Rollison named top sophomore on All-District team

By JOSEPH ELERSON | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Mar. 3, 2007 - After a season in which the Sulphur Springs Wildcats finished 4-6 in District 11-4A, they came away with seven players on the All-District squad.

The Wildcats had the Sophomore of the Year in Tyrick Rollison, seniors Bradley Washington and Ladarius Harrison named to the first team, senior Drew Biggerstaff named to the second team and senior Aaron Williams, junior Andrew Panter and sophomore Colten Nash named to the Honorable Mention team.

"Tyrick came on and got better as the year went on," said SSHS head coach Rusty Harden. "You look at the other sophomores in the district and I think he was the best of the ones that were there. I think Bradley and "Cootie's" hard work paid off and people saw that. Not only just them but Drew also, people were able to see how hard they played and their effort every game."

"Aaron was a big part of our success and contributed every game. I think with Panter and Colten that bodes well for our success because we will have them back."

Each district coach nominated players, then the coaches ranked the players and voted on their top selections. Coaches could not vote for their own players.

"I think we were well represented," Harden said. "I think other teams in the district realized that us and North Lamar improved greatly over the last year. I think by their voting it gave us a little more respect in what people thought of us this year."

Paris forward Courtney Jackson was named the district's Most Valuable Player, Texas High guard Leon Harris was named Offensive Player of the Year for the second straight year, Co-Defensive Player of the Year went to Paris senior Marshall Carrell and Mount Pleasant senior Scooter Van Dyke and Newcomer of the Year went to Lindale Sophomore Jacob Holmen. Mount Pleasant also had the Coach of the Year in Robert Linker.

For the Wildcats, Biggerstaff was the only repeat member of the All-District team as he was an honorable mention selection last year during their 1-9 year under coach Jeff Carroll.

Biggerstaff averaged 7.0 points per game, 2.2 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.1 assists for the Wildcats and was also tied for the team lead in 3-pointers with 11 during the district season. For the season, he averaged 7.5 points (third on the team) and led the team with 30 3-pointers.

Washington was named First-Team for his hard work during the district season as he averaged 10 points per game, 4.9 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.8 assists in 10 district games. He scored in double figures 19 times this season and had his best game against Mount Pleasant with a double-double of 11 points, 10 rebounds, three steals and one assist during a 54-50 loss at Wildcat Gym. Washington led the team in scoring 12 times this season and had a stretch of 11 games in double figures this season.

Harrison stayed consistent throughout the district season as well as the regular season and finished with 9.2 points per game, lead the team in rebounds at 6.6 per game, had 1.7 steals per game and 1.4 assists for the Wildcats. During the regular season, Harrison was second in scoring at 8.6 points per game and tied for second in rebounding with Washington at 5.6 per game.

On the Honorable Mention list, Aaron Williams was sixth in scoring at 3.1 points per game and tied for second in assits at 1.8 per game for the Wildcats, while Andrew Panter received his first nomination to the team with a 2.6 points per game average for the Wildcats.

Colten Nash made the team for the first time this season and was fifth in scoring with 5.7 points and second in rebounding at 5.4 rebounds per game in district play.

"I think the main thing is the way that these kids played that are leaving because they played so hard and with so much heart and sometimes that is hard to replace," he said. "It is going to be a big thing that we will be missing next year unless these kids can step up and do it."

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