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East Texas athletes chosen for THSCA all-star games

From Staff Reports
April 11, 2013 at 10 p.m.


Some of East Texas' top athletes have been chosen to play in the Texas High School Coaches Association football and basketball all-star games.

White Oak forward Levi Yancy and Tatum guard Javolick Garrett were each selected to play in the 69th THSCA all-star basketball game on July 29, while six East Texas football players were chosen to play in the 79th football all-star game on July 30. Both games will be played in Fort Worth.

Longview defensive tackle Cornelius Williams, Gilmer offensive lineman Brady English, Hallsville offensive lineman Hayden Wall, Daingerfield running back Edwin Mims, Whitehouse receiver Dylan Cantrell and Lufkin receiver Jabryce Taylor were all named to the North team for the football game.

Yancy and Garrett were assigned to the South and North teams, respectively, for the basketball game.

Yancy averaged 11.9 points, 10.1 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game while leading White Oak to its second consecutive state title game and earning TABC 2A Player of the Year and District MVP honors. Garrett averaged 14 points, 4.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 3.7 steals, earning TABC all-state honors while helping lead Tatum to a 31-win season and regional final appearance.

The East Texas football selections will play on a North team led by Argyle coach John King.

Williams registered 84 tackles, 17 tackles for loss and three sacks as a senior, anchoring a Longview defensive line that led District 12-5A in run defense. The 5-foot-10, 275-pounder double-signed with Texas A&M-Commerce and Navarro in February.

English graded out at 82 percent and had 75 pancake blocks on an offensive line that helped Gilmer reach the 3A Division II state title game. He signed with Tyler Junior College.

Wall graded out at 86 percent for a Hallsville team that made the playoffs. The 6-foot-4, 295-pounder signed with Abilene Christian.

Mims had 975 rushing yards, 883 receiving yards and 625 passing yards while also playing a big role in the return game for a Daingerfield team that made it to the 2A Division I state championship game.

Cantrell signed with Texas Tech and Taylor inked with SMU.

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