Shawe's Dan Hambrick is the Coach of the Year. (Courier file photo by David Campbell)
Shawe's Dan Hambrick is the Coach of the Year. (Courier file photo by David Campbell)
The 2019-2020 boys basketball season may not have turned out the way many expected due to injuries, off-court issues and just plain bad luck, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t plenty of highlights from area teams.

Southwestern junior Foster Mefford had an all-star type of season and deserved The Madison Courier’s Player of the Year Award, but at least 10 other players could have made a case for First Team honors. A total of 17 different players from six different schools finished with a scoring average in double-digits with eight averaging more than 13 points a game.

But the Courier only picks five for its First Team and joining Mefford on that squad is Switzerland County senior Damian Breeck, whose 19.7 ppg average was second only to Mefford. Madison junior Luke Miller, who led the Cubs in scoring at 14.7 ppg, Madison senior Mason Welsh, who carried the Cubs down the stretch, and Shawe senior Ethan Stuart, who broke the 1,000-point milestone mark, make up the rest of the First Team.

The Courier Second Team is almost as stacked as the first with Christian Academy of Madison senior Luke Carter, his school’s career scoring leader, Southwestern do-everything sophomore Zach Cole, Southwestern junior Austin Kramer, who averaged 13.5 ppg, Madison freshman Kaden Oliver, who finished at 11.3 ppg, and Trimble County senior Reece Webster, the Raiders’ top career scorer, getting the nod.

Cole, who manned the inside for the Rebels despite just being 6-foot tall, was named Defensive Player of the Year for his ability to guard nearly every position on the floor while Oliver was the easy choice for Freshman of the Year.

Shawe’s Dan Hambrick is our choice for Coach of the Year. The winningest coach in Shawe girls basketball history, Hambrick returned to the sidelines after a 25-year absence and led the Hilltoppers to nine wins, matching their total from the two previous years combined, in his first campaign.

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2019-20 MADISON COURIER

POSTSEASON AWARDS

Boys Basketball

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Foster Mefford, Jr., Southwestern



DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Billy Eccles, So., Southwestern



SCORING CHAMPION

Foster Mefford, Southwestern, 21.9 ppg



FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

Kaden Oliver, Madison



COACH OF THE YEAR

Dan Hambrick, Shawe



FIRST TEAM

Name, School Cl. Hgt. PPG

Damian Breeck, Switzerland Co. Sr. 6-2 19.7

Foster Mefford, Southwestern Jr. 6-1 21.9

Luke Miller, Madison Jr. 6-1 14.7

Ethan Stuart, Shawe Sr. 6-3 15.3

Mason Welsh, Madison Sr. 6-1 14.1

SECOND TEAM

Name, School Cl. Hgt. PPG

Luke Carter, Christian Academy Sr. 6-1 15.9

Zach Cole, Southwestern So. 6-0 10.4

Austin Kramer, Southwestern Jr. 5-10 13.5

Kaden Oliver, Madison Fr. 5-10 11.3

Reece Webster, Trimble Co. Sr. 6-0 14.6

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TOP 20 SCORING LEADERS

Name, School Cl. G Pts. Hi Avg.

Foster Mefford, Southwestern Jr. 26 553 40 21.3

Damian Breeck, Switzerland Sr. 24 473 32 19.7

Luke Carter, Christian Sr. 30 477 26 15.9

Ethan Stuart, Shawe Sr. 23 352 25 15.3

Luke Miller, Madison Jr. 29 425 29 14.7

Reece Webster, Trimble Co. Sr. 28 410 28 14.6

Mason Welsh, Madison Sr. 26 367 24 14.1

Austin Kramer, Southwestern Jr. 26 350 23 13.5

Trent Haggard, Christian Sr. 35 452 26 12.9

Clay Carter, Christian So. 34 438 25 12.9

Dylan Jennings, Trimble Co. Jr. 29 368 26 12.7

Henry Grote, Shawe So. 23 290 27 12.6

Billy Eccles, Southwestern So. 26 296 25 11.4

Kaden Oliver, Madison Fr. 26 294 21 11.3

Zach Weaver, Switzerland Sr. 24 256 18 10.7

Zach Cole, Southwestern So. 23 240 18 10.4

Luke Ommen, Madison Jr. 21 211 30 10.0

Landon Wilks, Switzerland Sr. 23 209 20 9.1

Chandler Cole, Shawe Sr. 22 193 22 8.8

Nick Center, Madison Jr. 22 183 17 8.3

Grayson May, Shawe Jr. 23 192 21 8.3

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BOYS TEAM WRAP-UPS



CHRISTIAN ACADEMY DEFENDERS

Final Record: 27-9

Highest Moment: The Defenders whip Cannelton 53-32 on Jan. 25 to improve to 21-4 on the season.

Lowest Moment: CAM’s hopes at a second-straight Southern Roads Conference title are dashed with a 54-33 loss to Evansville Christian on Feb. 1.

Outlook: The Defenders lose two 1,000-point scorers from their school-record 27-win team and will have a hard time reaching those heights again. But with several good young players CAM should still be one of the favorites for the conference crown.



MADISON CUBS

Final Record: 13-13

Highest Moment: Madison blitzes Charlestown 94-69 at home on Jan. 11 to improve to 10-2, its best start to a season since 1998-99.

Lowest Moment: A 69-49 loss at Jeffersonville on Feb. 25 sent the Cubs down to their 10th-straight loss, their longest losing streak since 1977-78.

Outlook: Arguably no team in the state experienced the highs and lows that Madison had this season. But with only one starter graduating, the Cubs could be one of the best teams in the southern part of the state next year.



SHAWE HILLTOPPERS

Final Record: 9-14

Highest Moment: Shawe defeats the Indiana School for the Deaf 67-41 on Jan. 4. The win was the Hilltoppers’ third straight and propelled them over the .500 mark (6-5) for the first time this late in a season in five years.

Lowest Moment: The Hilltoppers fall 63-44 to Christian Academy on Feb. 6, their sixth-straight loss.

Outlook: Shawe matched its win total from the previous two seasons combined during coach Dan Hambrick’s first year. The Hilltoppers lose a nice senior class — including 1,000-point scorer Ethan Stuart — but with a young core back Shawe should have a chance to compete for a sectional title next year.



SOUTHWESTERN REBELS

Final Record: 17-9

Highest Moment: Southwestern played arguably its best game of the season, whipping Class 2A No. 5 South Decatur 81-69 on Feb. 15 to improve to 14-7 on the season.

Lowest Moment: The Rebels lost 79-60 to Scottsburg on Feb. 22 in the first game after head coach Jerry Bomholt resigned amid conflicts in the lockerroom.

Outlook: It’s hard to say that 17 wins is a disappointment, but injuries ruined what could have been a special season in Hanover. Still, the Rebels lose only one starter to graduation, should get Matthew Williams back from injury and could be a legitimate state championship contender next season.



SWITZERLAND CO. PACERS

Final Record: 6-18

Highest Moment: Switzerland starts out strong and rolls over Southwestern 54-38 in the opening round of the Jefferson County Invitational on Dec. 27. The Pacers then nearly knock off Madison in the championship game the next day.

Lowest Moment: Switzerland falls 53-43 to Providence in the semifinals of the sectional tournament. The loss was the Pacers’ ninth-straight and 13 in the past 14 games.

Outlook: It was a rough season for the Pacers and it could get rougher. Switzerland loses all five starters to graduation and seven of its top eight scorers and the JV only won four games. It will be a rebuilding mode for the program over the next few years.



TRIMBLE CO. RAIDERS

Final Record: 7-22

Highest Moment: An 84-59 win over Bellevue on Feb. 17 was the Raiders’ second-straight and fourth in the previous eight games.

Lowest Moment: Trimble suffered its 11th-straight loss with an 84-60 setback to Iroquois on Jan. 13 that dropped the Raiders to 2-13.

Outlook: Coach Marcus Mumphrey’s first year was a tough one and the Raiders must replace all-time leading scorer Reece Webster. The rebuild will continue over the next few years but there are some nice players in the system that will help Trimble get over the hump.