next season to contribute.
Other JV players who are likely to see some action and contribute are Zach Haala, Jose Ibarra, Avery Stevens, Jon Mickelson, Carter Brinkman. Colton Gemmill and Nathan Walter