The Rebels won the District 7-B title and made it all the way to the Class B state finals before being upended by Rapides in the championship game, while the Gents won their first district title in 21 years and entered the playoffs as the No. 9 seed in Class AAA before falling to Rayville in the second round.
Both were the result of team efforts, but each squad also had indviduals who stood out among the rest.
Those players - Crowley’s Jerrell Andrus and Midland’s Colby Prejean - top this year’s All-Acadia Parish Basketball Team chosen by the Crowley Post-Signal and announced today.
Andrus, the MVP in District 4-AAA and a Class AAA second-team All-Stater, headlines the team after edging out Prejean for the Oustanding Player Award. He helped lead Crowley to a 21-9 overall record and a 7-1 mark in district play.
The junior forward led the league in scoring, averaging 21.9 points per contest while also pulling down 13 rebounds. He also had four steals and two blocked shots per outing.
Prejean, the Class B All-State MVP, led the Rebels in nearly every offensive category, logging 23.2 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and five steals per game. He was a second-team All-Stater as a junior and was named the MVP of the 2009 Midland Holiday Spectacular.
The two are joined on the All-Parish team by Crowley’s Michael Harmon, Midland’s B.J. Cormier, Notre Dame’s Taylor Thibodaux, Rayne’s Ryan Larry, Iota’s Johnny Guidry and Northside Christian’s Pierce Rivera.
Midland’s Todd Briley, who guided the Rebels to 31-3 regular season record is the team’s Coach of the Year. His Rebels went 8-0 in league play to claim the Rebels’ seventh district title in the last 10 years.
The Rebels have reached the playoffs every season in Briley’s 10-year coaching career at Midland, won seven league titles and advanced to the Top 28 twice.
Harmon played a key role in the Gents’ success. The senior forward averaged 13.7 points, 14.2 rebounds and five blocks.
Cormier, a two-year starter for the Rebels, averaged 15 points, four assists and 3.1 steals during his senior campaign. He also led the charge for the Rebels in the Top 28, scoring 30 points against Zwolle in the semifinals and 26 against Rapides in the finals.
Thibodeaux a senior guard/forward, had a phenomenal year for the Pios by averaging a triple-double every game. He logged 14.4 points, 18 assists and 12.2 rebounds as well as posting nine steals and two blocks.
Larry helped guide the Wolves to a runnerup finish in District 5-AAA play by averaging 18.3 points and 9.1 rebounds. The junior forward also had 13 steals and one block.
Guidry was the top player for Class AA’s Iota Bulldogs. He averaged 18 points, six rebounds and three steals.
Rivera, the District 7-C Most Valubale Player a year ago, led the charge for Northside by averaging 19.9 points and 10.5 rebounds. He also shot 70 percent from the free throw line and led the team in blocks with 29 during his junior campaign.
Earning honorable mention status on this year’s team are Crowley’s Therion Beverly and Donavon Morris, Midland’s Colby Gantt and Allen Fontenot, Notre Dame’s Kane Thibodeaux and Morgan Allen, Iota’s Brennan Miller and Colby Wickman, Northside Christian’s Levi Hahn and Ben Rogers, Rayne’s Darius Bonnom and Eric Miller and Church Point’s Devante Malveaux.
All-Acadia Parish Boy's Team
Player School Ht. Cl. Avg.
Jerrell Andrus Crowley 6-2 Jr. 21.9
Michael Harmon Crowley 6-4 Sr. 13.7
Miles Prejean Midland 6-0 Sr. 23.2
B.J. Cormier Midland 5-10 Sr. 15.0
Taylor Thibodeaux Notre Dame 6-5 Sr. 14.4
Ryan Larry Rayne 6-4 Jr. 18.3
Pierce Rivera Northside 6-2 Jr. 19.9
All-Parish Coach of the Year
Todd Briley, Midland
All-Parish Outstanding Player
Jerrell Andrus, Crowley
Honorable Mention: Crowley’s Therion Beverly and Donavon Morris; Midland’s Allen Fontenot and Colby Gantt; Notre Dame’s Kane Thibodeaux and Morgan Allen; Iota’s Brennan Miller and Colby Wickman; Northside’s Levi Hahn and Ben Rogers; Rayne’s Darius Bonnom and Eric Miller and Church Point’s Devante Malveaux.