For the first time in more than a decade, the top offensive player in District 29-6A boys basketball calls Del Rio home.
Del Rio High senior Moises “Mo” Escajeda was named the district’s co-Offensive Player of the Year along with Laredo Alexander senior Foro Villarreal. Escajeda was one of five Rams, and one of four seniors, to earn all-district honors.
Escajeda averaged nearly 20 points per game during the season, scoring 20 or more points four times including a season-high 30 points in the district opener against Laredo LBJ.
This season Escajeda also eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for his career, accomplishing the feat in a loss to Laredo United South. In addition to his scoring ability, Escajeda also led the Rams in blocks and rebounds.
Senior Adrian Zepeda was named to the all-district first team.
Zepeda averaged more than 12 points per game, twice scoring above 20 points. Zepeda was one of the Rams deadliest shooters from beyond the 3-point line and was one of the Rams toughest defenders, often leading the team in steals.
Senior Daniel Zepeda was named to the all-district second team. The twin brother of Adrian Zepeda, Daniel didn’t score as often as his brother, reaching double digits three times during district play, but his defense was top notch and his ability to get to the ball helped save several Rams possessions and worked to frustrate opposing teams.
Junior Sebastian Sanchez was named as an all-district honorable mention. The only underclassmen from Del Rio to earn all-district honors, Sanchez became a big part of the Rams’ offense as the district schedule wore on. He scored in double digits in five of seven games during one stretch including back-to-back games of 14 points. He will be looked at as one of the team’s leaders next season.
Senior Sergio Gomez was named to the academic all-district team for his work in the classroom.
Del Rio finished the regular season tied for fourth, but missed out on the playoffs on a buzzer-beater against Laredo United in a play-in game.
District champions Laredo United was represented by four players followed by Laredo six players from Laredo Alexander, seven players from Laredo Nixon, which returned to Class 6A this season, and three players from Laredo United South.
Laredo LBJ had three representatives and Eagle Pass was represented by two players.
The all-district list was made public after the final team in 29-6A, Laredo Nixon, was eliminated from the postseason in the Class 6A-Region IV finals by Cibolo Steele this past weekend. Steele will face Klein Forest in the state semifinals this weekend.
The full list is as follows:
Coach of the Year: Archie Ramos, Laredo United
MVP: Andy Pompa, Laredo United
Offensive Player of the Year: Moises Escajeda, Del Rio and Foro Villarreal, Laredo Alexander
Defensive Player of the Year: Joel Pena, Laredo Nixon and Donnie Ethridge, Laredo Alexander
Newcomer of the Year: Juan Marines, Laredo Nixon
LJ Herrera, Laredo Nixon
Jaime Uvalle, Laredo Alexander
Sammy Esparza, Laredo United
AJ Melendez, Laredo Nixon
Chuy Trevino, United South
Chris Merino, Laredo LBJ
Adrian Zepeda, Del Rio
Jorge Rivera, Laredo Alexander
David Moreno, Eagle Pass
Alex Idrogo, Laredo United
Daniel Zepeda, Del Rio
Miguel Martinez, United South
Osvaldo Garza, Laredo LBJ
Jay Arizola, Laredo Alexander
Bryan Garcia, Laredo Nixon
Martin Tovar, Laredo Nixon
Rico Olivares, Laredo United
J.C. Ayala, Laredo Nixon
Bobby Torres, Laredo Alexander
Eliud Gonzalez, United South
Sebastian Sanchez, Del Ro
Eddie Jaime, Laredo LBJ
Jesse Juarez, Eagle Pass