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The season has ended, and many teams are already preparing for next Fall, but we want to take a moment to recognize the tremendous work done by the San Antonio area teams this year!
With Reagan advancing to the State Semi Finals, and a tremendous performance by San Antonio's 6A District 28 and District 29 having all four teams in the Regional round- we can all agree the local talent was on fire! Likewise, the very talented New Braunfels Canyon made a deep run to the Regional Finals and we are already excited for next year!
With this season in the books, it's time to name the All- VYPE team and hand out the postseason accolades.
Player of the Year: Nyah Anderson, Reagan Coach of the Year: Heather Sanders, New Braunfels CanyonHitter of the Year: Jalyn Gibson, BrandeisSetter of the Year: Carlee Pharris, BrandeisMiddle Blocker of the Year: Elise McGhee, Clark Defensive Specialist/Libero of the Year: Bryshanna Brown, O'ConnorUtility Player of the Year: Erin Jones, New Braunfels CanyonNewcomer of the Year: Grace Carroll, Alamo Heights
By Bradley Collier
1st TeamJulia Aleman, ReaganKyla Malone, New Braunfels CanyonMackenzie Vernon, HarlanShavonne Respondek, MadisonNaomi Ortiz, Smithson Valley
2nd Team Morgan Baese, New BraunfelsJamiryana Hall, TaftMcKenzie Woitena, New Braunfels Canyon Megan Runyan, Devine Hannah Wittingstall, Alamo Heights
Sadie McAda, Pleasanton
Honorable MentionMackenzie Mahr, O'Connor Kylie Wickley, Alamo HeightsAllie Scheidle, Kerrville TivyMia Francis, StevensFaith Coldewey, FloresvilleAllie Scheidle, Kerrville TivyMegan Wahrmund, FredericksburgMaselina Tuufuli, SteeleElizabeth Williams, Navarro Lauren Roberts, Boerne Natalie Schulter, Boerne Champion
1st Team Trinity Herrera, Clark Terez Chavez, O'Connor Julie Arguijo, Harlan
2nd TeamRylee Davis, MadisonMadisyn Jones, BoerneShaylan Wright, Smithson Valley
Maribel Martinez, ReaganAbigail Halstead, BrandeisEmily Reinhard, La Vernia Kearstin Davis, ReaganCayla Reyes, Harlandale Ella Brunson, New Braunfels Kristen Bernal, MacArthur Kendra Grimm, Johnson
1st TeamMaddie Correa, ReaganAddison Evans, New Braunfels CanyonAmy Dewalt, Brandeis
2nd TeamJaci Mesa, Smithson Valley Leilani Moore, HarlanAlyssa Manitzas, Reagan
1st TeamCourtney Pope, New Braunfels Canyon Canada Buchanan, Clemens Remi Vanderpool, Reagan
Kyla Solis, Medina ValleyMadison Pike, Devine
Ahzhalon Coleman, Brennan Madelynn Wallace, La Vernia
Lexi Gingras, Johnson Summer Silva, WarrenAngelli Sanchez, McCollumChichi Ozigbo, Reagan Cypress Guenther, New BraunfelsNia Mack, Wagner
1st TeamLexi Davila, O'ConnorKiana Fallaha, HarlanEmma Halstead, BrandeisKristin Swize, La Vernia
Bekah Williams, Smithson ValleyEmma Helmke, Churchill Mia Robles, O'ConnorSpencer McCool, Medina Valley
Congratulations to all our area players and teams on such a wild and successful 2020 season!
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Before a partisan crowd at the Merrill Center in Katy, the Seven Lakes Spartans advanced to the Class 6A state finals for the second time in four years. They beat San Antonio Reagan 25-16, 25-16, 21-25, 24-26 and 15-12.
The first time the Spartans reached the finals back in 2017 they were led senior Dani Batenhorst and a gawky freshman… Ally Batenhorst.
Batenhorst is now a senior, a Nebraska-signee and possibly one of the best players in the country. She is set by her little sister Casey, making the Batenhorsts the First Family of Seven Lakes to say the least.
Did we mention, Ally Batenhorst set a UIL State Tournament record 36 kills in an instant classic?
Seven Lakes jumped out to a 2-0 set lead before Reagan came rattling back to force a fifth set.
"That was super intense," Ally Batenhorst said. "It was so competitive and we had to work for every point. We wanted it so badly and it was just our time.
"Going to state is so special," she said. "Going both times with my sisters, once as a freshman and to close out my senior season, it's just surreal."
Casey Batenhorst quarterbacked her team with pinpoint assists and some timely blocks.
"In the huddle before that first set, Ally and I said let's play our game and play with energy. It came down to execution and heart," Casey said.
During the middle of the season, Seven Lakes was forced to quarantine for three weeks due to a Covid 19 issue, which set the Spartans back.
"I just kept telling them that this was all going to be worth it and this was our story," coach Amy Cataline said. "Hopefully, we would have a happy ending. This is just part of our novel."
Another chapter in the novel was the fact that starter Peyton Sykes went out with a match-ending ankle injury and Cataline inserted junior Mia Blum, the daughter of former Major League Baseball player Geoff Blum. She made some big plays in a substitute role.
The Rattlers were led by Nya Anderson (Miami) and a stingy defense.