The history was not lost on Sulphur Springs head basketball coach Braughn Curtis who described the memorable year in basketball.
Many hoops coaches would be jealous of the success of a gridiron program that produced a state champion and left the basketball team short-handed, Curtis took it all in stride.
Jonathan Lee, Colton Nash
Tyrik Rollison, Kedrick Dial.
Alvin Frazier, Anthony Mills
Lee, Nash, Rollison
Curtis and the Wildcats were rewarded with a 7-5 district mark and a third place playoff berth. The Wildcats earned a ticket to postseason basketball play for the first time since 2002.
“I thought both our teams played very well this year. We had two teams —prior to football and after football,” Curtis said. “We accomplished a few more of our goals this year than we did last year and that is good news. We are making good strides in improving what we do and how we play.”
The coach continued, “I thought that we were fairly represented in the all-district selections. We definitely had a good showing and the other district coaches I thought (the coaches) were very generous toward all the playoff teams in getting their players all-district awards.”
First team selection Jonathan Lee averaged 11.6 points, 6.1 rebounds a game; Colton Nash scored 10.9 a game and averaged 8.9 rebounds a game.
Tryik Rollison and Joey Davis averaged six points a game and Dial pulled down seven rebounds a contest.
Curtis said all the selections were great young men and fine players.
Curtis then talked about each player and what he meant to the team as they went from a last place finisher in 2008 to a playoff squad in 2009.
“Jonathan Lee — I always appreciate his willingness to get there early and stay late and come often. He will be great at whatever he does in life. He is a winner.
Colton Nash — He was blessed with a great basketball body and he has a great work ethic to go along with that body. He has many great days ahead for him in the future.
Tyrik Rollison—He is also blessed with a great basketball body and an eye for making the unselfish pass. He is a great teammate and he is always looking for ways to improve his team and his teammates by his attitude in practice and games everyday.
Kedrick Dial— He is always ready to go 100 percent. I never have to get his fire going because it is always going. Kedrick will be a big contributor for us next year and I look forward to his senior season.
Joey Davis — He is one of the best shooters in our district by far. He is coming back to us for his senior season and I am looking forward to seeing great things from him. A great young man and very hard worker.
Alvin Frazier — He is a sophomore and will be with us for two more years. I will love every minute he will be with us. He goes hard everyday and loves to compete. He is going to be a team leader for us in the years to come and he has started to show some of those qualities already and I can't wait to see what he will do in years to come. A great young man that one of the best defenders in the district by far.
Anthony Mills —He is one of the most gifted athletic players I've ever seen. He can do so many things that are very spectacular but just routine for him because of his athletic ability. Mills has been our sense of humor from day one and he has developed a lot confidence this season at leading our team when we needed it the most. He has done a tremendous job improving his skills and he will do great things when he leaves SSHS I guarantee it.”
The Wildcats advanced to the bi-district playoffs, losing 62-56 to Jacksonville in the first round.
2008-2009 DISTRICT 13-4A
District Most Valuable Player
School Name Class Height
Pine Tree Terrance Sparkman Sr 6-6
Offensive Player Of The Year
Longview Damian Lawson Jr 5-8
Defensive Player Of The Year
Pine Tree Ladarrius Taylor Sr 6-2
Co-Newcomer Of The Year
Pine Tree John Brisco Soph 5-10
Texas High Greg Pollins Soph 6-3
Coach Of The Year
Pine Tree Rick Dowdle
Hallsville Cole Christy Jr 6-3
Hallsville Larry Nesbitt Sr 5-11
Longview Brandon Strawn Sr 6-1
Lonview Clema Holland Jr 6-0
Marshall Tracy Carson Sr 6-0
Marshall Marcus Smith Jr 5-8
Mt. Pleasant Jason Armstead Jr 6-1
Mt. Pleasant Ray Savage Sr 5-11
Pine Tree Ben Goodman Jr 5-8
Sulphur Springs Jonathan Lee Sr 6-1
Sulphur Springs Colton Nash Sr 6- 7
Texas High Willie McClure Jr 6-1
Hallsville Chase Jordan Sr 6-1
Hallsvile Spencer Horn Jr 6-4
Longview Cory Levering Sr 6-2
Longview Aaron Johnson Jr 6-2
Marshall Edward Allen Jr 5-10
Mt. Pleasant Tarmaine Elliott Sr 6-2
Pine Tree Kevin Bitting Jr 6-1
Pine Tree Tyler Kids Jr 6-0
Sulphur Springs Tyrik Rollison Sr 6-2
Sulphur Springs Kedrick Dial Jr 6-5
Sulphur Springs Joey Davis Jr 6-0
Texas High Chris Garrett Sr 6-4
Hallsville Ryan Rawson Sr 6-0
Hallsville Sheldon Glezen Sr 6-1
Longview Lamarcus Howard Sr 5-10
Longview Addison McGee Jr 5-6
Marshall Darius Bryant Sr 6-3
Marshall Michael Dade Jr 5-7
Marshall Xavier Else Sr 5-6
Mt. Pleasant Patrick Flanagan Jr 5-10
Mt. Pleasant DeMarcus King Sr 6-0
Sulphur Springs Alvin Frazier Soph 5- 7
Sulphur Springs Anthony Mills Sr 6-0
Texas High Kentrell Manning Soph 5-8
Texas High David Boone Jr 6-1
Sulphur Springs Jonathan Lee Sr
Sulphur Springs Colton Nash Sr
Sulphur Springs Tyrik Rollison Sr
Hallsville Billy Call Sr
Hallsville Luke Johnston Jr
Hallsville Ryan Rawson Sr
Hallsville Chase Jordan Sr
Hallsville Sheldon Glezen Sr
Hallsville Eric Kroyer Sr
Hallsville Jared Simpson Jr
Hallsville Cole Christy Jr
Hallsville Harris Arnhar Sr
Hallsville Spencer Horn Jr
Longview Alex Brew Sr
Longview Seth Bridges Sr
Longview Aaron Johnson Jr
Longview Addison McGee Jr
Marshall Tracy Carson Sr
Marshall Edward Allen Jr
Marshall Marcus Allen Jr
Mt. Pleasant Patrick Flanagan Jr
Pine Tree Ben Goodman Jr
Pine Tree Kevin Bitting Jr
Pine Tree Jay Hemphill Sr
Pine Tree Blake Howe Soph
Pine Tree Tyler Kids Jr
Pine Tree Keith Brenner Soph
Pine Tree Jherremy Grant Jr
Texas High Willie McClure Jr
Texas High Levi Saxby Soph
Texas High Jordan Davis Sr
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