The Tolar Rattlers made a return to the basketball playoffs this season with a senior-laden lineup.
Five of those seniors were honored by coaches as part of the All-District 10-2A Team.
Senior point guard Zack Hasegawa was a unanimous first-team choice and was joined by senior forward Jacob Phillips.
A unanimous second-team choice was junior post Corbin Wood, while senior guard Ty Johnston, senior post/guard Tyler Pruitt and senior guard Landon Morris earned honorable mentions.
Hasegawa averaged 13 points, four rebounds and three assists and was a solid shooter from 3-point range. He was a four-year member of the varsity, helping the Rattlers to three playoff appearances.
Phillips, likewise, was a four-year varsity player. He averaged 12 points this season, while also averaging seven rebounds and a pair of blocks.
Wood was the team’s top rebounder, pulling down nine per game.
This season’s Rattlers fashioned a 17-10 record. They were eliminated in bidistrict by Brock, 78-46. The Eagles, who were in the same district as Tolar the previous two seasons, went on to a second straight state runner-up finish.
“We’re going to lose five very talented seniors who did an excellent job for Tolar basketball over the past six years, as well as representing Tolar High School at a high level,” said Rattlers coach Kent Caruthers. “It will be very hard to replace them.
“We have five returning lettermen who are very athletic and will have to lead some underclassmen into next season.
“All in all, it was a very competitive season and district that I feel will be the same way next year.”
Senior T.Q. Echols of Whitney was named the district MVP, Grandview senior Ryan Breton was selected Offensive MVP, and Grandview senior Le’Broyeah Jackson was the Defensive MVP.
Godley sophomore Devin Bolden was chosen Newcomer of the Year, and Grandview senior Jamon Martinez was Sixth Man of the Year.
THREE LADY RATTLERS HONORED
Hannah Peregrino and Breanna Rogers saved their best for when it counted most, district.
For this reason, the Tolar duo were named to the All-District 10-2A Girls Basketball Team.
Peregrino, a sophomore, and Rogers, a senior, were named to the first team. They are joined by second-team selection, Meredith Caudle, a sophomore.
“Overall, I felt our honors were well-deserved,” said first-year Tolar coach Benita Carlton.
The Lady Rattlers finished 15-15 overall and 6-6 in district play. They were in postseason contention up until the final week.
Peregrino averaged 11 points and eight rebounds over the course of the season, but upped those averages to a double-double in district (14 points, 10 rebounds). She also averaged a pair of steals in district games.
Rogers likewise increased her scoring average in district. For the season she averaged eight points, but she scored at nine points a clip in district.
Junior McKenzie Petty of Maypearl was named district MVP. The Co-Offensive MVPs are sophomore Zayda Gonzales of Keene and senior Erika Brown of Whitney, and senior Maelan Brown of Godley is the Defensive Player of the Year.
Mark Chaveaux of district champion Godley is Coach of the Year. Newcomer of the Year is freshman Jade Rochelle of Grandview, and junior Dulce Vasquez is Sixth Man of the Year.
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All-District 10-2A basketball Team
Zack Hasegawa, sr,; Jacob Phillips, sr.
Corbin Wood, jr.
Ty Johnston, sr.; Tyler Pruitt, sr.; Landon Morris, sr.
Hannah Peregrino, soph,; Breanna Rogers, sr.
Meredith Caudle, soph.