Barré, Nicholas receive top district honors

PEARLAND — For the past five years, the Dawson roundballers have either won or shared the district championship. They have won three outright while sharing two titles.

Dawson head coach Mark Barre has done an incredible job as the school's first coach since the school opened in 2007.

The first year of varsity competition for Dawson was 2008-2009 in Class 4A. Over the past eight years of varsity, Barre has put together an impressive 190-88 mark with his 2011-12 and 2014-15 teams registering 30 win seasons with only five and six losses respectively.

While Barre doesn't really feel comfortable being recognized on a personal level as he is always the first to credit his coaching staff and players, the young coach has been named the district "Coach of the Year" four the past five years -- and deservedly so!

It came as no surprise that Barre was honored by his coaching peers in District 22-6A as the 2015-16 "Coach of the Year" after the Eagles captured the 22-6A crown over some very good teams.

Joining Barre with one of the top honors was junior Karl Nicholas who was named the Most Valuable Player of the district. Nicholas averaged 13 points per game and seven rebounds per game. He was one of the emotional leaders of the team in helping the Eagles post a 25-9 overall record and 15-1 mark in league play.

A much improved South Houston team finished in second-place with a 14-2 record following by Manvel (10-6) and Dobie(10-6) who tied for third while advancing to the playoffs.

Other teams in the league that didn't make the post-season included Pearland (9-7), Pasadena (5-11), Alvin (5-11), Pasadena Memorial (3-13), and Sam Rayburn (1-15).

Dawson beat Channelview in the bi-district playoffs 61-48, but fell victim to Fort Bend Hightower 59-57 in the area playoffs.

South Houston beat Port Arthur Memorial 80-56 in bi-district but came up short against FB Travis 67-63 in the area round.

Manvel edged Deer Park 63-61 in double overtime, but lost to Alief Elsik 70-56 in the area round.

Dobie finished ahead in the playoffs of all 22-6A teams with a bi-district win over North Shore 60-52, an area win over Alief Taylor 64-57, and a 59-56 win over FB Hightower in the region quarterfinals before finally falling to Cy-Lakes 79-70 in the region semifinals.

Dawson had two players named to the All-District 22-6A first-team as junior Jules Moor and senior Paul Taulton were both honored. Moor led the Eagles in scoring with a 13.5 points per game average while he also averaged five rebounds per game. Taulton averaged 12 points per game with six rebounds per game average.

Junior Braxton Lovings was named to the second-team for Dawson while senior Nosa James was named to the All-Academic team.

Pearland senior John Deterville was the only Oiler named to the first-team.

The Oilers had two players named to the second-team. They were senior Michael Guillory and junior Colen James who also was named to the All-Academic team.

Manvel had two players named to the 22-6A first-team. They were senior Mo Hussein and sophomore Jalen Preston.

Senior Uryan Hudson and junior Jason Scott were named to the All-District second-team.

Hudson and senior Onaje McDowelle were All-Academic picks.