Local players swept all but one of the superlatives and all but two of the first team spots on the District 19-2A all-district volleyball team announced recently.
Westwood and Elkhart, which finished first and second in the district, took home five of the six superlative honors, led by Westwood senior Marialle Boles’ selection as the district’s Most Valuable Player.
Boles had 198 kills and 63 blocks on the season for the Lady Panthers, who advanced to the regional quarterfinals before falling to state-bound White Oak, 3-0.
Fellow Lady Panther Mi’Kayla Benson was named the district’s Offensive Player of the Year, after leading Westwood with 308 kills in her junior season.
Westwood setter Heather Wooden, who finished the year with 411 assists, 201 digs and 77 aces, was named all-district setter, and Lady Panther coach Janae Evans was named the district’s Coach of the Year.
Standout Elkhart freshman setter Paige Huff, who averaged 23.3 assists per match for the second-place Lady Elks, was named the district’s Newcomer of the Year.
The only non-local superlative winner was Groveton senior Lezlea Howell, who was named Defensive Player of the Year.
Each of the two teams placed two players on the district’s first team, and all of them were sophomores.
Robin Grant and Courtney Cheatham earned the nod for Elkhart, while Markeisha Durham and Lacey Wooden were named from Westwood.
That quartet joined Trinity senior Tashonia Woods and Crockett senior Me’gan Davis as first team players.
Westwood’s Courtney Stanhope and Neeli Hardison joined Elkhart’s Laramie McAdams and Tiffany Rosas on the second team.
Natali Muniz and Ciara Parker earned honorable mention honors for Westwood, as did Catie Bridges, Ryan Grimsley and Megan Davis from Elkhart.
Heather and Lacey Wooden, Parker, Hardison, Benson, Stanhope, Muniz and Lexi Walker earned all-academic honors for the Lady Panthers, while Huff, Cheatham, Rosas, Davis, Grant, Grimsley, Bridges, McAdams, Brooklyn Facklam and Courtney Lindsey were honored from Elkhart.
H.S. BOYS BASKETBALL
NECHES 53, Dallas A-Plus 42
Behind a huge double-double from Devin Kantezky, the Neches boys’ basketball team bounced back from its first loss of the season to top the Dallas A-Plus Acadmey, 53-42.
Kantezky had 18 points and 20 rebounds to lead the Tigers in both categories, while Serge Kanetzky had 14 points.
Harley Oakley-Collins added nine points, seven steals and four assists for the Tigers, while Jake Sparkman had eight points and 15 rebounds.
The Tigers (2-1) return to action Tuesday in Martin’s Mill. Subvarsity action begins at 4 p.m.