Brown and Cotton highlight postseason awards


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In a year that saw five local boys basketball teams make it to the playoffs, 21 LISD basketball players were honored in the District 25-6A and District 19-5A first team, second team and honorable mention lists. 

Two players highlighted the group with superlatives as Leander’s Chase Cotton was named Defensive Player of the Year and Vandegrift’s Greg Brown III was the Newcomer of the Year in District 25-6A. 

Vista Ridge had the most players named to the lists as Aaron Gregg and Darius McBride was on the first team list and the duo of Brandon and Quinton Taylor were named second-team All-District. The Rangers fell to San Antonio Roosevelt 56-54 in the first round of the playoffs. 

The Lions also had Kobe Thompson named to the first team list and Cody Bayer on the second-team All-District list. The Lions dropped five of its final six regular-season games to fall into a three-way tie for third place. Even after getting out of the play-in tournament, they lost 52-35 to San Antonio Reagan in the first round. 

Alex Fernandes was named first-team All-District and Travis Devine was on the second team. The Vipers had to fight their way back into the playoff race, winning their final four games of the regular season to make the play-in tournament where they lost to Leander in the first game. 

Cedar Park made the playoffs for the eighth straight year and 10th time in the last 11 seasons this season, but fell to Brenham 43-40 in the first round. Eric Weeks was on the first team and Tanner Radke was on the District 19-5A second team. Karson Cater, Luke Ferony, Cameron Hunt and Ryan Spyker were All-District honorable mentions. 

Rouse was the only boys team to win a playoff game, beating Tomball 57-52 in the opening round. But the Raiders fell to Nacogdoches 42-39 in round two. They’ve made it that far four times since the school opened, but haven’t been able to advance past that point. 

Kyle Mitchell led the team with 14.1 points per game and 5.3 assists per game, while Michela Forster had 11.6 points per game and 6.8 rebounds pre game. Both were named to the first-team All-District list. Gavin Sharp was second team All-District after averaging 9.3 points and 6.7 rebounds this


Carter Mcmahan and Trevor Berry were on the honorable mention list for the Raiders.