Both coaches led their teams into the state playoffs, but each were eliminated in the opening round.
Sequoyah finished the season 8-3, with its only region loss coming against Creekview. Crowder, meanwhile led Creekview to a 8-3 record in his first year at the helm and claimed the subregion title.
Both teams had plenty of players honored as well.
Sequoyah’s Peter Rohan and Creekview’s Connor Dulmage shared the Defensive Player of the Year award, while Northview’s D.J. Pearson was the Offensive Player of the Year.
Nine of 13 players on the first-team offense were from Cherokee County, including Creekview quarterback Kyle Wilkie, running back Isaiah Rodgers and offensive lineman Michael Shaw. Also on the first-team offense were Sequoyah running back Jake Garner, tight end Kyle Wisniewski, offensive lineman Austin Brown, Curtis Collins and Daniel McKune and athlete Lex Lauletta.
The first-team defense was nearly as Cherokee-dominated. Those on the team included Creekview’s Joseph Sorrentino (defensive line) and Nick Fahrnbauer (defensive back) and Sequoyah’s Branden Johnson (defensive line), Gilberto Terrientes (defensive end), Williams Lummus (defensive back) and Desmond Austin (defensive back).
On the second-team were Creekview’s Chandler Wold, Ben McClellan, Logan Ridings and Dawson Ewers and Sequoyah’s Blake Vincent, Chris Riddle, Darrion Rakestraw and Mason Tucker.
Among the honorable mentions were Creekview’s Trey Peppers and Sequoyah’s Nick Falco and Brian Exley.
Women’s College Basketball: Reinhardt heads into break with tight win over Tennessee Temple
Reinhardt held on for a 66-60 victory over Tennessee Temple on Monday, in the Lady Eagles’ final game before the Christmas break.
April Besley scored 11 points and had a career-high 18 rebounds to lead Reinhardt.
Reinhardt (6-7) opened the game with a 2-0 run after Erika Woodfin made both free throws as part of an administrative technical foul against Tennessee Temple. However, the Lady Eagles came out cold. It took the inside presence of senior Taylor Johnson and her 18 first-half points in order to put Reinhardt up 37-26 at the half.
The Lady Crusaders (3-8) got no closer than four points in the remainder of the game as Woodfin added three 3-pointers. Besley scored all 11 of her points in the second half and former Cherokee High School standout Lauren Mullinax scored a season-best eight points.
The Lady Eagles will not play against until Dec. 30, when they host West Georgia Tech at 2 p.m.