Bruton, whose only push in district play came from two-time defending champion Grafton has dominated the team headlines by holding the top spot in the state 2A rankings much of the season. Warhill's Devonte Dedmon has generated his share of headlines with his scoring exploits.
All of that is reflected in our All-Bay Rivers District boys basketball team listed below with a couple of other superlatives.
Co-Player of the Year Marcus Carter (Bruton). With averages of 20.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 3.0 steals, the 6-2 senior’s all-around excellence is the biggest reason Bruton is 19-1 and occupied the No. 1 spot in state Group 2A much of the season.
Co-Player of the Year. Devonte Dedmon (Warhill). Give the high-flying 5-10 speedster the Lions’ share of the credit for the eight wins otherwise inexperienced Warhill had. He is only the third player in district history to average as many as 28 points
Lonnie Swinton (Bruton). The 5-8 senior averaged 17.6 points and made 44 percent from behind the 3-point arc, but his 3.8 steals a game are evidence he’s more than a one-trick pony.
Joey Miller (Grafton). Rebuilding year. What rebuilding year? Thanks to the senior’s superb control at the point – not to mention averages of 20.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.9 steals – Grafton is 19-3.
Evan Sperling (Grafton). The 6-5 junior is a University of Virginia baseball recruit but a pretty fine basketball player, too, with averages of 14.1 points, 12.2 rebounds, 2.8 blocks and 12 double-doubles in the 19 games he's played.
Rookie of the Year Chris Pierce (Smithfield). The future is bright at Smithfield, where Pierce averaged 13.2 points and 9.9 rebounds, while freshman point guard Ryan Jones (12.9 ppg, 2.7 apg) was pretty good, too for the 13-5 team.
Coach of the Year Joe Dillard (Bruton). The Panthers’ second-year coach does have the best mix of talent and experience, but only three other teams in the district’s 24-season history have been unbeaten in Bay Rivers play, so give him his due.