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Basketball: Hicks earns share of MVP honor

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, March 22, 2017
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Parker Hicks lit up the scoreboard night after night for the Decatur Eagles.

The senior ended his final campaign for the Eagles, averaging 31.3 points and grabbing 10.2 rebounds per game. Behind him, Decatur earned a share of the 9-4A title with Argyle.

Hicks earned a share of the league MVP with Argyle’s Nathan Priddy.

Hicks was one of five Decatur players to earn all-district honors. Three Bridgeport players landed on the 9-4A squad.

Decatur coach Drew Coffman and his staff earned a share of the coaching honors with Argyle. Decatur finished the season 27-8 and went 9-1 in district.

Decatur senior Bryce Elder took Offensive Player of the Year. He averaged 11.1 points with 4.7 rebounds. Elder shot 42 percent from beyond the 3-point arc.

Decatur junior point guard Dane Fitzgerald, sophomore guard Wilson Hicks and senior forward Drew Redwine made the all-district team.

Bridgeport’s Jason Faulkenberry, Andrew Horton and Justin Meyers also received selections.

RISING TO CHALLENGE – Northwest’s Avery Anderson earned 6-5A MVP honors after guiding the Texans to state semis. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

ANDERSON PICKS UP MVP AWARD

Behind Avery Anderson, the Northwest Texans rolled to a 13-1 record in District 6-5A and a league title.

The sophomore guard averaged 20.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. He shot 38 percent from beyond the 3-point arc.

Anderson grabbed a share of the 6-5A MVP with Brewer’s Pedro Castro.

Five Texans earned league honors.

Mike Hatch was named Coach of the Year after guiding the Texans to the program’s first state tournament appearance.

Julian Smith was named Freshman of the Year.

Seniors Tucker Dunn and Jordan Keys made the first team. Junior Darrell Simpson was a second-team selection.

STANDING OUT IN CROWD – Slidell’s Layton Shelton took the 21-A MVP after helping the Greyhounds to a 13-1 record in district. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

SHELTON TAKES 21-A TOP HONOR

Layton Shelton guided the Slidell Greyhounds to their first district title in 2008.

Shelton averaged 20.2 points with 5.1 assists and 4.9 rebounds in District 21-A play to earn MVP.

He was one of three Greyhounds to receive league honors.

Todd McCormick took the Coach of the Year after leading Slidell to a 23-10 record, including an 11-1 mark in district.

Senior Colton Crane made first team and freshman Slayton Pruett second team.

KYLE NAMED TOP COACH IN 11-2A

The season before Mark Kyle arrived in Chico, the Dragons went winless in district.

This year, the Dragons finished 6-4 in 11-2A and made the playoffs. For leading the turnaround, Kyle earned 11-2A Coach of the Year.

Four Chico players received district honors. Jerod Blanks and Cameron Weatherly made the first team. Kolton Forbus and Devon Wilson earned second-team selections.

Alvord’s Tristen Palmer made the second team.

DORADO MAKES ALL-DISTRICT

Paradise senior guard Patrick Dorado earned a spot on the 8-3A first team.

Junior Danny Richardson made the second team with Boyd’s Garrett Moran.

6-5A

CO-MVPS: Avery Anderson, Northwest, sophomore; Pedro Castro, Brewer, senior

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Ryan Flores, Chisholm Trail, senior

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Kenneth Harris, Brewer, junior

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Courtland Blake, Brewer, sophomore

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Julian Smith, Northwest, freshman

COACH OF THE YEAR: Mike Hatch, Northwest

FIRST TEAM

Dustin Mathis, Chisholm Trail, senior; Cameron Huntsman, Chisholm Trail, senior; Cameron Caldwell, Aledo, senior; David Woosley, Brewer, sophomore; Joseph Mohr, Eaton, junior; Breshaun Berry, Boswell, junior; Jordan Keys, Northwest, senior; Tucker Dunn, Northwest, senior

SECOND TEAM

Bryson Powers, Chisholm Trail, senior; Peyton Sallee, Chisholm Trail, junior; Trevor Cameron, Azle, junior; Jake Bishop, Aledo, freshman; Anthony Rodriguez, Brewer, senior; Zach Baucum, Eaton, junior; Jacob Finley, Boswell, senior; Matthew Edwards, Saginaw, junior; Darrell Simpson, Northwest, junior

9-4A

CO-MVPS: Parker Hicks, Decatur, senior; Nathan Priddy, Argyle, senior

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Bryce Elder, Decatur, senior

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Christian Splain, Argyle, senior

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Brandon White, Argyle, sophomore

CO-COACHING STAFFS OF THE YEAR: Argyle, Decatur

ALL-DISTRICT

David Davis, Argyle, senior; Jon Harding, Argyle, senior; Jason Faulkenberry, Bridgeport, sophomore; Andrew Horton, Bridgeport, junior; Justin Meyers, Bridgeport, senior; Dane Fitzgerald, Decatur, junior; Wilson Hicks, Decatur, sophomore; Drew Redwine, Decatur, senior; Josh Kemp, Gainesville, junior; Zach Blevins, Gainesville, junior; Remi May, Krum, sophomore; Caleb Schertz, Krum, junior; Bryson Laird, Krum, junior; Braven Smith, Sanger, senior

HONORABLE MENTION

Decatur – Nick Young, senior

Bridgeport – Colton Waters, junior; Zane Morrow, junior

8-3A

CO-MVP: Daniel Mosley, Bowie, sophomore; Keck Jones, Bowie, junior

CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR: Riley McCasland, Nocona, junior; Noah Parker, Holliday, junior

CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Justin Jones, Holliday, junior; Kason Spikes, Bowie, junior; Marcus Carter, Nocona, senior

NEWCOMERS OF THE YEAR: Austin Lucas, City View, junior; Dalton Harp, Jacksboro, junior

SIXTH MEN OF THE YEAR: Spenser Meekins, Bowie, senior; Charles Evans, Nocona, junior

COACHING STAFF OF THE YEAR: City View

FIRST TEAM

Tamell Monroe, City View; senior; Andrew Kindreck, City View, senior; Gary Mosley, Bowie, junior; Justin Franklin, Bowie, sophomore; Patrick Dorado, Paradise, senior; Jose Ogeda, Nocona, junior; Brenton Vineyard, Nocona, senior; Payton Laake, Jacksboro, junior; Clay Botello, Jacksboro, junior; Kade Patterson, Holliday, junior; John Dyes, Holliday, senior; Ethan Scholl, Henrietta, senior; Kamdon Bennett, Henrietta, senior

SECOND TEAM

Garrett Moran, Boyd, junior; Danny Richardson, Paradise, junior; Cade Breeze, Nocona, junior; Weston Bowen, Jacksboro, junior; Tray Henderson, Holliday, senior; Jett Johnson, Holliday, sophomore; Brody Offield, Henrietta, junior; Josh Lyde, Henrietta, senior; Abbas Muhammad, City View, senior

HONORABLE MENTION

Boyd – Connor Richardson, sophomore

Paradise – Blaine Gibson, Ty Valentine, Camron Chasteen

11-2A

MVP: Logan Cook, Muenster, senior

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Blake Hoepfner, Muenster, senior

CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR: Roy McCleery, Poolville, senior; Clay Stevens, Muenster, junior

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Sammy Hernandez, Perrin, freshman

SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR: Rodney Bowden, Era, sophomore

COACH OF THE YEAR: Mark Kyle, Chico

FIRST TEAM

Tannice Fuller, Era, senior; Cal York, Muenster, junior; John Weger, Muenster, junior; Hunter Francis, Perrin, senior; Jerod Blanks, Chico, junior; Cameron Weatherly, Chico, senior; Ruben Rodriguez, Poolville, senior

SECOND TEAM

Jesse Villa, Era, senior; Miguel De Los Santos, Era, junior; Kolton Forbus, Chico, junior; Devon Wilson, Chico, senior; Dylan Ranspot, Poolville, senior; Chris Tunnell, Poolville, junior; Tristen Palmer, Alvord, senior

21-A

MVP: Layton Shelton, Slidell

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Skyler Sandusky, Forestburg

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Blake Anderson, Saint Jo

COACH OF THE YEAR: Todd McCormick, Slidell

FIRST TEAM

Blake Ostermann, Midway; JD Moore, Forestburg; Gabriel Garza, Bellevue; Lane Roof, Prairie Valley; Anthony Rio, Gold-Burg; Colton Crane, Slidell

SECOND TEAM

Kyler Wyatt, Midway; Austin Thorn, Midway; Michael Hanson, Bellevue; Mark Gill, Bellevue; Slayton Pruett, Slidell; Preston Lyons, Saint Jo; Brock Durham, Saint Jo

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