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Robrock and Colclesser earn conference honors

HONORS: Huntington North girls basketball senior forward Madalyn Robrock and sophomore guard Reece Colclesser were named to the Northeast 8 Conference’s All-Conference First Team and Honorable Mention list, respectively.

by Eric Andrews - eandrews@h-ponline.com

Senior forward Madalyn Robrock and sophomore guard Reece Colclesser of the Huntington North girls basketball team received spots on the Northeast 8 Conference (NE8) All-Conference teams, as was announced by the NE8 this weekend.

Robrock earned an NE8 All-Conference First Team nomination, while Colclesser claimed a spot on the conference’s Honorable Mention list.

Robrock, the Vikings’ go-to player all season long, posted totals of 593 minutes played and scored 335 points, good for 15.2 points per game.

Robrock also tallied 40 free throws made, 73 free throw attempts, 147 made field goals, 246 field goal attempts, a 59.8 percent shooting percentage, 66 offensive rebounds, 121 defensive rebounds, 187 total rebounds, 25 deflections and 12 blocks throughout the course of this season’s 22 games.

Each of the 13 categories mentioned featured Robrock atop the Vikings’ leaderboard in each statistic this season.

“Maddy came into a situation where last year she was surrounded by seniors and she could just play and this year she had to do a little bit more” said head coach Heidi Lawson. “She had to be basically the team mom and the person that we went to a lot of the time. I think her growth and her attitude off and on the court was huge for everybody to see. I’ve seen it for four years. There’s been some downs and some ups, and I feel like, with her play, that she’s ended it on a good note for herself individually. I’m excited to see what college does for her and her growth and her development in basketball.”

Colclesser, meanwhile, finished second on Huntington North with 122 points this season in 564 minutes on the court.

Colclesser’s 11 three-pointer conversions led Huntington North, while her 19 made free throws placed second on the team.

Colclesser also grabbed 59 rebounds and handed out 33 assists throughout the season, while leading the Vikings with 32 steals. Colclesser’s two charges drawn placed her one short of Dorsett’s team-leading total in the category.

“I think probably just the toughness (was a big area of growth for the team this season,” Lawson said. “I saw a couple of kids (establish) they’re not going to put up with it; they’re going to take it to you and just play hard. I think that, to me, was huge. The one person that sticks out in my mind is Reece Colclesser. We needed people to take it to the hoop and drive and there was a couple of times even against South Side (in the Sectional) that she did do that, and those are the little things that we see as coaches that might not be something that the public sees or the crowd sees, but we see it (as coaches).”

Robrock and Colclesser helped guide the Vikings to a 7–15 record this season, including a 4–3 record in NE8 contests.

Huntington North’s season was ended in the Sectional quarterfinals on Jan. 29, losing to South Side 65–35. Robrock posted a game-high 17 points in the game, while Colclesser drained four points.

Upon graduating, Robrock will continue her academic and athletic careers by playing basketball at Huntington University.

Colclesser will return to the Vikings’ lineup next season as a junior and is again expected to hold a prominent role on the court. Colclesser will enter next season as Huntington North’s leading scorer with Robrock joining the Foresters in the fall.