The award means a lot to Hannah Wiley because of those residing at the source of the honor.
After Temple’s leading scorer, Kristen Hoelsher, was sidelined by appendicitis, Wiley was called upon to pick up the offensive slack. By the time the regular season concluded, the junior midfielder scored 25 goals, with 19 coming in district while leading the Tem-Cats to a third-place finish.
Along the way, her play earned the respect of opposing coaches, whose votes led to Wiley being named District 8-5A co-MVP.
“(It means more because) they haven’t just heard about me,” Wiley said of the district coaches. “They’ve seen me play and what I can do, and as coaches, they know what to look for and what is good.”
Wiley shared the award with Belton senior Jamie Boone, who led the Lady Tigers to the district title before falling to Duncanville in the bi-district round of the playoffs.
Temple head coach Oscar Bersoza, who was named co-coach of the year with Belton’s Wendy Knight, firmly believes Wiley was responsible for keeping the team in contention.
“We took a little bit of a hit as a team mentally,” Bersoza said of Hoelsher’s injury. “Hannah stepped up at the right time, and I know there might be kids who are more talented than her, but for us, she delivered some killer blows for us.”
Along with claiming a share of the MVP and coach of the year honors, Belton’s Kat Parker split the midfield MVP award with Copperas Cove senior Shelbie Letzer. Additionally, Belton had five first-team and five second-team selections.
Midway claimed a pair of individual accolades as well, with Alyssa Paschal and Audrey Johnson being named defensive MVP and newcomer of the year, respectively.
Shoemaker junior Keandra Gray received goalkeeper MVP recognition, while Ellison junior Alyssa Conde snapped a lengthy drought for the program by being named offensive MVP.
“She is our first (award winner) since 2010,” Lady Eagles head coach Matthew Watt said. “We haven’t had an individual award in a while now. I really think she earned it just by her play and how much every team had to watch out for her regardless of whether or not she scored.”
ALL-DISTRICT 8-5A GIRLS TEAM
Co-MVPs—Hannah Wiley, Jr., Temple; Jaime Boone, Sr., Belton
Offensive MVP—Alyssa Conde, Jr., Ellison
Defensive MVP—Alyssa Paschal, Midway
Midfield Co-MVPs—Kat Parker, Belton; Shelbie Letzer, Sr., Copperas Cove
Goalkeeper MVP—Keandra Gray, Shoemaker
Newcomer of the Year—Audrey Johnson, Midway
Co-Coaches of the Year—Wendy Knight, Belton; Oscar Bersoza, Temple
Belton – Maggie Villamaria, Sr.; CourneyDippel, So.; Aubrey Martinez, So.; Jacey Love, Jr.; Ashley Winkler, Jr. Midway – Cameron Carter, Sr.; Madi Low, Sr.; Lauren Vasquez, Sr.; Bailey Johnston, So. Temple – Kristen Hoelsher, Sr.; Morgan Surnick, Sr. Copperas Cove – Ali McBride, Fr.; Jasmine Everette, Sr.; Kristin McDonald, Jr. Ellison – Brooke Guerrero, Jr.; Anissa Thomas, Sr. Harker Heights – Blake Stender, Jr.; Sam Hammonds, Sr. Killeen – Angie Arreaga, Jr.
Belton – Madi Goldston, Jr.; Jamie Brown, So.; Brianna Davis, Fr.; TarranLisenbe, Jr.; Bailee Boren, Jr. Midway – Krishna Perez, Sr.; Josey Meyer, So.; Miranda Manes, So.; Marisol Reyes, So. Temple – Kalen Rodriguez, Sr.; Rachel Pekar, Sr.; Alaina Llamas, So.Copperas Cove – Cheyenne Huereque, Sr.; Jessica Vick, Sr.; Amanda Arrisola, So. Ellison – Mikayla Wozniak, Jr.; Jazmine German, Sr. Harker Heights – Natalie Requenez, Sr.; KayleeKeilam, Jr.; Layne Broihier, So. Shoemaker – KaitlynHunkins, Jr. Killeen – Ellen Menton, Sr.
Belton – Madison Kalista, Fr.; Bekah Robinson, Sr.; Natalie Russ, Jr. Temple – Brittlea Douglas, Jr. Copperas Cove – Courtney Everette, So.; Angelica Ramos, So.; Genesis Rivera, Sr. Ellison – Kaitlin Saiki-Silva, So.; Kayla Saiki-Silva, So. Harker Heights – Megan Rhorick, Jr.; Sarah Negron, Sr.; Caitlin Dumond, So.Shoemaker – Jackie Drake; Brittany Pesseh; Marissa Palacios. Killeen – Haley Crissman, Sr.; McKenzie Jones, Jr.; Kaitlyn McVeigh, Jr.
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