Fab 50: The American-Statesman’s top high school athletes of 2017-18


THE TOP 10

1. Garrett Wilson, Jr., Lake Travis: Wilson, a first-team member of both the Statesman’s All-Central Texas basketball and football teams, delivered highlights regardless of his sports season. A football pledge for Ohio State, the 6-foot, 180-pound receiver hauled in 98 receptions for 1,773 yards and 26 touchdowns while helping Lake Travis reach its third consecutive Class 6A championship game. Wilson turned in various highlight-reel plays while scoring a team-high 21 points a game. The all-state guard played in 20 of 38 games and helped the Cavs post a 30-8 record on the hardcourt and advance to a Class 6A regional final.

2. JoJo Weeks, Sr., Wimberley: A stellar baseball player once pledged to Texas State, Weeks emerged as one of the top quarterbacks in Class 4A and will now play football at the University of Texas-San Antonio as a quarterback. During the football season, Weeks threw for 4,411 yards and 52 touchdowns to help the Texans reach the Class 4A, Division II state semifinals. In baseball, the third baseman batted .420 with three homers and 26 RBIs for a powerhouse club that went 24-4 and reached the regional quarterfinals.

3. Buster Roberts, Sr., Luling: One of the top runners in the state regardless of the season, Roberts helped Luling maintain its well-earned reputation as one of the top distance-running towns in Texas. He led the Eagles to their eighth straight state cross-country championship in the fall while finishing third overall in the Class 3A meet, and he earned gold in the spring at the UIL state track and field meet in the 3,200- and 1,600-meter races.

4. Dakota Luther, Sr., Westlake: For Luther, it wasn’t enough that last year she broke a state record as a junior. At the 2018 UIL swimming and diving championships, Luther shattered her own state mark while winning the Class 6A girls 100-yard butterfly in 52.16 seconds. A senior who has signed with Georgia, Luther also earned a third straight medal in the 200 freestyle, adding a silver to the golds she won in the event in 2016 and 2017.

5. Levi Bell, Sr., Cedar Park: Before the start of the 2018 state wrestling meet, Bell might have been best known at Cedar Park for being a vital part of the Timberwolves football team. A defensive end, he was named the District 19-5A defensive lineman of the year last fall after totaling 75 tackles. But earlier this year, he became the first Cedar Park boy to win a state title in wrestling after picking up a pair of pinfalls and two lopsided decisions in the 220-pound division at the Class 5A state meet.

6. Cade Stoever, Sr., Wimberley: An athlete for all seasons, Stoever was at the center of another successful season by Wimberley’s boys athletic department. During football season, he earned both the District 13-4A, Division II MVP award as well as all-state honors after catching 77 passes for 1,350 yards and 15 touchdowns. He followed that up by receiving all-region accolades in basketball and qualified for the regional round in both golf and track.

7. Danielle Serna, Jr., Austin High: The latest in a long line of Austin High athletes from the Serna family, Danielle helped the Maroons’ girls athletic department enjoy one of the best seasons in school history. After earning first-team all-district honors for the District 25-5A champion girls basketball team, the Colorado State softball pledge received a first-team All-Central Texas selection in softball after hitting .490 with four homers, 22 RBIs and 31 runs while compiling a 0.48 ERA with 127 strikeouts.

8. Ian Carter, Sr., Burnet: The top 110-meter hurdler in the state, Carter lived up to his billing by winning gold at both the prestigious Texas Relays and the UIL Class 4A state meet. He won gold at state with ease, clocking in at 13.87 seconds. That was well ahead of runner-up Cameron Macon of Dallas Carter, who finished in 14.22. And Carter’s speed and athleticism also paid off during football season, when he caught passes for 1,087 yards and 14 touchdowns as a receiver.

9. Cameron Dicker, Sr., Lake Travis: For a third consecutive school year, Dicker excelled in two sports. During the football season, the senior connected on 12 of 16 field goals with a long of 53 yards. His powerful leg — Dicker averaged 63.1 yards on his kickoffs, with almost half of his kicks reaching the end zone for a touchback — has earned him a scholarship from Texas. Dicker might be an even better soccer player; he earned all-state honors for the second consecutive season as a defender for the District 25-6A champion Lake Travis boys soccer squad.

10. Marissa Escamilla, Sr., Burnet: A two-time member of the top 50’s top 10, the versatile Escamilla had scholarship offers in three sports — basketball, volleyball, and track and field. The 5-9 all-state hoopster signed a basketball scholarship with Tarleton State, and she earned all-district accolades in volleyball and softball.

THE BEST OF THE REST

— Rick Cantu and Thomas Jones

The American-Statesman released its 12th annual list of the top 50 high school athletes in the Austin area this week. The previous winners are:

2017: Virginia Kerley, Taylor - basketball, track and field

2016: Jav Guidry, Cedar Park - football, track and field

2015: Travis Brannan, Vandegrift - football, track and field

2014: Jace LaCaille, Georgetown - football, wrestling

2013: 2013: Madie Boreman, Rouse - cross country, soccer, track and field

2012: Kourtney Bevers, Liberty Hill - cross country, basketball, softball

2011: Connor Sheehan, Anderson - football, baseball

2010: Mark Jackson, Taylor - football, basketball, track and field

2009: Dax Hill, Round Rock - basketball, swimming

2008: Amanda Dowdy, Lexington - volleyball, basketball, track and field

2007: Jeremy Kerley, Hutto - football, basketball, track and field, baseball



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