Hubartt, Newcomb, Thompson, Hollowell honored by NE8

(L to R) Zach Hubartt, Deven Newcomb, Sam Thompson and Jordan Hollowell earned spots on the Northeast 8 Conference’s boys basketball All-Conference list for their play for Huntington North this season.

The Northeast 8 Conference (NE8) released its All-Conference selections for boys basketball over the weekend and among the honorees were four members of the Huntington North boys basketball team.

Zach Hubartt, Deven Newcomb and Sam Thompson all landed on the NE8’s All-Conference Second Team, while Jordan Hollowell claimed a spot on the All-Conference Honorable Mention list.

Hubartt, a newcomer on the varsity team this season, proved to be a valuable piece for the Vikings. The sophomore appeared in each of Huntington North’s 23 games and started in 19, racking up 515 minutes of playing time.

Hubartt led the Vikes with 74 defensive rebounds and 25 steals and rounded out his season stat line with 199 points, 81 rebounds, 37 assists and 12 blocks.

“Zach is a tremendous athlete who can score the ball in various ways,” said Huntington North head coach Craig Teagle. “As the season unfolded, he continued to get a better understanding of the game and our system, which allowed him to succeed.”

Hubartt enjoyed a breakout performance in Huntington North’s 52–49 loss to Leo on Dec. 27 with career-high totals of 18 points and seven rebounds.

Although not truly a newcomer to the varsity team this season, Thompson received a vastly expanded role as a junior, starting in each of the Vikings’ 23 games, the only player to do so. His 649 minutes played were more than any other player on the team.

Thompson was lethal from beyond the arc for Huntington North, sinking 44 triples on 87 attempts to pace the Vikes with a three-point shooting percentage of 50.6.

Thompson scored 199 points, grabbed 52 rebounds, handed out 30 assists, snatched 24 steals and swatted away one shot.

“Sam really became one of our most reliable scorers as the year progressed,” Teagle said. “He really gained confidence and displayed that he could not only shoot the ball from three-point range, but also be very effective off of the dribble.”

Thompson exploded for a career-high 25 points—21 of which came from beyond the arc—in Huntington North’s 66–60 loss to Columbia City on Jan. 17.

Newcomb capped the Second Team honorees as his team’s go-to distributor. The senior dished out more assists than any other Viking with 75 helpers.

Throughout the season, the point guard also tallied 207 points, 55 rebounds, 22 steals and two blocks.

Newcomb’s most productive outing came in the Vikes’ 70–66 double overtime win over North Side on Jan. 8, sinking 18 points

Hollowell was Huntington North’s primary option in the paint, as the big man scored more than any other Vike. Hollowell’s 257 points, 93 made field goals, 58.1 field goal percentage, 65 made free throws, 79 free throw attempts, 82.3 free throw percentage and 106 rebounds led the Vikings in each respective category.

The senior also recorded 22 assists, 17 steals and three blocks in a total of 568 minutes played.

“Deven and Jordan were our only two returning players with any (notable) varsity experience this year,” Teagle said. “Deven started at the point guard position the past two years and really had a great understanding of what our objectives were on both ends of the floor. He was responsible for getting us into our offense and making sure all of our players were involved. We relied on Jordan to score in the post and rebound even though he was undersized. Jordan’s effort level was always high.”

Hollowell recorded a season-best 18 points on three occasions throughout the campaign.

Though Huntington North will see Hollowell and Newcomb graduate from the program, Hubartt and Thompson both factor to be big pieces for next season’s Vikings.