Mooney of Parkersburg South in the first AAAA class team News, sports, work

Parkersburg South’s Ashton Mooney, seen here with the ball in a regular season match against Dover, was named the first AAAA class team by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association on Friday. (Photo file)

In mid-December, Morgantown coach Dave Tallman wore the look of a worried coach after watching his opponent’s national ranking, Bishop Walsh (Md.). He knew his team lacked the size of the Spartans.

He doesn’t have to worry.

Alec Poland scored 24 points in 27 minutes. Tallman said the Mohigans would win 75:58. “At that moment, I knew he was on a mission this season.” He went against 7-legged and 6-8 boys. “

The mission led to the state championship, which Morgantown won earlier this month in three games over the state tournament in Charleston.

And the mission ended for 6-foot-2 Poland when he completed his career as captain of the AAAA national team, which was announced on Friday by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.

Poland, which finished fourth in the Player of the Year draw, averaged 18.1 points, 4.5 rebounds and 47 percent shots from a 3-point range and 86 percent of the 23-4 Morgantown free throw line, which it did not lose to the national team. all season.

“(Poland) is one of the hardest and most dedicated people I have ever had,” Tallman said.

In the first team, he is joined by his second-year teammate Sha’ron Young, one of the best young players in the country. His talent is no surprise to Tallman,

“Sha’ron Young is a special talent, but he works hard to be a great player,” Tallman said. “They won’t stop him this year.” One night before the match (19:30) I entered our gym and he was already dressed and shooting in our old gym at 16:30. After each workout, he spends another hour or two in the gym. . He has big goals. “

Young averaged 15 points, 7.5 rebounds, 7.2 assists and 2.5 profits and scored 82 percent of the Morgantown free throw line.

Three Mountain State Athletic Conference players, Chandler Schmidt of Cabell Midland, Ben Nicol of George Washington and Duane Harris of South Charleston, all of whom qualified for the state tournaments, were named to the first team.

In fact, all eight AAAA Premier League players played for the state tournament teams.

Schmidt became the conference player of the year after an average of 25 points per game, 10.5 rebounds, three assists and two wins.

He was a four-time MSAC first team player, achieving a school record of 1876 points and a career high of 44 points in the January match against defensive Shady Spring.

“For our program, not only this year, but also for the last four years, Chandler has played a huge role in changing the program,” said coach JJ Martin.

“His ability to score, manage pressure and influence the game as a freshman was at a high level. As a coach, it made my job easier. I thought he did a great job this year and became a leader in the senior season and was the key to the success we achieved. He was a national athlete in two sports and a great student in the classroom during his time in Midland.

Nicol, who went down in George Washington’s tradition when he was the second to score in the Patriots 2021 state championship against Morgantown, turned into a leader.

6-6 Nicol averaged 13.2 points per game, 5.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 20 blocks.

He scored 42 percent of the field (123-292) and 86 percent of the free throw line (56 of 65).

George Washington coach Rick Greene said statistics alone do not define his exceptional junior.

“He’s the best team player,” said Greene. “Ben is the rare player who has a team ego in front of an individual. It makes everyone better at the expense of individual statistics. “

Harris from South Charleston is another of the state’s great hopeful players and was one of the leading shooters in the Kanawha Valley in the AAAA class with an average of 18.5 points per game. He averaged 5.5 assists and two profits per game.

“He has done so many good things for us this year,” said coach Josh Daniel. “He was our best scorer, he led us in the assists and usually guarded the best marginal player from the other team. He is a competitor, he makes a lot of effort and this year he started to lead us louder, even though he is only a sophomore. He will continue to improve and establish himself as one of the best players in the state. “

The Eastern Panhandle was represented by players from the top two teams in the area, including Jefferson, who was undefeated until the fall to Parkersburg South in the semifinals of the state tournament.

Cameron Johnson was selected from Jefferson after leading the top five, all of whom scored a double-digit score averaging 14.3. He also had an average of 6.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists. He shot 45 percent of the field.

“Cameron has improved more than any player in our program through his hard work and dedication to his off-season basketball season.” said coach Richard Lewis. “He was the heart and soul of this year’s team and set a great example for our younger players in our program.”

Eastern Panhandle player Jordan Holmes of Musselman averaged 17.2 points, 5.7 rebounds for Apple.

“Jordan had a great season for us, leading us in scoring with 17 points per night, even though we saw the defense that was supposed to stop it,” said coach Derek Basile. “In the off-season, he has shown amazing leadership and won our # 33 award, which is awarded each season to the one player who works hardest in our weightlifting and fitness program.”

Parkersburg South’s Ashton Mooney was a Patriots scoring machine averaging 20 points per game (461 points in 23 games), 5.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.8 wins. Teammate Cyrus Traugh ended his successful junior campaign with a nod to the second team across the state.

Senior Mooney was off the field, shooting 52 percent of the field, 40 percent of the 3 (19-48) and 80 percent of the free throw line.

In all 23 games, he scored in double digits, including the 35 best in his career against the University and 30 against Woodrow Wilson.

“Ashton has been a leader since day one,” said coach Mike Fallon.“That child is a winner.” He worked hard this off-season to prepare for his senior year. Whatever college coach gives him the opportunity, he gets a special player. It will only get better. “

Woodrow Wilson’s Elijah Redfern was named second team captain after averaging 21.1 points for the Flying Eagles. He is joined by Mikey Johnson of Huntington, Adam Seams of Greenbrier East, Cyrus Traugh of Parkersburg South, Brooke Alex Isinghood, Anthony Hersh of Capital, Brooks Gage of Morgantown and Jaden Gladney of Jefferson.

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