Bennington Banner/Manchester Journal Regional All-Stars boys basketball
Jon Kempf, Hoosick Falls
Kempf had a monster season in 2019-20, scoring more than 27 points a game as the Panthers reached the Class B sectional semifinals. He had nine games of more than 30 points and was in double figures in all 23 games. The regional all-stars MVP last year as well, Kempf, a senior, was fourth in Section II in scoring, fifth in field goals made and first in free throwing shooting.
Offensive Player of the Year
Gavin Johnson, Mount Anthony
Johnson, a junior, averaged better than 16 points per game for Mount Anthony. After an injury early in the year, most nights Johnson was the spark for the Patriots, including games of 31 against Hoosac Valley, 22 in a win over Otter Valley and 21 against Springfield. The high-flyer punctuated lots of offensive possessions with jams, firing up the Kates Krazies student section.
Defensive Player of the Year
Tristan Williams, Hoosick Falls
Williams was the big man in the middle for the Panthers, using his 6-foot-5 frame to either block shots or alter them, making a trip into the plant a miserable one for opponents. Williams was also a tough rebounder, forcing teams into a single shot opportunity. The play helped Hoosick Falls to a 19-4 mark in 2019-20 and a sectional semifinal appearance. Offensively, Williams averaged 16.4 points per game.
Coach of the Year
Mike Lilac, Hoosick Falls
Lilac, the boys basketball coach of the year for last year's Banner/Journal All-Stars, led the Panthers to a 19-4 record in a tough Class B field in 2019-20. As part of that record, his team upset the No. 1 team in the class, Catskill, and reached the sectional semifinals at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Lilac, who has been the boys coach since 1996, is closing in on 400 wins for his career.
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