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BOONE COUNTY — The Coal Valley News All-County boys and girls basketball team was released on April 28 and it features 14 student-athletes from all three county high schools.

On the boys team, the Player of the Year is sensational sophomore Reece Carden from Scott High School. Carden averaged 17.6 points per game in 2021 while hitting 48% of his 2-point attempts and 38% of his 3-point tries. He averaged four rebounds per game and two assists.

Carden led the Skyhawks with 21 points versus Lincoln County in sectional play and buried five, 3-point shots in the contest.

For the second-straight year, the CVN Boys Coach of the Year is Aaron Pauley from Sherman. Since Pauley became the coach for 2019-’20, the Tide has increased its win total each year. Going 1-22 the previous season, The Class A Tide produced a .500 record in his first season as coach and in this season, notched a 9-6 record and a sectional win over Van, a cross-county rival Sherman defeated three times during this campaign.

On the girls team, Sherman High’s senior scorer Caraline Nelson is the CVN All-County Player of the Year. She averaged 17 points per game and snagged three rebounds and three steals per contest.

She joined eight other all-time Sherman girls basketball greats when she scored point number 1,000 in her career this season.

The CVN Girls Coach of the Year is Kevin Harper from Scott. The Lady Hawks are true Boone County Champions, having defeated both Van and Sherman in the regular season.

Harper implemented an off-season program and increased interest in girls basketball as the Lady Hawks proved competitive in the rugged Cardinal Conference.

Both Carden and Nelson were Boone County scoring champions in 2021 which is just one of the criteria involved in the selection (scoring average).

The CVN All-County team was compiled via statistics that were submitted from the coaches and compiled by the Coal Valley News and Charleston Gazette-Mail sports departments.

Coaches from around the county were interviewed and the team was ultimately selected by the CVN sports department. Overall team records and records within county play were heavily considered for Coach of the Year along with overall program development from the previous season.

Award plaques will be provided by J.T. Handley of Handley Funeral Home of Danville.

The local business has served as the sponsor for the CVN All-County football, basketball, baseball and softball squads since 2017 and has supported county athletics in the schools for decades.

All-County Boys

  • Senior Alex Kirk/Sherman
  • Sophomore Reece Carden/Scott
  • Sophomore Shaun Booth/Van
  • Junior Braxton Dolin/Scott
  • Junior Cavin White/Scott
  • Junior Landon Stone/Scott
  • Junior Dalton Rollo/Sherman

Player of the Year

Reece Carden/Scott

Coach of the Year

Aaron Pauley/Sherman

All-County Girls

  • Senior Caraline Nelson/Sherman
  • Junior Gracie Ferrell/Scott
  • Sophomore Emma Wilcox/Van
  • Senior Leah Davis/Scott
  • Senior Abby Riley/Sherman
  • Junior Hailea Skeens/Sherman
  • Junior Shea Miller/Scott

Player of the Year

Caraline Nelson/Sherman

Coach of the Year

Kevin Harper/Scott

Reporter Phil Perry can be reached at or at 304-307-2401.

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