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    Burleson senior guard Sam Martin was recently named to the District 5-5A first team. BURLESON STAR/TOMMY WHITWIORTH IMAGES

Elks’ Martin, McFail earn first-team honors

A year ago, Sam Martin was the District 9-5A Offensive Player of the Year and Sidney McFail saw limited playing time at Arlington Seguin.

Although Martin and McFail had great basketball season’s for Burleson, neither earned superlative honors on the District 5-5A all-district team but landed on the first-team.

Burleson coach Joey Martin said considering the level of talent in 5-5A making the first-team is quite an accomplishment.

This season, the Elks felt the loss of a large senior class as they finished district play at 6-8 and 11-17 overall.

“You don’t ever want to judge a season on wins and losses because if you get down to the facts, besides Weatherford, every team on our non-district schedule made the playoffs,” Joey Martin said. “We played a pretty tough schedule. Then we had some injuries and had players missing games to take SATs. Overall I thought we had a chance to finish third or fourth and make the playoffs and we didn’t quite get it done.”

Sam Martin was the squad’s top scorer and assist man. The senior guard averaged 24.3 points and 8.1 assists per game. He connected on 118 three-pointers.

“He’s earned (first-team honors),” Joey Martin said. “It’s something he has worked for his whole life. The expectations were there and I think he fulfilled those expectations. He had to do a lot himself this year. Last year, he had a pretty good supporting cast. He had to shoot a lot and most everything went through him. He faced a lot of double teams and box-and-ones.”

McFail, a senior post player, averaged 14.1 points and 11 rebounds per game after transferring to Burleson from Seguin.

“Sidney showed up the first week of school so that was a gift,” Joey Martin said. “This being his fourth high school in four years I didn’t know what was going to happen. He only played in about six varsity games last season at Arlington Seguin so playing an entire season was new to him. He did really well. He rebounded the heck out of the ball and he helped us offensively at times. I thought he played great.”

The Elks had two second-team players junior forward Brennan Zeinner and sophomore forward Josh Pierre. Zeinner averaged nine points and five rebounds per game while Pierre averaged nine points and 5.2 rebounds per game.

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