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Camp Verde boys basketball stockpile Central Region honors

Jason Collier (20) was Central Region player of the year, Jose Salas-Zorrilla (31) was second team all-region, Abelardo Gonzalez (25) was region defensive player of the year, C.J. Bast (10) was honorable mention and Daniel Wall was region coach of the year. Photos VVN/James Kelley

Jason Collier (20) was Central Region player of the year, Jose Salas-Zorrilla (31) was second team all-region, Abelardo Gonzalez (25) was region defensive player of the year, C.J. Bast (10) was honorable mention and Daniel Wall was region coach of the year. Photos VVN/James Kelley

Five members of the Camp Verde High boys basketball program were recognized by the Central Region and they almost swept the region’s awards.

Junior Jason Collier and junior Abelardo Gonzalez were first team all-region, freshman Jose Salas-Zorrilla was second team and junior C.J. Bast was honorable mention.

“Pretty neat accomplishment obviously for our kids to get recognized the way they did and it definitely speaks to their effort and how hard they played this year and the effort that they put into it,” CV head coach Daniel Wall said.

Gonzalez won region defensive player of the year and Collier region player of the year.

“I thought they both had really terrific years and definitely improved a lot from the previous year and again a lot of that speaks to just their effort and also the other guys around them,” Wall said. “You don’t get to that spot with out a lot of help from people around you and so to able to play with the group of guys that they were able to play with was very helpful too.”

The Cowboys won three of the four region awards.

“(Laughs) I was pretty surprised, I’m not gonna lie, I mean I think both kids definitely deserved it, what they got, but you never know how the voting’s gonna go and it was pretty neat for not just we to see what they did but the coaches from each of these other teams definitely saw it as well,” Wall said when asked about winning three of the four awards.

Wall was named Central coach of the year as well.

“That was neat, but I always say ‘it’s about the kids,’ you know?” Wall said. “I mean nobody goes out and wins any awards if the kids don’t and do what we work on. They just played their tails off this year and really had a great season, so I was really proud of those guys.”

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