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Volk, Zacher named Mr. Basketball finalists

Press Photo by Dustin Monke Dickinson Trinity senior guard Jacob Volk, right, is guarded by Beulah senior Trevor Zacher in the Region 7 championship Feb. 28 at Knights of Columbus Activities Center. The two are Mr. Basketball finalists, which were released Wednesday.

Beulah head boys basketball coach Jeremy Brandt said there aren't many times two seniors from the same region get nominated for the North Dakota Mr. Basketball Award, let alone the same district.

Dickinson Trinity's Jacob Volk and Beulah's Trevor Zacher -- both from District 14 -- were two of the seven players named as the Mr. Basketball finalists announced Wednesday.

"Those two being chosen speaks volumes to the depth of seniors that we had in our district," Brandt said. "It's not very common that you see two kids from the same district being named Mr. Basketball candidates."

Volk, a 6-foot-3 guard, averaged 20 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals per game. He helped the Titans win a Region 7 championship over Beulah 64-52 on Feb. 28. Trinity went on to take fifth place at the Class B state after Volk drained a falling 3-pointer at the buzzer and was named to the all-state tournament team.

Gregg Grinsteinner played Volk off the bench as a sophomore and started him as junior. Grinsteinner, who was named Class B coach of the year, said Volk has matured into a better all-around player.

"Jacob is very dynamic on the offensive end," Grinsteinner said. "He's one those kids that's a very quiet leader and he leads by example. This year he's proved his defensive side and that's when he became a complete player."

Zacher, a 6-5 forward-guard, supplied 18 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals during his senior season. As a junior Zacher helped the Miners to a Region 7 championship as they knocked off the Nos. 3, 2 and 1 teams in order at the state tournament for Class B title. He also helped Beulah to a seventh-place finish as a freshman when he came off the bench.

In his senior season, Zacher was named District 14 and Region 7 senior athlete of the year. The Miners won the District 14 title over Trinity 56-54.

"It's a nice honor for Trevor to be chosen as one of the finalists," Brandt said. "I think he's very deserving of it. He's had a really good senior year and a really good career for us."

The other five candidates are:

- Fargo Shanley's A.J. Jacobson, a 6-6 forward who averaged 26 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, three blocked shots and three steals. He helped the Deacons finish as the Class A state runner-up last season. He was also named East Region Senior Athlete of the Year.

- Devils Lake's Nate Mertens, a 6-2 guard who posted 28 points, eight rebounds, six assists and three steals.

- Grand Forks Red River's Mac Kroeplin, a 6-2 guard who supplied 28 points, eight rebounds, six assists and three steals. He helped the Roughriders win the Class A state title last year.

- Mandan's Erron Collins, a 5-11 guard who tallied 20 points, five rebounds and three steals.

- North Star's Jacob Hagler, a 6-2 guard who averaged 23 points, five rebounds, six assists and four steals. He led his team to a Class B state championship as a sophomore and a runner-up finish as a junior. He also won the Class B Senior Athlete of the Year.