West Michigan D League honors three Panthers, three Cougars

BALDWIN — Baldwin and Crossroads Charter Academy have both landed three players on the West Michigan D League all-conference boys basketball teams announced recently.

Baldwin had one first-team selection with Associated Press Class D Player of the Year Brandon Childress.

Also for Baldwin, Da’Ron Copeland was on the second team and Miguel Mahan on the honorable mention list.

Crossroads placed Joe Balanda on the first team and Josh Henderson and Tate Wickes on the honorable mention list.

For his fourth and final varsity season, Childress averaged 25.6 points, 8.7 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 4.0 steals per game.

“That’s a great honor,” Baldwin coach Kevin Dillard said of the AP award. “It just shows that we produce a lot of good athletes and we work hard and try to become the best we can at Baldwin.”

Both Copeland, a junior, and Mahan, a senior, averaged around 13 points per game.

“Da’Ron was a very important piece of what we were trying to accomplish,” Kevin Dillard said. “He was a great spot-up shooter and had his best game in Onekama with 28 points, which brought us back and we ended up losing by two. He really started to realize his potential toward the end of the season.”

Baldwin and Onekama were co-champs of the league.

Mahan “was an important part of our team,” Dillard said.