By Kevin Posival
The Cove Herald
It was a big year for Rashard Odomes.
The Copperas Cove freshman averaged 17.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.3 assists a game to lead the Bulldawgs to a fifth-place finish in the 12-5A standings and them right in the mix for a playoff berth late in the season.
The District 12-5A and Daily Herald All-Area newcomer of the year also outgrew his older brother Raheem Odomes, who in 2010 was the first Cove boys basketball player to play college ball in nine years.
"It felt the same, except I felt he we was still on top of me," Rashard Odomes said of outgrowing Raheem.
Odomes credited his older brother for his success this season. But, he also disregarded the age difference between himself and his competition.
"I really didn't worry about the pressure," Odomes said. "I didn't think of it as I'm younger than everyone. I just went out there and played."
The Daily Herald's 2011-12 boys basketball MVP was Shoemaker senior Chris Runnels whose role clicked to him and he then lit the path for the Grey Wolves.
Runnels, the District 12-5A Defensive MVP, averaged 15.5 points, 11 rebounds (5 offensive), and 2.5 blocks per game to lead the Grey Wolves to their first playoff win since 2003 and first 5A playoff win in school history.
He was the District 12-5A and Daily Herald All-Area newcomer of the year as a junior after averaging 12 points and nine rebounds a game.
Other first team members were Harker Heights' Thomas Cherry, Belton's Daniel Mills, Ellison's Ojai Black, Salado's Koby Spears and Killeen's Brian Long.
Copperas Cove sharpshooter Cory Scott was named to the second team along with Gatesville's Tobias Moore, Shoemaker's Jose Roman, Ellison's Malik Hawkins and Killeen's Tevin Bartney.
Harker Heights coach Celneque Bobbit was named coach of the year by the Daily Herald staff.