(March 20, 2020) Several Worcester Prep basketball players received Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference honors for their performance during the winter season.
Junior Mason Brown and senior captain Ryan Cronin were presented All-Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference awards.
Brown led the team this season with 181 points. Coach Keith Geiger presented Brown with the team MVP Award.
“When I took over I made Mason the primary ball handler, and he handled the change well,” Geiger said. “Some games he scored a bunch and some games he was more of a distributor. He played well all around in every situation.”
Cronin finished the season third in scoring, with 144 points. Cronin earned the team’s Coaches Award.
“He was a good leader this year. He may not have scored the most points all the time, but he came up in clutch situations sometimes,” Geiger said.
Sophomore Brice Richins was presented conference honorable mention accolades. He was second in scoring this year with 162 points.
“He’s a great athlete, he’s fast, he can jump and he was a good finisher around the rim,” Geiger said. “He was good on defense because of his length and his speed. He’s only a sophomore, so I think he will be good the next couple of years for us.”
Sophomore Michael Wehberg took home the Most Improved Award.
Worcester finished the season with a 10-10 record.
“I think we won all the games we should have won,” Geiger said, adding that it was a fun season. “I hadn’t coached any of these guys before … It was a whole new group of kids that I got to know. The best part for me is getting to know the kids, seeing what they’re like, talking to them and the relationships, I think that’s my favorite part of it.”
Geiger stepped in to take over as head coach of the team in mid-December. The Mallards were 1-4 at that time.
He previously led the team for six seasons, retiring as head coach at the end of the 2017-18 season. Last year and at the start of this season he was helping out with the middle school basketball program.
On the girls’ side, senior captain Carly Hoffman, junior CC Lizas and sophomore Lily Baeurle received All-Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference honors.
Hoffman was third on the team in scoring this season, with 132 points. She led the team in steals (58).
“She’s an amazing young woman and extremely talented in basketball,” Coach Brian McDermott said. “She was a great leader for us.”
McDermott also wished Hoffman luck as she has commitment to play Division I lacrosse for Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
Baeurle led the team in points (298) and assists (38). Lizas was second with 230 points. She led the team in rebounds (82).
With three players/starters graduating, McDermott said those two will be ready to fill in the leadership roles.
“CC, it was really a pleasure coaching her. I’m looking forward to a great senior year,” McDermott said. “Lily had a tremendous sophomore year. I can’t wait to see what the next two years bring.”
Senior captain Emily Copeland earned honorable mention accolades.
“She’s a fantastic young woman. She’s really an old soul,” McDermott said. She’s so mature. I was really impressed with her.”
McDermott, in his first season coaching at Worcester, was named Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.
“I’m grateful to get it. The award means so much coming from my peers,” he said. “It’s such a big honor.”
McDermott presented the team MVP Award to Hoffman. He gave the Coaches Award to senior captain Maddy Shanahan. The Most Improved Award went to sophomore Sumira Sehgal.
Worcester finished the season with a 16-5 record.
Despite not accomplishing their goal of winning a championship, McDermott said, “I know we reached our maximum potential this season.”
“I think the girls really enjoyed the season,” McDermott said. “I asked them to do their best every day and that’s what I got out of them.”