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Congratulations to our Lady Rangers who are the first girls relay team to ever qualify for a regional track & field meet for Rudder High School. They had a strong showing at the Area Meet held this week held in Montgomery. They are also the school record holders!! With a time of 49.42, Olivia Bazy, Chasity Rayford, Shakira Johnson, and Charity Rayford will advance to Regionals in 4x100. Chasity Rayford finished 3rd and qualified for regionals in the 100m dash (Rudder school record holder). Charity Rayford finished 3rd and qualified for regionals in the 200m dash. We are so proud these exceptional ladies as well as all the Rudder Track & Field athletes who have competed strong all season! Rangers Lead the Way!...

4/17/2021

Rudder High School News

Rudder Girls Gymnastics were heading into the Regional Meet as District Champions and facing tough competitors. However, after the two-day Regional Meet hosted here at Rudder, the Rudder girls had 223.65 points to edge out Round Rock 222.75 and College Station 216.35 to come out as Regional Champions! The Rudder girls were led by sophomore Macy Fletcher who was the all-around winner. Freshman Savannah Hall was third all-around. Fletcher scored 74.8 points on all-around. She had 19.2 on the uneven bars, 18.95 in the floor, 18.9 on the balance beam and 18.75 on the vault. Hall had 73.9 points — 17.85 on the uneven bars, 18.8 on the floor, 18.75 on the balance beam and 18.5 on the vault. Others in the top 10 for individual events were Rudder’s Mykah Duncan in balance beam with 18.98 points. Hunter NeSmith scored 18.65 on the vault and Abbey Ricks scored 18.75 points on both the vault and floor exercise. We couldn't be more proud of these amazing athletes for their fierce competitive drive and the way they LEAD THE WAY as Rudder Rangers! They will compete at State on April 28 & 29 at Euless Trinity High School....

4/17/2021

Rudder High School News

Rudder Boys Gymnastics Team takes 2nd Place at Regionals! We are so excited to announce that Rudder Boys Gymnastics is Statebound! After an exciting two days of action at the Regional Meet hosted here at Rudder on April 13 and 14, our Rangers secured the 2nd place spot, earning a trip to State. The Rudder boys were led by senior Nicholas Rivera who placed second all-around. He won the parallel bars with 19.00 points. He was also 2nd place on Floor, Pommel Horse, Still Rings, Vault High Bar and in the All Around. Others that placed in the top 10 individual events were: Asher Rice Jordan Giatan Freedom Proctor Easton Carpio Ryan Stutts Top 3 teams from Regionals are advancing to the State Meet at Euless Trinity High School on April 30th & May 1st. Way to lead the way, Rangers! ...

4/17/2021

Bryan High School News

BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - Jessica Adams set a new single-season home run record Thursday night when she launched her 15th round-tripper of the season in a 15-0 win over Temple at the Viking Athletic Complex. So far this season Bryan (22-7, 9-0) has hit a school-record 38 home runs through 29 games. Adam’s 3 run shot came in the third inning helping Bryan extend its lead to 10-0. Bryan has now won 8 in a row. Adams picked up the win in the circle improving her record to 16-5 after striking out 8 Temple batters in the run-rule shutout victory. The Lady Vikings are in first place in District 12-6A with a 1.5 game lead over Copperas Cove. Bryan will be in Belton on Tuesday to battle the Tigers. First pitch is set for 7 pm....

4/8/2021

Bryan High School News

Symoria Adkins was surprised track and field athletes she competed against didn’t know where Bryan is. Well, they do now after Adkins won four individual events and anchored the winning 4x100-meter relay team at the District 12-6A track and field meet last week in Belton. Adkins’ 45 points led the meet and helped the Lady Vikings tie Harker Heights for the district championship with 111 points. The 5-foot-6 junior had the kind of performance the Central Texas-based district has seen before from the likes of Copperas Cove’s Robert Griffin III, Killeen’s Gerald McNeil and Bryan’s Curtis Dickey. Adkins’ two-day meet started with the high jump, which is typically not her best event. “Sometimes, she has a great day. Sometimes she has an OK day,” Bryan coach Jennifer Pittman said. “Usually, she clears about 4-10 or 4-8. Her best day was 4-10 up until the district meet. So she pops over 5 foot on her first attempt. And I was like, ‘What just happened?’ And they said, ‘She cleared that and by a lot.’” Pittman left the high jump competition to watch another Lady Viking in the triple jump, while also informing officials that Adkins soon would be able to start the triple jump. “[Adkins] comes over to the triple jump and she’s got tears running down,” Pittman said. “I said, ‘What happened?’ She goes, ‘Coach Pittman, I got over 5-2 and I won.’ I was like, ‘Oh my God.’” The two exchanged high fives, then Pittman told Adkins she needed to get down a triple jump mark, because she was one of only two competitors who hadn’t jumped. “She gets her mark, does a couple run-throughs, and we tell the lady running the event she’s ready go do,” Pittman said. “She goes out and jumps a [personal-record] 36-4 ½ and is in first place at that point.” Adkins jumped only once more, saving her legs for the hurdle preliminaries as the first jump held up for the title. “I still think she was on her high from winning the high jump,” Pittman said. Adkins cruised through the hurdle prelims that night running 14.76 seconds in the 100 and posting the top qualifying time in the 300. She won both hurdles the next day, running a personal-best 14.55 in the 100. “I’ve got a couple pictures in the 100 where she’s coming across the finish line,” Pittman said. “Her mouth is open as she’s looking at the timer that’s right there by the finish line, and she’s excited, because she can see the 14.2 as she’s crossing, and it ended up being 14.55.” She also anchored the 4x100 relay team to a winning time of 48.23 for one of the best meets ever for a Bryan athlete. “I had people pushing me who were better,” Adkins said. “I looked at all the times before I ran, and I thought I could beat them.” Pittman knew a day like that could be coming when she saw Adkins for the first time during the Bryan school district’s seventh grade meet. “I was like, ‘Oh, my goodness, who is this little girl right here?’” Pittman said. “‘I cannot wait until she comes up.’” Those thoughts were reinforced when Pittman saw Adkins compete again as an eighth grader. “Then when she came out here as a freshman, she was something special,” Pittman said. “She started out on the JV just so we could see where she was.” Adkins also plays basketball, so the track-only athletes had a head start on her. Adkins came out for track as a freshman on a Monday, ran JV in the season’s first meet that weekend and began the next week on varsity. Adkins’ sophomore season was cut short by COVID-19 in regards to competitive meets, but she made great strides during individual workouts, Pittman said. That progress has continued this year. “I think everyone got out on the track and had that attitude of, ‘Oh my gosh, I might not be able to finish my season, let’s hit the ground running,’” Pittman said. Adkins improved every meet this season with the big breakthrough at the College Station Invitational in early March. “When I finally got a 14 in [the 100 hurdles], I realized it was going to be a good year,” Adkins said. Adkins has the potential in college to be a pentathlete or heptathlete, Pittman said. She hasn’t competed in a throwing event in high school but told her coach she’s confident she could throw the javelin. “She can do anything she wants to,” Pittman said. “I think she’s that special.” Adkins’ dream college is Oregon followed by LSU and Texas A&M, but at this point she’d rather get away from home. No one is recruiting her yet, but she’s not concerned. “Time’s going to come,” Adkins said. Adkins follows several hurdlers including Olympian Sydney McLaughlin, who competed at Kentucky, and LSU senior Tonea Marshall, a five-time All-American who ran the third-fastest 60 hurdle time in NCAA history. “She ran 12.66 in the 100 hurdles,” Adkins said. “That’s fast. I like to watch her.” Adkins said she needs to improve at attacking the hurdles and continue to work on conditioning. “She is an athlete through and through,” Pittman said. “She plays basketball, and then she comes out and runs track, and I know she absolutely loves it. She works hard. She comes out here and gets after it. She’s got a bunch of natural God-gifted talent, and she also works hard to make herself better than everybody else who is out here. She’s fun to coach. She’s fun to be around. She enjoys being here. When she’s running down the track, she has a smile on her face.” Adkins’ outgoing personality comes from cousin Red Red, she said. “He always tells me you’re not going to make friends by not talking to people,” Adkins said. “He always talks to strangers, keeping a conversation with them. He says you’ve got to talk to them and get to know them.” Adkins is someone teammates look up to, Pittman said. “She is so much more mature this year than when she started as a freshman,” Pittman said. “Now she comes out and gets everyone going. People look to her to see what she’s doing. It’s amazing.” Adkins helped the basketball team break a 43-game losing streak in district play by scoring five points in the fourth quarter of a 47-45 victory at Killeen Shoemaker. “I like basketball. It’s fun,” Adkins said. “I like being competitive, but track is my favorite sport.” She took up track in fifth grade. “I just liked running,” she said. “But I started doing hurdles in eighth grade.” It was a good choice, because hurdles are her best chance to advance to regionals and state. But it also was a good choice because it allows her to compete in two more events and explain to people where Bryan is located. NOTES — Adkins and the other Lady Vikings who finished in the top four advance to the area meet set for April 14 at Waco Midway. ... Bryan’s district championship is the first since 1999 and 2000 when the Lady Vikings dominated Round Rock-based 13-5A. The Lady Vikings had 167 points in 1999 with Pflugerville a distant second with 107. The Lady Vikings had 188 points the following year with Pflugerville having 134. Marteen Caldwell led the way to the 2000 title by winning both hurdles and the high jump and anchoring the second-place mile relay. Before that Precious Madison led the Lady Vikings to the 15-5A title in 1997 over A&M Consolidated and The Woodlands. Madison was a four-time All-Southland Conference performer at Sam Houston State and the school’s first athlete to earn All-America track honors in 2001. She was inducted into the SHSU Hall of Honor in 2009. SYMORIA ADKINS UP CLOSE What’s on her iPod: LaDerek and YoungBoy Favorite teacher: Michael O’Connell Favorite TV show: Grey’s Anatomy Favorite movie: Enough Hero: Captain America Your Whataburger: Plain, just meat and cheese...

4/8/2021

Bryan High School News

KILLEEN — Kaedyn Filburn went 3 for 5 with a double and two RBIs, and Alexis Rodriguez had two hits, stole three bases and scored three runs to help the Bryan softball team race past Killeen Ellison 11-2 on Friday in District 12-6A action. Jessica Adams (14-5) earned the win in the circle for Bryan (20-7, 7-0). The Lady Vikings also won the JV game 20-2. Bryan’s Heather Ollinger earned the win in the circle, while Hannah Miller went 3 for 3 with five RBIs and three runs scored. Bryan will host Harker Heights at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Lady Viking Field....

3/29/2021

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