He has been quite simply one of the best basketball players in the history of the Valley, and the rest of Texas has taken notice.
EHS senior Aaron Olvera, who averaged 21 ppg and led the Bobcats to the Sweet 16 this season, has been named an All-State selection by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches. Capping a tremendous final campaign, the 5-foot-11 guard was also the All-Valley Most Valuable Player, the district player of the year, and the Review’s MVP.
In making the clean sweep of awards, the jumping jack with outstanding range follows schoolmate Laura Torres, who recently won a number of MVP accolades and will play in the state’s all-star game this summer. He was the only Valley boys’ player to make the TABC list. Teammates Cord Arriola and Stevie Guerrero joined Olvera on the All-Valley unit as first-team picks.
A starter since his sophomore season, Olvera immediately wowed the gallery with flashy moves, springy legs, and the ability to knock down the three-point shot. But he also emerged as a shutdown defender the past few years, along with developing the finer points of the point-guard position. At the next level, he will probably become a point man and has already entertained several college offers.
Olvera was particularly effective as the ‘Cats advanced to three postseason wins this season and set a program mark for wins with 33. He singlehandedly rescued the team for a third-round revenge triumph over Laredo Nixon and surpassed the 20-point mark yet again in the regional semifinal versus San Antonio Taft. As a senior he averaged seven rebounds and four assists to go with his sterling scoring mark. He shot 53 percent from the floor, 74 from the line and led the team with 98 steals.
With high-flying exploits and unstoppable dribble-drive penetration, Olvera has been the signature star of one of the Valley’s top programs for three exciting years, a player who could explode in a heartbeat from inside or out for a quick 10 of 12 points against a helpless defense geared to keep the ball out of his hands.
No athlete in recent memory has provided so many thrills and highlights on the court, and his departure will be mourned. The next “AO” will come along…well, maybe never.
MVP: Aaron Olvera, EHS
OFFENSIVE MVP: Stevie Guerrero, EHS
COACH OF THE YEAR: Zeke Cuellar, EHS
FIRST TEAM: John Barrientos, Econ; Cord Arriola, EHS; Phillip de la Rosa, EHS; Jhared Weems, North
SECOND TEAM: J.J. Velasquez, Econ; Sam Cavazos, North
HONORABLE MENTION: Econ: Ricky Cantu, Jesus Gonzalez, Christian Zuniga, Danny Barrientos, Luis Rosillo, Felix Alfaro; North: Brandon Davila, Hector Garza, Mando Peralta, Aaron Beltran, Brian Beltran, Robbie Ramirez, Kerry Williams; EHS: Nick Micallef, Milo Trejo, John Gonzalez, Joey Zamora, Noe Espericueta, Gabe Rivas, Matt Garza
Olvera, MVP; Cuellar/Rudy Garcia, Co-Coach of the Year
FIRST TEAM: Olvera, Guerrero, de la Rosa, Arriola, EHS; Barrientos, Econ
SECOND TEAM: Weems, Davila, Cavazos, North; Velasquez, Cantu, Econ