VYPE DFW Private School Male Golf Athlete of the Year Fan Poll Winner: McKinney Christian's Trinton Nobles
After a great season with McKinney Christian School, Trinton Nobles capped the year by winning the VYPE DFW Private School Male Golf Athlete of the Year Fan Poll. VYPE DFW was able to catch up with Nobles in a quick interview about his season with McKinney Christian Golf.
Secret to Sucess
The soon-to-be senior placed first as an individual in McKinney Christian's tournament as well as won the tournament as a team. Nobles was key in helping McKinney Christian Golf finish first place at the Prosper Spring Classic where Nobles finished first as an individual with a score of 76. Nobles played a big role in helping to lead McKinney Christian to a first-place finish in their district, second-place finish in Regionals, and third-place finish in the TAPPS State tournament where he shot 75-77 at Cottonwood Creek in Waco.
The secret to his success this season has been working on his putting. "I know how important putting is to my round of golf and I improved that this year which led to my success," said Nobles in an interview. As a team, success was driven from pushing each other to be their best. "We pushed each other a lot," said Nobles. "We got a new coach, Russell Tucker, who pushed us, too." Another big part of being cohesive has been maintaining relationships within the team. "Even though we couldn't compete as a team last year, we kept our relationships strong which helped to come back this season- winning 4 out of 7 tournaments."
Reflecting on Memories, Looking Ahead to the Future
Having golfed for McKinney Christian for a couple of years now, Nobles has definitely made a lot of memories, but the best came in his junior season. "My favorite memory of playing for my school was going to state this past season with the guys I've played with for years."
It's no question that putting in work for the offseason makes a difference. Going into his senior year knowing he will be welcoming new players to the team as well as taking a leadership role, Nobles mindset for the offseason is to just strive to be better. "[I want to] get my scores as low as they can be and be consistent. I am playing several tournaments throughout Texas, Kansas, and Colorado as well as working on my game in a lot of different ways like improving my short game."
Although he isn't yet committed to a college program, Nobles is thinking about college play. "I am looking for a program closer to home," said Nobles. "A team that I can contribute to and be in the lineup competing for each tournament." As a big outdoorsy guy, Nobles hopes to major in something that will allow him to be outdoors such as something involving wildlife or fishery.
Who is your favorite professional sports team?
"The Memphis Grizzlies."
Who do you look up to as an athlete?
"I look up to Tiger Woods for his overall game and specifically his putting."
If you could go to dinner with one person, who would it be? What would you talk about?
"I think I'd choose Ja Morant who plays for the Grizzlies. I'd ask him what he did to make it to the NBA since he wasn't heavily recruited and didn't play for a major program, but he still went #2 in the NBA draft."
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Burleson Centennial junior standout, Kendahl Tucker, is the winner of the 2021 VYPE DFW Female Track and Field Athlete of the Year Fan Poll. Tucker ran the 4x1, 400m, and 4x4 ate the UIL State Track Meet. Tucker also competed in high jump at regionals.
Secret to Success
Despite last season being cut short, Tucker knew just how important her junior season was going to be. "I want to be granted the opportunity to compete at the collegiate level," Tucker said in an interview with VYPE DFW. "I wanted to do my best this year and give it my all. Every meet, I dropped my time in the 400m." Kendahl continuously broke the school record that she set and ended her junior season with a time of 54.6.
Like many athletes, Tucker found determination and strength not only in her faith, but also in music. "I would say my secret to success was singing 'Brighter Day' by Kirk Franklin with my teammate and telling myself it's all guts and glory. Before state, I told my mom that I wasn't going down without a fight and I ended up running my best time (54.6). That was one of the greatest memories in my life. I'll never forget it."
Although track and field is mostly an individual sport, it takes a strong team to push an athlete to be their best. This was the case for Tucker and Burleson Centennial. "My team's success was determination and speaking our success into existence," said Tucker. "I knew that each one of my teammates wanted to compete at state as badly as I did. We constantly showed up to practice and put the work in that we needed to be successful.
Tucker is currently not committed to any college programs, but welcomes the opportunity. She's looking for a program that will help her excel in her athletic career. "I'm looking for a program that is going to help me become a better athlete, student, and leader. A program that is going to help me strive to be the best I can be in all avenues of life." Tucker plans to major in biological sciences with a focus in pre-dental as she wants to become a dentist.
Fun Interview Questions:
What has been your favorite memory running for Burleson Centennial?
"My favorite memory with Burleson Centennial Track and Field is competing at state and regionals with my friends and my little sister this year as well as getting the regional 1 in 400m with 55.28 and in the 4x4 with a 3:53; anchor leg."
Who do you look up to as an athlete?
"As an athlete, I look up to my mom. She has always been my inspiration and my go-to person. I wanted to make her proud. She has taught me so much about the importance of being a student-athlete. She taught me how to find that fight in me, to give it all I got, and leave it on the track. I want to thank my mom for everything; I love you."
If you could go to dinner with one person (dead or alive) who would it be? What would you want to talk to them about?
"If I had to choose one person then I would pick my Lee Lee. I would want to tell her about all the things I have accomplished in my life and how much I miss her. We'd just talk about all the memories we shared together."
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