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Byrd, Martorelli, White take top District 20-5A soccer awards

For a second-straight season Kingwood Park dominates the postseason accolades. Via VYPE

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Kingwood Park was the final team to represent District 20-5A this season in the playoffs, advancing all the way to the UIL 5A Girls State Semifinals.

With their performance, for a second-straight season Kingwood Park dominates the postseason accolades that were released over the weekend.

Kingwood Park coach Jess White took home the Coach of the Year honors. The last two years, White has guided this group to the state semifinals and registered a total of 50 wins. On those teams was senior Allie Byrd.

Byrd, who finished her career with 92 goals, third-most in Kingwood Park history, was the leader of this team and earned the Most Valuable Player honors. Byrd is signed to North Texas to play soccer.

Taylor Debrosky also took home the Midfielder of the Year Award and Kate Tiedtke earned the Newcomer of the Year Award to round out the total of four awards for Kingwood Park.

Other notable awards went to Tomball's Jessica Martorelli (Offensive Player of the Year), Montgomery's Sarah Trotter (Defensive Player of the Year) and Tomball's Priscella Caruso (Goalkeeper of the Year).

Below is a full list of the awards and first, second and honorable mention all-district teams.

Find the full list of awards here


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