Lady Guard volleyball program honors five players at annual Senior Night ceremony

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The Brook Hill Lady Guard varsity volleyball team took the time to honor five of their senior players for their contributions to the program during the annual Senior Night ceremony, held Thursday, Oct. 12, before the tipoff of the team’s district contest against the Tyler Grace Community Lady Cougars inside Brook Hill’s Herrington SportsCenter.

Senior members of the Brook Hill Lady Guard varsity volleyball team honored during the 2017 season Senior Night ceremony included Maddie Anthony, Zoe Hayes, Grace Helmers, Bailea Mapes, and Kaitlynn Rhea.

Anthony, daughter of Tim and Heather Anthony, served as the Lady Guard’s setter and right side hitter this season. She has been a member of the Lady Guard’s junior varsity team for two years, and has also participated on the varsity team for four years.

While attending Brook Hill, Anthony has also represented the Lady Guard on the varsity cheerleading squad, as well as the competition cheer team and varsity softball team. Additionally, she has also been involved as a college ambassador, as well as the school’s student council and choral program.

In October, Anthony was nominated and selected by her classmates as the Brook Hill 2017 Homecoming Queen.

After graduation, Anthony plans to attend wither Oklahoma State University in Stillwater or the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville for nursing school in hopes of becoming a certified nurse anesthetist.

Hayes, the daughter of Roy and Tammy Hayes, is also a setter and right side hitter for the Lady Guard varsity volleyball team. She has been a member of the program’s junior varsity team and varsity team for two years each.

As a student at Brook Hill, Hayes has also participated on the Lady Guard varsity cheerleading squad.

After graduation, Hayes plans to attend either Texas Tech University in Lubbock or the University of Arkansas.

Helmers, the daughter of Jamie and Chris Carson, served the Lady Guard as a defensive specialist this season. She has participated on the varsity team for one season, as well as the junior varsity team for three years.

In addition to her involvement on the Lady Guard varsity volleyball team, Helmers also has represented Brook Hill on the girls’ basketball and track and field teams. She also is a member of Brook Hill’s National Honor Society.

After graduation, Helmers plans to attend the University of North Texas in Denton or Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches to major in dentistry.

Mapes, the daughter of Ryan and Alaina Cannon, has been on the Lady Guard varsity volleyball team for one season, having previously played on the junior varsity team at Bullard High School for three seasons prior.

Athletically, Mapes has also been involved in the golf and track programs while attending BHS, while also serving as a member of Spanish Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Health Occupation Students of America.

After graduation, Mapes plans to attend college and becoming a veterinarian.

Rhea, the daughter of Meagan and Mark Rhea, is an outside hitter for the Lady Guard varsity volleyball team, having spent two years at both the junior varsity and varsity levels.

While attending Brook Hill, Rhea has also participated athletically on the Lady Guard vjunior varsity and varsity basketball teams.

After graduation, Rhea plans to attend the University of Texas at Tyler, then plans to transfer to UT-Austin to study nutrition.

“Our senior players this year has definitely made an impact and contributed to our team’s successes this season,” said Candise Wise, Brook Hill Lady Guard head volleyball coach. “They all will be missed.”

The Lady Guard varsity volleyball team ended the 2017 regular season with an overall record of 7-18-1, 2-4 in district play, allowing the team to qualify for the team for the TAPPS Volleyball Playoffs.

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