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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
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
Via Twitter Ranger Softball
Posing for a picture as Area Champs, the softball team deafeated South San Antonio for the second time sweeping them in the series 2-0. The team will look to play Liberty Hill this Thursday at 6:00 p.m. at home and on Friday at Liberty Hill at 5:00 p.m.


The girls softball team isn’t just your District 26 5A champs but they also are your Bi-District and Area Champions. 

Recently they defeated South San Antonio winning the series 2-0. Their first game’s score was 1-0 and their second game 4-0. 

The team is now headed into the third round of playoffs (Quarter Finals) and will look to play Liberty Hill. They will first play them home on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. and the following day at Liberty Hill at 5:00 p.m.



On April 2nd the Rangers lost the first game of the playoffs 6-2 against Rouse and in their next game against Rouse they lost again 7-1 which ended their playoff run. 

The Rangers ended their season with an overall record of 27-10 and 12-2 in district play.

Track and field 

This past Friday 12 athletes competed at the State track meet in Austin at the Mike.A Meyers Track and Soccer Stadium. 

Senior Ella Pickron ended her senior season on a high by becoming a State Champion in pole vault. Pickron was the only one in the girls 5A division to clear 13ft. Next school year Pickron will continue her academic and athletic career at Colorado State University.

Senior Princeton commit Jazmyn Singh placed on the podium twice placing third. Singh set a personal record of 54.41 in the 400m dash and ran anchor on the 4×400. Along with placing on the podium for the 4×400 was freshman Izzy Sutherland, and juniors Avianna Miller and Mia Perez. 

Perez also competed in the 800m run but finished in sixth place with a time of 2:13.55. 

The girls 4×100 which included sophomore Karis Leyendecker, Miller, senior Maycee Moody, and Singh, placed seventh with a time of 46.82.

The boys 4×100 which included junior Bradley Sowersby, junior Cade Spradling, sophomore Liam Magee, and junior Conor Drott placed ninth with a time of 41.82. 

Lastly, senior Jaxson Maynard also placed ninth in discus with a final throw of 164-7.

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