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Southeast Conference boys’ basketball honors

By Justin Webster | Mar 08, 2018
Photo by: JUSTIN WEBSTER/Ledger photo The Fairfield boys’ basketball team is, from left, Dante Cingire, Carson Crile, Tristin Waugh, Collin Breen, Austin Simpson, Landon Kooiker, Mark Diers, Cole Engle and Drew Martin.

Fairfield boys’ basketball had their best season in a decade with the re-emergence of Mick Flattery leading the Trojan vessel. At 14-9 overall and 6-2 in conference play, the Trojans were successful on and off the court with seven players being recognized for their on court abilities and six members honored for their academic efforts while competing as student-athletes.

“We feel really great about Fairfield’s representation of SEC basketball and academic student athletes being part of that makeup,” said Flattery. “Academics are very important to our players and they know our school district prepares them well for the future. We also like to think that there are many life lessons between sports and every day life in which we talk about daily.”

He also praised his two juniors that made both lists.

“Great to see players like Carson and Cole on both teams. Any successful group, company or team usually has unbelievable leadership. As we know, leadership can be modeled in many ways, whether it’s leading quietly, through examples, or verbally, we have been blessed with a wide array of leadership styles on our team. Carson and Cole truly fit under these examples.”


SEC standings

Mount Pleasant 8-0

Fairfield 6-2

Fort Madison 4-4

Washington 1-7

Keokuk 1-7


Player of the Year Brady Sartorius, Sr.,

Mt. Pleasant

23.1 points per game on 51.4 percent from the field, 39.1 percent from perimeter and 87.7 percent free throws.

84 rebounds, 113 assists, 3/1 assist to turnover ratio and 69 steals.


* Unanimous Selection

1st team selection

Austin Simpson* Jr.

The junior power forward collected the offensive low-post award at the team banquet Sunday for a reason.

Simpson led the team in scoring at 11.3 points per game while shooting 48.7 percent from the field. He also led the Trojans in offensive rebounds with 70, overall boards with 183 and blocks with 16. He only trailed Carson Crile by four defensive rebounds on the season, finished third in steals, and his 39 assists were fourth on the team.


Dante Cingire Sr.

The perimeter MVP of the offense, Cingire was second on the team in ppg with 10.1 on 42.4 percent shooting and he led the team in threes made and attempted while making a team high 40 percent from the outside.

The Trojan guard also finished third in shooting from the foul line with 52 free throws converted on 76 attempts. Dante led the team in assists with 68, grabbed 60 rebounds from the point position, and grabbed 28 steals which only trailed Crile by a single swipe.


2nd team selection

Carson Crile* Jr.

Crile earned the steal award this year while leading the team with 29.

He was fourth in scoring with 213 points on 43 percent from the field, including 40 percent from the perimeter and 69 percent from the charity stripe. He was second on the Trojans in rebounds with 161, fifth in assists with 35, and he blocked 10 shots which trailed only Simpson’s 16 swats.


Tristin Waugh* Jr.

Defensive low-post was the junior power forwards specialty this season.

He grabbed 100 rebounds, distributed the ball for 49 assists and made 24 steals. 217 points were also scored by the junior on 47 percent from the field, 30 percent from the perimeter and and a team-high 74 percent from the foul line.


Honorable mention

Collin Breen Jr.

The Breen name lives on in Fairfield hoops with the junior skywalker scoring 8.2 ppg for the Trojans.

The fifth starter and the opening-tipper plays guard and compiled 47 rebounds, 54 assists, 22 steals and six blocks during the 2017-18 season.


Cole Engle Jr.

Engle collected the sixth man award which is fitting because he was sixth in scoring at 3.1 per game, assists with 25, 14 steals, two blocks plus his 43 rebounds were seventh for Fairfield.


Drew Martin So.

The sophomore filled the Trojans gaps when and where needed, scoring 2.2 points on 46 percent shooting while grabbing the fourth most rebounds on the team with 60.

He also had nine assists, 13 steals and a block in his first year as a contributor for the basketball team.

Academic all-conference selections:

Brittan Bowman JR.

Carson Crile JR.

Mark Diers JR.

Cole Engle JR.

Aaron Haines SR.

Bryanna Popejoy (Manager)

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