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Sam Houston Hurricanes
Coach Erik Coleman
2018-2019 Record (25-9, 13-3)
From 16 wins in his fi rst season at Sam Houston to 20 in his
second and 22 in his third, head coach Erik Coleman took the
Hurricanes to a 25-9 record last year and a 13-3 record in district
play. Houston won 12 straight games late in the year, including
three straight in the playoffs, before falling to Miller. The district
champs got big-time production from Defensive Player of the
Year Tyrese Wolford and All-District selections Isiah Miller, Bralyn
Sanchez, De Angeles Reed and Aviar Smith. Only Smith is back in
that group, so a lot will be on his shoulders.
Alamo Heights Mules
Coach Andrew Brewer
2018-2019 Record (22-11, 12-4)
After piling up 32 wins in 2017-18, 22 wins last year might feel
like a letdown for Alamo Heights. The Mules reeled off 16 straight
wins two years ago, but had just an eight-game winning streak last
year, and they lost four straight to end the year, including their
last three by fewer than fi ve points. They were good enough for a
12th straight playoff appearance. You won’t keep Andrew Brewer’s
squad down for long, not with leading scorer Jeb Brysacz back
after a 12-4 conference run. The Mules hope Charlie Dewitt is ready
to step into a major scoring role this year.
Coach Joey Isaac
2018-19 Record (27-8, 10-6)
Key Players: Donyae Suarez, Zebastion Mezza
The Brackenridge Eagles turned the corner two years ago under
Joey Isaac, winning 24 games. They took another step with 27
wins and eight losses a year ago. Isaac hopes the loss of two-time
district MVP Donyae Suarez doesn’t leave too big a mark. Worse,
he’s joined by Alyjah Thompson, Joshua Guajardo and Adam
McBee, so Isaac is largely starting from scratch.
Best of the Rest
Highlands went 8-5 in district play with All-District picks in
Thomas Makey, Chris Pena and Sam Sauceda. Makey is back for his
senior year and will be a Player of the Year candidate ... Jeff Ogden
is still trying to kick down the door with the Edison Golden Bears,
and an 8-7 district mark from a year ago is a start. The goal is to
get back to the 30-win mark that the Golden Bears used to reach ...
Jefferson fell to 13-20 and 8-8 in district play under Art Vela. Now
they lose former Defensive Player of the Year Frank Alvarado, as
well as All-District selection Matthew Martinez.
Coach Jarvin Hall
2018-2019 Record (22-10, 15-1)
In its fi rst year as a program under head coach Jarvin Hall, the
Harlan Hawks took fl ight. With a 15-1 run in District 28-5A play, Hall
established the Hawks as a force for years to come with a young
lineup. Harlan relied on seniors Jelen Hanspard (10.5 points per
game), Justin Ostaszewski and Demarco Reed, but juniors Ja’kobe
Barkley, Elijah Lomas and Zarion Pitre combined to average more
than 25 points per game. A handful of sophomores got some
experience, too, and the Hawks will look to advance further than
the second round of the 5A regionals.
Coach Danny Stewart
2018-2019 Record (19-13, 13-3)
Former coach Caesar Smith took the Dragons from 8-22 in his
fi rst season in 2016-17 to 19-3 last year and to the playoffs for the
fi rst time since 2010, then he promptly took a job at East Central.
Smith leaves a young squad for fi rst-year coach Danny Stewart,
who told the San Antonio Express News upon his hiring, “There
are a lot of goals I can reach by being at Southwest. Southwest has
had some success, recently and in the past. I want to try to build
the program as high as we can.” Stewart will need to replace the
prime-time scoring of Vincent Fraga and Nathan Hernandez, who
averaged more than 30 points between them.
Coach Shawn Dalbert
2018-2019 Record (20-11, 13-4)
One of the winningest active coaches in the area with more
than 500 career victories, Dalbert once again had his Cardinals
competitive. They bounced back from a 5-6 start with a solid run
through district play, including an 8-1 late-season run. After a
blowout loss to Wagner (96-50) in the second round of the regional
tournament, Dalbert will look to get the Cardinals up to his highest
standard, which includes a state title run at Roxton in 2013.
Best of the Rest
Medina Valley eked above .500 for the season thanks to a 10-6
district run, which was a marked improvement from head coach
Jeff Neely’s second season. After going .500 in Year 1 (15-15), the
Panthers struggled in 2017-18, fi nishing 4-21. A 12-win improvement
shows the Panthers are heading in the right direction. ... Floresville
and Southwest Legacy were competitive in league play at 7-8 and
7-9 respectively, but both struggled in non-league play. Floresville
crawled its way back to close to .500 for the fi rst time since a 24-11
season in 2014-15, but a 3-8 start proved too diffi cult to overcome.
Legacy stumbled to a 10-21 record, but junior 6-7 forward Isaiah
Valdez was one of the top producers in the area at 18.7 points and
10.4 rebounds per game.
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