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
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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

All intents & purposes

Student-athletes sign their college commitments Wednesday



The 14 athletes who signed their college commitments Wednesday in the main gym have showcased their talents deep in the state playoffs and will take that experience to the collegiate level.


Cornerback and wide receiver Jackson Duffey inks his pact with the University of Texas. Duffey’s impact on the team could be found on both sides of the ball – second in receiving with 27 receptions and 474 yards and 7 touchdowns. On defense, he had 41 tackles, caused one fumble and returned two kickoffs for touchdowns. 

During the playoffs, his 35-yard TD off an interception against A&M Consolidated was up for top play in the Texas high school football 2023 regional final and proved a rallying point for the football team’s win.

After his performances in the Boerne Champion and Wagner district games, Duffey was nominated twice for the Jon Wayne Player of the Week.

He also was an outfielder on the region quarterfinalist baseball team in 2023, for which he earned honorable mention all-district.

Linebacker (and wrestler) Nick Dudzikowski takes his talent to Colorado School of Mines. He leaves behind stats that include 124 tackles (21 for a loss), 2 sacks, 4 passes deflected, 4 fumble recoveries and 3 interceptions (2 of which resulted in touchdowns). In the offseason, Dudzikowski won district gold in the 190 division for wrestling and heads to region.

San Antonio All-Star selection and linebacker Jaxson Maynard accepted an offer from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. He notched 106 tackles (15 for a loss), 1 kickoff return and one fumble recovery for a touchdown when he was not causing trouble for opposing quarterbacks with 4 sacks, 5 hurries and 3 passes deflected. This past spring, Maynard took seventh place at state in discus.

Making his way to Mary-Hardin Baylor, quarterback Ryland Walker led the football team to the state finals for the first time in 17 years. Going into that game, Walker had completed 174 passes out of 271 attempts for 2,140 yards, 22 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions. He had rushed for 47 yards in 15 rushes and 1 touchdown.

Linebacker Jordan Leonardo takes off for the University of La Verne after a season in which he recorded 16 tackles and 2 pass deflections.



All-American and state champion Jazmyn Singh will don orange and black to run for Princeton University.

Singh ran as part of the first place 4X100 relay that took first place along with her own fifth place finish in the 400 meter at the 2023 state meet.

In June 2022, Singh and her 4×4 teammates won at the Nike Outdoor Nationals at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. She also placed sixth in the 400 meter.



District gold medalist Konner Schneider will travel to Hendrix College where he will swim competitively. 

Schneider won gold individually in the 200 and 500 freestyle races and as part of the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays this past month.



Two members of the 2023 state medalist golf team – Cole Cantu and Aiden Page – will stay in Texas for their college careers. Cantu, who was named the 2022 Junior Golfer of the Year as a junior, will play golf for the University of the Incarnate Word, and Page will play for McClennan College.


Girls Basketball

Four-year veteran Allison Howe commits to play at St. Edward’s University. The San Antonio Express-News named Howe as a “player to look out for” this season. As of Jan. 19, the senior power forward had 26 blocks and 25 steals for the season (100 and 97, respectively, in her career) and averaged 8 points per game (7.1 career).

Senior point guard Daichelle San Nicolas, a two-year veteran who currently scores 6.3 points per game, will play for the University of St. Joseph.



Senior left-handed pitcher Lillian McNett and her softball team went to the region finals in 2023. The Texas Bombers STX 18U Gold team member and four-year letterman will go to North Idaho College for her college career.



A member of the state semifinalist girls soccer team in 2023, senior Alexandra Smithwick accepted an offer to play at Concordia University. Smithwick has 3 goals, 4 assists and 10 points on the season.



Senior Jackson Harris signs letter of intent to play at Western Texas College. He takes with him experience as a third baseman and catcher for the baseball team that reached the regional quarterfinals in 2023. He also plays with Texas Angels Baseball.


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