The Rowdy Robots team from TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas won the first place Championship Award at the FLL (FIRST Lego League) Robotics Tournament held January 21 at Fredericksburg Elementary School in Fredericksburg. The meet drew teams from other Gillespie County schools as well as from Bandera and San Antonio.
Competitors have worked since early last fall to build, test and program a robot within this season’s theme of Animal Allies, a challenge based on animal/human interactions.
Members of the TMI team included eighth graders Tyler Cunningham, Ashton Dietzmann, John Fera, Tres Gaiser of Fair Oaks Ranch, Jackson Gordon, Mikae Mumme, Jacob Perez, Trey Rucker of Boerne and Newton Tran. This win qualified them to advance to the Regional Texas Alamo FLL Championship Tournament in March.
Another TMI robotics team, the Pink Panthers, competed in a qualifying tournament February 4.
Smithson Valley High senior Tristen McNeal signed a national letter of intent to run track and field at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. McNeal has qualified for regionals in the 400-meters and the 1,600-meter relay during his SVHS career. He won the district 25-6A title in the 800-meters on April 14.
Congratulations to Smithson Valley High senior Olivia Pappas, who signed a national letter of intent recently to run cross-country and track and field at Colorado State University. Pappas qualified for the UIL State Track and Field Meet in the 300-meter hurdles in 2015 and in the 1,600-meter relay as a freshman. She was also on SVHS’ 2013 UIL State Cross Country team. Pappas has also won the district title in the 100-and 300-meter hurdles the past three seasons.
Smithson Valley High seniors, catcher Chris Adams (left) and pitcher Tyler Crouch, signed letters of intent this week to play at Texas A&M-Kingsville. Both players helped lead SVHS to the District 26-5A title last season. “Both Tyler and Chris have displayed leadership abilities for us that will serve them well at the next level,” SVHS head coach Chad Koehl said. “It’s also great that they will continue to be teammates at A&M-Kingsville.”
Smithson Valley High swimmer Clayton Taylor (left) and SVHS diver Dawson Martinez both signed national letters of intent to continue their athletic careers at The University of the Incarnate Word. Taylor holds five school records in different event at SVHS, and qualified for the UIL State Swimming and Diving Meet in 2016. Martinez also qualified for the UIL State Swimming and Diving Meet this year and finished fifth in the one-meter springboard. “Both Clayton and Dawson are just starting to reach their potential in the sport,” said Kari Osborne, SVHS Swimming and Diving Coach. “I feel they will continue to thrive at the next level.”
Smithson Valley High senior Elijah Thompson signed a national letter of intent to continue his soccer career at St. Mary’s University. Thompson was a four-year starter for the Rangers and was named District 25-6A’s Defender of Year this year. Thompson helped lead the Rangers to the playoffs in each of his four seasons with the team, with the Rangers winning the bi-district playoff title the past three seasons. “Elijah’s speed and quickness is incredible,” said SVHS head coach Jonathan Jarrett. “He’s also a very smart player who always seems to be in the right spot. He will definitely be missed but I’m very happy he’s getting a well-deserved chance to play at the next level.”