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Boys all-Northern Section basketball team announced, Foothill’s Palumbo named MVP

Foothill High's Josiah Palumbo is named the Northern Section boys basketball MVP for the 2019-20 season. (Mike Daly/Shasta County Sports)

Eight Shasta County boys basketball players were named to the All-Northern Section basketball team, including Most Valuable Player Josiah Palumbo of the Foothill Cougars.

Palumbo was chosen for the honor after averaging 12.8 points per night for Bill Elliott’s team, which made a third straight deep run in the Northern California playoffs. The Cougars finished as Northern Section Division III runner-up to section winner Pleasant Valley before winning two state playoff games to reach the NorCal Regional semis — the state’s Elite Eight.

The All-Northern Section team is selected by a consensus of media members from Shasta County Sports, MaxPreps and newspapers Chico Enterprise-Record, Marysville Appeal-Democrat and the Redding Record Searchlight.

On the first team with Palumbo were Enterprise sophomore guard Demarreya Lewis-Cooper and U-Prep junior forward Tanner Stephens, the Northern Athletic League Most Valuable Player. Lewis-Cooper led the Hornets on a nightly basis with 14.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.7 steals and 2.4 steals per game. Stephens helped U-Prep to back-to-back Northern Section D-IV championships with 13.7 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.

Gridley forward Grant Tull (25 ppg, 7.7 rpg) and PV’s Jake Kremer (13.5 ppg, 5.4 rpg) filled out the first team.

The second team saw four Shasta County players honored as Anderson senior Christian Teague, Enterprise senior Jermaine Mondaine, Foothill senior Luke Lindsey and Redding Christian junior center Drew Nelson-Crowell were selected. Teague’s 18 points per game average was second-best in Shasta County and he paired it with 9.4 rebounds, 2.6 steals and 2.1 assists per game. Mondaine put up 14 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per night while Lindsey averaged 12.2 points and 3.8 rebounds per game while being a key piece to Foothill’s reign as the top team in the section for most of the season. Nelson-Crowell, the Five-Star League MVP, averaged a double-double on a nightly basis with 16.4 points and 13.9 rebounds with 23 double-doubles in 27 games.

Weed senior Grant Lane (14.3 ppg, 7.1 rpg) was the only second-team pick not from Shasta County.

The lone Shasta County player on the third team was Fall River senior Timmy Westlund, the Shasta Cascade League MVP. Westlund helped the Bulldogs to the Northern Section D-VI title game and averaged 11 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.4 steals and 2.9 assists per game.

The rest of the third team included Chico junior guard Quentin Thomas (10.2 ppg, 4.3 apg), Pierce junior forward Justin Matthews (15 ppg, 6.2 rpg), East Nicolaus senior forward David Earhart (22.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg) — the Mid-Valley League MVP — and PV senior forward Aaron Gomez (11.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg).

Along with the 15 honorees, Robert West of Weed was selected at Coach of the Year after taking the Cougars to their first Northern Section title since 1989. West’s squad lost in the NorCal Division VI finals.

2019-2020 All Northern Section Boys Basketball Team
MVP – Josiah Palumbo, Foothill, Sr.
Coach – Robert West, Weed

First team
G – Josiah Palumbo, Foothill, Sr.
G – Demarreya Lewis-Cooper, Enterprise, So.
G – Jake Kremer, Pleasant Valley, Sr.
F – Grant Tull, Gridley, Jr.
F – Tanner Stephens, U-Prep, Jr.

Second Team
G – Christian Teague, Anderson, Sr.
G – Jermaine Mondaine, Enterprise, Sr.
F – Luke Lindsey, Foothill, Sr.
F – Grant Lane, Weed, Sr.
C – Drew Nelson-Crowell, Redding Christian, Jr.

Third Teams
G – Quentin Thomas, Chico, Jr.
G – Timmy Westlund, Fall River, Sr.
F – Justin Matthews, Pierce, Jr.
F – David Earhart, East Nicolaus, Sr.
F – Aaron Gomez, Pleasant Valley, Sr.

Staff Reports is content produced by the Shasta County Sports team.

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