Dover stars Allen, Davis first team boys basketball All-Staters

Elijah Allen. Special to the Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

DOVER — Dover High placed two players on the boys’ first team as the All-State basketball teams were announced by the Delaware Sportswriters and Broadcasters Association on Friday afternoon.

A total of 18 downstate players were honored with 10 on the boys’ side and eight on the girls’ teams. Voting is done by the state’s head coaches and media members.

Nah’Shon Hyland of St. Georges was awarded the boys’ Player of the Year while Sanford’s Lauren Park earned the girls’ Player of the Year.

Elijah Allen and Eden Davis of Dover both made the boys’ first team. Six players were on the first team due to a tie. Mount Pleasant’s Fah’Mir Ali plus Sanford’s Jyaire Davis and Nnanna Njoku joined Allen, Davis and Hyland on the first team.

It was only the fifth time in the 70-year history of the All-State teams that six players made the first team. The four other times were in 1966, 1982, 1996 and 2000.

Caesar Rodney’s Shaft Clark was the lone downstater on the second team, which had only four players due to the six-player first team. Dover’s Jyheim Spencer and Kaheim Kimbrough-Roach of Lake Forest were given third team honors.

Lake Forest also had Jaysem Vazquez make honorable mention. Nahshon Sylvester (Smyrna), Skylar Johnson (Sussex Tech), Jamon Kane (Woodbridge) and Jamier Felton (Indian River) rounded out the downstate contingent on the honorable mention list.

There were no downstaters on the girls’ first team.

Abby Hearn of Cape Henlopen was the highest girl from the Henlopen Conference, on second team.

There were three downstate players on the third team however — Aniah Patterson of St. Thomas More then Cha-Kya Johnson and Janeira Scott, both from Woodbridge.

St. Thomas More’s Jessica Simmons, Smyrna’s Jayla Smith, Cape Henlopen’s Dania Cannon and Sussex Central’s Raeonna Stratton earned honorable mention list.

Park, Julie Kulesza (Conrad), Stefanie Kulesza (Conrad), Sasha Marvel (Caravel) and Bernyah Ward-Mayo (St. Elizabeth) represented the girls’ first team.

Eden Davis. Special to the Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

2019 DSBA All-State basketball teams

BOYS

Player of the Year: Nah’Shon Hyland

FIRST TEAM

Fah’Mir Ali, Mount Pleasant

Elijah Allen, Dover

Eden Davis, Dover

Jyaire Davis, Sanford

Nah’Shon Hyland, St. Georges

Nnanna Njoku, Sanford

SECOND TEAM

Mark Bradshaw, Glasgow

Shaft Clark, Caesar Rodney

Justin Money, St. Elizabeth

Brandon Sengphachanh, Caravel

THIRD TEAM

Kaheim Kimbrough-Roach, Lake Forest

Michael McCants, St. Georges

Corey Perkins, Sanford

Jyheim Spencer, Dover

Darnell Vaughn, Salesianum

HONORABLE MENTION

Jack Brown, Salesianum

Jamir Dantley, A.I. du Pont

Jah-Keish Demby, Christiana

Ese Efekodo, Appoqunimink

Kareem Ewell, Dickinson

Jamier Felton, Indian River

Perren Gyan, Newark Charter

Joey Hodges, Newark

Skylar Johnson, Sussex Tech

Jamon Kane, Woodbridge

Kevin Kesiter, Caravel

Eric Ludman, St. Mark’s

Hassan Perkins, Sanford

Nahshon Sylvester, Smyrna

Jaysem Vazquez, Lake Forest

GIRLS

Player of the Year: Lauren Park, Sanford

FIRST TEAM

Julie Kulesza, Conrad

Stefanie Kulesza, Conrad

Sasha Marvel, Caravel

Lauren Park, Sanford

Bernyah Ward-Mayo, St. Elizabeth

SECOND TEAM

Ronnasia Blatch-Huggins, Howard

Kayla Braxton-Young, Hodgson

Abby Hearn, Cape Henlopen

Allie Kubek, Sanford

Olivia Tucker, Sanford

THIRD TEAM

Cha’Kya Johnson, Woodbridge

Michelle Kozicki, Padua

Aniah Patterson, St. Thomas More

Janeira Scott, Woodbridge

Ja’Nylah Whittlesey, Conrad

HONORABLE MENTION

Dania Cannon, Cape Henlopen

Karli Cauley, Caravel

Alyssa Faville, Conrad

Da-qira Lancaster-Navarro, Delcastle

Emma McCann, Archmere

Julie McCarron, St. Elizabeth

Zaria Newsome, Mount Pleasant

Samantha Pollick, Sanford

Jessica Simmons, St. Thomas More

Jayla Smith, Smyrna

Raeonna Stratton, Sussex Central

Amber Washington, St. Georges

Kay Wulah, Ursuline

Kendra Warren, Caravel

Micah Yarbray, William Penn

Reach staff writer Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com

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