Barbers Hill's Casey Collier working to make his own name

Casey bench presses 275 pounds. Via VYPE

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Casey Collier loves his older sister, Charli. He admires and adores her. Few families, in fact, are tighter than the Colliers—19-year-old Charli, 16-year-old Casey, and mother Ponda.

Still, that doesn't mean Casey didn't grow weary the last few years of being "Charli's brother." The two played basketball every day growing up, and it wasn't until recently that Casey finally outgrew Charli and they finally stopped playing competitively.

But until then, their battles on the court were one-sided, and Charli enjoyed letting Casey know about it.

"She would beat me a lot. She'd block my shot all the time," said Casey, a junior offensive tackle for Barbers Hill High. "My freshman year, while we were scrimmaging at school, boys versus girls, she blocked my shot in front of everybody."

Charli, now contributing as a freshman 6-foot-5 post player for the University of Texas, is a Barbers Hill legend after totaling more than 3,500 points and 1,400 rebounds in her high school career. Casey wants the same stature for himself. That is why, during the spring of 2018, he decided to put down a basketball for good and focus strictly on football, the sport which he knew had his ticket to bigger and better things.

"It's not bad, because I love my sister," Casey said of growing up in Charli's shadow. "It just pushes me to make my own name. I don't want it to be all the time where it's like, 'Oh, you're Charli's brother.' I saw her get all those offers and all those colleges she was looking at. She worked hard to get that. I knew if I worked just as hard, that could be the same thing for me."

The 2018 season was Casey's first on varsity, and he played well. The 6-foot-7, 292-pounder allowed just two sacks in starting every game for the 7-4 Eagles.


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By Bradley Collier

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On paper, Aldine Davis should be the best returning Aldine ISD volleyball squad for the 2019 campaign.

But that's just on paper.

Starla Jones, the reigning District 16-6A Coach of the Year, has been persistent this offseason in reminding her team that the successes of last year are just that. They are last season's, which doesn't entitle her group to that same success in 2019.

"I think it's going to give them some confidence that they have a year under their belt," Jones said. "But it's a new season, a new team. Last year is last year. I'm reminding them that we've got to start all over. It's going to take some work like it did before.

"We can't settle, and we can't expect to be at the top just because we were last year."

Last season, Aldine Davis went 20- 26-1 overall and 10-4 in District 16-6A play to finish in a tie for second place with MacArthur.

"I've told them, you do realize because you were up there you are definitely one of the teams to beat," Jones said. "Everybody's going to be pumped. I don't care what team it is. They're going to be ready to play you."

Returning to the court for the Falcons this season is District 16-6A Newcomer of the Year Kiyah Felder, first-team selections Ashlyn Laymond and Tavia Harrell and second-teamer Hailey Harris. Also returning is Lyric Carwell, who was an honorable mention.

What excites Jones the most about this group is that this summer the girls put in the needed work to get better in the weight room.


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