Capellino joins Babbitt on All-Sierra team
Editor’s note: The All-Sierra Nevada boys’ basketball team was chosen by representatives of Sierra Nevada Media Group newspapers.
Vince Capellino, South Tahoe: One of the most efficient players to come through the Viking program. The 6-foot-5 Capellino averaged 17.4 points per game, even though he didn’t take an inordinate amount of the Vikings’ shots. The all-Sierra League second-teamer was equally effective driving to the basket as he was shooting from the perimeter, and he was one of the league’s top dunkers.
James McLaughlin, Douglas: Possesses a lightning-quick trigger from outside the arc, is lethal when he gets loose along the baseline and is one of the more athletic players in the North in transition. He averaged 10.7 points per game and hit 37 three-pointers.
Jeff Nady, Douglas: Nady came into the year with big shoes to fill, literally, after 6-foot-10 Keith Olson spent the previous four years roaming the post for the Tigers. Nady didn’t disappoint. He averaged 17.4 points per game while the Douglas offense ran through him from the start of the season. He also was a surprisingly good outside shooter, hitting 23 three-pointers.
David Laird, Douglas: If Nady was the driving force of the Tigers offense, consider Laird the foundation of the Douglas defense. Aside from being one of the top interior defenders in the North, he gave opposing coaches headaches whenever he teamed up with Nady inside. Laird made Douglas one of region’s toughest teams to score upon in the paint.
Luke Babbitt, Galena: The McDonald’s All-American finished as the state’s all-time leading scorer with 2,941 career points. Babbitt averaged 31 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 2.4 blocks a game. He will play at the University of Nevada next season.
Matt Rutledge, Carson: The Senators’ point guard averaged 10.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and one steal a game in making the all-Sierra League second team.
Hans Meyer, Dayton: Dayton coach T.W. Cunningham said Meyer was the Northern 3A’s best defensive player, consistently holding the opponent’s top scorer below double digits. Meyer was a second-team all-Northern 3A and a 3A honorable mention all-state pick. He averaged eight points, seven rebounds and two steals per game.
Josh Dykstra, Incline: Dykstra averaged 17.1 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game in being named to the all-Northern 3A and all-state first teams.
Pat Galvin, Truckee: A 6-foot-3 senior post player and guard, Galvin always hit the boards hard and played tough defensewhile also leading the Wolverines in three-point shooting with 33 and connecting on 62 percent of his shots from behind the arc.
Honorable mention: Tony Stagnaro, South Tahoe; Rob Valerius, Carson; Micha Corniel, Incline; Scott Bristol, Galena; Dexter Daum, Fallon; Billy Sorensen, Fallon.