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Good named All-NET player of the year

March 3rd, 2014 7:37 pm by Jeff Birchfield

Good named All-NET player of the year

Patrick Good carried on the family tradition this season.

Good, a 5-foot-11 sophomore guard for the David Crockett High School boys’ basketball team, became the third member of his family to be named the Johnson City Press Northeast Tennessee player of the year on Monday.

He joined older brother, C.J., who won the boys’ award in 2012, and older sister,  Johneshia, who was the girls’ player of the year in 2009.

Others first-team selections were Zeke Clark of Elizabethton, Calvin Songster of Science Hill, Stanley Valentine of Hampton, Connor Simpson of Unicoi County and Marcus Taylor of University High.

The second team is headed by Tyler Nichols of Elizabethton.  Others named to the second team were: Makale Foreman of Dobyns-Bennett, Brian Dempsey of Johnson County, Dillon Reppart of Daniel Boone and Cody McClain of Hampton.

For a second time in his career, John English of Unicoi County was chosen as the Coach of the Year. Coming back from a one-year hiatus, English led the Blue Devils to a share of the Three Rivers Conference championship and their seventh sectional berth in eight years.

Others considered for the award included Ned Smith of Hampton, Austin Atwood of Johnson County and John Good of David Crockett.

Gavin Grubb, Sullivan East’s talented point guard, edged David Crockett forward Dustin Day for the title of most promising. underclassman, while Ethan Rice of Unicoi County earned defensive player of the year honors.  

Good averaged 25.1 points, 5.1 assists, four rebounds and 3.2 steals per games leading the Pioneers to a 22-13 record and a Region 1-AAA semifinal berth. Behind Good’s leadership, the Pioneers swept rival Daniel Boone and won two of three games against Science Hill.

Clark, a 6-foot-1 senior, starred in the biggest moments for the Cyclones. Averaging 20.2 ppg, he hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer early in the season to lift Elizabethton over Science Hill. Along with Nichols, he had big games against both Sullivan North and Sullivan South in the District 1-AA tournament.

Songster often came through in the clutch for the Hilltoppers. The 6-foot-1 senior wing averaged 19.5 ppg and hit 44.1 percent from 3-point range, helping Science Hill extend a Big Seven Conference record winning streak to 61 regular-season games before it was ended in January.

Valentine earned Most Valuable Player honors in both the District 1-A and Region 1-A tournaments. The 6-foot-2 junior scored 15.9 ppg and grabbed 7.8 rebounds per contest for the Bulldogs, heading into tonight’s sectional game against Grace Christian.

Simpson, a 6-foot-4 senior, won the Hardee’s Classic MVP earlier in the season after scoring 20 points, including the game-winning basket, in the championship game. He averaged 17 points and 8.4 rebounds per contest over the course of the season. 

Taylor, a 5-foot-10 senior, led the area with a 24.2 scoring average during the regular season. The senior guard went out with a bang, scoring 37 points and going 13-for-13 at the free-throw line in his final game for the Junior Bucs.

Matching Clark shot for shot much of the season, Nichols heads up the second team. Nichols, a 6-foot-4 junior, tallied 17.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game to lead the Cyclones to a 22-9 overall record.

Foreman, the District 1-AAA MVP, was chosen tops among a Dobyns-Bennett trio, which included talented post players John Fulkerson and Paul Gadson. Foreman, a 5-foot-11 junior, averaged 11 points and 3.1 assists per game leading the Indians to a sweep of Big Seven Conference, District 1-AAA and Region 1-AAA titles.

Dempsey, along with Chase Phillips, provided Johnson County with quite the 1-2 punch. Dempsey, a 6-foot-4 senior, had slightly better numbers than his teammate with 18.4 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Together, they led the Longhorns to a first District 1-AA title since 1995.

Reppart, a left-handed senior, finished with an 18.8 ppg average and hit nearly 40 percent of his shots behind the 3-point line for the Trailblazers. The 6-foot-3 wing was also the leading rebounder for a Boone program which posted a winning record for the fourth time in five seasons.

McClain has been the straw that stirs the drink for Hampton. It starts on the defensive end where the 6-foot senior averaged 2.8 steals per game. While recognized for those efforts, his offensive numbers were impressive as well with averages of 10 points and 6.9 assists per game.

Grubb, a 5-foot-7 freshman, averaged 13 points, five assists and two steals per game working as a whirling dervish for East. Rice ranked as the area leader with 3.6 steals per game. The 6-foot-1 senior guard spearheaded a Unicoi County defense which held opponents under 50 points in 17 of 33 previous games.

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