MAHOMET — Add another accomplishment to Grant Coleman’s ledger. The Mahomet-Seymour senior forward was named first-team All-Area by the News-Gazette.
Coleman was one of 10 area stars to make the first team. Urbana’s outstanding duo of Jermale Young and Bryson Tatum made the cut. They led the Tigers to a big win over M-S in the Class 3A Rantoul Regional Championship.
Champaign Central’s high-scoring duo of Pryce Punkay and Khailieo Terry were honored as well as Tre VanWinkle (Paxton-Buckley-Loda), Trey Bazzell (Prairie Central), Nathanael Hoskins (Danville) and Jalen Quinn (Tuscola).
Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin’s star point guard Drew Reifsteck was named the News-Gazette’s Player of the Year.
Coleman certainly had a great case to be named Player of the Year. He averaged 21.3 points per game and 5.3 rebounds. He shot 42 percent from the floor, 32 percent from downtown and 78 percent from the charity stripe. He also swiped 67 steals.
Coleman’s 678 points this season were the most in a single-season in M-S history. Coleman broke a 38-year-old school record with a 44-point game against Mattoon.
But Reifsteck earned the well-deserved nod because he led the Blue Devils to a 34-1 record and the school’s first-ever super-sectional appearance.
Coleman wasn’t the only Bulldog honored for their outstanding efforts. Senior guard Cole Lener was special mention All-Area.
Lener was the Bulldogs’ best defender and one of the elite defenders in the Apollo Conference. Lener averaged 5.6 points, 6.5 assists and 5.9 rebounds per game. Lener led the team in rebounding despite playing point guard.
Braden Finch and Kobe Essien were honorable mention All-Area.
Finch was the Bulldogs’ second-leading scorer. He averaged 10.7 points per game to go along with three boards and two dimes per contest. Essien had a terrific senior season. He was third on the team in points (8.7 per game) and third on the team in rebounding (4.6 per game). Essien shot 50 percent from the field and 64 percent from the free-throw line, while chipping 28 steals, eight blocks and just 28 turnovers.
The Bulldogs (21-11) finished fourth in the final News-Gazette’s team rankings.