Our picks for the best of Central Texas high school athletes, dating back to 1967.
When you own some of the slickest dance moves on the field, it only makes sense to call your own number. In his first couple of years of high school soccer, that’s exactly what Mexia’s Kevin Garcia did.
Wearing her black headband and seemingly being on the ball at just the right time, senior midfielder Katie Burnside was clearly in control when the Lady Leopards took the pitch.
Like a lot of high school seniors, Mystique Womack is counting the days until she graduates, and can zip out of town and embark on the next stage of her life’s journey. She has May 31st circled on her calendar.
Over the past couple of years, Parkview Christian’s primary offensive philosophy has fixated on airing it out.
In college volleyball, a great number of the top hitters are at least 6-foot-1 or 6-2. Even with some of the top high school powerhouse programs, that can be the case.
It’s not about the records they set, the big game performances they put together or the trips to state with some hardware brought home. For China Spring’s Tyrick James and Crawford’s Haley Vaughn — this year’s Super Centex Athletes of the Year — it’s all about giving back to a community that…
It was perfect for him. Braxton Ashcraft expected he’d go in the second round of the MLB draft. Once he got the call and expectation became reality, the Robinson senior was thrilled.
For Kathryn Reed, pitching is an art. It’s mixing in a variety of pitches to keep the batter off-balance, sometimes even making up a pitch and wondering what effect it will have. It’s a way Reed expresses herself in the circle, building off the confidence gained from her Axtell teammates beh…
Mallory Ballew and Dylan Chapman never let their heavy athletic schedules get in the way of performing at a high level in the classroom.
After yet another historical season on the pitch, Katie Burnside felt a tug at her emotions every time she saw one of her teammates in the hallway at school after Lorena’s season ended in the regional finals.
Whenever he’s delivered the compliment, Trajan Snell accepts it graciously. Being told that he “plays the game the right way” would lift the spirit of any basketball player.
John Chaney couldn’t forget about it even if he tried. Whenever anyone from the media showed up to football practice, he knew the first question, nearly word for word, headed his way.
Tanner Mordecai has been called the best table tennis player on Midway’s football team. He has defeated Panthers head coach Jeff Hulme a time or two. Mordecai says that he, along with fellow senior Jaxon Player, are the most competitive and that yes, Player does talk a lot of trash while pla…
Choose a happy football memory. Any one of them. It’s not like Wyatt Young had a scarcity of warm fuzzies from which to pick.
The stereotype of today’s millennials, or those in Generation Z, is that they’re lazy and self-absorbed, with their faces always staring at their phones, oblivious to the world passing by around them.
Lorena, Texas, isn’t the largest metropolis in the world by any stretch. Roughly 1,700 people live within the city limits – hard-working, passionate, competitive people.
For the athlete, it helps if you can move fast, but even deeper value resides in the ability to think fast.
Live Oak junior Chase Hill has always looked up to his older brother Calvin. You know, in a “looking up so I can knock him down” kind of way.
Allye Beth Deaton possesses enough natural athletic ability that she could have excelled at whatever sport she chose. She’s got kind of adaptability.
There’s certainly no shortage of standout athletes across Texas, considering the sheer number of massive schools that make up the landscape in the larger cities.
All along the path of a student-athlete’s life, people offer help. Parents and teachers provide guidance, teammates and classmates may lend encouragement.
Even after a two-year span with jaw-dropping statistics, Ernesto Hernandez still has his sights set on loftier goals.
With her curly blond hair and dimples, Kayley Ables doesn’t look intimidating at first or even second glance. If you looked at her and were trying to guess her nickname, you’d probably lean toward Blondie or something in the sugar-and-spice department.
Just because you can do it all on your own doesn’t mean you should. Through a simple act of self-sacrifice by their best player, the Coolidge Yellowjackets profited with the best basketball season in school history.
Great coaches and players have a curious symbiotic relationship. It’s much like the chicken and the egg. Is the coach successful because of his athlete’s talent or is the player elite because they have a great coach? The likely conclusion is that each would have been good on their own, but b…
WEST — There are times when a sporting event becomes more than a game. It usually happens after some tragedy and is representative of a group overcoming adversity.
When you’re a football coach in Texas and you win a state championship, your cellphone tends to blow up with congratulatory text messages.
If there was any doubt about the type of effort expected from Midway on every play, Allye Beth Deaton shattered it early in the season.
Chances are if Mikeal Parsons or Caitlynn Stone were finishing up an event, they were about to be on their way to the next one.
Ernesto Hernandez traveled far and wide to reach his adopted hometown of Gatesville. Hernandez was born in Mexico, which is where his affinity for the game of soccer took root.
Whenever Kennedy Miller stepped on the soccer field this season, she had a shadow following her. Often two shadows. Miller attracted defenders like an A-list celebrity draws paparazzi.
After a key district win over Crawford in October, Mart coach Rusty Nail was asked to describe his star quarterback De’Nerian Thomas. “Wow,” was all Nail could say.
After he moved to Texas from Uruguay before his freshman year of high school, Leo Peralta realized he was in a different world the first moment he turned on the television.
Go ahead. Ask them. Ask any fan of the University Trojans’ soccer team about the most significant assist of the year, and the answer will always be the same.
There wasn’t a more recognizable baseball player in Central Texas than Midway’s Kramer Robertson. And the swirl of contributing factors at play stretched beyond just the diamond.
After three straight seasons spent on the trainer’s table instead of on the field, Belton forward Jamie Boone finally got a chance to display her talent over the course of an entire season.
The history of girls’ basketball wasn’t much to write about in Mexia when its current seniors hit the high school campus as freshmen.
Cole Edmiston's spectacular athletic ability combined with winning ways and Adrian Norwood's ball-hawking prowess make them our top award winners on this year's Super Centex squad.
"Tyler Russell is passionate about the game," Abbott coach Terry Crawford said about his star running back, who simply couldn't be stopped during the Panthers' state title game run.
Breaking a string of 16 straight La Vega volleyball seasons without a playoff appearance, Chelsi Gill led the Lady Pirates to the verge of the regional tournament to earn the Super Centex Player of the Year award.
With GPAs of better than 100 while playing three sports and being involved in numerous other activities, our athletes of the year did everything right.
Waco High running back Darrell Harris and Lorena linebacker Jakob Coker grabbed the top honors on the Trib's annual team.
Tyler Russell, this year's Super Centex Six-Man Player of the Year, racked up 2,816 yards and 46 touchdowns while leading the Panthers to an 11-3 record.
As Glynna Johnson became as comfortable with off-speed shots as with the booming kills she's known for, she turned into one of the most feared players in the area.
As freshmen, it would've been hard to come across a pair of athletes more determined to leave a lasting mark than West's Heath Harris and Whitney's Robin Wimberly.
Robinson's formula for victory during the Class 3A playoffs was simple. All the Rockets had to do was send Chad Hollingsworth to the mound.