How we select All-Area teams
At the conclusion of each high school season, The News-Press staff sends area coaches a nomination form to select and rank players for our All-Area first teams and to nominate athletes for second team and honorable mention.
A combination of The News-Press’ research and the coaches’ player rankings lead to the teams being selected and three athletes are named finalists for player of the year. The three finalists are invited to The News-Press All-Area Stars Banquet to be held Tuesday, May 31 at Germain Arena in Estero where the players of the year will be announced.
Player of the Year finalists
Highlights: The guard was the catalyst for Lehigh’s offense during a 19-8 season, averaging 15.6 points, 5.5 assists and 2.8 steals per game.
Highlights: The guard led the Raiders to their first district title since 1988. He put up 18 points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out six assists a night.
Highlights: Lopez was instrumental in LaBelle ending its 18-year district title drought and winning a state playoff game. The Cowboys’ leading scorer tallied 22.7 points, five rebounds and three assists per game.
Ezekiel Rose, Dunbar
Craig Sirmons, Island Coast
Hunter Davis, Southwest Florida Christian Academy
Brandon Lewis, South Fort Myers
Jahmel Myers, Mariner
Jaquez Dickerson, Riverdale
Amari Haynes, Mariner
Jarvis Martin, Lehigh
Deljuan Thomas, Lehigh
Caleb Catto, SFCA
Bishop Verot: Austin Mosbach, Ben Fullencamp
Cape Coral: CJ Lewis, Brandon Alcide
Cypress Lake: Keyon Brawner, Ke’shawn Shields
Dunbar: Steve Walker, Hollis Hardwick
East Lee County: Abdiel Escobar, Ramon Pagan
Estero: Ryan Rocuant, Matt Deering
Evangelical Christian: Noah Mathews, Joseph Mera
Fort Myers: Jarrett Bassett, Liam Guerin
Island Coast: Austin Grimm, Kory Curtis
LaBelle: Marcellous Mitchell, Hugo Vargas
Lehigh: Berrick Jean Louis, Bershard Edwards
Mariner: Tyrell Smith, Sean Kostyk
Riverdale: Dean Wilson
South Fort Myers: Trelin Jean-Francois, Henry Bayly
SFCA: Aiden Crume, Jordan Weatherbee
Coach of the Year
Highlights: Harris led the Tritons to a 25-4 record, which included a 20-game winning streak to start the season. A year after falling in the district title game and being dismissed from the postseason in the regional quarterfinals, Mariner made it back to the regional finals for the third time in four years where it fell to Tampa Jesuit.