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ASWA Hoops Finalists Showcase Calhoun County Players

Pleasant Valley’s Macey Roper drives against Horseshoe Bend. She’s a finalist for ASWA 2A player of the year. (Photo by Krista Larkin)
Pleasant Valley’s Macey Roper drives against Horseshoe Bend. She’s a finalist for ASWA 2A player of the year. (Photo by Krista Larkin)

Calhoun County, AL – Seven area players finalists for player-of-year awards; winners, Mr. and Miss basketball to be announced April 6 in Montgomery

Faith Christian’s Thomas Curlee looks to drive against Oakwood Academy during the Northeast Regional in February. He’s a finalist for ASWA Class 1A player of the year. (Photo by Greg Warren)
Faith Christian’s Thomas Curlee looks to drive against Oakwood Academy during the Northeast Regional in February. He’s a finalist for ASWA Class 1A player of the year. (Photo by Greg Warren)

By Joe Medley

Pleasant Valley’s Macey Roper drives against Horseshoe Bend. She’s a finalist for ASWA 2A player of the year. (Photo by Krista Larkin)
Pleasant Valley’s Macey Roper drives against Horseshoe Bend. She’s a finalist for ASWA 2A player of the year. (Photo by Krista Larkin)

Seven area high school basketball players were named finalists for Alabama Sports Writers Association player-of-the year awards, the association announced today. This list includes Ohatchee’s Jorda Crook in Class 3A girls, Ranburne’s Briley Merrill and Pleasant Valley’s Macey Roper in 2A girls, Spring Garden’s Ace Austin in 1A girls, Jacksonville’s John Broom in 4A boys, Piedmont’s Alex Odam in 3A boys and Faith Christian’s Thomas Curlee in 1A boys. Crook, Austin, Broom and Odam are repeat finalists.

State sports writers voted for the ASWA all-state team March 9 and announced the team Sunday. Writers also voted for player-of-year finalists, Super All-State and Mr. and Miss Basketball. Winners, Super All-State and Mr. and Miss Basketball will be named at an April 6 luncheon banquet sponsored by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association. The April 6 banquet will be at the Montgomery Renaissance. [read more sports stories…]

Here are the 2022-23 ASWA basketball finalists by Alabama High Schoool Athletic Association classification and AISA:

CLASS 7A GIRLS

Syriah Daniels, Auburn
Reniya Kelly, Hoover
Jabria Lindsey, Central-Phenix City

CLASS 6A GIRLS

Jazmyn Bigham, Theodore
Leah Brooks, Hazel Green
Takya Norman, Carver-Montgomery

CLASS 5A GIRLS

Julie Nekolna, Holtville
Tamya Smith, Pleasant Grove
Olivia Vandergriff, Guntersville

CLASS 4A GIRLS

Hannah Jones, Prattville Christian
Naomi Jones, Jackson
Chloe Siegel, Deshler

CLASS 3A GIRLS

Jorda Crook, Ohatchee
Cali Smallwood, Susan Moore
Emma Kate Smith, Trinity

CLASS 2A GIRLS

Belle Hill, Mars Hill Bible
Briley Merrill, Ranburne
Macey Roper, Pleasant Valley

CLASS 1A GIRLS

Ace Austin, Spring Garden
Timya Thurman, Linden
A’Lyric Whitfield, Elba

AISA GIRLS

Lindsey Brown, Edgewood
Grace Davis, Clarke Prep
Takayla Davis, Glenwood

CLASS 7A BOYS

Jacoby Hill, Central-Phenix City
Win Miller, Vestavia Hills
Labaron Philon, Baker

CLASS 6A BOYS

Ty Davis, Mountain Brook
Caleb Holt, Buckhorn
Caleb White, Pinson Valley

CLASS 5A BOYS

Austin Cross, Charles Henderson
Cam-Ron Dooley, Valley
Brandon Fussell, Guntersville

CLASS 4A BOYS

KJ Anderson, Deshler
John Broom, Jacksonville
Chase McCarty, Westminster-Huntsville

CLASS 3A BOYS

Alex Odam, Piedmont
Luke Smith, Plainview
Tyler Thomas, Cottage Hill

CLASS 2A BOYS

Jatavius Colvin, Aliceville
Jacob St. Clair, Sand Rock
Chandler Sullivan, North Sand Mountain

CLASS 1A BOYS

Thomas Curlee, Faith-Anniston
Trey Kellogg, Covenant Christian
Jaden Nixon, Autaugaville

AISA BOYS

Lukas Holman, Glenwood
Joseph Horne, Lee-Scott
Jacob Wilson, Macon-East

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