By Adam Wechsler | Sports Editor
The 5A All-State, 9-5A All-District, Richardson All-City, Academic All-State and 9-5A All-Academic teams were announced on Dec. 19. These teams, announced by UIL, featured many varsity players.
The 9-5A All-District team had 14 players from varsity on the team and eight more who were honorable mentions, while the Richardson All-City team featured 20 varsity players and another four honorable mentions. Varsity had one Academic All-State First Team player, 12 Second Team players, and seven honorable mentions, and on the 9-5A Academic All-District team, there were 45 varsity players holding a place.
Junior Rob Kuhne plays free safety for the varsity team and was picked as an honorable mention to the Texas 5A All-State team this year. This was the highest honor for any player on the team this season. Rob was also on the 9-5A All-District Second Team and was the Richardson All-City Defensive Newcomer. This recognition came with a lot of hard work.
“It feels great to receive this honor,” Rob said. “I worked hard in the off-season,
watched film, prepared for each game and went out trying to win. I also owe a lot of my success to Blake Reisman, who is a senior who plays safety on varsity, for showing me how to do things right. Next year I need to communicate better with everyone on the field and become more of a vocal leader in order to improve.”
Clipp McKeen is another junior on the team and plays receiver for varsity. He made the 9-5A Academic All-District Team, which requires players to maintain an A average while participating in a sport.
“I feel truly honored to receive this award,” Clipp said. “Being a student athlete is important, and I get to try my best in academics and athletics. It’s very rewarding to be recognized for my efforts on and off the field. I love being on the field and working in the classroom.”
Junior Logan Bartolome plays offensive line for varsity. He was named to the 9-5A Academic All-District team.
“It’s good to get noticed and make this team,” Logan said. “I pride myself in my performance in school, and getting recognized for this and playing football is an honor.”
Logan worked hard throughout the year and practices to continually improve.
“I’m going practice in order to improve my performance on the field and continue studying so that I can be noticed again for my athletics and academics,” Logan said.