FAIRMONT - For the last four years, when opponents saw the Fairmont boys basketball team on their schedules, they could count on Mitch Pfingsten donning the Cardinal jersey and stepping onto the court.
Pfingsten earned his fourth selection to the Sentinel All-Area team this season, including his third consecutive player of the year award.
During the final season of Pfingsten's record-setting career, he helped Fairmont to a single-season record for wins with a 25-6 record that included winning the Section 3 championship and a fourth-place finish in the Class AA state tournament.
HOOPSTER?OF THE YEAR — Fairmont Cardinals senior guard Mitch Pfingsten (with mask) dribbles between St. Peter defenders Cody Erickson (1) and Brendan Reese (right) during Class AA state quarterfinal basketball action on March 12 at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. Pfingsten was selected as the 2014 Sentinel All-Area player of the year. (Photo by Leanna Becker)
The 6-foot-1 senior point guard not only set the Cardinal boys program's career scoring mark with 2,113 points, but also scored 712 points in 2013-14 to establish the school's single-season mark.
During his 110 games, the four-time all-South Central Conference selection pulled down 488 rebounds, doled out 347 assists and pocketed 172 steals.
Pfingsten received Minnesota Associated Press honorable mention all-state status during his sophomore and junior seasons, while earning a spot on this year's Class AA all-state tournament team.
The Cardinals' senior playmaker averaged 22.9 points per game to top the team's statistical charts for an unmatched fourth consecutive time.
Pfingsten sank 168 of 209 free throws for a team-leading 80 percent and shot 44 percent overall from the field by swishing 242 of 541 attempts. He was effective from 3-point range by connecting on 31 percent of his attempts.
Fairmont's all-time leading scorer also pocketed 58 steals, distributed a team-leading 132 assists and pulled down 137 rebounds (4.4 rpg) during his senior season.
For his record-setting numbers and contributions to the Class AA fourth-place Cardinals' incredible season, Pfingsten has been selected as the 2014 Sentinel All-Area player of the year.
Here's a look at the rest of the 2014 Sentinel All-Area boys basketball first- and second-team selections.
Josh Eversman (Fairmont) - The senior played an major role in the Cardinals' offense during the 2013-14 season.
The two-time All-Area selection totaled the team's No. 2 seasonal points total with 491 to put his career number at 799 points for Fairmont.
The 6-4 forward grabbed 220 rebounds to top the Section 3 champions at 7.1 boards per game to complement his 15.8-point scoring clip.
The two-time all-South Central Conference and Class AA all-state tournament choice shot 45 percent overall from the field and drained 62 of 115 free throws in 2013-14. From 3-point distance, Eversman drained 47 of 156 for 30 percent.
In addition to his offensive contributions, the Cardinal senior also doled out 64 assists, pocketed 50 steals and recorded 13 blocks.
Eversman will continue his career on the hardwood by playing for Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, next season.
Sam Geistfeld (Truman/Martin Luther) - Martin Luther High School's all-time boys basketball leading scorer and rebounder hung up his sneakers for the BluejayKnights after a stellar prep career.
The three-time All-Area selection scored a career mark of 1,398 points, including 616 during his final season for a 22.8-point average.
Inside the paint, Geistfeld pulled down 817 career rebounds, including garnerning a team-best 13.2 boards per game in 2013-14.
During his four-year career, the all-Valley Conference selection recorded an incredible 50 double-double performances.
Geistfeld shot 65 percent inside the arc, making 188 of 287 shots, while shooting a combined total of 228 for 420 for 54.3 percent.
At the free throw line, Geistfeld swished 120 of 168 shots for a team-leading 71.4 percent.
Along with his offensive contributions, Geistfeld also pocketed 74 steals and recorded 44 blocks on the season.
Luke Monson (Blue Earth Area) - The 6-6 senior post player established the single-game scoring record for the Bucs with a 44-point performance against United South Central during the regular season.
Interestingly, Luke Monson eclipsed the prior single-game record held by his older brother, Jon.
The two-time All-Area selection scored 996 points during his career, with the help of 605 this season.
Shooting 63 percent from the floor, the two-time all-South Central Conference selection racked up an average of 26.3 points per night.
With an average of 12 rebounds per game, the two-year Blue Earth Area varsity starter also sank 81 percent of his free throws.
Jay Ruen (Fairmont) - The 6-2 Ruen made a name for himself with three stellar games during the Class AA state tournament to close out his stellar prep basketball career.
The Fairmont senior forward scored 332 points this season for a 10.7-point average en route to 723 points total during his playing days.
From the free throw line, Ruen shot 71 percent by draining 48 of 67 shots, including 3 of 4 in the final minute of the state quarterfinals at Williams Arena to help send the Cardinals to the semifinals at Target Center.
In the lane, Ruen pulled down an impressive 168 rebounds to average 5.4 caroms per game.
Defensively, Ruen was able to pocket 47 steals and made 17 blocks, while offensively doling out 63 assists on the season.
Cordell Weber (Martin County West) - The lone Maverick named to the All-Area squad, Weber made the most of his final prep basketball season.
The two-time All-Area selection finished his high school hoops career with 1,088 points thanks in part to 337 this winter.
The three-time all-Valley Conference choice averaged 14 points per game and shot 40 percent from the field by making 70 of 163 for 2-point range and sinking 49 of 133 from 3-point territory.
From the charity stripe, Weber sank 72.4 percent of his shots.
The 6-2 forward doled out 76 assists on the season, while pocketing 33 steals and pulling down 71 boards.
Derek Johnson (Blue Earth Area) - In the junior's first year starting on the basketball court, he made a name for himself with the Bucs.
The all-South Central Conference honorable mention choice scored 251 points in tallying a 9.7-point clip per game.
Johnson sank 32 of 45 of his free throws for 71 percent, in addition to shooting 36 percent from behind the 3-point line.
The Blue Earth Area junior guard pocketed 28 steals, in addition to averaging 2.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.
Aric Runge (North Union) - The 6-3 senior forward topped the Warriors in almost all statistical categories this season.
The all-Corn Belt Conference selection averaged 14.2 points per game by sinking 137 of 265 shots from the floor for 51.7 percent.
From the free throw line, Runge also was effective by making 64 of 94 for 68.1 percent.
Runge cleaned the glass for 180 rebounds, while doling out 26 assists, pocketing 27 steals and making 46 blocks.
Ryan Shumski (Granada-Huntley-East Chain) - The 6-4 senior helped pace the Mustangs with near double-double numbers each game of the season.
The all-Valley Conference selection averaged 16.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game on his way to 337 points and 146 rebounds for the season.
Shumski sank 143 of 229 shots from inside the arc for a 62 percent to close out his final prep campaign.
Trent Stensland (Granada-Huntley-East Chain) - The Mustang senior forward earned all-Valley Conference honors by averaging 12.1 points per game and was a big part of the offensive production.
The Granada-Huntley-East Chain captain finished the season with 254 points by shooting 49 percent from inside the arc.
In addition to his scoring efforts, Stensland also grabbed 104 rebounds for an average of five per game.
Defensively, the 6-3 senior swiped 30 steals on the season.
Alex Weihe (Truman/Martin Luther) - In his third year as a varsity letterwinner, the BluejayKnight junior captured All-Area and all-Valley Conference honors for his efforts.
With nightly averages of 14.6 points and 9.1 rebounds, Weihe was a major contributor to the BluejayKnights' effort on both ends of the hardwood court.
Weihe scored 364 points and grabbed a total of 227 rebounds this season, while doling out 53 assists, blocking 41 shots and pocketing 44 steals.
The junior forward was effective inside the arc, making 152 of 267 shots for 57 percent.
Weihe is one of two All-Area selections that will return for another season of prep basketball.