Applegate adds another award: All-Area Player of the Year
The 4-States Basketball Coaches Association on Monday selected Nevada High School senior guard Logan Applegate as its All-Area Player of the Year.
Applegate averaged just under 23 points per game and helped lead the Tigers to the quarterfinal round of Missouri State High School Activities Association Class 5 state tournament — something only one other team in program history had accomplished. Nevada finished 22-6, including a 15-game winning streak during the second half of the season.
Applegate finished his career at Nevada fourth on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,576 points and is the first Tiger to win All-Area Player of the Year since Clay Gayman, who scored more points than any player in Nevada history (1,976), won the award twice (2017 and 2018).
Applegate made 105 3-pointers this season, including a school record-tying 10 in one game against McDonald County on senior night. He also led the team with 111 assists and 65 steals, and tied fellow senior Ben Hines with 129 rebounds.
Logan McNeley, another Nevada senior, averaged 10.4 points per game this season and was selected second-team All-Area by the 4SBCA.
McNeley brought down 117 rebounds, distributed 80 assists, sank 52 threes, and collected 44 steals on the season.
On the girls' side, the 4SBCA also named senior Lady Tiger Tylin Heathman to the All-Area second team — while Mount Vernon senior Lacy Stokes took home All-Area Player of the Year honors.
Heathman averaged 15.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 1.8 steals per game.
The rest of the girls All-Area first team includes Verona senior Paige Bauer, Sarcoxie senior Annette Ramirez, Carl Junction sophomore Destiny Buerge, Seneca junior Aliya Grotjohn, Webb City senior Jaydee Duda, Carthage senior Hailey Fullerton, Mount Vernon senior Ellie Johnston, McAuley Catholic junior Kayleigh Teeter, College Heights senior Grace Bishop, and Greenfield sophomore Marlie Wright.
Joining Heathman on the All-Area second team were Neosho senior Olivia Hixson, Jasper senior Alexis Durman, Carthage sophomore Kianna Yates, McAuley Catholic junior Kennedy DeRuy, Diamond freshman Taaron Drake, Aurora senior Elizabeth Martin, Thomas Jefferson senior Sydney Stamps, Carl Junction junior Jessa Hylton, McDonald County senior Sydney Killion, Webb City senior Sierra Kimbrough, and Joplin junior Emma Floyd.
The boys All-Area first team includes Webb City senior Nickhai Howard, Neosho senior Landon Austin, Pittsburg senior Javon Grant, East Newton seniors Connor Killion and Kyson Lahman, Mount Vernon senior Mason Ballay, Golden City senior Lane Dunlap, Lockwood senior Max Schnelle, Joplin junior Always Wright, and Galena junior Brett Sarwinski.
Joining McNeley on the All-Area second team were Thomas Jefferson senior Dhruv Gheewala, Carl Junction senior Alex Baker, Pierce City senior Kyle Renkoski, Webb City junior Cohl Vaden, Verona junior Jaiden Carrasquillo, College Heights junior Miller Long, Frontenac junior Jordan Fudge, Galena sophomore Tyler Little, Carthage sophomore Max Templeman, and Joplin freshman All Wright.