The Ohio Cardinal Conference released it's all-star teams & players of the year for it's winter sports. Let's take a look at the players receiving special honors, including player and coach of the year...as well as the 2nd installment of the "Snub of the Year"
It was pretty much agreed upon that Orrville's Jacob Bolyard and Lexington's Courtney Avery were the 2 most deserving players to be named POY. Both were at the top of the league all season in scoring, and both lead their respective teams night in and night out. Both put up pretty similar numbers...or did they? Let's break it down.
For the sake of fairness, we'll look at regular season numbers only.
Jake - 388 - 19.3 avg.
Countney - 377 - 18.85 avg.
2 pt. Field Goal Pct.
Jake - 36.8% on 265 attempts.
Courtney - 48% on 164 attempts.
3 pt. Field Goal Pct.
Jake - 32.6% on 86 attempts.
Courntney - 32.3% on 161 attempts.
Advantage: I'll call this a "push."
Free Throw Pct.
Jake - 77.1%
Courtney - 76.8%
Advantage: Technically Jake, but probably a "push"
Jake - 126 (6.3 per game)
Courtney - 46 (2.3 per game)
Jake - 70 (3.3 per game)
Courtney - 29 (1.38 per game)
Jake - 45 (2.3 per game)
Courtney - 32 (1.6 per game)
Jake - #12 (Terry Bradshaw, Steve Alford, Roger Staubach and even MJ...once)
Courtney - #22 (Larry Nance? Will Clark? Some guy named Kaka?)
There you have it, so simple when you break things down scientifically......the numbers speak for themselves.
Let me be real clear. Courtney Avery is a very special athlete. He's now won the OCC Football and OCC Basketball POY in one school year AS A JUNIOR, a very rare feat, but given the above statistical proof, this should have been AT LEAST a shared award between Jake and Courtney, and a convincing arguement could be made that Jake deserved the award more than Courtney.
In my opinion, this is the 2nd Orrville athlete that's been snubbed, just this year. The first being Chase Hoobler having to share the Defensive POY during football season.
I'm trying my best to look at this without my Red Rider colored glasses, and I'm not going to call this some kind of conspiracy or that the OCC coaches are showing some sort of "anti-Orrville" bias, but I do think our geographic location in the conference hurts us. We're kind of on an island, and other than the coverage from the Wooster Daily Record, we don't really get much exposure, especially in the Mansfield area (understandably so, it's not in their coverage area).
I'd like to know how this was settled on. Do the league coaches vote on it? Does the Media? Does some sort of committee vote based on stats submitted by each team?
Here is the entire list of selections, and here are the Orrville players who earned recognition...
Jake Bolyard - Jr. - 19.4 ppg/6.3 rpg/3.3 spg/2.3 apg
Zach Wasson - Soph. - 14.9 ppg/7.9 rpg
Teven Mitchell - Sr. - 9.3 ppg/3.1 rpg/2 apg
Joey Besancon - Jr. - 6.9ppg/1.5 apg/1 rpg
Syndell Gant - Sr. - 3.1ppg/4.8 rpg/2.3 apg/1.5 spg
Coach of the Year
Doug Rickert/Mansfield Madison