2017 in Review: Top 5 Athletes of 2017

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, December 30, 2017
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Wilson Hicks


Decatur’s Swiss Army knife did it all for the Eagles in 2017, quarterbacking the football team to the third round of the playoffs along with helping the baseball and basketball teams make playoff runs. Decatur’s baseball team advanced to the region final in the spring, falling to Texarkana Pleasant Grove one series shy of advancing to the state tournament. The basketball team went three rounds deep into the playoffs, eventually losing to 2016 state champion Dallas Lincoln in overtime. Hicks threw for 3,887 yards and 37 touchdowns against just 11 interceptions this year, completing 64.6 percent of his passes. On the diamond, Hicks went 7-2 with a 1.05 ERA, getting several key outs in the postseason. Hicks currently leads the Decatur basketball team in scoring, averaging 18.1 points per game.

Bryce Elder


The ace of the Eagles’ pitching staff, Elder mowed down 71 batters last spring during Decatur’s playoff run. Elder finished the season with a 7-2 record and 0.603 ERA, including two no-hitters and three shutouts in the playoffs. After his strong campaign, Elder signed with the University of Texas. Elder also averaged 11.1 points per game for the Eagles in basketball.

Jordyn Todd


The All-Wise MVP and Texas Association of Volleyball Coaches’ 3A Player of the Year, Boyd junior outside hitter Jordyn Todd set a school record with 580 kills this season, helping the Lady Yellowjackets claim their third consecutive district crown and reach the 3A state semifinal. In addition to leading Boyd on a Cinderella playoff run, Todd was also named to the Texas Sportswriters Association first-team all-state – one of only two Wise County volleyball players to receive this honor. Todd hit .252 this year, as the Lady Jackets compiled a record of 38-8 to end the season.

Caden McDonald


McDonald capped his career at Northwest with a gold medal in discus this past May. The now-San Diego State football player notched the four top throws at the state meet last spring, including the winning hurl of 190 feet, 6 inches – which won by 9 feet. Along with his gold medal in discus, McDonald is the Texans’ all-time tackles leader, helping lead Northwest to one of their most successful seasons in recent history in 2016. The Texans went 10-2 in McDonald’s senior year, advancing to the area round before falling to Colleyville Heritage.

Kayson Roof


Roof finished her tenure at Slidell with a silver medal in the Class A 300 hurdles, the second time she was the state runner-up while a member of the Lady Greyhounds track and field team. Roof posted a season-best time of 48.00 seconds to finish second. Earlier at the state track meet, Roof placed fifth in the pole vault with a height of 9 feet. During her time at Slidell, Roof advanced to the state meet all four years in the 300 hurdles and three times in the pole vault. Roof also helped the Lady Greyhounds’ basketball team to the region final as a fierce rebounder. Her determination and inspiring story of surviving a near-fatal accident as a child earned her the Denny Deady Sportsman of the Year award.

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