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

Jackson Posey

Jackson Posey, Sports Director

Jackson Posey, a junior, is in his third year on the newspaper staff and second as sports editor. He's an evangelical Christian doing his best to glorify his Author. He began his professional writing career as a freelance writer for the NBA blog Fadeaway World at age 13. He also created Ranger Recruiting, a website dedicated to helping Smithson Valley athletes gain exposure. Follow his Twitter, @ByJacksonPosey, for stats and insights regarding Ranger athletics.

"There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death." - Romans 8:1-2 ESV

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Toe-tapping in the back of the end zone, Tre'von Moehrig tips an interception to himself. Moehrig, a Smithson Valley alum, is widely expected to be selected in the first round of this weekend's NFL draft.

Tre’s anatomy

Jackson Posey, Sports Director
April 29, 2021
Kasen Wells rears back to swing against Harlan. It'll be a lot easier for Wells to zone in if he takes our walk-up song advice.

Walk and roll

Jackson Posey, Sports Director
April 6, 2021
After adjusting his gloves, Kasen Wells steps into the batter's box. Wells, a junior, leads the team in OPS and stolen bases.

Depth perception

Jackson Posey, Sports Director
March 16, 2021
Comal ISD announced Tuesday night that it would no longer require masks in its schools. The move drew backlash for both its result and process.

District rolls back mask mandate

Jackson Posey, Sports Director
March 10, 2021
Cody Garcia celebrates after leading the Rangers to a win over South San on Jan. 8. Garcia's experience proved key in leading the team to a play-in game.

Step 3: Handling winning

Jackson Posey, Sports Director
March 8, 2021
Eyeing the rim, Tristan Ortiz attacks on a fastbreak against Wagner on Jan. 22. Ortiz's 11.4 points per game have put boys basketball in position to push for a playoff berth.

Crown on the line

Jackson Posey, Sports Director
February 12, 2021
Tevijon Williams skies in for a transition layup over South San's Jonas Carlisle. Williams leads the Rangers with 2.1 steals per game.

Talk about playoffs?

Jackson Posey, Sports Director
January 22, 2021
During district play Jan. 8 at home, junior Tevijon Williams pulls down a rebound against South San before senior Cody Garcia make his move down the court. Williams led all scorers with 14 points.

[Photo] Ranger Roundup

January 13, 2021
Trevon Moehrig won the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award, a first for TCU and Smithson Valley.

Safety in numbers

Jackson Posey, Sports Director
January 10, 2021
Zayden High pulls up for a jump shot. High, a sophomore, has averaged 15.6 points per game this season.

Hoop dreams

Jackson Posey, Sports Editor
December 30, 2020
The offense runs the ball during a preseason scrimmage against San Marcos. This season, the Rangers ran for 1,895 yards and 31 touchdowns.

A numbers game

Jackson Posey, Sports Editor
December 22, 2020
Defensive linemen Diego Hamilton (left) and Trey Moore (right) discuss tactics on the sideline. The defense will have their hands full Friday against a Westlake team averaging 54.9 points per game.

Hello, young Chaps

Jackson Posey, Sports Editor
December 18, 2020
Jalen Nutt weaves through the San Marcos defense. Nutt has compiled 1,661 total yards and 17 touchdowns in his first season as a varsity quarterback.

To be or Nutt to be

Jackson Posey, Sports Editor
December 17, 2020
Noah Flores prepares for a snap. Flores made plenty of key contributions to Friday's 24-20 win, including an interception and long punt return.

Football rattles Rattlers

Jackson Posey, Sports Editor
December 13, 2020
Linebacker Darlington Frasch rests on the sideline. Frasch will be critical in the Rangers' quest to slow down Rattler running back Carson Green.

A snake in their cleats

Jackson Posey, Sports Editor
December 11, 2020
Luke Seminaro (96) celebrates a sack with his teammates. The defense will have their hands full this week against Judson's dynamic offense.

Rocket around the Christmas tree

Jackson Posey, Sports Editor
December 4, 2020
Wyatt Hayden prepares to pun the ball against Wagner. Hayden punted three times for a net average of 42 yards on Friday.

Close but no cigar

Jackson Posey, Sports Editor
November 27, 2020
Gabe Hoskins sprints to the edge against Wagner. Hoskins has rushed for 345 yards and 6 touchdowns on 69 carries this season.

Steele eyes, full hearts

Jackson Posey, Sports Editor
November 26, 2020
Jalen Nutt avoids a tackler against San Marcos. Nutt compiled 166 total yards and a touchdown in Friday's win over East Central.

Buzz off

Jackson Posey, Sports Editor
November 22, 2020
Coach Larry Hill speaks to his team during a timeout. Hill and his team have a labyrinthine road to traverse to close out this season.

A fork in the road

Jackson Posey, Sports Editor
November 20, 2020
David DeHoyos brings down a Wagner running back. DeHoyos, a safety, will have his hands full against a talented East Central receiving corps.

Disturb the nest

Jackson Posey, Sports Editor
November 20, 2020
Football charges the field before a loss to Wagner. They'll have an impromptu bye this week after contact tracing at Judson forced this Friday's game to be postponed.

A delayed launch

Jackson Posey, Sports Editor
November 9, 2020
The cover to rapper Eshon Burgundy's latest album,

Free of charge

Jackson Posey, Sports editor
November 9, 2020
Travis McCracken totes the rock against Wagner. McCracken ran for 50 yards this week in relief of injured starter Gabe Hoskins.

Unicorn hunting

Jackson Posey, Sports Editor
November 7, 2020
Defensive tackles Luke Seminaro (left) and Jordan Thompson warm up before a game. The defensive line will have its hands full on Thursday against New Braunfels and running back Ryker Purdy (580 yards, 8 touchdowns).

Round two

Jackson Posey, Sports Editor
November 5, 2020
Travis McCracken evades tacklers against Wagner. McCracken rushed for 93 yards and two touchdowns Thursday night against South San.

Pretty good

Jackson Posey, Sports Editor
October 30, 2020
Jalen Nutt winds up for a deep pass. Nutt's receiving corps will get a big boost this week from Will Strachan, who is slated to return from an offseason injury.

Coming home

Jackson Posey, Sports Editor
October 29, 2020
Coach Larry Hill rallies the troops during their last game. Tonight's showdown against New Braunfels was cancelled due to coronavirus concerns.

Until a later date

Jackson Posey, Sports Editor
October 16, 2020
Jalen Nutt launches a pass against Wagner. Nutt will be key to winning Friday's rivalry matchup with New Braunfels.

Fight night

Jackson Posey, Sports Editor
October 15, 2020
Jakob Cernohous drops back during a preseason scrimmage. Cernohous played well in relief of the injured Jalen Nutt.

A war of extension

Jackson Posey, Sports Editor
October 10, 2020
The offensive line sets up against Harker Heights. Football will kick off district play this Friday at Wagner.

A thunder(bird)ous opener

Jackson Posey, Sports Editor
October 9, 2020
Ryan Benca lays a block on a defensive lineman. Benca and his teammates will kick off district play Friday at Wagner.

Previewing the ‘Little SEC’

Jackson Posey, Sports Editor
October 8, 2020
Travis McCracken walks the sideline during the opener against Harker Heights. McCracken scored his first varsity touchdown this week against Madison.

Consistent attack topples Madison

Jackson Posey, Sports Editor
October 3, 2020
Trey Moore jumps on a fumble against Harker Heights. Moore will play a key role on Friday in flustering Madison's first-time quarterback, Royal Kyle.

Take your Madison

Jackson Posey, Sports Editor
October 1, 2020
Jalen Nutt and Colton Thomasson celebrate a touchdown during football's preseason scrimmage. Nutt racked up 210 yard and two touchdowns on Friday en route to a 45-27 win over Harker Heights.

The Hark(er) Knights fall

Jackson Posey, Sports Editor
September 26, 2020
Jalen Nutt evades tacklers during last week's scrimmage against San Marcos. Nutt and Co. will put the team's new offense on display on Friday against Harker Heights.

Back to business

Jackson Posey, Sports Editor
September 25, 2020
Running back Justin Avery totes the rock against San Marcos. Avery and the rest of the offense clicked Thursday, scoring eight touchdowns.

Tread on them

Jackson Posey, Sports Editor
September 18, 2020
Protesters flood the streets of Minneapolis after the murder of George Floyd. The incident sparked riots across the nation.

He couldn’t breathe

Jackson Posey, Sports Editor
May 30, 2020
Senior Joaquin Rodriguez signs his letter of intent to play at Texas Lutheran University. Rodriguez hopes to kick and punt for the Bulldogs.

Bulldog mentality

Jackson Posey, Sports Editor
April 28, 2020
With a pandemic sweeping the globe and unemployment through the roof, the question naturally arises: why?

Why does God allow suffering?

Jackson Posey, Sports Editor
April 28, 2020
Seneca Anthony hurls a pitch. Anthony, a sophomore, has already played her last game this season.

No time for goodbyes

Jackson Posey, Sports Editor
April 18, 2020
Devante Mount fights for a layup against New Braunfels. Mount was a key starter on basketball's first playoff team in a half-decade.

King of the mountain

Jackson Posey, Sports Editor
March 26, 2020
Senior Shea Walker throws a strike during a tournament win over Fort Bend Clements. Thanks to coronavirus, the game may have been one of Walker's last as a high schooler.

Coronaball

Jackson Posey, Sports Editor
March 18, 2020
Ask anyone, and they'll tell you they're spooked by the COVID-19 outbreak. That is, unless you ask a Christian.

Window pain

Jackson Posey, Sports Editor
March 14, 2020
Pete Gint, played by Caleb Mosley, fights against the mysterious Bresh during last year's bi-district championship run. If the UIL cancels One-Act Play competitions, the company won't get another crack at the road to state.

Let the kids play

Jackson Posey, Sports Editor
March 12, 2020
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Armel Talla drives for a layup against New Braunfels. Talla, a senior, averaged 5.6 PPG this season.

A basketball renaissance

Jackson Posey, Sports Editor
February 27, 2020
Kylen Morton (left), Jalen Nutt and Michael Freitas celebrate a big play during a loss to New Braunfels. The Bench Mafia has been at the forefront of the team's culture shift this season.

Bench Mafia gangs up on opponents

Jackson Posey, Sports Editor
February 25, 2020
Senior Caleb Mosley (right) talks with junior Brenna Collins (left) during a performance of “Middletown.” Along with his theatrical feats, Mosley also plays varsity basketball.

Play ball

Jackson Posey, Sports Editor
February 11, 2020
Senior guard Armel Talla attempts a layup against New Braunfels. Talla scored eight points in the 61-54 loss.

[Photo] Ranger roundup

January 29, 2020
Ranger girls basketball takes on Canyon late in the 2018-2019 season. This year will be the final time the two teams will square off for the foreseeable future.

District rival relegated

Jackson Posey, Sports Editor
December 6, 2019
CB Jalen Nutt looks on during a 35-10 loss to Steele. Nutt finished the season with three interceptions.

Brothers for life

Jackson Posey, Sports Editor
November 21, 2019
RB Jacob Forton rushes for one of his three touchdowns against East Central. A big game from Forton could swing the game in favor of the Rangers.

Clash of district titans

Jackson Posey, Sports Editor
October 25, 2019
QB Luke Gombert leads the huddle during a game against Schertz Clemens. Gombert threw for three touchdowns this week in a win against New Braunfels Canyon.

Rangers carve up Cougars 51-7

Jackson Posey, Sports Editor
September 28, 2019
Following the ball, junior linebacker Americas Sanders makes his way to stop Clemens during their 15-7 loss on Sept. 20.

Flags fly as Buffaloes fell Rangers

Jackson Posey, Sports Editor
September 21, 2019
Luke Gombert and Garrett Brooks celebrate a touchdown against Pflugerville Hendrickson. Gombert threw for two touchdowns this week in a win over San Antonio Madison.

Rangers devastate Mavericks 44-0

Jackson Posey, Sports Editor
September 12, 2019
RB Jacob Forton (#3) awaits the snap against Pflugerville Hendrickson. Forton leads the team in rushing yards with 170.

Mo’ backs, fewer problems

Jackson Posey, Sports Editor
September 10, 2019
RB Jacob Forton runs against the Judson defense in last year's 28-0 loss. Forton will be a focal point in this Friday's game against Pflugerville Hendrickson.

Fly like the Hawks

Jackson Posey, Sports Editor
September 5, 2019
Levi Williams verbally committed to the University of Wyoming on Sunday.

Taking the reins

Jackson Posey, Staff Writer
January 23, 2019
Senior quarterback verbally committed to the University of Houston in his junior year. The recent firing of head coach Major Applewhite and the hiring of Dana Holgorson has Williams considering other options.

Changing directions

Jackson Posey, Staff Writer
January 12, 2019
Not ready to end the season, senior defensive lineman Will Gibbens and his teammates look to punch their ticket to the playoffs with a win against New Braunfels.

It all comes down to this

Jackson Posey, Sports Writer
November 9, 2018
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