Franklin Martinez, who was a deep reserve as a junior, was one of the most improved players in the state.

The 5-11 guard led Lawrence in scoring and kept the Lancers near the top of the Merrimack Valley Conference. Martinez was named MVC Large Schools MVP.

Top honors in the MVC Small went to multi-talented 6-2 swingman Kyle Mansour of Methuen. The Rangers' lone captain, Mansour led the Blue and White to their first tourney win in 12 years when they beat Malden in the Division 1 North preliminaries.

Central Catholic had the most players on the 12-man first team. Bad news for the rest of the league, the Raiders' All-MVC players were juniors Doug Gemmell and Joel Berroa and sophomore Tyler Nelson.

Andover junior Sam Dowden was a repeat All-MVC selection. He was joined on the first team by senior teammate James Costello and another talented senior in Lawrence forward Tre'von Farley.

Lawrence's Paul Neal (Large) and Methuen's Matt Curran (Small) were selected Coaches of the Year.

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Andover — James Costello, Sr.; Sam Dowden, Jr.; Billerica — Pedro Trindale, Sr.; Central Catholic — Doug Gemmell, Jr.; Joel Berroa, Jr.; Tyler Nelson, Soph.; Chelmsford — Corey Everleigh, Sr.; Lawrence — Franklin Martinez, Sr.; Tre'von Farley, Sr.; Lowell — Alex Ravelo, Sr.; Jonathan Perez, Jr.; Methuen — Kyle Mansour, Sr.


Andover — Chris Dunn, Jr.; Central Catholic — Nick Cambio, Soph.; Shawn McCoy, Sr.; Haverhill — Edwin Valentin, Sr.; Parker Rogers, Sr.; Lawrence — Leonny Burgos, Sr.; Roberto Speing, Soph; Yadoris Arias, Sr.; Methuen — Corey Shepherd, Sr.; Nathan Bueno, Jr.; Ryan Freeman, Sr.


Players of the Year: Franklin Martinez, Lawrence (Large); Kyle Mansour, Methuen (Small)

Coaches of the Year: Paul Neal, Lawrence (Large); Matt Curran, Methuen (Small)

Champions: Central Catholic (Large); Methuen (Small)

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