Article by Ian Grande
The Stanley Blue Jays Basketball programs (boys and girls) has had quite the run this season. Here is some historical perspective on some of the major accomplishments from this season:
- The Stanley Boys’ Basketball team made it to the State Tournament for only the third time in program history (2018, 2017, 1938).
- Wyatt Hanson became the first player in Stanley Basketball history (boys or girls) to be nominated for the Mr. Basketball Award. The award has been presented since 1985.
- Wyatt Hanson would also make history as the first winner of the Mr. Basketball award in program history.
- Abby Iverson becomes the first player in the history of the Stanley Girls Basketball program to be named to the North Dakota All-State team. The NDAPSSA has been announcing the All-State team since 1976.
- Wyatt Hanson will become the first player Stanley basketball player in program history to be named to the North Dakota Class B Basketball All-State team twice. He will also be the first player in program history to be named to the North Dakota All-State (first team). The North Dakota Boys All-State team has been announced by the NDAPSSA since 1976.
- The Blue Jays will have as many All-State team appearances in the last two seasons as they had in the previous 42 years combined.
- Previous Stanley All-State winners: Lance Hollinger – (2005-2006), Jim Miller (1998-1999), Travis Loock – (1991-1992)
- Wyatt Hanson was named to the North Dakota All-State Tournament team for the second year in a row. Both of his selections have been unanimous.
- Abby Iverson and Wyatt Hanson both won Region 8 Senior Athlete of the Year this season. I am fairly certain that is a first in program history that Stanley has swept those awards. (Feel free to comment if that claim is incorrect)
- Stanley had three players from the same graduating class eclipse the 1000 point mark. Wyatt Hanson, Kaedyn Hanson, and Abby Iverson.
- Wyatt Hanson became the #13 all-time leading scorer in North Dakota Basketball history (according to Hoopster). He finished his career with 2,249 career points, by far the most in program history.
- The Stanley boys held the #1 ranking at the beginning of the season. This is likely the first time in program history that the Blue Jays have been ranked first at any point of any season. Stanley was ranked #1 for almost half of the season. (Again feel free to comment if this claim is incorrect).
*The above data was sourced from the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters & Sportswriters Association.
Feel free to throw out any other historical items that I may have missed, or anything from the past that is worth noting.
*Ian Grande is the Editor of the Stanley Gazette. If you have any comments or concerns please email StanleyGazette@gmail.com