The Fall 2012 Coed West season has come and gone. A division with a ton of talent makes for a division that’s hard to write awards for. But alas, I’ve been tasked with this duty as part of my scorekeeping responsibilities and I’m going to pull it off. I’m sure I’ll get flamed and scolded for picking this girl over that girl for the All-First team and snubbing what some thought should be an MVP candidate by living him out of the final 4. But you know what, that’s what I want. I want to stir up some chatter, get people excited and better yet motivated to let their play do the talking. Without further ado, here are your Fall 2012 Coed West Awards:
Female MVP Candidates:
Kaitlyn Hennigan – Monstars: 8.6 PPG, 1.3 APG, 1.4 SPG
Steph Baran – Smokin’ Trees: 7.1 PPG, 2.1 APG, 1.6 SPG
Amy Beaton – Thunder Buddies: 8.8 PPG, 1.2 APG, .9 SPG
Kimi Soo Hoo – BOOM Shakalaka: 5.5 PPG, 2.4 APG, .6 SPG
The winner is….
Amy Beaton – This is based mostly on the eye test and being there when her team needs her most. She hit some big three-pointers and big free throws late in close games to either put the game away or to put her team back in the lead. The numbers were solid, but the clutch play late in games made her truly valuable.
Male MVP Candidates:
Mike Kearney – Raindance: 23.2 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 4.3 APG, 2.2 SPG
Kevin Swecker – Monstars: 13.8 PPG, 11.4 RPG, 3 APG, 1.3 SPG
Tristan Mouligne – BOOM: 20.1 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 2.5 APG, 2.5 SPG
Matt Bouvier – Thunder Buddies: 22.3 PPG, 12.7 RPG, 2.1 APG, 1.1 SPG
The winner is….
Mike Kearney – He is the engine that makes Raindance go. Incredibly smart player who keeps the offense moving and breaks down a defense then hurts you by finding the open man or getting himself a good shot. His killer instinct is off the charts, I’ve seen him flip a switch and decide to take over a game and just start to score at will.
Female Rookie of the Year:
Vanessa Green – Western University Dolphins: She only played 4 games but it’s hard not to give her this award. She came into her first game with the Dolphins and immediately impacted them on both ends of the floor. She combined for 3 steals/blocks per game. Scored almost double digits and seemed to always be in the right place at the right time. Smart player and brings a lot of intangibles to the floor.
Male Rookie of the Year:
Cody Fleming – BOOM Shakalaka: Same story as Vanessa, only played 4 games this season. But also an instant impact player. Does a great job of shutting down the opposing big man. Gives BOOM more depth down low and is incredibly athletic around the rim. Draws attention and knows when to dish to the open cutter or shooter to get a better look at the basket. Also incredibly good at altering shots.
Female Defensive Player of the Year:
Liz Bowen – BOOM Shakalaka: 1 block and 1 steal per game. Used her length to alter even more shots and played very well with help defense. Could guard on the perimeter as well as in the post and is very aware.
Male Defensive Player of the Year:
Bob the Bully Haas – Smokin Trees: 11.6 DRPG, 1.3 SPG, 1.2 BPG. This guy goes to battle down low against anyone who accepts the challenge. Strong, quick hands, positions himself well. One of the few people who can handle the other big, strong post players in the league.
As always, I choose my All-First and All-Second team’s based on position. Meaning that player X may be the 4th best player in the league but only the 3rd best player at their position possible relegating them to the second team.
Female All-First Team:
G – Kaitlyn Hennigan, Monstars
G – Amy Beaton, Thunder Buddies
G – Steph Baran, Smokin’ Trees
F – Laura Jasinski, Thunder Buddies
F – Liz Bowen, BOOM Shakalaka
Female All-Second Team:
G – Lauren McNamara, Western U.
G – Kimi Soo Hoo, BOOM
G – Sarah Wood, Raindance
F – Vanessa Green, Western U.
F – Lauren Kelly, Smokin’ Trees
Male All-First Team:
G – Mike Kearney, Raindance
G – Tristan Mouligne, BOOM
G – Chris Burke, Thunder Buddies
F – Matt Bouvier, Thunder Buddies
F – Kevin Swecker, Monstars
Male All-Second Team:
G – Ian Sugel, BOOM
G – Rich Keefe, Western U.
G – Brian Sharkey, Western U.
F – Terry Henderson
F – Bob Haas, Smokin’ Trees
Captain of the Year:
Kariuki Thande, BOOM – Every year he’s tweaking and changing, bringing in a new player, testing him/her out, deciding if their a fit then switching players out. He’s built a team chocked full of depth at every position and has them in a position to make a run at the title.
First Team All-Trash Talkers
Well, this team doesn’t follow the traditional lineup like the First and Second-Teams do. It’s more about who is the loudest, most clever, or most well-written trash talkers in the league.
TJ White, Monstars – Routinely makes me laugh with his sideline commentary, most off the cuff player in the league.
Kariuki Thande, BOOM – His trash talking is usually limited to the boards/twitter, but when he chimes in it’s usually clever, but only usually.
Matt Roberts, BOOM – Another man who uses his keyboard rather than his tongue, but he’s got some “sharp” fingers at times.
Terry Henderson, Thunder Buddies – He’s only on this list because he might be the one person who yells at himself more than I do on the court. LAY-UPS!
Jerry Antone, Western U. – He isn’t the loudest trash talker, but when he makes you look bad he’ll let you know with some subtle statements up and down the court.
This is based solely on swagger and hustle on the court. Talent won’t help you here, this is about pure effort and competitive fire. Basically, what I’m trying to say is I’m no good at basketball and will never win an award but will out hustle everyone. So I’ve created one for the people who are probably better at basketball than me but who also leave everything out on the court. I don’t do this by position and I’m adding a 6th man, someone’s got to come off the bench to let these guys and gals who are working so hard get a quick breather.
Captain America, Monstars – Most swagger in the league, plays a very intense game and is the most vocal person on the court. Always encouraging his team and trying to build up some life.
Steph Baran, Smokin’ Trees – Sneakiest player in the league, makes you think she’s playing lax D and then she’ll swipe the ball as you slow up. Always playing hard and if you lose her on the court she’ll beat you on either end of the floor with her cunning.
Kariuki Thande, BOOM – He doesn’t play as many minutes as he used to, but he still gets out there and gives you a very hard fought 5 minutes at a time and plays his ass off. He will be all over perimeter players, forcing bad decisions and getting his team out on the break.
Kaitlyn Hennigan, Monstars – The most fearless player on the court, pushes her way into the lane and finishes lay-ups with guys who are a foot taller and 120 pounds heavier lurking ready to block her shot. I’m regularly amazed by her ability to finish very tough shots and then act like it was no big deal.
Graham Baecher, Western U. – He didn’t play a lot of games due to injury, but he provided a rebounding a shot blocking presence that was incredible. Played his ass off, provided a lot of energy and gave Western U a lot of inside defensive presence.