Local boys basketball players fared well recently when the Florida Athletic Coaches Association announced its postseason awards for District 8.
Mount Dora Bible’s Zac Ward and Eustis’ Kiron Williams earned three honors apiece among players, Mount Dora Bible coach Steven Hayes and Eustis’ Mike Bowe earned Coach of the Year accolades.
Ward was named the Distri ct’s Class 3A Player of the Year. The senior averaged 23.5 points per game for the Bulldogs.
Williams, one of four seniors in the Panthers’ starting lineup, averaged 16.4 points per game en route to being named the Class 5A Player of the Year. He also grabbed 3.2 rebounds and led Eustis with 3.8 steals per game.
In addition, Ward was the district’s Most Valuable Player and Williams was the runner-up. Ward and Williams also earned district nominations for All State.
Hayes was the Class 3A coach of the Year. He paced Mount Dora Bible to a 21-7 record and won the Class 3A-District 5 championship.
The Bulldogs reached the regional quarterfinals.
Bowe, whose daughter Brittany represented Team USA in speedskating at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, led Eustis to a 22-8 record. He had in the Class 5A Elite Eigh t for the second straight year.
In addition to the Class 5A award, Bowe was named the District’s All Classification Coach of the Year and was nominated to coach in the District All-Star Game.
Other awards handed out included East Ridge’s Isaiah Matthews earning Class 7A Player of the Year. Three local players also earned Academic All-State nominations — Mount Dora Bible’s Daniel Johnson in Class 3A, Eustis’ Coy Patterson in Class 5A and East Ridge’s Josh Click in Class 7A.