People, Places and Things – January 2021
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Landon Condiff, a 6’1 guard for Callisburg (10-3A) boys, had a monster start to the season. He averaged 40 points per game for the month of November for Coach Shad Reed. After their 4-0 start in November the Wildcats haven’t let up as they are now 17-0, 5-0 in district. Landon hasn’t let up either as he is still averaging 35 ppg, 8 rpg, and 4 apg as Callisburg is moving up in the rankings.
Emily Bunger of Rankin (10-1A) girls has 44 treys as of this writing and will continue to add to her total as she is averaging 23 points per game for the Red Devils of coach Eric Simmonds. Emily was the league MVP last year and leads the Rankin squad, which is currently 14-0 and ranked # 5.
K.J. Lewis of El Paso Chapin (1-5A) is ranked by ESPN as the # 21 sophomore in the nation. He leads the top 15 state ranked Huskies (10-0) of Coach Rodney Lewis and is averaging 28 points per game.
Jeremy Mills moved from 5A Grapevine to 1A McMullen County (32-1A) and South Texas seems to suit the former Houston area coach. The
Cowboys are currently 14-1 with their only setback to 3A Jourdanton. They are ranked #6 in class 1A boys.
Crosby boys (21-5A) are currently a top 20 state ranked team due to the leadership of Sean “PJ” Haggerty, a 6’2 junior. He is one of the leading scorers in the state at 34.8 point per game. The Cougars are coached by Edwin Egans.
Christopher Flores had a career game earlier in the season for Rocksprings (31-1A). He had 29 points, 24 rebounds, 10 assists, 16 steals against 3A Ingram Tom Moore. While that helped add to his 24 ppg average he is not the team leader. Christian Montoya averages 30 ppg and has already made 55 treys for Coach Eddie Walker. The Rockcrushers are 10-2 and top 10 state ranked in 1A.
Grant Rein, a sophomore at Grapevine Faith Academy (TAPPS 1-5A) is one of the state lead-ers with 56 three point field goals so far. The Lions of Coach Matt Sayman are a top ranked TAPPS team (10-6).
Kaiya Wynn of Foster girls (24-5A) is one of the reasons the Lady Falcons are moving up in the rankings and now are # 12. The Tennessee commit is averaging 29.6 points per game and is a state leader with 114 made free throws. Coach Savitria Williams-Smith is the coach and Foster is 12-2, 7-0 in district.
Longtime TABC member and past president Ron Vick wants to let all his TABC friends know that he is retiring after 37 years. He has served TABC in many capacities and still does radio play by play broadcasts in the Panhandle. The Texas Tech graduate coached and taught in Lubbock ISD his entire career most of which was at Lubbock High School.
M.J. Thomas is leading the Calvert (29-1A) boys to a 9-1 start and # 3 ranking by averaging 21.6 points per game. The Trojans coach is his father, Michael Thomas, who played for his father Henry Thomas at Calvert on a state finalist team in 1995. Henry had successful stops at Calvert, Denton, Lewisville and Flower Mound and now coaches at Lone Star North in Gainseville (TAPPS 2-3A). Henry also has 2 daughters that are head coaches, Jennisha Thomas-Murray (Houston Wisdom) and A’Travia Thomas (Denton). The Thomases make bas-ketball and TABC a family affair and we appreciate them all.
Yorktown junior point guard Seely Metting led the Kitty Kats to a 24-10 area championship last year and was TABC all-region. Early this year she scored her 1,000th career point and Yorktown has picked up where they left off with a 12-0 start and a top 10 state ranking. Coach Val Acree has all five starters back and plans to go even farther in 2021. Seely’s ac-tion shot is below.