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Helterbrand All-BRC Second Team

Junior Keyser Helterbrand earned a spot on the 2017-18 All-Big Rivers Conference Boys Basketball Second Team after averaging a double-double this season with 18 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. Classmate Jacob Daulton received All-BRC Honorable Mention. File photo

Junior Keyser Helterbrand averaged a double-double for the Raider boys basketball team this season. He was rewarded by being named to the five-player All-Big Rivers Conference Second Team by the conference coaches.

Junior Jacob Daulton was also honored by the conference coaches as one of eight players to receive honorable mention.

River Falls senior Jaxon Knotek earned BRC Player of the Year honors for the second straight season and was joined on the first team by Eau Claire North's Dalton Banks, Noah Hanson and Jack Kron and Rice Lake's Spencer Page and Averie Habas.

Helterbrand headlined the second team that also included Cormac Sampson and Caden Bose of Eau Claire Memorial, and Bryce Daniels and Tyler Robarge of Chippewa Falls.

Helterbrand led the BRC in rebounding this season with an average of 10.9 per game while his 18 points per contest was fifth best in the conference. In addition to averaging a double-double, he also led the Raiders in assists with 5.5 per game. His 80 percent free throw percentage was also tops on the team while he shot 54 percent from the field.

"Keyser scored inside and out, rebounded the ball, and in my opinion was the top passer in the BRC," Raider coach John Dornfeld said. "He set his teammates up for many easy baskets over the course of the season. He did all of this as a 6-1 post player who was at a size disadvantage in almost every game."

Daulton averaged 12.6 points and 4.5 rebounds per game while shooting a team-high 57 percent from the field, including 35 percent from three-point range. Dornfeld said he was also one of the Raiders' top defenders.

"Both he and Landen Bilse were our go-to players on the defensive end and guarded many of the top players in the conference," the coach said.

The Raiders finished 8-15 overall this season, 4-8 in the BRC, without a senior in the starting lineup. Dornfeld said he's excited to have two returning all-conference players leading the team next year.

"I am really excited about having these guys back for another year along with most of our varsity team," he said. "If we can get some good off season development from our guys, we have a chance to have a really good season next year. We were on the brink of being a good team this season too, but didn't always close games well which led to a number of close losses against some very good teams. It's a good group of competitive guys and good athletes who now have a year of varsity experience under their belt so it will be fun to see what we can accomplish next year."

Bob Burrows

Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.

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