Hanson, pair of Cyclones anchor 2002-03 squad

from staff reports

   Sometimes more than one person deserves to be honored. That's what has happened this year on the Elizabethton STAR's All-Carter/Johnson County basketball team.
   For the first time ever in the same season, the Boys MVP and Boys Coach-of-the-Year have both resulted in a tie.
   Elizabethton High School standouts B.J. Miller and Vince Redd are Co-MVPs, while Johnson County's Austin Atwood and Elizabethton's Tony Hardin share Coach-of-the-Year honors.
   Elizabethton freshman Charles Peters was a unanimous pick for Most Promising Underclassman.
   On the girls side, Cloudland senior Tara Hanson easily won MVP honors, while Hampton's Heather Chambers took home the Most Promising Underclassman award.
   Unaka's Kenneth Chambers is the choice for Girls Coach-of-the-Year. Hampton's Leslie Campbell also received a vote.
   The first team boys selections include Johnson County's Matt Cornett and Judd Shoun, Unaka's Rusty Chambers, Cloudland's Robbie Tolley and Elizabethton's Jordan Lambert.
   Hampton's Greg Osborne, Johnson County's Michael Lipford, Cloudland's Josh Johnson, Unaka's Josh Jones and Happy Valley's Cody Whitlock are second team boys choices.
   Elizabethton's Rikki Baughman and Sarah Smith, Cloudland's Amy Storie, Happy Valley's Brandi Dugger and Unaka's Renee Ensor were first-team choices on the girls side.
   Unaka's Julie Roberson and Kelly Taylor, Hampton's Joy Gardner, Cloudland's Stachia Johnson, Elizabethton's Lacy Lane and Happy Valley's Mandy Byrd make out the second team.
   Atwood led his Johnson County team to a 20-win season, a Region 1-AA runner-up trophy and a trip to the substate, which was the school's first in 19 years.
   Hardin wins the award for the third time in seven years after his Cyclones took home conference, district and regional championships. The Cyclones also advanced to the state tournament for the first time in 20 years.
   Miller and Redd were a dynamite one-two punch for the Cyclones this season. Miller averaged 16 points-per-game as an outside threat, while Redd Pounded his way to a 15-points-per-game average and was one of Northeast Tennessee's top rebounders.
   Peters was a key go-to-guy on the Cyclone bench, and made the transition from Carter County junior high basketball to the Watauga Conference with relative ease.
   Cornett and Shoun averaged 15 and 13 points-per-game, respectively, for the Longhorns. Cornett was also one of the area's leading rebounders, while Shoun led the Longhorns from the point.
   Chambers and Tolley were two of the area's top Class A players. Chambers led the Carter-Johnson area in scoring at a 21 ppg. clip, with Tolley pouring in 12 per contest.
   Lambert closed out his EHS career with a 10 ppg. average, and complemented Redd and Miller well.
   Johnson poured in 12 points per game for the Landers, while Osborne was Hampton's leading scorer by averaging 10 points-per-contest. Jones was a big threat inside for Unaka, averaging 11 per-game.
   Lipford might have been the best defender around, while Whitlock played an excellent floor game for the Warriors.
   Coach Chambers wins his honor after the Lady Rangers nearly tripled their win total from a year ago.
   Hanson, who has garnered several postseason awards, averaged 15 points in leading her team to the state tournament.
   Heather Chambers performed admirably in her first year as the Lady Bulldogs' starting point guard. Chambers and the young Hampton squad improved tremendously throughout the year.
   Baughman and Smith helped lead the Lady Cyclones to the substate for the first time since 1996. Baughman averaged 15 per game, while Smith propelled the Lady Cyclones from the point.
   Ensor was also an All-Northeast Tennessee selection from the point, while fellow sophomore Dugger averaged 12 points for the Lady Warriors.
   Storie was one of the top post players around, as she averaged 12 points-per-game.
   Roberson and Taylor each averaged double figures for the Lady Rangers, while Byrd was a strong threat at the point for Happy Valley.
   Gardner averaged 12 points in Hampton's talented backcourt, while Johnson and Lane averaged around 10 a game in the Cloudland and Elizabethton frontcourts.
   The team was voted on by members of the Elizabethton STAR Sports Department.