30 Nov, 2021
The season has been played, the trophies have been won, and the 2021 Volleyball season is finally all wrapped up! Now it's time for the fans to name their Player of the Year!
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HOUSTON - The greatest defensive units and players that have ever touched the gridiron have had their accomplishments immortalized through time with a nickname.
In the 1970s, the Pittsburgh Steelers defensive line was known as the "Steel Curtain". In the 1980s, Texas A&M's defense was termed the "Wrecking Crew". And most recently, the Seattle Seahawks unit was dubbed the "Legion of Boom".
Now, it's time to meet, as dubbed by VYPE, the "M.C. Hammers".
Crosby's McCoy Casey (the "M") and Tyler Cooper (the "C") have been an absolutely dominating combo for the Cougars' defense up front all season long, amassing 240 tackles (76 tackles for loss) and 29 sacks.
"It's ridiculous," Crosby coach Jerry Prieto said. "They just refuse to be blocked."
Start with McCoy.
A three-year starter for Crosby, McCoy was one of the players to watch on the defensive side of the ball. So far, he's lived up to the preseason hype. Casey has tallied 123 tackles (9.5 tackles/game), 37 tackles for loss, 13 sacks and 34 quarterback hurries.
On the other end is Cooper, who is a starter for the first time in his career.
"Tyler has matured a lot from his junior to his senior year," Prieto said. "The work ethic improved, the discipline improved, everything improved and he's starting to see why we've been so hard on him in the past because we saw so much potential with him. Thankfully, he's playing up to that potential and then some.
"It's been a huge help with replacing so many starters on defense to have someone like Tyler Cooper to step up and perform like McCoy Casey."
Cooper is right there with Casey on the stat line. Through 13 games he has racked up 117 tackles, 39 tackles for loss and a team-leading 16 sacks and 35 quarterback hurries.
So, if you're an opposing offensive line coach, who do you try to stop?
"It's difficult because you have two of them on the d-line, you can't just go double-team one of them and leave the other single blocked," Prieto said. "They're both going to make plays, they're both going to be in the backfield."
The final question for Prieto was the obvious one - does the dynamic duo have a nickname?
"No, no nicknames yet," Prieto said with a laugh.
Well, don't worry coach - the "M.C. Hammers" is our choice.
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HOUSTON - What an incredible season it was for the private school sector in Houston!
St. Agnes Academy won its second title in three years, while Fort Bend Christian Academy will hang its first-ever banner after winning the TAPPS 5A crown. With titles and deep playoff runs there was a plethora of great talent to pick from.
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Team of the Year: Fort Bend Christian Academy
-FBCA captured the program’s first-ever TAPPS State Championship this winter. A 3-0 sweep of Prince of Peace concluded their season at 35-4 overall and as the TAPPS 5A State Champions. It was Alex Edwards’ second season at the helm of the program.
Coach of the Year: Cydryce McMillian, St. Agnes Academy
- For the second time in three seasons, St. Agnes Academy are the State Champions of TAPPS 6A. After falling in a five-set heartbreaker in the state title match a year ago, the Tigers rallied back and won it all in 2021. McMillian led the team to victory while undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer this fall. St. Agnes Academy is a power in the City of Houston and McMillian is a big reason why.
Player of the Year Finalists: Bailey Hanner, FBCA; Sophia Keene, Concordia Lutheran; Sophie Agee, St. Agnes Academy
(The player of the year will be announced as a part of the 2022 VYPE Awards in the next few weeks)
Hitter of the Year: Bailey Hanner, FBCA
Middle of the Year: Ava Harrington, Episcopal
Setter of the Year: Reagan Heflin, FBCA
Utility of the Year: Alexis Bodunrin, Frassati Catholic
Newcomer of the Year: Bayleigh Minor, FBCA
Hitter: Sophie Agee, St. Agnes Academy
Middle: Morgan Perkins, Episcopal
Libero/DS: Mykayla McMillian, St. Agnes Academy
Setter: Grace Webber, St. Agnes Academy
Utility: Katherine Nelson, St. John’s
Hitter: Sophia Keene, Concordia Lutheran LS attacker
Middle: NiMya Maruska, St. Agnes Academy
Libero/DS: Avery Hodge, FBCA
Setter: Tiara Gordon, Episcopal
Utility: Alexis Gill, Second Baptist School
Hitter: Lexi Visinitine, St. Agnes Academy
Middle: Haley Manjack, Concordia Lutheran MB
Libero/DS: Chloe Davis, St. John’s
Setter: Margot Manning, St. John’s
Utility: Layne Bulow, FBCA
Hitter (4): Anzley Rinard, Bay Area Christian; Sydney Whitfield, Concordia Lutheran; Piper Stephenson, St. Agnes Academy; Samara Coleman, Legacy Prep
Middle (3): Oyinkansola Ajimotokan, FBCA; Kaylee Bankston, Rosehill Christian; Aly Griffith, Bay Area Christian
Libero/DS (2): Claire Murphy, Bay Area Christian; Julia Sauvageau, Second Baptist School
Setter (3): Addy Polk, Concordia Lutheran; Laura Weatherford, John Cooper School; Skylar Wilson, Bay Area Christian
Utility (2): Reese Animashaun, St. John’s; Madi Hobbs, Second Baptist School
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