California Pintos Basketball Awards Banquet held Sunday

Athletes who were presented special awards at the California Pintos Basketball Awards Banquet Sunday, from left, are Cole George, Defensive MVP; Dylan Albertson, Leading Rebounder and Offensive MVP; Landon Mouse, Most Improved Player; Drew Norton, Most Improved Player; and Jerry Lutz, Team MVP.

Athletes who were presented special awards at the California Pintos Basketball Awards Banquet Sunday, from left, are Cole George, Defensive MVP; Dylan Albertson, Leading Rebounder and Offensive MVP; Landon Mouse, Most Improved Player; Drew Norton, Most Improved Player; and Jerry Lutz, Team MVP. Photo by April Arnett.

Members of the varsity, JV and freshman Pinto basketball teams, coaches, family and friends gathered at the California High School commons Sunday evening for the annual California Pintos Basketball Awards Banquet to wrap up the 2013-14 season.

Following a carry-in dinner, freshman coach Darrell Bolin recognized each of the freshman players and spoke about the freshman season which ended 5-4.

JV coach Landon Porter recognized each of the JV players and spoke about the JV season which ended 13-2.

Head coach Blair Scanlon recognized each of the varsity players and spoke about the varsity season which ended 18-8 and 5-2 in the conference.

"Our guys did a great job," Scanlon said. "I've gotten to know our seniors well. I came in their freshman year and I appreciate them letting me be a part of their lives. We've got a big group of juniors and they're going to have to step up next season. We just have to keep getting better."

Scanlon recognized players who garnered awards throughout the season such as All-Conference and MBCA All-District honors.

Special awards were presented to the following players: Landon Mouse and Drew Norton, Most Improved Player; Dylan Albertson, Leading Rebounder and Offensive MVP; Cole George, Defensive MVP; and Jerry Lutz, Team MVP.

Scanlon added, "I really enjoy working with these kids. I honestly haven't had a bad kid in all my time here. Great kids."

In closing, after Scanlon thanked those who contributed to the season, the Booster Club presented gifts to each of the coaches as well as the seniors. Scanlon was also presented a gift on behalf of the seniors. "Coach Scanlon is one of the hardest-working coaches I've ever known and he loves the game of basketball," senior Jerry Lutz said after presenting the gift. "I'll miss him."

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