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Region honor not end of road for Guthrie

Mayfield senior guard Connor Guthrie (2) drives on a Louisville Valley player during the annual Paducah Tilghman Christmas Tournament. Guthrie was named the boys' First Region Player of the Year Monday by the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches and is a finalist for Mr. Basketball.

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By ERIC WALKER

ewalker@mayfield-messenger.com

Connor Guthrie has a laid-back personality. Even with good news, he remains pretty nonchalant, as when he heard Monday morning that he had been selected as the First Region Player of the Year.

"I was in bed and I get a call from my Granny, telling me she was proud," the Mayfield senior recalled.

"Then she told me I needed to get up for school and I rolled over and went back to sleep."

Make no mistake, Guthrie isn't sleeping on the honor from the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches. Rather, it was a testament to his teammates and coaches, as much as anything.

"They're the main parts as to why I got this," Guthrie, who plays alongside twin brother, Carson, said. "It's an honor to have them as teammates and brothers.

"We have four guys who could have got that," he added. "It's just an honor."

Being named the region's top player means Connor Guthrie is also a finalist, along with 17 other regional representatives, for Kentucky's prestigious Mr. Basketball title.

It's the second regional top player award he has received over the past two seasons. Following his junior year hoops campaign with the 26-7 Cardinals, Guthrie was named the All-Purchase Player of the Year.

Currently, Guthrie is leading Mayfield (20-7) in scoring with 444 points and is also the Cardinals' fifth all-time leading scorer, having passed Don Hubbard with 1,654 points.

He is also tied with Owensboro Apollo's Charley Broughton for 11th in the state in made 3-pointers in a career (301).

Mayfield coach Chris Guhy not only commended Guthrie's work on the court, but off it as a mentor to elementary students and an overall ambassador for the school and program.

"I'm super privileged and honored to coach him," Guhy said. "He's certainly made my life easier the last four years."

A Bethel College basketball commit, Guthrie has also earned recognition in four years of football and baseball. He admitted he sometimes thinks ahead to the next season as one is winding down, but is intent on Mayfield winning the First Region title and advancing to the Sweet 16 in Rupp Arena.

"I'm not ready for it to end," Guthrie said.