After sweeping both the boys and girls Class A state basketball championships in the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, North Central Texas garnered a plethora of postseason individual honors.
The Lady Pioneers, who won a fourth consecutive state championship, received three all-state honors. Senior Carolina Bianchi and junior Esther Udonsi were named to the first team, while senior Jennie Chen was chosen for the second team.
For the Pioneers, who won the first boys state basketball title in school history, senior Stefan Rosic was named first-team all-state and junior Raphael Rohlfs was an honorable mention.
Bianchi averaged a double-double for the Lady Pioneers (22-5), scoring at a 22.0 clip and pulling down 12.8 rebounds. She also averaged three blocked shots and two steals.
Udonsi was right behind with a 21.3 scoring average and seven rebounds. She was also key in others scoring, averaging 5.2 assists, along with two blocks per game.
Chen was also adept at spreading the ball around, averaging 4.6 assists, along with four points per game.
“I am so very proud of these girls and their accomplishments this year,” said first-year NCTA coach Jodie Stevens.
“For the majority of our team, including myself, this was our first state championship. They are still excited and already looking forward to next year.”
Rosic was a scoring machine for Pioneers (22-2), averaging 29.3. He hit 64 percent of his shots from the field.
In addition, Rosic averaged 6.7 rebounds and was a force on defense with 3.2 steals and 1.6 blocks.
Rohlfs nearly averaged a double-double with 10.0 points and 9.8 assists. He also pulled down 4.0 rebounds and had 2.0 steals.
“I am proud of these guys and felt that we should have had more on the all-state team,” said Rasco.
“This is a good group of guys who are all deserving of the honors they received.”
Both teams were also well-represented in the All-District 2-A selections, with boys coach Kirby Rasco being named Coach of the Year, Luis Rivas (9.8 points, 5.0 steals, 5.5 rebounds) chosen Freshman of the Year, Rosic MVP, and senior Elias Demissie (5.9 steals) Defensive Player of the Year.
Rosic, Rohlfs and Rivas were first-team selections. Demissie and senior Marvin Ivanovic (11.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.0 steals) were second-team picks, and senior Cale Dodson an honorable mention.
Bianchi was selected the MVP of the girls district, while Udonsi was named Offensive MVP. Both were first-team choices, with Chen on the second team.
Freshmen Sophie Schultz and Emily Bloyd are honorable mentions.
Bianchi was also named MVP of the state tournament, with Udonsi garnering all-state tournament honors.
Both teams ended the season with long winning streaks. The Pioneers began 0-2 before reeling off 22 straight, while the Lady Pioneers won their final 17 after a 5-5 start.
Both coaches were also in their first season at the helm of the basketball programs at the school. Stevens came to North Central Texas this season. Rasco is also the football coach, a job he has had the past two seasons.
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Tx. Assoc. of Private and Parochial Schools
Basketball posteason honors
North Central Texas Academy selections
Class A All-State
First team – Carolina Bianchi, sr.; Esther Udonsi, jr.
Second team – Jennie Chen, sr.
First team – Stefan Rosic, sr.
Honrable mention -Raphael Rholfs, jr.
MVP – Bianchi
All-tournament- Bianchi, Udonsi.
MVP – Rosic
Defensive Player of the Year – Elias Demissie, sr.
Freshman of the Year – Luis Rivas
Coach of the Year – Kirby Rasco
First team – Rosic, Rohlfs, Rivas
Second team – Marvin Ivanovic, sr.; Demissie
Honorable mention – Cale Dodson, sr.
MVP – Bianchi
Offensive MVP – Udonsi
First team – Bianchi, Udonsi
Second team – Chen
Honorable mention -Sophie Schultz, fr.; Emily Bloyd, fr.