The Village School and Lutheran North girls basketball teams proved to be two of the best in TAPPS, both playing for state championships March 2 in Waco. The Vikings and Lions deservedly combined for seven all-state spots as well.
Sophomore Jada Malone and senior Kennedy Donovan were voted to the TAPPS 6A all-state first team after helping to lead the Vikings to the best season in school history. Sophomore Tymberlin Criswell was a second-team selection, with sophomore Aiken Semones earning honorable mention. Donovan was an all-state academic student as well.
Sophomores Karlie Sampson and Ashley Turnage were all-district selections for the Vikings, who finished 39-5 with only two losses to private schools, the other against district rival St. Agnes.
The Village School finished 8-0 in District 4-6A and defeated Concordia Lutheran and St. Agnes for the league’s No. 1 seed. The Vikings eliminated Incarnate Word, Antonian College Prep and San Antonio Incarnate Word, running their winning streak to 15 before a loss to Dallas Bishop Lynch in the state final.
Lutheran North (17-10) continued its remarkable stretch with its fourth state tournament appearance in five seasons. The Lions won the 4A championship in 2017.
This year the District 7-4A champion defeated Schertz John Paul II Catholic, Waco Reicher Catholic and Austin Texas School for the Deaf on its way to the state final. The Lions fell to Lubbock Trinity Christian in the final.
Juniors Jaelyn Compton (first team), Geonna Waddell (second team) and Madeline Stephens (honorable mention) earned all-state honors.
Senior Savannah ReBeau, sophomores Victoria Noack, Kaitlin Alexander and Sydney Cassens, and junior Tabitha Waiser and Elena Martens made all-district. Martens, Waddell, Compton, Stephens, ReBeau, Waiser were all-state academic scholars.
Second Baptist repeated as a girls 5A state semifinalist, led by junior all-state selections Kaitlyn Kollmorgen (first team) and Victoria Ryan (second team). Junior Emily Blackmon, senior Kerri Johnson and junior Caroline Torn were voted all-district, with Torn, Kollmorgen, Johnson and Ryan earning all-state academic honors.
The Eagles finished 24-6 including a 14-0 sweep through District 7-5A. They defeated San Antonio Providence Catholic and Corpus Christi Incarnate Word to return to state.
The Houston area fared well in all-state basketball voting, including four seniors from a 30-12 St. Agnes squad. Kelly Dickerson was voted to the first team, with Kathryn Dickerson and Madison Lucas on the second team and Emily Nelson an honorable mention.
Both Dickerson sisters and Nelson added academic all-state honors, with sophomore Samantha Meyers making all-district for the Tigers, who were the 4-6A runner-up and defeated Austin St. Dominic Savio in the playoffs.
Duchesne junior Catherine Van Pelt earned an all-state second-team spot after leading the Chargers to a 13-12 mark and the No. 3 seed from 4-6A.
Juniors Meta Sapien, Annette Clark and Vivian Vann were all-district picks, while Van Pelt and Vann qualified for the all-state academic list.
Incarnate Word finished 16-16 and earned a playoff berth from 4-6A, led by freshmen Audrey Hernandez and Anora Lee and sophomore Amaya Pitts. The trio made all-district.
St. Pius X junior Abbey Woods made academic all-state, along with all-district.
St. Thomas tied for the 4-6A boys championship and defeated San Antonio Central Catholic in the playoffs, finishing 26-9 including a solid 8-4 mark against UIL competition.
Senior Anderson Kopp (first team), junior Elijah Elliott (second team) and sophomore Maddox Kopp (honorable mention) earned all-state spots for the Eagles, with sophomores Cael Boekman and Dillon Lowe on the all-district squad.
St. Pius X senior Sydney Shipp earned all-state honorable mention, with sophomore Jason Johnson adding all-district honors after leading the Panthers to a 27-13 record and the No. 3 seed from 4-6A.
The Village School earned a playoff berth as senior Jaylen Williams and Oluwatimisola Toluogunkoya, and juniors Trace Boling and Tomaye Mojuetan made all-district.
Senior Erkan Bozkurt represented Awty International on the 4-6A all-district team.
Second Baptist seniors Cameron Cohn (second team) and Donovan Dastmalchian (honorable mention) were 5A all-state picks after leading the Eagles to a 22-11 record, a No. 2 seed and a playoff win against Laredo St. Augustine.
Junior Miles Goodman and senior Isaiah Addo-Ankrah were all-district selections, while Cohn, Dastmalchian and Addo-Ankrah earned academic honors.
All-state seniors Chance Watts (first team), Jabari Gholston and Jarius Gillon (honorable mention) led Westbury Christian a 16-8 record and a playoff win against Victoria St. Joseph.
Sophomore Justin Cebrun and senior Alec Ralph made all-district for the Wildcats, with Ralph making academic all-state.
Seniors Clay Cohen and William Ahlstrom represented Emery/Weiner on the 7-5A all-district team, with Cohen adding academic honors.
The Jaguars had a girls all-district and academic all-state selection in junior Roza Spencer.
Freshman Kendall Wyatt represented Westbury Christian on the all-district squad.
Sophomore Gabrielle Hamilton represented St. Thomas Episcopal on the girls 4A all-state second team. Sophomores Autumn Bruines and Lena Stewart, and seniors Jill Williams and Lauren Lehman added all-district selections for the playoff-qualifying Saints.
The Saints were also the boys 6-4A runner-up, led by all-state selections in sophomore Jakoby Flores (first team), senior Jadon Moses Routt and junior Melvin Holloway (second team). Sophomore Alexander Vatrachki and junior Shwan Motamedi were all-district picks.
Lutheran North was the boys 7-4A runner-up and defeated San Antonio Lutheran in the playoffs during a 21-13 season.
Junior Evan Butts (first team) and seniors Jaxon Wolf and Nicholas Grant (honorable mention made all-state for the Lions, with seniors T’Cory James and Emmanuel Butts, and sophomore Jaaron Henderson earning all-district.
The Briarwood had seven all-district selections, including junior Jenna Baird and senior Lila Gutman, both all-state academic scholars.
Freshmen Jolie Johnson, Olivia Trulock and Katy Warren added all-district honors for The Briarwood girls, with senior Garrett Ratliff and junior Sammy Soffar representing the boys.
Beren Academy and Southwest Christian girls both made the playoffs, with all-state second-team senior Gabrielle Kupferman leading Beren.
Seniors Tali Miller, Eliana Ruben and Sapir Tessler, junior Rena Schwartz and sophomores Natanya Ruben and Rina Yanowitz made all-district for the 9-A champions. Eliana Ruben, Kupferman, Schwartz, Tessler and Miller made all-state academic.
Senior Victoria McGuire was an all-state honorable mention for Southwest Christian, adding academic honors with junior teammate Adreana Robertson.
Sophomores Jewel Muegge and Madalynn Hull, freshman Selah Coleman and juniors Cindy Luong, Nanma Abraham and Michelle Nguyen were voted all-district.
The Saints tied for the 9-A boys championship with Beren Academy and defeated Orange Community Christian and Houston Family Christian to reach the regional finals, led by all-state seniors Kevin Gross (first team) and Ema Eshiet (second team).
Sophomores Jacob Garza, Rafael Garcia and Simeon Kahleh, junior Saleim Kahleh and senior Mfonobong Inyang made all-district. Gross and Saleim Kahleh were academic honorees.
The Beren boys had all-district picks in seniors Eric Garner, Yisroel Yanowitz and Jeffrey Collins, junior Noah Diner, sophomore Jacob Teller and freshman Ariel Diner. Garner, Collins, Yanowitz and Noah Diner made all-state academic.