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2018-04-11 / Sports

Newberry Coaches Bestow Boys’ Basketball Awards


Newberry’s Varsity Baskeball Team From left to right, back row: George Sevarns, Matthew Berrry, Devin Carson, Josh Slaght, Logan McCormick, Ethan Edwards, Luke Jordan, Blake Jordan and Jackson McCudden. Not pictured: the James brothers, Andre and Jaylen. Newberry’s Varsity Baskeball Team From left to right, back row: George Sevarns, Matthew Berrry, Devin Carson, Josh Slaght, Logan McCormick, Ethan Edwards, Luke Jordan, Blake Jordan and Jackson McCudden. Not pictured: the James brothers, Andre and Jaylen. The Newberry boys’ basketball awards ceremony took place last Wednesday night, April 4 in the TAS cafeteria.

Both Junior Varsity coach Ken Depew and Varsity coach Jim Depew went over their seasons and did a bit of roasting of their players.

The Junior Varsity won 11 games and lost 9, was 8 - 4 in the Eastern Upper Peninsula and 3 - 5 in the Straits Area Conference.

“Our expectations were not really high coming in this year,” stated JV coach Ken Depew about his team. “Engadine ran us off the court in the second half and then Sault Ste. Marie cleaned our clocks, so we started out the gate pretty weak. In the third quarter of that Soo game I thought we turned the corner and we hung with them. It was tough, but our guys showed a lot of heart.”

The JV Hustle Award went to Jared Wallace. “The energy that he gave us in practice was extremely good,” said Ken Depew “The energy he gave us in the games was even better.”

The JV Most Improved Player Awards went to Logan Depew and Matthew Carroll.

The JV Most Valuable Player Defense went to Luke Jordan and Jared Wallace.

The JV Most Valuable Player Offense was Austin Troop.

“The JVs’ hard work showed in the way they improved over the year,” declared Varsity coach Jim Depew. “The Varsity boys had some bad luck, but they continued to work throughout the year…never gave up, never quit playing. That’s a good direction for our program.”

“We had a couple of pretty significant injuries,” recounted Jim Depew. “Two-year starter Casey Wendt’s knee just couldn’t work. Then George (Sevarns) was just hitting his stride. He had games of 34 points, 29 points and 22 points. Then, three minutes into the next game, he broke his hand. He still scored seven points with a broken hand.”

The Varsity won three games and lost 17 and was 2 - 6 in the SAC and 1 - 11 in the EUP.

The Varsity award winners were:

Jaylen James—First Team SAC, MVP Offense, Tom Villemure Award, Best Free Throw Percentage, Most Rebounds, Most Steals and Special Mention from the U.P. Sportswriters and Sportscasters Associatio n

George Sevarns—Second Team SAC, Captains’ Award, MVP Offense

Andre James—All-Defensive Team SAC, MVP Defense and Captains’ Award

Blake Jordan—Coaches’ Award, Captains’ Award

Ethan Edwards—Captains’ Award

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