Four county basketball players tabbed with All-State honors

Published 1:00 pm Wednesday, March 29, 2023

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The Alabama Sports Writers Association announced its 2022-2023 All-State Boys and Girls Basketball Teams on Sunday, March 19, with four players from Covington County representing their respective schools.

Florala High School sophomore point guard Rayshon Coleman was named to the Class 1A Boys First Team. He played in 31 games for the Wildcats this season and averaged 19.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 2.3 steals per game.

“It was a blessing last year as a freshman to get third-team All-State and now as a sophomore getting first-team All-State. Losing Mr. Whittaker was a huge blow to our school, so the timing of this honor was not only special to me but to my entire school. I want to thank my coaches for pushing me to be the best I can be and not settle. I would also like to thank my teammates for making it so much easier for me to make plays on the court. This accolade is very important to me. I would like to thank everyone who was a part of it and all the support, especially from our Florala community. I’m looking forward to next season,” Coleman said.

Red Level School was represented by junior guard Javen Poindexter on the Class 1A Boys Second Team and senior guard Elizabeth Cross on the Class 1A Girls Third Team.

Poindexter played in 23 games for the Tigers this season and averaged 31.3 points, 8.1 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 2.3 steals per game.

“I set my goals before the season, and one of them was being on the All-State Team. I achieved many of my goals this season and even exceeded some. This year was an incredible year, and none of it could have been possible without all of my teammates and coaches. I’m looking forward to my senior year and setting my goals higher. Thanks to all of my teammates, coaches, RLS fans and community, and my family for the support,” Poindexter said.

Cross played in 22 games for the Lady Tigers and averaged 18.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.4 steals, and 4.1 steals per game.

“It is an honor to be selected by the ASWA to represent Red Level School on the All-State Basketball team. I know this would not have been possible without God, and I cannot thank Him enough for giving me the opportunity to play basketball. I would like to thank Red Level School, my coaches through the years, my teammates, the fans, my friends, and especially my family for supporting me throughout my playing career. I could not have accomplished this without their support,” Cross said.

Opp senior guard Vanessa Stoudemire was listed on the Class 3A Girls Third Team. She played in 20 games for the Lady Bobcats this season and averaged 17.7 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.1 assists, and 2.2 steals per game.