Pfingsten, Krumwiede top All-Area
Scoring 1,000 points is a career milestone that only a handful of high school basketball players ever have the chance to achieve.
For both Fairmont Cardinal junior guard Mitch Pfingsten and Martin County West senior forward Austin Krumwiede – the 2013 Sentinel All-Area boys hoopsters of the year for a second consecutive season – reaching the above milestone put an exclamation point on each of their stellar 2012-13 campaigns.
Pfingsten guided Fairmont to the program’s single-season record in victories (23) by reaching the Section 3AA championship game on March 14 at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall before falling to Redwood Valley, 72-53.
The three-time All-Area and all-South Central Conference selection moved into the No. 3 spot among the program’s all-time leading scorers with 1,401 points during his three-year varsity career. The two-time Minnesota Associated Press honorable mention choice needs only 80 points to eclipse both former Fairmont standouts Eric Hugoson (1,481) and Jeff Janssen (1,427), respectively.
Pfingsten recorded the Cardinals’ second-best single-season point total (621) and single-season scoring average (21.4) behind only Janssen (676 and 25.0 ppg) this winter.
The Cardinal guard made 216 of 478 total shot attempts for 45.2 percent on the season, including 69 of 212 from behind the arc for 32.5 percent and 120 of 158 free throws for 75.9 percent to rack up the points.
Aside from his scoring prowess, Pfingsten also doled out a team-leading 77 assists and grabbed 147 rebounds for the Cardinals’ second-best average of 5.1 per game.
Like his fellow co-captain, Krumwiede is a three time All-Area selection as well as a three time all-Valley Conference choice during his memorable career for the Mavericks.
The two-time Minnesota AP all-state honorable mention pick totaled 1,200 points, including 430 during his final season en route to a 16.5-point per game average.
The senior shot 55 percent from the floor, making 160 of 282 shots inside the arc and making 3 of 11 from downtown.
For his efforts inside the lane, Krumwiede made 101 of 145 free throws for 69 percent.
Krumwiede also showed great command of the lane, grabbing a team-leading 9.3 rebounds per game for 243 on the season leaving with a career total of 725 rebounds as he helped the Mavericks (20-6) to the Section 3AA, South Sub-Section semifinal, where they lost 62-59 to Worthington on a buzzer-beating shot.
The Mavericks’ inside force also managed to distribute 265 assists in his career – 80 in his final season, along with making 48 steals and 11 blocks on the year.
While Krumwiede’s high school reign of the paint is over for Martin County West, Pfingsten will have yet another year to lend his skills to the Fairmont backcourt.
Now, here’s a look at the rest of the Sentinel All-Area teams.
Cordell Weber (Martin County West) – Another Maverick junior offensive threat joins Krumwiede on the All-Area squad.
Weber, who sank 84 of 154 shots inside the arc for 54.5 percent and 55 of 149 for 3 for 37 percent, scored 400 points this season to add to the MCW effort.
The all-Valley Conference selection shot 77 percent from the free throw line, making 67 of 87 attempts on the year.
The junior also distributed 43 helpers throughout the season.
Along with his offensive efforts, Weber also snared 36 steals and pulled down 69 rebounds for the Mavericks.
Sam Geistfeld (Truman/Martin Luther) – With Truman/Martin Luther combining to play for the first time this year, Geistfeld earned his way onto the All-Area team for the second time.
The BluejayKnight junior recorded a team-leading 408 points on the season, averaging 15.1 points per game along with 8.4 rebounds per game (227 overall).
The all-Valley Conference honorable mention choice netted 65 percent of his free throws (92 of 140) and 60 percent of shots inside the arc (110 of 183) throughout the season.
The 6-foot-1 junior also made 31.5 percent of his shots from 3-point range, making 28 of 89 attempts on the season.
Geistfeld also managed to pass out 28 assists and made 21 blocks, while pocketing 21 steals for Truman/Martin Luther.
Dylan Petrowiak (Granada-Huntley-East Chain) – In his final season on the hardwood, the senior garnered all-Valley Conference honors after leading the GHEC backcourt.
Petrowiak averaged 9.1 points per game and sank 71 of 134 attempts from inside the arc for a 53 percent shooting average.
The point guard also averaged four assists per game, doling out 92 on the season.
Defensively, the senior snared 41 steals and grabbed 100 rebounds (4.4 avg.) to help the Mustangs on both ends of the floor.
Brandyn Olsen (Blue Earth Area) – Coming off winning the Class AA state championship in football, Olsen stepped into his point guard role for the Bucs to earn all-SCC honors.
The senior netted 307 points on the season for a 13.3 average, making 106 of 234 attempts from 2-point range for 45 percent.
Blue Earth Area’s floor general swished 59 of 84 free throw attempts (70 percent) and made 12 of 49 from 3-point distance for 24 percent.
Olsen also doled out 126 assists (5.5 avg.) for the Bucs.
Defensively, Olsen made 36 steals and blocked 14 shots, while grabbing 108 total rebounds on the season.
Josh Eversman (Fairmont) – The junior scored an impressive 292 points for a Fairmont team second-best average of 10.1 points per game to earn All-Area second-team and all-SCC honors this season.
Eversman swished 111 of 226 attempts from the floor for 49.1 percent, including 32 of 90 from behind the 3-point line for 35.5 percent.
Coupled with his offensive efforts, Eversman also grabbed 162 rebounds for a 5.6 per game average, doled out 40 assists and made 32 steals.
Mitch Sitzmann (Martin County West) – The speedy senior manned the Maverick backcourt to garner his second All-Area and second all-Valley Conference honors.
Sitzmann totaled 202 points on the season for a 7.8 ppg average.
The Maverick point guard shot 57.3 percent inside the arc (39-68), while making 32 of 90 from 3 (35.5 percent).
The senior made 68.3 percent of his free throws, sinking 28 of 41. Besides his scoring skills, Sitzmann distributed 2.8 assists per game, 73 on the season and grabbed 69 rebounds.
Sitzmann also pocketed a team-leading 63 steals on the season for the Mavericks.
Cade Ekstrom (Truman/Martin Luther) – The two-time All-Area and all-Valley Conference selection finished off his final season on the hardwood for Truman/Martin Luther.
The senior point guard racked up 804 career points, with 348 coming in his senior season (12.8 avg.) to help lead the BluejayKnights’ offense.
Ekstrom shot an impressive 50.5 percent from inside the arc, making 100 of 210 shots, while making 32 of 90 attempts from 3 for 35.5 percent.
The nimble Ekstrom shot a combined 46.1 percent from the floor, and made 69 of 100 free throw attempts.
Meanwhile, the point guard distributed 92 assists (3.4 apg) and made 81 steals (3.0 spg) for TML.
His final season also included 113 rebounds for a 4.2-board per game average.
Konnor Kristenson (Granada-Huntley-East Chain) – The Mustang senior earned all-Valley Conference honorable mention honors after averaging 9.9 points and 6.9 rebounds per game.
Kristenson made 80 of 145 shots inside the arc for 55 percent, along with a 33 percent average from 3 (17 of 52).
As one of the Mustangs big men, Kristenson grabbed 157 rebounds and blocked 19 shots.
The senior also grabbed 35 steals and distributed 43 assists on the season.
Luke Monson (Blue Earth Area) – The Blue Earth Area big man averaged 14 points per game and 7.8 rebounds to garner All-Area and all-SCC honors in his junior season for the Bucs.
Monson totaled 295 points, while shooting 54 percent inside the arc to go along with a 34 percent shooting effort from 3.
With 70 free throw attempts, Monson made 43 for 61 percent.
Defensively, Monson grabbed 108 rebounds, with 55 coming off the offensive glass, and blocked 38 shots.
The junior post player showed his offensive skill set by doling out 17 assists for the Bucs.
Shane Mills (North Union) – The Warrior senior netted a team-leading 181 points, 121 rebounds and 28 blocks to lead North Union during the 2012-13 campaign.
The all-Corn Belt Conference first team selection shot for 41.7 percent from the floor and made 40 of 77 free throw attempts for a 51.9 percentage for the Warriors.
The senior then showed his range by blocking 28 shots (1.8 avg.) and made 32 steals.
The 121 rebound total accounted for a 5.2 board per game average, including 87 on the defensive end.
In his final season on the hardwood, Mills also doled out 18 assists on the offensive end for North Union.