Scoring helps Fortner capture player of the year

The basketball court seems to be a natural fit for Christian Fortner, which should make it no surprise that the Thorsby junior was named The Clanton Advertiser 2018 Boys Basketball Player of the Year.

Fortner was about 5 years old when he was introduced to basketball. It did not take long after that to develop a love for the game that has continued to grow with each year.

“I thank God for blessing me with this ability and for giving me this opportunity,” Fortner said. “I also couldn’t have done any of this without my coaches and teammates. Everybody’s always just been really positive in trying to help me out.”

He is a tough matchup for just about anyone that is saddled with the responsibility of guarding him.

“I’ve tried to get bigger in the weight room, so that I don’t get pushed around as easily underneath the goal,” Fortner said. “It’s all about being able to finish through contact.”

What makes him the most difficult to guard is the fact that he is far from one dimensional and has proven time and again that he can produce points in multiple ways.

“If somebody [the defender] steps out, I can go by them,” Fortner said. “If they back up, I can shoot the three. It just comes with practice.”

Fortner stands under the alma mater in the Thorsby gym. (Photo by Anthony Richards)

Hours in the gym are nothing new for Fortner, who has a routine of shooting a couple hundred shots almost every day after school. This includes during the offseason.

“I work on threes, driving, jumping, and just about anything else I can think of to improve my game,” Fortner said.

Fortner is quite comfortable with the ball in his hands and showed a knack throughout the season to make quick decisions and find open teammates even when the pace of the game picked up.

He averaged a double-double with 25.1 points and 10 rebounds per game to go along with 4.5 assists, 3.7 blocks and 2.7 steals per game.

In seven games during the season Fortner eclipsed the 30-point mark. He scored a season-high 40 points against Fayetteville in the Area 9-2A tournament on February 6.

No matter the game, Fortner approached each with the same attacking mindset. Certain games he was relied upon to be more of a scorer, while other games dictated that he would take on a role of a facilitator.

“I really don’t feel anything before a big night like that,” Fortner said. “I just go out there and try to do my best and whatever happens, happens.”

 

All-Advertiser Boys Basketball Team

 

First Team

Xavier Dejarnett, Verbena, So.

Christian Fortner, Thorsby, Jr.

Mondez Jones, Chilton County, Sr.

Patrick Rogers, Chilton County, Sr.

Ryan Thompson, Jemison, Sr.

 

Second Team

Jackson Abbott, Maplesville, Fr.

Raymond Cutler, Billingsley, So.

Isaac Martin, Isabella, Jr.

Chaz Morris, Maplesville, Sr.

Cain Niece, Thorsby, Sr.

Ty Rawlinson, Billingsley, Jr.

Business

Clanton Housing Authority dedicates new pavilion to longtime commissioner Bailey

Clanton

Passing on the crown: Street’s reign as Peach Queen coming to an end

Clanton

Peach Run hits milestone with 20th run through Clanton

Business

Hawkins, Kids First receive commendation from Ivey

Jemison

Hardnett wins Miss Black Rocket City crown

Clanton

Relay Queens visit Gov. Ivey, receive proclamation

Clanton

The Well hands out over 10,000 pounds of food during drive

Maplesville

Maplesville, Isabella students participate in Troy leadership academy

News

Thorsby FFA sends meat evaluation team to National FFA Convention & Expo

Business

41st annual Roy Wood Art Show winners announced

Jemison

Chilton accident claims life of Jemison individual

Business

Peach Jammin’: 77th Chilton County Peach Festival kicked off with Peach Jam

Chilton Christian Academy

Chilton Christian’s Calloway signs basketball scholarship with Faulkner

Clanton

Dustin Connell earns Group A Qualifying Round win on Chowan River

Jemison

Smith wins Junior Showman Championship at Alabama Angus competition

Chilton County High School

Chilton’s Giles shines for Alabama at Women’s College World Series

Jemison

Myers crowned Miss Alabama at state NAM pageant

Business

Simply Artesian: Alabama Mineral Springs opens doors to bottling facility

Jemison

Mazingo awarded prestigious Rising Star scholarship 

Clanton

2024 Blast From the Past scholarship recipients announced

Clanton

Blast From the Past donates to CMS choir

Maplesville

Barnett completes first hours of executive law enforcement program  

Jemison

Davis, Jemison fielding track team next spring

News

Thorsby Book Blast provides books for students at home