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Vote: Who should be SBLive's Texas High School Athlete of the Week (10/9/2023)?

We gathered the week's top performers across every sport. Now, we want to hear from you.
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Editor's note: Congratulations to Saul Gutierrez of Kyle Lehman boys water polo, SBLive's Athlete of the Week for October 1-9. At 11:59 p.m. at the end of voting on Sunday, Gutierrez was the leading vote-getter. The poll remained open a few hours after the end of the allotted vote time, and Georgia Stinson of Haltom volleyball, the second-place vote-getter, rose to No. 1. However, no votes cast after 11:59 p.m. were counted. 

Who was the top high school athlete in Texas last week?

Each week throughout the year, SBLive takes a look at the top high school athletes across the Lone Star State by researching the entire state, gathering the top performers and putting the best of the best up for reader vote.

We're splitting our Athlete of the Week process into two polls: two football player of the week and non-football athlete of the week. Those will publish on every Monday.

Congratulations to Dickinson junior Keely Anderson for winning SBLive's most recent Athlete of the Week poll (Sept. 25-Oct. 1)

She racked up 78 assists in two wins for the Gators volleyball team and won the poll by nearly 5,000 votes.

Here are SBLive's Texas Athlete of the Week nominees for October 1-9. Now, we want to hear from you. Scroll down to read about this week's nominees and cast your vote in the poll below. Voting remains open until Sunday, October 15, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. Central time.

Know of a performance worthy of recognition we may have missed? Let us know. Drop a note to or @SBLiveTX on Twitter and Instagram and back it up with stats.


Aubrey Bandy, Ropes volleyball

The senior had a team-high 24 assists and led the team with 21 digs, while adding five kills and three aces in a 3-1 win over Plains on Tuesday — the first win over the Eagles in the program’s four years.

Taryn Barnes, Southlake Carroll volleyball

The Dragons picked up a 3-1 win over Trophy Club Byron Nelson on Tuesday and Barnes recorded 15 kills and 19 digs in the process. She had 13 kills and 14 digs in a 3-0 win over Keller on Friday.

Layne Bulow, Fort Bend Christian Academy volleyball

In a sweep over Houston Second Baptist on Tuesday, she had 10 aces, 19 service points and nine kills, helping the Eagles to improve to 8-0 in TAPPS District 5-5A play.

Carson Eickenloff, McKinney Boyd volleyball

The Ole Miss recruit recorded a triple-double on Tuesday against Allen, with 11 kills, 10 digs and 24 assists for the Broncos, who won 3-0.

Logan Farrell, Corpus Christi King volleyball

She finished with 35 assists in a 3-1 win over Carroll on Tuesday, helping the Lady Mustangs finish with three players with 10 or more kills in the District 29-5A victory.

Hannah Finn, El Paso Franklin volleyball

She dished out 33 assists in a 3-0 sweep over El Paso Socorro on Tuesday, while adding eight digs. The Cougars finished with two players with 10 or more kills behind Finn’s passing.

Saul Gutierrez, Kyle Lehman boys water polo

The junior had seven goals and helped the Lobos pick up a 12-11 win over Buda Hays in a game on Friday. He has 52 goals this season.

Hope Hilscher, Austin Champions girls cross country

Running in Leander, the sophomore picked up a win in the 2-mile race in 12:15, a 21-second margin of victory at the 7th Annual Founders Classic Invitational.

Jada James, Corpus Chrsti Ray volleyball

In a 3-0 win over Victoria East on Tuesday, James had a team-high 17 kills, while adding 17 digs as well for the Texans in a District 29-5A triumph.

Olivia Jones, League City Clear Creek volleyball

She had 24 kills and 19 digs to help the Wildcats pick up a win over Clear Lake, 3-0, on Friday in a District 24-6A.

Peyton Keller, Stockdale girls cross country

The freshman ran 13:11.21 to win the 2-mile race held at the UIL 2A District 30 meet held in Falls City.

Ada Mathias, San Antonio Brandeis girls cross country

Running at the Central Catholic Cross Country Invitational on Saturday, she ran 20:28.99 to win the 5K race in San Antonio.

Jordan Morrow, Humble Atascocita volleyball

The Eagles won an eighth straight match and the freshman played a big part with 11 kills, 10 digs, three blocks and three digs in a 3-0 win over Kingwood on Tuesday.

Kirra Musgrove, Houston Lutheran South Academy volleyball

The 6-foot-2 left-handed hitter had 20 kills, 19 assists, 17 digs and two blocks to help the Lady Pioneers win game No. 31 on the year in a 3-1 victory over St. Johns’s on Tuesday.

Vivian Parker, Aledo volleyball

The Missouri pledge helped the Bearcats pick up a win over Justin Northwest with 23 kills and 20 digs. Followed up with 14 kills, 3 aces and 21 digs in a 3-1 win over Granbury.

Jatin Press, Houston Bellaire boys cross country

The junior picked up first place at the UIL 6A District 18 meet held on Saturday, running 16:44.76, which was a new personal record and his first win of the year.

Tiffany Redway, San Antonio Brennan girls water polo

She had four shots on goal and scored on all four and added two assists in a 14-10 win over San Antonio Harlan on Saturday. The junior now has 100 goals this season.

Ashley Richardson, League City Clear Springs volleyball

The Lady Chargers picked up a 3-1 win over Dickinson behind a 20-kill showing from the senior who is headed to Southeastern Louisiana next year. The win on Tuesday was the eighth in a row for the District 24-6A squad.

Jacob Sandoval, San Antonio Taft boys water polo

The junior had two assists and scored 13 goals as the Raiders escaped with a 17-13 win over Helotes Sandra Day O’Connor on Saturday.

Zaddie Santa Cruz, Laredo Nixon girls cross country

The junior ran 20:37.10 to take first place at the Medina Valley Invitational on Monday in Castroville. It was her third win of the season.

Geronimo Santos, Dallas Madison boys cross country

At the UIL 3A District 9 meet in Duncanville, Santos ran 19:12 to take first place, winning the race by 46 seconds.

Georgia Stinson, Haltom volleyball

The Buffalos got a big night from the senior in a game versus Arlington Lamar on Tuesday when he had 26 assists, 21 kills and 21 digs, while hitting .825, in a 3-2 win.

Selah Thomas, Cypress Creek girls volleyball

No. 6 Cypress Creek beat Jersey Village, 23-3, on Wednesday with the sophomore having seven goals, six assists and eight steals.

Sydnee Winfrey, Canyon volleyball

The Lady Eagles picked up a 3-0 win over Dumas on Tuesday, behind 13 kills and five blocks from the junior.

Korrigan Wright, Alvin volleyball

The senior dished out 26 assists and the team hit .348 as Alvin swept Alief Taylor in a 23-6A contest on Tuesday. She now has more than 600 assists on the year.

Editor’s Note: Our Athlete of the Week feature and corresponding poll is intended to be fun, and we do not set limits on how many times a fan can vote during the competition. However, we do not allow votes that are generated by script, macro or other automated means. Athletes that receive votes generated by script, macro or other automated means will be disqualified.