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Leaving a Mark: Ava’s Dalton Named to MSHSAA All-District Team

Ava High School freshman Andrew Dalton (44) maneuvers around Willow Springs defender Carson Lowe (32) during an SCA Conference, non-district game Tuesday, in Willow Springs. (Jason Hoekema/Douglas County Herald)

By Jason Hoekema

CLEVER – After a much-improved performance against Springfield Catholic, the Ava Bears walked away with heads held on high despite the 79-57 loss to the private school.

Last time the teams met, the Bears didn’t have an answer for the Fightin’ Irish but held on and even out-scored Catholic 18-15 in the second quarter of the opening Class 3, District 11 match. 

Since then, the district committee has voted and released the names of players included in the All-District teams.

Andrew Dalton is among them. The freshman had a very successful year playing on all 25 season games with a field goal shooting average of 57.6-percent for a total of 300 points from twos and 93 from threes. 

Shooting at 76.2-percent from the stripe, Dalton added up to 486 points in his freshman year. He has also been a team-player, credited with 80 assists as well as excelling on defense. 

In the game against Springfield Catholic, Dalton was contained to 17 points with the Fighting Irish well-aware of his abilities on the court. With a season-high of 34 points, it was apparent that the Irish defense was intent on keeping the freshman covered. Through four quarters, Dalton sunk six twos, a three, and shot 2-for-2 at the stripe to end the season. 

The awards list is determined by a committee representing District 11.

Boys All-District Team 

Coach of the year – Dustin Larsen of Springfield Catholic

1. Jake Branham – Springfield Catholic

2. Riley Oberbeck – Strafford

3. David Oplotnik –  Fair Grove

4. Dillon Hester – Strafford

5. Charlie O’Reilly – Springfield Catholic

6. Andrew Dalton – Ava

7. Michael Manzardo – Springfield Catholic

8. Dawson Deroo – Forsyth

9. Cole Gilpin – Fair Grove

10. Daylon Loonsfoot – Clever

Girls All-District Team

Coach of the year – Steve Frank of Strafford

1. Hayley Frank – Strafford

2. Alana Findley – Fair Grove

3. Kayley Frank – Fair Grove

4. Harper Little – Clever

5. Harley Maxwell – Fair Grove

6. Maddison Chittenden – Strafford

7. Allie Clevenger – Clever

8. Courtney Austin – Buffalo

9. Abi Menzies – Clever

10. Lilly Edwards – Springfield Catholic