All-State And Mason-Dixon Accolades Detailed
The 2014 West Virginia Class-A boys’ and girls’ All-State Basketball honors were released last week and several area players earned recognition into this elite group.
Earning first team selection for the boys was the Blue Eagle sophomore Preston Boswell who finished the season with a 21.5 point game average. He was the only player picked from team that did not qualify for the state tournament.
During the season, Boswell helped guide the Eagles to 21 wins in 25 games, while scoring over 24 points a game. He missed the last regular season game and the first sectional game, but still managed four rebounds, four steals and six assists per game.
Making third team all-state was Paden City’s junior scoring machine Kennedy Cain, who scored 1,000 career points while averaging 21.6 points and 7.3 rebounds a game. He also dished out 53 assists, while making 30 steals and blocking 12 shots.
Earning honorable mention Class-1A were, Paden City forward Zach Heasley, Magnolia’s Zach Willhoite and Spencer Campbell, Valley Lumberjack Triston Kocher and Tyler Consolidated’s Dylan Reynolds.
Heasley did it all for the Wildcats this season. He scored more than 13 points a game, while pulling down seven boards and shooting 50 percent from the floor. He also made 52 baskets from beyond the arc, while averaging 39 steals and 36 blocks per game.
Willhoite averaged just under 13 points a game, while grabbing 166 rebounds and blocking 48 shots. Kocher scored 223 points his senior season, while hauling in 180 rebounds and making 39 assists and 19 steals. Campbell, was the Eagles second leading scorer with 18.3 points ppg average, he also tacked on close to three, rebounds, steals and assists per game as well.
On the girls’ side, the Magnolia’s Mallory Chapman earned second team honors for the second straight year in helping the Eagles finish with a 11-10 record. Chapman holds Magnolia’s single-game scoring record with 43 points and scored over 1,000 points in her career. It was her third straight year as an all-state selection. She was also nominated to the McDonald’s All American Team.
She finished the season with 379 points for a 17.2 ppg average and hauled in 167 rebounds, made 43 assists, 36 steals and blocked 32 shots. She helped the Eagles make it to the Region I Co-finals against St Marys, who finished second in the state tournament.
The Silver Knights’ Sophie Kinnard also earned second team honors.
Other area players earning a spot on all-state Class-A include Myah Charkawi from Paden City; Kelsi Chapman of Magnolia; Lindsay Jones from Hundred and Sydney Reed of Tyler Consolidated – all earning honorable mention accolades.
Charkawi averaged over 16 points a game for the Wildcats, while pulling down more than six rebounds a game, making 52 steals, blocking 17 shots and dishing out 24 assists. She also broke her mother’s all-time school single-game scoring record with 38 points against Hundred, midway into the season.
Lady Eagle Kelsi Chapman came off the bench to average seven points a game, while pulling down 60 rebounds and making 31 assists, 30 steals and making good on just under 80 percent from the charity stripe.
Jones, a senior at Hundred, missed a good portion of the season because of a knee injury, but still averaged more than 10 points and game, while averaging over five assists, five steals and five rebounds on average per game.
There were many more capable area players not selected to all state, including the Eagles’ point guard Grace Berisford, who earned honorable mention her freshman season.
In the Mason-Dixon Conference accolades, Paden City earned two spots on the first team – Kennedy Cain and Zach Heasley – while Triston Kocher from Valley and Holden Moore both earned a spot as well.
Second-team honors went to Luke Cooper and Hayden Hizer of Paden City and Jack Wells from Valley. Honorable Mention honors went to Craig Allen of Paden City, Tucker Cain and Trey Streets from Valley and Danny Stewart from Hundred.
On the girls side, Myah Charkawi of Paden City, Lindsay Jones from Hundred and Sara Bassett of Valley all made the first team Mason-Dixon.
Erin Brown from Valley and Paige Shriver from Hundred joined Paden City’s Cydney Blatt on the second team, while Taylor Cosper and Hannah Stanley from Paden City; and Josie Phillips and Valerie Soles from Hundred each made honorable mention.