Panthers’ Kuhn, Shutter voted All-ECC

by Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff


Panthers gear up for track season Plymouth girls track team members work out Monday afternoon, taking advantage of the nice weather. The PHS boys squad also practiced Monday. The Panther teams open their outdoor season April 11 with an East Central Conference quadrangular meet at Winneconne. Review photo by Greg Ceilley Panthers gear up for track season Plymouth girls track team members work out Monday afternoon, taking advantage of the nice weather. The PHS boys squad also practiced Monday. The Panther teams open their outdoor season April 11 with an East Central Conference quadrangular meet at Winneconne. Review photo by Greg Ceilley The Plymouth Panthers’ Alex Shutter and Cody Kuhn were voted to the All-East Central Conference boys basketball second and honorable-mention teams, respectively, for the 2016-17 season by the league coaches.

“This is the second year in a row both Alex and Cody have received all-conference recognition which is a credit to the hard work they put into their game. Our conference is full of very talented players and to be considered one of the top players in the conference is a great honor,” said Panther head coach Tim Schultz.

Shutter, a senior guard, was on the honorable-mention team as a junior. Kuhn, a senior guard, earned second-team honors as a junior.


CODY KUHN CODY KUHN Shutter ranked third in the ECC in steals with a 1.8 average per league game. He finished 10th in scoring with an 11.9 points-per-game average, was fourth in three-point shooting with 44.8 percent (26 of 58), eighth in three-point goals with 26 and was tied for eighth in freethrow shooting at 75.0 percent (27 of 36).

Shutter shot 41.0 percent from the field overall and averaged 2.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists per contest.

“Alex was our leading scorer on the season and our most consistent offensive threat. He usually faced the top defender from the opposing team every game,” said Schultz.

“Throughout his high school career, and especially this season, whenever he struggled offensively he worked diligently inside and outside of practice times to improve his shot.


ALEX SHUTTER ALEX SHUTTER “In the early parts of this season he struggled from the threepoint line, shooting about 25 percent. By the end of the season he finished as a 40-percent shooter beyond the arc. This was a great example to other players of how important it is to always keep working on your game to improve,” said the coach.

Kuhn averaged 7.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 0.8 steals per game. He hit 46.7 percent from the field overall and made four three-pointers.

“Cody was our best defender. We asked him to defend guys who were 5-feet-5 and those who were 6-6, and he did it without complaint and always did it extremely well,” Schultz pointed out.

“He was almost always matched up with the other team’s best offensive player. In nearly every one of those games he held that player below their scoring average or made that player work as hard or harder than they ever had before to score.

“Because we asked so much of him defensively his offensive game suffered a little but his effort was continually strong and served as an excellent example to other players of what it means to be a team player and to give strong defensive effort on every play,” said the coach.

Senior forward Bennett Vander Plas of Ripon was voted the league’s Player of the Year for the second straight season. Vander Plas, a unanimous first-team pick, led the ECC in scoring and rebounding for the second straight season. He averaged 20.9 points and 12.7 rebounds per game.

Vander Plas led the league in steals at 2.3 per game and tied for fourth in assists with a 3.8 average. He shot an impressive 61.2 percent from the field overall. Vander Plas, who was also a unanimous first-team pick last year, will play college basketball at Division 1 Ohio University.

The other first-team repeater is sophomore wing Marcus Domask of Waupun. Domask finished second in the ECC in scoring with a 20.4 average.

Domask and Ripon senior forward Eddie Muench are the other unanimous first-team players.

Senior Brady Polk of Berlin was the league’s assists leader with a 5.3 average per game. Senior Joey Behm of Kettle Moraine Lutheran (Jackson) led in three-point goals with 36.

Ripon won the ECC championship with a 14-0 record and was a Division 3 state qualifier. The Tigers lost to eventual champion Appleton Xavier, 81-74, in the state tournament semifinals.


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