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Geller earns player of season honors

LAYUP: Huntington North’s Mitchell Geller lays the ball up during the Vikings’ game against Homestead in the sectional.

BY JACOB RUDE - sports@h-ponline.com

With the winter sports season wrapping up, the Herald Press will take a look back at some of the top moments, games and athletes of the season, beginning with the male teams.

Male Athlete of Season – Mitchell Geller, boys’ basketball

Honorable mention – Zach Daugherty, boys’ basketball; Ricky Haught, wrestling

While the boys’ basketball team featured a balanced approach for much of the season, one man topped multiple statistical categories for the Vikings come season’s end.

Geller finished first on the team in points (10.6), rebounds (6.7) and assists (2.7) while finishing third in steals per game.

The senior forward had a trio of 20-point games on the season with his 24-point outing against Fort Wayne Wayne in the regular season his best scoring output.

Geller also scored 23 points on Senior Night against Bishop Luers and had a 21-point, 10-rebound performance against Southwood early in the season.

Teammate Zach Daugherty earns Honorable Mentions after anchoring the Viking backcourt throughout the season.

Daugherty finished third in scoring at 9.7 points per game while grabbing 3.2 rebounds, handing out 1.7 assists and leading the team with 1.9 steals per game.

The junior also hit a team-best 36 three-pointers on the year, connecting at a 39 percent rate from beyond the arc this season.

Daugherty reached double figures 14 times this season for the Vikings with his 20-point performance against New Haven in the Holiday Hoops Tournament being his best performance.

On the mats, Ricky Haught also earns Honorable Mention after advancing to the state finals. Haught’s run up to the state final saw him place first at the sectional and regional at 132 pounds before earning a fourth-place finish at the semi-state in Fort Wayne.

Haught would lose his opening match at the state final but would finish the year with a 37-10 record in his junior campaign.

Male Team of Season – boys’ basketball

While no boys’ team captured a trophy this season, the boys’ basketball team put forth a memorable season. Finishing with a 19-7 record, the Vikings finished with their most wins in a season since 1998-99.

The Vikings opened the year winning nine of their first 10 matches. After nearly upsetting a ranked Hamilton Southeastern side in the Holiday Hoops Tournament, Huntington North reeled off four-straight wins in the second-half of the season, including a pair of sterling defensive displays on the road against Columbia City and DeKalb.

A third-place finish in the Northeast 8 Conference preceded a runner-up finish in the sectional, but the season was still a historic one for Huntington North.

Game/Meet of Season – vs. Homestead, boys’ basketball

Arguably the most memorable match of the Vikings’ historic season came on the first night of the year. Pitted against rivals Homestead, the Vikings not only earned a win against Homestead but dominated the Spartans from start to finish, eventually winning 69-46 in a night that served as an omen for Huntington North’s season.