Senior Athletes of the Month
Annalis Mach-Women's Tennis
Annalis Mach has played tennis for RHS for 4 straight years, 3 of which she was on Varsity. This year she played Number 2 singles and Number 2 doubles. With her record in doubles and singles, she became an All-District player and All-City Richardson player as well. She is a great leader for the team and never questions my authority, but trust in feedback I give her. When she isn’t feeling well, she will still come out and practice hard and even play matches just to better the team and herself. While all she does for me and the tennis program, she balances out a heavy extracurricular activity load like Desperados, Student Council, Student Advisory Council, Girl Scouts, and Young life. She is a National Honor Society member, a part of the science magnet program, and was on the Carousel of Roses Committee. As you can she is deeply involved in RHS and loves her school-Coach Manhkong
Julian Martinez-Men's Soccer
Julian Martinez, He has scored two goals in the last two games. Great senior leader.
Mark Mercer - Baseball
Mark is a 4-year Varsity Letterman, 2016 1st team RISD All City 3B and 2016 2nd team All District 3B. He is also a National Merit Commended Student, AP Scholar Award with Distinction, Japanese National Honors Society, Mu Alpha Thea Member, a member of the RISD Student-Athlete Leadership Team (S.A.L.T), Senior Interact Club Officer, Desperados and Eagle Guard. He will be applying for the Naval Academy. Mark will lead the Eagles on the diamond at 2nd base this Spring.
Michelle Kevin-Aligah - Women's Basketball
Michelle is a second year letterman for the Lady Eagles. Although Michelle missed more than half the season out with an ACL injury, she has been an essential part of the Lady Eagle Girls Basketball team. While on injury reserved, Michelle became hands on with keeping stats, filming games, and monitoring team equipment. Michelle’s leadership skills energized the team bench, her team mates, and coaching staff. Michelle continued to rehab extensively throughout the season to come back and play seven games recording 5 total rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal. Michelle also continued to excel academically during the 2017-2018 season receiving All-District Honors being named 2018 9-6A All-Academic. With the plans of attending Texas State University, we wish our Senior Michelle Kevin-Aligah all the best. Once an Eagle, Always an Eagle!!!
Rony is a three year starter on varsity. He plays defensive center mid and has 2 goals this season.
Xavier Elam - Basketball
Shion Kabasele - Volleyball
Shion is a 2-year letter winner and was a team captain this season. She epitomizes the word "student-athlete" with a 97.6 GPA and is ranked 32nd in her senior class. Personally, I had Shion in two classes, and she ended up with a 100+ average in both. Her leadership was paramount to our success this season off the court, and on the court she was equally as valuable.
Shion was one of our leading blockers in 2017, and set a school Match Record for total blocks with 10 in our win over Pearce. She dominated at the all year. Shion was not a starter her junior season, but her coachability proved the key for her to become such a big contributor on our team.
Shion ends her career, after only two Varsity seasons, in the RHS Volleyball Top 10 Career Records for Total Blocks and Blocks per Set, and is in the Top 10 Season Records for Total Blocks. (Coach Miracle)
Henos Andebrhan - Cross Country
Henos Andebrhan is an incredible athlete with a determination to succeed on the track and cross country course. He worked hard all season and earned title of 9-5A District Champion. He beat the second place runner by 28 seconds, a landslide of the win. He continued his season past Regionals and ran, for his second consecutive year, at the State Championship meet the first weekend of November. Overall, Henos is disciplined and focused to finalize his college decision. He plans to run in college and is being recruited by a couple Division 1 and Division 2 schools.
Melissa Nash - Swimming
Melissa Nash has been on the RHS Swim Team for two years. Melissa is a backstroker and utility freestyler. Melissa is a great teammate spreading spirit at the meets and always has a smile on her face. She is also active in the RHS Culinary Arts program and at her church.
Jadra Young - Basketball
Jadra Young is a second year letterman post player who continues to work hard on and off the court. Jadra is a two year member of the National Honor Society, leader in community service, and part of the health science program at RHS. Jadra was named to 2017 9-6A Second Team All District and 2017 9-6A Academic All District. Jadra is one of the top rebounders in the girls basketball program averaging about 4 rebounds a game and 3 point per game so far in pre-season play. Jadra is a model student-athlete who has all the tools to achieve all her set goals.
Natalie Norwood - Swimming
Natalie Norwood has been on the RHS Swim Team four years and is a two year letterman. Natalie swims breaststroke and mid-distance free and her flexibility helps balance the RHS relays. Natalie is a 2 time earner of the team's most improved award and is a 3 time team scholar athlete. Natalie is also involved in the RHS Medical Eagles and has been a member of the RHS Choir.
Jalen Patterson - Basketball
Jalen was named to the All-Tournament team at the Texas Invitational Basketball Tournament. Jalen is a 3 year varsity player, and is averaging 17 points per game and 4 assists. Jalen was named 1st Team All-District last year as a junior, and is one of our team captains this year. Most recently, Jalen was named to the All-Tournament team at the Prosper Tournament.
Nick Smith #3 RHS Football
Nick is another versatile player for the Eagles. He is the starting Y (Receiver), Wildcat quarterback, deep snapper, punter and he returns kickoffs. He has rushed the ball 39 times for 369 yards and 3 touchdowns. As a receiver, Nick has caught 31 passes for 425 yards and 3 touchdowns. He has also thrown a touchdown pass.
Victoria Ates #30 Lady Eagles Basketball
Victoria Ates is a second year letterman for the Lady Eagles. In recent Pre-Season shootouts, Victoria was a defensive threat and one of our leading rebounders. She continues to show the hustle and hard work to have a great Senior year. Victoria Ates will be a player to watch this 2017-2018 season.
Alex Breazeale RHS Women's Swim Team
Captain; 4 year varsity swimmer; 3 year All RISD City Team; 3 year All District Team; All Region Team; National Honor Society; Applying for Academic All American; 500 Freestyle; 200 IM; 100 Breaststroke.
Jacob Huang RHS Men's Swim Team
Captain; 4 year Varsity Swimmer; 3 year All RISD City Team; 1 year All District Team; 50 Freestyle; 100 Freestyle.
Allie Cunyus #6 RHS Volleyball
Allie is a 3-year letter winner, and the all-time career assists leader for RHS volleyball with a total of 1,436. For this year's team, she is 1st in assists, 2nd in digs, 3rd in aces and has had 8 double-doubles (double-digit digs and assists) this season.
Cunyus led her team to a 2nd place finish at the Rockwall Battle for the Rock tournament in August, and has been a crucial part of the team's 5-1 record through the first round of play of district play.
In the 3-1 win over Lake Highlands last week, Allie had 28 assists (season high) and 11 digs. Cunyus totaled 12 digs and 23 assists in the team's 3-1 victory over Pearce last Friday (9/29)..
Allie is a team captain, fierce competitor and a key part of our success last year and so far this year.