BOYS FIRST TEAM
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: DAWSON CUMMINS, KIMBERLY
Why he is player of the year: The 6-3 junior guard used his length and athleticism to either shoot over the defense or blow past it. He averaged 15.2 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.5 steals.
Coach’s comment: “Teams did everything they could to try to slow Dawson down, and he was still the best player on the floor against everyone we played. Defenders could play a perfect defensive possession and he would still score on them,” Kimberly coach Daren Garey said.
What others are saying: “Cummins was the most difficult player to match up with one-on-one in the (state) tournament,” the Fruitland coaching staff said.
What’s next: Cummins will try to lead the Bulldogs back to state to improve upon their third-place trophy.
DRAKE STAMPFLI, FRUITLAND
His coaches said he was at his best on the defensive end. But the 6-4 senior could also score in a variety of ways, allowing him to become the Snake River Valley Player of the Year after averaging 11.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.0 blocks.
HADLEY MILLER, SUGAR-SALEM
The stats don’t jump off the page for the 5-11 junior point guard (7.0 points, 2.2 assists, 1.4 steals). But the Diggers’ floor general won a state championship with his intangibles, his defense and his leadership.
COLE EIGUREN, FRUITLAND
A first-team All-Idaho safety, the 6-foot senior guard earned a spot on the all-state team in a second sport. The Grizzlies’ top defender excelled at getting into the paint and to the free-throw line, averaging 10.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists.
JAKE O’NEIL, FRUITLAND
The season looked lost for the 6-3 senior forward when he broke his leg in October. He beat all timetables to return for the last 14 games and average 8.6 points and 5.2 rebounds to earn a spot on the first team for the second year in a row.
COACH OF THE YEAR: SHAWN FREEMAN, SUGAR-SALEM
The Diggers upset heavily-favored Fruitland for their second title in three years under Freeman.
8.6 ppg, 3.0 reb, 2.1 stl
17.8 ppg, 6.1 reb, 2.0 ast
14.5 ppg, 2.1 ast
12.9 ppg, 4.5 reb
13.5 ppg, 5.2 reb