San Antonio/Austin Got Game

Updated: November 1, 2008, 4:08 PM ET
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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.

MEIGHAN SIMMONS
STEELE -- GIRLS' BASKETBALL

Simmons is only a junior, but she's already proved herself to be one of the area's top players. The 5-foot-9 guard averaged 22.5 points per game last season to lead her team to the Class 4A state tournament. Simmons picked up district MVP honors and was named to the TABC and TGCA All-State teams in 2007-08. Entering her junior campaign, Simmons is rated the nation's No. 6 recruit in the ESPNU HoopGurlz Super 60.

BRANDON SHELDON
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.

CHRIS GRIFFIN
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.