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Meanwhile, on the girls' side, Balmorhea had one selection this season,
as Buena Vista's Shelly O'Rourke was chosen district MVP.
Balmorhea's boys won their second straight District 29-A title this
season, going undefeated at 6-0 before falling in the bi-district round
of the playoffs to Garden City, 63-51 last Thursday. They ended their
season with a 17-4 record.
Rhyne was only the third leading scorer for the Bears, but was the
team's top rebounder and shot blocker, while setting up the Bears'
fast-break offense. That included the team's two leading scorers, senior
Scott Clark and junior Kevin Castillo, who also were named to the first
Another junior, Debiasie Mendoza, was a second team selection. He earned
that honor despite missing several games this season due to a knee
injured during the Bears' six-man football season.
Castillo and Rhyne were the only non-seniors on the first team. Second
place Buena Vista put district-leading scorer Jason Williams and Josh
Graham on the squad, while Grandfalls was represented by seniors Coy
Moore and Tim Thomas. Williams, Graham and Moore was also chosen as the
senior representatives this summer for the district in the All-Star
Basketball game, for Class A's six-man schools.
In contrast to the first team, Mendoza was the veteran among the second
team picks. The junior was joined by sophomores Roy Vasquez of
Grandfalls and Ruben Gonzales of Marathon and freshmen Erik Estrada of
Marathon and Zack Huerta of Buena Vista.
On the girls' side, Buena Vista's senior-heavy team won their fourth
straight district title, and had the most spots on the all-district
Balmorhea, meanwhile, had no seniors at all on their team this year and
went winless in district play, but did get junior Cherry Garcia on the
second team All-District 29-A squad. She was the team's top scorer over
the course of the 1996-97 season.
Along with O'Rourke, Buena Vista also put senior Beatrice Bueno on the
first team and seniors Olivia Williams and Jacqueline Grant on the
second team squad. The rest of the first team was made up of senior
Susana Vasquez ad sophomore Stacy Miller of Grandfalls; and junior Renee
DeLeon and sophomore Toni Aguilar from second place Marathon.
The rest of the second team was made up of Marathon senior Patricia
Telles and Grandfalls junior Laura Porras. O'Rourke and Bueno were named
to the all-star squad, as was Jamie McDonald from Sanderson. The Eagles
plays in the same district for six-man football, where the Class A
all-star classifications are determined, but plays basketball with other
area 11-man teams in District 32-A.
Play in the eight-team tournament opens on Thursday, with Andrews
taking on Kermit in a 2 p.m. start, followed by the Eagles' JV against
Fort Stockton at 4 p.m. The losers of those games will meet in a
consolation semifinal at 6 p.m., followed by the 2 and 4 p.m. winners in
their semifinal at 8 p.m.
In the other half of the bracket on Friday Monahans faces Midland
Greenwood in the opener, and the Eagles' freshmen then play Van Horn.
Play opens Saturday with the seventh place game at 12 noon, with the
championship final at 7:30 p.m.
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