Basketball in the region should be strong again next season.
Why? Of the 14 players that made All-Four Seasons Country first team honors, 10 will be back for the 2013-14 campaign.
The only seniors among the boys are Bland County’s Asher Dillow (22.0 ppg, 82 3s, 2.8 reb), who was the Mountain Empire District player of the year, and Ryan Meadows (21.9 ppg, 5.2 reb, 4.1 ast), an All-Class AAA first team honoree from Princeton.
Princeton’s McKenzie Akers (24.8 ppg, 5.3 ast), a Marshall signee, is one of the two seniors among the girls first teamers, having received the Pocahontas Coal Association/Bluefield Daily Telegraph Player of the Year award on Tuesday night.
That is in addition to being the captain of the All-Class AAA first team, and the player of the year in the Mountain State Athletic Conference.
River View’s Chelsey Dobbs (12.9 ppg, 16.5 reb, 3.5 blks) is the other senior first-teamer among the girls.
Four juniors and a sophomore join Meadows and Dillow among the first team boys honorees, including the Bluefield duo of Lykel Collier (13.3 ppg, 8.2 ast) and Anthony Eades (19.3, 87.4 pct free throws), who was the boys recipient of the Pocahontas Coal Association/Bluefield Daily Telegraph Player of the Year award.
Other junior first teamers include Tazewell statsheet stuffer Noah Walker (18.3 ppg, 15.4 reb, 4.5 blks) and Summers County’s Ta’Ron Ayers (27.5 ppg.), an All-Class AA second team selection, who was among the top scorers in West Virginia this season.
Graham sophomore Colby Hill (17.3, 4.8 reb) rounds out the first team.
Brett Bowling (Wyoming East), Maurice Brown (Mount View), Chase Hankins (Bland County), Tony Hood (Graham), Peyton O’Quinn (Haysi), Hunter Walters (Princeton) and Michael Yost (Bluefield) were second team boys honorees.
The third team for the boys includes Tyree Baker (River View), Payton Hall (Honaker), Logan Cantrell (Twin Valley), Jalen Jordan (Tazewell), Jacob McKlarney (James Monroe), Austin Peyton (Pipestem Christian) and Jason Weitzel (PikeView).
The boys coach of the year as announced on Tuesday is Bluefield’s Buster Large,
The other five members of the girls first team includes four juniors and Twin Valley sophomore Katelyn Jackson, who was the Black Diamond District player of the year.
Richlands’ Brittany Allen (21.1 ppg, 6.2), who was the Southwest District player of the year and an All-Group AA first team selection, is part of the first team, along with Morgan Hall (17.1 ppg, 10.4), of Grundy, who was a BDD and Region D first team selection.
PikeView’s Hope Nester (14.8 ppg, 2.5 ast) was an All-Class AA first team honoree, while Jamie Brown (27.5 ppg, 6.5 stls, 4.5 reb) was a West Virginia Christian Education Association first team selection.
Second team honors for the girls goes to Taylor Catron (Tazewell), Lyndsey Hatfield (PikeView), Kelsie Mann (James Monroe), Tiffany Perdue (Narrows), Cassidy Richardson (Richlands), Tyra Wynes (Summers County) and Ashleigh Belfiore (Mount View).
Girls on the third team include Emaleigh Gallinger (Graham), Miranda Kendrick (Montcalm), Marissa Mullins (Princeton), Jordan Page (James Monroe), Avery Pivont (Summers County), Destiney Sims (Bluefield) and Loni Webb (Grundy).
Richlands’ Dennis Palmer was selected as the area girls coach of the year.
—Contact Brian Woodson
All-Four Seasons Country Basketball Team
Ta’Ron Ayers, Summers County, 5’10, Jr.
Lykel Collier, Bluefield, 5’10, Jr.
Asher Dillow, Bland County, 5’8, Sr.
Anthony Eades, Bluefield, 6’3, Jr.
Colby Hill, Graham, 6’1, So.
Ryan Meadows, Princeton, 5’10, Sr.
Noah Walker, Tazewell, 6’4, Jr.
Brett Bowling, Wyoming East, 6’4, Sr.
Maurice Brown, Mount View, 6’4 Sr.
Chase Hankins, Bland County, 6’0, Sr.
Tony Hood, Graham, 5’8, So.
Peyton O’Quinn, Haysi, 6’2, Sr.
Hunter Walters, Princeton, 6’3, Sr.
Michael Yost, Bluefield, 6’3, Jr.
Tyree Baker, River View, 5’7, Jr.
Payton Ball, Honaker, 6’3, Sr.
Logan Cantrell, Twin Valley, 6’2, Sr.
Jalen Jordan, Tazewell, 6’2, Sr.
Jacob McKlarney, James Monroe, 6’3, Jr.
Austin Peyton, Pipestem Christian, 5’11, Sr.
Jason Weitzel, PikeView, 6’0, So.
Player of Year: Anthony Eades, Bluefield
Coach of Year: Buster Large, Bluefield
(2 players per team)
Bland County: Darryl Clark, John Miller; Bluefield: D.J. Edwards, Corey Coppola; Council: Cameron Presley, Josh Viers; Giles: Kyle Chafin, John Shelor; Graham: Zach Proffitt, Spencer Sheets; Grundy: Dylan Billiter, Charles McCoy; Haysi: Hunter Sutherland, Tyler Tipton; Honaker: Casey Dye, Ty Hall; Hurley: Greg Stacy, Wesley Peck; James Monroe: Micah Deskins, Garrett Mann; Mercer Christian: Jonathan Easter, Caleb Janning; Montcalm: Darius Brodessor, Jacob Howard; Mount View: Antoine Calloway, Paco Bonds; Narrows: Chandler Burton, Rodney Perdue; PikeView: Zach Meadows, Seth Wood; Pipestem Christian: Aleks Lane, Zayne Worley; Princeton: Kyle Caron, Aaron Ferguson; Richlands: Ben Brown, Gabe Hunsaker; River View: Tony Clevinger, Taylor Dehaven; Summers County: Josh Graham, T.J. Smith; Tazewell: Colin Hancock, Christian Lewis; Twin Valley: Shannon Adams, Dalton Elswick; Wyoming East: Austin Canada, Josh Tunstalle.
Brittany Allen, Richlands, 5’8, Jr.
McKenzie Akers, Princeton, 5’7, Sr.
Jamie Brown, Mercer Christian, 5’5, Jr.
Chelsey Dobbs, River View, 5’8, Sr.
Morgan Hall, Grundy, 5’9, Jr.
Katelyn Jackson, Twin Valley, 5’5, So.
Hope Nester, PikeView, 5’6, Jr.
Taylor Catron, Tazewell, 5’8, Sr.
Lyndsey Hatfield, PikeView, 5’8, So.
Kelsie Mann, James Monroe, 5’10, Sr.
Tiffany Perdue, Narrows, 5’7, Jr.
Cassidy Richardson, Richlands, 5’6, Sr.
Tyra Wynes, Summers County, 5’7, Sr.
Ashleigh Belfiore, Mount View, 5’6, Sr.
Emaleigh Gallinger, Graham, 5’5, Fr.
Miranda Kendrick, Montcalm, 5’3, Sr.
Marissa Mullins, Princeton, 5’4, Sr.
Jordan Page, James Monroe, 5’8, Sr.
Avery Pivont, Summers County, 5’9, So.
Destiney Sims, Bluefield, 5’4, Fr.
Loni Webb, Grundy, 5’4, Sr.
Player of Year: McKenzie Akers, Princeton
Coach of Year: Dennis Palmer, Richlands
(2 players per team)
Bland County: Amber Eaton, Alyssa Harris; Bluefield: Khadijah Brown, Shelia Hopkins; Council: Adriane Rasnake, Haley Stevens; Giles: Karli Beechler, Tanisha Flinchum; Graham: Bethany Evans, Karly Morgan; Grundy: Krystal Cantrell, Savannah Charles; Haysi: Erin Hyden, Hannah Mondridge; Honaker: Madison Musick, Laken Robinette; Hurley: Kourtney Cook, Richelle Stacy; James Monroe: Emily McKinney, Carter Shiflett; Mercer Christian: Brooke Bradford, Sami Goings; Montcalm: Hannah Johnson, Leslie Kelley; Mount View: Shamecca Perkins, Jordan Younger; Narrows: Shana Davis, Abby Taylor; PikeView: Alexis May, Courtney White; Princeton: Khadija Payne, Hannah Preservati; Richlands: Rachel Alley, MaKenley Davis; River View: Ellamae Johnson, Phyllis Waldron; Summers County: Brandy Morrison, Shelby Smith; Tazewell: Autumn Hash, Whitney Saunders; Twin Valley: Kara Goodman, Brandi Rose; Wyoming East: Chelsea Duncan, Bre Pertee.