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Vote: Who should be SBLive's Texas High School Athlete of the Week (10/17/2023)?

We gathered the week's top performers across every sport. Now, we want to hear from you.
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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 Saul Gutierrez of Kyle Lehman boys water polo, SBLive's Athlete of the Week for October 1-9. The junior had seven goals and helped the Lobos pick up a 12-11 win over Buda Hays in a game.

Here are SBLive's Texas Athlete of the Week nominees for October 9-15. 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 22, 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.


Taylor Bonner-Williams, jr., Arcola Iowa Colony volleyball

The outside hitter had 20 kills — the third time hitting that threshold this season — and added 30 digs in a 3-2 win against Columbia in a District 26-4A matchup.

Freddy Browarski, sr., Round Rock Westwood boys water polo

He had five goals on five shots against San Antonio Davenport in a Class 6A playoff game on Friday. 

D’Angeleigh Dombkowski, jr., Killeen Ellison girls cross country

Win No. 3 on the year came at the UIL 5A District 22 meet on Thursday in Waco. She held off teammate Aubree Jones by about four seconds. The Eagles took first place.

Michael Dudley, sr., Trinity boys cross country

Running in his first race of the season, Dudley won at the Class 3A District 23 meet held on Thursday at Texas A&M Consolidated High School. Dudley led Trinity’s 1-2 finish with Cade Mauldin coming in behind him.

Avery Gallucci, sr., Hebron girl water polo

The senior scored seven goals to help the Hawks pick up a 17-10 win over Dallas Highland Park in a Class 6A playoff game. She had goals on all seven of her shot attempts in the victory.

Hannah Garcia, jr., El Paso volleyball

The Tigers improved to 7-0 in district play with a 3-1 win over Jefferson on Tuesday. Garcia had 42 assists,1 9 digs and two aces.

Ethan Gonzalez, sr., North Richland Hills boys cross country

Running in his third 5K of the season, he picked up win No. 2 by finishing in 15:21.19 to take first place on Thursday at the UIL Class 5 District 7 meet held in Fort Worth. He’s finished no worse than third in any race this year.

David Herring, sr., Austin McCallum boys cross country

The senior ran 17:02.60 to take first place at the UIL 5A District 24 meet held on Thursday in Austin.

Jessica Jones, sr., Frisco Wakeland volleyball

The LSU commit had 11 kills and 10 digs in a 3-0 win over Reedy on Tuesday and had 11 kills in a 3-0 win over Carrollton Newman Smith on Friday.

Elaina Lucido, fr., Corpus Christi Carroll girls cross country

The freshman picked up her third win of the season for the Tigers and did so by nearly a minute margin of victory at the UIL 5A District 29 meet held Tuesday in Corpus Christi.

Shanazy Marshall, jr., Houston Davis volleyball

In a pair of wins this past week for the Falcons, the setter had 19 digs and 14 assists against Delaney and 25 assists and 19 digs in a win over Houston Nimitz.

Juan Martinez, sr., Bay City boys cross country

Running in Bay City, at the Oxea Golf Course, he ran 17:04.71 to take first place in the UIL 4A District 26 meet held on Thursday. He’s placed in the top four in his last four races this season.

Kassidy O’Brien, jr., Katy Cinco Ranch volleyball

The 6-foot-1 setter had a double-double against Katy on Tuesday, having 29 assists and 11 digs. She’s had at least 10 assists in all 35 games for the Cougars.

Blair Pennington, sr., Amarillo volleyball

The Lady Sandies beat Amarillo Caprice 3-0 in a District 3-5A match on Tuesday — district win No. 36 in a row for the program. Pennington had 19 assists and seven digs in the senior night contest.

Sophia Peterson, fr., Trophy Club Byron Nelson volleyball

The 5-foot-10 ninth grader had 13 kills, 19 digs and 35 assists at Keller Fossil Ridge on Tuesday. She added 30 assists in a win against Keller on Friday.

Leonardo Resendez, sr., El Paso Bel Air boys cross country

The senior won the District 2-5A regional in 17:49.05 after finishing fourth in the same race last year. It marked the first win of his high school career.

Jazlyn Rivas, jr., El Paso Socorro volleyball

The setter surpassed the 1,200 career digs in a contest against El Paso Eastwood on Friday. Earlier in the week, in a 3-1 win over El Paso Pebble Hills, she had 42 assists and 8 kills in the Tuesday showdown.

Adelynn Rodriguez, jr., El Paso Eastwood girls cross country

The junior repeated as the District 1-6A championship by running 19:42.69 and helped the Troopers place second overall. This was her fourth win of the 2023 season.

Lily Rodriguez, jr., Snyder girls cross country

She had her third straight top-20 finish in a UIL 4A District 5 race but this was the first one she won. She traversed the 2-mile course in 13:38.78, winning by 14 seconds in the race held Thursday at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock.

John Tomberlain, sr., Texarkana Pleasant Grove boys tennis

The Hawks claimed an area championship on Monday with a 10-2 win over Van. Tomberlain won in singles and joined Zachary Bobo with a win in doubles to reach the regional quarterfinals.

Jolee Van Dyke, sr., Millsap volleyball

The Bulldogs avenged an earlier loss to Brock with a 3-2 triumph on Tuesday. The senior had 32 assists — one behind her season-high, 24 digs, 11 kills and 9 aces.

Alissa Villarreal, Kyle Lehman girls water polo

In a bi-district playoff game, the senior had six goals in a game against Davenport on Monday, surpassing the 100-goal mark this season. According to stats on MaxPreps, she is eighth in the state and 10th in the country with 101 goals.

Shaelin White, sr., Houston Cypress Ridge volleyball

The Sam Houston State pledge had 16 kills and 31 digs for the Rams in a 3-0 win over Pasadena Memorial on Friday. She now has 390 kills and 467 digs on the season.

Delaney Wright, fr., Montgomery volleyball

Wright helped Montgomery sweep Magnolia West, 3-0, on Friday. The outside hitter led the Bears with 11 kills and had 22 digs and two aces. The 5-foot-10 freshman reached the 400-kill mark after the win.

Jayden Ybarra, jr., Pharr-San Juan-Alamo North boys water polo

In a 15-11 win over San Antonio Jay, Ybarra had six goals and contributed an assist as well in the second-round playoff victory.

-- Cody Thorn | @sblivetx