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Pack claims basketball COY, POY – Washington Daily News

Pack claims basketball COY, POY – Washington Daily News

Pack claims basketball COY, POY

Published on Wednesday, May 8, 2024 at 11:09 am

Washington High School won the Eastern Plains Conference’s two major basketball awards as sophomore Chaise Smith was named Player of the Year and David Allewalt was named Coach of the Year.

The Pam Pack finished second in the EPC with an 11-3 record with all three losses coming against East champion Farmville Central. Their 20-9 overall record, the best in more than two decades, earned Allewalt his second coach of the year award in the five seasons he led the Pack.

“It’s truly a staff and program award because I couldn’t have any success without my outstanding assistant coaches and players who believed in what we’re trying to teach,” Allewalt said. “It’s always a great honor when your colleagues recognize your work and it’s a reflection of how hard my assistants have worked and what our guys have accomplished on the floor this season.”

Smith led the EPC in scoring with 19.5 points per game, assists (6.4) and steals (3.2). The 6’2 point guard also grabbed five rebounds per game.

“I am grateful to my teammates and coaches for putting me in the right place to win this award,” Smith said. “It makes me want to work harder to get another one.”

Starting from the first game of his freshman season, Smith has steadily improved his ball-handling and defense while maintaining his perimeter scoring and ability to drive to the rim. He said he started to relax halfway through his freshman season after a game at Farmville Central.

“They are a legendary program and I scored about a 26 in their gym,” Smith said. “That really helped my confidence because I knew I could do that against a great team. I’ve been working hard to improve my defense and my vision on the field is better after watching a lot of film. I saw that I was missing guys that were open, so the movie told me where they would be. I like to pass as much as I like to score, so it has helped our team improve. Everyone is happy when we win and it is much more fun than losing.”

Smith now has three offers from Division I high schools and Allewalt thinks winning Player of the Year will help other schools take a look.

“We’ve changed conferences since I came here five years ago, but think about the guys who won Player of the Year,” Allewalt said. “Dontrez Styles won it with Kinston and played at UNC, Terquavion Smith won it at Farmville, played at NC St. and played in the NBA, and Ja Short (Farmville) is at the University of New Orleans. That’s a great company to be in and winning it as a sophomore shows that Chaise’s future is extremely bright.”