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All-State Basketball

Nearly two dozen East Alabama Sports Today area players, coaches get all-state recognition; Graves, Austin named coaches of the year

By East Alabama Sports Today

Ralph Graves made the pitch after his Sacred Heart team won its fourth straight Class 1A state championships wondering what it takes to win Coach of the Year and the state high school writer’s listened.

Graves was named boys Class 1A Coach of the Year among 23 East Alabama Sports Today area players and coaches who received all-state recognition this weekend.

Sacred Heart’s Diante Wood was a first-team Class 1A pick, an odds-on favorite to win 1A Player of the Year and a leading contender for Mr. Basketball.

Here’s a list of all the EA Sports Today area players who were recognized.

First team

Diante Wood, Sacred Heart (1A)

Second team
Dalton Dodd, Alexandria (5A)
Fred Dickerson, Talladega (5A)
DeVaunghn Beason, Saks (4A)
Murdock Simmons, Sacred Heart (1A)

Third team
Markise Davis, Oxford (6A)
Robert Gaines, Weaver (3A)
Riley Austin, Spring Garden (1A)

Honorable mention
Javion Surles, Lincoln (5A)
Ben Glass, Ohatchee (3A)

Coach of the Year
Ralph Graves, Sacred Heart (1A)

First team
Jesse Ralston, Ranburne (2A)
Tiyonna Rogers, Spring Garden (1A)

Second team
Alexis McKenzie, Munford (4A)
Kyra Williams, Jacksonville (4A)
Vanessa Carter, Wellborn (3A)

Third team
Brie Bradford, Alexandria (5A)
Jaycee Lovvorn, Woodland (2A)
Payton McGinnis, Spring Garden (1A)

Honorable mention
Sydney Prater, Piedmont (3A)
Kourtney Shuler, Ohatchee (3A)
Ayanna Foster, Sacred Heart (1A)

Coach of the Year
Ricky Austin, Spring Garden

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