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2 0 1 9 - 2 0 F O R T W O R T H H I G H S C H O O L S B A S K E T B A L L Y E A R B O O K “I'm very optimistic about our opportunities
this year as our two returning juniors understand
a bit more of what we are doing as a whole,”
said Poly coach Charles Hickman. “We are still
pretty young as we have one senior and a host
of sophomores, juniors, and one freshman that
will play at the varsity level. We have a pretty
good freshman class this year, which puts us in
a good position moving forward.”
One of the six teams in the Fort Worth school
district to reach the state playoffs last year, South
Hills will have just one senior to lead five juniors and
a sophomore who return with varsity experience.
The Scorpions will look to District 6-5A second team
pick senior Jordan Averhart for leadership.
“We have a young, hungry group that believes
they have a chance to win every game,” said
South Hills coach Drew Bell. “Our team leaders
set a great example on and off the court. We
are excited about the opportunity to qualify for
playoffs in back-to-back seasons. It would be the
first time in school history that boys basketball
has qualified for playoffs in consecutive
seasons. It will be a long road, but I am confident
the group I have this year can get it done.”
Bell said he expects juniors Jaquon Stevenson,
Jailyn Jones and sophomore Marlon Carrington
will make significant contributions.
Another top team in the Fort Worth school
district last year that will have significant
graduations to deal with is Southwest. The
Raiders relied upon three all-district seniors to a
21-12 record and will have significant holes to fill.
Trimble Tech coach Wendell Ivory said his
Bulldogs will be a young yet experienced team
looking to improve on last season’s strong finish.
He pointed to steady improvement last season
as hope for the future.
Ivory said he expects juniors Zion Leonard,
Deandre Taylor and Randy Williams, plus
sophomores Devin Johnson and Draquan Conley
to lead the way in 2019-20.
Western Hills, another Fort Worth team to
reach the state playoffs, will be guard-heavy in
the upcoming season. District 9-4A Newcomer of
the Year Alexis Sandoval will play a significant
leadership role if Justin Bryson’s Cougars are to
return to the postseason. Bryson said he looks
to guards Darrell Williams, Rashaun Hampton
and Anthony Everett to team with Sandoval for
a small, athletic unit.
“We are trying to build off last year’s success,
combining what the varsity accomplished and
the winning records of the junior varsity and
freshmen,” said Bryson. “I believe it will take a
total team effort to return to state.”
Fort Worth’s Young Men’s Leadership Academy,
under the guidance of Hosea Lee, will look to
District 4-6A Newcomer of the Year Monterrio
Golightly to build upon its 7-18 mark last
season. The 6-2 junior averaged 16 points and
seven rebounds per contest as a sophomore. Lee
returns five players who saw significant action
“We are more experienced and have gone
through a lot of growing pains, but we have
great chemistry and we are looking forward to
a great year,” Lee said. “Although we are still
relatively young, we have great senior leadership
and should have important depth off the bench.”
Lee listed seniors Darius Ford, Mason Denefield
and Austin Person as the veterans providing
direction to the young squad.
- DREW BELL