Academy's Stretton earns all-state hoops honors

Scott H. Shook

Marco Island Academy's junior dynamo Cole Stretton has added another feather to his cap, earning Class 2A all-state basketball honors.

Stretton was named third team all-state by the Florida Association of Basketball Coaches and Source Hoops after leading the academy to its second district championship this season. He was the only so-honored 1A or 2A player in the area.

The hustling junior averaged 21.2 points, 8.5 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 3.1 steals for the Rays this season.

"Cole has helped Marco Island Academy attain respect in the area," Rays coach Roger Raymond said of his star point guard. "He maintains a very high academic standard, with a 3.97 unweighted GPA and over a 4.6 weighted GPA.

"The amazing thing is that while he has focused on basketball, he also supports MIA in football, tennis, baseball and cross country," said Raymond. "He is unselfish on the court, as he leads our team in assists and was No. 1 in the county in steals.

Stretton also received all-area honors for his work on the football field, where he stood out as a receiver and defensive back for the Rays.

With Stretton and three other starters returning, Raymond feels good about the Rays' chances next year.

"Next year should be a fantastic senior year for Cole and his fellow team members," Raymond said. "With starters Brandon Estremera, Tyler Gresham, Brian Flynn and reserves Bon Deese, Andrew Fowler and Austin Estremera returning, the future looks bright."