During the 2012-13 Lincoln Trail Conference boys' basketball season, the spoils were pretty much evenly divided between rivals Galva and Wethersfield.|
The Flying Geese (25-7) defeated the Wildcats 57-54 in the conference tournament championship game, but Galva (23-5) got even shortly thereafter with a 67-64 homecourt win over Wethersfield that enabled the 'Cats to repeat as regular-season LTC champions with a 10-0 mark.
So, it was only fitting that the postseason spoils stayed evenly divided, as each squad placed two of its standouts on the All-Conference first team.
Coming off a Class 1A regional-title run -- their first in five years -- the Flying Geese's junior sparkplug and leading scorer, guard Trevor Lay, was joined by senior forward Tyler Litton on the first team.
Likewise, Galva put one senior -- forward Reece Hoxworth -- and one junior, guard and leading scorer Dexter Ingels on the first-team roster.
Three more area schools -- Annawan (12-20), Mercer County (19-10) and Ridgewood (16-13) -- each had one first-team representive each.
For the Braves, senior guard Tony Gripp earned the nod.The Golden Eagles' representative was senior guard/forward Tanner Matlick.For the Spartans, senior guard Elisha McCreary was honored. The latter also had All-LTC honorable mention selections Sam Althaus, James Brooks and Ridge Greenman.
Area players earning second-team All-Conference kudos were Annawan's Grant Baele and Michael Smith, Galva's David Jeffries, Mercer County's Tyson Nylin and Wethersfield's Kegan Jacobson.
The Geese's Trey Hannam and Matt Jenkins joined Galva's Connor King, Mercer County's Zack Aldinger on the honorable-mention list.