Auburn basketball standouts net postseason awards

Both 3A NPSL MVPS come from Auburn schools.

There were plenty of awards given to basketball players in the city of Auburn. Here is a summary of the winners.

Both MVPs came from the Auburn School District on the basketball court in the 2022 season. On the girls side, Auburn Mountainview senior Maliyah Elliott took home the Most Valuable Player, getting the Lions to their second ever state appearance, and the first since 2009.

The 3A boys MVP was given to Auburn High School sophomore Jaylen Petty, who unfortunately suffered a knee injury in the quarterfinals at the state tournament. Petty led the Trojans in scoring this year and was lethal from beyond the 3-point arc.

Senior Tyrell Nichols from Auburn High School received the 3A Defensive Player of the Year award. Nichols was the leader who stepped up when Petty was sidelined at the Tacoma Dome. Nichols was also named to the first team all-state tournament team, averaging 16 points.

One of the front-runners for MVP next season, Neviah Johnson, won Defensive Player of the Year for the Auburn Mountainview Lions this season. Along with Elliott, who was also named to first team all defense, sophomore Maddie Shaw was awarded first team all defense.

Trojan Head Coach Ryan Hansen was awarded co-coach of the year alongside Todd Beamer Head Coach Brent Brilhante. Hansen won the second consecutive district tournament with the Trojans and took them to back-to-back appearances at the Tacoma Dome.

Caitlin Doherty led the Lions to their first state tournament in 14 years. With a 13-5 record in the regular season, Doherty was awarded 2022 Coach of the Year.

Even the assistant coach of the year honors went to Auburn Mountainview’s Keith Green. The Lions were one game shy of the Tacoma Dome this past season. It’s somewhere they haven’t been in the history of the school.

Auburn schools had three first team representatives on the year-end awards. Semaj Brown was the lone first team Trojan for the 2022 season. Auburn Mountainview’s two-headed monster Jamaal Elliott and Mande Wanlemvo were 2022 first teamers as well.

On the girls side, Auburn schools had three out of the five representatives on the first team, one from each school. From Auburn, Jaylah Brown was named to the first team. Riverside’s own Avery Moore was also a first teamer. Johnson, who won the Defensive Player of the Year, was also named to the first team.

There were also representatives from each school on the second team for the 2022 season. Two Lions are on the second team: Auburn Mountainview junior Ainsley Weatherford and freshman Iliayah Wallis-Caw. Riverside senior Jaelyn Moeva is the lone Raven on the second team.

Two Trojans were on the second team — two-sport standout Luvens Valcin was next to Tyrell Nichols, who added more awards to his mantle for the 2022 season.

Auburn Riverside had just one name on the boys side, senior Benga Osunlaja, and was named to the all-league third team. Junior Caleb Bowden was named to the third team, capping off the selections for Auburn.

Auburn Mountainview’s girls team was also given the 2022 Sportsmanship Award for the regular season.

Photos by Ben Ray/Auburn Reporter
The 3A boys MVP was given to Auburn sophomore Jaylen Petty.

Photos by Ben Ray/Auburn Reporter The 3A boys MVP was given to Auburn sophomore Jaylen Petty.