ROCKFORD - We've done it again. We've compiled our list of award winners in Stateline high school basketball with our annual "Jammies."
These are strictly the opinions of two guys who watch a lot of basketball. You're welcome to you own opinions. So here we go!
We begin with our pick for the best breakthrough team. The Guilford Vikings pick up that honor. The Vikings won only three games last season. They raised that to 11 this season with a very young team and they were in almost every game they played during the second half of the season.
The 'Jammie' for the best sibling combo for the second straight year goes to Ashton-Franklin Centers' Prestegaard sisters Jaynee and Madeline. They're tall and talented and pretty much unstoppable.
Our three-point specialist award goes to East senior Scott Gowan. Just give him the green light and enjoy the results. No one in East history has owned the arc like he has, and few in NIC-10 history can match what he did.
The 'Jammie' for the best single game performance by a girl goes to Dakota freshman Tabytha Toelke. January 16 against Aquin she scored a school record 38 points.
The 'Jammie' for the best single game performance by a boy goes to Winnebago center Andrew Morrissey. Against Lutheran February 6th he had 44 points and 27 rebounds. That's a whole months worth of stats for some players.
While we're at it our Top Swatter Award also goes to Morrissey. He used that 6'9 frame to frustrate opponents who dared to enter the paint.
The award for the best dressed coach goes to East girls coach L.A. Malone. We especially like that bright red sport coat he wore around Valentine's Day.
The award for the best student section goes to Rockford Christian. The Royal Rage has won this before...repeat winners because these kids just continue to bring it every game.
Our J'ammie' Award for the best halftime performance goes to the Hononegah Dancing Dads.
Our 'Jammie' for the most adorable fan goes to this nine month old Byron fan Brooklyn Croegaert.
Our blue-collar special award goes to East senior center DeVontae Sims. He's undersized for a center, but his motor never stops running. He constantly gave East second and third chances on offense with his relentless rebounding.
Our 'Jammie' award for the best clutch hoop goes to Auburn's Yahmir Muhammad. His jumper at Boylan with less than two seconds to play gave Auburn a one point win.
Our 'Jammie' for the best dunk of the year goes to Jefferson's Jy'aire Robinson with an assist from Anthony Rhodes on the alley-oop. This J-Hawk flies high.
Our pick as the best game of the season was the Boylan at Hononegah girls game January 27th. 1500 fans watched a game that went down to the wire. Boylan rallied from a ten point deficit to win by three 48-45.
Our choice as the girls top underclassman is Stockton freshman Tiana Timpe. She was her team's second leading scorer at 12 and a half points per game for a team that finished second in the state.
The top boys underclassmen in our opinion is Guilford sophomore Jack Holmstrom. He can drain three-balls. He drives. He gives you everything he's got. He's the biggest reason why Guilford's future is looking bright.
Our small school girls MVP is Amber Storr of Lutheran. Opposing teams were always focused on stopping her and they couldn't. She averaged 23 points per game and she's only a sophomore.
Our large school girls MVP for the second straight year is Hononegah junior Jordan King. She led the NIC-10 in scoring at 21 points per game. She also led the conference in steals.
Our small-school boys MVP is a split decision. Kenny Strawbridge of Lutheran averaged 28 points per game. He plays point guard on offense, he often plays center on defense. A rare combination.
He shares this award with Winnebago's Andrew Morrissey. If you want points, rebounds and defense he's your man. He averaged 19 points and 14 boards a game.
Our large school boys MVP has never been a harder choice. There are seven or eight guys in the NIC-10 who are so close...but we're going with Jefferson senior MyQuion Garrett. His size and strength for a wing player creates mismatches. He can score from the outside and the inside and he provides strong leadership.
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