1,000-point scorers highlight 2019-20 All Advertiser boys’ basketball team
By Scott Bolsby
The Advertiser coverage area features three boys’ basketball players who eclipsed the 1,000-career-point plateau this season.
Two of those players, Evan Neff of Kingston and Zac Yorke of Millington, found their way to the All-Advertiser first team.
The third player to reach the plateau was Jeffrey Frost of Mayville.
Neff was the first area player to achieve the 1,000-point milestone during the 2019-20 season, surpassing it Jan. 14 in a 64-24 victory over Genesee. Yorke, the future Grace Christian University basketball player, joined the 1,000-point club when he hit a 3-pointer in his final regular season game, a 61-52 loss to Carrollton.
Frost, a second-team All-Advertiser selection, is believed to be the only Mayville boys’ basketball player to reach the 1,000-point milestone. He did so in the first round of the district tournament.
While Yorke’s season ended when Millington lost in the first round of districts, Neff and Frost are hoping to add to their career-point totals.
The season, while not officially canceled, is currently postponed. The Michigan High School Athletic Association halted all sporting events – end of season winter tournaments and the beginning of the spring sports season – on March 12 due to concerns over the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Frost and Neff, and teammates, were set to square off in a March 13 Division 4 district championship game.
Neff has 1,332 career points, which places him fourth in Kingston boys’ basketball history, trailing Kingston girls’ basketball head coach Jay Green, 1997 graduate John McLaughlin and Dave Green – Jay’s brother – who has scored a school record 1,481 points.
Yorke, who signed with the Tigers on March 4, finished his career with 1,030 career points.
The rest of the first team features a sweet-shooting Unionville-Sebewaing Area senior, a Frankenmuth senior who stepped up in a big way to help lead a young Eagles squad and a Reese sophomore who stepped into the spotlight this season.
First Team 2019-20 All-Advertiser Boys’ Basketball Team
Player: Landin Zimmer
School: Unionville- Sebewaing Area
Highlights: Averaged five 3-pointers per game; shot over 43 percent from beyond the 3-point arc and nearly 60 percent from inside the arc; finished second on team in steals and assists; led team in scoring with 20.9 points per game; first-team Greater Thumb Conference West; All-Advertiser second team as a junior; three-year varsity player who helped Patriots to 65-6 record over that time.
Coach Mark Gainforth: “Landin is one of the elite shooters in the program’s history and ranks as one of the best in the area as well. He was a great leader and student and had a high basketball IQ.”
Player: Damarquss Palmreuter
Highlights: Led team in scoring with 17.5 points per game; helped lead Reese to a share of the Greater Thumb West title; GTW first team; All-Advertiser honorable mention as a freshman.
Coach Brian Kern: “Damarquss is incredibly athletic, probably the best finisher with both hands I’ve ever been around. He plays his best in the biggest games when we challenge him. He loves playing against good teams and players. The thing I notice most, however, is his growth and maturity as a person off the court.”
Player: Evan Neff
Highlights: Three-time first-team North Central Thumb League Stars Division selection; led team in points (20.3), rebounds (6.2) and steals (2.5) per game; helped Kingston secure first outright conference title in 13 years; drawing interest to play college basketball; 1,000-point scorer (eighth in Kingston boys’ basketball history).
Coach Dave Lester: “Evan expanded his overall game this year. He is a great shooter but can also take you off the dribble to create his own shot. He had great court vision and made other players better. He improved his rebounding average and has great instincts. He is a great player and a better person.”
Player: Zac Yorke
Highlights: First-team Tri-Valley Conference West selection; first-team TVC East as a junior; first team all-Thumb for football as a tight end and defensive end; led team in points (23), rebounds (10) and assists (4) per game; signed to play basketball at Grace Christian University; surpassed 1,000 points in final regular-season game.
Coach Brandon Coleman: “Zac’s commitment and hard work put him in a situation to have an amazing season. On the court, he is a complete player who reads the game at a high level. He will be remembered as one of the best to ever wear the Millington red and white.”
Player: Corey Thompson
Highlights: First-team all-Tri-Valley Conference East; led Frankenmuth to a 19-3 season and a spot in a Division 2 district championship game; led Frankenmuth in scoring with 11.5 points per game; led Eagles in assists (5.5) and steals (4.1) per game; second-team TVC East football player as a defensive back; honorable mention All-Advertiser as a junior.
Coach Andy Donovan: “Corey’s leadership, commitment and his performance was all so critical to our success this year. The difference for us this season was our seniors and their team-first mentality and Corey embodied that attitude as much as anybody. We needed a leader and facilitator and Corey really stepped up for us in that capacity. He got better as the year went on.”
Ryan Brenner, Junior, Frankenmuth, 9.8 ppg
Marco Saenz de LaCuesta, junior, Kingston, 10.4 ppg
Nash Morton, senior, USA , 14.2 ppg
Trevin Phillips, senior, Caro, 10.7 ppg
Jeffrey Frost, senior, Mayville, 16.8 ppg
Caro: Coby Fetting, Tyler Foster
Cass City: Sandyn Cuthrell, Thom Rijshouwer
Frankenmuth: Ben Reinert, Ethan Jacobs
Kingston: Quinn Boucard, Aaron Koehler,
Mayville: Austin Middleton, Travis Katz
Marlette: Collin Miller, Payton Dale
Millington: Nick McLain
North Branch: Max Millershin
Reese: Darnell Davis, Levi Foco, Isaac Johnson
USA: Conner Gettel, Bryce Langmaid
Vassar: Monte Davis, Gideon Damm, Ian Hubbard