— By GREG WEBB
Peaster senior Ty Ballard had a bumper crop of talent surrounding him in the most recent season of competition in District 9-2A boys basketball — both on his own team as well as the Greyhounds’ opposition. The Parker County contingent of the district (Peaster, Brock, Millsap) and Class 2A state-champion Ponder, made 9-2A arguably one of the strongest around.
For his consistently-high performance level throughout the season, Ballard has been selected the 2013-14 All-Parker County Most Valuable Player, heading up another group of talent from across the area.
Millsap garnered considerable attention this season, nabbing its first playoff berth in more than 40 years, and making the best of it, with its run ending in the third round, losing to Ponder. For the Bulldogs’ resurgence, the Millsap coaching staff headed up by Josh Jones was dubbed the most effective mentoring crew.
A “one-off” Superlative was also created to recognize a unique contribution by a Millsap senior. Gianluca Adas, a Brazilian exchange student, owns the APC “One-year Wonder” moniker, making significant contributions to the Bulldogs’ playoff season while playing his first year of organized basketball. He averaged eight points per game, with as many rebounds, and had a dozen double-doubles on the year.
Poolville had a healthy group of players named to the county team, as head coach Steven Stegall has molded the Monarchs into a perennial power in Class 1A ball. Led by Co-Offensive Player of the Year Alex Rodriguez, Poolville made an impressive postseason run all the way to the regional tournament and seem destined to advance a bit farther with each season.
Springtown’s Dawson Meek won the nod for the top newcomer. The sophomore made his presence felt in helping the Porcupines nab the runner-up spot in District 6-3A and looks to provide a nice foundation for Pojo next season.
Brock always has a strong showing on the APC roster and this year is no different. With point guard Bailey Cockburn selected as the top defender in the county, the Eagles placed another handful on the APC roster.
Brock, ever the contender, fell to state-champion Ponder on a last-second basket at the regional tourney, and will surely make another serious run with its relatively young squad next season.
Despite a tough season in a talented district , Weatherford placed five deserving players on the APC list.
2013-14 All-Parker County Boys Basketball Team
Most Valuable Player
Ty Ballard Peaster Senior
Co-Offensive Players of the Year
Carl Williams Aledo Senior
Alex Rodriguez Poolville Senior
Defensive Player of the Year
Bailey Cockburn Brock Junior
Newcomer of the Year
Dawson Meek Springtown Sophomore
APC “One-year Wonder” Award
Gianluca Adas Millsap Senior
Coaching Staff of the Year
Millsap — Head Coach Josh Jones
Jonathan Arbuckle Poolville Senior
Collin Boswell Weatherford Senior
Lance Ewell Brock Junior
Colten Wright Peaster Sophomore
Harris Jowell Brock Senior
Jaxon Martin Millsap Senior
Parker Grudt Peaster Sophomore
Dalyn Clanin Millsap Junior
Braxton McCoy Aledo Junior
Dylan Ray Springtown Senior
Sam Couch Weatherford Senior
Ryan Merrill Weatherford Senior
Luke Bishop Aledo Junior
Taylor King Poolville Junior
Colton Jack Poolville Senior
Hayden James Brock Junior
Aron Peninger Millsap Junior
Dathan Kemp Peaster Senior
Eric Siewert Peaster Senior
Matt Dunn Aledo Senior
Kruz Dominguez Springtown Junior
Draven Tell Peaster Sophomore
Tony Banks Weatherford Sophomore
Lane Guest Weatherford Sophomore
Micah Thornton Brock Junior
Hayden Mcpherson Brock Senior
Michael Rogers Millsap Junior
Nicholas Losos Aledo Junior
Dawson Gates Aledo Junior
Dylan Brawley Poolville Senior
Colby Bobbitt Poolville Junior
Kyle Mercer Poolville Sophomore