Panthers’ Kuhn, Shutter earn All-ECC honors

by Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff

ALEX SHUTTER ALEX SHUTTER Junior guards Cody Kuhn and Alex Shutter of Plymouth were voted to the All-East Central Conference boys basketball second and honorable-mention teams, respectively, for the 2015-16 season by the league coaches.

“I’m very happy to see both of them earn all-conference recognition. As juniors, they both showed solid leadership all-season long and are two of the hardest workers in the program,” said PHS head coach Tim Schultz.

“The extra time they put in during the off-season is something I hope the younger players in the program will grow to emulate.”

Kuhn averaged 11.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.2 steals per game in ECC play. He finished tied for 11th in the league in threepoint goals with 17. Kuhn shot 45.5 percent from the field overall and 37.8 from three-point range.

“Cody, who defended our opponent’s best offensive player in nearly every game, was our second-leading scorer and also led us in both rebounding and steals on the season,” said Schultz.

“His effort and energy were very important to any successes we had. There were times teams had difficulty defending him because of his ability to shoot the three-point shot and drive to the hoop.

“Earning second-team all-conference is a well-earned accomplishment,” said the coach.

Shutter averaged 11.4 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.0 steals per contest in ECC action. He ranked 10th in the league in assists per game. Shutter hit 47.7 percent overall from the field and 32.4 on three-pointers. He made 11 three-pointers.

“Alex led us in both assists and scoring this season. As the season progressed he showed strong growth on both ends of the floor,” Schultz noted.

“He was consistently able to play aggressive on offense by finding shots for his teammates while also setting himself up for scoring opportunities. Being named honorable mention in a conference as deep and talented as the ECC was this year is something he should be very proud of.”

CODY KUHN CODY KUHN Junior forward Bennett Vander Plas of Ripon was voted the league’s Player of the Year. Vander Plas, a unanimous first-team pick, led the ECC in scoring with a 21.4 average per game and rebounding with a 10.0 average.

Vander Plas tied for the lead in blocked shots with senior Jake Ellis of Winneconne at 1.8 per contest. Vander Plas shared fifth in assists with a 3.6 average.

The other unanimous first-team selections are senior guard Mack Knueppel of Kettle Moraine Lutheran (Jackson), junior point guard Luke Loewe of Ripon and freshman guard Marcus Domask of Waupun. Domask is the only freshman who earned All-ECC honors.

Vander Plas and Domask were named to the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association D-3 all-state first team.

Knueppel paced the ECC in three-point goals with 41 and was No. 2 in scoring with a 19.4 average.

Junior Brady Polk of Berlin was the assist leader with a 4.8 average. KML senior Colin Biesterfeld was first in steals with a 1.9 average.

Waupun won the ECC championship in the league’s inaugural season with a 13-1 record and went on to win the Division 3 state title.

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