2017 in Review: Top 5 Moments of 2017

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, December 30, 2017
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With her team trailing 24-14 in the second set and on the verge of falling behind 2-0 in the region quarterfinal against Peaster, Boyd sophomore Kamryn Frenzel stepped to the service line.

Holding the possible playoff fate of her team in her hands, the youngest member of the Boyd varsity volleyball team refused to wilt under pressure. Frenzel rattled off 12 straight service points to lead a Boyd comeback to win the set 26-24. The Lady Yellowjackets went on to take down defending 3A Region I champion Peaster in five sets.

“It was so nerve-racking knowing you can’t miss a serve and cost your team a game,” Frenzel said. “I didn’t want to let my team down.

“It was awesome for the team to trust me to be in that situation.”

Boyd went on to make the state tournament.


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Early in the second half, San Elizario’s Eric Valdez caught Bridgeport keeper Andrew Stotts out of position and had an open net in front of him for the go-ahead goal.

As the shot bounded toward the goal, Bridgeport’s Eric Aguilar slid in to clear the ball. Nine minutes later, Jesus Aguilar booted in a goal to put Bridgeport on top and on the way to the state tournament with a 2-1 victory over San Elizario in the Class 4A Region I final at Birdville ISD Fine Arts/Athletic Complex.

“I was playing sweeper, and, my main job is to stay in the back,” said Eric Aguilar. “I saw where he beat him, and I was like, that ball can’t go in. I just saved it for my team and the fans.

“It’s amazing,” he said about earning a trip to state. “It’s a great feeling – overwhelming. I’m just glad I get to do it with the people I play with on the field.”

It was the second straight game that Eric Aguilar made a game-saving play on defense to prevent a goal.

Aguilar and the Bulls went on to play for the 4A title, falling on penalty kicks to Kilgore.


Decatur senior captain Autumn Finney turned in the volleyball play of the season in October against her former school, Krum.

Seeing the ball sailing out of bounds in the third set, Finney took flight to save it. Jumping several feet and diving over teammate Tayte Helton, Finney somehow not only got to the ball, but also sent it back over her head and over the net to keep the point alive. Decatur eventually won the point and the set.

Video of Finney’s Herculean effort turned her into a viral sensation. It has been viewed more than a million times. She even landed on the ESPN Sports Center’s Top Plays.

But the biggest surprise for Finney was the tweet from Olympian gold medalist and volleyball star Kerri Walsh Jennings.

“When she recognized me, it was incredible. I couldn’t believe what was happening,” Finney said. “She said, ‘I could watch this all day.’ Kerri has been my idol since I knew what volleyball was. It’s just crazy.”


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Jaxon Terrell found out he would be getting the ball shortly before the start of the third and deciding game of the 4A Region II quarterfinal series against Sanger.

Once on the mound, the Decatur senior proved unflappable. Pitching out of numerous jams and scattering 11 hits over seven innings, Terrell kept Sanger from putting together a big inning in the 7-3 victory to clinch the 4A Region II quarterfinal series at Argyle.

He struck out 10, including getting the third and fourth hitters in the Sanger lineup – Katz Higa and Griffyn Welborn – a combined six times.

“It was the best game I’ve pitched so far,” Terrell said. “It’s been a heck of a ride, especially for my senior year.

“It was complicated at times, but we pushed through it. My defense was backing me up the whole time. They were awesome.”


Decatur senior wide receiver Dane Fitzgerald broke his sternum in the Eagles’ second game of the season, and it appeared his high school football career would be over.

But when the Eagles made it to the second round of playoffs, it set the stage for the dynamic Fitzgerald to make a dramatic return – and he delivered.

Decatur quarterback Wilson Hicks hit Fitzgerald on a deep slant in the fourth quarter, and with multiple defenders draped on him, Fitzgerald dragged two Andrews defenders over the goal line and into the end zone for the 17-yard game-winning touchdown in the Eagles’ 55-48 victory.

“It’s a good statement for my senior year,” Fitzgerald said. “I love my teammates, and I love my family. I wouldn’t be here without them.”

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