Prep basketball: Nevada Union’s Menary named to All-SFL First Team
There is no denying it, the Sierra Foothill League was one of the best prep boys basketball league’s in Northern California.
This was evident when five of the seven SFL teams made the section playoffs, two of which were in the final four in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I tournament and the league champ, Folsom, won the section title.
The SFL was a brutal gauntlet of talented teams of which Nevada Union had to throw down with on a regular basis.
That’s what makes Nevada Union post player David Menary’s inclusion on the All-Sierra Foothill League First Team all the more impressive.
“Anybody who watched us this season knows how important David was to us,” said Nevada Union head coach Jeff Dellis. “He accounted for more than 40 percent of our scoring, was often responsible for guarding the other teams best player and his passing was critical to our team’s success.”
Menary said it is an honor to be named to the All-SFL First Team, but he doesn’t play for the accolades.
“It’s an honor because of how tough the league is,” Menary said. “But, I care more about winning.”
The talented junior led the Miners all season, averaging around 20 points per game and more than eight rebounds. Menary, who is listed at 6-foot, 4-inches tall, displayed an ability to score both inside and outside. He possesses crafty moves in the paint, and can step behind the arc and drain a 3-pointer when called upon.
During the non-league portion of the season, Menary was named the MVP of the Ukiah Tournament and the Whitney Tournament, and was named all-tourney for two others.
“The good news is he is coming back,” said Dellis. “The even better news is his best is still ahead of him.”
“I can improve my game a lot and so can my teammates,” he said. “I felt like we hung pretty well last season, but next year we want to compete better.”
Most of Nevada Union’s varsity basketball players have another year left to play prep basketball. The Miners graduated just two players from its 10-man roster.
Folsom’s Jordan Ford and Woodcreek’s Jordan Brown split SFL MVP honors. Ford, a 6-foot junior guard, averaged more than 20 points per game and led Folsom to the Sac-Joaquin Section title. Folsom had its season end in the second round of the California Open Division Tournament when it lost to eventual state champ Bishop O’Dowd.
Jordan Brown, a 6-foot, 9-inch freshmen, averaged 22.7 points per game, 10.5 rebounds and 3 blocks per game. The outstanding freshmen helped Woodcreek reach the SJS Division I semifinals and the CIF State Division I NorCal final.
The All-SFL team was decided sometime ago, but the league’s coaches had agreed not to disseminate the list until all the teams had been ousted from the playoffs.
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