Peterman named to SEC’s second team
Recently voted the Most Valuable Player on the Trojan boys’ basketball team, senior Spencer Peterman added another accolade as a second team all-Southeast Conference selection this winter.
A 6-foot-3 forward, Peterman led the 4-18 Trojans in numerous statistical categories, including points, field goal percentage and rebounds.
The senior Trojan averaged 11.1 points per game on 49.5 percent shooting, and he was second on the team in free throw shooting at 60.3 percent. Peterman’s eight boards per game ranked him third in the SEC, and his 23 steals were also tops for the Trojans.
“Spencer was a tremendous leader for us, and he has tremendous athleticism. The abilities that he has and the work ethic he shows — quite frankly I didn’t know he had. He’s a kid with a great future ahead of him,” Fairfield head coach Tyler Miklo said.
Honorable mention went to another Fairfield senior in Darrin Dimmitt, who was also given the Jordan Leazer Take Charge Award at the end-of-season team banquet Monday. Dimmitt was the Trojans’ second-leading scorer with 6.5 points per game. He finished the season second on Fairfield in both assists (40) and steals (19), and he was able to corral 3.1 rebounds per game from the point guard spot.
“He put a lot on his plate every night, and he never made excuses,” Miklo said of Dimmitt. “When he got knocked down he’d get up and be ready to do it all again.”
Miklo lauded the four-senior group, which included Jake Greiner and Kyle Weirup in addition to Peterman and Dimmitt, at Monday’s banquet.
“The biggest compliment I can give to these seniors is they taught our underclassmen how to be successful. They left it on the court every night, and we are going to miss all four of them tremendously,” the head coach said.
The Trojans also landed 10 students, including eight players, on the academic all-conference list. The honor is given to any junior and senior athlete or support person who earned a grade point average of 3.25 or higher in the most recent grading period.
Seniors Greiner, Weirup and Dimmitt received the all-academic honor, as did juniors Jordan Whitney, Keagan Drish, Vince Horras, Joe Hietpas and Matt Carr. Senior managers Jennifer Clements and Ashley Shields also made the academic list.
“The stack of academic all-conference winners is about as big as our letter winners, and that says something about these kids,” Miklo said.