BENTON — Victor Rimmer, who coached Fayetteville to the 7A girls basketball title with a victory over Conway in the title game, knew the consequences of leaving Jordan Danberry unattended.
There were only four girls who walked to the stage Thursday night to receive their certificates as the top five players in 7A during the inaugural Arkansas Basketball Coaches Association awards banquet at the Benton Special Events Center. One was Alexis Tolefree of Conway.
When Rimmer was introduced as 7A girls coach of the year, whispered to ABCA president Roger Franks, who passed the message along to masters of ceremonies Steve Sullivan. Danberry, whose name had been omitted on the list of honorees given Sullivan, was then introduced as a member of the 7A "Starting Five," as the organization had named its all-state team.
Later, Danberry received the ABCA Award as Girls Player of the Year in all classifications. KeVaughn Allen of North Little Rock was the boys Player of the Year. The same twosome received similar honors earlier in the week at the McDonald’s Full-Court Awards. Last month, Danberry, a University of Arkansas recruit, had been named Gatorade Player of the Year in Arkansas for the second straight year.
"It’s been a big week," said Danberry. "It’s a pretty great feeling since any of the girls could have received the honor."
Danberry was one of three Razorback recruits to receive top-five certificates. The others were Bailey Zimmerman of Wonderview and Malica Monk of North Little Rock.
"I’m kind of anxious to get to Fayetteville and get started," said Danberry, who helped lead the Lady Cats to a state title last season and a runner-up this year. "I’ve played against Malica and I’ve played with Bailey in summer basketball so we know each other pretty well."
Awards, voted on by the state’s coaches, were presented to outstanding players in every classification.
Three Faulkner County players and one coach were honored.
In addition to Danberry and Tolefree being honored as top-five players in 7A, St. Joseph’s Madeline Moix was on the 2A unit.
Brent Stallings, who led Mayflower’s boys to the 3A state finals, was named 3A boys coach of the year.
In addition to being 7A girls coach of the year, Rimmer, a former Guy-Perkins player, got the overall girls coaching honor. Clarence Finley of Pine Bluff, a former assistant at the University of Central Arkansas and interim coach for the Bears last year, was named overall boys coach of the year.
The players and coaches presented Farm Bureau "Starting Five Awards:"
1A boys: Colton Watson, Bay; Davion Revels, Emerson; Tyler Pritchett, Bay; Jaleen Jackson, Emerson; Logan Foshee, Kirby. Coach of the Year: Brad Brannel, Bay.
1A girls: Bailey Zimmerman, Wonderview; Sade Harrison, Nemo Vista; Maggie Mahan, Nemo Vista; Megan Stinson, Kirby; Hannah Villines, Kingston. Coach of the Year: Kyle Payne, Nemo Vista.
2A boys: Jamarion Bell, Junction City; Tyrik Harris, England; Marcus Brown, Earle; Tyrus Grayson, Junction City; B.J. Thompson, England. Coach: Tyler Scott, England.
2A girls: Sidnee Bopp, Marmaduke; Madison Price, Marmaduke; Alesha Penister, England; Lauren Brumley, Parkers Chapel; Madeline Moix, St. Joseph. Coach: Rick Smith, Marmaduke.
3A boys: Mahlon Martin, Kelvin Robinson, Allie Freeman, Episcopal Collegiate; Matthew Ward, Charleston; Austin Reaves, Cedar Ridge. Coach; Brent Stallings, Mayflower.
3A girls: Riley Rose, Harding Academy; Payton Tennyson, Valley Springs; Kiana Thompson aand Kim Crown, Greeland; Kellie Lampo, Jessieville. Coach: Alan Barton, Greenland.
4A boys: D.J. Franklin, Monticello; Connor Vanover, Arkansas Baptist; Reece Gramling, Brookland; Cash Krueger, Subiaco Academy; Ben Madison, Bauxite. Coach: Wayne Sherrer, Monticello.
4A girls: Madison Riley and Erykah Johns, Riverview; Kylie Ladd, Ozark; Raven Baker, Malvern; Sydney Jones, Central Arkansas Christian. Coach: Ryan Smith, Riverview.
5A boys: Keith Hayes and Andre Jones, LR McClellan; Lawson Korita, Pulaski Academy; Exavian Christian, Hot Springs; Devin Campbell, Jacksonville. Coach: Chris Threat, McClellan.
5A girls: Alex Otwell, Pulaski Academy; Tiaunna Watkins, Bernizha Tidwell and Ashley Clayborn, Hot Springs; Peyton Martin, Watson Chapel. Coach: Ricky Treadway, Pulaski Academy.
6A boys: Marquis Pointer and Jarma Perkins, Jonesboro; Jaylin Franklin, Javon Franklin and Kahalil Garland, LR Parkview. Coach: Clarence Finley, Pine Bluff.
6A girls:L Megan Hartness and Sarah Elkins, Greenwood; Braxton Chumley, Benton; Shackyla Hill, LR Hall, Natalie Ready, LR Parkview. Coach: Clay Reeves, Greenwood.
7A girls: Jordan Danberry and Alexis Tolefree, Conway; Malica Monk, North Little Rock; Sydney Crockett, Fayetteville; Kiara Williams, LR Central. Coach; Vic Rimmer, Fayettevile.
7A boys: Malik Monk, Bentonville; KeVaughn Allen and Sam Dunkum, North Little Rock; Peyton Willis, Fayetteville; Chris Owens, Springdale. Coach: Johnny Rice, North Little Rock.