Stephenville dominated District 7-3A in boys basketball, going 8-0 for the second straight year. The Yellow Jackets were perfect in the two-year cycle of competition in the league.
It comes as no surprise the Jackets also dominate the league's postseason honors, voted on by head coaches from each school.
Named District 7-3A MVP was Stephenville senior point guard Malik Taylor, while the league's leading scorer, SHS senior Grayson Sweet, was voted 7-3A Offensive MVP. The Jackets even had the top reserve in the district, with the 6th Man of the Year honor going to Colby Brandon.
First-team 7-3A recognition went to seniors B.J. Walker and Brandon Stevens, while senior Mookie Carlile and junior Tyler Griffin each earned second-team nods.
Seniors Tyler Isham and Brandon Bledsoe are 7-3A honorable-mention honorees.
Yellow Jacket head coach Jonathan Normand has led the program to consecutive 7-3A titles and was named coach of the year. His assistants are Bill Brooks and Casey Hamilton. Brooks even sat first chair and Hamilton second chair in a state playoff game, guiding the Jackets to a 66-40 bi-district rout of Lampasas while Normand was with his wife Carrie expecting the birth of their twin boys.
Normand returned and Stephenville continued rolling to a historic postseason. They slammed Springtown 71-41 for their second straight area championship, and advanced further than any Jacket club since 1925 with a 67-56 regional quarterfinal win over Wichita Falls Hirschi.
Stephenville went on to upset No. 5 Abilene Wylie 75-73 in double overtime in the semifinal round of the 3A Region I Championship to reach the Elite Eight. Undefeated Kennedale was all that stood between them and a trip to the state tournament.
Other special honors in the league went to Defensive MVP Joey Gibson, an Alvarado junior, and Newcomer of the Year Devan Pollard, a Venus freshman.