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The Houston-area is full of elite volleyball talent and it was on display in June at The Cannon -- the home of VYPE Media for the annual VYPE Houston Volleyball Photoshoot presented by Whataburger.
Nearly 200 athletes came through the media day presented by Whataburger. Check out the behind the scenes video below! Click here to visit your local Whataburger and make sure to check out #WhataSnap.
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By Matt Malatesta
While it's tough to be elite at two different sports these days, Bridgeland's Conner Weigman is the exception.
As 2019 District 14-6A Newcomer on the Year as the quarterback of the Bears, Weigman threw for over 2,500 yards and rushed for another 700 yards.
On the diamond, Weigman was just named the Offensive MVP of the #PudgeWorldClassic for the Twelve Baseball showcase organization. Dude can straight crush the ball and is becoming a name to watch with MLB Draft analysts.
Bridgeland made history on the football field, going 8-3, finishing second in district play and reaching the postseason. The Bears were knocked out in the first round by Vandegrift, 14-13, but 2020 could be special.
Coming in as a sophomore, the 6-foot-2 dual-sport athlete had to supplant an already established QB in Finn Nicholson, who is now at Second Baptist School. With high-level arm strength, athletic ability and football IQ – Weigman took over the QB1 spot and has earned offers from the likes of Baylor, Virginia Tech, SMU, Houston, Arkansas and Michigan State among others.
"I have a lot of confidence, so when I came in as a sophomore, I expected a lot out of myself," he said. "I think this season we are going to take even more shots down the field so that will be fun. I know everyone wants to go to state, but I want to send these seniors off on a good note."
Weigman and the Bears are going to find out quickly what they are made of early facing Klein Cain, state champ Shadow Creek and The Woodlands before district play.
"I would say football is my first love because I've been playing it since I was five-years old," he said. "Playing two sports is a grind going back and forth, but I love it. I don't have a lot of free time, but I wouldn't have it any other way."
When watching both sports, he is quick to name his favorites.
"I like Carlos Correa because he's a big shortstop who can hit, like me," he said. "Football-wise, I like Lamar Jackson. I like how he's so versatile and can really run. What I've learned from football is that you have to be vocal and that helps me on the baseball field. You have to lead."
With two years of prep sports still ahead of him, Weigman is going to become a household name in Houston.
On both fields of play.
HOUSTON – A year ago, nobody knew who Kyron Drones was.
He was a first year starting quarterback for Shadow Creek, which was coming off a state championship game appearance – which he saw some playing time in. He hadn't won a game as a varsity quarterback and had zero offers.
Now if you ask people who Kyron Drones is?
Baylor-commit. State Champion. Elite 11 Finalist. Elite 11 quarterback.
"It was a really crazy journey from me being frustrated cause I wasn't getting offers to now everybody knows me across the nation," Drones told VYPE on Twitter. "I'm being recognized for it is just crazy and it's all thanks to God my family, coaches, trainers, and teammates."
Last week, Drones was among 19 quarterbacks who traveled to Nashville for the annual event. Throughout the three-day event, Drones' name continued to linger in the rankings.
After Day 1, Drones was No. 5 on the list.
"Most special moment was when the first ranking came out and Kyron called me to tell me he was number five," Kevin Drones, Kyron's father, said. "To hear the excitement in his voice was what this trip was about. He came to compete, leave with some leadership and QB tools and to come away with some lasting relationships. He did what he came to do!"
After Day 2, he was No. 6 and then in the final rankings he made it among the Elite 11.
"Elite 11 was always a dream of mine," Drones said. "So, me actually being a part of that and being able to show the rest of the nation what I'm capable of doing is good and a dream come true."
During the Elite 11, Drones enjoyed learning from the coaches and getting to know the other quarterbacks.
One of the biggest takeaways for Drones was to always be himself and don't let anybody change you. He also took notes from former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer.
"He told us to not end up like him, don't make the same mistakes he made and that there's still a lot of work to be done," Drones said. "We're good but not great and everybody needs work on something."
What made the trip extra special was the fact his father, Kevin, who is the defensive line coach for Shadow Creek, was with him every step of the way.
"It means everything because he's the reason why I am where I am today and he's the reason why I'm a quarterback," Drones said. "From when I was little he would always take me outside to just throw to him because he knew I would be big in this position and everything he's done for me to get here I couldn't thank him enough for it."
Kevin added: "I'm just proud of him. I know the work that he has put in along with the dedication and to see it payoff for him. He is a part of a Very Small Fraternity. The experience was good. We got to meet and develop some relationships with other parents from all over the country."
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