PLAYER OF THE YEAR
St. Joseph, Sr., PG
The 5-foot-7 point guard played with the heart of a lion and ice water in his veins, averaging 23 points in the final five games of his career to lead the Cadets to their second straight CIAC Class LL title. Jennings, who earned All-State and first team All-FCIAC honors, plans to play in college.
COACH OF THE YEAR
In just his third season with the Indians, Sakl guided his team to the most wins in program history (24), its first-ever NVL championship and to the state finals for the first time since 1943.
TEAM OF THE YEAR
For the second straight year, the Cadets were stunned in the FCIAC quarterfinals. That turned out to be the lone blemish for St. Joseph (25-1), which rallied from 13 points down in the third quarter and defeated Hillhouse 62-54 to defend its Class LL championship. The Cadets ended the year as the unanimous No. 1 ranked team in the state.
James Jennings, St. Joseph
With a flair for the dramatic, whenever St. Joe's needed a big shot they went to Jennings, who rarely disapointed. St. Joseph's ball handler and sharpshooter finished his career averaging over 15 points and five assists per game.
Timajh Parker, St. Joseph
The Towson-bound Parker had another starring role in the Cadets' second straight state title run. The two-time All-State and All-FCIAC standout averaged 19. 8 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks per game this season, and demonstrated his much-improve stroke at the foul line by sinking 14 of 15 free throws in St. Joe's comeback victory over Hillhouse in the Class LL finals.
Terry Tarpey, Fairfield Prep
One of the top stat stuffers and most complete players in all of Connecticut, the 6-foot-5 All-State and All-SCC swingman averaged 25 points, 13 rebounds, eight assists and four blocks per game in leading the Jesuits back to the CIAC Class LL semifinals. A three-year starter, Tarpey finished his career with 1,450 points. Also a scholar-athlete recipient, Tarpey has signed to play at William & Mary.
Demetrius Thomas, Bassick
In a league filled with stars, Thomas was perhaps the most talented player in the FCIAC. The 6-foot-6 hi-riser was named first team All-State and All-FCIAC, and also the MVP of the FCIAC championship game after a 13-point, 15-rebound and four-assist performance in a 64-48 win over Trinity Catholic. Two days earlier in Bassick's semifinal round victory over city rival central, Thomas poured in 32 points.
Chris Walters, Westhill
Despite missing the first five games of the season while recovering from a torn meniscus, the 6-foot-4 Walters was named first team All-State and All-FCIAC. He earned it no doubt, averaging 21.7 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.9 steals per contest.
Bernard Brantley (Stratford, Junior, Guard)
Tony Dobbinson (Westhill, Senior, Guard)
DJ Perry (Kolbe Cathedral, Senior, Guard)
Arkel Miles (Notre Dame-Fairfield, Forward/Center, Senior)
Sean Obi (Greens Farms Academy, Junior, Center)