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Area hoops players scoop up awards

Kingman's Gonzalez named D-II, Section 1 MVP

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Kingman High’s Desirae Gonzalez was named Most Valuable Player of the AIA Division II, Section 1 by league coaches.

JC AMBERLYN/Miner<BR> Kingman High’s Desirae Gonzalez was named Most Valuable Player of the AIA Division II, Section 1 by league coaches.

KINGMAN - Kingman High's Desirae Gonzalez led the way for area high school basketball players as the end-of-season awards are announced. Twenty-three different awards were handed out to 17 players from each of the three local schools.

Gonzalez, a sophomore, earned top honors in the AIA Division II, Section 1 voting as she was named Most Valuable Player. Gonzalez also landed a spot on the Section 1 First Team along with teammate Taylor Reed. Lady Bulldogs' point guard, Alison Owen, was named to the Second Team.

The Arizona Basketball Coaches Association put Gonzalez on the roster for the 2014 ABCA Underclassmen All Star Game to be played May 17 at Mesa Community College. Reed was named as an alternate to the senior game.

On the boys' side, Kingman's Sean Curran and Ethan Adams were both selected to the Section 1 Second Team.

In Division III, Lance Martin and Tarik Skubal were both selected to the Section 2 First Team. Giancarlo Narvarte of Lee Williams was awarded a spot on the Second Team.

In other awards, the Colorado River Region announced its selections for boys basketball. The CRR is not affiliated with the AIA and was formed in order for Colorado River players to garner more recognition. Kingman, Kingman Academy, Lee Williams, Mohave, River Valley, Lake Havasu City and Parker comprise the conference.

Martin and Skubal of Kingman Academy made First Team, and Kingman Academy's Austin Tomlinson joined Adams, Curran and Narvarte on the conference's Second Team.

Skyler Burgess, Tanner Cardiff and Rod Gilleo represented Kingman as Honorable Mentions. Henry Chinyere, Breyden Potter and Chris Pfeiffer were selected from Kingman Academy. Braxton Burgess and Landon Kramer were named from Lee Williams.

The awards were voted on by the many coaches in the respective leagues.

The voting for the AIA's all-state teams is still in progress.