By CLINT FOSTER
With their 2013-14 season in the books, five members of the Mineral Wells Rams basketball team collected postseason honors, including two awards from District 6-3A coaches.
Topping the list was sophomore forward Broderick Johnson, who was named District 6-3A's Newcomer of the Year along with Springtown sophomore Dawson Meek.
Johnson averaged seven points, six rebounds and a block per game this past season with room for continued improvement. Head coach Aaron Pappas said Johnson has a bright future ahead of him.
"He truly got better each and every game," Pappas said. "During district play, his scoring and rebounding averages went on a big upswing."
Also earning some hardware was Juvaree Sutton, who won the Bobby Miller Award. Given in honor of a Diamond Hill athlete who died two years ago, the Bobby Miller is awarded to the players in the district that have exhibited the most character, determination and hard work, on and off the court.
Pappas said Sutton – who was the only junior to earn the award for 2013-14 – epitomized all of the qualities of a Bobby Miller Award winner.
Earning first-team all-district distinction were junior guards Biren Clardy and Rascellis Williams.
Williams rode a hot streak in District 6-3A play during which he averaged 11 points, five rebounds and one steal per game. Pappas said Williams' awakening during the most important part of the Rams' schedule was a major reason why the district coaches alloted him a spot on the first team.
Clardy was a team leader in many ways, averaging a stellar 20 points, five assists and two steals per game during Mineral Wells' district slate. His season also garnered all-region recognition representing Region 1.
"Biren Clardy making first-team all-district was a no-brainer," Pappas said. "(Making All-Region 1) is a big deal. I am very happy for Biren."