HOOPS: Wil­son Scored 37 Against Clarksville

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Player of the Year: Matt Wil­son, Farm­ing­ton

Wil­son scored 35 points in the first half of an 80-57 win against Clarksville — the Cardinals’ first con­fer­ence vic­tory — but only put up two points in the sec­ond half as he un­selfishly switched into pass­ing mode in­stead of try­ing to break the team’s scor­ing record. He also scored 26 points to help FHS end a five-game los­ing streak with a 61-56 win against Green­brier on Feb. 12.

Coach of the Year: Tim Rich, Lin­coln

With all three boys teams fin­ish­ing with los­ing records, we chose Lin­coln’s Tim Rich as the WCEL Coach of the Year. The Wolves turned in many gutsy per­for­mances, but none were as re­mark­able as the ef­fort they gave when tak­ing the court the same day as one of their team­mates, Tay­lan Tay­lor, had died in a house fire. They led a solid Berryville team 44-41 head­ing into the fourth quar­ter be­fore strug­gles shoot­ing fi­nally ended their sea­son.

Sixth-Man Award: Zeke Laird, Prairie Grove

Only a ju­nior, Laird came off the bench to help ignite the Tigers, es­pe­cially when they fin­ished the reg­u­lar sea­son with a three- game win­ning streak. Laird played with the phys­i­cal­ity of a line­backer, but also dis­played a soft shoot­ing touch from be­yond the arc.

New­comer of the Year: Skyler Mon­tez, Farm­ing­ton

A case could be made for Mon­tez, a sopho­more, for the Sixth-Man Award as he pro­vided a spark off of the bench most games. He played with a ton of tenac­ity and hus­tle while show­ing a nice mid-range jumper to com­pli­ment the Cards’ reg­u­lar scor­ing com­bi­na­tion Matt Wil­son and Matt Thomas.

De­fen­sive Player of the Year: Brice Wag­gle, Farm­ing­ton

Wag­gle, who has signed a schol­ar­ship to play quar­ter­back at North­east­ern Okla- homa State, didn’t score a ton of points, but he of­ten de­fended and lim­ited op­po­nents’ top inside of­fen­sive threats even though he of­ten was the shorter player.

All-WCEL Boys Hoops Squad

Isaac Dis­ney, Prairie Grove Matt Thomas, Farm­ing­ton Dal­ton Bar­num, Lin­coln Gar­rett Blanken­ship, Lin­coln

Dy­lan Soehner, Prairie Grove

PHOTO BY SHEL­LEY WIL­LIAMS

Prairie Grove ju­nior Zeke Laird glides in for a layup against Shiloh Chris­tian in the 4A-1 Dis­trict Tour­na­ment in Prairie Grove.

PHOTO BY RANDY MOLL

Gen­try’s C.J. Tay­lor at­tempts a shot over Dy­lan Soehner, a 6-foot-7-inch Prairie Grove se­nior, dur­ing a game in Gen­try on Jan. 12. Gen­try’s Austin Thomp­son looks on.

MICHAEL WOODS NWA DEMO­CRAT-GAZETTE

Matt Thomas (10) of Farm­ing­ton tries to drive past Mor­ril­ton de­fend­ers dur­ing their game Feb. 23 in Farm­ing­ton.

ANDY SHUPE NWA DEMO­CRAT-GAZETTE

Gar­rett Blanken­ship (2) of Lin­coln reaches to score around Jack Eaton of Huntsville Jan. 8 dur­ing the first half in Lin­coln.

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