Carson Henningsgard filled the stat sheet. Points, rebounds, assists, steals -- he accumulated big totals in them all.
But one statistic stands out to Hillsboro-Central Valley boys high school basketball coach Elliot Rotvold. In Henningsgard’s four seasons with the team, the Burros posted a 90-12 record.
“That’s pretty amazing,’’ Rotvold said. “And Carson was a key contributor in every game in that stretch. Bottom line -- he’s a winner.'’
Henningsgard has won recognition on the North Dakota Class B boys high school basketball all-state first team for the third straight season. Joining Henningsgard on the all-senior first team are Richland’s Cole Myers, Carrington’s Seth Nelson, Rugby’s Jaden Hamilton and Shiloh Christian’s Jaden Mitzel.
The all-state team is selected by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
Henningsgard is the first player to win first-team honors three straight seasons since 2013 North Star graduate Jacob Hagler.
Henningsgard was a top reserve as a freshman on the Hillsboro-CV team that won the Class B state title. The Burros repeated as state champions in Henningsgard’s sophomore season, were region runners-up to eventual state champion Thompson last season and won the Region 2 title this season.
“Whatever we needed, Carson got it done,’’ Rotvold said. “If we needed scoring he could take over games. But he liked to get other guys involved; that (playmaking) was his favorite thing to do.
“He’s the best all-around basketball player I’ve ever coached. He’s not the greatest athlete I’ve coached. But I’ve never had a guy with his all-around game -- his shooting range, his ability to get to the basket, his playmaking, and he’s a great defender.’’
The 6-foot-2 Henningsgard averaged 22.2 points, 6.5 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 3 steals this season. He finished with 1,744 career points.
"The ball was in Carson's hands most of the time,'' Rotvold said. "You knew he was going to take care of it and get the ball where it needed to be.''
Henningsgard is the lone unanimous selection. Myers is a repeat first-team pick, averaging 22.1 points and 8.4 rebounds this season. Rounding out the first team are Mitzel (25 ppg, 11 rpg, 4 apg), Nelson (23.9 ppg, 11.3 rpg, 2.5 apg, 3.1 bpg)) and Hamilton (20.3 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 3 apg, 2.3 spg).
Thorsgard, Yankton on second team
The all-state second team includes area seniors Avery Thorsgard of Hatton-Northwood and Doug Yankton of Four Winds-Minnewaukan.
The 6-2 Thorsgard led the Region 2 runner-up Thunder in scoring (14.7 ppg), rebounding (6.4 rpg), assists (4.6 apg) and steals (2 apg).
“His offensive skills are off the chart,’’ H-N coach Keenan Konschak said. “He could get to the basket. He could jump stop and score on almost anybody. He was strong around the basket. Defensively, he could guard anybody.’’
The 6-4 Yankton was an all-around standout for Region 4 champion Four Winds-Minnewaukan. A repeat second team all-state pick, he led the team with averages of 15.9 points, 8.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 3.2 steals.
“Doug’s biggest strength was on the defensive end,’’ FW-M coach Rick Smith said. “He’s big and lanky and has great timing. He got his hands on a lot of passes. Plus he was a great rebounder. Offensively, he was probably too unselfish. He was a facilitator.’’
Other second-team picks:
New Rockford-Sheyenne’s Bo Belquist (15.5 ppg, 8 rpg, 4.5 apg); Kindred’s Andy Freier (16.4 ppg, 5.9 rpg); Enderlin’s Joe Hurlburt (21.2 ppg, 15 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.5 bpg); Linton-HMB’s Lucas Schumacher (22.4 ppg, 7 rpg, 3.7 apg, 2.3 spg); Ellendale’s Scott Wagner (20.3 ppg, 12.2 rpg, 2.2 bpg); Beach’s Gage Swanson (27.9 ppg, 11 rpg, 3 apg); White Shield’s Jesse White (24 ppg, 8 rpg, 8 apg, 4 spg, 2 bpg); Stanley’s Rhett Hanson (19.2 ppg, 11.8 rpg, 4 bpg); and Beulah’s Trey Brandt (20.7 ppg, 6 rpg, 3.8 apg).