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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
Junior Mia Perez is advancing to state after placing seventh at region. Perez is also a 4×400 state champion. Source: sv_ranger_girls_bb Via Instagram


The football team (7-1 overall, 5-0 district) won 49-14 against Boerne Champion Oct. 23

The Rangers were down 7-14 in the first quarter but proceeded to score 42 unanswered points.

Senior quarterback Ryland Walker threw 21 completions on 28 attempts, 203 yards and two touchdowns.

On the ground, junior running back Brad Sowersby scored twice in 17 carries for 86 yards. Another junior running back, Daniel De Hoyos, scored his own touchdown on his four carries and 32 yards and junior Cade Spradling ran in one touchdown during his eight-carry, 20-yard performance.

Senior wide receivers Cole Fruend and Freddie Dubose pulled down eight passes for a combined 173 yards while senior wide receiver Jackson Duffey scored two touchdowns in his four receptions for 55 yards.

Defense was a major disruption to the Chargers defense, causing four interceptions – pulled down by seniors cornerback Zach Gingrich, defensive end Owen Hack, linebacker Nick Dudzikowski and junior safety Diego Davila. They also held them to 136 yards rushing and 176 yards passing.

The next game will be Friday against Hays at 7 p.m.


Volleyball closed out the regular season Tuesday against Seguin, shutting the Matadors out 3-0. Macie Mathis led the team with 16 kills and Makenna Hanscom helped glue the offense together with 12 assists.

On defense, Mathis had 14 digs, showcasing her dual threat abilities and why Texas Tech will be grateful to have her commitment. Kendall Reidel and Megan Zamora denied Seguin’s offense with 2 blocks each. Ending the season with a record of 28-15 overall and 10-4 in district, the Rangers placed fourth overall in District 26-5A.

The girls will face Liberty Hill in the first round of the playoffs either Monday or Tuesday. Liberty Hill finished its regular season at 39-8 and second place in district with a 13-1 record.

Liberty Hill brings some of the top leaders in District 25, including junior middle blocker Ava Kostroun (No. 6 in the state with 127 blocks), senior setter Carson Glenn (619 assists), junior setter Ava Hight (61 serving aces) and senior rightside hitter Giovanna Mason (83 blocks).

The Rangers bring their own weapons, chief among them Zamora, ranked No. 23 in the state and No. 9 in Division 5A  for hitting percentage (.395). In District 26, Zamora ranked third with 75 blocks, senior defensive specialist Brittan Fedyk was second with 589 digs, and junior setter was third with 718 assists.


Cross Country

Advancing to  state for the girls 5A 5k is junior Mia Perez. Perez placed 7th with a time of 19:10:63 at the region meet in Corpus Christi Tuesday.

On Nov. 3 at 8:30 a.m., Perez will compete at Old Settler’s Park in Round Rock.

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