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Swanson named to All-State first team

Zach Swanson earned All-State honors for his work this winter for the Inter-Lakes hoop team. Joe Souza. (click for larger version)
March 20, 2017
MEREDITH — Inter-Lakes High School senior Zach Swanson led the Lakers to a 16-4 overall record and brought them to the quarterfinals of the state tournament before being knocked off by Somersworth. Last week Swanson was named a first team All-State basketball player by the New Hampshire Basketball Coaches Organization for his strong play.

Swanson averaged 22.9 points per game and 11.8 rebounds per game. For his career he ended up with 1,335 points and more than 800 rebounds. He ended his career at Inter-Lakes tied for first place in points with Michael Roy.

"This is definitely a great honor," said Swanson. "We had a lot of great talent in our division this year, so being named among the top players is huge."

Swanson scored his 1,000th point against Somersworth at the end of the regular season, and he said this was definitely one of the highlights of his career.

"That's the type of milestone you work for your entire life," said Swanson. "Seeing all that hard work pay off is a great feeling."

Swanson said his senior basketball season was memorable, and while he is sad it is over, he is happy with what he accomplished.

"I'm definitely proud of the work I put in during my career," said Swanson.

Lakers head coach Mike Rathgeber said there is nothing pretty or dazzling about Swanson's game, but instead he knows how to lead, and how to win.

"There's really nothing fancy about Zach's game," said Rathgeber. "He won't make a highlight film, but he'll certainly win for you."

Rathgeber said as a post player he uses his strength to overpower double teams. He said he is a master of getting all the little things done and producing wins.

"He understands that the game of basketball is not nearly as complex as people make it out to be," said Rathgeber. "He understands it is about making layups and making free throws. He worked on his game all year round and got himself strong."

Swanson also made the All-State team in football as a tight end and plans on playing at Plymouth State University. Rathgeber expects him to excel there, as well.

Rathgeber said Swanson has "been a joy" to coach over the course of the past three-and-a-half years. He said Swanson is extremely coachable, has a positive attitude and has all the intangibles needed to be a champion.

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