One had meager beginnings, playing on the “C” team at Cleburne Middle School. The other is an unassuming player, never getting too excited about his accomplishments.

But when it comes to Cleburne senior Jacob Kelsey and Keene senior Kameron Barnes, only three letters need to be said.

M-V-P.

Kelsey and Barnes capped off their amazing careers by being the Co-Most Valuable Players on the OmniAmerican Bank All-County Basketball team, as chosen by the sports department of the Cleburne Times-Review.

Kelsey began his career many years ago, taking to the hardwood at Cleburne Middle School. During the early part of his career, Kelsey found things a little tough.

But that didn’t stop him from working hard.

Kelsey cracked the starting lineup for veteran Jeff Cody’s Yellow Jackets as a junior and proved to be a solid player on a team which fell short of its goals.

And that only fueled the fire in Kelsey to succeed.

The 2005-06 season began with a bang as Kelsey scored 20 points to lead Cleburne past Burleson.

But along the way, he suffered a broken bone in his hand, forcing him to miss the next 14 games.

The Jackets went 5-9 without him and stood 6-10 at one point during the season.

But Kelsey helped rally Cleburne’s troops as the Jackets got on a late-season roll, going 8-2 in District 6-4A play en route to reaching the postseason.

Kelsey had 34 points and 10 rebounds in Cleburne’s opening-round win over Burkburnett and was solid again in a loss to Arlington Seguin, making eight three-pointers and scoring a game-high 28 points against the eventual regional finalists.

Kelsey was named the District 6-4A Most Valuable Player and earned all-region honors from the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches as well.

Barnes is a quiet player, often trying to deflect attention from himself to his team.

But there was no mistaking the impact Barnes had for the Chargers.

A first-team all-district and all-county performer as a junior, Barnes was expected to be a leader for the Chargers this year.

And he delivered for Keene.

Barnes led the Chargers in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots, helping Keene to a 25-win season and another District 11-2A basketball title.

He was solid in Keene’s area-round playoff win over Jacksboro, helping set the stage for the regional quarterfinals against Brock.

In a game worthy of classic status, Barnes delivered the best performance of his career against the Eagles, scoring 34 points and grabbing 17 rebounds as Keene made history, beating Brock to reach the regional semifinals.

Barnes was named the District 11-2A Most Valuable Player and was also an all-region selection by the TABC.

Other superlative award winners on the all-county team were Godley’s George Tidwell, Keene’s Melvin Clark, Cleburne’s Field Reagan and Keene head coach Jason Hill.

Tidwell, the District 11-2A Offensive Player of the Year, picked up the same recognition on the all-county squad, while Clark, the District 11-2A Defensive Player of the Year, was the Defensive Player of the Year in the county.

District 6-4A Newcomer of the Year Field Reagan was also the county’s choice for that honor, while Hill was named the county’s Coach of the Year, leading Keene to a district title.

Hill was also the District 11-2A Coach of the Year.



Daniel Green can be reached at 817-645-2441, ext. 2334, or sports@trcle.com

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