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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
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Jonathan Jones, Sports Writer • May 18, 2024
Joshua Velasquez committed to serving his country in the U.S. Army.
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Margaret Edmonson, Adviser • May 17, 2024
Sydney Rakowitz will study education and training and music at the University of Incarnate Word.
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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
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The Volleyball team showed their appreciation for teachers last home game against Boerne Champion. Each player chose a teacher or staff member to represent.


The Rangers won their away game against Canyon this past Friday, 42-21. 

The Rangers took control early in the game scoring 17 points in the first quarter, starting with a 31-yard field goal from senior kicker Clayton Amaya with 9:03 left in the first quarter. Also scoring were tight end Preston Baker, who caught an 8-yard touchdown pass with 5:06 left, and senior wide receiver Freddy Dubose, who caught a 2-yard touchdown pass with 2:00 left. In the second quarter,  Amaya kicked another field goal from 22 yards to end the first half. 

In the second half,  junior running backs Brad Sowersby and Cade Spradling both ran the ball into the end zone. Sowesrby ran a 3-yard carry with 9:28 left in the third. Spradling ran in twice with a 9-yard carry early in the fourth and scored the last points of the game with a 22-yard run late in the fourth quarter.

On the defensive side of the ball,  they held the Cougars to only 26 rushing yards and also held them to a total of 243 yards of offense. 

The Ranger are undefeated in district (2-0) and have an overall record of 4-1. Next Thursday, they will play away against the 1-4 Lehman Lobos at 7 p.m. in Shelton Stadium. 



Ranger volleyball won two out of their last three district games: 3-2 against Kerrville Tivy on Sept. 19; a 1-3 loss to Canyon on Sept. 22; and a 3-0 shutout win against Boerne Champion on Tuesday.

Macie Mathis dominated and led the team in kills with 13, led the team in blocks with 5, and led the team in digs with 14 against Tivy. 

In the game against Canyon, Marlowe Berry put up 21 assists and 14 digs, leading the team in both categories. Megan Zamora also put up 13 kills. 

In the third match against Boerne Champion, Mathis again led the team in kills with 9. Brittan Fedyk had 18 digs and Berry had 12 assists.

Volleyball will play away against Seguin Friday at 7 p.m. 


Water Polo 

Boys water polo were sunk 20-7 by Canyon Lake on Tuesday while the girls won 16-4. 

Both teams’ next game will be against Canyon today at home.


Tennis lost to Boerne 4-14 at home on Sept. 22. The team won its last district game 13-6 on the road at Canyon. Their next game will be on Oct 4 against Clark at 4:45 p.m. in the Northside ISD Tennis Center.


Cross Country 

Zebene Martine and Luke Smith placed fourth and fifth, respectively, to lead the boys to a first place finish at the 2nd Annual Antler River Run in Kerrville. Freshman Ean Bowman also led his team to first place by taking second in the junior varsity division

The girls claimed second place team on the heels of Zailey Zimmerman in fourth and Lilly Koenig in fifth.

Cross country will compete Saturday at the Jesuit XC Classic in Oak Point.


Bass Fishing 

The Bass Fishing team started its 2023-24 season at Lake Limestone in third place.  Cade Dornburg and Braxten Alexander placed sixth, and Ryan Hummel and Darrel Gibson placed with a top 20 finish out of 88 teams.

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