Two Evart boys basketball players earn all-league honors

EVART  — Jared Pattee and Derek Bowen, two Evart seniors, are representing the Wildcats on the All-Highland Conference boys basketball team this season.

Pattee was named to the first team and Bowen is on the honorable mention list.

Evart was 9-12 for the season.

Pattee was a third-year varsity player. He averaged 10 points, three rebounds and four assists per game.

“He had to take in a leader role when (Jacob) Hopkins got hurt after the first game),” said Evart coach Kris Morgan.  “He had to adjust to that.”

Bowen averaged three points a game but also brought down six boards per game.

“He did all those little things that don’t show up in the book,” said Morgan, who noted that Bowen saw plenty of floor time.

The Wildcats were hoping for a winning season with 10 seniors, but the loss of Hopkins hurt, Morgan said.

“The one game he did play he was close to a triple double,” Morgan said.

The Wildcats lost three times to undefeated league champions Pine River. But Evart gave the Bucks their biggest league scare at Pine River, overcoming huge first-half deficits and leading late in the game before Bucks came back.

The Wildcats also lost the services of several players for injuries and other reasons that made it tough for Morgan to put together a consistent lineup.

Evart graduated a lot of seniors but has various players returning including Robert Tapling, who started as a sophomore. Nolan VanOrder and Cody LaFournier are other underclassmen, who saw extensive playing time, and can give Morgan a nucleus with a strong JV team to have a competitive 2014-15 campaign.