Tucker county’s Mr. Clutch

During his career at Tucker County, Tyler Snyder made a habit of making big plays.

Whether it was a key basket, dishing out an assist or collecting a steal, Snyder always seemed to come through in the clutch.

For his efforts, the senior point guard has been selected as The Inter-Mountain’s High School Boys Basketball Player of the Year.

Along with averaging a team-high 18 points, Snyder also topped the Mountain Lions in assists with 5.7 per game and steals with nearly three per outing. He was a second-team Class A all-state selection.

“My senior season really flew by,” Snyder said. “I was glad we had success in both basketball and football this year. We really worked hard in the offseason, and I think that’s why we were able to do so well.”

The Mountain Lions advanced to the Class A state semifinals.

Snyder joins his older brother, Logan Snyder, who also earned The Inter-Mountain’s Player of the Year honors during his playing days.

The remainder of the squad, which was selected by the The Inter-Mountain’s sports staff, includes Elkins’ Logan Phillips, Buckhannon-Upshur’s Dalton Westfall, Philip Barbour’s Quentin Mouser, Tygarts Valley’s Brandon Pritt, Tucker County’s Ian Nichols, Lewis County’s John Riley, Harman’s Alex Armentrout, Pendleton County’s Evan Arrington, East Hardy’s Tyler Mongold, Moorefield’s Adam Snyder and Pocahontas County’s Cary Robertson.

Phillips, a junior forward, averaged 15 points per game for the Tigers. He was a Big 10 Conference second-team selection and Class AAA honorable mention choice.

Westfall, a senior forward, led the Bucs in scoring average (13.3) and rebounding (9.5), earning all-Big 10 Conference second-team honors and Class AAA honorable mention laurels in the process.

Mouser, a senior forward, topped the Colts in both scoring average (15.0) and was one of the team leaders in rebounding. Mouser, who plans to swim at Fairmont State next season, was a Big 10 Conference second-team choice and earned honorable mention status on the Class AA all-state squad.

Pritt, a senior forward, was an all-around standout for the Bulldogs. He averaged 16.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists. Pritt went over 1,000 points for his career, was a third-team Class A all-state selection and helped lead Tygarts Valley to the Class A title in the Big Atlantic Classic held in Beckley.

Nichols, a junior forward, emerged as a scoring threat during the season for the Mountain Lions. He averaged nearly 14 points and 10 rebounds, and fired in 26 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in Tucker County’s state semifinal loss to eventual state champion Tug Valley. He was an honorable mention all-state choice.

Riley, a junior center, averaged 24.5 points and 13.6 rebounds this season in leading the Minutemen to a sectional title and berth in the regional finals. He was named the Big 10 Conference Player of the Year and was a Class AAA second-team all-state selection.

Armentrout, a senior guard, fired in 22 points per game for the Panthers.

He scored his 1,000th career point during the season and was an honorable mention Class A all-state selection.

Arrington, a junior forward, led the Wildcats in scoring average (18.1), while averaging 6.1 caroms.

Mongold, a senior forward, led the Cougars in scoring (15.3) and rebounding (5.7). He was a Class A honorable mention all-state selection.

Adam Snyder, a senior guard, was one of the Yellow Jackets’ top scorers, along with dishing out a team-best 3.5 assists. He was an honorable mention Class A all-state selection.

Robertson, a sophomore guard, averaged 12 points and 4.5 assists for the Warriors.

Elkins High School’s John Lawson was selected as The Inter-Mountain’s Coach of the Year. Lawson, taking over team with just two returning regular starters, guided the Tigers to a 14-10 regular-season record and berth in the regional finals in his first season as head coach.