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Valley Ventana

The student news site of Smithson Valley High School in Spring Branch, Texas

Valley Ventana

The student news site of Smithson Valley High School in Spring Branch, Texas

Valley Ventana

Hudson Woods throws his arms out after a play before getting into position
Hudson Woods climbs to new heights after standout sophomore season
Jonathan Jones, Sports Writer • May 18, 2024
Joshua Velasquez committed to serving his country in the U.S. Army.
Beyond basic
Margaret Edmonson, Adviser • May 17, 2024
Sydney Rakowitz will study education and training and music at the University of Incarnate Word.
Seniors sign to continue athletic, non-athletic careers
Valley Ventana, Staff • May 16, 2024
Boy Scouts of America announced on May 7 the organizations name will change to Scouting America on the organizations 115th birthday Feb. 8, 2025. Photo by JV via
Boy Scouts changing name after 115 years
Grayson Cook, Staff writer • May 15, 2024
The top 15 students in the senior class receive special recognition at graduation on May 22 due to their hard work throughout high school. 
Graphic by Alex Whelchel via Canva
Profile: Top 15 seniors
Alex Whelchel, Managing Editor • May 13, 2024

Ranger Roundup

Check out this week’s results in sports
Moriah Sturm
Senior defensive specialist Brittan Fedyk celebrates with her teammates over their Steele victory Sept. 1.


Senior kick returner Jackson Duffey set the tone against Harker Heights with a 93-yard return in the early minutes of the Rangers’ 27-10 victory Sept. 1 at Killeen.

In the second quarter, senior Clayton Amaya nailed  a 33 yard field goal. Harker Heights returned the favor with a 37 yard field goal by Jai’den Fletcher. 

Duffey found his way back to the endzone with 3-yard pass from quarterback Ryland Walker in the third quarter.

Harker Heights marched down the field and ended the drive with a 5-yard touchdown pass from Dylan Plake to TJ johnson. Brody Day matched that touchdown with one of his own, a 10-yard pass from Walker. 

Amaya nailed another field goal, a 26 yarder, in the fourth quarter for the final score of the night.

Football (1-1) hosts East Central (0-2) Friday. The Hornets fell 31-21 to Roosevelt Sept. 2, a week after a 45-20 loss to Harlan.



Volleyball team (18-11) enters district play this Friday against Pieper (15-6).

The Rangers are coming off a 2-3 loss at New Braunfels on Tuesday. The Rangers won the first two sets before losing the last 3. However they beat Steele 3-1 this past Friday.

Macie Mathies leads the team in 3.6 kills per set while Megan Zamora has the highest hitting percentage (0.379) and the most total blocks with 144. Brittan Fedyk averages 15.2 digs per set, and Marlowe Berry has had 1,426 assists. Olivia Fuentes has notched 1,242 kills and 124 serving aces. (Source: MaxPreps)


Water Polo

Waterpolo plays Friday at Canyon Lake.



Tennis lost to Boerne Champion 7-11 on Aug. 29. 

Varsity was scheduled to host Wagner at 4 p.m. on Thursday. JV’s next game will be an inter-squad dual match on Sept. 13 at 4:30 p.m.

Junior Kyle Dear won the 2023 Masters Invitational Playoffs. He will represent team San Antonio in the 2023 USPTA Texas Junior Gran Prix State Championship this month. 


Cross Country 

Cross country competed at the 21st Annual Patriots CC Invitational (FEAST) 2023 in San Antonio. In the Open girls 3X Mile Run junior, Mia Perez placed 5th with a time of 17:39.17, and junior Zailey Zimmerman placed 174th with a time of 21:04.59. The next meet will be Saturday at the Canyon Cougar Invitational XC at Starcke Park in Seguin.

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