By Mike Bruu, TSB Sports Editor
McKinney North’s boys and girls basketball programs have combined for quite an impressive season on the hardwood.
With the girls team finishing with 30 wins and a bi-district championship, and the boys team preparing for a 4A regional semifinal matchup with Dallas Kimball on Friday, each has earned their share of attention.
They say success brings riches in return, and that is just the case as TownSquareBuzz.com hands out its 2013 Most Valuable Player awards for the boys and girls teams. If you need a reminder on the six nominees for each award, here they are:
Mikel Parish, Boyd
Raynell Denny, MHS
Red Shannon, MHS
Faisal Mansour, Boyd
Colin Curran, North
Julion Pearre, North
Alexis Mason, North
Chanterria Jackson, North
Julia Hendrieth, Boyd
Haley Carruthers, Boyd
Mariah Mitchell, MHS
Jazsmin Nelson, MHS
TSB is pleased to announce that North’s Alexis Mason and Julion Pearre have won the 2013 TSB MVP Awards.
Mason, an Abilene Christian signee, set several school records throughout her four years on North’s girls team. That includes breaking the school’s career scoring record on Jan. 5. She led the Lady Bulldogs with 543 points and 144 assists this season and was regarded as one of the area’s top point guards.
Pearre missed four games during district play for the Bulldogs, and in those games his team went 2-2. With him in the lineup, North went 9-1 in district. He averaged 14 points per game and was a versatile threat in the Bulldog offense from anywhere on the field. He will be remembered for scoring 16 points in the fourth quarter in the Area round win versus Jacksonville.
In addition to the MVP Awards, here are the 2013 TSB All-McKinney teams:
(Note: The lineups consist of two guards, two forwards, and one guard/forward, depending on preference.)
First Team Boys:
G: Red Shannon, MHS
Shannon is a shooter from the outside that can also drive the ball into the lane on occasion with success. He could also force a steal or two during the game and score in transition.
G: Colin Curran, North
Curran would be able to provide a deadly three-point threat, while giving the team solid defense and leadership on the floor.
G/F: Mikel Parish, Boyd
Parish would instantly become a leader of the team. He is a tremendous jump shooter and has the ability to run the offense from the point.
F: Julion Pearre, North
Pearre gives the team a scoring presence from the paint, in addition to matching up well against opponents’ top defenders.
F: Raynell Denny, MHS
Denny would become the team’s leading rebounder and defender. He would also give the team an inside presence on offense, allowing the team to work “inside out.”
Second Team Boys:
G: Jola Otubu, North
Otubu would become a viable sixth man off the bench, stepping in to run the point at any moment.
G: Connor Fuentes, MHS
Fuentes is a scoring option that can force turnovers on the defensive end, creating transition opportunities.
G/F: Faisal Mansour, Boyd
Mansour is a sharpshooter from the perimeter, in addition to providing energy on both ends of the court coming off the bench.
F: Michael Grant, Boyd
Grant is a big body that can drive the ball into the paint and score. He would also give the team solid rebounds and a solid defensive effort.
F: Martez Butler, Boyd
Butler is a post presence that can get into the paint and compete on both ends of the court.
Third Team Boys:
G: Steele Douglas, North
Douglas provides another three-point threat, in addition to being feisty on the defensive ends in creating turnovers.
G: Remington Edwards, MHS
Edwards could make shots from the perimeter with his eyes closed, only adding to the arsenal of three-point shooters on the roster.
G/F: Daylon Markham, Boyd
Markham provides great energy when he is on the floor, while also providing solid defense from the guard position with the ability to score from time-to-time.
F: Kody Wilson, North
Wilson is tremendous on the pick and roll, going to the basket and scoring with ease with his size and length. He is a grinder when he gets the ball in the paint.
F: Tracy Miles, MHS
Miles provides the team with the ability to get rebounds on both ends of the court. He could also give you five to six points in the game.
First Team Girls:
G: Alexis Mason, North
Mason would run the offense at the point, but could also play the “2” position and be the team’s prime scoring threat. She is also very versatile on defense and would shut down her opponent she is guarding.
G: Mariah Mitchell, MHS
Mitchell is a 20-point scorer on any given night, in addition to her ability to go up and grab rebounds.
G/F: Chanterria Jackson, North
Jackson gives the team strong rebounding ability, while also being a prime scoring threat from anywhere inside the perimeter. She could also average one-to-two assists per night.
F: Julia Hendrieth, Boyd
Hendrieth is a grinder down near the basket, as she would be the team’s inside threat to score. She also has the ability to step back and shoot from anywhere on the floor, giving the offense a chance to stretch out and create matchup problems.
F: Mikaehla Connor, North
Connor would match up against the other team’s top offensive player, including the point guard, and have the chance to shut them down. She also gives the team another scoring threat and can distribute the ball well.
Second Team Girls:
G: Haley Carruthers, Boyd
Carruthers can come off the bench and run the offense smoothly, while also having the ability to drive the ball in the paint and score.
G: Micaela Gonzalez, Boyd
Gonzalez provides tremendous energy and effort on the floor, and would play tremendous defense while providing a solid mid-range jumper.
G/F: Viona Vraniqi, North
Vraniqi may not provide a ton of scoring, but she is a tremendous defensive player and can draw a charge at any moment. She provides solid leadership and will become the emotional leader on the team.
F: Jazsmin Nelson, MHS
Nelson is a scoring threat from the mid-range, but would mostly be one of the team’s top rebounders.
F: Mika Stutts, MHS
Stutts provides length on the defensive end and could occasionally spot up from the perimeter and make a shot.
Third Team Girls:
G: Nicole Quincy, MHS
Quincy could provide some rebounds on the glass, but would mostly help with giving another perimeter threat with her three-point ability.
G: Jocelyn Scott, North
Scott is another three-point threat, but also has the ability to rebound and distribute the ball on offense.
G/F: Charmaine Celestine, Boyd
Celestine gives the team a mid-range scoring threat that can also provide solid minutes on defense.
F: Amy Kleynhans, North
Kleynhans is a tremendous scorer in addition to her ability to go up and grab rebounds. She has the ability to do a little bit of everything on the court.
F: Ali Michalak, North
While she is not regarded as a forward and is definitely a guard, Michalak would give the team solid minutes off the bench. She can pull up and make a three-pointer from time-to-time as well.
Congratulations to all of the players selected for the TSB All-McKinney Teams, and especially to Alexis Mason and Julion Pearre on winning the TSB MVP Awards!