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SUN-7 Boys Basketball All-Stars: First Team highlighted by return of Keppel, Brueckl moves up from Second

First Team
PHOTOS BY RON LARSON

• Clark Brueckl (Sr.) G/F, Lake Shore High School
The senior guard/forward led Lake Shore with a healthy 18.3 scoring average in his third season as a starter. He set the record for single-game three-pointers with nine during a 34-point performance and made 67 shots from the beyond the arc which ranks second all-time at Lake Shore. He was also second on the team in rebounding with 4.9 per game and assists (35) after being named a SUN-7 Second Team All-Star last year.

• Cory Cullen (Sr.) G, St. Francis High School
The senior guard and team leader and captain led St. Francis in scoring with 13.7 per game, assists averaging 3.2 and steals (55). A two-year starter and three-year varsity player, he played just about every minute of every game besides the three he fouled out. Playing the point, Cullen handled some tough pressure playing in the Monsignor Martin against a number of the top teams in Western New York.

• Jared Keppel (Sr.) F, North Collins High School
The senior forward again led his team in scoring with another 20-plus points per game average during a season in which he became the second player all-time at North Collins to score 1,000 points. He finished his career with 1,084. The three-year starter, who averaged 21.7 points and 9.9 rebounds, has now been named a SUN-7 All-Star the past three years. With his point guard out for nearly half the season, Keppel had to work for his points inside.

• Brad Palmerton (Jr.) G, Eden High School
The junior guard finished 32nd in Western New York and sixth in ECIC IV with a 16.5 scoring average. He broke a school-record with seven three-pointers in a game and led Eden to three wins and a first division victory since the 2010-11 season. A captain, Palmerton also averaged 4.0 rebounds and tallied 66 assists and 43 steals in 19 games.

• Griffin Ryan (Jr.) F, Hamburg High School
The junior forward led Hamburg with both 12 points per game and an average of eight rebounds in his second season as a starter. He’s already compiled 305 career rebounds in 39 games, ranking him 14th on the school’s all-time list. At this pace, the 6-foot-2 post player will finish in the Top 3 in career rebounding at Hamburg. He’s also compiled 350 points over two seasons.

Second Team

• Shawn Fisher (Sr.) G/F, Frontier High School
The senior forward/guard came on strong in the latter part of the season to finish with one of Frontier’s top scoring averages at 9.5 per game. He also knocked down 27 threes at a 41 percent rate and was proficient at the free throw line shooting 71 percent.

• Ryan Joslyn (Sr.) F, Lake Shore High School
The senior forward admirably filled the role as Lake Shore’s big man on a small squad, averaging almost 10 points and a team-leading 7.6 rebounds. The three-year varsity player added 30 assists, 25 steals and 10 blocked shots.

• Brennan Macy (Sr.) G, St. Francis High School
The senior guard finished second for St. Francis with 12.6 points per game, which included knocking down a team-leading 60 threes. He added 39 assists and went 44 of 53 at the free throw line, good for a team-high 83 percent.

• Kevin Marcinkowski (Sr.) G, Frontier High School
The senior guard moved to the point this season and became the team’s main distributor, dishing six assists per game, while being among Frontier’s top scorers with a 9.5 average. His 14 assists in one game broke a school record.

• Kyle Violanti (Sr.) G, Hamburg High School
The senior point guard was vital on both ends, averaging 9.5 points and 4.7 assists, while grabbing 3.9 steals. His 74 steals this season ranks him fourth all-time at Hamburg and 140 in his career ranks him third. With 164 career assists, he ranks 11th all-time.

Honorable Mention
(Andrew Sardinia (Sr.) F/G, Hamburg High School; Wade Bergum (Jr.) G, Lake Shore High School)

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