2019 Regional All-Stars basketball: State champion Cambridge girls lead honorees

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Boys Most Valuable Player: Jon Kempf, Hoosick Falls junior

Jon Kempf was the top scoring option for a Hoosick Falls boys basketball team that went 21-2 and made it all the way to the Class C sectional championship game, before falling to Lake George.

Kempf averaged 21.8 points per game on the year and got his points in many different ways, whether it be from driving to the basket, hitting the three-point shot or his stellar shooting from the foul line.

He had his best game of the year during a sectional tournament game against Canajoharie, where he scored a career-high 41 points.

Kempf became the fourth player in program history to score 1,000 points in their career and was named the Wasaren League most valuable player and was named to the Class C all-state fifth team at season's end.

Girls Most Valuable Player: Logan Thayne, Hoosick Falls junior

Logan Thayne continued to prove herself as one of the top players in the area with a stellar junior season for the Hoosick Falls girls basketball team that made it to the Class C sectional title game, where they lost to eventual state-champion Cambridge.

Thayne averaged 23.3 points per game this year, which was one of the top marks in all of Section II. On top of that, she was a presence on the boards and in blocking opponent's shots.

During the season, she reached 1,000 points for her Hoosick Falls career and is on pace to challenge for program all-time mark next winter.

She was a first-team Wasaren League all-star and has received multiple Division I offers to play basketball in college.

Boys offensive player of the year: Jake Nicholson, Burr and Burton senior

Jake Nicholson was the top scoring threat for a Burr and Burton boys basketball team that went 14-8 this past winter.

Nicholson averaged 15.6 points per game and had five games with 20 or more points this year, including a 30-point output against Woodstock.

He competed in the North-South senior all-star game, along with teammates Will Frank and Patrick Forstmann.

At season's end, Nicholson was named as a Marble Valley League first-team all-star.

Girls offensive player of the year: Sophie Phillips, Cambridge sophomore

Sophie Phillips was the top offensive threat at the point guard position for a Cambridge girls basketball team that went 25-1 and won its first Class C state championship in program history.

Phillips averaged 17.4 points per game, along with her strong ability to distribute the ball and be a presence in the rebound game. She was at her best in crucial moments, as during the Indians' eight-game playoff run, she scored 20 or more points in six games.

She was named the Most Valuable Player in both the Wasaren League and the Class C tournament.

Just a sophomore, she has already received a Division I offer to play basketball in college.

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Boys defensive player of the year: Dmitri Rose, Hoosick Falls junior

Dmitri Rose was one of the best defenders on a Hoosick Falls boys basketball team that went 21-2 and made it to the Class C sectional championship game, where they lost to Lake George.

Rose was a constant presence on the defensive end of the floor causing steals and was great at getting the ball out in transition off of those steals.

Routinely, he was tasked with guarding the opposing team's top offensive threat and one his best defensive efforts came in the sectional semifinals when he kept Maple Hill's Nate Mannion in check offensively, despite being eight inches shorter than the Wildcats' center.

He was a Wasaren League honorable mention at season's end.

Girls defensive player of the year: Lilly Phillips, Cambridge sophomore

Lilly Phillips was one of the defensive leaders for a Cambridge girls basketball team that went 25-1 and won its first Class C state championship in program history.

With her long arms and length on the defensive end, she, and her sister Sophie, were the catalysts for a relentless Indians' defense that constantly caused chaos and turnovers for opposition.

She was a crucial reason Cambridge allowed just 38 points per game this winter and she was strong offensively as well, averaging 15.3 points per game.

She was named to the Class C all-tournament team and was a Wasaren League first-team selection.

Just a sophomore, she has already received a Division I offer to play basketball in college.

Boys coach of the year: Mike Lilac, Hoosick Falls coach

Mike Lilac continued his storied career on the sidelines for the Hoosick Falls boys basketball team with another top-notch season for the team.

He led the Panthers to a 21-2 record and to the Class C sectional championship game, where they fell to Lake George.

Late in the year, he had to deal with the loss of starting center and major scoring threat Tristan Williams and still saw his team reach the same level they did in last year's sectional tournament.

Under his watch, Jon Kempf was named the Wasaren League most valuable player and was a Class C fifth-team all-state selection.

Girls coach of the year: Bob Phillips, Cambridge coach

In his first season as head coach, Bob Phillips led the Cambridge girls basketball team that went 25-1 and won its first Class C state championship in program history.

After moving up from being the assistant coach on the 2017-18 team that made it to the state semifinals, Phillips filled the head role seamlessly and led a group of mostly underclassman to heights the program hadn't seen before.

He led an Indians' squad that averaged more than 60 points per game and only allowed 38 points a game to their opponents.

Under his watch, both of his daughters, Sophie and Lilly Phillips, were named to the Class C all-tournament team and were both Wasaren League all-star selections.


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