Despite one team not finishing their season completely, the Comanche Lady Indians and the Velma-Alma Comets took top All-Area honors for the 2019-2020 season.
Comanche Lady Indians, who made it to the Class 3A State Tournament for the third year in the last four, took home all of the individual awards in The Duncan Banner’s All-Area list.
This year’s Coach of the Year award goes to Aaron Weast, who is retiring after 30 plus seasons and leading the Lady Indians to a State Tournament berth after winning the Area Consolation Title.
Weast led the Lady Indians to a record of 24-4. The last game before the COVID-19 pandemic canceled the 3A Tournament brought in a 44-42 win over Kingston, spearheaded by the Newcomer of the Year award winner Gracee Miller.
Miller, a freshman for the Lady Indians, had the second highest scoring average on the team with 8.6 points per game but her final two free throws cemented the victory to send them to State.
The Player of the Year Award winner and All-Stater Brooklin Bain took home the All-Area Player of the Year award for Girls Basketball as she led the team in scoring with 20.4 points per game.
The final award for the Girls Basketball All-Area was the six-man award and that honor went to Kinley Rendon as she was the third highest scorer for the Lady Indians.
Averaging 8.3 points per game, Rendon played in all 28 games for the Lady Indians and came off the bench several times while earning some starts in different games.
On the boys’ side, Coach Kenny Bare has taken the honor for Boys’ Coach of the Year as he led the Comets to a record of 24-4 as well and ended the season in the area consolation bracket for the second year in a row.
His junior Jace Saville was named Player of the Year because he led the team in scoring while also getting a big amount of rebounds for the Comets.
The other two individual awards came from other county schools.
Empire’s McRay Weber took home the Newcomer of the Year after becoming a full time starter in his sophomore season. Weber had an average of 12.3 points per game while also averaging 4.2 assists per game and 6.8 rebounds per game. Weber played a few games on varsity in his freshman season and all of the games during his sophomore season.
Austin Pennypacker, from Duncan, took home the Six-Man Award for All-Area as he helped Duncan off the bench and performed in several clutch games for the Demons.
Pennypacker, a junior for the Demons, averaged 7.4 points per game and 3.8 rebounds per game while coming off the bench in 15 of the 24 Duncan games.
The rest of the list for Girls’ Basketball and Boys’ Basketball All-Area is listed below and represents all seven Stephens County teams.
Nominations for the All-Area were made by all seven Stephens County area coaches and winners were chosen by a consensus of area coaches and The Duncan Banner sports staff.