Poised to improve on her silver medals at state last year, Cion Hicks is so focused she has done the unthinkable — she’s sworn off Twitter.
Disconnected from social media, at least until she secures a third straight state berth at this weekend’s Region II-5A track meet in Lubbock, the Shoemaker senior thrower had no idea she’d been nominated for KDHpressbox.com’s Player of the Week award.
Thankfully the rest of the Shoemaker population was hooked in.
“People are coming up to me, saying congratulations, and I was like, ‘For what?’” Hicks laughed. “People were telling me they voted for me, and I was like, Oh, thank you, thank you.’ It was a surprise, but when the whole school found out, they all jumped on board.”
Hicks, who finished second in both the discus and shot put at the 5A state meet last season, is riding high after winning both the discus (152-feet, 3-inches) and shot (45-2) at the District 7/8-5A area track and field meet last weekend at Waco Midway.
“It’s starting to get serious, but things like (winning player of the week) kind of calm you down and (tell you) ‘Relax kid, just throw. Just go out there and do what you do.’ I’m just focused on competing and performing the way I know how,” Hicks said.
Hicks gained more than 100 votes in the last hour Thursday and finished with exactly 50 percent of the ballot or 1,024 of the 2,048 total votes cast.
“They were like, ‘I’m voting every hour for you Cion,’ and I was like, ‘Thanks for the support,’” she said.
“It’s just a blessing for me that people are supporting what you’re doing. It’s just very humbling.”
This is the second straight Player of the Week award for Shoemaker track athlete, following Grey Wolves sprinter and running back Johnny Jefferson last week.
Salado senior golfer Meredith Ward finished second with 854 votes (42 percent) following a runner-up individual finish at the Region II-2A girls golf tournament with a steady two-day total of 170. Ward cared an 84 on Day 2 to lead Salado a region championship and a berth in the 2A state golf tournament — it’s first since winning it all in 2010.
Copperas Cove senior thrower Girod Fluelen was third with 148 votes after winning an area championship in the discus, throwing a 182-8 on his final attempt. His mark leap-frogged teammate Tyler Agnello and broke the previous Cove school record of 181-11 set by Ronnie Lightfoot in 1965.
Belton’s Wolf Mahler, a five-event area qualifer, was also nominated after winning the pole vault (14-0), the 400 meters (48.36 seconds), the 110 hurdles (14.05) and led-off the Tigers’ third-place 1,600-meter relay (3:18.60). He also finished sixth in the discus (142-10).