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Orange– As we get to the mid-season break, a surprising number of freshmen newcomers have surfaced to make an impactful footprint on the area basketball scene.
No doubt one of those impactful newcomers is Orangefield shooting guard Jaden Scales. Scales has started all 16 games for the bobcats up to this point averaging 13 points and 3 assists per game. “Jaden is a joy to coach because he soaks everything in and follows the game plan on both ends. The sky is the limit for him” said Jake McDonald HC Orangefield Bobcats.
Scales continues to work relentlessly on his game and has always played against tough competition. Even when he was younger, he always played against kids one or two grades above him in AAU ball. He has a competitive drive that will carry him for the remainder of his high school career and further if he wants.
Not only has Scales made an impression at OHS, but the Lady Bobcats also have a set of three newcomers that are contributing heavily to their team. Charlee Sanches, daughter of former MLB pitcher Brian Sanches, has gotten a majority of starts this season. She is aggressive and fights for every rebound she gets. Brooklyn Wagnoner and Steeley Franklin are both playing good minutes as well at the guard spot. “They all get to play significant minutes and that is good for our future because they are gaining valuable experience.” Lady Bobcats HC Eric Girrola
Across the Bayou, Bridge City has several Freshmen players tearing up the court. Aaden Bush started working out with the varsity last spring while still in 8th grade. He was always the go to guy in his freshman group and is starting to understand his role with the varsity squad. Bush has started every game this year and has contributed especially when the Cardinals needed him. He posted a double-double against Huffman in the opener this year and has hit some big shots down the stretch. “Aaden is a great kid and an even better student. He comes from a great family and has great work ethic. If he stays the course, I believe he could go down as one of the best to come out of Bridge City”. Randall Robertson HC Bridge City Cardinals.
Along with the boys’ squad the Lady Cardinals have a group of freshmen that are contributing significantly for first year head coach Larry Sterling. “We have a great freshman class as a whole. They’ve played basketball together since little dribblers and have always been competitors and winners” Sterling said.
Kaylee Britten and Makenna Knight have started every game this season for the Lady Cards. Britten leads the team in minutes played along with running the PG spot. She is not only fast but handles the ball well and is a tireless worker. Knight, a multi-sport athlete, plays a variety of positions and has a world of potential for the Cards. Kennedy Campbell and Cambree LaComb come off the bench but contribute significant minutes each game. Campbell is a shooter with great length and vision. LaComb plays hard every game, very coachable and can play both guard and forward. Kailey Nelson is the Cardinals most athletic interior player. She is a very strong rebounder and will have a bright future with the Lady Cardinals.
These “Fab Five” are truly making a difference for the BC Lady Cardinals this season and will be instrumental to their future success.
In Vidor, Allie Williams has been elevated to the varsity squad and is providing a tremendous burst of energy off the bench. Williams started the season on JV but was quickly moved to the Lady Pirate varsity team. “Allie is a good ball handler, a good shooter and is working on her defensive skills. She’ll be a player for the future, and we are really looking forward to her career.” Said Lady Pirate HC Shad Smith.
Vidor has really been stepping on the gas lately playing good basketball. No doubt Allie has contributed to their success. She has put in a lot of extra work in the summer and spring training with local SETX trainers. She is a gritty player and as tough as they come.
The Davis name should not be a surprise to the West Orange-Stark basketball fans however, this Mustang is the brother to Jamikael. Geramicah Davis is the Mustangs backup shooting guard this season. He landed a spot on the varsity squad from day one. “He is averaging five points per game, but his main impact is pushing his brother to be even better” said WOS HC Chris Castille.
Geramicah is very athletic and will be a bigger role player for the Stangs as they start district play and fight for a playoff spot this season.
Kelsyn Bruce from the Evadale Lady Rebels is no surprise to SETX basketball scene. She’s already won MVP of the Evadale Tournament earlier this season and is averaging 12 points and 3 assist per game. She is also averaging 38% from long range. She has been starting some this season but regardless of if she is the 6th man or a starter, she is averaging a lot of minutes and playing alongside their 4th year PG making a dynamic duo. “Kelsyn is a big reason we are off to 18-1 start. She makes some freshman decisions from time to time but the only loss we had is the game she fouled out” stated Lady Rebels HC Robert Holyfield.
Currently, the Lady Rebels are ranked #5 in class AA and look forward to district play.
The state of SETX basketball seems to be in great hands as this freshman class will most definitely continue to be headliners and contributing factors for the future success of their squads.
Hickman talks High School Football at Rotary Club
Head coach and athletic director Hiawatha Hickman spoke to a packed room at the Orange Texas Rotary Club.
Hickman talked about the upcoming 2023 football season, their playoff chances, and the hard work the Mighty Mustangs have put in to prepare for the season.
PHOTO GALLERY: Future Mustang Grid Iron Champs Undaunted by Heat
The heat did little to dissuade these Future ‘Stangs from getting an early start.
photos courtesy of WOCCISD
PHOTO GALLERY: Bridge City Strutters Show Cardinal Pride at ADTS Camp
The Strutters participated at the ADTS Team Camp this week and took home many awards. Mrs. Cude stated about the team, “The Strutters worked as one- always supporting and encouraging when 16-hour dance days became exhausting. Each day they pushed and gave more!”