BOYS' TEAM OF THE YEAR
The Tigers had a breakthrough season in the fall, turning in a 13-2 season and
reaching the Class 5A, Division I state semifinals for the first time in school
history. The team's run ended with a 23-21 loss to eventual state champion
Allen in the semis, but the season wan an unmitigated success. Senior quarterback
Nyk McKissic and senior running back Glasco Martin paced an
offense that averaged nearly 35 points per game. Senior Texas signee Tevin
Mims, a defensive lineman, piled up 15 sacks for the Tigers.
With Boerne High closed for a year for renovations, Champion opened up and
immediately became an athletic powerhouse. The Chargers' first state title
came when the boys' cross country team claimed the Class 4A state crown.
S.A. CENTRAL CATHOLIC
The Buttons have emerged as one of the state's premier soccer programs in
recent years and won a third consecutive TAPPS state crown this season.
Senior defender Todd Ray dished out a team-high 18 assists.
The third-year program took a huge step forward this year by defeating nationally
ranked Madison in the second round of the playoffs en route to a Region
IV-5A title. Junior Jordan Clarkson led the team with 19.8 points per game.
GIRLS' TEAM OF THE YEAR
The Chaps lost to Amarillo in the Class 5A state finals, but it was another impressive
season for the state's most consistent volleyball team. Westlake's trip to
state was its sixth this decade, the most of any Class 5A school. The 2008 squad
finished 42-8 and No. 8 in the ESPN RISE FAB 50. The team was led by senior setter
Elly Barrett and junior outside hitter Sara Shaw, both TGCA All-State selections.
Shaw will be joined by sophomore up-and-comers Tessa Hunt and Ella
Praisner next fall as the Chaps look to return to state yet again.
The stingy Chargers piled up 15 shutouts en route to a Region IV-4A championship.
Seniors Clarissa Orta and Brooke Martin were the backbone of the
squad while sophomore Tabria Williford took care of the offense.
Coming off a 2007-08 season in which Hays missed the playoffs altogether, senior
Shelby Calabrese posted 14.5 points per game this winter to lead the Rebels
on a storybook season that didn't end until the Class 4A state semifinals.
The 2005 Class 5A state champs returned to the top of the standings this winter,
placing second at the Class 5A state meet after spending the past three seasons
outside the top five. Junior Lily Moldenhauer won a gold and three silvers at state.