JEFFERSON CITY -- The Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association released the All-State basketball teams for Classes 1-3 today.
In all, a total of 13 area players and one coach were selected. All-state teams for Classes 4 and 5 will be released on Thursday.
In Class 3, Charleston center Kewain Gant was placed on the first team. Gant averaged 15 points, 10 rebounds and 7 blocks for the Bluejays this season.
"Gant is such a good kid, you can't help but be thrilled for him," said Charleston coach Danny Farmer. "He works extremely hard."
Sophomore forward Ashton Farmer was put on the second team. Farmer averaged 15 points, 8 rebounds, 4 steals and 4 assists per game for the Bluejays this year. Last year Farmer was honorable mention all-conference. The leap to second team all-state this year pleased his father and coach.
"That's one hell of a jump," said Farmer. "I'm really excited about it, and I think he deserves it. He had a tremendous year."
As a team, Charleston finished ranked No. 3 in the state with a record of 28-4.
"Our goal was to win it all, but I was pleased with the season," said Farmer. "We achieved a whole lot."
On the girls all-state team in Class 3, Kelly's Dana Essner was placed on the first team. She averaged 12 points, 5.5 assists and 4.5 steals per game this year.
"We are all very proud of Dana Essner," said Kelly head coach Rod McQuerter. "She worked very hard the past four years and was a team player in every game."
As a team, Kelly finished ranked No. 8 in the state with a record of 23-6.
"It all goes back to our six seniors," said McQuerter. "They set the foundation for us this year and were great role models for our younger girls. We're going to miss all six of them."
Also in Class 3, Twin Rivers' Amanda Lance was placed on the first team. She put up 28 points, 3.7 assists and 6.6 rebounds a night for the Lady Royals.
Charleston center Missy Whitney made second team all-state in Class 3.
Whitney averaged 24 points and 12 rebounds for the Lady 'Jays this season.
In Class 2, East Carter County's David Reynolds was put on the first team. He averaged 17.5 points and 5.6 rebounds for the Redbirds this year.
Teammate Trevor Douglas was placed on the second team, and head coach Larry Morgan was named Coach of the Year for Class 2.
As a team, the Redbirds finished ranked No. 1 in the state with a record of 23-7.
Also in Class 2, Meadow Heights' Joey Bell was named second team all-state. He averaged 27 points per game for the Panthers this season.
In Class 1, Oran's Nathan Seyer was put on the first team. The 6-foot-2 senior averaged 18 points per game for the Eagles this year.
"He was our best player all year long and led us the last two years," said Oran coach Mitch Wood. "We were tickled to death to have him."
As a team, Oran finished ranked No. 10 in the state with a record of 22-7. The Eagles are one of few non-playoff teams to finish ranked in the final state poll. Oran lost to Bell City in the district championship this year.
Bell City's Eric Henry also made the first team in Class 1. He averaged 25 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds for the Cubs this season. Teammate Dominitrix Johnson was placed on the second team after averaging 23 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds a game for Bell City.
As a team, the Cubs finished ranked No. 6 in the state poll with a record of 24-6. Clarkton finished ranked No. 5 with a record of 27-2, and David Mathis was selected first team all-state.
This year he averaged 20.6 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4 assists for the Reindeer.
On the girls side in Class 1, Delta's Rebecca Below was named first team all-state. The 6-foot senior averaged 24 points and 12 rebounds for the Lady Bobcats this season.
As a team, Delta finished ranked No. 3 with a record of 27-3.