Even though baseball season ended two months ago, area players are still racking up awards including players from Terry, Foster and Travis.

Texas Prep Baseball named its All-Houston teams last week, and four players from Terry were named to the team. Senior Colby Alvarez was named the Class 5A Outfielder of the Year, with senior catcher Colby McDaniel as a first-teamer. The Rangers also had a pitcher, senior Dylan Garcia, named to the second team.

Terry senior Brian Martinez was named a second-team designated hitter/utility player, while Foster senior catcher Cade Sitka was also a second-team pick.

Travis senior pitcher Sammy Faltine was named a first-team pitcher in Class 6A, while senior catcher Kevin Ortiz was also a first-team selection.

Rozner ready to roll with Rice

Rice wide receiver Bradley Rozner is willing to do anything to contribute to the Owls’ offense after transferring from Cisco College this spring.

“I just hope that I can help the team advance the ball, make big plays and score some touchdowns,” the 6-foot-5 Needville product said to KTRK-TV at Rice’s media day on Saturday.

Rozner led all junior colleges with 13 touchdowns last season. He had 44 catches for 616 yards for the Wranglers in 2018.

Rice opens the 2019 season on Friday, Aug. 30 against Army in West Point, N.Y.

Missouri State’s Butters named NCAA Woman of the Year nominee

Missouri State’s Emily Butters was chosen as the Missouri Valley Conference’s NCAA Woman of the Year nominee for 2018-19.

Butters, a Travis product, was an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Honorable Mention All-American as a junior in 2017, and this past year became the fifth player in Missouri State history to earn multiple all-region honors, as she landed on the AVCA’s all-Midwest Region First Team for the second-straight season.

The Richmond native owns nearly every digs record at Missouri State, with her 2,482 career digs placing her third in MVC and 16th in NCAA history. Additionally, Butters played in every set of her career, ranking fourth in MSU history with 513 total, and seventh in NCAA history for consecutive sets.

A total of 148 student-athletes chosen by NCAA conferences and a selection committee will advance as nominees for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

The nominees represent college athletes from 20 sports spanning all three NCAA divisions. Of the nominees, 64 competed in Division I, 33 competed in Division II and 51 competed in Division III.

Travis’ Henderson gets first DI offer

Travis senior defensive lineman John Henderson received an offer from Air Force last week. It’s the first Division I offer after receiving an offer from East Texas Baptist three months ago.

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