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2018 in Review: Top 5 Athletes of 2018

By Reece Waddell | Published Saturday, December 29, 2018
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MADDIE MITSCHKE

Maddie Mitschke

Paradise’s floor general was the All-Wise Co-MVP in basketball and the only girl in Wise County to average a double-double. Mitschke posted an average of 12.9 points and 10.1 rebounds, leading the Lady Panthers to a fourth-place District 7-3A finish. On the track, Mitschke qualified for state in the 300 hurdles, winning district and area titles in the event. She ran a 47.78 at state to finish eighth in Class 3A.

BEAU BEDFORD

Beau Bedford

The Decatur senior led Class 4A in receiving, hauling in 114 passes for 1,668 yards and 15 touchdowns. Bedford accounted for 33 percent of quarterback Roman Fuller’s completions and averaged 111.2 yards per game. In the Class 4A semifinal, Bedford played through a fractured elbow. Last spring in baseball, Bedford hit .312, drove in 14 runs and provided several quality innings out of the Eagles’ bullpen.

WILSON HICKS

Wilson Hicks

The Oklahoma State commit was the District 9-4A Offensive MVP in baseball, posting a .380 average to go along with a .516 on-base percentage. On the mound, Hicks surrendered just seven earned runs through 51 innings of work for a 0.96 ERA. Hicks also led Decatur’s basketball team in scoring in 2017, earning first-team 9-4A honors with an average of 14.7 points and 4.7 boards.

SATASHA KOSTELECKY

Satasha Kostelecky

The TGCA 4A all-state selection buried 335 kills and made 164 blocks, leading Decatur to its third state championship in six years. The District 8-4A MVP also eclipsed 1,000 career kills during her senior season, helping the Lady Eagles to a 38-11 record. Kostelecky will play volleyball collegiately at Rice University.

JADON MADDUX

Jadon Maddux

Bridgeport’s speedster posted a personal-best time of 10.52 seconds at the state meet, taking the bronze in the 4A 100. Maddux claimed District 9-4A titles in both the 100 and 200. In football, Maddux captained the Bulls. The quarterback accounted for 2,053 total yards and 16 touchdowns despite missing multiple games due to injury.

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