Houston Chronicle

HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

- Adam Coleman

Boys

Cal Varner, Katy

Notable: The Rice commitment was the Class 6A Division II championsh­ip game’s defensive MVP with three tackles, two for a loss, one sack and an intercepti­on return for a 15-yard touchdown in a 51-14 victory over Cedar Hill.

What Varner said: “It was all the film we watched with coach (that led to the intercepti­on). I saw the running back going out for the swing pass and I played into the tackle and I just came off at the right time. He threw it right at me. If I would’ve dropped it, I knew everybody was going to make fun of me. So, I had to take that back.”

Other nominees

Seth Davis, Katy: The

Class 6A Division II championsh­ip game’s offensive MVP had 14 carries for 123 yards and one touchdown in the Tigers’ victory.

PJ Haggerty, Crosby: Haggerty scored 35 points with 10 rebounds, an assist and three steals in a 64-48 victory over Port NechesGrov­es. The Cougars are on a four-game winning streak.

Caden McKenzie, Texas City: McKenzie is averaging 27.2 points per game, scoring 26 while hitting 11 of 11 free throws in a 47-38 victory over Friendswoo­d.

Girls

Kaley Perkins, Langham Creek

Notable: The Oklahoma signee scored 29 points while hitting 16 of 16 free throws in a 52-50 victory over Cypress Springs on Saturday. Perkins also scored 20 points in a 70-30 victory over Cypress Park and 19 points in a 75-55 victory over Bridgeland earlier in the week. Perkins is one of the state’s top players, averaging 20.5 points per game this season. Langham Creek (14-1) is ranked fifth in the Texas Associatio­n of Basketball Coaches 6A girls state rankings and hosts Cypress Springs at 7 p.m. Tuesday in a key District 16-6A game.

What coach Annette Steward said: “She was 16 of 16 from the free throw line. She had 29 of our 52 points. We basically won that game at the very end because she knocked both free throws down.”

Other nominees

Dalanna Carter, Lutheran North: Carter posted 24 points, 13 rebounds and 10 steals in a 62-33 victory over Beaumont Legacy Christian.

Hannah Humphrey, Lamar Consolidat­ed: Humphrey tallied 17 and 33 points, respective­ly, in a 65-62 victory over Hightower and 88-32 victory over Willowridg­e.

Nya Threatt, Dulles: Dulles (18-0) keeps rolling behind Threatt, who had 23 points in a 76-57 victory over Fort Bend Austin and 21 in a 55-54 victory over George Ranch. Threatt passed 1,000 career points against George Ranch.

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