PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Travis Souza, Sr., Turlock*
COACH OF THE YEAR
Gary Porter, Modesto Christian: The football team's run to a state bowl title meant the Crusaders were not able to practice with a full team until mid-December, and for the first time in 13 years MC did not have a Division 1 basketball prospect among its upperclassmen. A 5-8 start that included four losses in the MC holiday tournament could have crushed this team. Instead, Porter not only brought this team together, but instituted a platoon system that allowed the freshmen, sophomores and juniors on the team to be playoff-ready when the regular-season ended. A 19-game win streak that included a victory at Division 3 power Sacramento High followed, and MC made it all the way to the NorCal semifinals before falling against Salesian.
FIRST TEAM ALL-DISTRICT
Isaiah Burse, Modesto Christian*: When the playoffs arrived, the 6-foot senior guard took control of the Crusaders and led them to the NorCal semifinals. His 3-pointer at the overtime buzzer to beat Arcata will go down as the shining moment of the 2009-10 Crusaders' season.
Kent Foster, Patterson: With a very limited supporting cast, opposing teams needed only to concentrate on stopping the 6-1 senior guard to beat the Tigers, but Foster still responded with 22.6 points and a team-best 7.8 rebounds per game.
Kiwi Gardner, Manteca*: Without question the most talented player in the district, the 5-9 junior guard averaged 24 points, 3.8 assists and 3.4 steals. He's at his best when he concentrates on getting his teammates involved while not worrying about the officials.
Kory Johnson, Davis: The biggest little post player in the Modesto Metro Conference, the 6-1 senior power forward averaged 17.8 points per game as Spartans became the first team to go undefeated in MMC.
Reggie Nelson, Merced: On a team that thrived on unselfishness, the 6-1 senior guard still shone through as a constant steadying force. He averaged 15.5 points a game while directing the Bears to their fourth straight Central California Conference title.
SECOND TEAM: LARGE SCHOOLS
Brian Cooksey, Merced: 6-4 senior, 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds.
Alex Kiriluk, Sonora: 6-4 junior, 15.9 points.
Ernie Pimentel, Manteca: 5-10 senior, 15.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.5 assists.
Dominic Romeo, Pitman: 6-6 senior, 21.4 points, 11.1 rebounds.
Eric Wetzel, Turlock: 6-4 senior, 14.5 points, 8.8 rebounds.
SECOND TEAM: SMALL SCHOOLS
Tyler Goslinga, Ripon Christian: 6-8 senior, 20.4 points, 11 rebounds.
Dusty Killian, Central Catholic: 6-5 senior, 13.2 points, 10.8 rebounds.
Quinton McCown, Hilmar: 6-4 senior, 14.4 points, 13 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 3.3 steals.
Devin White, Calaveras: 6-0 senior, 15.8 points.
Cody Wichmann, Mariposa: 6-6 senior, 19.3 points, 12.2 rebounds.
* — repeat all-district selection