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April 10, 2010

2009-2010 Daily Star Boys Basketball All-Stars

DAILY STAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Rashawn Herrington

South Kortright, sr., guard

Athleticism almost overshadowed all the contributions he made to South Kortright's 20-2 season that ended with a 65-38 loss to New York Mills in a Class D state quarterfinal. Scored game-high 18 points in that game. ... Scoring average of 19.2 points ranked second among area boys to Jefferson's Tyler Dibble (23.1). ... Also a Daily Star First Team All-Star last season, when SK went 26-0 and won the Class D state title. ... Will join 2007 Daily Star Player of the Year Andy Foote of Sidney on Brockport State's roster next season. ... "This year, he stepped into a leadership role and made the other players around him better," SK coach Bob VanValkenburgh said. ... Also averaged 7.0 rebounds.

DAILY STAR COACH OF THE YEAR

Bob VanValkenburgh

South Kortright, 27th season, 20-2

Guided Rams to second straight Section Four Class D title despite losing four starters off the previous season's 26-0 squad, which won the program's first state championship. ... Earned second straight Daily Star Coach of the Year honor. ... Had a state-best 33-game winning streak snapped with 55-52 loss at Davenport on Jan. 7. ... "It was an exciting year for me," VanValkenburgh said. "I wouldn't have expected to win the section again after losing four starters." ... Defensive switch to full-court man-to-man in the fourth quarter helped the Rams rally for a 39-36 win over Davenport in sectional final. ... Also coaches soccer and baseball.

DAILY STAR FIRST TEAM ALL-STARS

Buddy Adam

Davenport, sr., guard

Teamed with classmate Mike Ontl to form arguably the area's best backcourt. ... Combined quickness with sure ballhandling and excellent decision-making to help Wildcats to 19-2 season that ended with 39-36 Section Four Class D championship loss to South Kortright. ... "If he had the ball in his hands, you could feel confident it was going to be a smart play," Davenport coach Lee Fisher said. "He did what he had to do. If the play wasn't there, he'd pull it back out." ... Averaged team-best 16.1 points. ... Will join team at Onondaga Community College next season.

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