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
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.
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