Stansberry area's top player, again
By By Todd Thompson, Hartselle Enquirer
The final stat sheet shows just what Rodney Stansberry meant to the Hartselle Tigers last season.
The senior guard-forward led the Tigers in 12 different categories, including total points, total rebounds, field goal percentage and 3-point field goal percentage, on the way to earning Hartselle Enquirer Player of the Year honors for the second straight year.
Stansberry started all 30 games for the Tigers, who finished with a 16-14 record.
Stansberry, one of the state’s top offensive players, is expected to sign a college basketball scholarship in the next two weeks.
Joining Stansberry on the all-area team is teammate Sam Fleischman, Brewer’s Kohl Sowder, Priceville’s JaColby Reid, Danville’s Russell Standridge and Falkville’s Jake Randolph.
Brewer’s Sam Brown was chosen as the 2009 All-Area Coach of the Year after leading the Patriots to the Morgan County Championship with a win over top-seeded West Morgan.
Fleischman gave the Tigers an imposing threat inside, finishing with 5.4 rebounds and a team-high 22 blocks per game.
He finished the season with 407 points, the second highest total on the team.
Sowder was a key to Brewer’s season, scoring 10.5 points per game for the Patriots. He was the most valuable player in the Morgan County Tournament after Brewer claimed the title.
The Brewer senior made 35.5 percent of his attempts from the 3-point line this year.
Reid was a major factor in Priceville’s revival this season. The senior averaged 15.0 per game for the Bulldogs.
Standridge gave the Hawks senior leadership while giving the team a solid offensive and defensive player this season.
Falkville got 14.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per game from Randolph, who was a second-team all-state selection.
The all-area second team includes Brewer’s Houston Lanford and Kyle Bowling, Hartselle’s Manquez Jones and Priceville’s Kristian Barker.
Honorable mentions were Brewer’s Cody Lanford, Chris Dickerson and Josh Vance; Hartselle’s Marquez Jones, Tres Austin and Zac Orr’ Priceville’s Tyler Croft, Brock Boyd and Kody Smith; Falkville’s Jace Wilemon and Trevor Mayer; and Danville’s Erick Cordova.