The 2020 Superior Telegram All-Area Boys Basketball Team, features seven seniors and three juniors.
Among the seniors are Northwestern’s Andrew Klobucher and Jake Brill, and Solon Springs’ Aaron Pfister, who were all members of the 2019 Telegram team.
The remaining four seniors are Barker, Solon Springs’ James Gehl, and Northwestern’s Jagar Stillson and Dayne Evanson.
Juniors on the squad are Superior’s Kaden Kimmes and Draden Jensen and Solon Springs’ Calin Lisson.
Sr. • G • Superior
• Barker’s break-out senior season included 460 points (20 ppg) with eight rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.
• First-team All-Lake Superior Conference, was selected to play in the Minnesota-Wisconsin Border Battle All-Star game and will play at UW-Superior next season.
• “Joey turned himself into a dominant player this year and was the focal point of every team we played,” SHS coach Jake Smith said. “The improvement that he has made throughout his high school years is a testament to his hard work, commitment and dedication. He is a fantastic role model for our younger players to see what hard work can do for you.”
Jr. • G/F • Superior
• Averaged 15.1 points and five rebounds a game. He missed the first four games because of a football injury.
• Second-team All-Lake Superior Conference.
• “We were hurting during the first four games without Kaden.” SHS coach Jake Smith said. “After he came back, he kept getting better and better. Toward the end of the season, he was starting to really get comfortable and took his game to the next level. He is the type of player that we couldn't take off the floor. He's a leader; (he) is always under control and poised and never seems to get rattled. He only takes great shots, doesn't turn the ball over and rarely makes mistakes. Kimmes is the type of player that every coach wants on their team. He’s a true difference-maker when on the floor."
Jr. • G • Superior
• Averaged 12.5 points a game, which included 46% shooting on 3-point attempts.
• Honorable-mention All-Lake Superior Conference.
• “Draden drew lots of attention from opposing teams with his ability to knock down shots from the perimeter,” SHS coach Jake Smith said. “He also had a knack for driving to the hoop and being physical when he got into the paint. Draden showed great balance and timing on his drives to score over his defenders in the paint. He was a tough player to guard because of his ability to score from deep, but also able to put the ball on the floor and attack the rim.”
Sr. • S/F • Solon Springs
• The three-year varsity player and two-year starter averaged 17.5 points, eight rebounds and one block per game.
• First-team All-Indianhead Conference and was selected to play in the Minnesota-Wisconsin Border Battle All-Star game.
• “Aaron was the alpha for our team,” SSHS coach Marcus Besonen said. “He was a captain and consistently the top leader — by example and vocally. He has been a joy to coach and be around as he is a constant student of the game and will be looking to take his work ethic and skill to UW-Superior to play in the fall.”
Sr. • W • Solon Springs
• The three-year varsity player and two-year starter averaged 10.3 points and four rebounds a game.
• “James became a captain this season due to his growing as a leader and confidence he gained in his own ability,” SSHS coach Marcus Besonen said. “James was always tasked with guarding the opponent's best player and had success doing so.”
Jr. • W • Solon Springs
• The junior captain averaged 10.6 points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals and 1.8 blocks per game.
“Calin was our Swiss army knife playing both inside, outside and all over the floor in the press,” SSHS coach Marcus Besonen said. “He was a stat sheet filler night in and night out and will be counted on to fill in the void left by our outgoing class next year.”
Sr. • SG • Northwestern
• Led the Tigers in scoring (13.6 ppg). Also averaged 4.0 rebounds, two assists, and 2.1 steals a game.
• Tigers’ captain was first-team all-Heart O’ North Conference and selected to play in the Minnesota-Wisconsin Border Battle All-Star game. He scored a career-high 27 points in the Tigers' Jan. 3 victory over Hayward. His best game was 17 points, five rebounds, five assists, three blocks and the game-winning basket in a one-point win over Chetek-Weyerhaeuser.
• "Andrew's leadership on and off the court will be missed,” NHS coach Nolan Graff said. “He was our closer this year and when we needed a shot, he was our guy.”
Sr. • PG • Northwestern
• Tiger captain and two-year starter averaged 9.1 points, 2.5 rebounds and team-leading four assists and 2.3 steals a game.
• Second-team all-Heart O’ North Conference. He scored a team-leading 19 points with nine assists, six steals and blocked two shots in a playoff win over Osceola. Brill will attend Winona State and plans to play baseball for the Warriors.
• “He was our top on-ball defensive player,” NHS coach Nolan Graff said. “His consistency over the last two years has been huge for our success. Jake's drive, competitive fire and will to win will be missed. It will take a lot to fill his role.”
Sr. • F • Northwestern
• Captain averaged 9.5 ppg, 3.5 rebounds and two assists a game. Stillson led the Tigers in free-throw percentage and his 45.1% shooting on 3-pointers (60-of-133) was fifth among all D3 players. He's the only Tiger to play in all 24 games this season.
• All-Heart O’ North Conference honorable mention. He scored a career-high 21 points (including five 3-pointers) with eight rebounds and two assists in a win over Spooner. Stillson will attend UW-Stout and plans to play football.
• “Jagar is the ultimate teammate/leader and is a player that leads by example, vocally and in the classroom,” NHS coach Nolan Graff said. “His presence will certainly be missed as he makes everyone around him a better player and person."
Sr. • F • Northwestern
• Captain averaged 7.7 points, a team-high 5.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.6 steals a game. He also led the Tigers in double-doubles.
• All-Heart O’ North Conference honorable mention. Evanson's best game was 11 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and three steals in a win over Chetek-Weyerhaeuser. He will attend UW-Stout and plans to play football.
• “Dayne was very versatile and could guard all five positions on the floor,” NHS coach Nolan Graff said. “He had an endless motor and played with grit and heart. He was our emotional leader and willed our team to victory numerous times over the past two seasons.”