Athletics of the year 2017

Robinson’s Chase Allison, right, and Lorena’s Maddie Miller are the Waco Trib’s 2017 Athletes of the Year. Miller led the nation with 1,200 digs in volleyball. Allison’s 51 TDs on the year rank ninth all-time in Texas high school football history.

Staff photo — Rod Aydelotte

No record book was safe from their destruction.

Lorena’s Maddie Miller dominated the court and pitch while Robinson’s Chase Allison lit up the gridiron to be named the 2017 Super Centex athletes of the year.

Plenty of history was made by these two this past year.

Miller, a senior libero, led the nation with 1,200 digs in the fall and led Central Texas with 38 goals on the soccer pitch in the spring while helping Lorena to its first girls’ soccer district title.

“It was a blast,” Miller said. “Going from being district champs in volleyball to making history in soccer was unbelievable. We weren’t expecting it to happen in soccer. It was fun to make shirts and get everyone in the stands because they wanted to watch that one game that determined it.”

As Miller earned All-State volleyball honors, Allison was letting it fly on the football field.

The senior quarterback completed 255 passes for 3,933 yards with only five interceptions.

His 51 touchdowns on the year rank ninth all-time in Texas high school football history.

“It was so much fun,” Allison said. “We weren’t the most talented but we worked so, so hard for what we wanted. Junior year (going 1-9) was not very fun at all. We wanted to have a good, last senior year. We accomplished that.”

Despite all the success Allison had in football, his father Tommy Allison — Robinson athletic director and head football coach, had to tell interested college football coaches that his son wanted to take a different path.

Playing golf in college was always a dream for Chase, as was attending Abilene Christian University.

Both of those dreams came true back in mid-September when he signed with ACU.

“I’ve grown up swinging a golf club since I was two,” Allison said. “Getting recruited was a very long, hard process. It’s very stressful. Both my parents went to ACU.It was a school that I’ve always wanted to go to ever since I was little. It all worked out.”

Like Allison, Miller will also extend her volleyball career into her college days at Incarnate Word.

Even with all the fun she had during her final soccer season, volleyball has been her favorite since she started playing the game in fifth grade.

“That’s when we put a team together,” Miller said. “All of us little girls were going to do it before seventh grade hit. We just played together as a Lorena team around Waco.”

Their parents organized it and found a coach who later started a club, and it all progressed from there.

It took Miller a little bit to love the game, though.

“We were all just so uncoordinated,” she said. “Other people were better. We were scared as to how we fit in. Then we didn’t know if basketball was our sport because we did basketball at the same time.”

All the while Miller still enjoyed playing soccer on the side, especially with her sister in the backyard.

But she never saw herself as a soccer player. It was always volleyball.

Just like Allison is with golf.

This past season, he finished sixth individually as the Robinson golf team landed third at the state meet.

“We had a really good time,” Allison said with a smile. “Being around those five guys, you spend too much time together in golf. I got to spend it with my brother who was a freshman. He played a really big part this year. It was so much fun being with all the guys.”

With his dad as his coach and his brother by his side, Chase laughed as he talked about his mom, especially during football season.

“She’s definitely one of the crazy ones,” he said. “She loves to yell.”

Allison and Miller — both rooted in the sports they love by the support of their families — left their marks on the Central Texas record books this year.

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