Canes sweep player, coach, team honors
by David Royal
Mar 07, 2013 | 945 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cartersville, its point guard Ryan Davis and coach Mike Tobin received the Northwest Georgia Tipoff Club’s top awards this season.

Cartersville finished with a 27-2 record, playing all the way to the Sweet 16 before losing 51-44 to St. Pius X on Feb. 23.

Davis was named co-player of the year. Also receiving the honor was Excel Christian Academy’s Rudy Winters. Excel finished its year with a 26-3 record, advancing to the Elite Eight before finishing its run.

Tobin said Davis put in a lot of hard work during the offseason and through the years into developing his basketball skills and that shows up in the team’s win-loss record and in his performance on the court.

Davis scored 17.4 points per game for Cartersville this past season, grabbed 7.6 rebounds, had 2.7 steals and was credited with 5.6 assists.

“He did a great job for us,” Tobin said. “I think that’s probably what stood out with the coaches who voted. Also, he has impressive numbers on a team with a lot of other good players. They see he ran point for us and then led us in rebounds and assists. That’s pretty impressive. He had a heck of a year.”

Tobin was named co-coach of the year by the tipoff club, which also bestowed the honor on Excel coach Jon-Michael Nickerson.

Tobin is the first coach to claim the honor at two schools, according to Ron Roach, tipoff club official. The Cartersville coach was named coach of the year at Woodland High School just last year and took over the program at Cartersville this year.

Tobin noted his honor is based on the team’s win-loss record and said that puts the selection largely on the shoulders of the players.

“Last year we had some great players at Woodland and this season we had some great players at Cartersville,” he said. “You have to have good players to win. Woodland and Cartersville had good kids who worked hard and they are smart. That’s the biggest reason we had a record like we had.”

He said a lot of Cartersville’s players are good before they walk through the doors of the Storm Center.

“I’ve lived in Cartersville 11 years,” he said. “They do a real good job with their kids through the city recreation program.”

He said that is followed up all the way into middle school and right up to high school.

“They play a lot of basketball here through the years,” he added. “It’s not like they were ninth graders and one day just picked up a basketball.”

Cartersville also was recognized as co-team of the year, along with Excel.

Tobin said although Cartersville is receiving recognition now, it didn’t start out that way and his kids had to ignore previews that greeted them this season.

“Nobody mentioned us in any of the previews, yet we played hard for five weeks and ended up No. 1 in the AJC [Atlanta Journal-Constitution] poll after a preseason in which no one had us anywhere on their map. It just shows you don’t have to be in the previews to win.”

The Cartersville awards were announced earlier this week at the tipoff club banquet.

Other players from Bartow County honored at the banquet as December players of the month include Julia Roberson and Tyler Washington, Adairsville; Jasmine Baldwin and A.J. Mosby, Cartersville; Jiyah Burley and Darius Thrower, Cass; Emily Willingham and Jalen McKeller, Excel; Brooke Hummel and R.J. Williams, Woodland; coach of the month, Mike Tobin; team of the month, Cartersville boys.

January players of the month are Cassidy Howren and Kyle Adams, Adairsville; Stefanie Will and Corey Tobin, Cartersville; Ashley Huskins and Justin Reed, Cass; Catie Metcalf and Elijah Robinson, Excel; Marissa Dubose and Qua Stocks, Woodland.

Coach Jon-Michael Nickerson is coach of the month and Excel boys are team of the month for January. Cindy Moore is coach of the month and the Cartersville girls are team of the month for January.

Players of the year include Stephanie Kuhrt and Austin Greenfield, Adairsville; Kaelyn Irby, Cartersville girls; Amber Bowen and Chris Darden, Cass; Andrea Taylor, Excel girls; Kennedy Robinson and Greg Murphy, Woodland.