Mr. & Miss Basketball crowned this week

Clark County’s best will be honored Monday and Tuesday with the All-Clark County high school basketball teams, highlighted by the Mr. Basketball and Miss Basketball awards.

The boys team will be announced Monday evening during the 38th annual All-Clark County banquet. The 27th annual girls banquet follows on Tuesday evening. Both are banquets are held at the Shouvlin Center on the campus of Wittenberg University.

The 10-person All-Clark County teams — and Mr. and Miss Basketball winners — are selected by county coaches.

Tecumseh’s Dalton Davis was named Dan Hoyt Mr. Basketball in 2014, becoming the Arrows’ sixth player to be honored. South has won the most Mr. Basketball awards with eight. North, Shawnee and Tecumseh have been honored six times and are followed by Catholic Central (5), Greenon and Southeastern (4), Kenton Ridge (3) and Northeastern and Northwestern (1).

Springfield’s Isaiah Carson was named Coach of the Year in 2014.

The award is voted on by county boys basketball coaches and, according to organizers, goes beyond the statistics. Leadership, classroom achievement, community leadership and respect of coaches and competitors are also taken into consideration.

On the girls side, Greenon’s Lianne Masquelier was awarded the Pam Evans Smith Miss Basketball award in 2014. She became the Knights’ third winner.

Southeastern and Kenton Ridge both have six Miss Basketball awards followed by Tecumseh (4), Catholic Central and Northwestern (3), South (2) and Shawnee and North (1).

Kenton Ridge coach Ed Foulk was named Coach of the Year at last season’s banquet, the second time he’s been honored.

“Consideration for the Pam Evans Smith Miss Basketball award also goes beyond pure statistics,” the award stipulates. “While performance and execution are important, the Pam Evans Smith Miss Basketball award recipient must truly be a leader. She must have the respect of coaches, the respect of her competitors, classroom achievement, and citizenship. Each girl has demonstrated not only talent and skill in basketball, but also in leadership, dedication, and concern for their team and community.”

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