A number of Central Heights basketball players were honored recently when the All-District 21-3A selections were made. Leading the way for the Lady Blue Devils was Na’Kayln Wells, who was named Freshman of the Year, and head coach Danielle Templeton, who was selected as Coach of the Year.
Five other Lady Devils were honored on the first- and second-teams, in addition to four honorable mention players.
While the CHHS girls played in the bi-district round of the playoffs, the Central Heights boys advanced to the third round before being eliminated by state tournament qualifier Coldspring-Oakhurst. Four members of the CHHS boys squad were honored by the league, in addition to three honorable mention athletes.
Here’s a look at the All-District 21-3A selections:
In addition to the two superlative awards received by the Lady Blue Devil squad, one member of the team was named first-team all-league, while two other players were selected to the second-team.
District 21-3A champion Woodville had the most players selected with seven, including three superlative recipients. Central had six players honored, including a league-leading three first-team honorees.
Central Heights was third with five players honored, with Hemphill next with four, and Diboll and Pineywoods Christian Academy each having two players honored.
Woodville’s Jordyn Beaty was named the District 21-3A Most Valuable Player, while Lady Eagle Jayda Argumon was named Offensive MVP and teammate Telia Jackson was named Defensive MVP. Central’s Brenom Brown was named Newcomer of the Year.
Lady Blue Devil Anna Huddleston was a first-team all-league honoree for her efforts in the season. She was joined by: Bella Standley, PCA; Chloe White, Hemphill; Mya Wilkerson, Hemphill; Natayshia Brown, Newton, Kayla Merchant, Woodville; Shannon Whitehead, Woodville; Presley Slatter, Central; Preslie Turney, Central; Alexis Loftin, Central; and Asia Collins, Diboll.
Two members of the Lady Devils earned second-team honors. They were Brynley Thomas and Halle Carden. Other district players selected were: LaDeja Daniels, Corrigan; Zoey Kelly, PCA; DeDe Richards, Hemphill; Elle Goodwin, Hemphill; Keilaya Rigsby, Woodville; Alexis Rigsby, Woodville; Madison Morehouse, Central; Kaycie Brown, Central; and Ja’dah Bussey, Diboll.
Four members of the Central Heights squad received honorable mention all-district. They were Ellie Davis, Hannah Shuggart, A.J. Johnson and Emily Durham.
In addition, PCA had five honorable mention players, while Diboll, Hemphill, Central, Newton and Woodville had three apiece.
Diboll senior Javaughn Luster was named the District 21-3A Boys Most Valuable Player, while Corrigan senior Richard Thomas was named Offensive MVP and Diboll senior Herb Gums was honored as Defensive MVP. Hemphill freshman Omarion Smith was named Newcomer of the Year.
Blue Devil seniors D.J. Ransom and Devante Caldwell were named to the all-district first-team. They were joined by the following players: Brody Shoemaker, senior, Central; K.J. Watson, senior, Newton; Clay Butte, junior, Hemphill; Logan Wilkerson, senior, Hemphill; Malik Wilkerson, senior, Hemphill; Blake Harris, junior, PCA; Demaria Cook, senior, Diboll; Daris McMillan, senior, Diboll; and Percy Chavis, sophomore, Diboll.
Central Heights players Drew Hiebert (senior) and Trey Huddleston (freshman) was selected to the All-District 21-3A Second-Team. They were joined by: Braden Bell, junior, Central; Dillon Cloonan, senior, Central; Tristan Latham, sophomore, Newton; Cade Kittman, sophomore, Hemphill; J.T. Settler-Watts, senior, Diboll; Houston Wall, senior, PCA; Jacorey Hyder, junior, Woodville; Jaylon Kibble, sophomore, Woodville; Keon Chapman, senior, Woodville; and Trey Harris, freshman, Woodville.
PCA had the most honorable mention players in the league with four, while Central Heights had three players recognized. Receiving notoriety from the Blue Devils were Preston Watson, Michael Perry and Jackson Flynn.