The Daily Light Media Group has proudly compiled and produced the first-ever All-Ellis County boys' basketball teams as part of the first-of-its-kind countywide celebration of prep sports all-stars.

The 29 student-athletes and three head coaches are featured on two graphics that can be found on B6-7 of today's paper. They are also listed below.

The Daily Light staff first announced plans to launch the inaugural All-Ellis County high school all-star preps awards, which will include individual players- and coaches-of-the-year recipients, in late December. Methodist Midlothian Medical Center is the title sponsor for the event.

The banquet will also feature Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee as the keynote speaker.

This yearlong celebration of athletic achievements will culminate at the 2019 All-Ellis County All-Star Preps awards banquet to be held Tuesday evening, June 11 at the Waxahachie Civic Center. The evening will celebrate the accomplishments of more than 300 county athletes and coaches across 19 sports and 15 campuses.

The All-Ellis County all-star preps awards will celebrate the accomplishments of more than 300 county athletes and coaches across 19 sports and 15 campuses. Awards will be presented to the Player of the Year in each sport, as well as the countywide Male Athlete of the Year, Female Athlete of the Year and Coach of the Year. All-Ellis County selected athletes will be invited to attend this special awards event for free.

The sports from which All-Ellis County teams are selected include football, volleyball, boys’ and girls’ basketball, boys’ and girls’ soccer, baseball and softball.

The All-Ellis County preps awards banquet will be held at the Waxahachie Civic Center from 6—9 p.m. Tuesday, June 11. More information about the event can be found by visiting WaxahachieTX.com/preps. All-Ellis County selected athletes will receive a letter, starting in April, and as they are recognized and awarded through the end of the school year with instructions on how to claim their free ticket.

General admission tickets may be purchased for $60. A general admission ticket includes dinner, awards ceremony, and presentation by Sean Lee.

General admission seating is first come, first served in proximity to the speaker. General public tickets will go on sale at a later date after the All-Ellis County athletes and their guests have reserved their tickets. Seating is limited.

So how were the student-athletes chosen?

We first compiled a list of all players who received all-state, all-region and regional tournament awards and then sorted those student-athletes based on season statistics and nominations submitted by area coaches.

Tiebreakers came down to firsthand observations, classifications, overall team success and input from county coaches.

The honorable mention list consists of players who just missed the cut for the second team.

When it was all said and done, 29 boys' basketball student-athletes and three coaches found their names on the list. And there could have easily of been more added.

The honorees include: 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR FINALISTS

•Marcus Sasser Red Oak

•Connor Bjerke Ovilla Christian School

•Zeke' Bennett Midlothian

COACH OF THE YEAR FINALISTS

•Jason Sasser Red Oak

•Steven Middleton Midlothian

•Matt Jones Ovilla Christian School

FIRST TEAM

•Zeke' Bennett Midlothian

•JT Warren Waxahachie

•Connor Bjerke Ovilla Christian School

•Reggie Adams Midlothian Heritage

•Marcus Sasser Red Oak

SECOND TEAM

•CJ Noland Waxahachie

•Nyk Madison Midlothian

•Joshua Miller Red Oak

•Carson McManus Maypearl

•Zion Manuel Ennis

HONORABLE MENTIONS

•Joshua Sasser Red Oak

•Colbie Holliman Red Oak

•Latrone Turner Red Oak

•Demarcus Rankin Ferris

•Carter Fagan Ferris

•Da'vione Stafford Midlothian Heritage

•Tristan Paschall Midlothian Heritage

•Hayden Grimes Venus

•BJ Francis Waxahachie

•Omari Bobbitt Midlothian

•Haylen Mattiza Midlothian

•Josh Calhoun Maypearl

•Zion Dove Ennis

•Adrian Cisneros Palmer

•Dylan Villasenor Palmer

•Mason Mathers Life Waxahachie

•Breyden Jones Life Waxahachie

•Blaine Stacy Life Waxahachie

•Dustin Ray Ovilla Christian School

One thing is certain: It was an excellent year for boys' basketball in Ellis County.

For more information or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Colten Crist at (469) 517-1440 or ccrist@waxahachietx.com.