Rising out of the basketball abyss, Mountain Pointe got the attention of East Valley Region coaches this season.
The Pride boys and girls teams scored big when it came to selecting the All-Region teams this year.
Mountain Pointe boys coach Brian Fleming and Pride girls coach Trevor Neider were named coaches of the year by their peers.
The boys team, which was 3-23 two years ago and 11-15 last year in the old Central Region, lost only one league game this season in winning the conference championship.
Mountain Pointe senior Michael Ramirez, who injured his knee last season and played only three games at the end of the year, was selected as the league’s Player of the Year.
The Mountain Pointe girls team had an even bigger turnaround under Neider, his first season as a head coach.
The Pride girls were 3-21 last season but swept through the conference without a loss this year.
It had been five years since either team made it to the playoffs and lacking tournament experience, the girls lost their first round game to Mesa Dobson.
The boys hadn’t advanced beyond the second round of the state playoffs in a decade, but defeated Tucson in this season’s playoff opener and made it to the final eight.
In addition to Ramirez, the Pride boys also had junior Tylor Wimbish named to the All-Conference first team.
The Pride girls are represented on the All-Conference first team by seniors Katie Nemecek and Shanice Henderson.
Mountain Pointe junior point guard Stevie Knox was selected to the second team while senior Davon Jones and juniors Israel Marshall and Jerome Garrison earned honorable mention honors.
Marshall also was named to the regional All-Defensive team while the Pride’s Dan Coronado made the league’s All-Academic team.
Pride senior Gabby Johnson and junior Nikki Villescaz were named to the second team and senior Aleks Cataruzolo was an honorable mention choice.