The Hudson Reporter Boys’ and Girls’ All-Area Basketball Teams are packed with local talent, some of whom excelled as well on the state level.
On the boys’ side, three members of the Hudson Reporter All-Area First Team are repeat honorees, namely Jahvon Quinerly and Luther Muhammad of Hudson Catholic and Justin Davis of Hoboken.
St. Anthony senior R.J. Cole moves up from the Second Team last year to the First Team this year and he’s joined by Bayonne senior Patrick Strzala on this year’s First Team.
Cole, Quinerly and Hoboken’s Tyshon Hanberry earned All-Area recognition for the third straight year.
It was definitely the year of the scorer in Hudson County this season as seven different players averaged 20 points or more per game, easily the highest total of 20-point scorers in the county in quite some time.
Strzala was the county’s top scorer, averaging 26.3 points per contest. Isiah Dasher of Ferris, a Second Team honoree for a second straight year, was second in the county in scoring, averaging 22.3 points per game.
The recipient of the Hudson Reporter Player of the Year is Hudson Catholic’s brilliant point guard Jahvon Quinerly, who averaged 20.4 points, 5.6 assists and more than three rebounds per game for the Hudson County and NJSIAA Non-Public B North champions. It was the sixth straight county title for the Hawks, but the first state title of any kind since the Hawks captured the Parochial A crown in 1976.
The Hudson Reporter Boys’ Basketball Coach of the Year is Kevin Bianco of North Bergen, who turned his team totally around from a seven-win team a year ago to a 22-win team this season. The Bruins gave opponents fits all season long, a credit to the fiery and spirited head coach.
Included in that bunch is senior guard Kayton Darley, who made All-Area Second Team, averaging 18.8 points per game, scoring the 1,000th point of his career along the way.
The Hudson Reporter Girls’ Basketball All-Area Team features one repeat honoree on the First Team and five players who earned All-Area honors for a second straight year.
The lone First Team repeat honoree is Marist’s sensational sophomore guard Breyanna Frazier, who averaged 17 points, 6.1 rebounds and nearly four assists per game for the surprising Royal Knights, who spent most of the season undefeated and ended the year with just two losses.
The Secaucus tandem of Amanda Ulrich and Lindsey Mack moved up from Second Team selections last year to First Team this year.
Ulrich averaged 18 points, five rebounds and 3.2 assists for the 26-4 Patriots, who won both the NJIC-Liberty Division, going undefeated in the league, and captured their second Hudson County Tournament title in the last three years.
Mack averaged 17.9 points, 6.9 rebounds and two assists per game, earning not only Hudson Reporter First Team All-Area honors, but also earned her place on the Fairleigh Dickinson University roster when her days at Secaucus are through.
Tania Scott of Hudson Catholic earned All-Area honors for a third straight year. Destiny Shuler of Lincoln is the only other repeat honoree.
It was a tough call to decide who was the Hudson Reporter Player of the Year between the Secaucus girls, but the winner is sophomore Ulrich, who did a little bit of everything for the Patriots down the stretch of the season. It’s that close between Ulrich and Mack, but Ulrich does all the little things a team needs to be successful and became the team’s leader after the midway portion of the season.
The rest of the First Team is comprised with solid players. Marist’s Emely Rosario averaged 17.9 points, five rebounds and 4.2 assists for the Royal Knights. Rosario and Frazier provided a powerful 1-2 punch for the Knights and both return next season.
The last of the First Team selections is sophomore Daniya Darby of Lincoln, who averaged 13.3 points and 9.1 rebounds for the Lions.
The Hudson Reporter Girls’ Basketball Coach of the Year is Chris Hernandez of Weehawken, who guided the Indians to a 22-4 record and the NJIC-Meadowlands Division title by going a perfect 16-0 in the league, earning the first league title in girls’ basketball in school history. The Indians also won a game in the NJSIAA North Jersey Section 2, Group I playoffs.
All in all, it was an excellent basketball season for the locals, topped off by Hudson Catholic’s first state sectional title in 42 years. – Jim Hague
Jim Hague can be reached via e-mail at OGSMAR@aol.com
2016-17 Hudson Reporter Girls’ H.S. Basketball All-Area Team
Amanda Ulrich, Secaucus
Lindsey Mack, Secaucus
Emely Rosario, Marist
Daniya Darby, Lincoln
Breyanna Frazier, Marist
Haylee Ramirez, Hudson Catholic
Tania Scott, Hudson Catholic
Niaimani Marshall, Bayonne
Damaris Rodriguez, Secaucus
Destiny Shuler, Lincoln
Katelyn Andres, North Bergen
Ineysiah Surrell, St. Anthony
Zoe Mattessich, Hoboken
Janieris Rodriguez, Dickinson
Nyasia Mixson, Hoboken
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Amanda Ulrich, Secaucus
COACH OF THE YEAR: Chris Hernandez, Weehawken
2016-17 Hudson Reporter Boys’ H.S. Basketball All-Area Team
Jahvon Quinerly, Hudson Catholic
Luther Muhammad, Hudson Catholic
R.J. Cole, St. Anthony
Patrick Strzala, Bayonne
Justin Davis, Hoboken
Isiah Dasher, Ferris
Louis King, Hudson Catholic
Brendan Thiele, St. Peter’s Prep
Tyrek Battle-Holley, Dickinson
Isiah Small, Snyder
Kayton Darley, North Bergen
Anthony Martinez, Memorial
Tyshon Hanberry, Hoboken
Shayne Simon, St. Peter’s Prep
Alexander Rice, St. Anthony
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jahvon Quinerly, Hudson Catholic
COACH OF THE YEAR: Kevin Bianco, North Bergen