Elks’ Johnson, Martin garner 9-5A accolades
Burleson’s historic run to the District 9-5A boys basketball title was full of highlights.
The accolades for the Elks keep coming thanks to recognition on the 9-5A All-District Team.
The Elks lost their first district game at Granbury then reeled off 13 district victories to finish 13-1 in district and claim the program’s first district title since 1956.
All this came under the direction of Joey Martin, who was in his first season at the helm of the program.
“This was a great group of kids to coach, they bought into winning and playing together as a team,” Joey Martin said. “As a coach, I challenged them since Day One to win the “tough guy” contest and give maximum effort, and they did. I told them there is no magical play that I can draw up to win a game that the majority of a win comes from toughness.
“I couldn’t be more proud of a group of guys that I was told a lot of negative things about coming here. I challenged them and they proved to doubters that they were a special group.” The Elks produced two superlative players as junior guard Sam Martin was honored as the Offensive Player of the Year and senior Jaylen Johnson garnered Defensive Player of the Year honors.
Sam Martin finished the season with 21 points and seven assists per game. He also connected on 91 three-pointers during the season.
“He’s a talented two-sport star who took on opposing defenses that at times face guarded and double teamed him but still managed a way to get his teammates the ball in scoring position,” Joey Martin said.
Johnson, who was honored as the 9-5A Offensive Player of the Year in footbball, wasn’t just a standout defensive player during the season. The senior was a top-flight leader on and off the court and was a strong offensive threat averaging 20 points and four assists per game. He also averaged six steals per game.
“Jaylen’s energy and leadership abilities are contagious,” Joey Martin said “He gave everything to his team in practice and games. I’m still amazed at some of the defensive plays he made for us this year. He is going to be hard to replace next year and has helped set the bar high for future teams here at Burleson. When we needed a stop or a steal, he would find a way to make that happen.”
Joey Martin was honored as the district’s Coach of the Year.
Burleson had three first-team senior players in post Dalton Lane and guards Josiah Sneed and Logan Potts.
“Dalton, Josiah Sneed and Logan Potts all had amazing games that helped us during our run for the district championship,” Joey Martin said. “Each individually had great games throughout the season and were key factors in us winning 25 games.”
Four of the Elks seven losses came when Sneed and Lane were out with injuries.
“These guys battled through injuries throughout the season and still performed well enough to be recognized as first-team players,” Joey Martin said, “Logan Potts helped the Elks set records with his three-point shooting abilities.”
Senior guard Levi Porter made the second-team while also playing with the varsity tennis team during the season.
“Levi gave huge contributions throughout the season,” Joey Martin said. “His toughness and floor game were instrumental for the success of the Elks this season.”
Joey Martin said the senior class of 2018 will go down in school history as the most successful basketball class based on the accomplishments they achieved.
The Elks had two honorable mention players in senior guard Joe Lutka and senior post Raymond Lynch.