Although the basketball season has been over for about a month, Ben Moxness was in the Logan View gym on Tuesday morning shooting and working on his skills.
That is typical for the 6-foot-6 senior.
“We don’t have school today because of the (Logan View) track meet, but he is in the gym right now,” Logan View/Scribner-Snyder coach Sean Forbes said. “He has big (aspirations) and is a goal-driven person. He has been in the gym every day since our season got over.”
Moxness, who led the Raiders to a 21-5 record, is the honorary captain of the Fremont Tribune All-Area Team. He is joined on the eight-player first unit by Riley Harms of Fremont High, Grant Frickenstein of Fremont Bergan, Brendan Lacey of Wahoo High, Garrett Seagren of Oakland-Craig, Tanner Wietfeld of North Bend, Colton Feist of Yutan and Jacob Polk of the Raiders.
Moxness averaged 18.6 points and 4.6 rebounds per game, despite receiving a lot of attention from opposing defenses.
“I thought he had a really good season,” Forbes said. “With being a returning all-stater and having defenses focus on him, he really kept his composure all year.”
Moxness was part of a talented senior class for the Raiders. All five starters were 12th-graders.
“He wasn’t worried about his individual stats,” Forbes said. “He just wanted to get the team wins. He worked hard to get everyone involved and he still averaged almost 19 points a game.”
Moxness has dreams of playing basketball at the NCAA Division I level. Forbes said he is likely to attend Northeast Community College in Norfolk to help him attain that goal.
“He hopes the juco (junior college) path will help open some doors for him,” Forbes said. “He doesn’t just want to play basketball, he wants to be really good and has that Division I goal. I think the juco route will be great for him.”
Polk, a 6-1 guard, averaged 19.6 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. He also earned Tribune All-Area honors in football where he guided the Raiders to a state playoff berth. He also excels in track.
“Guys like Jacob Polk don’t come around very often because he brings so much to the table,” Forbes said. “He is student body president and is really involved in school. He respects leadership, but he also gets the respect from others. ... What made him successful was how hard he played.”
Polk would show his mental toughness in close games.
“He doesn’t get rattled,” Forbes said. “He may make a mistake, but he’ll come right back at you. He led the team through the good and bad.”
Although Polk had numerous offers in football and basketball, he will attend the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and just compete in intramurals.
Harms had offers, including from Bellevue University, to play basketball in college, but he accepted a scholarship from the University of Nebraska at Kearney to compete in football. The quarterback was the Tribune’s All-Area offensive captain.
“He has physical tools that you just can’t coach,” Fremont coach Mark Williams said. “The way he can run and jump at his size is pretty amazing. College coaches were interested in him, but they knew he was going to do football. He is going to be great at Kearney. They will love his attitude.”
The 6-7 Harms averaged 17 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. Williams believes the senior led Class A in double-doubles with 16.
“One of my thrills was to watch Riley rebound,” Williams said. “He is one of the best rebounders I’ve ever coached. A lot of rebounding is wanting the ball more than the other guy and having that desire. I think Riley definitely had that.”
Harms also didn’t specialize in one sport. He competed in basketball and football all four years. He also competed in golf for three and track for one. He was a leader on and off the court.
“I’m just so impressed with his maturity and how much courage he has to do the right thing all the time,” Williams said. “Obviously he is a great basketball player, but he is such a good person. He is someone I would like all of our (youth) basketball players to grow up and be like.”
The 6-2 Seagren joined Harms on the All-Area football team as a receiver. In basketball, he averaged 15.1 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game.
Seagren was slowed in the early season due to a hand injury.
“He had to learn to become more of a coach on the bench at the start of the season,” Oakland-Craig coach Aaron Meyer said. “Coming off the injury, he wasn’t at full strength shooting-wise for a few weeks so he had to take a lot of pride in his defense, rebounding and passing. He had a great year statistically as far as rebounding and assists go.”
Seagren became the Knights’ all-time leading scorer with 1,449 points. He drained 189 career 3-point baskets and finished with 320 assists.
He will play basketball for Chaminade University.
“He’s got the talent to be a shooter if that’s what they need from him,” Meyer said. “In AAU ball, he became more of a true point guard, so I know he has those capabilities as well.”
The 6-2 Lacey led the Warriors to the Class C-1 state championship. He averaged a team-best 16.5 points per game and also grabbed 3.7 rebounds per contest.
“He was just really consistent offensively for us,” Wahoo coach Kevin Scheef said. “He is one of the best shooters I’ve ever had the privilege to coach. He is a kid that thrives in the big moment. A lot of times we would go to him when we needed a big shot and more often than not he delivered. He really had a great year for us.”
Lacey quickly erased any hopes Ogallala had of a first-round upset in the state tournament by draining six 3-point field goals in the first quarter. He finished with 21 points as the Warriors rolled to an 87-44 win.
“He was absolutely on fire and helped us break that game open,” Scheef said.
Lacey will play basketball at Doane University.
“I think if he keeps developing in his game he could be a really good player for Doane,” Scheef said.
Feist led Yutan to a Class C-2 state football championship and a fourth-place finish in basketball.
The 6-3 senior has accepted an offer to join the University of Nebraska football team as a walk-on. He was the Tribune’s All-Area defensive captain.
In basketball, he averaged 13 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists per game. He also repeated as a C-2 all-stater.
“His numbers are a little down just because we were so much more balanced this year,” Yutan coach Justin Petersen said.
Feist finished with more than 1,300 points and 1,000 rebounds in his career.
“He is one of six people in Nebraska high school basketball history to put up those numbers,’ Petersen said.
The 6-3 Frickenstein led the Knights in scoring with 17 points per game. He also averaged 4.1 rebounds.
“Grant worked extremely hard in the offseason,” Bergan coach Ryan Mlnarik said. “We saw significant improvements in his game throughout the season.”
Mlnarik said the junior will compete for the Nebraska Bison all-star program this summer.
“Grant knows there are things that stood out at the end of the season that he needs to continue to work on to get better,” Mlnarik said. “He is committed to the weight room. He has the desire and commitment to keep improving his game.”
Wietfeld is the other junior on the team. He helped the Tigers to a 22-4 record by averaging 17.5 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. He also finished with 68 steals, 72 assists and 28 blocked shots.
“Tanner was our leader on the floor,” North Bend coach Jonathan Baehr said. “He would draw the best guard on the floor on a nightly basis and was always key in regards to our ability to defend.”
The second team is headed by Josh Quinn of Mead. Other selections include: Zach Woehrer of Fremont High, John Emanuel of North Bend, Cameron Quick of Wahoo High, Jackson Borgmann of Arlington and Mason Timm of Yutan.
Kenyan Lovejoy, Lucas Vogt, Darwin Snyder, Jaxon Johnson, Trent Gatewood, BRLD. Mason Thiesen, Cedar Bluffs. Peyton Weiss, Spencer Hays, Ty Eggen, Douglas County West. Dre Vance, Dylan Kucera, Riley Lindberg, Kolby Boggs, Fremont Bergan. Austin Callahan, Payton Johnson, Triston Keeney, Fremont High. Connor Blum, Dax VanLengen, Howells-Dodge. Alex Hagerbaumer, Alex VonSeggern, Nathan Taylor, Logan View/Scribner-Snyder. JT Haag, Mead. Austin Endorf, Jaxon Wietfeld, North Bend. Kobe Benne, Garrison Dodge, Oakland-Craig. Billy Hancock, Blake Lacey, Dylan Egr, Winston Cook, Will Shanahan, Wahoo High. Trey Ahrens, Kobey Simons, Eli Vedral, Zach Meduna, Wahoo Neumann. Chase Streeter, Blake Anderson, Austin Streeter, West Point-Beemer. Brady Timm, Allan Leahy, Yutan.