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Jewel Hill Named Player of the Year For 1A-4A!
March 25, 2013St. Lukes Episcopal School
Mobile Optimist Club honors basketball players, coaches of the year
MOBILE, Alabama — The Mobile Optimist Club honored its basketball players and coaches and of the year during ceremonies at the Admiral Semmes Hotel on Thursday afternoon. The club also honored the Faith Academy girls’ basketball team for winning the 5A state championship.
The 1A-4A Players of the Year were Jewel Hill of St. Luke’s and Matthew Scelsi of Cottage Hill Christian Academy. Hill averaged 16 points, 4.6 steals and 3.4 assists per game during the regular season and averaged 23 points a game during the postseason.
Scelsi averaged 14 points and 12 rebounds a game, along with 4.5 blocks.
“He has been a constant for us, and he makes my job a lot easier,” Cottage Hill coach Adam Thomas said.
Thomas and St. Luke’s Christine Zoghby was named the Mobile Optimist Club’s 1A-4A Coaches of the Year.
Faith Academy’s Jasmine Rhodes was the 5A girls’ Player of the Year, while St. Paul’s Greg White and Faith Academy’s Dylan Brown shared boys' Co-Player of the Year honors. Faith Academy’s Woodie Head and John Price were named the 5A girls and boys Coaches of the Year, respectively.
Rhodes ended her prep career with 2,503 career points and scored a single-season record 693 points. Her 1,198 rebounds and 661 steals are also all-time school records.
Brown, Price said, has “stats you don’t see,” and said that he took as much pride in defense as he was getting rebounds. White averaged 20 points a game during the season and 498 points for the year. In fact, White is only six points away from the all-time school record of 1,447 held by Jacob Coker, now at Florida State.
Blount’s Ciera Johnson was chosen as the 6A girls’ Player of the Year, while Blount’s Divine Myles, Murphy’s Phillip Rankin, and McGill-Toolen’s T. J. Lang were the co-6A Players of the Year.
Blount swept the Coach of the Year awards, with Jeffery Pope getting the boys’ honors and Jarvis Wilson the girls.
Johnson scored 622 points as a freshman and, according to Wilson, will be one of the area’s top players. Myles, according to Pope, was a leader on the court and had a strong performance against McGill-Toolen, while Lang had steady play for the Jackets virtually all season long. Rankin, a senior, averaged 17.2 points and 10.2 rebounds a game, and had a strong work ethic, according to Panthers coach Tim Waller.
“I’m going to hate to see him go,” said Waller of Rankin.