all-county boys basketball capsules

2015-16 All-Hancock County First Team

Tate Hall, Greenfield-Central

• A Hoosier Heritage Conference First Team selection, Hall, a University of Indianapolis signee, was a unanimous All-Hancock County first-team pick. The 6-foot-6 senior led the county in both scoring and rebounding (458 points and 194 boards). He finished with 1,315 points (fourth all time at Greenfield-Central).

Stats: 18.3 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.2 spg, 49% FG, 72% FT

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Michael Ertel, Mt. Vernon

• One of Mt. Vernon’s three All-Hoosier Heritage Conference first-team selections, Ertel was third in the county in scoring (363 points) and second in assists (86). The 6-foot-1 junior point guard led the area in free-throw percentage and was third in 3-pointers made with 51 in 131 attempts. 

Stats: 15.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.1 spg, 48% FG, 90% FT

Blake Robertson, Greenfield-Central

• The 6-foot-3 senior earned first-team All-Hoosier Heritage Conference honors after helping the Cougars tie a program wins record with a 20-5 campaign in 2015-16. Robertson, a Hanover College commit, was second on the team in scoring (283 points) and fifth overall in the county in total points accumulated.

Stats: 11.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.2 apg, 51% FG, 71% FT

Erick Shepherd, Mt. Vernon

• The 6-foot-4 junior forward increased his points total from a year ago, finishing second on the team in scoring (306 points) and first in rebounding with 133. Shepherd was selected to the All-Hoosier Heritage Conference first team and played a role in securing the team’s first HHC title since 2010.

Stats: 13.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.4 apg, 56% FG, 73% FT

Addison True, Eastern Hancock

• The 5-foot-9 sophomore guard was a scoring machine for the Royals in 2015-16. Increasing his points per game average from 11.6 to 16.1, True was second in the county with 371 total points and second in rebounding with 163. He led the county in steals (56) and earned All-Mid-Hoosier Conference honors.

Stats: 16.1 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 3.0 apg, 2.4 spg, 44% FG, 83% FT

2015-16 All-County Second Team

A.J. Muegge, Eastern Hancock

Cody Long, New Palestine

Michael Thompson, Mt. Vernon

Miles Wayer, Mt. Vernon

Chandler Bean, Greenfield-Central

Honorable mentions: Eastern Hancock — Ryan Speas, Tom Barton, Duncan Cherry; Greenfield-Central — Kirill Schoellman; New Palestine — Jalen Qualkinbush, Gavin Hausz, Jonathan McKay, Duke Blackwell; Mt. Vernon — James McCloud.

The People Have Spoken

A.J. Muegge, Eastern Hancock – 2015-16 People’s Choice Winner

This year’s race for the People’s Choice Boys Basketball Player of the Year was a mad dash to the finish, netting nearly 13,000 ballots over a span of three days.

When the poll officially closed at noon Thursday, the winner pulled away with a narrow seven-vote victory.

The 2015-16 People’s Choice selection is Eastern Hancock’s A.J. Muegge with 4,200 votes. The sophomore guard netted 32 percent of the vote.

Greenfield-Central’s senior Blake Robertson received 4,193 votes, also at 32 percent, to finish runner-up.

Cougars teammate Tate Hall was third in the voting with 3,104 ballots and 24 percent of the poll. 

Eastern Hancock’s Addison True was fourth at six percent (829 votes). New Palestine’s Cody Long was fifth at three percent while Mt. Vernon’s Michael Ertel and Erick Shepherd each secured one percent of the voting total.

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Rich Torres is sports editor at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. He can be reached at or 317-477-3227.