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home : sports : sports Tuesday, May 31, 2016

3/23/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
The Observer announces its Athletes of the Month

By Ross Eberhart
Sports editor

Breanne Butler - Opposing players thought twice about entering the paint when taking on the Northeast girls basketball team, thanks in large part to the play of junior Breanne Butler. The Rebel center led all of class 3A in blocked shots this winter as she deflected 96 attempts. The number set a new single-season record for Northeast and was also good for fifth in the state, regardless of class. Butler made an impact in other places for the Rebels too - she led the team in rebounding, grabbing 190 total (8.3 per game) with 57 offensive boards, while also finishing second on the team with 285 points (a 12.4 average). The junior came up just two rebounds short of recording a triple-double during the Rebels' victory over Lisbon as Butler scored 22 points, blocked 12 shots and grabbed eight rebounds. Butler scored a team-best 26 points during the Rebels' 13-point win over Midland.

Gretchen Henningsen - Already one of the Central girls basketball team's top shooters, Saber junior Gretchen Henningsen added an extra dimension to her game this winter by becoming one of the top perimeter defenders in the WaMaC. With Henningsen leading the way, the Sabers were again one of the best defensive teams in the state. In fact, Central allowed the fewest points among all WaMaC East teams and was 10th in all of class 4A in points allowed per game. Henningsen tied for the team lead in steals with 20 and also blocked a shot. The guard grabbed 54 rebounds during the season and had a penchant for rebounding teammates' misses (Henningsen had 17 offensive boards). Offensively, Henningsen finished third on the team in scoring with 114 points (5.0 per game) and tied for second on the team with five three-pointers. Henningsen also was second on the team in both free throw makes and attempts. Three of those made foul shots came in a pressure-packed situation against West Delaware as Henningsen went to the line all by herself for four free throws after both a shooting foul and a technical foul. The junior, though, calmly made the first free throw to tie the game and then made two more to create the final margin in a 49-47 Saber win.

Jake Janssen - A strong senior season put the finishing touches on a sterling four-year varsity career for Calamus-Wheatland center Jake Janssen. The senior earned first-team honors on the All-Big East team for the second-straight year for his play, which included leading the Warriors in scoring and rebounding. In fact, no Big East player grabbed more rebounds this season than Janssen, who collected 253 - good for 12 per game. Included in the 253 boards were 106 offensive rebounds, which alone would have been good for 21st in the conference in total rebounds. The center added a team-high 300 points for the Warriors (14.3 per game), while also leading the squad in free throws (Janssen shot 69-of-116 from the line). The senior finished his career with 882 points and 706 rebounds. The second number is just 35 boards short of the Warriors' career mark set by Brandon Horman. Along with strong rebounding, Janssen also gave Cal-Wheat a boost with 34 blocked shots, and the center added 15 steals and seven assists. Janssen scored a season-best 31 points during Cal-Wheat's win over Tipton and grabbed 21 rebounds against Durant in a game that Janssen won with a three-pointer just as time expired.

Matt Lorenzen - A threat on both ends of the court, Northeast guard Matt Lorenzen put together a strong senior season for the Rebel boys basketball team. Offensively, Lorenzen finished sixth for the Rebels with 130 points, good for 5.4 per game. More than half of Lorenzen's points came from behind the three-point line as the senior drained 27 treys. The bulk of Lorenzen's threes came in the Rebels' rout of Camanche as the senior guard drained six as part of a 20-point effort. Lorenzen proved to be an adept passer as well, as he finished second on the team with 59 assists. Defensively, Lorenzen continued to be one of the Rebels' best on-ball defenders. The senior finished second on the team in steals with 35 (1.5 per game), while also grabbing 70 rebounds, good for fourth on the squad. Seven of those boards came in a road battle with Prince of Peace as Lorenzen led the Rebels in rebounds in a 53-40 win.

Abbie Moellenbeck - Leadership was not the only thing that Cal-Wheat senior Abbie Moellenbeck provided the Warrior girls basketball team this winter. The senior forward also proved to be a potent offensive weapon for Cal-Wheat, while leading the team in both steals and blocked shots on defense. Moellenbeck scored a team-high 132 points during the season - good for a 6.0 average - and finished second on the team in three-pointers with five, while also being second on the team with 25 made free throws. Defensively, Moellenbeck had a knack for getting in the passing lanes, and the senior led the Warriors with 39 steals (it was the 14th best total in all of the Big East). Moellenbeck blocked 17 shots as well and finished second on the team with 107 rebounds (4.9 per game). Moellenbeck scored a season-best 16 points on the road versus Tipton and, a night later, had three steals in the Warriors' closest game of the season against Cedar Valley Christian.

Allen Mumm - The season concluded in a familiar spot for Central senior Allen Mumm - the 1A state bowling meet in Des Moines. Mumm made his second-straight trip to the competition this March and is the only Central bowler to compete in two state meets. Mumm topped his finish from a year ago as well, taking 32nd overall at the meet with a 403 series. Mumm saved his best for last, as the senior finished his second game at the state meet with five-straight strikes, givinh him a score of 225. Mumm led the Sabers in total pins this season with 5,676 and the 277 he bowled again Marion was the best single-game score by a Central bowler this year. Mumm had a 218 average during his senior campaign and was part of a Central boys team which won four different tournaments this winter. Mumm earned the opportunity to compete at state by taking one of eight at-large spots with his 457 series at the 1A state-qualifying meet hosted by West Delaware.


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