As the basketball season winds down on a tough season courtesy of realignment, all-district teams start popping up, which some Panhandle athletes are recognized.
In a tough 3-5A district, it was no suprise that Canyon and Amarillo were the main teams to appear in the superlatives lists.
Canyon and Amarillo coaches Joe Lombard and Jeff Williams were listed on the superlatives list as coach of the year in 3-5A with the two teams sharing a district title and reaching a No. 1 ranking as the Lady Sandies held that ranking for most of the season.
Senior forward Angel Hayden was tabbed as the most valuable player of the district along with fellow senior forward Sydney Tinner for the Lady Sandies. Sister Zayla Tinner garnered newcomer of the year awards.
Hayden didn’t pick up just the MVP award as she was named to the first team all-district team. Team mate Lexi Hernandez also was listed. Senior guard Kaki Simpson and Sydney Tinner also was named to the first team. Outside of the regional heavyweights, Kityana Diaz of Palo Duro, Sydney Johnson of Caprock, Jordan Kemp and Kamry Perez of Randall, Jade Nails of Plainview and Hannah Thomas of Dumas garnered first team awards.
Notable players in the second team included the senior duo of Channing Cunyus and McKenzie Taylor of Canyon High, junior Ashlyn Crockett and Chloe Mayfield of Amarillo High. Plainview’s Harlee Davis and Jessie Long also were tabbed to the team.
After leading the Lady Rebels to the deepest playoff run, coach Betsy Baughman was tabbed on as the coach of the year along with Frenship’s Trent Hilliard.
Junior forward Ka’Lia Smith earned the most valuable player award, engineering her team to a regional quarterfinal run. Frenship senior Margaret Gaydon, Odessa High sophomore Skylar Herrera and Permian senior Akor Maywin were named defensive MVP’s.
In creating an offensive spark for the Lady Tigers this season, freshman guard Maci Maddox was tabbed as the newcomer of the year.
Odessa senior Ruthie Fox picked up the offensive MVP award while Frenship’s Cassandra Awatt garnered the sixth man award.
Notable names on the first team included Frenship senior Abbi Braddock, Tascosa senior duo of Monasia Pierso and Brooke Walterschied. Lady Tiger sophomore Avery Dear and senior Addison Foster also were named to the list.
As Stratford made the deepest run out of all the teams in district 1-2A, the all-district team would be headlined by Gruver and Lady Elk reresentation.
Laynee Burr was named the MVP of the district while team mate Shaylee Audrain picked up offensive MVP honors. Gruver’s Kennedy Venneman was listed as the defensive MVP.
The Gruver represention in the first team included Klair Irwin, Sarah Jackson and Carlee Johnson. Lady Elk players tabbed to the first team were Allie James and Nicolle Law. Other players picking up first team honors were Sanford-Fritch’s Zoe Fry, Boys Ranch’s Sara Gilbert, Vega’s Calleigh Kirkland and Baleigh Schroeder and Sunray’s Zoe Landers.