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All state basketball selections named

March 22, 2013

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By Mike Phillips
Contributing sportswriter

Two area high school basketball standouts were recently selected to the Missouri High School Basketball Coaches Association All State team for their accomplishments on the hardwood this season.

Otterville High School senior Ryan Benny closed out a stellar high school career by being named to the Class 1 All State squad. He was joined on the All State list by Cole Camp Bluebird sophomore Tanner Oelrichs, who was named to the Class 2 All-State team.

Ryan Benny

Benny, a two-time Otterville Holiday Classic Most Valuable Player, was a prolific scorer in his high school career for the Eagles.

He closed out his high school career as the second all-time leading scorer in Otterville history with 1,584 points, trailing the school’s all-time scoring leader Keith Eckerle with 1,642. Benny became the school’s all time leader in assists with 435 and steals with 267.

His senior year, Benny averaged 17.8 points, 6.2 assists and 6.2 rebounds per game for the Eagles, whose season ended in the district semifinals.

Benny was a three-time All Cooper County Athletic Association selection, a two-time All District pick and this year moved up the ladder to the Class 1 All State squad. He scored 30 or more points in five games this past season. He helped lead the Eagles to the district championship and a berth in the Class 1 state sectionals his junior year.

Oelrichs burst onto the scene for the Bluebirds this season. He averaged 18.3 points, 8.9 rebounds and blocked 67 shots for the Bluebirds.

Tanner Oelrichs

With the 6-foot-5 sophomore in the post, the Bluebirds won the Kaysinger Conference regular season title with an undefeated 9-0-record, won the Kaysinger Conference Tournament beating Sacred Heart in the championship game, won the district and lost to Skyline in the Class 2 state sectionals.

Oelrichs was named to the All Kaysinger Conference team, the All District squad and the Class 2 All-State team.

Oelrichs was named to the All Tournament Teams at both Warsaw and Stover. He was named the Most Valuable Players in the Stover Tournament.

Led by Oelrichs, Michael Brockman and Timothy Ward, the Bluebirds had one of their most successful seasons in recent memory. Coach Tom Ward’s club finished 25-4.

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