Dennis Knowlton | Herald
Lampasas' Tyler Shivers (11) shoots a 3-pointer against Fredericksburg on Tuesday in Lampasas.
LAMPASAS — For Tyler Shivers, winning the award is nice. The victory, however, was even better.
In his first district game, the Lampasas sophomore put together a career-best performance, scoring a game-high 17 points en route to a 48-41 win at Llano.
Along with helping his team put together one of its best showings of the season, Shivers’ efforts earned him KDHpressbox.com Player of the Week honors.
But that was merely a consolation prize to the guard.
“It feels really nice,” Shivers said. “I’m definitely happy I won, but it is just icing on the cake. To play my role and start off 1-0 in district is the real reward.”
Shivers, who is in his first season on varsity, was on fire from deep, connecting on five 3-pointers to pace the Badgers against the Yellowjackets.
After failing to produce a point in the first quarter, Shivers hit a pair of 3-pointers before halftime, extending Lampasas’ lead to 16-13 heading into the third quarter. Then he made three more shots from beyond the 3-point arc in the second half, scoring five of the team’s 19 points in the fourth quarter.
Simply being on the court, however, was an exciting experience.
“It was awesome getting to play in my first district game,” Shivers said, “especially with it being on the road. It was a lot of fun being out there. My guards were giving me good looks. They were attacking, and I’d get wide open for shots.”
Shivers received 45 percent of the votes cast, becoming the second Lampasas athlete to win the award after Lady Badgers guard Qadrey Tolliver received the accolade last week.
“It has been pretty cool at school,” he said. “People have been telling me, ‘Congratulations on being nominated,’ and stuff.”
Salado junior goalkeeper Sam Isbell finished second in the voting. She posted a pair of shutouts as the Lady Eagles won their home tournament. Salado beat Liberty Hill 1-0 in the semifinals before clinching the championship with a victory against Wimberley.
Ellison sophomore Madison Hattix-Covington finished third in the polls after making five 3-pointers and posting 29 points in win against Midway.
Chyna Otis, a junior from Harker Heights, rounded out the nominees. Competing at the Carl Lewis High School Invitational indoor track meet in Houston, she placed second in the shot put, delivering a throw measuring 43 feet, 7 inches.
Although the competition was stiff, Shivers emerged victorious thanks to receiving numerous votes from friends and family in the community, and he is extremely appreciative of all the support.
“It just feels awesome to know people have your back and are willing to vote for you,” Shivers said.