Ritchie’s Davis headlines all-LKC boys team

PARKERSBURG-Ritchie County senior Andrew Davis was one of the key ingredients in the Rebels long-awaited return to the Little Kanawha Conference’s Night of Champions.

For that reason, Davis was named as the league’s Player of the Year.

“He (Davis) has meant a lot to our team this year,” said Ritchie County head coach Rick Haught, who was named as the LKC’s Coach of the Year. “You can tell when he is not in the game just what he means to us.”

Davis, who missed the entire 2011-12 season recovering from knee surgery, led the Rebels in scoring with an 18.8 points per game norm and led the entire Mid-Ohio Valley in rebounding-coming down with 10.7 per contest.

Joining his Ritchie County teammate on the first unit is senior D.J. Burgess. Rounding out the unit are seniors Anthony Aviles of Gilmer County, Andrew Cosper of St. Marys, and Logan Kirby of South Harrison, juniors Jake Ullman and Joe Padden of Parkersburg Catholic, Roane County’s Jacob Neal, Wirt County’s Kalob Bell, Ravenswood’s Jake Martin, and Tyler Consolidated’s Dylan Romine and Clay County sophomore Stephen Cole.

  • Jake Ullman, Parkersburg Catholic: The Belpre High School transfer was just what the doctor ordered for the Crusaders of head coach Robbie Strcula as the guard teamed up with fellow junior Padden to give the Columbia blue and white one of the most dangerous backcourt’s in Class A.

The sharpshooting guard averaged 22.5 points per game and connected on more than 40 shots from behind the 3-point arc and PC captured the Night of Champions and reached the regional finals before bowing out in a loss to Buffalo.

  • Jacob Neal, Roane County: The junior was one of the primary reasons for the Raiders return to the NOC’s championship game, averaging 18.8 points per game as well as more than three steals.
  • Kalob Bell, Wirt County: The conference scoring champion, Bell averaged 25.5 points per game. The Tigers’ standout was also one of the league’s premier 3-point shooter, hitting more than 40 on the season.
  • Anthony Aviles, Gilmer County: A second team selection a year ago, Aviles teamed up with Austin Cunningham to give the Titans one of the more potent one-two scoring punches in the LKC. The senior finished with an 18 points per game average as Gilmer County finished third in the South Division.
  • Andrew Cosper, St. Marys: In his final season with the Blue Devils, Cosper led the team in scoring (16.3 ppg) and assists (4.8) as St. Marys finished third in the North Division and reached the Class A, Region I finals before bowing out with a loss to Wheeling Central.
  • Jake Martin, Ravenswood: It was a long season for veteran head coach Mick Price and his Red Devils. But, one bright light was the play of Martin, who averaged 10.1 points per game.
  • D.J. Burgess, Ritchie County: In his final season at the Ellenboro-based school, Burgess was the Rebels’ primary outside threat, averaging 16.7 points per game. Most coming on long range bombs behind the 3-point arc.
  • Logan Kirby, South Harrison: A double-double machine, Kirby averaged nearly as many rebounds (10.0 pg) as points (12.0 pg), but was probably most known for his blocked shots, which he averaged five per outing.
  • Joe Padden, Parkersburg Catholic: The other half of the U & P Show, Padden was a thorn in opposing defenses’ sides as he could score in the paint as well as behind the arc. The junior finished the season with a 15.8 ppg average.
  • Dylan Romine, Tyler Consolidated: Playing on one of the most improved team in the LKC’s North Division, Romine proved to be a thorn in the sides of every team he faced as the junior averaged 18.2 points per outing.
  • Stephen Cole, Clay County: The only sophomore on the first unit, Cole averaged 15 points per game as the Panthers returned to the NOC’s third place game after a long drought.

Named to the second team by the league’s coaches was Austin Bayless and Jordan Whitehair of St. Marys, Tyler Harper of Roane County, Austin Cunningham of Gilmer County, Braxton County’s Austin Rhodes, Calhoun County’s Ryan Slider, Austin McVey of Wirt County, Josh DeBolt and Chandler Weber of Williamstown, Doddridge County’s Ashton Hinzman, Tyler Consolidated’s Darren Heintzman and Clay County’s Michael Shamblin.