By Clay Fowler
Killeen Daily Herald
Celneque Bobbitt says he is only as good as his players.
Wednesday's announcement of the All-District 13-5A team confirmed both the Harker Heights basketball coach and his players were pretty good in 2005-06.
Bobbitt was named coach of the year, Heights' guard Matt Addison unanimously voted the district MVP and four district-champion Knights made the first team.
"We were in a competitive district, so you can't expect four of your five starters to make the first team," said Bobbitt. "We couldn't have asked for anything more."
Point guard Walt Harris, center Dustan Allen and forward Justin Reefer complete Heights' representation on the first team following a school-record 30 wins opposite seven losses in the 2005-06 season.
A 73-71 regional quarterfinal overtime loss to Pflugerville knocked the Knights out of the playoffs. The 6-foot-5 Harris scored a game-high 27 points in the losing effort, Addison 20 before fouling out in overtime. Addison averaged 22 points this season.
"Matt was hands down the best kid in the district," said Bobbitt. "The Bryan coach (John Reese) was telling me (Addison) has the purest shot he's seen in a long time."
Shoemaker post men Jamar Beasley and Keith Smith also made the first team. The Grey Wolves' leading scorers led SHS to a 25-8 regular-season record and third-place finish in District 13-5A. Shoemaker lost a its bi-district playoff game to Klein Forest.
The remaining three members of the Grey Wolves' starting lineup were named to the second team: guards T.J. Dennis and Jamaal Skipper and small forward Chris Poullard.
Ben Tharpe, Shoemaker's third-leading scorer, and sophomores Calvin Glass and Jeremiah Ransaw were each honorable mention.
Heights forward Chris Ellis and guard Ronald Moore were named to the second team and forward Rylan Chambers honorable mention.
Copperas Cove sophomore Robert Griffin was named to the first team, senior guard Jeff Russell earned honorable mention. Cove broke a 38-game district losing streak on Jan. 13, topping Belton 50-36.
Heights lost just one district game opposite 13 wins in 2005-06, falling at second-place Bryan 57-50 on Jan. 20. But the Knights avenged that loss with a dominant 17-point district-clinching victory the final game of the regular season.
"It feels good as a young coach coming up to be acknowledged by your peers," said Bobbitt. "But I always say you're only as good as your kids."
Six local girls receive first-team honors
The Lady Knights also set a school record for wins with 21 and placed two players senior forward Whitney Tucker and junior point guard Nyesha Adams on the girls All-District 13-5A first team.
Copperas Cove freshman Leslie Martinez earned Newcomer of the Year honors and was one of three Lady Dawgs on the first team, joining senior guard Lauren Flood and junior Kim Baker.
Porscha Weddington and Shondria Combs of league champion Temple shared MVP honors with Bryan's Alisha Williams. All three are seniors.
Bryan's Shaneka Mason was named Defensive Player of the Year.
Sophomores Rashawndira Johnson and Tomika Lynce earned second-team honors for Heights, along with Cove's Kiki Farley and Shoemaker's Precious Allen.
Staff writer Mark W. Miller contributed to this report.