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Tampa Bay Times’ all-Pinellas County boys basketball

East Lake’s Dionte Blanch heads up our all-county team.
East Lake junior Dionte Blanch is the Pinellas County Player of the Year. (SCOTT PURKS | Special to the Times)
Published May 3
Updated May 3

Our picks for the top players in Pinellas County for the 2018-19 season:

Player of the year

Dionte Blanch, Jr., East Lake

East Lake’s Dionte Blanch sets school record vs. Wesley Chapel

Coach of the year

Anthony Lawrence, Lakewood

First team

G Jalen White, Sr., Lakewood

F Jamille Reynolds, Jr., Lakewood

G Tre Gilliam, Jr., Gibbs

G Terell Strickland, Sr., St. Petersburg

G Parker Conitz, Jr., Seminole

Tampa Bay Times’ all-Pinellas County girls basketball

Second team

G Max Jones, Jr., Clearwater

G Oteman Delancy, So., Lakewood

G Nirobi Peeler, Sr., Clearwater

G Dakota Moore, Sr., Boca Ciega

G Jordan Hillmon, Jr., East Lake

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Third team

G Josh Berenbaum, Jr., Calvary Christian

G Deondre Earley, Jr., St. Petersburg

G Rivers Lenholt, Jr., Canterbury

G Dean Gabrelcik, So., East Lake

G Deonnte Brooks, Sr., Gibbs

Honorable mention

Clearwater: Gilbert Mendez; Clearwater Central Catholic: Jerzhan Newton; Countryside: Jared McGarrity, Mikey Shane, Alex Vitucci; Dixie Hollins: Kamarri Yates; Dunedin: Beril Kabamba, Justin Rondon; East Lake: Dakota Speed-Ferris; Gibbs: Deion Coleman; Indian Rocks Christian: Jon Jon Llerena; Keswick Christian: Carter Casko, Aaron Trill; Lakeside Christian: Desmond Conway; Lakewood: TJ Tampa; Largo: St. Julian Yeldon; Northeast: Santana Bolton, Aleksandar Tomic; Palm Harbor University: Aldrian Natar, Trevor Oshields, Noah Tran; Pinellas Park: Lawrance Toafili; St. Petersburg: Harlow Babb, Alfonso Franklin, Akhe McMichael, Ray Perry; St. Petersburg Catholic: Tyler Harris, Keenan Hester; Seminole: Sam Denor; Shorecrest: Jacob Channer, Omarhiyon Malcolm


  1. Clearwater senior quarterback Rent Montie has thrown for 200-plus yards in five games this season. SCOTT PURKS  |  Special to the Times
    Tony Bartalo vs. Rent Montie pits two 2,000-yard passers against each other. And they’re not the only quarterbacks faring well in the playoffs this season.
  2. Seffner Christian quarterback Isaiah Knowles has thrown for 1,474 yards and 17 touchdowns despite missing four games this season. Times
    The senior quarterback, and Navy commit, has helped dictate the Crusaders’ fortunes, especially their playoff ones.
  3. Tre'von Riggins, a University of Miami commit, has been a force for the Lakewood defense since he transferred from IMG Academy. DIRK SHADD  |  Times
    The “Duke Energy Boys” have helped drive an unbeaten season, not giving up a touchdown in seven games.
  4. Mitchell quarterback Ezra Brennan has already surpassed 2,000 yards passing this season. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times
    The learning curve isn’t too steep for the first-year Mustangs starter, whose unflappable nature can be traced to the other sport he excels in — baseball.
  5. Indiana wide receiver Whop Philyor of Plant High makes a move around Northwestern defensive lineman Joe Gaziano on Nov. 2  in Bloomington, Ind. Indiana won 34-3. DOUG MCSCHOOLER  |  AP
    Illinois, Indiana and Minnesota have become feel-good stories in college football this season, with coaches and players who have roots locally.
  6. Clearwater Central Catholic's Zac Elam says that one of the offensive line's strengths is that "we’re really close as a group." DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times
    While often inconspicuous, the Marauders’ offensive line knows its value this season.
  7. Nature Coast's Dedric Hall does a little bit of everything for the Sharks, which is why they're in the second round of the playoffs. LUIS SANTANA  |  Times
    The junior can burn you in the running game. He’s nifty in the passing game. And if you’re not careful, he’ll pick off your quarterback, too.
  8. Admiral Farragut's Martel Mott takes off after intercepting a pass by Cambridge Christian's Titan Williamson during the teams' Sept. 13 regular-season matchup. LUIS SANTANA  |  Times
    One thing is certain in the playoffs under the new format: rematches from the regular season.
  9. Not only is Riverview's Alyssa Hendrix a two-times state champ in cross country, but her latest title follows two earlier this year in state track. Hendrix, pictured here from the spring, won the 3,200- and 1,600-meter titles in May. SCOTT PURKS  |  Special to the Times
    The final tally: Two individual champs, three team champs and a host of individual medalists.
  10. Clearwater Central Catholic’s Jordan Niles, right, hugs Calvary Christian’s Richie Ilarraza after the Marauders’ playoff win. Niles is a former Calvary player. DIRK SHADD  |  Times
    Sunday Morning QB: Clearwater Central Catholic, Steinbrenner and Chamberlain are just a few of the standouts in the region quarterfinals.