Boys basketball: Duxbury and Lagus chosen MVPs for Ponies

Senior Andrew Duxbury was named Offense MVP for the Stillwater boys’ basketball team. (Gazette staff photos by Stuart Groskreutz)

Senior Andrew Duxbury was named Offense MVP for the Stillwater boys’ basketball team. (Gazette staff photos by Stuart Groskreutz)

The Stillwater boys’ basketball team recently held its postseason awards banquet and honored seniors Andrew Duxbury (Offense) and Sam Lagus (Defense) as its Most Valuable Players.

Along with the rest of a strong senior class, they helped the Ponies finish with a 22-7 record, including 13-5 to place third in the Suburban East Conference. Stillwater advanced to the Section 4AAAA finals before falling to Woodbury 52-44.

Senior Sam Lagus was named Defense MVP for the Stillwater boys’ basketball team. (Gazette staff photos by Stuart Groskreutz)

Senior Sam Lagus was named Defense MVP for the Stillwater boys’ basketball team. (Gazette staff photos by Stuart Groskreutz)

Duxbury, an academic all-state selection who plans to continue playing basketball at UW-Eau Claire, finished his prep career No. 6 on Stillwater’s all-time scoring list with 1,073 points. Only Joel Armstrong (1,166), Kevin Gullikson (1,103), Jeff Nelson (1,101), Josh Matel (1,091) and Daren Danielson (1,090) have scored more points for the Ponies. Duxbury shattered several free throw shooting records in his career, including the record for most free throws in a season he set as a junior (184) and eclipsed as a senior (201). Throw in the 102 makes as a sophomore and more than 45 percent of his career scoring came from the free throw line.

Duxbury also ranks 10th all-time for the Ponies with 205 career assists.

Senior post player Joe Quinn, who established school records with 10 blocks in a victory over Roseville this season, also broke the school record for blocks in a season with 92. Andrew Boldt held the previous school record with nine blocks in a game and 84 in a season and now shares the record with Quinn at 3.2 blocks per game.

Quinn joined Duxbury in earning all-conference honors while Lagus, Aaron Romportl and Matt Anderson were honorable mention all-conference selections. Quinn was the team’s top rebounder and shot 63 percent on two-point field goals this season, which is the third-best single season percentage in team history. He was also chosen the team’s Most Improved Player.

Lagus, whose 250 career assists ranks No. 5 on the team’s all-time list, was the team’s most accurate free throw shooter this season while connecting on 80.5 percent of his attempts. He was also the recipient of the Wes “Coach” Windmiller Award.

Romportl tied for 10th on the single season steals list with 61 and ranks No. 9 for the Ponies in his career with 115 and garnered the Mr. Hustle Award for the Ponies. Lagus and Romportl were also chosen captains for the Ponies.

Stillwater set three team records this season, including most assists with 464. The Ponies held Park to just 23 points in a victory this season and the 52.5 points per game allowed is also a modern-era team record.

 

Boys basketball

All-Conference: Andrew Duxbury and Joe Quinn; All-Conference Honorable Mention: Sam Lagus, Aaron Romportl and Matt Anderson; Academic All-State: Andrew Duxbury; Best 2-point FG Percentage: Joe Quinn; Best 3-point FG Percentage: Sam Lagus; Best Free Throw Percentage: Sam Lagus; Most Rebounds: Joe Quinn; Most Assists: Andrew Duxbury; Most Steals: Aaron Romportl; Most Improved Player: Joe Quinn; Mr. Hustle: Aaron Romportl; Windmiller Award: Sam Lagus; Captains: Sam Lagus and Aaron Romportl; MVP Offense: Andrew Duxbury; MVP Defense: Sam Lagus.

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