Kevin Caballero has been named District 2-2A Coach of the Year after piloting Sterlington to its first district championship since 1995.
Basking in the glory of its first district championship in 18 years, the Sterlington Panthers claimed three of the five first-team spots as well as both individual awards on the All-District 2-2A boys basketball team.
Most Valuable Player Brandon Douglas is joined on the first five by fellow seniors Matt Allred and Lance Richard, while Kevin Caballero is Coach of the Year.
A 6-4 senior center, Douglas is a repeat first-team honoree. Averaging a double-double, Douglas led the district in scoring (19.5) and rebounding (10.6). A three-year starter, he averaged 17.5 points and 9.9 rebounds as a junior and put up 8.4 points and 7 boards per game en route to earning second-team All-District accolades as a sophomore. Closing out his career, Douglas dropped in 30 points in his final game for the Panthers, a gut-wrenching 81-80 loss to Lakeview in the second round of the state playoffs.
Caballero was the architect behind the school's first district championship since Phillip Craig guided the Panthers to the 1995 conference title. “Coach Cab” directed the Panthers to a 25-8 record, including a 9-1 mark in league play.
Allred, a 5-8 senior guard, finishes his high school career with 2,254 career points despite having his sophomore and junior seasons cut short by torn ACLs. A five-year starter, Allred helped the Panthers to a 113-51 record over the course of his career. He earned first-team All-District honors as a senior, sophomore and freshman, second-team recognition as a junior and honorable mention acclaim as an eighth-grader. As a senior, Allred scored at a 17.4 clip while handing out 2.3 assists.
Richard, who transferred to Sterlington from University Lab following his freshman season, is a first-team All-District performer for the third consecutive year. A 3-point sharp shooter, the 5-10 senior averaged 10 points and 3.1 assists per game during the 2012-13 campaign.
Rounding out the first unit are junior Keith Muse of district runner-up Homer and senior Quavion Ellis of Ferriday. Muse averaged 8.8 points per game for the Pelicans, while Ellis scored 14.2 ppg in helping Ferriday to a better-than-expected third-place finish in the league standings.
Named to the second team were Darrien Dunn and Danny Dawson of Homer, Orlando Williams and Richard Jackson of Jonesboro-Hodge and Brandon Scott of Ferriday. Dawson is the only junior on the senior-laden second five.
Sterlington's honorable mention representatives include senior point guard Derek Price and junior guard Jaylon Wade.
Price, a four-year starter, collected honorable mention All-District honors for the fourth straight season.
Wade was a valuable asset to the Panthers as a part-time starter and sixth man.