San Antonio/Austin Got Game
Who's got game? Each month, ESPN RISE finds out. Here are the athletes we recognized in November:
SARAH CARDENAS, KAELEN VALDEZ
O'CONNOR -- GIRLS' VOLLEYBALL
The junior duo of Cardenas and Valdez made history for the Panthers last season, leading the team to its first-ever district championship. Cardenas, a setter, registered 6.7 assists per game for O'Connor. Valdez, an outside hitter, tallied four kills and four digs per game. Both earned All-District first team honors as they led the team to the Region IV-5A quarterfinals and a final record of 32-5. In a 3-0 win over rival Clark on Sept. 12, Valdez posted a team-high 17 kills and Cardenas totaled 24 assists.
STEELE -- GIRLS' BASKETBALL
VISTA RIDGE -- WRESTLING
Sheldon is a force to be reckoned with for the Rangers. The senior went 30-2 last year, winning a Region IV title to advance to state. There, he outscored his first two opponents 24-10 before pinning his semifinal opponent in 1:37. In the state finals, Sheldon lost by one point to Cinco Ranch's Will Morris, 4-3. Also an All-District linebacker for the Vista Ridge football team, Sheldon will dedicate himself to claiming a wrestling state crown once the football season winds down.
LAKE TRAVIS -- BOYS' SWIMMING
Griffin played a central role in the Cavaliers' impressive thirdplace finish at the Class 4A state meet last season. The junior won the 200 freestyle in 1:42.50, more than a full second ahead of his closest competitor. He added a fourth-place finish in the 500 free. Griffin also swam the anchor leg for Lake Travis' third-place finishing 400 free relay team and helped the 200 medley relay team take fourth.
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