|White earns top offensive honor|
|Tyler Clifton | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
March 12, 2004 -- The Sulphur Springs basketball team accomplished most of its goals this season with the exception of making the playoffs.
The postseason might have eluded the Wildcats, but they didn't go unrecognized when the 11-4A All-District team was announced.
Three SSHS players received first-team honors, including Jeremy White, who was named co-offensive player of the year along with Sherman sophomore guard Camrin McKee.
Tyler Thomas and Rolaundo Wright were also first teamers, Ryan Allison was on the second team and Jonathan Lindley honorable mention.
White averaged a team-high 14.8 points per game to go along with 6.7 rebounds while increasing his output in district play to 17.2 points He was deadly from three-point range, shooting 33 percent (45-of-137) for the season and finished 161-of-357 (45 percent) from the floor overall. White had two 20 and two 30-point games in district,
Thomas was the Wildcats' second-leading scorer with his 11.9 points per game and pulled down 6.9 rebounds per contest. His offense dipped slightly in district play, but he more than made up for it with his team-leading three assists per game. Thomas was skilled at making the extra pass.
Wright averaged a double-double with 10.3 points and a team-leading 10.2 rebounds per game. He shot 57 percent (97-of-170) from the floor, and although his average showed only a slight increase in district play, Wright averaged a team-high 15.6 points and 9.4 rebounds in the Wildcats' final five games of the season.
Allison was the team's fourth-leading scorer with 8.6 points and a team-high two steals per game. He steadily improved throughout the season and increased his output to 9.4 points per game. Allison and Wright will be the team's focal points next season.
Lindley was a defensive catalyst and used his quickness and agility to create havoc for opposing guards. He beat out Everett Washington for the point guard spot before district play and did a solid job of distributing the ball to the scorers. It was very seldom when Lindley was beaten off the dribble.
SSHS head coach Steve Glover said each player brought a different dimension to the team that was valuable and that they helped each other become better basketball players.
"I think any of these guys would tell you that they couldn't have accomplished much without their teammates," Glover said. "This is a compliment to them and to the team in general.
"It was a total team effort, but these guys each had some outstanding performances, and it's always nice for them to be recognized. They all had their strengths in different areas that helped us make a run at the playoffs, and I'm pleased for them."
Greenville junior and Texas Tech signee Justin Wilkerson was the 11-4A Most Valuable Player, while Paris center Newman Carrell was the Defensive Player of the Year. Sherman junior Geoffrey Cooper was Newcomer of the Year and teammate Spencer Oestreich Sophomore of the Year.
Greenville coach and Sulphur Springs resident Rusty Harden was named Co-Coach of the Year along with Sherman's Jeff McCullough, as the two teams tied for the district championship.
The rest of the first team included: Trey Carter (Jr. Sherman), seniors Brent Booker and Kyle Paxton (McKinney North), Michael Edwards (Sr. Greenville) and Cornelius Washington (Sr. Paris).
The second team consisted of Zach Seifert (Sr. Sherman), seniors Anthony Hines and Vinny Rhodes (Denison), Andrew Douthit (Sr. McKinney North), Chris Harmon (Sr. Paris) and junior Shane Henderson (Greenville).