WARTBURG — Oneida's Cole West was a unanimous selection as District 4-A's boys' most valuable player at Wednesday's coaches' meeting here, marking the first time an OHS boys' player won the district's most prestigious individual basketball honor since Donald Sexton in 2002.
And the honors did not stop there. Oneida coach Rusty Yaden was named District 4-A's boys' coach of the year, a first for an Oneida boys' coach since Kevin Windle won it in 2004.
The Indians head into next week's District 4-A tournament as the No. 1 seed, having secured the top seed and the District 4-A regular season championship with an 82-79 overtime win at Coalfield on Monday.
Meanwhile, Oneida's Lady Indians are also in the district driver's seat headed into the regular season finale at Oliver Springs Friday, which meant more honors for OHS.
Micah Stephens was named the District 4-A girls' MVP, the first Lady Indian to win the award since Alex Bond — currently a junior at Maryville College — shared it in 2011.
And Lady Indians coach Marv West was named the district's girls' coach of the year. West was last honored as District 4-A's coach of the year in 2004.
The Lady Indians are undefeated in district play, heading into a Friday meeting with once-beaten Oliver Springs. With a win on Friday, the Lady Bobcats can force a tie atop the district standings with Oneida, who won the earlier meeting between the two teams. However, a coin toss was held at Wednesday's coaches' meeting for that very event, and it was won by Oneida — meaning that the Lady Indians will be the district's top seed no matter what happens Friday.
The last time the Indians and Lady Indians both finished atop the district standings in the regular season was 2004. That year, the Lady Indians went on to win the District 4-A tournament, while Oneida fell to Harriman in the championship game at Rockwood.
Oneida junior Josh Sharp was named to the All District 4-A second team at Wednesday's meeting. Lady Indians juniors Jessi Morgan and Victoria Williams received all-district honors as well, while sophomore Baylee Newport was honorable mention.
The complete District 4-A boys first team was Jellico's Justin Bowlin, Jellico's Austin Hunley, Coalfield's Ryan Hill, Oliver Springs' Taylor Murray and Wartburg's Daniel Justes. The second team was Sharp, Coalfield's Jason Lee, Oakdale's Maverick Smith, Wartburg's Adam Kilby and Sunbright's Noah Freels.