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It is awards season here at VYPE!
We welcome you to the Countdown to the 2021 VYPE Awards presented by Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. Over the next two weeks, we will be unveiling the finalists for the player of the year awards. Team and Coach of the Year awards will be announced LIVE during the Fourth Annual VYPE Awards.
The winners will be honored in a one-hour virtual show on Sunday, June 27 at 6 p.m. on VYPE Houston's website, Twitter account and on the VYPE Texas Facebook page and YouTube Channel! It will be an event to get dressed up for and to tune in to as it will be an evening full of special moments!
Let us get it started! Here are the finalists for Private School Men's Track & Field Athlete of the Year!
The record-smashing Ben Shearer did his thing at the TAPPS meet. He won the TAPPS 5A State Championship in the 800-meter run, 1600-meter run and 3200-meter run. In the 800, he set a new school record and in the final two races he set a new all-time TAPPS State record. He also ran at the time the 10th-fastest mile (4:08.58) in the nation at the Texas Distance Festival in March (4:08.58) and the No. 3 two-mile time (8:48.90) in March in South Carolina. He will be running at Arkansas.
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Baylor football signee Cameron Bonner has some wheels as he helped lead the St. Thomas Eagles to a TAPPS state team title. He was the 6A state champion in the 400-meters, with a new state-record time of 47.98 in the final. He also led the Eagles' 1,600 relay to gold and the 800 relay team to silver.
The FBCA men's track team took second overall as a team scoring 82 points. The crew was led by senior David Kasemervisz, who medaled in two events. Kasemervisz won the state championship in the long jump (20-feet, 7-inches) and took silver in the 400-meter dash (50.79). He also took fourth in the high jump (5-feet, 8-inches). He is preferred walk-on at Stanford for football.
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BOTH TWCA BOYS AND GIRLS TRACK TEAMS HAD STELLAR SEASONS FULL OF CHAMPIONSHIPS, NEW CAREER MARKS AND MUCH MORE.
Let's start with the boys team. The group won both the TAPPS 5A District and Regional Championship and took home third overall at the TAPPS State Meet in May.
Just like from the fall, the record-smashing Ben Shearer did his thing. He won the TAPPS 5A State Championship in the 800-meter run, 1600-meter run and 3200-meter run. In the 800, he set a new school record and in the final two races, he set a new all-time TAPPS State record. He also ran at the time the 10th-fastest mile (4:08.58) in the nation at the Texas Distance Festival in March (4:08.58) and the No. 3 two-mile time (8:48.90) in March in South Carolina.
Other top state results included Evan Sanni-Thomas, setting a new school record in the 400-meter dash and Colby Gorman taking fourth in the shot put.
For the season, new school records were set in the 4x100 and 4x400-meter relays, in the long jump by Austin Benigni, shot put by Gorman and in the high jump by Jack Cole.
On the girls' side, the team also brought home the TAPPS 5A District and Regional Championships and then finished fourth as a team at state.
The 4x400-meter relay won the state championship, which included Mia Torres, Lindsay Worthington, Maddie Steed and Zoe Calimani, and also set a new school record.
Catherine Berger took silver in the shot put, Sarah Chappelle took bronze in the 100-meter hurdles and Megan Hanigan took bronze in the pole vault.
THE WARRIOR SOFTBALL TEAM HAD A NICE YEAR, GOING 10-5 OVERALL AND 7-5 IN DISTRICT PLAY, WHICH GAVE THEM THIRD PLACE AND A PLAYOFF BERTH.
TWCA was led by first-team, all-district picks Mackenzie Morris, McKenna Meadors and Ashley Darilek. Second teamers included Mattie Hopkins, Gracie Graham, Aubrey Hollas, and Katie Wise.
The lone honorable-mention pick went to Kaitlyn McGrath.
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