NV boys basketball team wins NLL; moves on to district play

BY MARY HELEN DARAH

The Northview High School boys’ basketball team will be moving on to district play after defeating Springfield High School. The Wildcats, who recently won the Northern Lakes League championship, lost twice to Springfield during regular season play. Northview (17-7) defeated Springfield 66-61 in the Division I sectional final on Feb. 26. The Wildcats will continue on to face St. John’s Jesuit High School on March 3 at Savage Area beginning at 8 p.m.

Head boys’ basketball coach, Jeremy M. McDonald, feels there have been many outstanding players this season. Aerin West, a 6’3″ senior guard, is the all-time leading scorer in NV history, averaging 13.6 points per game and 5.1 rebounds. Logan Jessing, a 6’5″ junior forward averaging 11.6 points, led the NLL in rebounding with 6.5 per game. Austin Rodgers, a 6’3″ senior guard has averaged 11 points and 5.5 rebounds and is shooting over 40 percent from the three-point line. Senior 5’11” guard, Mohamed Afifi, averages 8.3 points and 4.0 assists per game. Coach McDonald feels histeam isready to take on the Titans of St. John’s.

He stated, “Winning the league was one of our primary goals. Our guys did a great job of buying into our system and focusing on one game at a time. We have made tremendous improvements as a team and as individuals since I was hired in June. A major key for our team has been our second unit. These guys don’t show up in the box score, but they have done an incredible job in terms of preparation for opponents. Having all 14 guys contributing and taking pride in doing their jobs to help the team has helped us get to where we are.We are hoping to continue to build upon the success of this year’s team in the years to come.”