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Times names its All-Area boys' hoop squad


Capac leads way with three first team selections


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March 24, 2010
TRI-CITY AREA — From the opening contest in December to the last in March, the 2009-10 campaign proved an exciting one to watch.

Suffice it to say it was an entertaining one to watch for followers of the roundball sport. And Tri-City Area fans were well aware of that indisputable fact.

Here is a look at who made a name for themselves among our Tri-City standouts and the numbers they put up en route to an appearance on our All-Area 'Dream Team'.

Ben McNally, Almont

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McNally netted 362 points in 20 games, an average of 18.1 points per contest, during the 2009-10 campaign.

That placed him first on the Almont squad and among those who attained Tri-City Times All-Area first team status this winter.

In addition to those numbers, McNally grabbed 160 rebounds, handed off 51 assists and registered 31 steals.

McNally, a 6-2 senior forward, finished his second season on Almont's varsity as an All-Blue Water Area Conference first team selection.

Matt Burgess, Capac

Burgess generated 380 points over 21 contests, an average of 18.1 points per game, this winter.

That left him first on the Capac squad and second out of those who earned a spot on The Tri-City Times All-Area first team lineup.

He also pulled down 183 rebounds and blocked 84 shots.

Burgess, a 6-6 senior center, wrapped up his second season on Capac's varsity as an All-Blue Water Area first team choice.

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Matt Burgess, of Capac, looks over his offensive options in a game with Armada this winter. photo by Kevin Kissane.

Aaron Thompson,

Imlay City

Thompson provided 305 points in 21 games, an average of 14.5 points per contest, during the 2009-10 campaign.

That placed his first on the Imlay City squad and third among those who attained Tri-City Times All-Area first team status this winter.

In addition to those numbers, Thompson grabbed 135 rebounds, contributed 28 assists and made 24 steals.

Thompson, a 6-4 senior forward, finished his second season on Imlay City's varsity as an All-Blue Water Area Conference first team pick.

Evan Hazen, Dryden

Hazen accumulated 242 points over 21 contests, an average of 11.5 points per game, this winter.

That left him first on the Dryden squad and fourth out of those who earned a spot on The Tri-City Times All-Area first team lineup.

He also pulled down 276 rebounds.

It was the third season for Hazen, a 6-3 senior forward, on Dryden's varsity.

Eric Harbin, Imlay City

Harbin produced 174 points in 16 games, an average of 10.9 points per contest, during the 2009-10 campaign.

That placed his second on the Imlay City squad and fifth among those who attained Tri-City Times All-Area first team status.

In addition to those numbers, Harbin made 30 steals, grabbed 24 rebounds and handed off 22 assists.

Harbin, a 5-10 junior guard, finished his debut season on Imlay City's varsity as an All-Blue Water Area Conference honorable mention choice.

Anthony Closurdo, Capac

Closurdo managed 227 points over 21 contests, an average of 10.8 points per game, this winter.

That left him second on the Capac squad and sixth out of those who earned a spot on The Tri-City Times All-Area first team lineup.

He also contributed 48 steals to Capac's cause.

Closurdo, a 6-0 junior guard, wrapped up his second season on Capac's varsity as an All-Blue Water Area Conference honorable mention pick.

Josh Harvey, Capac

Harvey amassed 168 points over 21 contests, an average of 8.0 points per game, this winter.

That left him third on the Capac squad and seventh among those who attained Tri-City Times All-Area first team status.

In addition to those numbers, Harvey handed off 130 assists and furnished 36 steals.

Harvey, a 6-0 junior guard, finished his second season on Capac's varsity as an All-Blue Water Area Conference honorable mention selection.

Second team- Mitchell Parks, Capac; Matt Van Dyk, Imlay City; Tanner Turnbull, Capac; Josh Messner, Capac; Aaron May, Almont; Ben Rodak, Imlay City; Austin Dunnigan, Dryden; Geno Volante, Dryden; and Dillon Melly, Almont.

Coach of the Year- For directing Capac to a 14-6 overall mark, including a 10-4 Blue Water Area Conference showing (good enough for a share of second place) Bob Shoemaker earns Tri-City Times All-Area Coach of the Year accolades.

Kevin Kissane has been covering high school sports for the Tri-City Times since 1985. When not standing on a field or court with his camera and notepad, he enjoys golf, travel and family. Kevin is a 1980 graduate of Capac High School, and is also a grad of St. Clair Community College and earned a degree in journalism from Central Michigan University.
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