By ALEC ETHEREDGE | Chief Editor
The 2022 Alabama Sports Writers Association all-state basketball teams were released on Sunday, March 20, and eight Shelby County players had reason to celebrate after securing a berth.
This year’s All-State teams, which honor the state’s top players from each ranking, included four boys and four girls with one first-team player, four second-team players, two third-team players and a player with honorable mention.
The eight players came from six different schools in Shelby County, including Spain Park, Pelham, Chelsea, Oak Mountain, Thompson and Coosa Valley Academy.
None, however, were more honored than Spain Park’s Colin Turner, who was the only player to make the first team in his standings.
Turner earned a spot on the All-State Class 7A First Team after a standout season for the Jaguars that saw him help lead the team back to the Final Four.
As a post player, Turner averaged 16.6 points per game, finishing sixth in scoring in County, as he led County with 8.7 rebounds per game. He has caused problems for almost every team the Jaguars have faced this season, also tallying 26 blocks and 25 interceptions defensively.
The other three male players to find a spot on this year’s roster included Oak Mountain’s Brady Dunn, Pelham’s Michael Jones and Coosa Valley’s Brayden Wilson.
On the girls’ side, Camille Chase from Spain Park, Alecia Reasor from Thompson, Laci Gogan from Pelham and Sydney Schwallie from Chelsea all secured a spot.
This gave Spain Park and Pelham two combined players in this year’s squad, while Oak Mountain, Thompson, Chelsea and Coosa Valley each had one.
Dunn was a big part of Oak Mountain’s success this season, leading the team in scoring with 14.2 points per game.
He earned a berth on the All-State Class 7A second team this year for that effort, also adding 5.2 rebounds and two assists per game with 31 blocks to help lead the Eagles to the Elite Eight for third. consecutive year.
Jones was named to this year’s Talented All-State Second Team for the 6A ranking after completing four stellar years as a starter in County.
As a senior, he led County in scoring with 23.7 points per game, while he also averaged 3.9 points and 3.8 assists per game. He has finished among the county’s top two scorers each of the past three years, leading the county in sophomore and senior.
On the AISA All-State team, Wilson of Coosa Valley earned a spot after also having an impressive and even year for the Rebels. He totaled 21.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and 4.7 assists to help his team put together a special run and earn a second-team nod as an All-State player.
Gogan earned the highest recognition for the four players on this year’s roster, with the Pelham junior named to the Class 6A All-State Second Team.
She averaged 16 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game to help the Panthers to their first-ever Final Four appearance. She also had 58 interceptions and 23 blocks as one of the county’s most active players.
Chase and Schwallie earned spots on the third team in their respective rankings, with Chase doing so in Class 7A and Schwallie in Class 6A.
Chase earned a spot as a balanced player for the Jaguars, scoring 10.8 points per game and averaging 5.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. She also finished with 46 defensive interceptions.
Schwallie was recognized as one of the county’s finest defenders and leaders, helping Chelsea reach the Elite Eight for the second consecutive year.
She finished the season averaging 8.9 points, four rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game, while also being one of the top defensemen in the state, totaling 80 steals.
As for Reasor, she finished as the county’s second-leading scorer this season, trying to lead the Warriors through a season that featured a string of injuries to teammates around her.
She finished with 14.2 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game, while adding 62 interceptions on the defensive side of the field. With that, she was named an honorable mention player on the Class 7A All-State team.