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Briarwood honors athletes at winter banquet

Briarwood Academy honored its varsity basketball players, cheerleaders and twirlers at the annual Winter Sports Banquet last Friday at the school.

Lady Buc junior guard Brittini Phelps received top honors in the state when she was named a Class A All State player by Class A coaches. Buc seniors Price Chalker and Ryan Gerlach and junior Trey Stadler were named 1-A All-Region players for the Bucs, while junior Maggie Keene and sophomore Maria Johnson and Phelps were named 1-A All-Region players for the Lady Bucs. All Region players are selected by the Region 1-A coaches.

Senior Price Chalker was selected by his teammates as the 2009 Bucs Most Valuable Player. Chalker was the Bucs' best three-point shooter to take the court in years. Chalker, who played guard for the Bucs, hit 71 three-pointers for the Bucs during his high school career, including a school record 10 three-pointers in this year's game against John Hancock Academy.

Chalker averaged 13.4 points per game for the Bucs.

Senior point guard Ryan Gerlach, "who played the top of our zone that way it is supposed to be played," was named the Best Defensive player for the Bucs by the coaches. Gerlach was the team's floor leader, bringing the ball the ball up the court for the Bucs. He led the Bucs in steals, averaging three per game, and was second on the team in rebounding, averaging six per game, according to Coach Bo Fleming. Gerlach also averaged 13 points per game for the Bucs.

"We will definitely miss our two seniors," Coach Fleming said of Gerlach and Chalker. "We couldn't have asked for a better two. They were our team leaders. On certain nights, one of them would have to carry us. They worked well off each other."

Junior forward Trey Stadler was named the Best Offensive Player for the Bucs by the coaches. Stadler, who "was constantly double-teamed inside, but found a way to score," led the team in scoring, averaging 14.6 points per game. Additionally, Stadler led the team in rebounding, averaging 13.3 rebounds per game. Stadler scored 20 points and snagged 20 rebounds in three games.

Junior guard Matthew McElveen received the Hustle Award from the coaches for outstanding effort both on the court and in practice.

"This award goes to someone who always gives 100% and leaves nothing on the court," Fleming said. "Matthew gave all he had during every minute of every game."

Junior guard Brittini Phelps, Briarwood's only All-State player in basketball this season, was selected by her Lady Buc teammates as their Most Valuable Player. Phelps "led by example and was the best all around player on the team," according to Coach Clayton Parrish. She led the team in blocks with 18 and steals with 110. Phelps led the team in scoring with 290 points, averaging 10.7 points per game.

Sophomore point guard Maria Johnson was named the team's Best Offensive player by the coaches. Johnson is "a great all around player, who very rarely came out of the game," according to Coach Parrish. Johnson led the team in assists with 91. She was second in steals with 84 and second on the team in scoring with 222 points for the season, an average of 7.9 points per game.

Sophomore guard Emily Henderson was named the team's Best Defensive player by the coaches. Henderson. Henderson is a "great defender who had to play through pain toward the end of the year, but you couldn't tell when she was on the court," Coach Parrish said, adding that even her own teammates hated to have her guard them in practice.

Web posted on Thursday, March 19, 2009

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