A postseason bid may have eluded the three local Class 6A boys basketball teams during the 2018-19 season, but a bevy of honors from District 26-6A did not.
New Braunfels, Canyon and Smithson Valley all saw at least one player garner first-team designation from the league following an epic battle for the four available playoff spots.
The Unicorns were represented by seniors Fernando Hinojosa, who earned a spot on the all-district first team, and Adam Boyce, who was named to the second team.
Hinojosa, a guard, led New Braunfels in scoring this season with 13.3 points per game and shot 38 percent from beyond the 3-point arc. Hinojosa was also the Unicorns’ top rebounder with 5.1 per contest, and he dished out 3.5 assists per outing as well.
Boyce, the team’s starting point guard, came back from a shoulder injury to regain his spot and become a floor general for head coach David Brawner’s team. Boyce averaged 6.3 points, a team-best 5.2 assists and 3.0 rebounds per contest in his senior season.
The Unicorns posted an overall record of 16-13 this year and finished in a tie for fourth place with East Central, although the Hornets held the head-to-head tiebreaker.
The Cougars placed three players on the district honor lists, including first-team selection Josh Rainey and second-team choices Isaiah McHenry and Josh Malone.
Rainey, a senior, made the rarely-seen move from power forward to point guard this season for Canyon and became one of the league’s best backcourt performers. Rainey put in 16.5 points per game in addition to 8.1 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.6 blocks per contest — all team-high totals.
McHenry, a junior post, helped pick up the slack in the low block and averaged 9.9 points and 4.7 rebounds per outing in his first varsity season.
Malone, a junior forward, did a little bit of everything for the Cougars, and averaged 8.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and a team-best 1.8 steals per game.
Canyon, which is coached by Allan Miller, posted an overall mark of 18-14 this season and finished sixth in the district standings.
The Rangers placed one player on the district’s first team — senior guard/forward Sean Bolds.
Bolds was the team’s leading scorer with 15.8 points per contest, and he also provided a team-high 4.9 rebounds per game as well as tallying 30 steals to pace Smithson Valley in that category as well.
Head coach Ike Thornton’s Rangers were 8-24 during the regular season this year and finished eighth in 26-6A.