Section 9 Boys Basketball Player of the Year
Middletown, 6-1, committed to Dominican
For all of Middletown’s success over the years, this turned out to be the greatest season in the program’s history.
Middletown reached the Class AA state championship game for the first time, losing to Aquinas Institute of Rochester 68-50 in Glens Falls. Grant led the way for the Middies, running the point fearlessly. He averaged 13 points, 8.5 rebounds and seven assists for Middletown (20-5).
Grant could make passes anywhere on the court and his jump shot developed into a weapon, but he was also a lockdown defender. He was a three-year starter and broke in with Middletown as a freshman.
“You won’t find many point guards who can play defense like Daniel,” Middletown coach Jim Kelly said. “He did it all for us. Daniel was the coach on the floor and he matured so much over the years. He just kept improving and I can’t wait to see him play at the next level.”
Section 9 Boys Basketball Coach of the Year
The storyline surrounding Marlboro at the start of the season was that the defending Section 9 Class B champions lost four starters.
Everyone still expected Marlboro to be good this year. But how good? As it turns out, the Iron Dukes were darn good, and made history this season with Koehler running the team with military-like precision.
Marlboro reached the state final four for the first time and reached the Class B state championship, losing to Olean 56-45.
“The way we worked together all year, it was unbelievable,” Koehler said. “Everyone had a great attitude. At the start of the year I don’t know if I would have said we would go to the state final, but I knew we would be good. We did something special and it was an awesome experience.”
Koehler, 36, is known for, among other things, his intensity and attention to detail. That reflected on the court: Marlboro was tough, disciplined, unselfish and passionate on the defensive end of the floor.
“Over the years, I’ve had some unselfish teams,” said Koehler, who is 137-92 in 11 seasons. “Nobody cares if they score five or 20 points. Winning helps I guess, but they all buy into it, and that helped us this year.”
Section 9 Boys Basketball All-Stars: First team
JORDAN BRYAN (Junior)
The Middies’ super sixth man broke into the starting lineup this season and didn’t disappoint. Bryan, a freak athlete, averaged 15.9 points and 10.3 rebounds for the Class AA state runner-ups. He also serves as Middletown’s star running back on the football team.
Red Hook, 6-3
A four-year starter, Hare led the Section 9 Class A champs in scoring (18.3), rebounds (8.1) and assists (3.8). He ends his career with 1,112 points.
Red Hook, 5-8
Michitsch’s consistent play helped Red Hook to its second Class A title in three years. Like Hare, he is a four-year starter. Michitsch averaged 15.3 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists. He scored 933 career points.
Jansen went from role-player last season into star player this year. Jansen averaged 14.8 points and 10.6 rebounds, playing effectively inside and on the perimeter for the Sawyers.
Pine Bush, 6-4
Powell had another monster year, putting up 22.1 points, eight rebounds and 4.1 blocks. He finishes his career with 1,104 points. Powell has scholarship offers from Division II schools Pace University and Dominican College, but may opt for prep school.
Section 9 Boys Basketball All-Stars: Second team
Blessed with a shooter’s touch, Brown averaged 13.2 points, six rebounds and four assists. He scored a game-high 21 points against Burke Catholic in the Section 9 Class AA championship and a team-high 22 versus Baldwin in the state semifinals.
Led the Section 9 Class A runner-ups in scoring with 16 points. Haylett brought energy to the floor, averaging five rebounds. He passed away on March 10 and is greatly missed by his friends, family and the Section 9 basketball community.
The 3-point sharpshooter averaged 9.5 points, but increased his input to 16 points during Marlboro’s playoff run. Mongelli hit 45 3-pointers this season.
Coming off a breakout junior year, Boissard impressed again this year, averaging 17.5 points and seven rebounds.
Oliver led Marlboro’s balanced and deep scoring attack with 12.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists. His play helped Marlboro to a historic season in which it reached the state semifinals for the first time in school history. The Iron Dukes (23-4) lost to Olean 56-45 in the Class B state championship.
Weiss, who averaged 23 points, helped Goshen orchestrate one of the most impressive turnarounds in Section 9 this season. A four-win team a year ago, Goshen won 14 games this winter, earning the top seed in the Section 9 Class A tournament.
Section 9 Boys Basketball Honorable mention
Riley Hayes, Burke Catholic, Sr. F; Tyler Jollie, Marlboro, Sr., G; Jack Rusk, Marlboro, Sr., C; Marquis Johnson, Pine Bush, Jr., G; Alex Karamanos, Kingston, Sr., F; Akili Hill, Kingston, Sr., G.