FRIENDSWOOD – Whether it’s knocking down the midrange jumper, a clutch 3-pointer, dishing out an assist or showing he has ice in his veins at the free-throw line, Friendswood guard Chris Collins is for sure a guy you want on the court.

That’s why the Mustangs’ three-year varsity guard was coach Jeff Keener’s go-to guy during the season.

Those are the reasons he also is this year’s Galveston County Daily News All-County Boys Basketball Player of the Year.

Collins led the Mustangs to a co-district 24-4A championship and a berth in the regional semifinals. On the season, he averaged more than 11 points per game, but upped his play in district with 13 points a contest.

He dished out on average 4 assists per game in 24-4A play, and stole the ball at least twice every contest.

Collins was also 24-4A’s MVP. His outstanding play wasn’t noticed just in the county or the district.

He was among the 25 finalists for the Guy V. Lewis high school basketball award that recognizes the region’s best basketball player. He was the only Galveston County player to rank that high on the award’s finalist list.

Collins has some familiar company on the All-County team, as teammate Kelby Schimming is this year’s defensive player of the year. The 6-foot 5-inch senior Schimming won the same honor in the All-District selections.

Schimming led the Mustangs in rebounds with seven per game.

It is rare that the offensive player of the year honors would go to a player on a team that didn’t have a single victory during the district season. But Santa Fe’s Ty Vasek shined in every game even if his team couldn’t pull out the wins.

The Indians’ senior guard averaged 19 points a game during the season and often accounted for more than half of his team’s points in a game. Despite being the only scoring threat on the Indians squad, other teams in the district couldn’t find a way to stop Vasek from scoring.

Rounding out the All-County top honors is La Marque Coach David Montano. After last year’s improbable playoff run by the Cougars, and the loss of several players to graduation, not much was expected of the Cougars this year.

La Marque proved everyone wrong. Montano took a new pride of Cougars and won district and advanced to the playoffs once again.


Chris Collins, Friendswood


Ty Vasek, Santa Fe


Kelby Schimming, Friendswood


David Montano, La Marque


Chris Collins, Friendswood

Ty Vasek, Santa Fe

Kelby Schimming, Friendswood

Lane Griffon, Friendswood

K.J. Boyd, Clear Springs


Randy Trigo, Hitchcock, Sr.

Je’Coby Bush, Clear Springs, Sr.

Michael Hardeman, La Marque, Sr.

Tolen Avery, Ball High

Anthony Johnson, Texas City


MVP: Will West, Clear Lake, Sr.

Defense: Je’Coby Bush, Clear Springs, Sr.

Offense: Jovan Yancy, Clear Brook, Sr.

Newcomer: Rashadre Wilson, Clear Creek, So.

Coach: Tom Penders, Clear Lake

First team

Payton Barnes, Clear Falls, Jr.

KJ Boyd, Clear Springs, Sr.

Jordan Davis, Clear Lake, Jr.

Bradley George, Clear Lake, Jr.

Drake Green, Clear Lake, Sr.

Tyquon Jordan, Clear Creek, Sr.

Nikilis Kelly, Clear Falls, Sr.

Jordan Tolbert, Brazoswood, Jr.

Second team

Ceasar Calimeno, Clear Book, Jr.; Tyler Carter, Clear Falls, So.; Drew Chronister, Clear Falls, Jr.; Xavier Ferrell, Clear Creek, So.; Josh Kinney, Clear Springs, Sr.; Orion Lewis, Clear Lake, Jr.; Shedrick Lewis, Clear Brook, Sr.; Tyler Pantermuehl, Clear Creek, Sr.; Matt Ponds, Brazoswood, Sr.; Cory Smith, Clear Springs, Sr.; Chris West, Clear Lake, Jr.


MVP: Chris Collins, Friendswood

Defense: Kelby Schimming, Friendswood

Offense: Trey Sumpter, Dawson

Newcomer: Carson Smith, Goose Creek

Newcomer: Paul Talton, Dawson

Coach: Jeff Keener, Friendswood

First team

Tolen Avery, Ball

Lane Griffon, Friendswood

Adam Hinchcliffe, Friendswood

Kaleb Hockless, Lee

Anthony Johnson, Texas City

Jordan Lewis, Dawson

Fletcher Sherrard, Galena Park

Charles Simmons, Dawson

Javonte Thomas-Cooper, Goose Creek

Ty Vasek, Santa Fe

Second team

Avery Boyd, Texas City; Garrett Cragin, Friendswood; Dammon Johnson, Ball High; Arthaulo Kelly, Galena Park; Julian Powell, Goose Creek; Greg Rollins, Ball High; Ryan Skufka, Santa Fe; Murquell Smith, Texas City; Notorius Steadamn, Galena Park; Eddie Stoneham, Dawson.


MVP: Jarius Kesee, West Columbia, Jr.

Defense: Anthony Shinette, La Marque, Sr.

Offense: Michael Hardeman, La Marque, Sr.

Offense: Neek Mukoro, Stafford, Sr.

Newcomer: Dannon McKnight, Sweeny, Jr.

Sixth man: Jaylan Babino, Stafford, Jr.

Coach: Torrence Botts, Stafford

Coach: Bobby Cash, West Columbia

Coach: David Montano, La Marque

First team

Davonta Allen, La Marque, Sr.

Tre’Jean Baker, Stafford, Sr.

Lance Byron, Stafford, So.

Jayson Faith, West Columbia, Jr.

Brandon Harris, West Columbia, Jr.

Lawrence Mallet, Kipp Spirit, Sr.

Raymond Stubblefield, La Marque, Fr.

Second team

Jared Collins, Stafford, So.; Lamarquis Fields, West Columbia, Sr.; D’Adroam Higgins, Sweeny, Jr.; David Lopez, Kipp Spirit, Sr.; Jequan Millsap, La Marque, Sr.


MVP: Grant Aschenbeck, East Bernard, Sr.

Defense: Randy Trigo, Hitchcock, Sr.

Offense: Brannon Larson, Danbury, Sr.

Newcomer: JJ Tales, East Bernard, Fr.

First team

Montrell Brown, Van Vleck, Jr.

Dillon Gonzales, Wallis Brazos, Jr.

Blake Hlavinka, East Bernard, Sr.

Tevon Hubbard, Hitchcock, Sr.

Derrick Rucka, East Bernard, Sr.

Spencer Seman, Danbury, Sr.

Cornelius Spells, Hitchcock, Sr.

Second team

Tyler Blackwell, Danbury, Sr.; Juanye Castille, Van Vleck, Sr.; TJ Combs, Hitchcock, Sr.; Jamarcus Hodge, Rice, Sr.; Cole Koeppen, East Bernard, Sr.; Marquez Oliver, Hitchcock, Sr.; Jay Riley, Boling, Sr.; Jason Smith, Danbury, Sr.; Jaylon Tolbert, Boling, So.

Contact Mainland Editor T.J. Aulds at 409-683-5334 or

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