It was no secret that Augusta’s boys basketball team’s game plan usually involved getting the ball to 6-foot-8 Jonny Clausing in the paint.
Opponents knew that, yet still struggled to slow him down.
Clausing dominated most opponents this past season and was a sure-fire lock to earn his First Team All-Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League-Div. III selection. Clausing was one of three Orioles to earn All-League recognition, all three of whom are juniors and should form a strong senior nucleus for the Orioles’ squad next year.
Chance Whitehead earned Second Team All-League honors for Augusta. Whitehead was as great a sharpshooter as any in the league. Most games throughout the season he would be blistering hot from 3-point range, but he also could drive and score or create shots for his teammates.
Clay Wesbrooks earned Honorable Mention for the Orioles. Wesbrooks expanded his game quite a bit on the offensive end this season. He had a nice mid-range game, could shoot the 3 and could finish inside, too.
The Orioles had a strong 14-8 overall record this season under first-year head coach and former Oriole Jake Sims, but they compete in one of the toughest leagues every year with teams like McPherson and Buhler. Mac was a perfect 10-0 in league play and advanced to the state championship game before losing to Bishop Miege in the final. Augusta swept Circle, Winfield and El Dorado in league play to finish 6-4 on the season.
McPherson had two First Team All-League selections, including Ben Pyle, who was voted the Player of the Year. Buhler also had two First Teamers while Circle had one.