Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Carey’s Blair Peck named “Player of the Year”

Blaine cage players make All-State teams

Carey High School senior Blair Peck, the newly named Idaho Statesman 1A Division 2 “Player of the Year,” dishes off a pass during the March 5 state championship game against Nezperce, in Nampa. Photo by David N. Seelig

Performing well on the biggest stage of Idaho high school basketball helped area players in being considered and named on The Idaho Statesman's All-Idaho High School Basketball Teams announced March 27.

Carey High School senior guard Blair Peck led the Panthers (24-2) to their first-ever State 1A Division 2 boys' basketball championship and has been named "Player of the Year" in his classification, through the Statesman's statewide coaches' poll.

Peck averaged 14.0 ppg and 3.8 rebounds, 3.4 steals and 2.4 assists in guiding the Panthers to their school-record season—and 17 straight wins to end the campaign. Carey defeated Nezperce 47-46 in the state championship game March 5.

A tireless leader on both ends of the floor, Peck scored 603 points (11.6 ppg) over the past two winters when Carey teams went 47-5 and won first-place and second-place trophies at the state basketball tourney.

Junior Baley Barg (9.5 ppg), who led the Panthers with a 14.7 ppg average in three state tournament games, made second-team All-State. And Dietrich junior forward Moriah Dill (14.2 ppg) was named girls' "Player of the Year" after sparking the Blue Devils to the 1A Division 2 state title.

Wood River junior guard Kaitana Martinez (17.0 ppg) made the State 4A first team for All-State and junior post Haylee Thompson was voted onto the All-State second team. The Wolverines finished second in the State 4A girls' tournament.

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