Delaney Presley – University of Texas Tyler – Track & Field
Delaney Presley is signing today to throw the Shot and Hammer for the University of Texas at Tyler Track & Field Team. Delaney has been an important part of the success that the Lady Tigers track program has had over the past three years. Delaney’s hard work and dedication has led to many successes in the sport of Track and Field at Belton High School. Delaney’s achievements include:
- 4 year lettermen in Track and Field
- Area Qualifier her Sophomore and Junior year
- Regional Qualifier her Sophomore and Junior year
- Outstanding Field Event Athlete her Sophomore and Junior year
- Personal Record Shot Put throw of 39’9”
- Personal Record Discus throw of 101’
In addition to Delaney’s athletic success, she strives to succeed academically; she shows true dedication both on the field and in the classroom.
As a coaching staff we are so proud of Delaney and her accomplishments. Congratulations Delaney! We look forward to seeing what your senior season holds!
Mackenzie Bartlett – Temple College – Softball
Mackenzie Bartlett will continue her softball career by signing a letter of commitment to play with Temple College on February 7th. Mackenzie is a two year letter for the softball program at Belton High School. She is not only an accomplished athlete, but is an outstanding student as well.
Mackenzie came to Belton from Orange High School in North Carolina at the start of her junior year. She lettered for Orange High School’s softball team in her freshman and sophomore seasons. During her freshman year, she played 2nd base and pitched for Orange. She was voted to the all-district team and was honorable mention all-conference.
During her sophomore season for Orange, Mackenzie played 3rd base and was voted all-district, all-conference, and all-state.
During Mackenzie’s junior season here at Belton, she was voted 1st Team All-District Infield. During district play, Mackenzie had a .500 batting average, had 3 doubles, 1 triple, and 2 homeruns. She had 12 RBI’s and scored 18 runs.
Mackenzie’s junior season overall statistics were outstanding. She hit .372 on the season, had an on base percentage of .449, drove in 20 runs, scored 29 times, and hit 3 homeruns. Following her 2017 season, Mackenzie was voted Second Base Honorable Mention All-State by the Texas Sports Writer’s Association.
“Mackenzie has been quite an addition to our program since arriving from Orange. She has proven herself to be an excellent defensive player and an offensive weapon. We are very excited to see how this year goes for Mackenzie, as she transfers from the infield to the outfield.” –Coach Matt Blackburn
Congratulations Mackenzie! We look forward to seeing what your senior season holds! Temple College is lucky to get you!
Erica Anderson – Texas Woman’s University – Soccer
Erica Anderson will be continue her soccer playing career in the fall of 2018 at Texas Women’s University. Erica is a four year letter for the soccer program here at Belton High School. Erica has not only showed how far her work ethic gets her on the field, but off as well. Erica is a 3 time member of the Academic All-District team, and we fully expect she will achieve that and much more this season.
Erica has accomplished so many things over these past three years. In her freshman year, she stepped into a starting role early, and never looked back. As a freshman, Erica earned 1st team all-District honors as a center back, and scored a goal, and was an integral part of the teams 14 and half shutouts.
As a sophomore, Erica really stepped up into a leadership roll in the back. Erica earned Defensive MVP honors, as well as 1st Team Super context, All Area Co-Defensive MVP, and Honorable Mention All-state. Erica scored 1 goal and had 2 assists from the defense, and accounted for 9 shoutouts. Her outstanding performance in her sophomore season made the promise of two more years even sweeter. Unfortunately, Erica suffered an ACL tear in their last playoff game that year.
As a junior, Erica fought hard to come back from her injury. After all her hard work, Erica stepped back in to her starting role in the middle of district play. With her leadership in the back, the defense was able to hold the rest of the teams scoreless in district play. Despite her absence from the first half of district play, Erica still earned District Defensive MVP and 1st Team Super Centex. Erica scored 1 goal, had 1 assist, and 7 shutouts in just 8 games.
Despite an injury early on in her senior season, Erica has stepped up and already done some amazing things. Her header goal against the Woodlands, and the ripped shot she took when she was moved up into the midfield against Killeen to give us our full three points. Coach Knight said “Erica is that player in the back that teams fear going against, and the fearless player on offense that will do what is necessary to ensure the ball makes it in the back of the net. Pairing that with a solid work ethic, her passion for the game, and unwillingness to walk away with anything other than a win, makes her a force to be reckoned with. Erica has been one of the most amazing players I have had the privilege of coaching, and we will truly miss her when she is gone .”
Congratulations to Erica on this amazing achievement, and we are excited to see what the rest of the season holds!
Tiarra Hodges – University of Arkansas Little Rock – Soccer
Tiarra Hodges will be continuing her soccer career by signing a letter of commitment to play with the University of Arkansas Little Rock. Tiarra has been a four year member of the Varsity soccer team. She has had an outstanding career and accomplished so much in her time with the Lady Tigers.
T started as a freshman at the forward position and her dynamic speed and ability to get open afforded her so many goal scoring opportunities. T scored 10 goals, and had 9 assists in her freshman season, and was selected second team all-district. We were super excited about what the future would hold.
As time has gone on, T has gain a deeper understanding of the offense, and how to find the space and attack her opponents. It has allowed her to really pull away from the crowd. Her next 2 years, T scored 49 goals with 21 assts. In 2016 Tiarra was named District MVP, Super Centex 1st team, All Area Offensive MVP, and was selected to the All Region Second Team. T’s nose for the goal set her apart from the rest.
Tiarra has had some truly memorable moments in some key games for us these past three years. The move she made on the Highland Park defense as a sophomore to put her second ball in the back of the net. Or this season, when the Woodlands moved their best player back to make her, and she stilled burned her. We are so excited about the job she is doing for us already this season. T has scored 19 goals, and had 6 assists, and we can’t wait to see how many more times she will find the back of the net.
Coach Knight said, “T is the kind of forward you dream of as a coach. She capable of scoring 10 goals a game, but is also so selfless in helping her teammates find the back of the net as well. Her dynamic runs up top allow her the space and freedom to do what she does best which is unleash shots with the kind of power that can’t break people’s hands. It has truly been a blessing to be a part of this young ladies journey, and she is leaving a legacy of unfillable shoes for these underclassmen. “
Congratulations to Tiarra Hodges on this outstanding achievement, and we wish you all the best with the remainder of your senior season.
Alexis Jones – LeTourneau University – Golf
Alexis Jones will continue her golf career by signing a letter of commitment with Letourneau University on
February 7th. Alexis is a four year letterman for the golf program at Belton High School. She is not only an
accomplished athlete but is an outstanding student as well. Alexis is a member of the National Honors Society.
Alexis has been an All-District performer for two years and has played on three regional qualifying golf teams
She also made a hole-in-one her freshman year. Alexis was a member of a District Championship team her sophmore
Alexis’s strong belief in her ability to acquire new skills and improve through practice was likely shaped by her years of
playing golf. She has played all through high school and is one of the team’s most valuable players.
Alexis is an outstanding student and athlete who supports others on and off the golf course.
Congratulations Alexis! Letourneau is lucky to get you!
Cameron Davis – Henderson State – Football
Cameron was a 2 year letterman for the Belton Tiger Football Team. As a junior he threw for 34 yards and rushed for 90 and 2 touchdowns along with contributing on special teams. As a senior he entered the Temple game as the starter after having a great scrimmage against Leander. During that game he threw for 100 yards and rushed for 1 touchdown and 14 yards. He was very diligent in his recovery process and was able to play in our last few games. He finished the year throwing for 439 yards and 5 touchdowns along with rushing for 181 yards and 1 touchdown. He graduated in December from Belton and has already enrolled at Henderson State in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. They are a member of the Great American Conference in Division 2.
“We are very proud of how Cameron handled his injury and how he still was at every practice and helping the younger quarterbacks get ready. He worked tirelessly to get back and when he came in did a great job for us. We are looking forward to the great future Cameron has.” – Coach Brian Cope
Marshall Fish – Trinity University – Football
Marshall Fish, #47, was a 2-year starter for the Tiger football team. He was a versatile athlete who could line-up on the line of scrimmage as a TE or in the backfield as a TED/H-back.
Marshall improved each year as a blocker & pass catcher. Besides being coachable, his size, quickness & work ethic were his best attributes that made him an outstanding run blocker, reliable pass catcher & offensive threat.
Marshall was an integral part to the success of the Tiger Offense even if his personal stats didn’t show it. He only had 4 catches on the year for a 13.50 yard average per catch; this made him 4th on the team in that category. To show his versatility, athleticism & unselfishness, he was a valued member of the Special Teams as well as a mentor to the younger, future Tiger TEs.
Marshall was a 2nd Team, All-District performer as a Junior. For his Senior year & to show his consistency, he again was selected 2nd Team, All-District 8-6A TE. Marshall was successful in the classroom as well & was selected to the THSCA 2nd Team, Academic All-State.
Marshall is a member of the Agape Christian Center. He will continue to earn his stripes as a Tiger while further advancing his education & football career at Trinity University in San Antonio where he will study pre-med.
Clayton Blank – Tarleton State University – Football
Clayton Blank has been a two-year starter for the Belton Tigers at defensive end. Clayton has been a very good player and was awarded first team all-district defensive end for his effort and his tenacity the past two years. But what has made Clayton so special was all that he did off the field. Clayton worked so hard in off-season to get himself ready to compete at the 6A level. What some people may not know is Clayton had a bad shoulder that he worked so hard to fix so that he could compete and be the very best he could be. We are so proud of Clayton for his tireless efforts to be the best Belton tiger possible. Also, we are proud of him for his great example of hard work and dedication.
Also, we want to thank Clayton for all his preparation and time since he started playing sports. We all know Clayton will be a success wherever and whatever he chooses to do in his professional and personal life. Clayton has a lot of passion and when he chooses to use it in the right direction the sky is the limit for him. Clayton thank you for always being a great example to our young players in our program and for carrying on the great tradition of Belton Tiger Football.