The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


April 21, 2014

Boys Basketball: EJ's Lorenz, Coder named Daily Item Players of the Year


COCOLAMUS — Shamokin’s Zimmerman named Coach of the Year

COAL TOWNSHIP — After a disappointing 5-15 year just two seasons ago, the first losing season for Shamokin this century, Chris Zimmerman transformed the Indians back into a legitimate title contender. Shamokin went 22-4 this past season and won the school’s first District 4 Class AAA banner since 2008-09.

Zimmerman did so in just his second year at the helm.

“It was a great year and we’re looking forward to continued success in the future,” Zimmerman said. “The kids worked their butts off and were rewarded with a district championship and a chance to play in the state playoffs.”

Zimmerman becomes the first former Daily Item Player of the Year — a three-time recipient — to earn Coach of the Year honors.

The Indians’ coach kept Shamokin on track after senior Austin Stine broke both wrists roughly halfway through the year.

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