Blum led the Mohawks in scoring, assists and steals. Blum scored just under 14 points a game for the Mohawks, had 48 assists and 53 steals.
“She had a pretty good season, and I think she definitely deserved the honor,” said Mohawks coach Jim Kettmann during a telephone interview. “She really likes the game, she wants to get better; she shoots outside all the time when she gets the chance in the summer.
“I’m looking for big things out of her next year,” Kettmann said.
Kettmann gave Banowetz high praise, but says there’s one thing about her he’d like to see this summer into the fall.
“She had a pretty good year, but she doesn’t know how good she can be,” Kettmann said. “She sometimes is too unselfish; she was more willing to give it up and shoot it.
“She’s come a long way, and someone was going to have to step up after our seniors left last year, and Blake did just that,” Kettman said. “The thing is, Blake and Nicole have a lot of room to grow yet this summer, and I’m excited to see how much progress they make.”
Banowetz averaged nine points a game for the Mohawks and was second in rebounding with 137 rebounds behind second-team honoree Grace Sieverding.
Kettmann was also named one of the two coaches of the year in the East division as well.
“I think what happened was that (the committee) looked at our record, and we did have a pretty good season, but I was surprised,” Kettmann said.
Meier was the lone River Hawk to find herself on the first-team while Gabby Vasconcelos was named to the East second-team. Brooke Smithson is placed in the honorable mention category to round out the Easton Valley honorees.