The Woodlands will also be a threat this season. The Highlanders advanced to the area round of the 2015 playoffs, but they want to surpass that mark in 2016. The team’s success starts with Grace Piper (Texas A&M) and Bridgette Cast. Piper was the District’s MVP, and Cast was the Defensive MVP. They were first-team all-district players with Sommer Stanley (Baylor) last season, and Emily Cox was a second-teamer. The players have playoff experience, so they will be a force to be reckoned with. Don’t sleep on Jazzy Richards who is emerging as a college talent as a sophomore and freshmen Sarah Piper and Peyton Graves.
Seven Lakes has advanced to back-to-back regional finals, so the Spartans could threaten Cinco’s run to state. Seven Lakes fell to Cinco in the regional finals a year ago and have revenge on their minds. This is a tradition-rich program that made the state finals in 2012 and the semis in 2010. Sarah Gavin headlines the squad as an all-region performer, while Bailey Dobbs and Brie Stewart are top returners.
The Rangers hope to lasso their playoff competition after Clements reached the regional semifinals in 2015. Junior Shailee Modi was the Goalkeeper MVP in District 23-6A last season, and five more Rangers were on the all-district team. Shelby Clingman was also named to the first-team, while Catherine Boring, Mary Alex Senften and Jourdan Treece were on the second.
Friendswood advanced to the area round of last year’s playoffs, but returns one of the top offensive and defensive players in District 24-6A. Selina Vickery was the Offensive MVP and Rhiannon Suffield was the Defensive MVP, so they will bring more success during their final run as Mustangs. They are joined by juniors Hayley Bowers and Kori Schimming. They were first-team all-district players last season, and Megan Mai and Sophie Zehentner were second-teamers.
Cy Creek also advanced to the area round, but the Cougars return three first-team all-district players hoping to go deeper in the postseason. That includes juniors Julia Revils, Kat Shoffner and Darbey Hargrove. Sophomore Sarah Avant was a second-teamer last season and junior Grace Merkel was an honorable mention. The Cougars will get some nice tests in District 17-6A before the postseason begins.
Kingwood will also be a power in District 16-6A. The Lady Mustangs return three first-team all-district players from last season and two second-teamers. The team has multiple seniors including Mari Gillespie, Sloane Sharold and Lindsey Leatherwood. Gillespie and Sharold were first-teamers, and Leatherwood was a second-teamer. There are also juniors Amanda Popell and Kate Kacena. Popell was a first-teamer and Kacena was a second-teamer. The roster rounds out with Carly Stroud, who had a breakout freshman season in 2015. She was also a second-teamer, and she’ll be the player that the program builds around for years to come. The team should have enough to advance past last season’s bi-district appearance.
Magnolia returns three players who earned a District MVP last season. Rebecca Bowie and Sarah Hubble return for their senior season, after earning last year’s Defensive MVP, and Goalkeeper MVP respectively. Junior Jaycee Fraser also returns, after a Midfielder MVP in 2015. All three players were first-team all-district players.
Austin *reached the regional semis in 2015, and the team returns some of the best pitch players in 23-6A. *Ariel Heins and Brook Runyon were first-team all-district players and Megan Reilly was the Newcomer of the Year. Lauren Byrne and Myisha Butts adds to the team’s depth because they were second-teamers in 2015, and coach Mike Agiannidis is coming off his Coach of the Year honor.
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