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Multiple Teams · 2016-17 All-Livingston County boys’ basketball team


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When a team wins championships, it reaps the rewards when postseason awards are handed out.

Howell was the only boys’ basketball team in Livingston County with championship hardware this season, winning the KLAA West and the district before losing in the regional semifinals to state semifinalist West Bloomfield.

As a result, the Highlanders have three of the five players on the All-Livingston County first team, led by Player of the Year Johnny Shields. Hartland and Pinckney grabbed the other two first-team spots.

JOHNNY SHIELDS
  • School: Howell
  • Class: Junior
  • Position: Guard
  • Achievements: Shields was in the running for Player of the Year as a sophomore before winning it as a junior. A repeat first-team All-County selection who led Howell to a 16-7 record, its first league championship since 1995-96 and a district title. Averaged a team-high 14.8 points per game to go with 4.8 rebounds and 3.9 assists. Scored 10 points in the final 1:07 to erase a 10-point deficit and force overtime at Grand Blanc before the Highlanders ultimately lost. Howell’s only loss in seven games against county opponents was when Shields was sick at home.
  • Coach Nick Simon: “He’s just so aggressive on both ends. That helps us a lot. Even on the nights when he’s not shooting well, he’s able to start up our offense by attacking, getting himself to the free throw line and creating things for others. He’s a great rebounder, too; underrated.”
JASON GIGLIOTTI
  • School: Hartland
  • Class: Senior
  • Position: Center
  • Achievements: After helping a veteran Hartland team win a district title last season and making second-team All-County, Gigliotti moved up to the first team as the focal point of a young Eagles squad. The 6-foot-8 center averaged 12 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks. “At the end of the game, you feel like he affected the game on every play,” Howell coach Nick Simon said. “Somehow he impacted the game much more than what the stat line told you.”
  • Coach Kevin Blouin: “Jason was just a match-up problem for every team we played. He has really good skills for a big man, a really good touch around the basket. He’s a really smart basketball player, a good passer and really just a phenomenal athlete for his size.”
JOSH PALO
  • School: Howell
  • Class: Sophomore
  • Position: Guard
  • Achievements: Played well enough as a freshman on varsity to receive honorable mention All-County last season. Palo emerged as a force this season, averaging 12.2 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists. His biggest moment came at Milford when he scored 18 points in the final 12:44, including the game-winning jumper with 10 seconds left, as Howell rallied from a 14-point deficit in a pivotal KLAA West battle.
  • Coach Nick Simon: “He’s always been a good rebounder and defensive player for us, but he’s a heck of an offensive talent. We’re just seeing the tip of his talent. He’s going to be a kid who is really difficult to guard going forward. In certain games this year — the Brighton game, the Milford game — he seemed almost unguardable.
KOLTON PAVLICEK
  • School: Pinckney
  • Class: Senior
  • Position: Forward
  • Achievements: A repeat first-team All-County selection who worked hard to recover from a torn ACL sustained at the end of basketball season to play football by midseason. Was named Pinckney’s MVP after averaging 14 points and 8 rebounds. Had games of 29 points in the district semifinals against Ann Arbor Pioneer and 27 against Grand Blanc. Ranks third on Pinckney’s all-time list for scoring and rebounding.
  • Coach Tom Reason: “Kolton Pavlicek is our best player, no question. He’s our go-to guy. When we needed a bucket, that’s where we look. … He was back from an ACL injury in about six months to full hitting football. That is an impressive feat for him to be back. That took sheer effort and hard work; I’m really proud of him for that. He is also a tremendous teammate and leader, one of our hardest workers. He’s a great all-around player.”
DAN ZOLINSKI
  • School: Howell
  • Class: Senior
  • Position: Forward
  • Achievements: One of the most consistent players around, Zolinski was held to fewer than nine points only three times while averaging 11.3. His highest game was 20 against Brighton. He reached double figures 19 times in 23 games. Shot 49.3 percent from 2-point range. Averaged 5.6 rebounds. Made second-team All-County as a sophomore at Livingston Christian two years ago, one year after helping the Falcons win their first district championship as a freshman.
  • Coach Nick Simon: “He became our offensive X factor. When you look at Josh and Johnny, you have to do something to stop those two guys. It’s easy to forget him. He might not have the sizzle those guys have, as far as moves, but he cuts well and makes 10-footers all day. He’s relentless.”
SECOND TEAM

Evan Fackler, Pinckney, Sr.

Brandon Harrison, Hartland, Jr.

Alex House, Brighton, Sr.

Dan Judd, Fowlerville, Sr.

Kyle O’Donohue, Pinckney, Sr.

HONORABLE MENTION
  • Brighton: Noah Daberko, Dalton Porth.
  • Charyl Stockwell Academy: Brevin Bowen, Tommy Wilson.
  • Fowlerville: Caden Collins, Geoffrey Knaggs, Nick Semke.
  • Hartland: Evan Metz.
  • Howell: Jake Lothamer.
  • Livingston Christian: Bobby Denny, Luke Jacobs.
  • Pinckney: Connor Chynoweth.