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Prep basketball: Apsay ends as POY

Four-year starter named top player

Posted: March 1, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: March 1, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Canyon High senior point guard Coley Apsay scored 18 points per game and led the Cowboys in assists. For his efforts, he was named the Foothill League Player of the Year.

For three years, Coley Apsay and his Canyon boys basketball teams came up short in the race for a Foothill League title.

Not this season. Not in Apsay’s last shot at winning a league crown.

Winning Foothill League Player of the Year soon followed.

Apsay was selected by the league’s coaches for the honor as the All-League teams were released this week.

“It’s the icing on the cake,” said the senior point guard. “I worked so hard the last couple years to get that (league) title, and my hard work is finally recognized for that. It’s an amazing feeling.”

Canyon went 24-4 this season, the best record in school history, and shared the Foothill League title with West Ranch, although the Cowboys swept the Wildcats. They earned the No. 2 seed in the CIF-Southern Section Division IIAA playoff field.

The do-it-all Apsay averaged 18 points and finished with a team-high 84 assists, and he shot 43 percent from beyond the 3-point line. He also rebounded well for his position.

He said he’s in talks with Cal State Northridge, Cal State Monterey Bay, Utah Valley University and the University of Texas, Pan American about continuing his career.

Apsay’s teammate, senior forward Clay Kasdorf, also made the first team. Arguably the Foothill League’s best offensive player, Kasdorf scored a team-high 21.2 points per game and shot 47 percent from the field.

League co-champion West Ranch landed a pair of first-teamers in Ako Kaluna and Kevin Harris.

Kaluna, a 6-foot-7-inch junior forward, was the league’s most dominant post player and averaged 17 points and 11.2 rebounds per game.

The sharpshooting junior guard Harris, meanwhile, led the team in scoring at 17.5 points per game.

The rest of the first team included Valencia senior guard Troy Hammel, Saugus senior guard Jeremy Gatewood and Hart sophomore guard Lewis Stallworth.

Hammel led the league in scoring at 21.9 points per game, and he also added 3.2 assists and almost two steals per game.
Gatewood led Saugus with 15.3 points and 4.2 assists per game while shooting 51 percent from inside the arc.

Stallworth averaged 16.6 points and 4.4 rebounds while shooting 51 percent from the floor.

The breadth of talent in the league is not lost on Apsay.

“It motivates me incredibly,” he said. “I know how hard these guys play and how well they know the game. You just want to make sure you keep improving.”

Hart, which finished third in the Foothill League, had two second-team selections in senior guard Austin Maly and freshman point guard Myles Franklin. Fourth-place Saugus also had two second-teamers in senior forward Matt Coleman and junior guard Chris Lockwood.

Valencia senior forward Zach Davis and Canyon sophomore forward Dean Hendrix-Davis also made the second team.

The honorable mentions went to Canyon senior Alek Golden, Golden Valley senior Wade Rodriguez, Hart junior Nico Cruz, Saugus senior Colby Wilson, Valencia senior Parker Tredick and West Ranch senior Bo Vaughn.


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