(March 13, 2020) Several Stephen Decatur basketball players earned Bayside Conference South honors for their performance during the winter season.
Senior captain Drew Haueisen was presented the Player of the Year award.
“I was just trying to be the best player I could be. This summer I really worked hard and it paid off. [Winning the award] was kind of like a product of all the hard work I did this summer,” Haueisen said. “Offseason is almost as important as the season. Without the offseason you’re not going to improve.”
Haueisen scored 572 points this season to lead the team. He also led the team in rebounds, with 359.
“My stats were up this year, my team did better than anyone thought. It was a team effort to get that award,” he said. “I really focused on our team, how we performed and how we did as a team. Winning the award is a great accomplishment, but I couldn’t have done it without my team. I just focused on winning and normally those individual things they just come with it.”
Haueisen scored his 1,000th career point during Decatur’s game against James M. Bennett on Feb. 14 in Berlin. He finished his high school career with 1,169 points.
He played at Snow Hill for two years before transferring to Decatur for his junior and senior years.
“My high school career has been great. I’m happy looking back at it,” he said. “I scored 1,000 points, which is cool. To get this [award] was also really cool.”
“That’s just a great honor for him and the hard work he put into the game,” said Decatur Coach BJ Johnson. “I’m happy for him.”
Decatur has produced several players of the year in recent years.
“Three out of the last four years a player [of the year] came from Stephen Decatur High School,” Johnson said. “[In] 2017 it was Keve [Aluma], 2018 it was Kevon [Voyles] and now Drew. I guess we’re doing something right. We’re producing good players.”
Haueisen is planning to attend and play basketball at Division III Dickinson College in Pennsylvania.
“There’s a lot of people that helped me through the process … coming here allowed me to have different opportunities,” Haueisen said. “Coaches [at Decatur] helped me take my game to the next level.”
Senior DaCameron McAfee finished second in scoring, with 214 points, and rebounding, with 203.
He earned Bayside South Honorable Mention accolades along with teammates, seniors Theo Hobbs and Jalen Planter.
“I think it’s a great honor for them as well,” Johnson said. “Any time you close out your season you want to go out on top and I thought they all had a great year. The bottom line, they’re great kids. Academically, they’re sound, so I’m happy for them.”
Decatur finished the season with a 13-9 record.
Johnson presented the team MVP award to Haueisen. McAfee was given the Unsung Hero award.
On the girls’ side, sophomore Nadia Bullock scored a spot on the Bayside South First Team.
Bullock led the team in points, with 279. She also had 131 blocks (third) and 57 steals (second).
She recorded those numbers in three games less than her teammates because she was sidelined with a foot injury, Coach Scott Kurtz said.
Kurtz presented Bullock with the team’s Most Improved award.
“She’s got so many different layers to her game,” Kurtz said. “She’s become a complete players on both ends of the floor.”
Freshman Mayah Garner was second in scoring, with 275 points. She was also second in rebounds, with 63, and first in blocks (44).
“She’s one of the hardest working players. Her work ethic is second to none,” Kurtz said. “Mayah was playing her best basketball at the end of the season. She became an offensive and defensive rebounding machine.”
She was named to the Bayside South Second Team.
“If those two [Bullock and Garner] continue to elevate they could be a special one-two punch next year,” Kurtz said.
Senior captain Sarah Engle was named team MVP. She also received Bayside South Honorable Mention accolades.
Engle led the team in assists (78) and steals (62). She scored 170 points.
She has been a member of the team since her freshman year and has “improved by leaps and bounds,” which is why Kurtz chose her as the team MVP.
“She’s an unselfish players, a good leader, just an elite athlete,” Kurtz said. “Everything we threw at her this year clicked. She helped us out so much. She had an incredible season.”
Engle is headed to Division I Loyola University of Maryland to play lacrosse.
Junior Jessica Janney also received honorable mention distinction. She was the team’s top rebounder, with 188.
“She struggled to find consistency in our offensive sets this year, but she made up for it with rebounds and putbacks,” Kurtz said. “As a rising senior, it will be interesting to see how she steps up next year.”
Kurtz presented the team’s Sportsmanship Award to senior Summer Vorsteg. Senior captain Abby Yesko earned the Coaches Award and senior Isy Kristick took home the Unsung Hero award.
The Lady Seahawks finished the season with a 15-7 record.