Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


November 12, 2012

2012-13 HS Boys Basketball: Team-by-Team Preview


Frost Polar Bears

Eric Blenden

Years at Frost: 3

2011-2012 Record: 23-7, 8-0

Last Playoff Appearance: 2011-12, area finalists

Key Returnees: F Danial Steels, PG Jacob Stroder, G Robert Worley

Team Strength: Experience. Frost returns a winning team and a roster full of players who have played together for two years.

Comment: Frost has all five starters returning from a district champion ... Steels (6-2), an All-Golden Circle Co-Offensive Player of the Year, averaged 22.5 points and 10 rebounds per game ... Worley (5-11) was the district newcomer of the year, averaging 12.3 points and 4.3 assists per game ... Stroder brings leadership and a strong presence to the point guard position.

Dawson Bulldogs

Darious Slade

Years at Dawson: 1

2011-2012 Record: 11-18, 3-7

Last Playoff Appearance: 2010-11, bi-district finalists

Key Returnees: G Louis Lachney, P Mark Martinez, G Marvin Manning, G Caleb Grant, F Lane Dotson  

Team Strength: Scoring. The Bulldogs have several potential double-figure scorers.

Comment: Slade, who is from Hubbard, takes over the boys program at Dawson ... He has two double-figure scorers back with Lachney (6-1, Sr.), who averaged 10 points and nine rebounds per game, and Martinez (5-10, Sr.), who averaged 10 points and five rebounds per game ... Manning (5-8, 160) averaged 22 points and nine assists last year for Cy Falls.  

Hubbard Jaguars

Marcus Simmons

Years at Hubbard: 1

2011-2012 Record: 20-6, 12-0

Last Playoff Appearance: 2011-12, area finalists

Key Returnees: G D’Warren Simmons

Team Strength: Quickness. The Jaguars can get up and down the court.

Comment: Simmons takes over the boys program after coaching the Lady Jaguars basketball team last season ... Hubbard lost in the area round to Muenster 65-49 ... junior guard D’Warren Simmons averaged 8.1 points, 3.3 assists and 3.7 rebounds.

Mildred Eagles

Daniel Johnston

Years at Mildred: 2

2011-2012 Record: 16-5, 10-2

Last Playoff Appearance: 2011-12, bi-district finalists

Key Returnees: F Nic Shimonek, P Johnathan Harrison, G Draylon Sterling, G Jase Butler, F Mike Muncy, PG Connor Hill, G Colby Pair

Team Strength: Offensive firepower. The Eagles have one of the best scorers in area in three-sport standout Shimonek.

Comment: Shimonek was a All-Golden Circle Co-Offensive Player selection after averaging 21 points and 12.4 rebounds per game ... an excellent 3-point shooter, he made seven treys in a game last season ... Mildred has five juniors returning, led by Sterling, a 6-0 guard, and Hill, who takes over at point guard.

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