Monday April 1, 2013

FIRST TEAM

Aaryngston Bibens

Mount Anthony -- Sr.

Player of the Year -- STORY HERE

Jake Stalcup

Burr and Burton -- Sr.

Stalcup, the Bulldogs' main low-post presence, averaged nearly a double-double every night (12 points, 9 rebounds) as the team's leading scorer and rebounder. The 6-foot-5 senior was smooth with the ball and showed off a polished touch out to the foul line, in addition to exceptional passing ability. His mobility was enough to give pause to bulkier post players who had to guard him away from the basket. "It was a joy to coach him," coach Dave Shehadi said. "We're really going to miss him next year.

Alex Hawley

Arlington -- Sr.

Hawley's late-game prowess was critical for the Eagles as they reached the Division IV semifinals at the Barre Aud for the first time since 2007. "He single-handedly won us some games this year -- about a half-dozen times he took over the fourth quarter," coach Chris Taft said. At 12 points per game, the hard-nosed Hawley was Arlington's second-leading scorer but his timing was impeccable, able to drive the lane, knock down 3s and foul shots, as seen in the Eagles' quarterfinal upset of No. 2 Mid-Vermont Christian when he went 9-of-11 at the stripe in the final period to seal the win.


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Joey Shehadi

Burr and Burton -- Soph.

Taking his game to a new level in the playoffs, Shehadi gave opponents a glimpse of what they could see in the future. BBA's youngest starter was the team's second-leading scorer at 11 points per game but upped that to nearly 16 in the postseason. His 23-point night at the Barre Aud showcased the range on his sweet 3-point stroke and his ability to make a difference on the boards, too. "He's a good, solid, all-around player," coach Dave Shehadi said. "I love it when my guards rebound."

David Shehadi

Burr and Burton -- Sr.

Leading the Bulldogs in assists and second in steals, the older half of the Shehadi backcourt was made the pilot's seat his own as he chartered them to the state final. His perimeter defense wore out opponents' top guards, while his penchant for knocking down the first shot of a half and setting up teammates got his own squad rolling. "In our system, you've got to play outstanding defense, break pressure and set up the offense [at point guard]," coach Dave Shehadi said. "He really came a long way in how he directed traffic."

SECOND TEAM

Taylor Baker

Hoosick Falls -- Sr.

Baker stepped up to become a leader on a young Hoosick Falls club that needed one, averaging a team-best 7.7 points per game and 5.4 rebounds this winter. "We expected him to have a good year. If you knew how hard he worked you knew he would be solid for us," coach Mike Lilac said. The athletic senior wing was versatile on defense and notched a team-high 10 points in the Panthers' sectional upset of No. 6 Mechanicville to earn second-team all-league honors.

DJ Jennings

Arlington -- Jr.

Once again a double-double waiting to happen, the brawny, 6-foot-4 pivot averaged 15 points and 12 rebounds a game to lead the Eagles to the Barre Auditorium as a No. 7 seed. As a junior, Jennings displayed improved hands, footwork and touch to have his best season yet as a nightmare matchup for almost every D-IV team. "You can't duplicate size in practice," coach Chris Taft said. "He's probably one of the best rebounders in D-IV with his ability to get to the ball and create space."

Weston Muench

Burr and Burton -- Sr.

Muench did a little bit of everything for the Bulldogs, putting up 10 points per game in a starting role for his senior campaign. He led the team in steals and his ever-present energy was a weapon in transition. The 6-footer also developed into a player who could slash to the rim as well as any player in the area and knock down crucial shots on the perimeter. "He was a great captain. He just worked so hard in the offseason, so hard in practice -- every practice -- it was tremendous," coach Dave Shehadi said.

Olden Dwyer

Arlington -- Sr.

A lethal spot-up shooter, Dwyer (10 ppg) put the Eagles on his back in the second half of their state semifinal to give them an honest chance in a game that had gotten out of hand. "I don't think there's many players in the league who could shoot like him," coach Chris Taft said. "He made other teams pay for trying to double-team DJ [Jennings]." The senior knocked down five straight 3s -- and six total -- in an en fuego second half to lead Arlington with a 23-point effort.

Matt Parmenter

Cambridge -- Sr.

One of two Cambridge players, along with Shaeden Mosso, to average double figures this winter, Parmenter stood out for his gritty, never-say-die attitude in the middle of a winless campaign. Parmenter put up 10.6 points per game as the team's leading scorer and a consistent 3-point threat. Another hard-nosed guard with his motor always running, Parmenter breathed life into the Indians' competitive spirit for his final season.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Dave Shehadi

Burr and Burton (2nd season)

Unsure what, exactly, he had at the start of his second year, Shehadi molded what remained of a Final Four squad into a team that won 13 games in a row en route to the Division II championship game. The Bulldogs always came out full of energy, fueling an in-your-face defense that complemented a heady batch of offensive sets, and rode the energy to a 21-3 season. "He pushed all the right buttons," MAU coach Dan Sleeman said. "I think he has a knack for keeping players fired up in the ‘dog days' of the season."

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