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Four Nolan County area high school basketball play-ers and one Nolan County coach have been given All-Big Country recognition by the Abilene Reporter-News.
Highlandâ€™s Ryan Dollar was named the Class 1A, Division II girls coach of the year, and Roscoeâ€™s Caden Smith was a second-team pick for the All-Big Country boys Super Team.
Highlandâ€™s Callie Sand-usky and Sweetwaterâ€™s Alicia Finn were named to the girls second team in Class 1A, Division II and Class 3A, respectively. Also, Highlandâ€™s Sierra Allen received girls honorable mention in Class 1A, D-II.
Smith made the Class 1A, Division I boys first team prior to being recognized on the Super Team. A 6-3 senior post, Smith was the district offensive MVP and averaged 15.6 points and 12.6 rebounds. He helped Roscoe win the Class 1A, Div. I state title in 2009.
Dollar led Highlandâ€™s girls to the regional semifinals in his first year as coach. Highland defeated Robert Lee, Wink and Bronte during its playoff run before losing to Newcastle.
Sandusky, a 6-2 senior post and four-year starter, averaged 14.3 points, 9.1 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 5.9 blocks and was named her districtâ€™s defensive MVP, while Allen, a 5-10 post, blossomed in the playoffs though just a freshman.
Finn, a 6-0 junior post, averaged 11 points and 9.2 rebounds and was first team all-district for Sweetwater.