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April 13, 2014

All-Area boys basketball team

Wildkats' Persons is MVP of 51st annual honor squad

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Walton shot a solid 55 percent from the field.

“It has been a pleasure to coach K.J. for the past four years. It has been a greater joy to watch him grow from an eighth grader to the man he is today,” Mac coach Andy Steele said. “He did a lot for the basketball team this season. He did a great job of guarding our opponent’s best player most of the time, as well as averaging 11.5 points and 9.5 rebounds a game.”

Walton is a three-sport standout. In the fall, he earned All-Area football honors after helping the Braves (6-4) post their first winning season since 2004. And last spring, he reached the track state finals where he competed in the 400 dash. He finished 15th.

“K.J. has given everything he has to Maconaquah and I wish him the best of luck in the future,” Steele said.

Demarius Warren, Kokomo

Warren played less than a minute of varsity action his junior season. The 6-5 forward was ready when his chance to play came this season.

Warren emerged as the Kats’ best 3-point shooter and a solid scoring option. The Kat senior made 42.9 percent of his 3-point attempts and scored 10.5 points per game. He had a 30-point game against Westfield.

“He had a great year,” McCauley said. “He was one of the most improved players in our program over the last eight years, right up there with [former Kat players] Huston Clark and Kylee Beheler. He did a good job of improving and gaining confidence throughout the summer and learning his role on our team, then taking advantage of the opportunity he had earned. He also did a good job of maturing both on the court and off the court. I’m really proud of him in that area.

“He was our best 3-point shooter — led us in number of makes [27] and led us in percentage. He was a solid defender and a solid rebounder. He was a big part of our success.”

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