No. 5 Centerville continues to roll

Centerville's Deryk Pearsall handles the ball as Augusta's Calvin Wearley defends on Friday night.TRIBUNE PHOTO/RION SANDERS

Centerville’s Deryk Pearsall handles the ball as Augusta’s Calvin Wearley defends on Friday night.
TRIBUNE PHOTO/RION SANDERS

Tuesday is our Prep Extra Day and we’ve got a full complement of stories for your perusal. You can find my A-B-C notebook here and Daniel Mediate’s Class AA notebook here.

My column focuses on Centerville, the fifth-ranked Class C squad from just outside Great Falls. The Miners have a ton of speed and a full quiver of athletes at the ready. Star senior Deryk Pearsall runs the point even though he is 6-5 and said that defense is the key to Centerville’s success.

“We have some really quick guys that can fly around and get some steals on defense,” Pearsall said. “That makes for easy transition layups. So that’s our game plan.”

Pearsall has taken recruiting visits to several Frontier Conference schools and wants to play in college next year.

“I’ve worked with Deryk since his freshman year at being a point guard, because he wants to play at the next level,” Centerville coach Doug Evenhus said. “I know it’s kind of weird looking at a 6-5 point guard, but at the next level, that’s where he’s gotta be, is at the shooting guard/point guard area.”

Pearsall’s size creates matchup problems for everybody, since most 6-5 guys in high school play post.

“You don’t see whole lot of that in our district, not a whole lot of guys over 6-1, 6-2,” said Augusta coach Eric Chaon, whose team lost at Centerville Friday. “When you do see a guy like that, we’re just not really used to it. But he does a good job putting himself in a spot to shoot, lifts up over guys and there’s not a whole lot you can do.”

Also, be certain to check out Dan’s blog entry as we look forward to Thursday’s crosstown swim meet.

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