(Players listed by team)
Cody Hall, sr., G-MU, 6-foot-3
The second leading scorer in the area at 19.8 points per game, Hall led the Raiders in nearly every important offensive and defensive category, and was a first team All-Tri-Valley League selection. He made an immediate impact from his freshman season, said head coach Cody Hall, and blossomed over the next three seasons. He scored over 800 points from his sophomore through senior seasons, and highlighted his final season with a pair of 30-plus point nights. “ I honestly believe he was the most versatile player I watched all year, and I had an opportunity to watch some special kids,” said Raiders coach Bill Hartman. Hall led G-MU in scoring, rebounding, blocks, steals, deflections, he managed the press, and routinely defended the other team’s best player. “Throughout his last two years, he had moments of unselfishness, singular athleticism, and always quiet leadership,” Hartman said. Hall had 20 or more points 10 times scoring a career-high 33 points against Franklin.
Dan Carlin, sr., Greene, 6-foot-2
Carlin is the type of player who does all the little things, and they add up to one big thing. In Carlin’s case, that big that was his varied and important contributions on offense and defense. He was second on the team in scoring at 12 points a game, but was also among the team leaders in just about everything else. “He does everything you need, and we got some key defensive games from him as well,” said Greene coach Jeff Paske. “He started to do some things that he hadn’t done in the past, and he kind of set the tone for our team taking a charge at the beginning of the year.” Carlin was in double figures 14 times this season to lead the Trojans, and was almost a sure bet to score 10 to 15 points night in and night out. “He was our most consistent offensive player, and he’s one of those typical three-sport athletes,” Paske said. “He’s good at everything he plays, and he probably would be good in a couple other sports.”
Scott Gorton, jr., Greene, 5-foot-11
Gorton was the embodiment of a streaky, dangerous offensive weapon. The final game of the year against Sidney, everything came together for the junior guard. On his way to a career-high 36-point game, Gorton nailed six three-pointers, and finished the season with 48 treys to give him well over 80 three balls for his career. “I liked what I saw from Scott the last game,” said Greene mentor Jeff Paske. “He let the game come to him, and I hope it’s a good sign for the future.” Every few games, Gorton would mix in a red-hot shooting night around his usual 13.3 points-per-game average. He canned five threes and scored 27 against Afton, and in early February, found a home for seven three balls scoring 27 in a tight victory over Unadilla Valley. “We ask him to take on a lot for us,” Paske said. “He had to handle the ball and push the ball up the floor, but he also had to be one of our scorers night in and night out. He understands the game as a coach’s son, and he knows our game plans to a tee.”