TWO ALL SAINTS ATHLETES, TWO ALL SAINTS COACHES RECEIVE TAPPS HIGHEST AWARDS
Two All Saints athletes and two All Saints coaches were notified recently that they will receive the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) highest awards June 6 at the TAPPS Annual Convention in Waco.
Senior Lily McKay will receive the TAPPS 2A Female Athlete of the Year Award while senior Luke Stuart will receive the TAPPS 2A Male Athlete of the Year Award. These awards are presented annually to the athletes in each division who have been nominated by TAPPS member schools and selected by members of the Athletic Executive Committee (AEC).
Varsity Tennis Coach Kyla Breler and Varsity Boys Basketball Coach / Athletic Director Robert Brashear will each receive the Edd Burleson Leadership Award. This award honors Mr. Edd Burleson and is presented annually to the male and female coaches of the year who have been nominated by TAPPS member schools and selected by members of the Athletic Executive Committee (AEC). Burleson served as the TAPPS Executive Director for over 20 years and oversaw TAPPS grow from 100 schools to over 230.
Both McKay and Stuart are members of the 2018 All Saints graduating class. Their class earned a record-breaking $5.3 million in merit scholarships. McKay will attend Texas Tech University in the fall and major in Architecture and Interior Design. Stuart will play basketball for the Trinity University Tigers in 2018-2019 and will major in Engineering Science.
Lily McKay earned numerous accolades in volleyball, basketball, cross country, track, and tennis. As libero, four-year starter and team captain on the volleyball team she achieved a career total of 1,586 digs, with 641 digs in the 2017 season alone. That year the team earned the TAPPS 2A State Runner Up title. McKay was named to the TAPPS 2A Volleyball All District Team four years and All State First Team as well as the Academic All Team two years. Lone Star Varsity named her as Volleyball Preseason Super Team Libero, the Volleyball Super Team Second Team Libero, and the Super Team Spark Off of the Bench. She was named to the Texas Association of Volleyball Coaches (TAVC) All State First Team in 2016. Her volleyball team won the TAPPS 2A State Championship in 2016 and won State Runner Up titles in 2015 and 2017.
In 2015 , McKay won the State 1A Track 800 meter title and was State Runner Up in the 400 meter run. In 2016, she was State Runner Up in the 800 meter race and finished fourth in the 400 meter race. She was named to the TAPPS 2A Track and Field All State First Team three years as well as being named Academic All State two years. She qualified for the 2017 TAPPS State 2A Track Meet by winning the Regional 800 meter race. At the 2017 state track meet, McKay was a member of the State Runner Up 4×400 Relay. In 2014, McKay won the State 1A Cross Country Runner Up title also. She was named to the Cross Country All State First Team three years and was named Academic All State in 2016 and 2017.
As a captain of the school’s first basketball team, McKay was named All District First Team in 2016, 2017, and 2018 as well as Academic All State in 2017 and 2018. In 2018, she was a member of the 2A State Tennis Championship Team and was named Academic All State.
Four-year starter Luke Stuart led his team to the TAPPS 2A State Varsity Boys Basketball Championship this spring, where he scored 21 points in the championship game. All Saints finished the season 30-7 and the championship victory was the 115th win for the senior class. As a senior, Stuart was named First Team TAPPS All State as well as Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) All State for the fourth consecutive year. He was also named to the All State Tournament Team for the third consecutive year. Stuart was also First Team All District all four years while helping lead All Saints to four consecutive undefeated district championships. He was named to the All State Tournament Team for the third consecutive year.
As a point guard, Stuart averaged 22 points per game, five assists per game, four rebounds per game, and three steals per game. He has been named First Team All State four years, First Team All District four years, and Academic All State two years. In addition, Stuart was selected First Team TAPPS All State Basketball four years and the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) All State Team two years.
He was named to the Lone Star Varsity West Texas Basketball Super Team and was named as the Lone Star Varsity Athlete of the Week numerous times in his basketball career. Stuart was named as a State Farm Player of the Week last year and the Lubbock Avalanche Journal Player of the Week his sophomore, junior and senior years. Stuart was also selected to the Caprock Basketball Tournament All Tournament Team three years and Floydada All Tournament Basketball Team for two years.
Last fall during the school’s inaugural football season, Stuart played quarterback and was named as a Lone Star Varsity Football Athlete of the Week and named to the Lone Star Varsity West Texas Football Super Team. KCBD recognized him with its Heavy Hitter Award. Stuart was named Football First Team All District, District MVP, Football First Team All State, All State Academic Team, and was a member of the State Quarterfinalist Football Team. He was also selected to the TAPPS 2A All-State Football Team as quarterback.
In addition, Stuart ran on two consecutive Boys State Championship Cross Country Teams, played on one State Championship Golf Team, and was selected to the Second Team All State Track Team one year.
Tennis Coach Kyla Breler in her two-year tenure as an All Saints Head Coach has led her girls team to back-to-back state championships making for three consecutive TAPPS State Tennis Championships for the All Saints Girls Team and one Boys Team State Runner Up title. In 2018, Breler led her teams to win the Girls State Singles Championship, the Girls State Doubles Championship, and the Girls State Runner Up Doubles title as well as claiming the Boys Team State Runner Up title.
Two boys doubles teams were State Semi-Finalist and one boys singles player was a State Quarterfinalist. Three players were named to the First Team All State Girls Team while two players were named to the Second Team All State Girls Team. Seven athletes were also named to the All State Academic Team. Four boys were named to the Honorable Mention All State Team.
The championship seasons began for Breler in 2017 when her Girls Doubles team won the State Championship while her Girls Singles Team won the State Runner Up title. One singles girl player was a State Semi-Finalist and one girls doubles team was a State Quarterfinalist. Two players were named to the First Team All State Selections while one player was named as Second Team All State Selection. Three players were named to the All State Academic Team.
Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) 2018 2A Coach of the Year Robert Brashear serves double duty for All Saints as both the Varsity Boys Head Basketball Coach and the school’s Athletic Director for both high school and middle school athletics. The third time is a charm proved true for All Saints Varsity Boys Basketball team as they won the 2018 TAPPS 2A State Championship after playing for the state title for the last three consecutive seasons. Brashear has led the boys’ basketball program since its inaugural season in 2014. In four years his teams have won 115 games, with undefeated consecutive district championships and reached the regional finals, state semi-finals, state finals, and won the state championship this year after making it to the state championship three consecutive years. In 2018, two of his players were named First Team All State, three players named to the All State Tournament Team, five players named as First Team All District, and seven players received All State Academic Team honors. One of his seniors, Austin Hickle, was named as the TABC 2018 Player of the Year and Hickle and Stuart each earned TABC All State Selections.
As Athletic Director, Brashear has overseen numerous championships at the district, area, regional and state levels. In the 2017-2018 school year, Boys Basketball, Girls Tennis, and Boys Golf won state championships. In addition, Volleyball and Boys Tennis finished their seasons as State Team Runner-Ups. The inaugural football team finished their season as a State Quarterfinalist Team. Twelve athletes were named as First Team All State Selections and 26 athletes were named to the All State Academic Team Selections.
Volleyball, Boys Golf, and Girls Tennis won state championships in 2016-2017 with Boys Basketball finishing as State Runner Up. Eleven athletes were named as First Team All State Selections and 24 athletes earned All State Academic Team honors.
Three state championships highlighted the 2015-2016 year. Girls and Boys Cross Country and Girls Tennis took the state titles while Volleyball, Girls Golf, and Boys Golf finished as State Runner Ups and Boys Track finished the State Tournament in third place. The Boys Basketball team finished their season as State Semifinalist. Seventeen athletes were named as First Team All State Selections with 20 athletes receiving All State Academic Selections.
In 2014-2015, Brashear led the athletic program to earn three state championships (Girls Cross Country, Boys Cross Country, and Boys Golf) and one Girls Tennis State Runner-Up title. That year volleyball and boys basketball won district championships, nine athletes were named as First Team All State, and one athlete was named as All State Academic.