All-Northeast 8 boys basketball teams announced, led by conference champion East Noble’s five selections

Junior Ali Ali of East Noble looks for a teammate to pass to during a game against New Haven on Feb. 13. (By Justin Kenny of news-

Junior Ali Ali and sophomore Hayden Jones led East Noble to their first ever Northeast 8 conference title and their first title of any kind since 2007’s share of the Northeast Hoosier Conference crown. The Knight duo headlines the All-Northeast 8 Conference teams.

Ali averaged 16.3 points and Jones had 14.7 points per game as East Noble went 21-3 and 7-0 in conference. East Noble had not won an outright conference title since 2000.

Joining the East Noble duo on the All-NE8 first team are New Haven’s Brecar Clark and James Gardner, Huntington North’s Zach Daugherty and Mitchell Geller, Leo’s Jeremy Davison, Norwell’s Will Geiger, DeKalb’s Logan Kruse and Columbia City’s Mitchell Wilson.

Only half of the first team are seniors, guaranteeing a lot of talent back to the conference next season, including sophomores Geiger and Wilson, two of the best individual scorers in the area.

The All-NE8 second team consists of East Noble’s Michael Bender and Brent Cox, New Haven’s Zach Latham, Huntington North’s Hank Pulver and Sawyer Stoltz, Leo’s Lane Reed and Luke Stoller, Norwell’s Brandon Nicholson, DeKalb’s Issac Brown and Bellmont’s Kade Fuelling.

Earning All-NE8 honorable mention are East Noble’s Drew Devers, Huntington North’s Joe Stoffel, Leo’s Blake Davison, Norwell’s Luke Zeddis, Columbia City’s Garrett Roehling and Bellmont’s Jordan Fuelling and Brady Manis.

Following East Noble in the final NE8 standings were New Haven, Huntington North, Leo, Norwell, DeKalb, Columbia City and Bellmont.

13 of the 27 total players earning All-NE8 honors will return next season.