Kenny Williams, Sophomore, L.C. Bird High School
Bird’s Kenny Williams was selected as the Village News Boys’ Basketball Player of the year. Williams led a young, balanced Skyhawks team to a 24-4 record.
“Kenny is a special of kind player,” said L.C. Bird head coach Troy Manns. “He’s a ‘team first’ guy, and good things come to those players who put the team first.”
Williams scored 514 points this season, averaging 18.5 points per game. The sophomore played a balanced game, also averaging nearly six rebounds and three assists per game. On the defensive side, he averaged three steals per contest.
Ashley Pegram, Senior, Meadowbrook High School
Meadowbrook’s Ashley Pegram’s was selected as the Village News Girls’ Basketball Player of the Year. The senior led a young Meadowbrook team to 24-4 record and a second straight regional semi-final appearance. The senior scored 28 points in the Central District tournament final against Prince George and led the way on defense throughout the postseason.
“Ashley is a very versatile player,” explained Meadowbrook head coach Daniel Connor. “She can proficiently play four positions on the court at any given time; this is a total luxury for a coach to have.”
Pegram played a balanced game all season long, averaging 19 points, five rebounds, three steals, three assists and nearly two blocks per game. For her career at Meadowbrook, she finished with 1,604 points.
The senior has drawn interest from several colleges including D-1 Jackson State, College of Charleston, and Kent State.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Charles Payton, Matoaca High School
The 2011-2012 Matoaca Warriors won just five games. After those growing pains and five overtime losses, there was seemingly nowhere to go but up. That’s where the Warriors went, as they went from a five-win team to a twenty-win team, finishing 20-7 for the 2012-2013 campaign.
The Warriors rallied behind the solid guard play of Devin Morgan and Khalil Coleman, the post play of B.J. Allen, and the balanced play of wings Rashard Lewis and Resean Bolton on their way to their first Central District regular season and tournament championship in school history.
“Coach Payton has been great to us,” said Morgan. “He pushes us to work hard and he helps us to succeed every practice; he’s made us a better team.”
For his efforts, Payton was named the Village News basketball coach of the year.