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Mendez, and Diamond Hill- Jarvis, guided by
Benbrook will be led by 6-2 junior guard Devin
Bennett, who was a District 9-4A first team
selection last year. He leads a Benbrook cast
that saw numerous underclassmen gain valuable
experience. Trevon James was an excellent
defender as a sophomore, and Roderick Hodge
proved he belonged on the varsity scene in his
“Our team this year is a close group that
comes in with a ton of confidence,” said Mendez.
“They’ve been working hard since this summer,
and have really started to understand what it
means to be part of a team instead of a bunch
of good individual players. Being a newer school,
a lot of them got significant playing time as
underclassmen and they’re ready to take on new
roles as leaders of our team.
“We love to compete. They’re buying in to the
hustle and competition, which will win us some
games this year.”
Another District 9-4A team will be forced to
replace a trio of seniors who led them to a win in
the state playoffs. Dunbar’s Robert Hughes and
his coaching staff, voted co-Coaching Staff of
the Year in the district last year, will have their
work cut out for them to replace Paris Junior
College signee Jeremiah Keys and fellow seniors
Christopher George and Da’quan Coleman.
In District 6-5A, Eastern Hills will have 6-8 Eric
Witt to build around. Witt was an all-district first
teamer last year, and he gives coach Senecca
Wall one of the tallest players in the district — a
long, athletic rim protector with plenty of tools
to develop his game.
North Side coach Bruce Harrington believes
his club can improve upon its 8-19 showing last
year, based upon the experience and development
of returners Disan Valles and Da’wain Lofton.
“We felt like we improved a lot from the
previous year, and we improved from the
beginning to the end of year,” Harrington said.
“We feel like we will be much more competitive.
Our goal is to make the playoffs, which is a real
possibility this year.”
The Paschal Panthers narrowly missed the
playoffs a year ago, and now they must replace
two graduates who are playing at the next level.
“We are a very young team, returning zero
starters from last year,” Panthers coach Matt
Shabay said. “We like the aggressive attitudes
and grit that these players have, and believe
that our level of success will be dependent on
how quick they adjust to the varsity speed and
how well they function together. There is great
potential in this group and we look forward to
growing them into a successful team this season.”
Senior guard Albert Owens takes the wheel
from graduated all-district point guard Billy Hill,
who led Shabay’s squad in points, rebounds and
steals last season. Shabay said he also looks for
key contributions from senior Jake Johnston,
juniors Trigg Moore and Fideli Irankunda, and
sophomore Austin Cunningham.
Polytechnic will look to juniors Davion Davis
and Harold Conner, who both gained valuable
experience in an otherwise challenging season for
the Parrots. Davis averaged 10 points and eight
rebounds a contest as an all-district sophomore.
Conner added nine points, six rebounds and two
steals per game.