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Friday, Dec. 19, 2014

Southeast Missouri's New Year Awards

Monday, December 31, 2001

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,

And never brought to min'?

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,

And days o' lang syne?

Break out the party favors and prepare to kiss 2001 goodbye. It's time to hand out Southeast Missouri's annual New Year Awards.

NMCC Eagles

* The back-to-back defending 3A state champs are on a different level already, and they're only going to get better as the season progresses. A 3-peat is looking better with each game.

Dexter Bearcats

* Dexter lost its top scorers from last season, but they can still fill it up. As of Friday night, the Bearcats were averaging 75 points per game.

NMCC Eagles

* The Eagles have slipped a little on the defensive end, but they're still the area's best. Against seven solid opponents, they've allowed an average of 50 points per game.

East Carter Redbirds

* On the heels of a very average season, East Carter has been a pleasant surprise, beating the likes of Doniphan and Kennett. With several talented sophomores, the Redbirds could be a force in the coming years.

Kelly Hawks

* It was supposed to be a turnaround year for the Hawks, but things appear to be heading in the wrong direction at this point. Non-basketball related issues continue to hold the program back.

Dereke Tipler, NMCC

* You won't find a better offensive player than Tipler. He doesn't have much of an outside shot, but he's dominant in every other aspect of the game.

Tori Rose, Sikeston

* The area isn't loaded with great defenders this year, but Sikeston's Tori Rose is solid. The 6-foot-1 junior is a quick and he guards the ball as well as anyone.

Jordy Mixon, Charleston

* Mixon stands just 5-foot-11, but uses his strength and athleticism to bully opponents in the paint and grab every rebound in sight.

Travis Siebert, Notre Dame

* When he's open, Notre Dame's Travis Siebert is lights out from behind the 3-point arch. The 6-foot-1 junior's outside shot has been killing teams in the early season.

Nathan Seyer, Oran

* Ryne Wood is the most highly-touted Oran player, but Seyer is just as good, if not better. His blue-collar play may lead the Eagles to the 1A District 2 title this year.

Steve Deken, Twin Rivers

* Deken struggles a bit offensively at times, but he's a shot-blocking machine. The 6-foot-8 center's presence in the middle forces many teams to adjust how they play.

Dereke Tipler, NMCC

* Anthony Beane, Jeramy Biles, Antonio Sykes, Carlos McCauley...add Tipler to the list of Southeast Missouri's all-time great point guards.

Tony Webb, Poplar Bluff n Webb has established himself as Poplar Bluff's go-to player and the top junior in the area. He can shoot, penetrate and defend with the best of them.

Ryan Delph, Cape Central

* Delph will eventually bring Cape Central back to the top level of local basketball. The 5-foot-11 sophomore is quick, athletic, he can shoot and he can handle the ball.

Ashton Farmer, Charleston

* In an extremely close call, I chose Farmer over Poplar Bluff stud-to-be Tyler Hansbrough. Both can carry their respective teams at times. Farmer and Hansbrough are two of the top big men in the area, regardless of age.

C.A. Counts, East Carter

* So far Counts has done the most with the least. The Redbirds don't have a star player, or a player over 6-foot for that matter, but they're finding ways to win as a team.

Looking for results for all the Christmas tournament championship games? With our deadline, we were unable to get Saturday night's results in. Look for all the scores and highlights in Monday's paper.