Award avalanche continues
Regional awards heaped upon area talent
In 2017, a group was formed to help restore, educate, and advance the game of basketball in the Four-State area.
The group, which included several area coaches is called 4-States Basketball Coaches Association or 4SBCA.
With a full year of organization under their belt, the group has released its 2018 list of All-Region players.
Unlike most awards athletes receive, these regional athletes are deemed to be the best in the Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas region or approximately a 45-mile radius from Joplin.
This year, Verona’s Twilah Carrasquillo was named to the First Team, and Caleb Hillhouse earned Second Team honors.
Purdy landed three on the list with Layne Skiles and Colt Keeling each picking up First Team awards. Tyler Keeler was selected to the Second Team.
Pierce City’s Hunter Tindell was a First Team selection, and Kendyl Hayward took home Second Team accolades.
The boys all-area complete list is as follows:
Player of Year
Clay Gayman, 6-6 sr., Nevada
Marque English, 6-6 sr., Pittsburg
Trent Smith, 6-6 jr., Carl Junction
Matt Miller, 6-4 sr., Aurora
Evan Guillory, 6-3 so., Joplin
Alex Pickett, 6-5 sr., Webb City
Colt Keeling, 6-0 sr., Purdy
Caleb Muia, 6-3 jr., Girard
Brady Wise, 6-0 sr., Neosho
Hunter Tindell, 6-5 sr., Pierce City
Kyle Bushman, 6-7 sr., Mount Vernon
Arlo Stump, 5-10 so., Golden City
Austin Higdon, 6-4 sr., Joplin
Caleb Hillhouse, 6-1 jr., Verona
Arkell Smith, 6-1 sr., Carthage
Jake Doyle, 6-4 sr., McAuley Catholic
Will Bebee, 6-7 sr., Carl Junction
Cooper Reece, 6-5 jr., McDonald County
Tyler Keeler, 5-10 sr., Purdy
Chase Curtis, 6-6 sr., Pittsburg
Kyle Nichols, 6-0 sr., Webb City
Player of Year
Tristan Gegg, 5-7 sr., Labette County
Makayla Hayes, 5-8 sr., Neosho
Katie Scott, 6-2 so., Carl Junction
Sydnee Crain, 5-8 sr., Girard
Twilah Carrasquillo, 5-9 jr., Verona
Caitlin Hicks, 5-7 jr., Mount Vernon
Layne Skiles, sr., 5-10 Purdy
Hannah Woodcock, 5-10 sr., Webb City
Rylee Neill, 5-6 sr., Lockwood
Madi Stokes, 6-3 sr., Cassville
Megan Scott, 6-2 sr., Carl Junction
Cameron Call, 5-7 jr., Mount Vernon
Calli Beshore, 5-5 so., Nevada
Katelyn Mooney, 5-10 sr., Lamar
Caitlin Mueller, 5-8 sr., Thomas Jefferson
Kinsey Sorrell, 5-3 sr., East Newton
Kendyl Hayward, 5-9 jr., Pierce City
Jessica Zengel, 5-6 sr., Joplin
Marlee Lett, 5-9 sr., College Heights
Cami Roy, 5-9 sr., Webb City
Caitlyn Jordon, 5-10 sr., Neosho