All-CSAA team recognizes two Reed City players

REED CITY — The Central State Activities Association Gold Division announced the boys basketball all-conference team, which includes sophomore Cody Kailing on the first team and senior Trent Sturgell on the second team.

Kailing led the team with 10.2 points and 3.0 assists per game. He also was No. 1 with a 68 percent free-throw shooting average. His 5.1 rebounds per game was second on the team. He tied for the team lead in steals with 33.

“Cody was one of our consistent scorers for most of the season,” Reed City coach JJ Eads said. “He is a good outside shooter and can also finish around the basket. He got better defensively throughout the season. I'm glad we have him for two more years.”

Sturgell, a senior guard, was second on the team with 10 points per game and fourth with 3.0 rebounds. His 2.5 assists per game was second on the team. He tied Kailing for the team lead in steals with 33.

"Trent loves to compete,” Eads said. “It showed in practice and in games. He is very athletic and could get into the lane every night to score or set up his teammates. He will be missed next season.”

The Coyotes were 4-17 in Eads' first season as coach. He took over just a few weeks prior to the opening of practice after the sudden resignation of previous mentor Dean McGuire.

"I didn't know too many of the boys and didn't know them basketball wise," Eads said. "It as an interesting process at the beginning of the season."

Anthony Pelton was out with an ACL injury to open the season, and one of the few returning starters, Logan Straub, decided not to play.

"We had holes to fill right away," Eads said. "I had to move up some sophomores and a freshman."

The sophomores were Philip Jones, Kailing, Jackson Price and Stephan Shewan. The freshman was Zac Saez. Of the four juniors, only Karsten Koopman had considerable previous playing experience.

"We competed in most of our games and by the fourth quarter we were in most games," Eads said.

The Coyotes lost by three in the district to Cadillac.

"It will be fun to spend time with these kids during the offseason," Eads said. "There's a lot more things I want to do with them to see what we can run. We were kind of on the fly this year. There's things I would like to see them do offensively and defensively. Now that I know the kids, it should make next year smoother."