Dawson ready to continue reign as district champion

PEARLAND — The Dawson Eagles are ready to claim another league title for the 2016-17 basketball season, but it won't be easy in a new district with cross-town rival Pearland, Brazoswood, George Ranch, and the three Alief schools -- Elsik, Hastings, and Taylor.

Head coach Mark Barre is confident that his roundballers are up for the challenge.

"It's such a long season and we have to fix a lot of stuff, Barre said. "I don't want us to be really good early in the season and peaking in December.

"We're not a team that can just go out and hoop. We have to have a system we can play in, and we tailor that system to the personnel we have each year."

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 199-92 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 of the past five years -- and deservedly so!

The Eagles return seven players with six who started at some point last season.

Leading the way include 6-3 Jules Moor, who can play inside or outside, point guard Braxton Lovings, and 6-7 Karl Nicholas, a Montana commit, who is one of the emotional leaders of the team.

Dawson will also get All-District wide receiver Niko Thomas who is an outstanding athlete, Kyle Mathews, 6-6 Chris Dixon, and Andrew Everhardt.

Dawson was 25-9 overall last year and advanced to the playoffs. The Eagles fell to Hightower by two points.

"The biggest concern us right now is finding depth," Barre said. "I have no problem with our seven returnees, but we need to find a backup point guard and another big guy."