When the team you cover wins the Southeast Conference and makes the regional final, it makes it easy to argue for five Trojans on the All-GTNS team like The Ledger was able to do twice during winter sports with eight Fairfield basketball players and both coaches getting those well-deserved recognitions this week. Here are the five guys that helped lead the Trojan boys’ basketball program back to the promised land and 32 victories over the past two seasons.
Mick Flattery, Fairfield, 20th year
The Trojan coaching staple spent 18 years leading the boys’ basketball team the first go-round and is in his second season since returning to the guys’ program after taking 2007-2011 off before running the FHS ladies squad from 2011-2017. Flattery led his team to 18 wins this year, giving him 285 for his boys’ coaching career which averages out to about 14 wins per season. Flattery also coaches golf and football for Fairfield and this is his first All-GTNS selection since returning to the boys’ program.
Austin Simpson, Sr., Fairfield
The 6’4 agile Trojan big man was not only first-team All-SEC for Fairfield, he was named Player of the Year for the 2018-19 boys’ basketball season after averaging 12.0 points on 56 percent shooting, 8.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.2 blocks and 1.3 steals per game, all team-highs. Simpson finished his career with 777 points, 515 rebounds, 139 assists, 65 steals and 52 blocks. This is Simpson’s seventh All-GTNS selection having already been chosen for basketball, football and baseball.
Collin Breen, Sr., Fairfield
The 6’3 point guard was a terror on offense with his court vision that led to a team-high 75 assists while also having the ability to get to the rim for 10.9 points per contest while shooting 46 percent from the field. Breen grabbed 38 rebounds and 25 steals while blocking nine shots. Breen was a first-team All-SEC selection and is making his All-GTNS debut.
Tristin Waugh, Sr., Fairfield
The shortest of the Trojan tall men at 6’2, Waugh is earning his sixth All-GTNS selection (football 16-17-18 and baseball 17-18) after averaging 11.5 points on 53 percent shooting, 5.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.4 steals per game. Waugh finished his career with 665 points and 284 rebounds.
Carson Crile, Sr., Fairfield
The 6’3 guard can run the point or he can slide to the side and score 25 if needed. Crile was the only sophomore to make the All-GTNS team as a sophomore after averaging 15.1 points per game to lead the Trojans but just missed the cut last year when Mt. Pleasant dominated the league and Fairfield only got Dante Cingire and Austin Simpson on the list. Crile returns with 9.2 points on 44 percent shooting from the field and 40 percent from the perimeter to go with 7.2 boards 2.1 assists and 1.3 steals per contest. This is Crile’s second All-GTNS selection after scoring 916 points and grabbing 647 rebounds during his four-year career.
Sam Beatty, Sr., Mt. Pleasant
The Panthers senior played above the rim all year. He saw a spike in playing time and made every minute worth it. Along with leading Mt. Pleasant with 14.9 points per game, Beatty pulled down 91 rebounds and led the squad with five blocks. But what members of the Mt. Pleasant crowd will remember are his array of dunks. He delighted the Panther crowd with slams all year long, making him one of the most entertaining players in the Southeast Conference.
Cade Hennigan, Sr., Washington
The 6’1 Demon was Washington’s leader in rebounds (96, which tied teammate Trashaun Willis), steals (39), points (203) and points per game (10.7). He also led Washington in field goals made (83) and field goals attempted (174), but also led the demons in field-goal percentage (47.7). Add to that the fact that Hennigan was often given the defensive assignment of the opponent’s best player, yet had just 33 fouls in 19 games. Washington, which finished with a 9-10 record, won more games this season than any since 2011-12 when it was 13-9.
The All-GTNS large school boys’ basketball team was selected by Justin Webster of The Fairfield Ledger, Andy Krutsinger of The Mt. Pleasant News and Doug Brennemann of The Washington Evening Journal.