April 12, 2013

Keegan Ryan leads CVAC boys' hoops All-Stars

The Champlain Valley Athletic Conference boys’ basketball season was tightly contested in Division I, with Beekmantown and Peru finishing tied at the top and three more teams within three games of first place.

AuSable Valley controlled Division II, losing just three conference games all season.

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In the playoffs, new champions emerged in all three classes in Section VII. Beekmantown (Class B) and AuSable Valley (Class C) both claimed sectional championships for the first time in more than a decade, while Moriah grabbed the Class D title.

Every team had at least one player recognized on the CVAC All-Star teams, and five teams had two players honored.

The All-Stars and individual awards were chosen by the CVAC coaches.

Most Valuable Player

Keegan Ryan, Beekmantown- The senior center was the CVAC’s leading scorer with 27 points per game. He scored in double digits in every game this season and was held under 20 points just twice. His best outing was 36 points Jan. 16 against AuSable Valley. The 6-foot-7 Ryan tossed in 27 points on March 27 to lead the Eagles to the Section VII Class B championship. He surpassed 1,000 career points in a Dec. 11 win over Saranac and finished his career with 1,527.

Coach of the Year

Ryan Converse, Beekmantown- In his ninth season as a coach, Converse guided the Eagles to a 13-8 overall record and a 10-5 showing in the CVAC. Beekmantown defeated Peru to win its first sectional title since 1997 before falling in NYSPHSAA regional play.

First Team

Shane Douglas, AuSable Valley- The junior guard ran the point for the Patriots and finished as the second-leading scorer in the CVAC with 18.8 points per game. He knocked down 32 3-pointers in 19 games, which was the most on his team and seventh in the conference. He put up 35 points in an overtime win over Ticonderoga in January and had a team-high 15 as the Patriots won the Section VII Class C championship game.

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