First-team nods go to Smith and Elliot
Playing in a new district, Centennial’s boys basketball team made its way to post-season again and seniors Hayden Smith and Zach Elliot played major roles.
Smith, a guard, and Elliot, a center, garnered first-team honors on the recently released District 9-5A boys basketball team.
“Hayden was our point guard and he made us go for the entire season,” Centennial coach Jeff Carroll said. “We would not have been near the team we were if it were not for him. He literally took over games at times.”
Like Smith, Elliot was playing his third season with the varsity.
“We cannot say enough about Zach Elliot and what he meant to this team,” Carroll said. “Not only his play but also his character. He fought every second to make sure we were the best team we could be. There were many nights where he completely changed the game on the defensive end.”
The Spartans had two honorable mention players in senior guard Reece Walker and junior guard Kelton Tezeno.
The Spartans finished 8-6 in district play and 15-13 overall. Centennial fell to Mansfield Timberview, 76-57, in the opening round of the playoffs.
“This season was special because we had kids step up and continue the tradition of Spartan Basketball,” Carroll said. “Having five new starters this year, we had to have senior leadership and our seniors drove us.”