Area hoopsters make all-region list

Both the San Perlita Trojans and Santa Rosa Warriors had strong seasons. San Perlita had a banner year by making the regional tournament while the Warriors made their fourth straight appearance at the regional tournament.

Adding to their stand out years were Seniors Julian Herrera and Tige Johnson who were named to the TABC All-Region 2A Region IV list. Johnson was also named to the all-state list.

Herrera averaged 15 points per game, 4.8 rebounds and two steals a game. While Johnson had a strong junior year averaging 28 points per game, 14.5 rebounds and six blocks a game.

“Coach text me about it and it was mind blowing,” Johnson said. “As soon as I told my mom she jumped in the air and we were just excited and blessed. It is amazing to make the list and to know all the hard work and dedication is paying off.”

Both Johnson and Herrera along with San Isidro’s Genaro Elizondo represented district 32-2A.

“I couldn’t be more proud of Tige and Julian on making the all-region list,” said Trojans coach Nataniel Garza. “These young men bring a lot of positive attention to our community and are not only known in the small school basketball scene but also known state wide. They are a prime example of what San Perlita embodies, blue collar and extremely hard working.”

n class 3A CJ Olivarez was tabbed to the all-region team. Olivarez broke out onto the scene and helped guide the young Warriors in 2018-19.

Against Goliad, Olivarez finished with 12 points and hit all four of his free throws in the final 1:27 minute’s hat helped seal the win and sent the Warriors to the regional tournament.

“I know that nothing is given, everything is earned,” Olivarez said. “I have to work twice as hard because we will be back next year stronger and everyone will count us out, but our goal will always be to make state. It feels great to be able to fit in with the top athletes in the region as a freshman.”

Port Isabel set a record for most wins in a regular season with a 26-8 record. Junior guard Daniel Rinza was the lone Valley representative to make the 4A region list.

In class 6A, Los Fresnos had junior forward Elian Gonzalez make the list. Gonzalez had a hand in the Falcons sixth straight district title and scored in double digits 20 times and scored 20 or more points four times including a season high 24 points against San Benito and Jubilee Brownsville.