Ja'Quan Newton and Alex Louin took home honors as the area's top boys' and girls' basketball players Wednesday night at the Markward Awards dinner at Canstatter's in Northeast Philadelphia.
Newton, a Neumann-Goretti guard and Miami signee, also was named Catholic League boys' player of the year. Newton averaged 21.6 points en route to winning his third state championship in Class AAA. He also broke Jeff Jones' Catholic League scoring record and finished his career with 1,972 points.
"This is just a great opportunity just to be here and get this award," Newton said. "Basketball-wise, this was the best season for me. . . . I had a great season."