Coach: Don Newton
Years at Corsicana: 3
2011-2012 Record: 11-19, 4-12
Last Playoff Appearance: 2008-09, bi-district finalists
Key Returnees: C Ernest McGhee, G Dzifa Mallet, G Tedrick Wilson, G Tim Lang
Team Strength: Coaching. Newton gets the maximum out of his team and has the program headed in the right direction.
Comment: The Tigers return only one starter (McGhee) but they should contend for a playoff spot ... McGhee, a 6-3 senior, averaged eight points and three rebounds per game ... Newton said there is potential to fill the scoring void left by three key seniors — Tevin McDonald, Jack Saipongi and Christian Hines — and Mallet, Lang and Mike Lewis all have the potential from the guard spot ... Jamaal Evans will help provide scoring punch in the post.
Blooming Grove Lions
Coach: Ben Kinnison
Years at Blooming Grove: 2
2011-2012 Record: 4-24, 2-10
Last Playoff Appearance: 1978-79
Key Returnees: PG Daniel Pelzel, P Jacob Conger
Team Strength: Experience. The Lions return four starters off a team that played a difficult schedule last year.
Comment: Pelzel is a two-time All-Golden Circle and all-district selection ... he averaged 10 points, three rebounds and four assists ... Conger was a first-team all-district pick last year and led the Lions in scoring (13 ppg) and rebounding (10 rpg).
Coach: Don Enis
Years at Kerens: 6
2011-2012 Record: 24-9, 10-0
Last Playoff Appearance: 2011-12, state semifinalists
Key Returnees: P Tobyus Thomas, G Kevin Townsel, P Shelton Sayles, G Nate Betts, P Bubba Sayles, P Taylor Modester, P Daedrion Tolliver
Team Strength: Strong resume and coaching. The Bobcats have many of the players back off of last year’s state tournament team and Enis gives the program tremendous stability.
Comment: The Bobcats made history last season making their first trip to the UIL State Tournament, falling to Mumford in the state semifinals ... Thomas (6-2, Sr.) was a consistent scorer and rebounder for the Bobcats, averaging a double-double during the playoffs ... Sayles (6-1, Jr.) was the All-Golden Circle Sixth Man of the Year, providing the Bobcats with scoring and defense off the bench ... Betts (6-2, So.) was the Newcomer of the Year, hitting several key shots in the playoffs ... Townsel was a first team all-district selection.
Coach: Phillip Eddins
Years at Rice: 1
2011-2012 Record: 9-20, 2-8
Last Playoff Appearance: 2006-07, bi-district finalists
Key Returnees: F Ragan Henderson, G Dalton Pike, PG Austin Peppers, PF Raven Huffman
Team Strength: Leadership. The Bulldogs have leaders in Henderson and Pike, who are in their third season on varsity.
Comment: Eddins, who was the head coach at Savoy, takes over for Eddie Barker, who had a decade-long run at Rice ... Pike, a 6-5 shooter, missed much of the district schedule last season, taking away Rice’s top scorer (18.4 ppg) and rebounder ... Rice will switch to a motion offense that will have everyone handling the basketball, starting with 5-foot-6 sophomore Peppers, who played some last season.