Boys Player of the Year

Jake Gerber, Nazareth: He’s an underclassman, but the junior has been a go-to guy for the Swifts from the moment he arrived on the varsity as a freshman. He was named the District 4-1A MVP and helped lead Nazareth to the state tournament.

Boys Coach of the Year

Taylor Schulte, Nazareth: Taking over at head coach at his alma mater after four years as an assistant, Schulte led the Swifts to a 31-6 record, an undefeated 4-1A championship and a spot in the state championship game.

Boys Team

Jake Gerber, junior, Nazareth: Averaged over 20 points and seven rebounds a game as the top inside threat for the Swifts, leading the perennial powerhouse back to the state tournament for the first time in four years.

Cayden Mann, junior, McLean: Tremendous outside shooter was the District 2-1A MVP, averaging 15.5 points, 3.6 assists and 2.4 rebounds a game to help lead the Tigers to the district championship.

Jake Merrell, senior, Valley: He’s going to Baylor as a distance runner, but can also play basketball, as evidenced by his 18 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks a game for District 7-1A champs.

Tristen Womble, senior, Texline: District 3-1A MVP was one of the top pure scorers in the area, averaging 25 points and eight rebounds a game to carry the Tornadoes offensively.

Colton McCarley, senior, Happy: Offensive MVP of 1-3A averaged 15 points, five rebounds and six assists a game for district champions and Region I-1A finalists.

 

Girls Player of the Year

Blakely Gerber, Nazareth: The most consistent player on a team full of consistent players, she helped lead the Swiftettes to their second straight state title and was voted the District 1-4A MVP for her all-around play.

Girls Coach of the Year

Eric Schilling, Nazareth: Like Schulte, Schilling’s a Nazareth graduate and he’s maintaining the championship tradition, as he led the Swiftettes to their second straight state title and fourth in the last five years.

Girls Team

Blakely Gerber, junior, Nazareth: Versatile 6-footer averaged 12 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four steals a game and had 17 points and 11 rebounds in the state championship win over Dodd City, putting her on the All-State Tournament Team.

Cambrie Heiman, sophomore, Nazareth: Led the Swiftettes with 16 points a game while also pulling in seven rebounds a contest, and was named MVP of the state championship game after scoring a game-high 18 points against Dodd City.

Sydney Ritter, junior, Groom: District 2-1A MVP led Lady Tigers in scoring and was named Texas Six-man Coaches Association and Texas Association of Basketball Coaches All-Region I selection.

Kyllie Richardson, senior, Hartley: District 3-1A MVP carried the Lady Tigers offensively, averaging 25 points and eight rebounds a game.

Madison Stockett, Sr., Happy: Offensive MVP of 1-3A averaged 17.3 points, seven rebounds and five assists a game for district champs.

—Lee Passmore