by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi
Lancaster’s senior forward James Coleman and coach Tim Rice took top honors in Conference #43 boys basketball following the Red Devils’ 77-69 tournament championship win over Essex last Saturday.
Coleman was chosen by coaches as the conference player of the year and Rice was selected by his peers as the coach of the year after leading Lancaster to a 15-3 overall record.
Coleman, averaged 12.2 points per outing and scored 14 points in last weekend’s championship game.
Lancaster claimed three of the eight spots on the conference first team including Coleman, junior forwards Calvin Henderson and Martez Davis. Davis led Lancaster’s free throw shooters with a 61.7 percentage this year. He sank 66 foul shots during the regular season.
The Devils placed two on the second team in senior guard Jay Dillon and senior center Dwayne Ball.
Essex High named two to the first team in Alex Peterson and KVonte’ Moore. Peterson averaged 13.2 points per game this year. Lancaster’s junior guard Christian Sutton received honorable mention.
Northumberland’s RayQuawn Ball, who led the league in scoring with 18.9 points per game, was also named to the first team, along with Colonial Beach’s Te’jahn Whiting.
Others named to the second team were Northumberland’s Delvin Palmer, Dequine Johnson and Joseth Tarleton; Colonial Beach’s Alonzo Turner and Rappahannock’s James Goulding-Wales.
Essex High’s Delontae’ Norman received honorable mention.