501 Basketball Team announced for 2017

501 LIFE is excited to announce the 2017 edition of its 501 Basketball Team. The team boasts 34 honorees, including the best student-athletes the 501 has to offer — both on and off the court. The team, sponsored by First Service Bank and First Security Bank, is made up of male and female athletes.

“Every year we are privileged to share stories about these high-impact student-athletes, and this year is no different,” said Levi Gilbert, associate editor. “This year’s team includes a number of state champions, including a three-time winner in Nemo Vista’s Maggie Mahan. I expect we’ll see some more rings added to players from this year’s 501 Basketball Team.

“There’s a wealth of talent represented on this team, but more importantly, all of these student-athletes are champions off the court in their schools and communities.”

2017 team members include:

Gracey Acre (Guy-Perkins), David Beck (St. Joseph), David Belvardi (Conway Christian), Garrison Branscum (Perryville), Amber Briggler (St. Joseph), Kaliyah Brooks (Morrilton), Allie Brown (Searcy), Maggie Bush (Cabot), Kira Cartwright (Riverview), Jahcoree Ealy (Guy-Perkins), Adrianna Ferrand (Conway Christian), Garret Finley (Riverview), Victoria Gerbholz (Faulkner Co. Falcons), Ethan Hill (Nemo Vista), Tyler Kersey (Sacred Heart), Jayla King (Maumelle), Kassadie Knowles (Greenbrier), Tyren Kutz (Maumelle), Tori Lasker (Mayflower), Savannah Lowe (Conway), Maggie Mahan (Nemo Vista), Toni Malik (Sacred Heart), Kanyin Martin (Mt. Vernon-Enola), Trey McGhee (Quitman), Juwan Moore (Morrilton), Austin Neumeier (Bigelow), Brady Palmer (Harding Academy), Kaleb Ramey (Searcy), Kendarious Smith (Conway), Matt Stanley (Cabot), Payden Webb (Greenbrier), Judson Woodfin (Faulkner Co. Falcons), Brooke Zimmerman (Wonderview) and Thomas Zimmerman (Wonderview).

Members of the 501 Basketball Team: (front, from left) David Belvardi (Conway Christian), Ethan Hill (Nemo Vista), Tyler Kersey (Sacred Heart), Brady Palmer (Harding Academy), Kaleb Ramey (Searcy), Judson Woodfin (Faulkner Co. Falcons); (middle) Austin Neumeier (Bigelow), Jahcoree Ealy (Guy-Perkins), Kendarious Smith (Conway), Juwan Moore (Morrilton), Trey McGhee (Quitman), Kanyin Martin (Mt. Vernon-Enola); (back) David Beck (St. Joseph), Garret Finley (Riverview), Matt Stanley (Cabot), Tyren Kutz (Maumelle) and Payden Webb (Greenbrier). The team is sponsored by First Service Bank and First Security Bank. Not pictured: Garrison Branscum (Perryville) and Thomas Zimmerman (Wonderview).  (Mike Kemp photo)

Players were nominated by their respective coaches and selected by the 501 LIFE staff. Nominations were weighted equally between on- and off-the-court attributes.

The team recently met at Conway Christian’s gym for a photo shoot.

In addition to being featured in 501 LIFE’s January issue, each player will be featured individually throughout the winter online at 501lifemag.com and in 501 Sports Extra, 501’s sports e-newsletter. (To subscribe, email [email protected] or visit 501lifemag.com.)