Chester ended up ranked No. 4 in the nation by USA Today, behind No. 3 St. Anthony, No. 2 Findlay College Prep (Nev.), and Oak Hill Academy (Va.).
Here are some other season-ending awards.
Coach of the year. For not allowing a single slipup, Yarbray gets the nod. In four seasons at the helm, the former Clippers assistant is 103-17 (.858 winning percentage).
In nonleague action, Yarbray guided the team to wins against state champs Constitution (Class A) and Imhotep Charter (AA), Hodgson Vo-Tech (Del.), Christ the King (N.Y.), Aquinas Institute (N.Y.), and Landstown (Va.).
Rookie of the year. Derrick Jones, a 6-foot-5 freshman forward, played a key role in Archbishop Carroll's drive to the Class AAA quarterfinals. In a second-round state triumph over Octorara, Jones (7.1 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.1 apg) delivered 15 points, 14 rebounds (5 on offense), and 4 blocks.
Sixth man of the year. La'Quan Coaxum, a 6-2 senior guard, consistently gave Class AAA champ Neumann-Goretti a boost on both ends of the floor. On Jan. 18, in a taut win at Father Judge, Coaxum scored 10 of his 12 points in the second half, and dished two assists.
Most missed. Because of a back injury, Neshaminy's Ryan Arcidiacono, a Villanova recruit, missed his entire senior season. Had he played and stayed on his junior-year pace, the 6-4 sharpshooter might have eclipsed the 2,000-point career mark.
His three-season numbers: 1,498 points, 449 boards, 378 assists, 178 steals, and 160 three-pointers.
Best long-range sniper. Upper Dublin's John Decamara, a senior guard, drilled 81 three-pointers in 23 appearances. He hit 132 treys over the last two seasons.
Best free-throw shooter. St. Joseph's Prep junior guard Steve Vasturia went 128 for 140 (91.4 percent) from the line. He was 84 for 92 (91.3) as a sophomore.
Best individual performance. On Jan. 1, Constitution's Savon Goodman ignited an 80-72 triumph over Cardozo (N.Y.) with a school-record 46 points and 18 rebounds. He shot 18 for 22 from the floor, including nine dunks.
Best game I. Neumann-Goretti needed overtime to turn back St. Joe's Prep, 59-57, at the Palestra and capture its fourth straight Catholic League crown.
Best game II. In a District 1 Class AAAA quarterfinal, Wissahickon handled Central Bucks West - in sauna-like conditions - in double overtime, 60-56.
Best slam. In the third quarter of a PIAA Class A semifinal win against Math, Civics, and Sciences, Goodman threw down a posterizing dunk over a helpless defender.
Best turnaround. After a 9-13 season, Abington, spurred by junior guard Anthony Durham, went 20-8 and advanced to the District 1 Class AAAA semifinals.
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