Three Warrior cagers earn all-league honors
Along with its first state tournament appearance since 1994, the Whittell boys basketball reaped numerous individual awards as well.
Led by senior Bryan Sigel and Nestor Flores’ all-state selections, the Warriors saw three players named all-league as well.
“I’m those guys made it,” Warrior coach Steve Maltase said. “It shows that the rest of the league noticed.”
The rest of the league was definitely aware of the Warriors at the end of the regular season and throughout the playoffs.
Whittell entered the zone tournament as the three seed, but it was the strong play of Flores, Sigel and freshman Nick Summers that propelled the Warriors into the state tournament for the first time in sevens years with their first zone championship in three decades.
“Bryan, Nestor and Nick really came up big for us at the end of the season,” Maltase said.
Sigel was named first-team all-league and all-state, while Flores was given honorable mention for all-state and first-team all league.
Summers, a freshman, was named to the honorable mention all-league.
“They kept their poise throughout the season,” Maltase said of his young backcourt. “They never backed down.”
Sigel, one of the team’s most consistent players, was awarded for his tough play and well-rounded game.
“It was is ability to do it all,” Maltase said. “He had a good inside-out game and could rebound, as well as handle the ball.”
As for the team awards, Sigel was given the Most Valuable Player, while Jake Summers was deemed Most Improved and senior Mike Ingenluyff was given the Coaches’ Award.
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