With the prep basketball season now concluded in Nevada County it is time to acknowledge the standouts that made it such an exciting hoop season.
The all-league selections came out this week and Nevada County boasts 22 members from six teams.
The Nevada Union and Bear River girls basketball teams each had five girls honored, the Forest Lake Christian girls had three, NU’s boys team tallied three selections, the Bear River boys had one, and the FLC boys totaled four players named to all-league teams.
All-Sierra Foothill League (girls)
Sydney Porter, Jr., Guard, Nevada Union, All-SFL 1st team
Porter is a speedy guard who has a knack for getting to the hoop. As a sophomore Porter led the Lady Miners in scoring with 13.1 points per game. She continued her offensive prowess in her junior season leading the Lady Miners in scoring for the second straight season with 13 points per game. During the regular season Porter was held under 10 points only five times in 24 games.
Porter also accounted for 1.7 assists per game and 2.3 steals.
Nicole Lierly, Sr., Guard, Nevada Union, All-SFL 1st team
Lierly is a crafty guard that poses a scoring threat no matter where she is on the floor. The senior guard was a major reason NU won the SFL league title for the first time in its history. Lierly averaged 9.7 points per game this season, grabbed 2.5 rebounds and nabbed 1.4 steals.
Sammy DeHart, So., Forward, Nevada Union, All-SFL 1st team
DeHart had a breakout season as a sophomore, helping the Lady Miners to a 21-win season and an SFL title. The fair haired post player led NU in rebounding this season with 5.8 per game and also chipped in eight points per game.
Kaylin Martin, Sr., Guard, Nevada Union, All-SFL 2nd team
Martin was the Lady Miners’ point guard and steady hand when things got tough this season. The powerful guard showed an ability to get to the hoop as well as good range with her jumper. Martin averaged 6.2 points per game to go with a team-high 2.5 assists, but much of her impact didn’t show up in the box score. Martin often came through with a big bucket when NU would struggle and also showed good ball handling skills against the press.
Emma Peterson, Jr., Guard, Nevada Union, All-SFL 2nd team
Peterson was the Lady Miners’ sixth man and go-to deep threat. The slight guard with no fear of diving into a crowd was a blast of energy off the bench and led NU with 30 3-pointers this season. Peterson averaged 9.4 points per game and shot 43 percent from beyond the arc.
All-Sierra Foothill League (boys)
Lucas Vojak, Jr., Center, Nevada Union, All-SFL 1st team
Vojak is a 6-foot, 8-inch post player who improves with each passing game. The big man in the middle was a bright spot for an NU team that struggled this year. Vojak made vast improvements this season leading NU in points and rebounds.
Cody Gardner, Sr., Guard, Nevada Union, All-SFL 2nd team
Gardner was the go-to and do-it-all guy for the Miners. Gardner was often asked to defend the other team’s best offensive weapon, play any of four different positions, and bring the ball up the court in pressure situations. In his senior year Gardner showed the ability to be a lock down defender, a solid rebounder and a 20-plus point scorer if needed.
All-SFL honorable mention: Elliot Fournier, Sr., Guard, Nevada Union
All-Pioneer Valley League (girls)
Kaitlyn Reina, Jr., Forward, Bear River, All-PVL 1st team
Reina was the post player Bear River had been waiting for. The deceptively fast and powerful forward wreaked havoc in the PVL all season, helping the Lady Bruins to a share of the league title. Throughout the season Reina averaged team highs in points per game with 13.2 and rebounds per game with 9.6. The junior was also the teams No. 1 thief with 3.4 steals per game.
Savannah Welz, Sr., Guard, Bear River, All-PVL 1st team
Welz played shooting guard and point guard this season, often handling the ball in pressure situations or when Bear River needed to break a formidable press. Welz was the Lady Bruins leading 3-point shooter, hitting 50 long-range shots this season. Welz averaged 9.7 points per game this season to go with 2.4 assists and 2.6 rebounds.
Sarah Hagar, Sr., Guard, Bear River, All-PVL 1st team
Hagar started the season slow due to injury, but roared back to be an integral part of the Lady Bruins deep post season run. Hagar is a fierce rebounder and good jump shooter who averaged 7.6 points per game, 4.8 rebounds, 2.2 steals and 2 assists.
Cindy Solomon, Sr., Guard, Bear River, All-PVL 2nd team
The senior point guard, who spent much of last season on the bench due to injury, was a big reason Bear River had the balanced attack it did. Solomon was second on the team in assists with 2.3 per game and was second in 3-pointers made with 46. The small guard also pulled down 2 rebounds per game and nabbed 1.8 steals per game.
Teryn Rath, Jr., Forward, Bear River, All PVL 2nd team
Rath was responsible for the dirty work down low this season. The powerful and very physical post player made her living off rebounds and put backs. Rath scored 7.8 points per game this season to go with 7.9 rebounds. She also accounted for 1.7 steals per game and led the team in blocks with 1.9 per game.
All-Pioneer Valley League (boys)
Justin Beskeen, Sr., Forward, Bear River, All-PVL 1st team
Beskeen is an All-PVL first teamer for the second straight year. The athletic post player led Bear River all season, averaging team highs in points with 21.6 per game and rebounds with 7.3 per game. Beskeen was often the only Bruin who could get going and tallied six games this season in which he scored 30-plus points, and 12 games with 25 points or more.
All-Central Valley California League (girls)
Lauren Piner, So., G/F, Forest Lake Christian, All-CVCL 1st team
Piner led the Lady Falcons in her second year on the varsity squad. Piner’s demeanor on the court is calm and collective. The lanky multi position player showed she can hit the jump shot, take it to the hoop and defensively pose all sorts of problems for opponents.
Emily Woodward, Sr., Center, Forest Lake Christian, All-CVCL 2nd team.
Woodward gave the FLC girls a much needed post presence this season, helping them get back into the playoffs after a two-year absence. Woodward showed she can dominate the paint both offensively and defensively.
All-CVCL honorable mention: Emily Pearce, Jr., Guard – Josey Poppin, Jr., Forward
All-Central Valley California League (boys)
Chase Augustino, Jr., Guard, Forest Lake Christian, All-CVCL 1st team
The speedy point guard was FLC’s top scorer this season, and for a team that scores a lot of points. Augustino led the Falcons with 14.1 points per game and was second on the team in assists with 3.4 per game. Augustino has the ability to blow by a defender with his athletic ability and dribbling skills or pull up and hit the 3-pointer, as he did a team-high 58 times.
Brandon Camacho, Sr., Guard, Forest lake Christian, All-CVCL 2nd team
Camacho’s size never deterred him from getting the job done. Camacho did it all this season for the Falcons. The multi-tool guard averaged 13.7 points per game, a team-high 4.3 assists, 4.2 steals and 5.9 rebounds this year.
Luke Jordan, Jr., Guard, Forest Lake Christian
Jordan gave FLC its third offensive threat this season with 13.5 points per game. The shooting guard was third on the team in 3-pointers, third in scoring and chipped in with 2 steals and 2.7 rebounds per game.
All-CVCL honorable mention: Jesse Poppin, Sr., Center, Forest Lake Christian
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