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Examiner
  • Six local players selected to all-state basketball teams

  • When Grain Valley boys basketball coach Andy Herbert announced that Derreon Parker was the first all-state player to come out of the Eagles program since 2002, the senior guard didn’t believe him.

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  • When Grain Valley boys basketball coach Andy Herbert announced that Derreon Parker was the first all-state player to come out of the Eagles program since 2002, the senior guard didn’t believe him.
    “I thought he was kidding,” said Parker, who made the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Class 4 all-state team. “I thought you had to go to state to be all-state, so I was surprised and shocked.
    “To have Coach Herbert announce that I was all state in front of my teammates and family at our banquet was a very big deal to me. After the season ends, you can start thinking about the individual honors, but I never even thought about being all-state. It still just amazes me to think about it.”
    Herbert said that Parker is the first all-state Eagle since Bobby Barrow was honored in 2002.
    “The nice thing is that right next to the player’s name is the school and coach’s name. So it makes me feel good, too,” Herbert said. “Derreon is so deserving of the award.
    “He works so hard, and he works hard to make everyone else out on the court a better player. All he ever thought about was the team, and that’s what made him such a special player.”
    Joining Parker as a boys all-state player is Lee’s Summit North center David Kravish, who led the Broncos to the Class 5 final four, where his team placed third.
    “Now that the season is over, it’s nice to be named to the all-state team,” said Kravish, a 6-foot-10 center who was named to the Missouri Sports Writers and Broadcasters Association and MBCA teams.
    “I couldn’t have done it without great teammates. It’s a nice way to end a very special season.”
    On the girls’ side, Blue Springs senior forward Cee Cee Burris, junior guard Tyonna Snow and senior guard Jamesia Price were honored along with Truman’s Becca Strobbe. Burris, Snow and Strobbe made the MSWBA team and Price and Burris were named to the MBCA team.
    “I made all state? Really?” Strobbe asked. “I never imagined it. I mean, we didn’t get to state so I didn’t think I had much of a chance. It’s great that the writers looked at your stats and what you meant to your team during the regular season. This is really a great honor.”
    The award caps a brilliant three-year run for Burris and Price, who were part of three consecutive final four teams at Blue Springs.
    “I’d trade it for a state championship,” Burris said. “It’s a great honor and I’m very happy, but it still bothers me that we went to state three times and finished second three times.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Price agreed.
    “You want a state championship more than anything, but it feels good to be named all-state. It’s like the icing on the cake.”
    Snow was not available for comment, but her teammates said the junior is deserving of the award.
    “Tyonna is a one-in-a-million player,” Price said. “We don’t get to state without Tyonna.”
    Added Burris: “Tyonna meant a lot to the team. She did all the dirty work and got a lot of rebounds and things like that.”
     
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