Kyle Hazelwood represents a first for his coach, Blaine Corlett.
The senior point guard is the first Player of the Year under Corlett's tutelage and was one of four Bulldogs honored with All-Conference accolades after Saturday's finals of the district tournament.
He is also the first MCHS player to receive the honor since 1989 when Cory Peck was named Player of the Year.
"Hats off to Kyle he's the one who's made himself what he is," Corlett said. "He's worked hard his entire high school career and it's paid off."
Hazelwood leads in all but a few statistics for the Bulldogs and has had games where he's been accountable for as much as half of the team's points. In the district tournament he had more than 30 points on consecutive nights.
"I knew I had a chance to be named but I wasn't really sure I'd get it," Hazelwood said. "It was something I had to work hard for but there were other players in the conference who deserved it, too."
The work has not only paid off for Hazelwood, who finished with 422 points this season, but for three other Bulldogs.
Senior Mike Charchalis, junior Pablo Loya and sophomore Anthony Loughran were also named to All-Conference, with Charchalis earning All-Conference and Loya and Loughran earning honorable mentions.
With the exception of Hazelwood being name as Player of the Year the Bulldogs conference honors mirror what they did last year, with two named to All-Conference and two taking honorable mention awards.
Charchalis, a 6-foot forward, was named All-Conference because of his defensive play. The senior was the leading rebounder for the Bulldogs with 169 and led the team in steals with 83.
With 83 steals Charchalis also leads the state.
"Mike is an undersized post who is probably one of the toughest players we have," Corlett said. "He's fought for all he's got."
Loya defined himself this year as one of the state's premiere three-point shooters, closing the season with 189 points from behind the arc. He didn't limit himself as strictly an offensive weapon, becoming the third leading steal-artist for the Bulldogs.
"Pablo provided us with a three-point threat, which has been something we've lacked in year's past," Corlett said. "And as the year progressed, so did his defense."
Loughran, a two-year varsity player, started the season slow, but by the second trip through, the WSC became the Bulldogs' third leading scorer and was second for the team in the rebound column.
The 6-foot-1 forward was the tallest player for the Bulldogs and was all the size they needed in many situations. Defensively, Loughran drew 12 charges in the season more than all the charges the Bulldogs drew in 2001.
"He really came into his own in the second half of the season, and really grew as a player," Corlett said. "But, I'm pleased with how our whole team grew over the season we made some great strides."