Star Athlete of the Year: a decision to be made
by: Isaiah Ramirez
Since this is the last issue for the year, that means the final star athlete will be announced. For the athlete of the year, I looked at how well they led their team, how much they accomplished as an individual and how they overcame obstacles. Still, I wanted to leave the decision up to you. The four options are all amazing athletes that have accomplished great things throughout the year. The four athletes chosen are Hayden Haas, Abby Cheek, Tavawn Williams and Vanessa Garza. Here is the case for each one of them.
Hayden Haas was the star wide receiver for the Matadors. During the first game of the year he went for four receptions and 102 yards, along with three touchdowns. Haas continued to have success and ended the season with 54 receptions, 1055 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was also selected for the 2017 offensive player of the year for SHS. Haas has also been a central part of this year’s baseball team, with a batting average of .262 and an on base percentage of .340.
Abby Cheek has been on the varsity volleyball team for four years. Cheek has been an essential part of the team and has contributed to their success in the regular season as well as playoffs. In the 2017-2018 season, Cheek led the team in kills with 569, second in district, as well as averaging 3.20 digs per game. During round 3 of this year’s playoffs, Cheek went down with a serious injury. Many thought the injury would hold her back from playing at a high level. After months of rehab, Cheek regained her strength and went on to commit to the University of Arkansas.
Tavawn Williams is a sophomore and is showing true signs of having a promising future in track. Being one of the fastest runners at SHS, Williams competes in the 4x1 as well as the 100. In the district competition, the 4x1 team placed 1 and Williams placed 2 in the 100. At the area meet, Williams placed second in both categories. Williams has hopes and expectations to place high at regionals and qualify for state.
Last but not least, Vanessa Garza. Garza has been on the varsity softball team for four full years. She has been one of their best pitchers and has helped the team to reach the playoffs year after year. This year, Garza has a 2.45 ERA, 79 strikeouts and the second best W-L record in the district, with 14-6. Along with her excellent pitching skills, Garza has been improving at bat, with a .329 batting average. Garza will be continuing her softball career with a D-1 college at Saint Mary’s University.
Now that the information is here, it’s time for a decision to be made. Every one of these athletes deserve tons of credit for their efforts and accomplishments, but only one athlete can be the Cricket Chirps Star Athlete of the Year. Vote and see who wins on the last issue of the school year.