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Unbeaten Pioneers earn two honorees
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From left to right: Treyton Terry (WCMS), Alex Van Vuuren (WCMS), Nathan Turner (Boyd), Baler Melton (Centertown), Garrison Randolph (Dibrell)

All talk around the 5-6 grade boys basketball league has focused on WCMS. And for good reason. The Pioneers won the preseason tournament, then swept through the regular season at 8-0 while outscoring their opponents by 334 points.

Fueling the Pioneers has been the play of point guard Treyton Terry and forward Alex van Vuuren, two players selected on the Southern Standard all-county team.

“The kids from WCMS certainly deserve recognition,” said Boyd coach Chris Perry, whose team finished second in the A division of the boys league behind WCMS.

Despite rarely playing big minutes due to big leads, Terry and van Vuuren still had a big impact on their team’s success. Terry ignites the Pioneer offense with a blend of shooting and vision unmatched in the league, while van Vuuren has the versatility to step out and fire 3-pointers or bang in the paint for buckets.

Terry was at his best down the stretch, scoring 12 points in big wins last week over Boyd and Dibrell at home to clinch the division. His counterpart was better away from home, as van Vuuren notched his season high in points (13) twice – at Dibrell and at Hickory Creek.

Joining the Pioneer stars on the first team are Centertown post Baler Melton, Boyd guard Nathan Turner and Dibrell guard Garrison Randolph.

Melton was a force behind the Warriors finishing the regular season 8-0 in the boys B division. Melton scored a season-high 17 points in a pivotal road win at Morrison, something that stuck out to the coach of the Eagles.

“Baler is a tough player to guard,” said Morrison coach Susan Holt Page. “We played a zone (in our second meeting) that focused on stopping him.”

Turner was also used to the treatment of having a defense designed to limit his effectiveness. It rarely stopped the Bronco point guard.

Turner led the lead in scoring at 12.6 points per game, including a league-best 28 points when the Broncos went on the road to beat Dibrell 33-21.

“He is just a special player,” said Dibrell coach Darek Elrod. “I’ve seen him play since the Little Pioneer League. There’s few things he can’t do with a basketball.”

Turner barely edged out Elrod’s top guard for the scoring lead.

With a pension to bomb away from the outside, Randolph averaged 10.1 points per game for the Wildcats. Randolph scored 20 points in a duel with Turner and the Broncos in January, then notched a season-high 21 points Thursday in a 37-28 victory over Hickory Creek.

Making the second team were: Jayron Morris and Tucker Wanamaker (Morrison), Aiden Miller (Centertown), Jonathan Lara (WCMS) and Brody Womack (Hickory Creek).

All honorees will be in action this week when the 5-6 postseason tournament kicks off Monday night at WCMS.