The loss of three key starters to graduation put the role of leadership squarely on the shoulders of Cascade Christian boys basketball standouts Scott Morse and Jeremy Cheney.

The loss of three key starters to graduation put the role of leadership squarely on the shoulders of Cascade Christian boys basketball standouts Scott Morse and Jeremy Cheney.

The two did not disappoint.

Morse, a 6-foot-6 junior, and Cheney, a 6-5 senior, led the Challengers to a school record in wins with a 28-3 record and a third-place finish at the Class 3A state tournament.

Most recently, the duo picked up one last honor after being named to the 3A all-state team.

Morse was a first-team selection after leading Cascade Christian in six statistical categories, while Cheney was a second-team pick.

"Looking at last year, we lost so many good leaders," said Cascade Christian coach Brian Morse, the father of Scott Morse. "Their (Scott Morse and Cheney) roles were so different last season, but they turned into great leaders this year. They were huge on defense and packed such a scoring punch."

Scott Morse paced the Challengers with 18.2 points, 10.3 rebounds and five steals per contest. He also chipped in with 6.3 assists and 2.4 blocks per outing, while shooting a team-best 56 percent from the field and 75 percent from the foul line.

"The key thing is he's a 6-6 player that plays a wing and he can play the one," said coach Morse. "We had him do that some this year. Whenever a team puts a lot of pressure on us, Scott brings the ball down."

Cheney also put up impressive numbers for the Challengers, posting 17.8 points, 7.4 rebounds and a team-high 3.3 blocks per contest.

"I've said this before, but Jeremy Cheney has the best jump shot I've ever had as a coach," said Brian Morse. "When we got the ball to him and he was open he would make the shot."

Morse was one of four juniors to make the five-man first-team. Regis junior Derek Piete was named player of the year after leading the Rams to the 3A state title, while Harrisburg's Terry Crabb earned coach-of-the-year accolades.

Reach reporter Kevin Goff at 776-4483, or e-mail kgoff@mailtribune.com