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All-region basketball: Craven, O’Connell are players of year in 5-AAAAAAA

Alex O’Connell, rated the consensus No.62 senior recruit nationally, has signed with Duke.

M.E. Craven of Lambert and Alex O’Connell are the basketball players of the year in Region 5-AAAAAAA, as chosen by the league’s coaches.

Craven led Lambert’s girls to the regular-season and tournament titles. She is committed to Auburn as a soccer player.

O’Connell led Milton to the tournament championship. He has signed with Duke basketball.

GIRLS

Player of the year: M.E. Craven, Lambert
Coach of the year: Jaime Fisher, Lambert

First team
Jaleah Greene, Lambert
Molly Williams, Lambert
Mari Jonassen, South Forsyth
Zoe Maisel, South Forsyth
Emily Dreslinski, South Forsyth
Cassie Markle, North Forsyth
Caroline Martin, North Forsyth
Abby Quincy, West Forsyth
Kalie Schlegel, West Forsyth

Honorable mention: Amber Jones, North Forsyth; Summer Edwards, Lambert; Grace Armfield, Milton; Sara Idris, South Forsyth; Ella Madson, West Forsyth

BOYS

Player of the year: Alex O’Connell, Milton
Coach of the year: Scott Bracco, Lambert

First team
Alex, O’Connell, Milton
Evan Cole, South Forsyth
C.J. Smith, Forsyth Central
Andrew Melms, Lambert
Christian Wright, Milton

Second team
Jordan McIlwan,Lambert
Austin Deckard, Lambert
Connor Stephenson, North Forsyth
Michael Zabetakis, West Forsyth
Matt Ganote, Lambert
Santhosh Saravanan, South Forsyth

Honorable mention: Damon Stoudamire, Lambert; Musa Thompson, Lambert; Donoven Hairston, Milton; Jordan Yates, Milton, Ethan Hester, Forsyth Central


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