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April 25, 2014

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: A memorable year

Sanders picks up another postseason honor

Athens — The postseason accolades continue to come in for Athens senior Anthony Sanders.

On Monday, he was named the ETSN.FM 2013-14 East Texas Boys Basketball Super Team Player of the Year.

The combo guard from the Hornets led them to a 29-2 record and an appearance in the regional quarterfinals — where they lost to the Kilgore Bulldogs.

Sanders led the Hornets to an undefeated District 15-3A campaign in basketball.

The only loss they suffered in the regular season was to Trinity Christian-Addison in the championship game of the Wills Point Tournament.

He was also a member of the undefeated District 15-3A Athens Hornets football team. The Hornets lost in the opening round of the playoffs to Chapel Hill.

Sanders said when he thinks about his senior year the fact that he went 39-3 in his two sports made it special for him.

“I sit back and I think about it sometimes but it is hard to explain,” Sanders said. “It feels good once you get to sit back and think about it all. Most people don’t get to achieve things like that. I wish we would have gone a little farther in football and basketball but we did pretty good.”

Sanders averaged 28.2 points per game, 5.0 rebounds per game, 5.0 assists per game and 4.8 steals per game.

He also went 109-for-230 on three point field goals this season.

He was also named a Texas Association of Basketball Coaches all-region team member and was the District 15-3A Most Valuable Player.

Sanders was named the 2013-14 Athens Review All-Henderson County Player of the Year.

“Basketball has been my favorite sport all along and I am going to work hard on the court,” Sanders said. “I am proud of myself for achieving all of these awards.”

He has also played in two-of-three all-star games this season.

He was a member of the Tyler Orthopedics All-Star game April 12 and also played in an all-star game in Maypearl earlier this year.

He will wrap up the all-star games with the 70th annual Texas High School Coaches Association game during coaching school on July 21 at the Alamo Convocation Center.

Tip off for that game will be 7 p.m.

He will be a member of the North All-Stars.

The game will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest.

“Really, since I got all-state last year I knew that I was going to have to work even harder this year,” Sanders said. “Basically, I was going for the same award but I did not know that I was going to get all that extra stuff but I feel good about it.”

Following that game, he will head off to junior college in Region XIV and the Navarro College Bulldogs under head coach Michael Landers.

He is penciled in as a combo guard for the Bulldogs program next season. The coaching staff said they expect to see big things from him.

Sanders was one of the players the Hornets counted last season as opposing coaches had a hard time figuring out how to defend him.

In four games last season, Sanders said 40 points or more. He scored a season high 47 points in one game last season.

He said receiving all of the postseason honors he has picked up this year has made it a humbling experience for him as an athlete.

He credits his teammates for helping him receive the honors.

“It is an honor for me and I am proud of myself,” Sanders said. “Basketball is a team effort and it is five guys on the court at one time. We all have to play defense and make shots and it all comes from winning. I could not have done it all without my teammates this year.”

He said knowing what he is about to deal with as a college athlete at Navarro, he knows the final event at Athens will be special for him.

He could have the chance to pick up more awards when the school will host its athletic banquet on June 2.

The event will be held at the Cain Center at 6 p.m.

“I know I am going to miss high school and most people are like I can’t wait to get out,” Sanders said. “When it is over you are going to miss it because you can’t go back.”

Two other county athletes were selected to the team as LaPoynor senior guard Octavius Crear was named to the third team.

Brownsboro junior guard Will Bailey was selected as an honorable mention player.

Crear was the All-Henderson County Defensive Player of the Year, while Bailey was named to the first team.

Crear also played in the Tyler Orthopedics all-star along with Sanders.

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