The 2016-17 District 10-3A basketball teams have been announced, leaving plenty of room for discussion.
On the boys’ side, Van Alstyne, co-champions of the district, was blanked in the superlative awards.
Commerce, the team Van Alstyne shared the crown with, won both the offensive and defensive player of the year awards.
Van Alstyne senior post Michael Hensley Jr. and Howe junior Ty Harvey were both unanimous first-team selections on the all-star team. Despite missing 11 games in the early part of the season, Hensley was the Panthers’ second leading scorer, and he capped his season’s performance with a career-high 31 points in the teams’ final game. Harvey was the go-to guy for the Bulldogs offense and he had two 30-point games. One of those came against Commerce.
Junior Noah Boling, the Panthers’ leading scorer and sophomore Tyler Sperry were first team picks. Boling scored 44 points in a tournament game in Princeton against the Australian Travelers. Sperry scored 24 points in the Panthers’ bi-district win over Whitesboro.
Senior Landon Pardee, last year’s sixth man of the year winner, was a second team pick on the 2017 squad. Senior De’Angelo Alexander was an honorable mention selection.
Hensley, Pardee, Boling, Sperry, Mike McCullough, Jimmy Head, Luke Hundt, Hunter Hutchison, Mason Adams and Trevor Roberts were named to the academic all-district team.
Howe academic honors went to Brent Masters, Elijah Campbell, Hunter Cheatham, Tyler Hawkins and Clay Marshall.
Howe freshman post Ally Harvey was named the District 10-3A Newcomer of the Year for the 2017 girls’ all district team. Harvey scored 17 points in an early season game against Aubrey, and showed steady improvement throughout the district season.
Van Alstyne senior guard Madison Reno and sophomore post Maegan Thomas were first team picks for the Lady Panthers.
Howe seniors Landry Rhoten and Madisyn Hargrove, along with junior Peyton Streetman were first team picks for the Lady Bulldogs. Streetman, along with Reno, were honorable mention picks on the 2017 All-Texomaland girls’ team.
Two freshmen, Alexia Smith of Van Alstyne and Jenna Honore from Howe, were second-team picks.
Honorable mention awards went to Kayla Anderson, Kamryn Fulenchek, Payton Griffin and Callie Vick of Howe.
Van Alstyne players on that list were Avery Duncan, BreAnna McCaskill and Treylee Neill.
Academic honors for Van Alstyne went to Reno, Thomas, Neill, Duncan, McCaskill, Smith, Carly Ochoa, Rylee Reece, Emme Fernandez and Sydney Burton.
Howe players receiving academic all-district recognition were: Harvey, Rhoten, Hargrove, Fulenchek, Anderson, Streetman, Vick, Griffin, Honore and Emily Sanders.