Under the canopy that covers Chenango County basketball resides a decidely purple hue as we unveil our 2011-2012 boys’ basketball all-stars.
Ten young men, all of whom have found themselves on prior all-star lists, made the grade for this year with the Norwich Purple Tornado occupying 30 percent – three of 10 – of our allotted roster spots.
For NHS seniors Dennis Oralls and Seth Thomsen, it is a return appearance to our season-ending list. In fact, six of our ten-pack are again gracing the pages as Chenango County’s best. In that select alumni are Bainbridge-Guilford’s Ryan Porter, Unadilla Valley’s Justin Hofer, Sherburne-Earlville’s Randy Briggs, and Oxford’s Andrew Golden.
Among the new faces are Norwich junior Kyle Edwards, Otselic Valley senior Gideon Schena, Greene senior Sam Adams, and Gilbertsville-Mt. Upton senior DeMario Reed.
This group is senior dominated with just Edwards and Golden the lone athletes returning next season. Every local team but one (Unadilla Valley) sports an all-star selection and finished the regular season with a .500 record or better. B-G and Oxford qualified for the Midstate Athletic Conference final four; Sherburne-Earlville was an unbeaten Center State Conference division champion; Otselic Valley was one win away from sharing the Central Counties League division title; and Norwich, above all, won a Section IV Class B championship.
The caliber of basketball was pretty good this year, almost uniformly. UV, although under .500, qualified for postseason play for the first time in years, and with Hofer leading the way as the area’s top scorer, the Storm were a threat to every team they played.
All eight teams we cover in our readership area earned an all-star nod, and we have compiled the all-star list based on our season-long observations along with the recommendations of area coaches. Next week we follow up with our girls basketball selections along with final season statistics. Teams and their respective all-star players are listed in alphabetical order. Please read on for a summary of each player:
Note: Players listed by school alphabetically:
Ryan Porter, sr., Bainbridge-Guilford, 6-foot-4
A dominant inside-outside player for the Bobcats, Porter was instrumental in the Bobcats’ resurgence this season finishing with 16.8 points per game, 12 rebounds, and 2.3 blocked shots. Porter had five 20-point games and was a regular double-double machine for points and rebounds as he was named the Midstate Athletic Conference’s co-Most Valuable Player. “Ryan really played well this season, and I think he surprised a lot of people,” said B-G first-year coach Greg Warren. Perhaps Porter’s best all-around game was a non-league win over Windsor in which he posted 16 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists, and five steals in a 14-point win. His most impressive game was the lone 20-20 game by a local cager. In a 67-54 victory over UV, Porter poured in 25 points and hauled down 20 rebounds. His finished his career just shy of 900 points, and may have eclipsed 1,000 for his career if he had not lost better than a one-third of his sophomore season due to injury.