The Journal News’ Rockland all-county basketball team was released this morning. It was an excellent season in Rockland. Two Section 1 champs. One state finalist. Two players who broke their program’s scoring record (Pat Peterson and Tyler Sayre). Three joined the top 10 all-time scoring list in the county (Mike McCahey, Peterson and Sayre).
With that as the backdrop, it’s no surprise the player of the year race was close. The winner was McCahey.
The Clarkstown South senior averaged 23.4 points and 12 rebounds a game and finished his four-year career fifth all-time on the county scoring list. He also led the Vikings to their first trip to the County Center and a near-upset of eventual state champ Mount Vernon.
McCahey was joined on the first team by Peterson, Sayre, Ramapo’s David Haye and Tappan Zee’s Billy O’Shea. The second team consisted of: South’s Clayton Roker, TZ’s Joe Letizia, Albertus’ Pat McGuinness and Jack Sullivan and Pearl River’s Joe Clinton.
The coach of the year was an easy choice. Despite the successes of other teams in the county, like Albertus and South, the nod went to TZ’s George Gaine. He guided the Dutchmen to just the second sectional title in program history and the first state championship appearance. Along the way, they beat defending Section 1 champ Byram Hills and upset four-time defending state champ Jamesville-DeWitt.
For a story on McCahey, capsules on the first-teamers and a list of other honorees, check out today’s all-county package on LoHud.com.