Brook Hill Athletic Gala recognizes student athletes for sports achievements

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The Brook Hill School recognized the achievements made by the school’s extracurricular sports teams this season at the annual Brook Hill Athletic Gala, held Monday, May 7, inside the Lower School Gymatorium.

“It feels great to honor these tremendous student athletes,” said Wally Dawkins, Brook Hill athletic director. “We’re very fortunate that we get to work with such a high caliber of athletes. They’re all great kids, good athletes, and they care about their academics, which when you combine the three, it makes for a really good experience. We like to say that our students focus on the spiritual first, then academics second, followed by athletics in third. We’ve have numerous athletes sign to take their athletic abilities to the next level. The most important thing is to have these young men and women become productive members of society so when they come back in five or 10 years, they’ll be good citizens.”

Each Brook Hill Guard and Lady Guard sports team and athletes were recognized for their achievements, both on and off the field of play this year.

The highlight of the gala was the announcing of the Brook Hill Mr. and Miss Award winners, the award presented to the best athletes in each sport.

The Brook Hill Guard varsity football team ended its 2017 campaign with an overall record of 3-6, 1-4 in district play, missing the cut for the TAPPS playoffs.

Guard head football coach Scott Ryle was on hand to present the program’s Mr. Football award to Greyson Priestner.

The Brook Hill Lady Guard varsity volleyball team finished the 2017 campaign with an overall record of 7-19-1, 2-4 in district play, and was recognized as Bi-District qualifiers. The team was defeated in three sets in the Bi-District contest against the Fort Worth Christian Lady Cardinals.

Maddie Anthony was presented the Lady Guard’s Miss Volleyball award by Brook Hill head volleyball coach Candise Wise for her involvement on the Lady Guard volleyball team this season.

The Brook Hill Guard and Lady Guard cross country teams also had a strong season during the 2016-2017 school year, advancing all the way to the TAPPS State Cross Country Meet. The boys cross country team finished the season in third place at District, while two members of the girls team ended their season at the District event.

The Guard and Lady Guard Upper School Mr. and Miss Cross Country awards were presented by head cross country coach Kyle Ford and received by Justin Powell and Diana Ramirez, respectively.

Brook Hill’s Guard varsity basketball team ended its 2017-2018 campaign with an overall record of 17-13, 3-3 in district play, losing out to the Bishop Gorman Crusaders in a district tie-breaker bout.

Likewise, the Brook Hill Lady Guard varsity basketball team ended its 2017-2018 season with an overall record of 6-14, 0-6 in district play, causing the team to miss the TAPPS playoff picture.

The Mr. and Miss awards for Guard and Lady Guard basketball programs were presented by Guard basketball head coach Jacob Agnew and Lady Guard basketball head coach Stephanie Williams, to Miguel Vega and Grace Helmers, respectively.

The Brook Hill Guard varsity soccer team ended its 2017-2018 campaign with an overall record of 9-4-1, 5-1 in district play. The team took home second in district, but fell in the Area contest against Brighter Horizons.

Additionally, the Brook Hill Lady Guard varsity soccer team finished the 2017-2018 season with an overall record of 4-8-1, 0-6 in district play, causing the Lady Guard to miss the playoff cut.

Guard soccer head coach David Collins and Lady Guard head coach Becky Knight were on hand to present the Mr. and Miss Soccer awards to Sam Nechi and Morgan Carpenter, respectively.

The Brook Hill Guard and Lady Guard varsity golf teams swung the clubs well on the links this season, with both teams making appearances at the TAPPS State Golf Tournament.

Lady Guard varsity golf coach Bill Littlefield was on stage at the gala event, presenting the Mr. and Miss Golf awards to Logan Mimms and Emma French, respectively.

Brook Hill’s boys and girls varsity track and field teams raced away with success this season, as a total of five athletes made their way to the TAPPS 5A Track and Field Championships.

Joey Wilson, Brook Hill head track and field coach, presented a total of four awards, as Garrett Davis and Sarah Nwosu received the Mr. and Miss Field awards, respectively, while Ke’Arria Christopher and John Dixon took home the Mr. and Miss Track awards, respectively.

The Brook Hill Guard varsity baseball team wrapped up the 2018 season with an overall record of 17-8, 6-3 in district play, and was recognized as TAPPS Area, Regional, and State Semi-Final Champions, as well as State Runners-up, falling short to Houston Lutheran South Academy in the TAPPS State Championship game.

Likewise, the Brook Hill Lady Guard varsity softball team ended the 2018 campaign with an overall record of 13-5, 6-1 in district play, and was recognized as the Area and Regional Champions. The team was defeated in the TAPPS State Semi-Final contest against Fort Worth Christian.

On stage at the gala, Guard varsity baseball head coach Austin Reed presented the Mr. Baseball award to Josh Jenkins, while Lady Guard softball head coach Anthony Springer awarded Maddie Anthony the Miss Softball award.

A total of two athletes from the Brook Hill tennis program also were the recipients of awards at the event, as head tennis coach Ivan Johnson awarded the Mr. and Miss Tennis awards to Jared Johnson, as well as Anna kitt and Katherine Mondrik, respectively.

Also awarded at the event was the Miss Cheer award, presented by cheer sponsor Tiffany Hubbard to Brittany Bextine, as well as the Miss Cadet award, received by Emma French, also presented by Hubbard.

Also presented at the Brook Hill Athletic Gala were the Brook Hill Ironman awards, signifying the best student athlete of the year, competing in at least three sports. The winners of the 2018 Ironman awards were Grace Helmers and Sam Nechi.

Dawkins also paid homage to coaches within the Brook Hill athletic department who will either be leaving the program for a new position or retiring, which included assistant football, track, and basketball coach Les Rhea; head cross country and assistant basketball coach Kyle Ford; assistant track, cross country, and cheer coach Kathryn Wilson; and head girls soccer coach Becky Knight.

“I’ve got a real special relationship with our coaches,” said Dawkins. “A guy like Coach Rhea, he’s been with us for eight years and will do whatever you ask him to do. Coach Ford is a former player of mine and has done a great job for us the past three year; I think the world of him. Coach Wilson had done a great job as a volunteer coach for two years that we hired her this year, but now she’s going to become a stay-at-home mother, which is very commendable. Coach Knight has been a hard worker in my office and it’s going to be a big hole in the department with us losing her. We definitely wish them all well in their future endeavors.”

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