There are so many great athletes in Spring Branch ISD. VYPE highlights five athletes from Spring Branch ISD in this edition of SBISD Playmakers Powered by Texas Citizens Bank.
Jordyn Brooks, Stratford Football
Jordyn Brooks has always been a tackling-machine. He was a two-time, first-teamer at Stratford and signed with Texas Tech. He led the Big 12 in tackles and tackles for loss per game last season. He then was drafted in the first round of the NFL by the Seattle Seahawks.
Kelsey Hranicky, Memorial Soccer
It's hard to earn unanimous honors. This one is easy. Memorial's Kelsey Hranicky was named the District 17-6A MVP after leading her team to an undefeated district record. The 'Stangs were on their way to another state Final Four appearance. Hranicky scored 39 goals in her shortened season. She's committed to the University of Texas.
Walter Constanza, Spring Woods Soccer
The Spring Woods boys' soccer team is a beacon of light for the SBISD school. Prior to the COVID19 outbreak, the Tigers were in second-place in district. Their record was 10-4-9. Nine ties? No shock that Walter Constanza was the District Defensive MVP making it tough for opponents to score.
Francies Galdino, Stratford Soccer
The Stratford boys' soccer team was named district champs in the shortened season with a 9-2-5 season. To the victors go the spoils. Francies Galdino was named the District Offensive MVP for his exploits on the pitch. He was also a star on the cross country team.
Keon Kennerson, Northbrook Football
At the center of every competitive team is a quarterback. Keon Kennerson returns to Northbrook for his senior season under the direction of new coach Andres Gomez. Kennerson was recently named a team captain going into the 2020 season.
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The VYPEU Stratford Spotlight series dives into what Stratford High School Athletes are doing to stay on top of their game during the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Stratford High School junior Caroline Parnell has never been one to back down from a challenge, but after UIL officially cancelled all spring athletics, there wasn't much she could do, besides abide by the lockdown guidelines and find other ways to stay in shape.
"For most people the most difficult thing [about the cancellation of school] might be not being able to finish their seasons, but for me, I just miss playing soccer," Parnell said.
In an attempt to stay in shape, she has been running four to five miles a day, totaling about 18 a week. In addition to her daily run, Parnell has started to throw in weekly Fitness Challenges, to give her day-to-day workouts some variety. This week Parnell plans to participate in the US Army Physical Fitness Test, which consists of a timed-two mile run, two minutes of push-ups and two minutes of sit-ups.
Although she misses playing soccer, Parnell has found her own ways to stay on her game while being in the safety of her own home.