Prep basketball notes: Davis' Elijah Kletzli emerges as force in post
Everyone knew about Davis boys' basketball team guards Jesse Wade and Abel Porter entering the season. What the opposition didn't account for was that the Darts would have a strong presence down low.
Enter senior Elijah Kletzli, who has averaged 16.5 points and 8.5 rebounds in the post for the Darts.
Kletzli was buried on the bench behind other talented big men in past seasons, something Davis coach Jay Welk said may have been a mistake. But Kletzli is turning into a star now.
"We knew we'd be strong on the guard line and on the perimeter," said Welk, who added that junior college interest in Kletzki has exploded. "For him, we talked about it this summer, honestly. We were saying all the time, 'Elijah, you're going be key to what goes on in the season.'"
Titans' daunting duo
Olympus has vaulted to near the top of the heap in Class 4A, and it's not hard to see why after watching the Titans play.
The talented duo of guard Jake Lindsey and forward Alec Monson seemingly make an impact on every play on both sides of the floor.
"They're awesome," Titans coach Matt Barnes said. "They're relentless workers and they're very coachable and spend hours in the gym. They want to be good."
Monson is averaging 22.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and three assists, while Lindsey has 18.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.7 assists, numbers that compare favorably to any other duo in the state.
"They get a little bit of hype, a little pub, but they're two of the best players in the state," Barnes said.
The Timpview girls' squad has been one of the best teams in Class 4A all season, thanks in large part to a pair of sisters performing when it counts.
Lyndie Haddock is averaging 12.3 points and 6.8 boards, while sister Lacy Haddock is tallying 10.3 points and 10.3 rebounds, giving the Thunderbirds production on both ends of the court.