Evart boys trio earns Highland Conference honors

EVART — Two seasons ago, Evart’s boys basketball team was winless in the Highland Conference and 0-21 overall.

Two seasons later, the Wildcats ended the league season at 7-7 for fourth place and boasted three all-league players in the Highland Conference.

Coach Matt Alexander announced this week that senior Tyler Mishler and junior Jarek Van Order were named to the first team while junior Preston Boyd picked up honorable mention accolades.

Mishler averaged nine points a game for Evart. “Tyler was a leader all year for us,” said Alexander. “Probably his best game of the season was at McBain Christian. He hit five threes to help us win a game people didn’t expect us to win. He became a leader for us and will really be missed.”

For the third straight season, Van Order led Evart in scoring and rebounding with 11 points and nine boards a game.

“It was another year of Jarek being a “do-everything guy for us,” said Alexander. “He was our second leading guy in assists. Since he would get double and triple teamed, he was very unselfish in getting guys the ball. We’re happy we have him coming back. He continues to get better.

“He’ll do whatever we need him to help us win.”

Boyd averaged seven points a game and led the team in steals and assists with 2.5 per game in both categories.

“He was a guy who wasn’t always concerned about scoring,” Alexander said, adding that defensively Boyd “had the other team’s best guard as his assignment. He did a nice job with that role.”

All three players, including Mishler, are presently working out with coach George Sims’ baseball team, getting ready for the spring season.

The lefthanded Mishler is a pitcher and center fielder. The key this season, he said, is to cut down on errors. He’s a three-sport athlete but did some baseball work during the offseason As a pitcher, control will be his strength.

“I just need to work on speed and keep building up my arm,” he said, adding that he wants to work on his hitting “every day in practice and try to become a better hitter.”

The Highland Conference season will start in early April.

“I think our pitching will be the same. We have our returning pitchers,” Mishler said.