It’s pretty early in the high school boys basketball season, but Aidan Espinoza is starting off on the right foot.
The Stephenville post had back-to-back 20-point double-doubles, earning Big Country Player of the Week.
Espinoza, a 6-foot-3 senior, started his week with 27 points, 12 rebounds and four steals in a 66-53 win over Dublin. He also was key in a victory over state-ranked China Spring.
Espinoza went for 25 points, 15 rebounds and a steal. Ten of his rebounds were on the offensive end as the Yellow Jackets won 63-51 over the No. 11 Cougars.
It was a week that really stood out to first-year Stephenville coach Kia McCarty.
“Aidan is an undersized post that relentlessly attacks the glass and is constantly working to get great position,” McCarty said. “He doesn’t get outworked on the court and was a vital piece of winning two games this past week.”
The coach added that Espinoza is impressive off the court, too.
“He also takes dual credit college classes and participates in band,” McCarty said. “He is a great kid and I’m glad that he is on our team.”
Best of the Rest
1. Tim Thompson, G, Sweetwater
It was a big week for area hoopsters. In a 59-43 win over Wall, Thompson posted 29 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks.
2. Coy Lefevre, RB/DB, Albany
Lefevre did a little bit of everything in Albany’s 56-22 playoff win over Ralls. The sophomore carried 12 times for 93 yards and a score, adding two catches for 60 yards and another touchdown. He also caught a two-point conversion. From his safety position, Lefevre tallied 10 tackles (six solo) and two interceptions.
3. Hunter Long, QB, Cisco
Long was perfect in the passing game while getting it done on the ground, too. The sophomore went 5 of 5 passing for 210 yards and two TDs in Cisco’s 46-15 area-round win over Olton. He also ran for 101 yards and three scores on nine carries. Running back Jerrod Fisher chipped in 134 rushing yards and two scores.
4. Kason Philips, RB, Stephenville
Philips ended his high-school career with a bang. The senior ran 38 times for 248 yards and three TDs as the Yellow Jackets fell to No. 1 Argyle 56-27.
5. Brandon Fielding, RB, and Behren Morton, QB, Eastland
The Eastland offense continued to roll Friday. Fielding finished with 17 carries for 183 yards and three TDs in the Mavericks’ 49-22 area win over Bells. Morton was 17 of 30 passing for 196 yards and one TD. He also ran for 96 yards and three scores on 14 attempts. Payton McClain caught nine passes for 110 yards and a TD.
6. Tate Yardley, QB, and Xavier Wishert, RB, Jim Ned
Yardley went 13 of 16 passing for 200 yards and a TD in Jim Ned’s 31-14 playoff win over Dalhart. He also ran 11 times for 30 yards and a score. Wishert led the rushing attack with 25 carries for 131 yards and two TDs.
7. Gabby Herrera, G, Gorman
Herrera led the Lady Panthers in scoring in three games last week, including 21- and 19-point performances in wins over Jonesboro and Ranger, respectively.
8. Kason O’Shields, WR/DB, Hawley
The sophomore caught eight passes for 176 yards and a score in Hawley’s 34-20 playoff win over Sundown. On defense, O’Shields had six tackles (four solo). Fellow sophomore Rodey Hooper was 12 of 14 passing for 196 yards, one TD and one interception. He added three rushing scores.
9. Rory Bustamante, RB, May
In a 62-16 victory over Jonesboro, Bustamante had a team-high 84 rushing yards and two TDs on 10 carries. He completed 2 of 8 passes for 24 yards and another score and also had a 12-yard catch. Bustamante also had five tackles and an interception on defense. Hayden King led May with 19 tackles, including three for a loss, and two forced fumbles.
10. Julia Cox, G, and MaKynlee Overton, C, Coahoma
Cox and Overton each scored a team-high 16 points as Coahoma topped Monahans 57-41 in nondistrict action. Teammates Isabella Cox (11) and Madison Rodgers (10) also reached double digits.
Honorable mention: Knox City RB Tyler Delosrios ran for 80 yards and two TDs.