Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Boyd Leads Lakota East to School's First GMC Title

Mike Boyd
Much of Lakota East’s success this season can be attributed to the outstanding play of Mike Boyd, the team’s floor general. Boyd, a 6’0 point guard, led the Hawks to a 19-1 regular season, a 13-1 conference record, a Greater Miami Conference (GMC) championship, and a 6th place ranking in the latest AP state rankings.

According to the Lakota East website Boyd was selected "Player of the Week" during the season.  As justification for the award, the website states, "Michael is a senior on the boy's basketball team. Mike has been a key part of the team this year after rebounding from a knee injury. Michael scored a career high 20 points in an important win against Mason. He ranks 5th in scoring in the GMC, 1st in steals and 5th in assists."

Despite Boyd individual success this year, the Hawks are more than a one-man team. Lakota East is a well rounded team that has a lot of senior leadership and several young talented players. Boyd was supported by fellow seniors: Brian Evans, Cameron Lee, Jeff Cargill, R.J. Leppert and Jalen Goodwin. Junior Mark Minch has long been considered as one of the top players in the class of 2012, while Stedman Lowrey has shown a lot of potential.

The GMC conference award recipients have not yet been published yet, but many fans believe Boyd will get the nod as the Conference player of the Year. In addition, although Wayne’s Travis Trice will take home District Player of the Year honors, many SW District coaches felt that Boyd was his stiffest competition. Also, the Cincinnati Enquirer just named Lakota East the "City Champions."

The Hawks will open tournament play at Lakota West High School on Saturday February 26th against 31st seeded (5-13) Talwanda. To read more about the Hawks click on the highlighted link.

Lakota East Varsity Team

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