Gary Franco

Coronado pitcher Gary Franco

Not much separated the top four teams in District 3-5A this spring, and the all-district teams reflected as much. Amarillo, Coronado, Monterey and Lubbock-Cooper staged a five-week tug-of-war in league play, with the Sandies claiming the championship by a game over the Mustangs and Plainsmen withthe Pirates finishing two games out.

All four teams are well-represented on the 2019 all-district team, with Cooper senior Jarred Gibson claiming top individual honors as the Most Valuable Player, Coronado’s Gary Franco tabbed the Pitcher of the Year and Mustang right fielder Charlie Robinson getting the nod as the Newcomer of the Year.

Amarillo’s Randon Johnson was chosen the 3-5A Coach of the Year by his peers.

Besides the Hub City trio that claimed the top awards, six players from Lubbock garnered first-team spots: Lubbock High pitcher Maximus Hernandez, LCP catcher Benton Ford, Coronado first baseman Landry Watson and shortstop Zack Swindell and Monterey outfielders Bobby Roberts and Briley Alexander.

Nine more city players anchored the second team, including four from Monterey, whose season extended to the Class 5A regional finals.

Charlie Robinson

Coronado's Charlie Robinson takes direction from first base coach Shawn Hensley.

The four Plainsmen on the second team were pitcher John Long, first baseman Braden Benton, second baseman Matt Slowik and utility man Dado Alaniz, who split time between right field and shortstop.

Coronado and Cooper landed two players apiece on the second team – Pirate pitcher Aidan Pantoya and center fielder Hunter Cook and catcher Jaxson Edwards and third baseman Caden Hensley from the Mustangs. Lubbock High senior outfielder Matt Ortega rounded out the Lubbock contingent.

Besides Monterey’s playoff runs, Amarillo High advanced to the fourth round and Coronado got to the regional quarterfinals before losing to the Plainsmen.


First team


Karson Kite, Sr. | Amarillo High

Maximus Hernandez, So. | Lubbock High

Eli Munoz, Sr. | Plainview

Elijah Vasquez, Jr. | Randall


Benton Ford, Sr. | Lubbock-Cooper

First base

Landry Watson, Sr. | Coronado

Second base

Maycin Smothermon, Sr. | Amarillo High


Zack Swindell, Sr. | Coronado

Third base

Arcadio Frausto, Jr. | Amarillo High


Bobby Roberts, Sr. | Monterey

Cooper Brice, Sr. | Randall

Briley Alexander, Sr. | Monterey

Jaiden Tinajero, Jr. | Caprock


Corbin Langham, Sr. | Amarillo High


Brandon Rodriguez, Jr. | Palo Duro

Most Valuable Player – Jarred Gibson, Lubbock-Cooper

Pitcher of the Year – Gary Franco, Coronado

Newcomer of the Year – Charlie Robinson, Coronado

Coach of the Year – Randon Johnson, Amarillo High

Second team


John Long, Jr. | Monterey

Aidan Pantoya, Jr. | Lubbock-Cooper

Brett Williams, Sr. | Amarillo High


Jaxson Edwards, Jr. | Coronado

First base

Braden Benton, Jr. | Monterey

Second base

Matt Slowik, Sr. | Monterey


Rhett Maynard, Sr. | Amarillo High

Third base

Caden Hensley, Sr. | Coronado


Kade Adkins, Sr. | Amarillo High

Jake Maynard, Jr. | Amarillo High

Hunter Cook, Sr. | Lubbock-Cooper

Matt Ortega, Sr. | Lubbock High

Brodrick Jackson, Sr. | Plainview


Dathan Escoto, Sr. | Randall


Dado Alaniz, Jr. | Monterey