The Fantastic Four

St. Agnes seniors each eclipse 1,000 career points

All four seniors and all four have now eclipsed 1,000 career points. Via Vype

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HOUSTON – In an entire coaching career, most coaches can count the number of players they've had reach 1,000 points on one hand.

Jeff Hollinger now needs two.

More impressively, Hollinger, who is in his 13th season at St. Agnes, can look down his current roster and count four players that have reached that career landmark – Emily Nelson, Katie Dickerson, Kelly Dickerson and Madison Lucas.

"In a program you may have one or two kids that are going to score a lot of points," Hollinger said. "But never would I have thought I'd have four kids, all the same age, all play varsity all four years end up with 1,000 each. That's extremely rare.

"I don't know if I'll ever see it again."

All four seniors and all four have now eclipsed 1,000 career points – three coming this season alone.

"It's really special because it's the players I've been playing with since freshman year," Nelson said. "The four of us all made it onto varsity our freshman year, so it's nice being here with them."

Prior to Nelson reaching the 1,000-point mark last season against Incarnate Word Academy, Lauren O'Connell was the last to reach it in the 2015-2016 season.

Also in the club during Hollinger's career was Chelsea Bass, who serves as the St. Agnes Junior Varsity Coach.

"No, I thought that was crazy," Nelson said about scoring 1,000 points. "I had known about Coach Bass scoring 2,000 but 1,000 even seemed crazy to me. I was surprised."

With Nelson reaching her mark in her junior season, it allowed the Trinity University commit the chance to help her teammates and best friends reach the career milestone.

"It was so much fun because a part of my game that I enjoy is giving assists," Nelson said. "That was a part of my game I could improve because it's easy to give great passes to the twins when I know they're going to finish."


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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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