The high school athletic calendar is always broken up into fall, winter and spring sports seasons. That's allowed Hays County residents to cheer on Wimberley multi-sport athlete Brina Jones throughout recent school years.
"I enjoy that I am a leader and an inspiration to younger athletes," said Jones, who's a 2021 prospect. "I love competing, so that is one of my favorite things for all of the sports."
With Wimberley ISD opening for new education cycles every August, fans are known to flock to early volleyball matches involving Jones and her Lady Texan teammates. One incentive for the upcoming campaign is the fact that she earned a UIL 4A all-state honorable mention recognition for her play during the 2019 volleyball season.
Mason High School is home to two sets of teams. The boys programs are called the Punchers and the girls squads are named the Cowgirls. One of its athletes, five-sport female Tristin Keller, has found a way to be a part of both groups.
"I love to compete," said Keller. "I have played nine different sports growing up: gymnastics, soccer, baseball, softball, football, tennis, track, cross country and basketball. When I entered high school, I wanted to continue to compete in as many sports as I could."
Keller ultimately condensed her athletic involvement to basketball, football, softball, tennis and track. At first glance, two things immediately stand out: the five sports she still plays and being a female member of the football program. But, both are results of her sports-crazed family.
"I [have] followed my parents and older brother to football games since I was two months old," said Keller. "JV games on Thursday nights, varsity on Friday nights and youth games on Saturdays. [And] my entire family is part of the Mason Puncher football program: my brother, Tyson Keller, is a 2018 UIL 2A Division I state champ, my dad, John Keller, is an assistant coach, and my mom, Sherry Keller, is a cheer coach."