VaPreps 6A All-State Hoops Teams

"Verdana","sans-serif"'> is proud to release our sixth annual
All-State Basketball Teams. Unlike the
past years when we chose four teams of First, Second, Third and Honorable
Mention Team in Group AAA, we are now choosing a First Team and Second Team for
all six of the classification in the first year of the new VHSL realignment.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>A total of five players are picked on First Team with a
Player of the Year and Coach of the Year.
After all, a regular basketball starts five, and so does ours.
style=> And just like most teams, we go with seven
guys on the bench to make up the Second Team, although not one member on any of
the six squads was a reserve.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>So what are the factors that go into the choices that
are made? All are made by me with no consultation
of the coaches simply because that's what the VHSCA Teams are designed for in
my opinion. However, we try to study
individual statistics (some supplied by
coaches upon request) as well as factor into the equation team success and
overall impact. Once everything is
weighed, we try to blend it all together and make the best choices possible,
even though there's no perfect team or right and wrong picks.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>It's never an easy process because there are always
many deserving players who don't get recognized on First or Second Team.
style=> A lot of difficult picks had to be made yet
again with some back-and-forth on a few of the final spots as usual.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Without further ado, here's the
normal'> 6A All-State Basketball Teams for the 2013-14
campaign with bios on each player. . .


style='font-size:9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>6A First
color:black;background:white'>Marco Haskins - Colonial Forge - Jr.
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Bolstad - Landstown - Jr.
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Bowles - W.T. Woodson - Jr.
start;widows: auto;-webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;word-spacing:0px'>
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Blondin - Battlefield - Sr.
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Johnson - Herndon - Sr.

OF THE YEAR: Marco Haskins (Colonial
COACH OF THE YEAR: Jason John (Colonial

style='font-size:9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>6A Second
color:black;background:white'>Chris Orlina - Woodside
- Soph.
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Kamga - South Lakes - Jr.
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class=SpellE>Haskett - Kecoughtan - Jr.
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class=SpellE>Gregorits - Lake Braddock - Sr.
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Kirchman - Patrick Henry-Roanoke - Sr.
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Ribeiro - Western Branch - Jr.
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Peterson - Tallwood - Sr.


6A First Team All-State:

Haskins, Colonial Forge, Jr. (Player of the Year)

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>An unselfish star that cares more about winning than
his own personal statistics, Haskins was a major reason why Colonial Forge was
able to win 25 consecutive games on their way to capturing the school's first
ever state title in basketball. The
6-foot-4 shooting guard rose to the occasion in a number of big games, such as
the 72-68 win over Landstown in the 6A-South Region
Championship when he finished with a team-high 25 points on 10-of-16 shooting
from the floor and 5-for-9 from three-point territory.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>For the season, Haskins raised his level of play significantly
as the Eagles went from not evening reaching regionals to win a region title
and state title behind his 16.1 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.9
steals per game. In addition, he shot
41.7% from the field, sank 39.5% of his three-pointers with 60 makes from deep,
and had success at the charity stripe by going 105-of-138 (76.1%).
style=> To no surprise, he took home Conference,
Region and State Player of the Year trophies.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Following a tremendous junior year filled with
individual accolades and team accomplishments, Haskins will go into his senior
season with 1049 career points after scoring 451 this past year.


Bolstad, Landstown, Jr.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>For the first time since 2005, the Landstown
Eagles played in both a State Championship and Region Championship game,
largely possible because of the presence of the 6-foot-8 center
class=SpellE>Bolstad. The
Conference 1 Defensive Player of the Year displayed excellent hands and
footwork on the interior all season long; successfully bouncing back from an
injury that kept him sidelined last summer to lead Landstown
to 23 wins and a perfect 12-0 mark in conference play.

style='font-size:9.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'> tabulated
465 points, 279 rebounds and 104 blocks for averages of 16 points, 9.6 rebounds
and 3.6 blocks per game while overcoming foul trouble on occasion.
style=> Few players were as efficient either, which
made him an easy choice for First Team All-State by the VHSCA and First Team
All-Region in 6A-South. He made
189-of-290 shots (65%) and hit on 82-of-138 from the foul line (63%).


Bowles, W.T. Woodson, Jr.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Named Player of the Year in the Patriot Conference or
Patriot District in back-to-back seasons as an underclassman, Bowles was often
times the best playmaker on the floor when the Cavaliers went to battle.
style=> His play at the point guard spot was very
instrumental in Woodson winning a regional tittle for a second year in a row
and punching their ticket to the State Final Four for a second straight time.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Bowles averaged 14.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 5.8 assists
and 2.8 steals per game in nearly 28 minutes a contest as Woodson won 21
games. He made 51% of his shots inside
the arc and went 104-for-178 at the free-throw line (58%), consistently using
his quickness to attack defenses off the dribble.
style=> In a 47-36 win at Green Run in the Sixth
Annual Classic Presented by Cox Sports, Bowles took home the
MVP trophy with 18 points on 6-of-8 from the field, 5-for-6 at the foul line,
six boards, four assists and two steals with only two turnovers.


Blondin, Battlefield, Sr.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Set to play his College Basketball at Division II Seton
Hill in Pennsylvania, Blondin was named the
Conference 4 Player of the Year and an All-Region First Team selection in
6A-North as well as First Team All-State by the VHSCA.
style=> The 6-foot-4 small forward averaged 20.6
points, 7.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists and two steals per game while shooting 52%
inside the arc, 38% from beyond the arc and 82% at the foul line.

was the catalyst for a Bobcats team that went 21-6 overall and went on a
15-game winning streak this season, where he elevated his play and numbers,
averaging 26.9PPG, 8RPG, 6APG and 2SPG during the team's hot stretch.
style=> He also was chosen as MVP in the Sixth Annual Classic in their 61-57 win over Landstown,
where he scored 28 points on 8-of-16 shooting to go with seven boards, four
assists and three steals.


Johnson, Herndon, Sr.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>The 6-foot-4 senior swingman had quite a decorated
career for a Hornets team that was ranked #1 in the state in Group 6A much of
the season, finishing 23-3 overall and reaching the regional semifinals after
capturing the Conference 5 regular season and tournament crowns.
style=> One season after Will Ferguson was the
Northern Region Player of the Year for Herndon, Johnson earned Conference
Player of the Year honors as well as First Team All-Region in 6A-North and
All-State by the VHSCA.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Described by Coach Gary Hall as an unassuming player,
Johnson put up a team-high 19.4 points per game to lead a balanced Hornets
scoring attack that featured five guys who averaged more than 12 points a
contest. He showed moderate improvement
in his outside stroke, connecting on 48 three-pointers, while being money at
the free-throw line with 106 makes on 130 attempts (81.5%).


of the Year: Jason John, Colonial Forge

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>From 5-18 two seasons ago to 27-1 overall, John's
Eagles of Colonial Forge had a historic ride, winning their first ever
conference, regional and state titles for the Stafford area school.
style=> In fact, a Stafford area school had never won
a State Championship in VHSL Boys Basketball until John's junior-oriented bunch
got it done this year.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Defensively, Colonial Forge held seven teams
class=GramE>under 40 points, and in the playoffs, their offensive
production increased greatly. The Eagles averaged 62.7 points per game prior to the start of regionals, but in their final five games they put up 75 points a contest.
style=> Four of their last five victories in the
class=SpellE>postseason were decided by eight points or less.



6A Second Team All-State:

Orlina, Woodside, Soph.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Only a tenth grader, Orlina
dazzled for a Woodside team that won 21 of its next 22 games after starting
just 1-2 overall. The 6-foot-5 forward
with an offer on the table from ODU earned Monitor-Merrimac Conference Player
of the Year and First Team All-State by the VHSCA as well as First Team
All-Region in 6A-South with averages of 20.2 points, nine rebounds and three assists
per game. Through two years on varsity,
he's scored 847 points and led Woodside to a pair of regional playoff
appearances with regular season and conference tourney titles this past season.


Kamga, South Lakes, Jr.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>The 6-foot-4 guard who holds a bevvy of Division I
offers already validated his status as one of the top basketball players in the
state from the Class of 2015 by helping lead the Seahawks to the regional
semifinals and a 19-9 overall record after the team started the season
0-3. Named the Liberty Conference Player
of the Year, Kamga averaged 19 points, 7 rebounds,
two assists and 1.5 steals per game while shooting 134-of-206 from the foul
line. He earned First Team All-State
honors by the VHSCA and First Team All-Region in 6A-North.


115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'> Haskett,
class=SpellE>Kecoughtan, Jr.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Being recruited at the next level by Hampton
University, Mount St. Mary's and a host of others, Haskett
took the leap from third option to go-to guy for Coach Ivan Thomas' Warriors
after stars Rajay Bullock (Providence) and Greg
Alexander (ECU) graduated from last year's State Tournament squad.
style=> The speedy point guard led the Peninsula
District in scoring at 21.5 points per game with his finest performance coming
in a regional quarterfinal loss to Landstown when he
poured in a career-high 41 points. As
the year went on, his outside shot got better, and as a result,
class=SpellE>Kecoughtan won 17 games.


Gregorits, Lake Braddock, Sr.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Named MVP of the Patriot Conference 7 Tournament,
class=SpellE>Gregorits sank the game-winner with four seconds remaining
in the Bruins' Championship win over W.T. Woodson, their third victory on the
season over the reigning and eventual repeat Northern Region Champions.
style=> Without him in the lineup, a 23-5 overall
record and the school's first State Final Four trip might not have been
attainable. Also chosen First Team
All-Region, Gregorits averaged 15 points per game and
made 142-of-189 free-throws (75.1%).


Kirchman, Patrick Henry-Roanoke, Sr.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Described by Head Coach Jack Esworthy
as a coachable, team-oriented player, Kirchman
certainly was the driving force for the Patriots during their 20-4 season that
saw them reach the 6A-South Region Tournament semifinals.
style=> The Conference 3 Player of the Year and First
Team All-Region performer averaged 20 points per game, leading the Patriots to
wins in 18 of their next 19 games after a 2-2 start to the campaign.
style=> A three-year starter, Kirchman
had a game-high 28 points in the regional semis vs. Colonial Forge as well as
29 points in the conference semis in a victory.


Ribeiro, Western Branch, Jr.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Leading the entire Hampton Roads area in scoring,
Ribeiro averaged 24 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals per game
on the season for a Bruins team that graduated four starters from the year
before. With him at the forefront of
their attack, Western Branch started the season 7-1 overall and made it all the
way to #10 in the state in Group 6A in late December.
style=> In addition, Ribeiro managed to put up gaudy
numbers despite constant double and triple teams throughout his junior year,
plus having ball-handling responsibilities most of the time.


Peterson, Tallwood, Sr.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Playing in all 26 games for a Tallwood
program that finished 17-9 overall and reached the regional playoffs for the
tenth time in 11 years, Peterson was the main source of offense night in and
night out. The Conference 1 Player of
the Year averaged 17.2 points, 3.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.8 steals per
game while shooting 40% from the field and 36% from long range.
style=> Peterson piled up 447 points as a senior,
going 157-for-228 at the foul line (69%) and converted 44 three-pointers, which
was 35 more than he made during his junior year.


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