Sports Shorts, Dec. 17, 2015

Sports Shorts, Dec. 17, 2015

Wrangler National Rodeo in Las Vegas

The 2015 Wrangler National Rodeo has come to an end in Las Vegas, and while Sage Kimzey claimed World Champion in bull riding, Cody Teel of Kountze earned Average Winner after 10 rounds and won a total of $118,461.55.

Clayton Foltyn of Winnie had an impressive showing with $68,128.72 in total purse money.

Legacy Christian Academy Warriors

The Legacy Christian Academy Warriors had a banner season under the direction of head coach Troy Esprit. Not only did the football team win their first playoff game in school history, but they were also one win away from the TAPPS Division III state championship.

Their efforts did not go unnoticed, as many were awarded for their on-field accomplishments.

Named to the TAPPS Division III all-state second team were junior quarterback Willie “Tre” Jones, junior Tayden Esprit (receiver) and senior Darren Lacy, who was second team receiver and defensive back.

All-state honorable mention players were senior Russhun Limbrick (linebacker), senior Madison Johnsen (tight end) and senior Matthew Touchet (offensive line).

Kelly High School

Kelly High School football and volleyball programs saw several of their student-athletes make the 2015-16 TAPPS academic all-state, all-state, and all-district teams.

In football, seniors Dillon Edwards, Zach Herink, Logan Hillin, Jake Johnson and Taylor Toups, along with junior Connor Henry, earned academic all-state.

Hillin was also named second team all-state athlete of the year.

All-district selections were Hillin (athlete of the year, first team defense, second team offense); Johnson (first team offense); Simon Guilly (second team defense); Herink (second team defense); Toups (second team punter) and Henry (second team defense).

Junior Cynthia Bean was named to the volleyball academic all-state and was named second team all-district.