PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Kelvin Parker, William Penn, junior: The springy, 6-foot-4 guard was a do-it-all threat for the Bearcats, capable of a game-changing defensive play or a thunderous transition dunk. No game exemplified Parker's versatility more than William Penn's staggering, 98-94 victory against J.P. McCaskey on Dec. 30. Parker posted 40 points, nine rebounds, seven assists, seven blocks and six steals.
He led the Bearcats in points (16.7), steals (3.4) and ranked third in rebounds (5.5).
REST OF FIRST TEAM
Ryan Matthews, William Penn, senior: The 6-1 guard was an emotional leader for the Bearcats, providing a steadying presence throughout the season. Matthews did a little bit of everything: He was second on the team in scoring (15.4), rebounds (6.2) and assists (3.7), pacing a senior class that won 56 games the last two seasons.
Spencer McCreary, Red Lion, senior: The guard's 22.1 ppg were vital for a Lions squad that struggled at times to score. Thanks mostly to his picturesque jump shot, McCreary accounted for 39.8 percent of Red Lion's total points this year. He cracked the 1,000-point mark on Jan. 29, when he scored 36 points (including Red Lion's final 20 of the game) in an overtime loss to Central York.
Four McGlynn, Dallastown, junior: The slick-shooting guard was a scoring machine all season. He led the YAIAA with 22.9 ppg, despite being face-guarded and double-teamed most nights. McGlynn topped the 30-point plateau four times -- including a virtuoso, 36-point outing against William Penn on Jan. 8 -- and helped an improving Wildcats team earn a district playoff berth.
Seth Warren, Dover, senior: The 6-5 center supplied stability for resurgent Dover, which more than doubled its win total from a year ago by finishing with a 15-8 record. Warren averaged a team-high 15.6 ppg, highlighted by a 32-point outburst against South Western early in the season. He also pulled down eight rebounds per game.
Bryton Abel, West York, junior: In many ways, Abel was the heart and soul of the Bulldogs. A hard worker who always seemed to make timely plays, the 6-3 forward notched five double-doubles this year while averaging 10.9 ppg and 8.4 rpg for the Division II champions.
Tremaine Bowman, Central York, sophomore: The guard helped lead a turnaround season for the defensive-minded Panthers, scoring a team-best 13.6 ppg. Bowman hit one of the biggest shots of the Panthers' season, when he banked in a 3-pointer as time expired to defeat Red Lion in overtime on Jan. 29.
Luke Cable, West York, sophomore: The guard was a long-range threat for the Division II champion Bulldogs. Cable drained 44 3-pointers this season, converting 40 percent of his shots beyond the arc. He led West York with 11.1 ppg, and dropped 21 in a Jan. 23 win against New Oxford.
Elijah Cooper, Northeastern, sophomore: A slick ball-handler who could pass or score, the point guard was a beacon for the 5-16 Bobcats. Cooper averaged a team-high 12 points, frequently using his quickness to slice into the paint and create
Jevaughn Murphy, William Penn, senior: A starter on just about any other team in the YAIAA, Murphy served as a sixth-man for William Penn. He did it pretty well, too. The 6-foot guard was instant offense off the bench, scoring 14.9 ppg for the Bearcats. He notched 25 in a senior night romp against Red Lion.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Troy Sowers, William Penn: The Bearcats had to reinvent themselves this year, following the graduation of big men Malik Generett and Malachi Leonard. Sowers was able to squeeze the most out of his guard-heavy Bearcats, molding a squad that wore down opponents and competed until the final whistle. William Penn (24-7) secured its second straight YAIAA Division I title and advanced to the second round of the PIAA
Class AAAA playoffs.
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