The postseason awards and honors have begun to roll in for local players and teams after an impressive and successful season on the court.
This week, the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association named their All-State Girls Teams, and Calhoun’s Jana Johns earned a top honor. The Lady Jackets’ senior was named the Class AAA North Player of the Year following a final prep season in which she averaged 23.7 points, nine rebounds and 3.4 steals per game. She was also named the Region 6-AAA Player of the Year and finishes her career as the all-time leading scorer and single-season leading scorer in the modern era.
Also earning attention this week was a pair of Calhoun boys players and the Sonoraville boys team. Sandy’s Spiel released their All-State Teams and honors on Tuesday, and Calhoun’s Porter Law was named the Best Passer in Class AAA. Law finished the year averaging 5.7 assists per game for the Jackets a he broke the single-season assist record for the program by dishing out 159.
Calhoun’s Chapin Rierson earned Honorable Mention on the Class AAA All-State Team. The senior averaged 14.5 points and eight rebounds per game. Rierson and Law helped lead the Jackets to a 23-5 record, their fifth straight region title and a trip to the Class AAA Final Four.
The Sonoraville boys were the Most Improved Team according to Sandy’s Spiel. The Phoenix finished 22-8 on the season, which was a big leap from their 11-13 record a year ago, along with earning their second-ever trip to the State Tournament.
Rierson named to Hoopseen All-State Team
Calhoun senior Chapin Rierson had a stellar final prep season, and that was recognized last week as he was named to the Hoopseen Class AAA All-State Second Team.
Rierson averaged 14.5 points, eight rebounds and two blocks per game this past season for the Jackets, who finished the year 23-5 and won their fifth straight region title before advancing to the Class AAA Final Four. He was also named the Region 6-AAA Player of the Year following the regular season and the Northwest Georgia Tip-Off Club Player of the Year for his Team after winning his second straight Rome News-Tribune Holiday Festival MVP award back in December.