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Raiders fell to Centennial in a 53-52 thriller. The
trio of seniors will leave big shoes to fill following
the 21-12 season. Jeffery Nkollo was a 6-7 force,
winning Defensive MVP in District 6-5A. Nkollo was
supported by fellow seniors Andrew Wyzykowski,
a first team all-district selection, and David Ward,
a second team pick.
Western Hills capped a 21-13 season with a
trip to state, where the Cougars were dropped by
Ranchview 57-46. Coach Justin Bryson said that
making the playoffs for the first time in more
than a decade indicates his program is on an
Bryson will miss the services of District
9-4A first teamers Tommie Bonner and Jacquez
McQueen — the latter was a 6-4 center and a
Senior-laden Paschal was prevented from
making the trip to state by a last second putback
in the last game of the season against Arlington
Bowie. The loss brought a heartbreaking end to
what coach Matt Shabay considers an otherwise
significant step forward for the Panthers.
“We were right there in the hunt for a repeat
trip to the playoffs after a breakout season in
2017-18, when (we) made the playoffs for the first
time in five years,” Shabay said.
Shabay’s team graduated seven seniors,
including two-time District 4-6A first teamer Billy
Hill, who led the Panthers in points, steals and
rebounds from the point guard position. Hill is now
playing at Weatherford College. Hill was supported
by Royce Mendez, a second team all-district pick,
the team assist leader who is now playing at York
College in Nebraska.
Trimble Tech struggled to a 10-22 record
in its first season in a higher classification.
Coach Wendell Ivory said he was employing a
young lineup that improved steadily over the
course of the season.
The Bulldogs graduated two college-bound
performers in 6-6 Donovan Craddock and 6-2
Brandon Mobley. Craddock, a District 4-6A second
team selection, averaged 14 points per game and
will play this season at Texas Southern University.
Mobley scored 10 points per contest and has since
headed to Paul Quinn College.
The North Side Steers’ three-guard attack led
to an 8-19 record, which coach Bruce Harrington
called a significant step in the right direction.
District 6-5A second team honoree senior Xavier
Hernandez tossed in 15 points per game, while
sophomore Da’Wain Lofton and senior Tino
Hermosillo averaged six points apiece. The 5-10
Lofton was also a force on the boards, picking up
eight rebounds per contest.
Benbrook was led by a sophomore, 6-foot-
2 guard Devin Bennett. Blake Mendez’ Bobcats
struggled to a 9-18 mark, but was a respectable
5-7 in district play.
“Last year we were very up and down,” Mendez
said. “We’d play well against tough competition,
but we lost to some teams we had enough talent
to beat. We started some underclassmen, which
was great for experience moving forward.”
Mendez relied heavily upon the brilliant
shooting of Bennett, but loses starting point guard
Keevon Kennedy, who the coach called “a great
ball handler, excellent passer, and could score
from anywhere.” Benbrook must replace guard
Quentan Jackson as well.
Coach Senecca Wall’s Eastern Hills Highlanders
went 12-18, primarily behind the leadership
of District 6-5A Co-Offensive MVP Ja’Vonte
Washington. The dynamic guard was backed by
6-8 junior Eric Witt.
Polytechnic dealt with youth and adversity en
route to a 10-18 record last year. Coach Charles
Hickman said three unforeseen transfers drained
talent from his roster and created “quite a
Two sophomores provided hope for the future
for the Parrots, however. Davion Davis, a District
6-5A second team selection, averaged 10 points
and eight rebounds. Fellow sophomore Harold
Conner tallied nine points, six rebounds, and two
steals per game.
Three other programs – Amon Carter-Riverside,
Diamond Hill-Jarvis and Young Men’s Leadership
Academy – will try to rebound from losing seasons.
Diamond Hill’s senior Dewayne Sims was an alldistrict
first teamer, as was YMLA’s senior Davion
Younger. YMLA’s sophomore Monterrio Golightly
was a star on the rise.
“Last year, we were young, playing with three
sophomores and two freshmen,” said YMLA’s coach
Hosea Lee. “But we were very competitive in every
game. We had to go through some growing pains.
We matured with each game.”