All-County Boys Basketball 2011: Christy puts team before self

March 26, 2011|By TIM KOELBLE |
  • Williamsport's Stephen Christy is the Herald-Mail's Washington County Boys Basketball Player of the Year.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

Stephen Christy showed flashes of brilliance on an individual basis during the 2010-11 boys basketball season.

However, Christy didn’t believe in spelling “team” with an “i” and put his capabilities toward being an important cog in the Williamsport venture to the state tournament.

The 6-foot-4 senior guard/forward averaged 15.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game this season as the Wildcats went 23-4 and finished as Maryland Class 1A state runners-up.

Christy is The Herald-Mail’s Washington County Boys Basketball Player of the Year.

Williamsport coach Scott Mowbray has, and always will, stress team play. However, there were moments during the season when Tyler Wise and Brandon McCauley were injured when Christy became “the man.”

A five-game stretch in which Christy averaged 26 points included a 40-point effort against Middletown on Feb. 7 — the leading Tri-State performance of the year.

“When you aren’t deep and you lose two starters at a time of year when you want to be coming together, Stephen stepped up to what we knew he could do,” said Mowbray. “His numbers speak for what he believed. When we were banged up, he stepped up.”

Christy could slam dunk with the best, drive the baseline, knock down a mid-range jumper or go beyond the arc for a 3-pointer. He just didn’t need to do it all alone.

“Everything was not always on my shoulder,” said Christy. “I tried to answer by leadership. I was never worried about how many points I would score ... only how far we could get as a team.”

He scored 420 points this year, but wasn’t anywhere near to becoming a 1,000-point scorer at Williamsport.

Christy remains thankful that he even is able to put on a uniform and compete, for he still remembers the early December night in the 2009-10 season when he was severely injured in a game at Frederick.

He suffered fractures of the lumbar spinal column and a bruised lung before working his way back into uniform late in the season.

“The injury was scary,” said Christy. “I didn’t know what to expect. It was tough thinking about being able to breathe and stay alive.”

Christy perservered and returned at full strength to begin the 2010-11 season, at least physically.

“From the first time I came back, I’d think about it,” said Christy. “You’d think about it during warmups. You almost held back with a steal on a break so you didn’t get hit or cut down.”

“This was a serious injury,” said Mowbray. “It was great for him to come back physically and emotionally. There were no questions he played at times with the injury in mind. He took some falls this year. I can understand.”

Christy is undecided on his college choice.

Joining Christy on the All-County first team are:

Connor Arnone, Williamsport
The 5-10 senior guard gets his second All-County first-team honor. He averaged 10.1 points, 3.8 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.7 steals for the Wildcats.

D.D. Dickson, North Hagerstown
The 5-9 senior guard gets his second All-County first-team honor. He averaged 15.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.0 steals for the Hubs.

Aaron Dinterman, Smithsburg
The 6-3 senior forward averaged 15.6 points and 6.3 rebounds per game for the Leopards. He shot 50 percent from the floor and 74 percent at the line.

Devon King, South Hagerstown
The 6-5 sophomore forward averaged 12.0 points and 8.3 rebounds per game for the Rebels. He shot 62 percent from the floor.

Brandon McCauley, Williamsport
The 6-1 senior guard averaged 11.7 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals per game for the Wildcats.

Andre Pierre, South Hagerstown
The 6-foot senior forward gets his second All-County first-team honor. He averaged 15.4 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game for the Rebels.

Avery Wilmore, Saint James
The 6-2 senior guard gets his second All-County first-team honor. He averaged 15.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game for the Saints.

Ryan Aaron    Junior    Forward    Clear Spring
Jake Bachtell    Senior    Forward    North Hagerstown
Aaron Clark    Senior    Guard    Heritage Academy
Pete Cradduck    Senior    Forward    Broadfording
Xavier Green    Senior    Guard    Williamsport
Spencer Heller    Senior    Forward    Hancock
Dylan Ianaro    Senior    Forward    Smithsburg
Rico Provitt    Senior    Forward    South Hagerstown
Jawuan Wilson    Junior     Forward    St. Maria Goretti
Tyler Wise            Junior    Forward    Williamsport

Boonsboro — Justin Lewis; Broadfording — D. J. Blanks, Andrew Wyand; Clear Spring — Donald Schilling, Nick Hill; Grace Academy — E.J. Boutilier; Hancock — Jarrod McCoy; Heritage Academy —Troy Cosner, Kyle Smith; Highland View Academy — Paris Ritter; North Hagerstown — Nick Colvin, Max Psillas; Saint James — Leonard Livingston; Smithsburg — Jordan Forston; South Hagerstown — Carlton Davis, Xavier Freeman; St. Maria Goretti — Dylan Leazier, Yannick Zanfack.

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