Three RC boys named all-CSAA
REED CITY — Reed City’s’ boys basketball team won the Central State Activities Association title this season with three players, recently named to the all-league team, playing a huge role in that success.
Jared Holmquist, a senior, and Chad Samuels, a sophomore, were on the first team while senior Dakota Saez was on the honorable mention list.
Holmquist, a senior and third-year varsity player, averaged 17.5 points a game along with 7.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.2 steals and shot 50.8 percent from the field and 3.4 percent from 3-point range and 76.9 percent in free throws. He also averaged two blocks a game.
Holmquist also played some games for the varsity as a freshman.
“Jared had an outstanding year,” said Reed City coach Jesse Kailing. “It’s too bad he got hurt for two game s in the middle of the season. He was one of the toughest players I’ve ever coached.
“He averaged just under two charges a game. A charge is something that measures your ability to stand in there and take a hit. He was a pure case of toughness. He was a great leader and will be very, very missed by the Reed City community.”
Kailing anticipates a college future for Holmquist.
“He has to make a decision,” Kailing said. “He has several offers on the table. He has to make a decision within the next two weeks.”
Samuels, a sophomore and second-year varsity player, averaged 13.3 points, 1.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.5 steals and shot 46.5 percent from the floor and 40.7 percent in threes. He shot 73.6 percent in free throws.
“We brought him up last year as a freshman and I’m sure he was wondering at the end of the year ‘did I do what I’m supposed to do?’” Kailing said. “This year proved that he definitely was at the right spot last year. He improved immensely.
“He was our second leading scorer. He was our best 3-point shooter and our third best free-throw shooter. His maturity over the course of the year was outstanding. Not only is Chad a good player but he’s a great kid away from basketball.”
Saez, a senior, and a three-year varsity player, averaged 9.1 points, 1.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.5 steals a game and shot 36 percent in 3-pointers and 74.1 percent in free throws.
Kailing recalls when Saez was sharing point guard duties before telling his coach he wanted to be the main guy at that spot.
“From that point forward, our season turned around with his leadership and floor presence,” Kailing said. “He got us into what we were doing quickly. He had some really big games this year. He’s a really good 3-point shooter. By the end of the season, his 3-point shooting percent went down but he was shooting more than 40 percent most of the year from 3-point range which is outstanding.
“Without his leadership we would never have been where we’re at.”