TC Central leads 1-3A All-County team
by LAVONTE YOUNG
The Talladega County Central Fighting Tigers didn’t achieve all their goals in the 2012-2013 season, but they took a step into the right direction.

Under first year head coach Damien Dorsey, TC Central went 12-17, but they were able to win the area championship and they fell to Loachapoka on a last second shot in the Sub-Regional tournament.

The Fighting Tigers had five players to earn Class 1A-3A Talladega County basketball team.

“We underachieved in my eyes,” TC head coach Damien Dorsey said. “We still had a good time and I really enjoyed getting to know the guys this year. The seniors worked hard: Ramone (Russell), Julius (Player), Chason (Anderson) and Frankie (Pedraza). After we loss my heart went out to them, because they put a lot of time in and they really bought in. They should have been the area regular season champs. They fought back and I am proud to be their coach. The return guys are working hard now. They are in the gym now everyday.”

Crystyle Stockdale and Julius Player earned first team honors for the Fighting Tigers. Stockdale led TC Central in scoring as he averaged 14 points per game.

“Julius was there all year,” Dorsey said. “He came off the bench and he started trying to get him into a groove. He finally was able to help us out. Crysytle had to learn a lot this year, but he came on towards the middle of the season and towards the end.”

Chason Anderson earned second team honors, while Tervarus Garrett and Ramone Russell earned spots on the honorable mention team.

Dorsey also earned the Coach of the Year honors.

“I am humbled by it more than anything,” Dorsey said. “It’s not about me; it about kids more than anything. They won me the Coach of the Year.”

Winterboro had four players to earn All-County honors.

Nick Leonard earned The Daily Home Class 1A-3A Player of the Year honors. Leonard averaged 19 points, three assists and two steals per game.

“Nick’s senior year is what I wanted from him in his sophomore and junior year,” Smith said. “Nick had an outstanding season for me this year. His role was different; Nick had to play some point guard at the beginning of the year. He had to play with a lot of inexperienced players. Through it all he combined the years of his playoff experience and his playing experience and he had a great year for me. He had 36 (points) against Munford in the Talladega Round Robin. He also had some games where he had to put the ball on the floor because he was a known shooter. With all that said and done he is going to be shocked to receive such a reward. We are going to find him a basketball home on the next level. I think he is deserving of it because he saw a lot of box and 1. He was the topic of every scouting report against teams we played. After a loss this year he grabbed three or four boys and had a practice at 10:30 at night. That shows the type of work ethic this kid was establishing for his senior year. He left his heart out there on the floor for his senior year.”

Juttorius Cook earned second team honors, while Cedric McKenzie and Taylor Garrett earned spots on the honorable mention team.

Fayetteville had four players to earn spots on the All-County team.

Tyari Powell earned first team honors for the Wolves. Powell led Fayetteville by averaging 14 points per game. Justin Lawson earned second team honors, while CJ Townsend and Zach McGrady earned spots on the honorable mention team.

B.B Comer had three players to earn spots on the All-County team.

Darius Hale earned first team honors. Kendrick Kirsksy and Tyler Jackson were selected to the honorable mention team.

The Silent Warriors of ASD had four players to earn All-County honors. Eddie Thomas and Adonis Embry earned second team honors, while Anthony Scott and Holden Hess were selected on the honorable mention team.

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