Center Point athletic director Bubba Walters laughs as he reflected on this past school year.
It was a joyful laugh. For the second straight year, his athletic department was successful in nearly every sport. His football team made the playoffs for the third consecutive season; the volleyball team advanced to the regional quarterfinals; the boys basketball team won a thriller against Harper to qualify for the playoffs and both the baseball and softball teams finished the year by playing in the postseason.
“It’s been a good year,” Walters said. “We are proud of the community and the support that they give us.”
He’s thrilled for all his athletes. Many of Center Point’s baseball and softball players were recently rewarded with post-season accolades. In baseball, junior Cody Daily was the District 29-2A offensive player of the year, while junior Kolten Kitchens was the defensive player of the year. Four players (Riley Leifeste, Kolby Vincent, Hayden Johnson and Austin Hander) were also first-team, all-district selection, while outfielder Chris Geisen received second-team, all-district recognition. Daily and Hander will also play at the Texas Select All-Star Showcase on June 8 in San Antonio.
Senior Bobbi Leitha was crowned the District 29-2A co-MVP in softball. Her teammates Lexi Mills and Yanely Lozano earned first-team honors, while four other players (McKenzi Daily, Shelby Dinsmore, Marissa Olvera and Briza Arreola) were second-team selections.
And Walters expects to yield even better results in the following school year, hoping that his teams not only make the playoffs next year, but also go on deep postseason runs.
It can happen, if his players continue working hard in the summer.
“I am extremely proud of the kids,” Walters said. “I couldn’t be happier about the athletic program and the future with where it is going.”