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.

Tim Remillard, Peru- A senior forward, Remillard was the Indians’ top scorer, averaging 11.9 points, which ranked 11th in the conference. He reached double figures in 10 games, including a season-high 27 points Feb. 6 against Plattsburgh High, and helped Peru advance to the sectional final.

Kevin Morgan, Saranac Lake- Morgan, a junior guard/forward, put up 16.8 points per night to finish third in CVAC scoring. He poured in 34 points as the Red Storm knocked off Beekmantown in the regular-season finale and totaled six games with 20 points or more. Morgan hit 17 3-pointers on the season.

Jeremy Bullis, Saranac- The senior forward paced the Chiefs with 11.2 points per contest. He helped Saranac to a 12-7 record this season and had 14 points in a playoff win over Saranac Lake.

Adam Tedford, Seton Catholic- The junior guard was a sharpshooter for the Knights, draining 44 shots from behind the arc — the most in the CVAC. He sank five 3-pointers on two occasions and had at least one in 17 of his 18 games. Tedford finished fourth in the conference with 15.8 points per game.

Second Team

Tom Bedard, Northeastern Clinton- Bedard, a senior guard/forward, was the fifth-leading scorer in the CVAC, averaging 14.3 points. He scored in double digits in all but two games and led the team with 31 triples.

T.J. LaPoint, Plattsburgh- The senior forward was an inside presence for the Hornets. He averaged 7.3 points per game and, at 6 feet, 2 inches, used his size in the paint.

Kellen Munn, Saranac Lake- Averaging 12.7 points per game, Munn tied for second on the team in scoring and ninth in the conference. The senior reached double figures in 12 games, including a season-high 21 points in a win over Ticonderoga.

Adam Jaquish, Moriah- Just a freshman, the 6-foot-4 forward was a force inside for the Vikings, leading them in scoring with a 12.8 average. That ranked him eighth in the CVAC.

Daniel Burger, Northern Adirondack- The senior guard/forward was the CVAC’s seventh-leading scorer at 13.2 points per game. He had a season-high 29 points Jan. 16 against Saranac Lake and reached double digits in 11 other games.

Third Team

Anthony Dushane, Ticonderoga- Dushane, a junior, averaged 10 points a night as he helped the Sentinels make a run to the Class C championship game. He scored in double figures nine times during the season.

John Maye, Saranac- The junior was the Chiefs’ second-leading scorer, putting up 10.7 points per contest. He tossed in 21 points to power Saranac to a win over Saranac Lake and had 20 in a victory against Ticonderoga.

Garrett Frady, Plattsburgh- A junior guard, Frady was second on the Hornets with an 8.2 points-per-game average. He sank 11 3-pointers on the season and made three in back-to-back games Jan. 8 and 10.

Bret Boyer, Peru- At 6 feet, 4 inches, the senior center used his size to produce inside. He averaged 9.2 points per game — second on the Indians’ scoring list — as he helped them to a 13-7 season.

Colby Sayah, Northern Adirondack- The senior guard was a threat from the outside, draining 24 triples this season. He nailed four as the Bobcats beat Seton Catholic to end the regular season and then hit three in a Class C semifinal. Sayah averaged 10.9 points per night.

Honorable Mention

Sam Trombly (Beekmantown), Connor Christopherson (Saranac), Hunter Bruno (Peru), Damon LaBorde (Plattsburgh), Austin Tetreault (NCCS), Keagen Briggs (Seton Catholic), Austin Depo (AuSable Valley), Brady Smart (NAC), Derek Brassard (Moriah), Mike Graney (Ticonderoga), Teddy Yanchitis (Saranac Lake).

Ray Holmes Sportsmanship Award: Saranac Lake.