Webb, Moll, Jausel get the POY's
Coaches Tripp, Chamness deserve COY awards
MT. VERNON - When looking at the contenders for the ABV “Player of the Year” and “Coach of the Year” in both 1A and 2A is very difficult to pick out a clear cut winner in each category.

You could make a case for many players and coaches, with few arguments against.

ABV has had some “no brainers” and some that had to take some serious thought and research.

The verdict is sometimes tough to come up with, but this "jury of one" made the choices.

For a kid like Braden Webb at Goreville, you could tell by watching him play that he wears his heart on his sleeve.

This 5-foot-11 senior guard has been sporting that Black and Yellow uniform in both basketball and baseball for four years as a prep and has excelled on the diamond and the hardwood.

Although he didn't have a great weekend at the 1A Final Four, due to illness, it was clear throughout the 2017-18 season that his Goreville club wasn't getting anywhere near Peoria without him leading the way.

For the season he finished with a 16.4 points per game average but his postseason performance was the main reason they got to Carver Arena.

He netted a game-high 29-points in the Blackcats 67-60 regional championship game victory over host Mounds Meridian.

Goreville trailed Webber Township 26-9 in the sectional at Hardin County before Webb and Company rallied.

Webb netted 23-points in the win and defensively he came up with a couple of key steals that turned into late baskets that made the difference as Goreville won their first ever boy's sectional game, 58-50.

He was the catalyst in the Blackcats 48-44 sectional championship win over rival Sesser-Valier.

Webb scored 13-points and he helped lead the Blackcats' defensive effort in the victory.

In the 74-60 1A supersectional triumph over Moweaqua Central A&M, Webb scored 14-points and snagged 11-rebounds to send Goreville to the final four.

Webb is now the school's all-time leading scorer with 2,104 total points.

He also has the school mark for most 3-pointers made with 232 and the single season record with 68 in 2017-18.

He was named Black Diamond Conference West Division Most Valuable Player as both a junior and a senior while also being all-league as a sophomore.

Webb was honorable mention AP All-State last winter while being choosen third team IBCA all-state.

He was first team in both in 2017-18.

Webb was all-tournament in all three of the Blackcats regular season tournament's this season; the Goreville Invitational, Sesser-Valier Holiday Tournament and the Massac County Superman Classic.

He has been a starter on two Goreville baseball squads that have finished first and third the past two seasons in Class 1A.

For Goreville head coach Todd Tripp the 2017-18 brought about changes in defensive attitude which made the world of difference in his team reaching the Final Four.

Coach Tripp's teams in the past had always been high scoring, full court pressure clubs that wanted to score in the 70's and 80's.

But in the second half of the campaign, this coach and this team became much better defensively.

It made all of the difference in the world for this program.

Getting stops and rebounds during key games late in the year, the Blackcats advanced further than any other squad in the programs long history.

Coach Tripp deserves a lot of the credit for turning things around and putting the Blackcats in the record books.

During long basketball season's in which there are peaks and valley's, the best coaches get their kids playing well when the postseason begins.

This mentor got the team ready and it paid off with a trip to Carver Arena.

During their fourth place run to the state finals, the Pinckneyville Panthers relied on a couple of seniors that put together nearly identical stats with each being important to the team reaching the Final Four.

Senior's Grant Jausel and J.C. Moll both excelled in key situations.

If one had an off game, the other one picked up the slack.

This is the third time that ABV has split this award with two different teammates as both deserve the honor.

Jausel and Moll were both right at 13-points a contest for the ABV 2A top-ranked and preseason number one club.

Jausel, a 6-foot-2 senior swingman, hauled down more rebounds than the 5-foot-11 Moll.

But Moll dished out more assists.

Both proved their value over and over again in the 31-5 campaign.

One memorably play from the season with ABV in attendance occurred during a home overtime win against rival Du Quoin.

With the Panthers having a final out of bounds play designed, Moll and Jausel ran it to perfection as Moll fed Jausel on a back door cut for the game winning score.

Without these two standouts, the Panthers would have likely went home early in the postseason.

Moll produced a key four-point play late in the game in their overtime win over Mount Carmel at the 2A supersectional at SIU Arena.

As far as the 2A “Coach of the Year” award, there were many deserving candidates.

But ABV decided to recognize a coach who put together a school-record breaking season.

Head coach Mike Chamness at Anna-Jonesboro led his Wildcats on an unprecedented run for the school as they broke the record for most wins in a season with a 23-9 mark.

The Wildcats also picked up the program's first boy's basketball regional title since 2004 with a championship victory over Chester at Johnston City.

A-J also won the Goreville Invitational Tournament with a 5-0 mark, which included a win over 3A Benton.

They finished third at the Eldorado Holiday Tournament and fourth in the West Frankfort “Mid-Winter Classic..”

They made a dent in the SIRR Mississippi Division by finishing third.

Although they lost two games against both Pinckneyville and Nashville during the regular season, Coach Chamness got his troops ready for a postseason run to the sectional.

They nearly knocked off the Panthers on February 9 at home, only to lose to them 74-67 in a game that was close all the way.

Having a first team ABV 2A pick (Jake Parr) and first team all-state on the team didn't hurt matters.

Nevertheless, this mentor got his team to mesh very well this season and he deserves the honor.

Since all three went to Peoria, Goreville, Okawville and Pinckneyville got three players each.

No one else got more than two.

As with the previous year's, the ABV lists will be scrutinized. But as always I stand by my selections.

Most importantly these awards are about the kids and the coaches listed.

If you, as a fan, have a comment that is disparaging to the ones chosen then send it to me.

Don't post it on some message board and embarrass some young man. If you have a complaint send it here.

In other words, "Here's a Quarter, Call Someone Who Cares."

Like Harry Truman said - "The Buck Stops Here."

ABV probably could make a case for several others to be on the list.

Names are listed in alphabetical order by first name.

I'm sure there will be one or two of them with misspelled names or the wrong class. I can fix those later.

ABV Class 1A All-South Team

Player Of The Year
Braden Webb - Goreville.
Coach Of The Year
Todd Tripp - Goreville.
ABV Honorable Mention
Jon Kraus - Okawville.
Brad Beaty - Webber Township.
ABV First Team (In Alphabetical Order)
Blake McKay - Woodlawn - So.
Braden Webb - Goreville - Sr.
Charles Neal – Webber Township – Sr.
Damarius Taylor - Cairo - Sr.
Darnell Lowe - Mounds Meridian - Sr.
Jared Curry - Christopher - Sr.
Luke Hensler - Okawville - Sr.
Mitchell Stevenson - Altamont - Sr.
Ryan Radloff - Dieterich -Sr.
Tyler Winchester – Sesser-Valier – Jr.

ABV Honorable Mention
(In Alphabetical Order)

Alek Biggs - Altamont - Sr.
Aquantez Penn - Elverado - Jr.
Audie Goebel - Gallatin County - Jr.
Austin Hagel - Steeleville - So.
Austin Stevens - Galatia - Sr.
Blake Fewkes - Woodlawn - Sr.
Bradley Young - Christopher - Sr.
Brandon Skaggs - NCOE - Jr.
Caleb Frederking - Okawville - Sr.
Callaway Campton - Dieterich - Sr.
Cameron Bowlby - Marissa-Coulterville - Jr.
Christian Trexler - Egyptian - So.
Corbin Fitch - Thompsonville - So.
Courtlyn Latham – Mulberry Grove – Jr.
Dylan Stratton - Webber Township - Sr.
Fairleigh Ward - Cairo - So.
Isaac Kramer - Windsor-Stew-Stras - Sr.
Ja'Quan Jones – Mounds Meridian – Sr.
Jamison Hicks - Hardin County - Sr.
Jaxon Heintz - New Athens – Sr.
Jaxon King - Wayne City - Sr.
Jayon Malone - Waltonville - Jr.
Jayzale O'Neal - Wayne City - Jr.
John Russell - Cobden - Sr.
Jordan Bent - Christ Our Rock Lutheran - Sr.
Kaleb Cox - Joppa - Sr.
Levin Vinson - Crab Orchard - Sr.
Lewis Brown - St. Elmo-Brownstown - Jr.
Lucas Shaffer - Odin - So.
Lukas Gunter - Sesser-Valier - Sr.
Marcus Davis - Century - Sr.
Michael Chism - Valmeyer - Sr.
Owen Gross - Steeleville - Jr.
Payten Harre - Okawville - Sr.
Peyton Massey - Goreville - Sr.
Quincy Aldrich - Louisville North Clay - Sr.
Robbie Prince - Gallatin County - Jr.
Sabastion Fasolo - Pope County - Jr.
Seth Nix - Odin - Sr.
Tanner Dunn - Goreville - Sr.
Trent Geiler - Farina South Central - Sr.
Tyson Kessler - Thompsonville - Jr.

ABV Class 2A All-South Team

Co-Player's Of The Year
Grant Jausel and J.C. Moll - Pinckneyville
Coach Of The Year
Mike Chamness - Anna-Jonesboro
ABV Honorable Mention
Bob Waggoner - Pinckneyville
Brent Brede - Trenton-Wesclin
ABV First Team
(In Alphabetical Order)
Austin Rager - Mt. Carmel - Jr.
Braden Attebury - Eldorado – Sr.
Byrson Bultman - Nashville - Jr.
Cade Walsh - Effingham St. Anthony - Sr.
Grant Jausel - Pinckneyville - Sr.
Hunter Ottensmeier - Trenton-Wesclin - Sr.
Isaiah Saulsberry - Harrisburg - Sr.
J.C. Moll - Pinckneyville - Sr.
Jake Parr - Anna-Jonesboro - Sr.
Lee Hardiek - Teutopolis – Sr.
ABV Honorable Mention
(In Alphabetical Order)

Alex Deters - Effingham St. Anthony - Sr.
Blake Drue - Harrisburg - Sr.
Brady Kinder - Staunton - Sr.
Brandon Courtney - Wesclin - Sr.
C.J. Johnson - West Frankfort - Jr.
Cade Schnicker - Edwards County - Jr.
Caden Hayen - Piasa Southwestern - Sr.
Carson Parker - Nashville - So.
Chad Stearns - Greenville - Sr.
Chase Selby – Johnston City – Jr.
Dawson Yates - Pinckneyville - So.
Drew Moore - Red Hill - Jr.
Eric Kremer - Teutopolis - Sr.
Griffin Ziebold - Red Bud - Sr.
Jackson Marcotte - Mt. Carmel - Sr.
Jake Traxler - Eldorado - Sr.
Jake Whipple - Hamilton County - Sr.
Jared Meyerhoff - Campbell Hill Trico - Sr.
Johan Boston - Sparta - Sr.
Josh Heape - Du Quoin - Jr.
Kaden White - Hillsboro - Sr.
Keith Kiner III - Chester - Jr.
Kobi Dagg - Fairfield - Sr.
Lamontay Daughtery - Du Quoin - So.
Logan Hawker - Casey-Westfield – Sr.
Luke Richards - Casey-Westfield - Jr.
Nate Brede - Trenton-Wesclin - Jr.
Nathan Casey - Vandalia - Sr.
Nick Cohorst - Newton - Sr.
Sheldon McGrath - Anna-Jonesboro - Sr.
Travis Black - Carmi-White County - Sr.
Trenton Brown - Flora - Sr.
Tyler Siever - Carlyle - Sr.
Wade Tharp - Marshall - Sr.
Walker Sandschafer – Robinson – Sr.