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Basl (second team) and Krueger (honorable mention) round out Bulldogs' all-league awards.

WILL DENNER/MADRAS PIONEER - Culver seniors Matt Krueger (above left) and Weston Basl (above right) both garnered all-CBC honors.
Behind Culver's improvements during the 2017-18 season were a pair of seniors who put the Bulldogs on their backs.

Weston Basl and Matt Krueger were a big reason why Culver was able to make significant strides as a program this past season.

Basl and Krueger's efforts earned them Columbia Basin Conference all-league recognition, as Basl was named to the second team and Krueger was one of five players named as honorable mentions.

In his second straight year garnering all-league honors, Basl was once again the Bulldogs' most versatile scorer. Basl averaged a team-leading 16.2 points, as well as 4.2 rebounds.

He shot 34 percent from 3-point range, and his 68 deep balls made for the season very nearly set a new Culver boys basketball record.

Kenny Macy still owns the record of 71 for a single season, which he set in 1998, but Basl moved past the likes of Landon Roberts (54) and Nate Lewis (63) into second place.

"We saw a vastly different Weston Basl during our summer season, and that attitude change gave us a lot of momentum going into this season," Culver head coach Johnny Wilson said. "As good as he is, I still don't think Weston has ever gotten as much of the credit as he deserves for what he did for this team. He always draws the other team's best defender, and makes many of the difficult parts of the game look really easy."

Krueger, meanwhile, earned all-league honors for the first time, after a season in which he took on a larger scoring role, and gave the Bulldogs two dangerous indside-out players, along with Basl.

Krueger averaged 10.2 points, 3.2 boards and 2.2 steals per game. The latter statistic led the team.

"His transformation as a basketball player was nothing short of amazing, and he is a great example of what hard work and extra gym time can do for a player," Wilson said. "Nobody on this team cared more about this team than Matt Krueger."

Columbia Basin Conference all-league selections

Boys first team

Brett Speed, sr., Weston-McEwen (unanimous)

Bryson Pierce, sr., Pilot Rock (unanimous)

Brody Woods, sr., Stanfield (unanimous)

Trent Smith, sr., Heppner (unanimous)

Chris Wienke, sr., Pilot Rock (unanimous)

Second team

Kevin Smith, sr., Heppner

Weston Basl, sr., Culver

Levi Thieme, sr., Pilot Rock

Elias Esquivel, jr., Stanfield

Kevin Rodriguez, sr., Weston McEwen

Wyatt Steagal, sr., Heppner

Honorable Mention

Andrew Gambill, jr., Weston-McEwen

Matt Krueger, sr., Culver

Riley Lankford, sr., Pilot Rock

Jacob Speed, sr., Weston McEwen

Eduardo Nunez, jr., Stanfield

Coach of the Year: Brian Pickard, Weston-McEwen

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