PJC’s Taylor named Region XIV men’s coach of year; Dickerson is first-team all-conference

TYLER — For the second time in three years, Paris Junior College Dragons coach Chuck Taylor has been named the Region XIV men’s Coach of the Year, the conference announced Saturday at the end of the tournament.

PJC men's head coach Chuck Taylor

PJC men’s head coach Chuck Taylor

Octabius Ellis of Trinity Valley Conference was named the 2014 Most Valuable Player in Region XIV.

Delvin Dickerson, a sophomore forward on the conference champion Paris Junior College Dragons, was selected first team all-conference.

Two other PJC sophomores — guard Jovan Austin and center Nouhoum Bocoum – were named to the third team.

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Octavius Ellis, Trinity Valley

COACH OF THE YEAR: Chuck Taylor, Paris

FIRST TEAM:

  • Octavius Ellis, TVCC
  • Tre Bennett, Lamar State-Port Arthur
  • Stefan Moody, Kilgore
  • Trashon Burrell, Lee
  • Delvin Dickerson, Paris

SECOND TEAM:

  • Anthony Livingston, San Jacinto
  • Deng Deng, Lee
  • Macari Brooks, Blinn
  • Todd Eaglin, Tyler
  • Anthony Allen, Lamar State–Port Arthur

THIRD TEAM:

  • Jovan Austin, Paris
  • Troy Jones, Navarro
  • Nouhoum Bocoum, Paris
  • Jamarcus Weatherspoon, Kilgore
  • Kalif Wright, Kilgore

HONORABLE MENTION:

  • Josh Robinson, Trinity Valley
  • Jamar Goodwin, Navarro
  • Brandon Herman, Panola
  • Jamall Shabazz, Lamar State–Port Arthur
  • Carrington Ward, San Jacinto

By Charles Richards, eParisExtra

 

 

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Charles Richards Charles Richards moved to Paris in 2004 after retiring from a 40-year career in journalism – the last 26 years as a news writer and sports writer with The Associated Press in Dallas and Washington, D.C. In mid-2004, The Paris News coaxed him out of retirement, and he began covering the police, court and regional beat for The Paris News. Then in early 2005, he was switched to coverage of a sharply divided Paris City Council. He was appointed by the City Council in 2006 to the 12-member City Charter Review Commission, which extensively rewrote the outmoded document. His writing awards include two first-place awards in statewide competition for feature writing. The most recent was his 2005 story on a Paris doctor’s startling use of leeches in a successful attempt to re-attach a man’s severed ear. Over his career, Richards’ interview subjects include Alabama Gov. George Wallace, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, David Koresh, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and numerous other political and sports figures. He is an alumnus of Texas Tech, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He lives in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.