Bulldog cagers receive all-district accolades
By Brady Keane BCC Contributor
District New Comer of the Year
Averie Mansfield (Jr)
Mansfield was the heart and soul of the Bulldogs interior offense, as he averaged 11.3 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Averie's strongest points came in his ability to overpower defenders and to pull up and shoot over almost anyone guarding him, as well as his tenacious finishing ability underneath the basket. Mansfield recorded two double-doubles on the season, while his highest scoring output the district season came in a victory over the previously undefeated Fredericksburg Billies in which Averie scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. He also had a double-double in the Bi-District Championship win against the La Vernia Bears, scoring 16 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.
First Team All-District
Noah Nelson (Jr)
Nelson was another big player inside for the Bulldogs, as he averaged an even 8 points and 8 rebounds across the 34 game season. Noah dominated opposing post players all season in the rebounding category, and recorded an impressive 11 double-doubles this season. Nelson's strongest district game came against the Navarro Panthers in a 15 point and 13 rebound performance, an important game that clinched the Bulldogs post-season berth.
First Team All-District
Ty Neff (Jr)
Neff was one of two captains for the Bulldog team and averaged 18.4 points
and 4.7 rebounds per game to lead a high powered Bulldog offense. His long range scoring and ability to drive past defenders hurt opposing teams constantly throughout both the district and pre-district season. Ty was able to score 30 points or more on three different occasions, and was held to single digits in points only three times throughout the season. His best district performances came in a 32 point four rebound win against the Canyon Lake Hawks and a 37 point five rebound win against the Wimberley Texans. This is Neff's second straight First Team All-District award.
First Team All-District
Alex Bauml (Fr)
Bauml gave the Lady Bulldogs new energy this season, coming in and running the point guard or shooting guard position. Alex's long range shooting and her ability to drive past defenders to get to the rim really boosted the team's offensive capacity. Bauml was recognized within the Lady Bulldog basketball program for several awards including Offensive MVP, Highest Free throw and Shooting Percentage, and the Bulldog Nation Award. Her best games in district play came against the Navarro Panthers in a 19 point performance, and in a win against the Canyon Lake Hawks in a 14 point and five steal performance. Alex will be the only starting guard returning to next year's team, and will again play a big role in the team's success.
Jonathan Raitz (Sr)
Given the nickname "The Little General" by coach Bob Shearhart, the other captain on the Bulldogs squad was key to the flow of the Bulldogs offense, playing a large role in the distribution of the basketball all season long. Averaging 5.3 points and 2.4 assists, Raitz came alive in the scoring department several times when needed, and had multiple games with 5 or more assists. Jonathan was the emotional leader of a very united team, and was a role model for several of the younger players in the basketball program throughout the season. Raitz's strongest game in district came in the playoff clinching win against the Navarro Panthers, in which he scored 10 points, grabbed four rebounds, and had four assists and four steals.
Corey Jennings (Jr)
Jennings rounds out the big three of the Bulldogs dynamic post unit, and nicknamed 'Big Country' by officials, dominated the opposition in defensive rebounding. In district, Corey officially averaged 4 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, but his physicality on the offensive and defensive end of the court was certainly not measured in stats. Jennings best district performance statically came in an 8 point and 8 rebound game against the Canyon Lake Hawks, but his defense and rebounding late in a win against Fredericksburg was key to the Bulldogs come-from-behind victory.
Cassie Henk (Sr)
Henk was a leader on the perimeter for the Lady Bulldogs, and was the co-leading scorer for the Lady Bulldogs. Cassie had a key three point shot and made the most three pointers on the team, while also averaging close to four rebounds as a guard. Henk was recognized by Coach Farber and the team as Co-Defensive MVP and tied with Bauml for the Highest Shooting Percentage award. Henk's best district game came in a 10 point and four rebound win against the Canyon Lake Hawks.
Marshall Beightol (Sr)
Beightol, known for his three point shot and consistent shut down defense, was important to the Bulldogs success all season long, but especially in the Bi-District Championship game against the La Vernia Bears. In district play, Marshall's best games were both against the Wimberley Texans, as he scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds both times. Marshall's impact on the win against La Vernia came through his ability to shut down the Bears leading scorer Colby Sims, while he also hit the game winning free throw with just over a second remaining in the game.
Taylor Schultz (Sr)
Schultz was the lone captain on the Lady Bulldogs squad, and was the facilitator of the offense. Averaging more than several assists and steals each season, Taylor was known for her tenacity on the defensive side of the ball, and her ability to find open shots for her teammates on offense. Schultz was named Co-Defensive MVP by the Lady Bulldogs, and saw her best game come against the Boerne Greyhounds, in a five point, five rebound, and five assist performance.
Shae Hopf (Sr)
Hopf was another key senior for the Lady Bulldogs, and was the third leading scorer on the team. Shae was a strong inside shooter, and shot one of the top free throw percentages on the team. Hopf's best game came in a 17 point outing against the Navarro Panthers.