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

Valley Ventana’s weekly Connections game: Week of April 22. Photo via Canva
Connections: Week of April 22
Valley Ventana, Staff • April 23, 2024
Wrestling coach Tim Clarkson was named the 5A Region IV Coach of the Year by his peers. Music by MorningLightMusic on YT
Wrestling coach named tops for Region IV 5A
April 22, 2024
Junior Sayers Allen poses for a photo at the golf region competition on April 17. Photo via SVHS Golf.
Swinging it into high gear
Grayson Cook, Staff Writer • April 19, 2024
In Comal school district, 22.0% of students are eligible to participate in the federal free and reduced price meal program, making the federal nutrition program a necessity. Photo by Annie Spratt via Unsplash.
Texas should adopt federal nutrition program
Bethany Mann, Editor-in-Chief • April 18, 2024
Olivia Fuentes will play beach volleyball at Tarleton University in the fall after signing on April 17.
Photo by Daniel Grant
Toe the sign
Alex Whelchel, Managing Editor • April 18, 2024

‘We is greater than me’

Softball begins district play tonight
Jacob Valadez
Senior Bianca Shoquist will be another familiar face among other returners from this past season. Today the team will play home at 7:00 p.m. against Tivy.

A year after the softball team reached the region finals, a younger squad now has some big shoes to fill, but Coach Amanda Wolf-Schramm already feels good about the team’s prospects.

The players have a 13-5 record overall as they open district play tonight at 7.

“Our team identifies great team culture, team bond and having each other’s backs,” their coach said.

Starting 2023 previous season with a rough 1-8 start, the softball team eventually improved when it came to district. The team had a district record of 11-3,  leaving district in second place behind undefeated district champs Canyon.

After securing a playoff spot, the team was only two games away from advancing to state. The team lost in the regional finals to its district foe Canyon. 

“I’m very proud of how the kids banded together and fought every week,”  Wolf-Schramm said. “They worked hard and had a great bond with one another.”

Two out of the five seniors from the 2022-2023  continued their academic and athletic career at the college level. Currently Taylor Nava is playing at Warner University in Lake Wells, Florida and Abby Brand is playing at Angelo State in San Angelo, Texas.

Familiar faces back on the field are sophomore Zoey Allison, junior Madeline Haun, senior Ciaira Gonzales (St. Thomas University commit), and senior Arianna Capek (University of New Mexico commit). 

Today district will start with the team having a home opener against Kerrville Tivy at 7 p.m.

If all goes according to their plan, the plays will fall in with their mantra “we is greater than me.”

“I hope these kids can have great team culture and chemistry overcoming adversity,” Wolf-Schramm said. “I want them to say ‘These were the best four years of my life’ or for them to be glad they played softball at SV and learned much about themselves.”


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