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

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

2023 volleyball slams their imprint in Texas Showdown History

Olivia Ingram
Varsity shaking hands with Veterans Memorial after a win. Shown in the photo starting from the left is senior Olivia Fuentes, junior Braelyn Byno, junior Amanda Teran, and junior Marlowe Berry.

For a team that struggled with injuries and chemistry at the beginning of the season, things started to look up at the Texas Showdown Aug. 24-26.

They shut out Schertz Clemens, LaVernia, San Angelo Central and Buda Johnson and dropped only one set each to Warren and Houston Memorial.. 

Their cruise to the finale faced its first obstacle in their matchup against Antonian.

“It just really showed us that we got to kick it in here and it gave us more incentive to work harder towards obtaining what we wanted, which is taking first,” senior right-side hitter Olivia Fuentes said.

They then won the next two sets and took home the trophy for the second time in three years.

Macie Mathis, senior outside hitter, tore a muscle in her thigh in the team’s first scrimmage but was able to make it back to the court in time for the tournament.”

“It was the first time the team all came together and played together,” she said.

Senior middle blocker Megan Zamora and senior defensive specialist Brittan Fedyk were selected to the All-Tournament Team, and Fuentes won Tournament MVP. Mathis also received the San Antonio Express-News game ball for her performance in the tournament.

The rollercoaster 2023 season (28-16) ended with a fourth place in district and a first round playoff loss to Liberty Hill on Oct. 31.

“The season was full of a lot of injuries, a lot of setbacks,” Fedyk said. “We had a really good season even if we did not end up where we wanted.”

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