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High Schools: Outside the Box, Aug. 24

August 24, 2018

From inside the lines to out, Express-News staff writer Terrence Thomas takes a look back and a look ahead at the high school sports landscape:

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200: Career wins for Devine volleyball coach Leigh Anne McIver, who reached the milestone during her team’s victory over Jourdanton Aug. 16 at the Arabian Roundup in Devine.

McIver is in her sixth seasons at Devine and has guided her teams to the Region IV-4A tournament three times (2013, 2016, 2017) in five seasons. She previously coached five years at Fort Bend Bush, near Houston.

650: Wins for O’Connor volleyball coach Yami Garcia, who accomplished the mark during the Panthers’ 25-4, 25-16 decision vs. Holy Cross Thursday at the Texas Showdown at Smithson Valley. Garcia is in her 21st season with the Panthers and last year led them to their first UIL Class 6A state tournament appearance.

1,000: Career kills for Clemens junior Shelby O’Neal, who accomplished the feat during the Buffalos’ win against S.A. Christian Aug. 9 at the John Turner Classic in Pearland.

An outside hitter, O’Neal was last year named to the Express-News Super Team and was the newcomer of the year in 2016.

Odds and ends

Top honor: Medina Valley’s Madison Gates was named MaxPreps’ Texas player of the week. The award is a collaboration between MaxPreps and the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).

A 5-foot-10 senior middle blocker, Gates was lauded after racking up 67 kills — 8.375 per set — 23 digs, 12 aces and six blocks.

Terrence Thomas