The Fab 50: our choices for the top high school athletes of 2016-17


THE TOP 10

1. Virginia Kerley, sr., Taylor

A Texas A&M track and field signee, Kerley capped her high school career by winning four medals — including a gold in the Class 4A girls 400 meters — at the 2017 UIL state meet. This past season, the 5-foot-6 Kerley also was chosen as the top defensive player by District 19-4A girls basketball coaches, and she totaled more than 1,700 career points during her four varsity seasons.

2. Charlie Brewer, sr., Lake Travis

Honored as the high school football player of the year by the Texas Associated Press Sports Editors, Brewer threw 54 touchdown passes against only two interceptions to lead the Cavaliers to their first state championship in Class 6A football. He signed with Baylor after piling up more than 3,900 yards passing this past season, when he also earned a spot in the record book compiled by the National Federation of State High School Associations thanks to his single-season completion percentage of .772.

3. Bryanna Hunter, jr., Hendrickson

A three-sport athlete who also competes in volleyball and basketball, Hunter scored the game-winning goal for the Hawks in a Class 6A semifinal at the UIL soccer championships. The following day, Hendrickson blanked Katy Tompkins 2-0 for the Class 6A title. The leading scorer for the Hawks this past season, Hunter has committed to the University of Arkansas as a soccer player. This past winter, she juggled soccer and basketball, averaging 6.0 points and 5.9 rebounds on the hardcourt.

4. Allie Green, sr., LBJ

An all-state honoree this past season as a defensive back, Green intercepted nine passes — including three in one game — to help the Jaguars to the District 26-5A championship. In basketball, the 6-3 Green averaged a double-double as LBJ won another district title. He has signed to play football at Tulsa.

5. Buster Roberts, jr., Luling

In the fall, Roberts finished third in Class 3A at the UIL cross country championships and helped Luling’s boys team to its seventh straight team championship. In the spring, he picked up a gold medal as the first-place finisher in the Class 3A boys 3,200 meters at the state track and field meet.

6. Dakota Luther, jr., Westlake

The daughter of Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer Whitney Hedgepeth, Luther won her third straight gold in the 200-yard freestyle at the 2017 UIL swimming and diving championships. Luther, who committed to collegiate swimming powerhouse Georgia last month, also won the 100 butterfly in 52.61 seconds, which was nearly one-tenth of a second faster than the previous state record.

7. Marissa Escamilla, jr., Burnet

An all-district honoree in volleyball as a 5-9 outside hitter, Escamilla was a second-team All-Central Texas choice in basketball, averaging 21.8 points and 12.7 rebounds to to help the Bulldogs reach the second round of the Class 4A playoffs. This past spring, she advanced to a Class 4A regional track meet in the 200 meters.

8. Jordan Weeks, jr., Wimberley

Last month, Weeks popped up on the All-Centex baseball team as the first-team first baseman after he hit three homers and drove in 36 runs in 2017 for the Texans, a Class 4A regional quarterfinalist. This past fall, Weeks completed 60 percent of his passes for 12 touchdowns and more than 2,000 yards as Wimberley’s football team finished 10-3.

9. Jack Skudlarczyk, sr., Westlake

In February, Skudlarczyk pinned the final opponent of his high school wrestling career to win his third UIL state championship and wrap up a 31-0 season at 126 pounds. A Northern Iowa signee, he posted a 136-4 record over four varsity seasons.

10. Beau Corrales, sr., Georgetown

In 2016, Corrales topped Austin-area wide receivers with 90 catches for 1,158 yards and 14 TDs to help Georgetown to an 8-3 record. A North Carolina signee, he also played basketball for the Eagles and was a second-team all-district honoree this past season.

The best of the rest (listed alphabetically)

Cierra Abbott, sr., Lago Vista

An all-state honoree in both volleyball and basketball, the 6-foot-1 Abbott signed with Western State Colorado as a middle blocker.

Victor Bailey Jr., sr., McNeil

A first-team All-Centex selection who signed with Oregon, Bailey finished his high school basketball career second to former Longhorn A.J. Abrams on McNeil’s all-time scoring list.

James Baran, sr., Anderson

An all-district wide receiver in football, Baran was recognized as a first-team All-Centex outfielder after batting .405 and scoring 26 runs for the 14-6A champion.

Madison Byrne, sr., Vandegrift

Byrne graduated as the Vipers’ all-time leading scorer in girls basketball and the all-state honoree also competed in volleyball and soccer.

Nikki Cardaño-Hillary, sr., Vista Ridge

A George Mason signee, Cardaño-Hillary was honored as the All-Centex girls basketball player of the year after averaging 30 points, four rebounds, four assists and six steals this past season.

Roger Chou, jr., Westlake

Westlake’s No. 1 boys singles player since his sophomore season, Chou won the Class 6A state title with a straight-sets victory in mid-May.

Brock Cunningham, jr., Westlake

A 6-6 forward who’s being recruited by Texas and other Big 12 schools, Cunningham topped the 2017 All-Centex boys basketball squad after averaging 14.7 points and 11.3 rebounds.

Alex DeLeon, sr., Lago Vista

DeLeon, a McLennan Community College signee, was named the All-Centex player of the year in baseball this past season, when he hit .506, drove in 35 runs, stole 18 bases and posted a 12-1 record with a 0.71 ERA as a pitcher.

Cameron Dicker, jr., Lake Travis

An all-state kicker in football who has pledged to the Longhorns, Dicker helped the Cavaliers record 10 shutouts in soccer and was named the defender of the year in District 25-6A.

Jake Doggett, sr., Hutto

This past spring, Doggett qualified for the Class 5A state tournament in golf and earned all-district accolades in baseball as a second baseman.

Carolyn Evans, sr., Bowie

The District 14-6A girls cross country champion, Evans — a Stephen F. Austin signee — set school records while finishing fifth in the 1,600 meters and sixth in the 3,200 at the Class 6A state track and field meet.

Kandyn Faurie, jr., Liberty Hill

Faurie helped Liberty Hill reach Class 4A state tournaments in basketball and softball, and she averaged a team-high 17.4 points in hoops.

Michael Forster, sr., Rouse

The 6-6 Forster, who was the starting quarterback for a Rouse football team that finished 6-4, signed with UT-Dallas to play basketball after earning all-district honors in the sport.

Sterling Galban, jr., Burnet

An Iowa State football recruit who caught nine TD passes in 2016, Galban also won a bronze medal in the Class 4A boys 100 meters.

Jeremiah Glenn, jr., Connally

A second-team all-district pick as a defensive lineman, Glenn advanced to the UIL wrestling championships for the second straight year, finishing sixth at 285 pounds.

Jayci Goldsmith, jr., Dripping Springs

Goldsmith became her school’s first state champion in tennis as the Texas A&M pledge won the Class 5A girls singles title in three sets.

Kiana Graham, fr., Westwood

Graham didn’t lose a set in her first season of UIL tennis, rolling to a 26-0 record and winning the Class 6A girls singles championship in straight sets.

Hannah Harrod and Brennan Foreman, juniors, St. Michael’s

This duo helped St. Michael’s girls tennis team to the TAPPS Class 4A state championship while combining for their third straight state title in girls doubles.

Paige Havel, jr., Giddings

A middle blocker who was chosen as the District 20-4A MVP this past season, Havel also helped Giddings to a fifth-place finish in the Class 4A girls 800-meter relay at the UIL track and field championships.

Aspen Howie, sr., Lake Travis

A first-team all-district honoree in 25-6A girls basketball, Howie hit .484 with 10 homers this spring to earn all-state accolades in softball.

Colton Kruse, sr., Taylor

As a two-way lineman in football, Kruse was a first-team All-Centex choice, and this past spring, he competed in the Class 4A boys shot put at the UIL track and field championships.

Lindsey Ledyard, sr., Cedar Park

A four-year varsity player, Ledyard — a setter who has signed with Tulsa — topped the 2016 All-Centex volleyball team after helping Cedar Park to the Class 5A state-title match.

Wyatt Messex, sr., Granger

Accorded second-team all-state honors in baseball, the Trinity-bound Messex passed for 2,062 yards and 21 TDs to help Granger reach the area round of the Class 2A, Division II football playoffs

Grant Miller, sr., Round Rock

A starting linebacker in football, Miller was a first-team All-Centex honoree in baseball after posting a 10-2 record as a pitcher and tossing two no-hitters.

Kiele Miller, sr., Dripping Springs

The All-Centex player of the year in softball, Miller batted .383 with eight homers and was 23-5 in the circle as Dripping Springs reached the Class 5A state tournament.

Hatti Moore, sr., La Grange

A standout catcher who has signed with the Missouri Tigers, Moore was recognized as the offensive MVP of District 20-4A this past volleyball season.

Cameron Nowell, sr., East View

A starter for East View’s boys basketball team, Nowell received all-district accolades from 19-5A coaches in both football and baseball.

McKenley O’Neal, sr., Dripping Springs

After forcing eight fumbles and recording 10 sacks to earn second-team All-Centex recognition in football, O’Neal helped the Tigers boys basketball team to a Class 5A regional final.

Britney Onyeje, jr., Pflugerville

Before competing for Pflugerville as a sprinter this past spring, Onyeje averaged 12.1 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.0 steals to help the Panthers advance to the UIL Class 6A state tournament in girls basketball.

Kaitlyn Papp, sr., Lake Travis

A Longhorns signee, Papp finished as the Class 6A girls individual champion while leading her team to a third straight state title in golf.

Grant Reed, sr., Austin High

A Missouri Tigers signee, Reed set state records while winning the Class 5A boys 100- and 200-yard freestyle races at the UIL swimming and diving championships.

Dylan Rowling, sr., Rouse

Wrestler Rowling wrapped up a 49-4 season with a victory in the 170-pound title match at the UIL state meet.

Danielle Serna, soph., Austin High

The top pitcher (20-6, 1.50 ERA) and hitter (.596 average) for a team that reached the regional quarterfinals in Class 5A softball, Serna also started for the Maroons basketball squad that recorded four playoff victories.

Julie Tucker, sr., Jarrell

Before signing with Eastern New Mexico, the 5-10 Tucker was honored as the District 20-3A MVP in volleyball, and this past winter, the district’s girls basketball coaches chose her as the top offensive player.

Obinna Udoye, sr., Cedar Park

A second-team All-Centex honoree as a defensive back, Odoye qualified for a Class 5A regional track meet in the 100 meters and as part of two relays.

Zorina Weed, jr., Wimberley

In softball, Weed was named the offensive MVP of District 27-4A and helped the Lady Texans to five postseason victories. In track, she ran the anchor leg for a 1,600-meter relay that placed third at the UIL Class 4A state meet.

Matthew Willenbring, jr., Westlake

Willenbring helped Westlake to a second-place finish at the UIL swimming and diving championships, winning gold medals with the Chaparrals’ 200 freestyle relay and in the 200 individual medley.

Garrett Wilson, soph., Lake Travis

A three-sport standout, Wilson caught a touchdown pass and threw one in the Cavaliers’ victory over The Woodlands for the Class 6A, Division I football title. He also led the boys basketball team in scoring and qualified for a regional track meet in the long jump.

Ebony Wolridge, jr., Giddings

The Class 4A champion in the girls discus, Wolridge placed fourth at the 4A powerlifting championships.

Kris Wyche, sr., Elgin

An all-district wide receiver in football, Wyche signed to play college basketball for Southern Nazarene after averaging 16.7 points and nine rebounds this past season


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