Evart senior basketball player named to all-conference team

EVART — Evart graduates only two seniors from this year’s boys basketball team.

But both were key players, including Nolan VanOrder, who was recently named to the All-Highland Conference team.

The other senior was Cody Fournier.

VanOrder averaged 7.2 points and 4.7 rebounds a game.

“He was probably our biggest rebounder of the year,” Evart coach Kris Morgan said. “For as undersized as we were, he really stepped up.”

Danny (Major) Griffin was named to the honorable mention list.

Griffin, a 5 foot 11 inch guard was in his first year on varsity as a sophomore, averaging 15.5 points per game, 3.0 assists per game, 3.0 steals per game and 3.0 rebounds, while shooting 45 percent from the 3-point line and 80 percent from the free-throw line.

“For a first-year player-starter on varsity from game one, Major has come a long ways,” Morgan said. “He has been our most consistent scorer this year. His shooting form is the best I’ve seen in a long time. His defensive focus has improved throughout the year. He is on pace to be a 1,000-point scorer. With a summer of work, I believe that Major could be one of the best shooters/guards in our conference next year.”

Among the other top players for Evart was Robbie Tapling, a 6-foot-1 junior guard who was in his first full varsity year. He moved up halfway through his sophomore year. He averaged 10 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 5.0 assists per game.

“Rob is a junior captain of our team,” Morgan said. “He also is our defensive stopper. Night after night, he consistently guards and shuts down the other team’s best guard/forward. He is undersized on the glass, but is one of our best rebounders.

“Although his stats are not overwhelming, his work ethic and leadership qualities are immeasurable for our team. He knows when he must step up and be that scorer and when to differ to his teammates.”

Evart’s final record was 5-16.

“I thought it was a good learning year,” Morgan said. “If we won the close games we should have, we could have been a .500 team. It was a good year with only two seniors and a lot of sophomores.”