A big senior year helped Brian Schwetschenau end his three-year stay in the Omaha Skutt lineup with averages of 15 points and 7.5 rebounds.
The 6-foot-4 SkyHawk this past season collected 10 double-doubles in 24 games. He led Class B in scoring with a school-record 21.3-point average and pulled down nine rebounds a game.
“He’s a solid all-around player, a difficult matchup,’’ Blair coach Scott Flynn said.
“I’m biased, but Brian put up the numbers he did against top Class B competition,’’ Skutt coach Jon Burt said.
Schwetschenau is the honorary captain of the All-Omaha Area boys basketball team for non-Metro Conference schools.
Also on the first team are Matt Thomas of Elkhorn South, Mitch Drey of Gretna, Jake Goltl of Ralston and Luke Lazure of Fort Calhoun.
Thomas is the only non-senior on the unit. A junior who transferred from Skutt, he was a second-team selection last season when he was the only non-senior on either the first or second team.
On this season’s second team are Ralston junior Zach Flott, Omaha Roncalli junior Jody Bryant, Blair sophomore Vance Janssen, Boys Town senior David Austin and Yutan junior Nate Fisher.
Observations of The World-Herald staff and nominations of coaches determine the All-Omaha Area team.
Goltl, a 6-2 guard, averaged 13.7 points, five rebounds and four assists for the Rams.
Drey was a large part of Gretna’s late-season push to a third-place finish at state. The Dragons beat ranked Omaha Gross, Elkhorn South and Ralston to get to Lincoln and beat Elkhorn South a second time to capture third place.
The 6-5 Drey averaged 16.6 points and 5.8 rebounds for the Dragons.
Lazure, a 5-10 guard, averaged 17.3 points and scored a season-record 433 for the Pioneers. Their 19 wins were a school record.
Thomas, who averaged 16.6 points, displayed his potential when he sank two 3-pointers from the top of the key and a runner in the lane at the buzzer — all in the final 22 seconds of regulation — to force overtime against eventual champion South Sioux City in the state semifinals.
“He’s a very dynamic scoring threat and a very underrated passer,’’ Storm coach Alex Bahe said.
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