Bulldog Basketball earns All-District awards
By Sandy Jennings BCC Staff Writer
After a fourth place finish in District and a Bi-District playoff defeat against the Wimberley Texans, Bandera Bulldog Basketball ended their 2016-17 season picking up five individual District 28-4A All-District Awards.
Bulldog guard Landry Kinsel, a senior, was selected to the All-District Second Team.
“Landry was very competitive; not just in games, but in practice as well,” Head Boys Basketball Coach Tyler Wanek said. “His will to win was something a coach enjoys teaching and watching throughout the 30 games we played. He always tried to make his teammates better by either challenging them on the floor or with words of encouragement.”
Bulldog guard Brandon Chamberlain, a junior, was selected to the All-District Second Team.
“Brandon is a very hard working individual,” Wanek said. “He would never allow someone from the opposing team to out work him. In some cases, his aggressiveness would see him foul out of games here and there; something that a coach would not be able to complain about. This determination saw Brandon consistently improve throughout the year.”
Bulldogs receiving Honorable Mention All-District were Alex Cardenas, Ben Shackelford and Aaron Givens.
Wanek, who stepped up to take on the head coaching job after Bob Shearhart took some time off due to illness, reflected on the overall season.
“Overall a good season was played by Bandera,” Wanek said. “Of course, things could always be better. Our record is certainly no indication of how things went as we were better than what showed on paper.”
Bandera played a tie-breaker game against Hondo to earn a spot in the playoffs.
“We made playoffs for the third year in a row and almost made it to the area game, which is something to be proud of, especially in a district like ours,” Wanek said.
The Bulldogs took on Wimberley in the Bi-District Championships, battling to the end in a close defeat.
“We proved we can play with whoever we want to.,” Wanek said. “Looking forward to next year, as we graduate three seniors and will return five juniors and the addition of the sophomore class which saw significant playing time on the Varsity level. I believe this group will make some noise in the near future.”