Spartans’ Hunter, Bolf land first team spots
With a return to the playoffs in jeopardy this season, Centennial’s boys basketball team won its final three District 9-5A games to makes its way back to the post-season for the fifth consecutive season.
The Spartans knocked off Joshua, Granbury and Everman to finish 8-6 in district play. Centennial then lost to the Waxahachie, the state’s top-ranked team at the time, in the first-round of the playoffs.
“I am just really proud of this group of young men,” Centennial coach Jeff Carroll said. “It takes a lot to continue the tradition of Spartan Basketball. To have made the playoffs now for the fifth straight year and six of the last seven shows a dedication to excellence. They continued the tradition that has been established here.”
The coaches of 9-5A recognized the talent at Centennial placing a pair of Spartans on the all-district first team and one on the second team.
Junior guard Anthony Hunter and sophomore guard Zach Bolf were named to the first-team and sophomore guard Jacob Stuckey made the second team.
Hunter had a big season, leading the squad with 17.8 points per game. He also led the team in shooting. Hunter shot 61 percent from the field on two-pointers and 45 percent from behind the three-point arc.
Bolf, in his first full season with the varsity, was the Spartans leading rebounder with 5.1 per game. Stuckey provided senior leadership for the young Spartans.
“I am really proud of all of our our All District award winners,” Carroll said. “When you gain the attention of the coaches in the district it is a statement to the hard work you put in. Anthony, Zach, and Jacob all had great years and worked really hard to have the years they had.”
The Spartans had three honorable mention players in senior guard Kelton Tezeno and junior guards K.J. Walker and Corbin Franco.