Class B Boys BB All-State

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Rugby made its third consecutive trip to the state tournament this year, and senior forward Brad Heidlebaugh helped carry the Panthers to their first state championship in boys basketball since 1962.

Heidlebaugh - who was named Mr. Basketball, Class B senior athlete of the year and state tournament MVP - headlines this year's Class B all-state team, which is selected by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

He is joined on the first team by senior Carter Kretchman of Oak Grove, senior Christian Kvilvang of North Star, senior Trayvon McKay of Four Winds-Minnewaukan and junior Hayden Sadowsky of Hettinger-Scranton.

The 6-foot-4 Heidlebaugh had per-game averages of 20.3 points, 9.6 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 2.2 steals and 1 block.

"His biggest asset is he's not just good in one thing," Rugby coach Mike Santjer said of Heidlebaugh, who will play football for the University of North Dakota. "He can take the ball up the floor, he can score from the inside, he can score from the outside, he can rebound. He is an all-around threat.

"In the past two years he has really developed his outside game, which really complements his inside game."

Kretchman, a 5-9 guard, led his team to a state title in 2014 and a third-place finish this season. He was a Mr. Basketball finalist alongside Heidlebaugh and Minot's Dakota Halvorson. Kretchman averaged 18.6 points, 6 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 2 steals per game as a senior.

"He is probably one of the best pure shooters," Oak Grove coach Kyle Card said. "He is good at getting to the basket and he has really improved his defensive game. He relished in guarding the opponents' best players."

Kvilvang, a 6-5 forward, led his team to a state tournament appearance in 2014. He was named Region 4 senior athlete of the year after averaging 22.7 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists per contest. Kvilvang has signed to play for the University of Jamestown.

"He is versatile," North Star coach Jeff Hagler said. "He can shoot off the dribble. He can post up. He played about as much facing the basket as he did with his back to it this past year."

McKay, a 6-3 forward, had per-game averages of 20.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.2 steals for the Indians, who lost to Rugby in the state championship game. He was named District 7 senior athlete of the year.

"He has no fear and is a true competitor," FW-M coach Rick Smith said. "He is a tough guard because he can post up and he can hit from the outside. ... He is a very underrated defender."

Sadowsky, a 5-8 guard, averaged 24.5 points, 5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.5 steals per game while leading the Night Hawks to a 21-4 record.

"He's our team's best player," Hettinger-Scranton coach Jeremy Dietchman said. "He's an all-around threat. Teams had to respect his 3-point shooting, which made them susceptible to his driving ability. ... Defensively he has really improved his footwork and his help defense."

Second team

Christian Adams, Oak Grove: The 6-1 senior averaged 21.2 points, 7.9 boards and 2.6 assists per game.

Austin Lee, Berthold: The 5-10 senior scored 26.6 points per game while adding 4 assists and 2.8 steals per contest.

Carter Mauch, Hankinson: The 6-2 senior averaged a double-double with 24.6 points and 11 rebounds per game. He also added 3.1 assists and 2 steals per contest.

Jace Pederson, Hatton-Northwood: The 6-2 senior had per-game averages of 21.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.8 steals.

Hunter Pinke, South Border: The 6-4 junior averaged a double-double with 21 points and 10.5 boards per game. He also contributed 2.5 assists and 1.5 blocks per contest.

Dalton Poitra, St. John: The 6-foot junior had per-game averages of 25.7 points, 5.9 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 4 steals per contest.

Dan Prince, New England: The 6-5 senior nearly averaged a double-double with 15.8 points and 9.9 rebounds per contest. He also recorded 5 assists, 3.4 steals and 1.9 blocks per game.

Jon Purintun, Linton-HMB: The 6-1 senior averaged 22.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals per game.

Brock Robbins, Cavalier: The 6-3 senior averaged a double-double with 20.2 points and 10.9 rebounds per game. He also added 3.8 steals 2.6 assists and 1.5 blocks per contest.

Adam White, Ellendale: The 6-4 senior averaged a double-double with 22.4 points and 11 boards per game along with 3 blocks per contest.