Team U.S.A.

Valerie Valerian, George Ranch High School product and current member of the University of North Texas volleyball team, has been selected to the United States Women’s Collegiate National Team.

Valerie Valerian, George Ranch High School product and current member of the University of North Texas volleyball team, has been selected to the U.S. Women’s Collegiate National Team.

Valerian is the first player from North Texas and the only member from Conference USA on the 28-player roster.

“This opportunity means so much to me to be able to represent my country, my college and my hometown,” Valerian said. “The amount of support has been unreal, and I am so blessed to be able to play the sport I love for the people I love.”

Valerian traveled to Colorado Springs in late March to try out. She competed in three sessions monitored by three-time Olympic gold medalist and U.S. Olympic Hall of Famer Karch Kiraly.

Valerian will now travel to Anaheim to train with the national team.

Valerian was a C-USA first-team selection in 2018, and led the Mean Green in kills with 495.

Marks enters the portal

Former University of Alabama and George Ranch product Xavian Marks has entered the NCAA transfer portal to play elsewhere in 2019.

Marks played his senior season with the Crimson Tide last year but was granted a fifth year of eligibility.

The former Longhorn appeared in eight games for Alabama last season but did not record a stat.

In his career at Alabama, Marks had 16 punt returns for 197 yards and a touchdown. He caught one pass for 24 yards in his four-year career in Tuscaloosa.

Baylor bound?

Lamar Consolidated High School running back Taye McWilliams burst onto the recruiting scene at “The Opening” last month with off-the-charts measurables.

McWillaims quickly got offers from the University of Houston, SMU, Texas Tech University, Tulsa University and Baylor University.

In no time, McWilliams knew where he wanted to head to following his time with the Mustangs: Waco.

“After a great long talk with my family I am excited to announce that I am now committed to Baylor University,” McWilliams said on Twitter last week.

Hamilton staying at home

Foster senior guard Micayla Hamilton has made her verbal commitment to play collegiate basketball in the Houston area.

“I’m happy to announce my commitment to continue my education and basketball career at the University of St. Thomas,” Hamilton wrote on Twitter earlier this week.

Hamilton was a four-year member of the varsity team at Foster and averaged 15.1 points, 2.9 steals, 2.9 assists and 2.1 rebounds during her final campaign with the Lady Falcons.

Head to the Lake

Terry softball star Ashleigh Rodriguez has made her verbal commitment to Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio.

“I am extremely blessed to get a chance and verbally commit to further my education and my softball career,” Rodriguez said on Twitter last week.

Keep rocking and rolling

George Ranch product and current University of Texas-San Antonio sophomore Dylan Rock has now reached base safely in all 28 games during the 2019 season for the Roadrunners.

Other notes

George Ranch DB Faybin Marks visited the University of Louisiana at Lafayette...Travis guard Javontae Hopkins received a scholarship offer from Tarleton State University...Foster quarterback Ryan Stubblefield visited Texas A&M University...

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