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La Grande sophomore Brandon Dall earned first-team honors in the Greater Oregon League this season. Observer file photo
by Casey Kellas/The Observer
The La Grande boys basketball team played to a second-place finish in the Greater Oregon League this past season, and for its efforts, the Tigers got rewarded with postseason honors.
Brandon Dall was selected to the first-team all-GOL team after a stellar sophomore campaign. Dall was one of the most consistent players for second-year head coach Mark Carollo.
“Brandon was the guy we looked for when we needed a bucket,” Carollo said. “His maturity really showed on the court throughout the year. He was always calm. I think his teammates really respected him.”
Carollo said he is looking forward to seeing what type of player Dall becomes with two more years to go in his high school career.
“I think Brandon has a really good future ahead of him,” the coach said.
Junior Tyson Wicklander and senior John Bodfish were both selected to the GOL’s second team after being key contributors for the 9-16 Tigers.
“Tyson has kind of proven himself the last couple of years,” Carollo said.
“This year we moved him to the two-guard and the game came naturally to him. He really developed as a basketball player.
“John evolved as well. We just had to give him some confidence, and I think his confidence got stronger as the season went on. Those senior boys didn’t want to go out without a play-in game.”
Senior Kaleb White gained honorable mention honors in his final season.
Carollo said White was one of La Grande’s leaders on and off the court.
“Kaleb led by example. Right from the start. He set the bar if we were running in practice, or anything (we did). He was an important part of the team,” Carollo said.
Carollo will be entering his third season as head coach next year, and he said he is excited about the players he does have coming back.
“We’re going to spend time playing this summer. It’s just getting some confidence to play basketball.
“The more we have the chance to play, the better we can get,” he said.