McNeil had by far the best playoff run this season in District 13-6A. The Mavericks finished as one of the final 16 teams in Class 6A in the state and were one point away from making the elite eight.

All this, and they were led by a sophomore MVP and a junior Newcomer of the Year.

Victor Bailey Jr., ranked as one of the top guards in the nation for his class, was expected to lead the district this year and he did. Averaging 15.1 points per game, 6.1 rebounds and two assists, he was the catalyst for the team’s success.

However, it was hard to expect junior Armoni Brooks (16 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.7 apg) to possibly be even better than Bailey. His breakout season began with a monster dunk in the first game of the season against Georgetown, in which he also scored 15 points.

Brooks and Bailey scored 31 of the teams 48 points that game and it was a sign of things to come for the rest of the season, despite the loss.

The Mavericks didn’t just rely on Brooks and Bailey to win the district championship, but they sure didn’t hurt their chances. The amazing thing about this season is not only that they made it as far as they did, but that they have two first team all-district players back again next year.

The only other team that can say that is Cedar Ridge, who will have first team all-district junior Cameron Mack and first team sophomore Tim Holland returning next fall.

Looking towards the future of the district, it’s hard to not have the Mavericks winning again next year, as well as have a good chance of going undefeated in district.

Coach Darrell Hagemann won District 13-6A Coach of the Year and for good reason. Before the season began, it was tough to determine who would win the district. Heading into next season, the choice is pretty clear. That’s the difference he made this season.