It's been a wild year for coaches and administrators across the state of Texas.
Lamar Consolidated ISD has had tremendous success while navigating the twists and turns of social issues and a global pandemic.
Here are the leaders of Lamar Consolidated ISD.
Nikki Nelson, Lamar Consolidated ISD AD
It's Nikki Nelson's fourth anniversary as the athletic director of LCISD, where she oversees five high schools… for now. Randall High School opens next fall and the board has approved high school No. 7 for the district. She has done a tremendous job hiring new coaches and providing leadership to the department.
Sydney Gotcher, Fulshear Volleyball
Coach Sydney Gotcher could be the best in the business. She opened Fulshear four years ago to great success. Her Chargers have been to the postseason four times and won a Class 4A state title a year ago. After moving from Class 4A to 5A, she hasn't missed a beat. She has led the Chargers back to the state finals in dominating fashion.
Shaun McDowell, Foster Football
His players will run through a wall for him, but do they know his back story? McDowell graduated from FB Austin and played football at the US Coast Guard Academy, which is a tremendous academic institution. McDowell started making school history at Foster back in 2016 when he led the Falcons to the Regional Semis. He's been to the State Quarters three times and the State Semis once.
Nick Cavallo, George Ranch Football
After moving districts due to realignment, the Longhorns finished second in the conference in coach Nick Cavallo's third season. Cavallo led George Ranch to the postseason last year and is looking for his first playoff win this week. He played his college football at Purdue.
Cheyanne Forshee, George Ranch Volleyball
After spending six years at Terry, Cheyanne Forshee opened George Ranch High School. Forshee has led the Horns to nine straight postseason appearances. George Ranch won district this fall before reaching the area round. With Allie Sczech, Logan Lednicky and Avery Shimaitis returning, the Horns will be loaded again next year.
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26 up. 26 down.
With a 3-0 sweep over Lamar Fulshear in the UIL Conference 5A Volleyball State Championship game, the Lucas Lovejoy Leopards completed an unblemished season with a 26-0 record. Lovejoy has won 46 consecutive matches after ending the 2019 season with 20-straight victories for the 2019 state title.
The Leopards closed out the season with a 14-set win streak having lost only two sets all season. Lovejoy went head to head with Fulshear who - until Saturday afternoon - had not lost a set in a UIL State semifinal or final. The 2019 Class 4A state champions fought hard against a dominating Lovejoy team.
Fulshear, though, was outmatched in the first two sets dropping 25-14 in set one and 25-17 in set two. The third set saw a much more competitive Fulshear squad as they rallied to tie the set - even taking the lead at one point. Lovejoy, however, was not going to be denied and finished the game with a 25-22 victory in set three to close out the match against the Chargers.
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With the win, Lovejoy claimed its incredible 8th program state title in 14 seasons. Lovejoy has continued the streak of Dallas-area teams winning the 5A state title with a 7th consecutive win by a Dallas-area team. Lovejoy also becomes the 19th state champion in UIL history to finish a season completely undefeated. The last time a team finished undefeated was in 2013 when The Woodlands finished 45-0 in Conference 5A.
TCU signee, Cecily Bramschreiber was awarded match MVP after recording a match-high 13 kills to go along with three blocks and two aces. Ellie Jonke had the second highest kills for Lovejoy totaling 10. Wyoming signee Lexie Collins finished the match with seven kills while Baylor pledge Averi Carlson tallied 32 assists. Oklahoma signee Callie Kemohah recorded 16 digs.