Junior guard John Dawson, who helped Clovis High’s boys win the District 4-5A tournament championship and reach the Class 5A state semifinals, has been chosen to the 5A all-state first team by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association.
Teammate D.J. Blackmon was selected to the second team.
Dawson was one of four area boys to earn first-team all-state honors. The others werre Texico’s Miguel Reyna in Class 2A and Fort Sumner’s Kolter West and Skyler McMath in Class 1A.
Texico’s Sergio Posada in 2A, Fort Sumner’s Shilo Boyle in 1A and Clovis Christian’s Kevin Naceanceno in Class B were second-team choices in their respective classes.
Girls all-state selections will appear in Thursday’s CNJ.
Capsules on the area boys first-team selections:
John Dawson, Jr. G, Clovis — Scored 23 points, hitting 5-of-8 from 3-point range, as the Cats knocked off top-seeded Las Cruces High in the 5A state quarterfinals before bowing out in the semis against La Cueva.
Miguel Reyna, So. F, Texico — Led Texico in scoring for the season, highlighted by a season-best 30 points in a 77-76 win over top-seeded Laguna Acoma in a 2A state quarterfinal game.
Kolter West, Sr. G, Fort Sumner — Helped Fort Sumner reach the Class 1A state semifinals, where they lost to District 3-1A rival and eventual champion Logan 71-67 in overtime. The Foxes had beaten the Longhorns in four of five previous meetings.
Skylar McMath, Sr. G, Fort Sumner — Scored 21 points in the semifinal loss to Logan, including four free throws late in regulation to keep the Foxes in front before the Longhorns forced overtime on a last-second 3-pointer that banked in.