Childress named Class D Player of the Year by AP

BALDWIN  — His high school basketball career has ended, but the honors continue to pile in for Brandon Childress.

The Baldwin senior was named by Associated Press as Michigan’s Class D Player of the Year.

The school honored Childress on Wednesday in a separate celebration.

For his fourth and final varsity season, Childress averaged 25.6 points, 8.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game. He set the school’s career scoring record late in the season, formerly held by Durand Watkins.

“Last year was probably one of my best all-around years,” Childress said. “But this year, I think I became better as a team player and getting everyone else involved and still scoring at the same time.”

Baldwin assistant coach Ira Sharber also coached Watkins.

“Brandon’s a little better all-around player,” Sharber said. “Durand was a great, great shooter. He was a great player. Brandon might be a hair better all-around. He might be the best all-around player to be here and I’ve been here a long time.”

“That’s a great accomplishment,” Baldwin coach Kevin Dillard said of Childress’ record. “I’ve known him since he was in eighth grade. He’s a great basketball player. I wish the best for him in the future.”

“It feels great,” Childress said. “All of my hard work has been paying off and reaping rewards. It’s an honor to pass one of the greatest scorers to ever come through Baldwin in Durand Watkins.”

Among the other players on the Class D all-state team honorable mention list was Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart guard Ben Goenner who averaged 18.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 2.0 assists for the 17-6 Irish.

Goenner netted 29 points in Sacred Heart’s final game, a 64-60 overtime loss to Fulton Middleton in a Class D regional championship game. He led Sacred Heart in the regional win over Baldwin.

“Defensively, our effort was outstanding the whole game,” Sacred Heart coach Pat Theisen said after it was pointed out that Baldwin all-state candidate Brandon Childress only had five points against his team. “That tells the story. That kid is unbelievable. Athletically, he’s very gifted.”

Childress has signed a letter to play football at Central Michigan University.