SEATTLE (AP) — High-scoring Kentridge guard Gary Bell and Holy Names’ Erika Johnson have been voted the Associated Press Washington prep basketball players of the year for the 2010-11 season.
Bell and Johnson were the winners in voting conducted by sports writers and editors from around the state and announced on Thursday.
Entiat junior Mandy Southard and Brewster sophomore Becky Mae Taylor were both first-team all-state selections in Class 2B.
“Certainly, she deserved it,” Entiat coach Bill Edwardson said of his star guard. “She did everything for us, scoring and assists and running the show. She showed how important she was to us when she got injured at the end of the season.
“I’m excited to have her one more year.”
For the boys, Chelan sophomore Michael Amsel Jr. and Lake Roosevelt junior Ty Egbert were both honorable mention selections, Amsel in Class 1A and Egbert in Class 2B.
Bell edged out Garfield’s Tony Wrotten Jr., and Gonzaga Prep’s Chris Sarbaugh for state player of the year honors. Bell averaged 28.5 points and eight rebounds for the Chargers.
Johnson was a near-unanimous selection on the girls’ side after helping Holy Names to the Class 3A title.
Lakes’ guard Issac Winston voted the Class 3A player of the year; Tana Pritchard the Class 2A player of the year; and Cascade Christian’s Cody Shackett the Class 1A player of the year.
Kwinn Hanson from Northwest Christian of Colbert was voted the Class 2B player of the year and Steven Broersma of Sunnyside Christian received the honor in Class 1B.
On the girls’ side, Federal Way forward Talia Walton was voted the Class 4A player of the year, while Prosser star Tamara Jones was voted the player of the year in Class 2A for a second straight season. Mackenzie Taylor from Freeman was voted the Class 1A player of the year after leading her team to a second straight title.
Darrington’s Hailey Wales was honored in Class 2B and Colton guard Mollie Kramere was voted the Class 1B player of the year.
World sports writer Corey Voegele contributed to this report.