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Here are the candidates for SBLive’s Texas High School Athlete of the Week for Feb. 21-27 as nominated by fans, readers and SBLive’s staff. Read through the nominees and cast your vote at the bottom of the page. Voting will conclude on Sunday at 11:59 p.m and the winner will be announced Monday, Mar. 7. If you would like to nominate an athlete, please email or tag us on Twitter or Instagram at @sblivetx.


Editor’s Note: Our Athlete of the Week feature and corresponding poll is intended to be fun, and we do not set limits on how many times a fan can vote during the competition. However, we do not allow votes that are generated by script, macro or other automated means. Athletes that receive votes generated by script, macro or other automated means will be disqualified.


Coleson Messer, Highland Park

Messer scored a game-high 16 points in a 67-23 win over Waco University in the opening round of the Class 5A playoffs.

Deon Williams, San Antonio Brennan

Williams scored 25 points to lead San Antonio Brennan past Weslaco, 70-40, in the Region IV-6A Area Championship.

Gernarius Edwards, Forney 

Edwards scored a game-high 22 points in a dominant 91-50 opening round playoff win over Joshua.

Chancellor White, Foster

The senior point guard scored 28 points in a 68-53 Region III-6A bi-district playoff win over Houston Sterling.

PJ Haggerty, Crosby

The TCU commit scored 38 points in a 90-77 playoff win over Marshall.

KyeRon Lindsay, Denton Guyer

Lindsay dropped 27 points in Denton Guyer's 73-60 playoff win over Lewisville.

Drew Steffe, Frisco Memorial 

The Texas Tech commit had 19 points in a 71-64 upset win over second-ranked Lancaster.

Mark Rucha, Richland

The junior guard dropped a team-high 28 points in Richland's playoff win against Arlington Seguin.

Rylan Griffen, Richardson

Griffen scored 15 points and six rebounds to lead Richardson past Allen, 65-61, in the area championship. 

Karson Templin, Lovejoy

The junior forward scored 18 points in Lovejoy's area championship win over Woodrow Wilson.


Sa'Myah Smith, DeSoto

The LSU commit recorded 17 points in a 60-47 6A Region II final win over Duncanville. With the victory, the Eagles (33-2) are headed to the Texas (UIL) state tournament for the third time in four years.

Jada Celsur, Martins Mill

The senior had a game-high 24 points in a 64-51 win over Douglass to book a return trip to the 2A state tournament. 

Gisella Maul, Cedar Park 

Maul dropped 26 points to lead top-ranked Cedar Park to a 59-35 win over Veterans Memorial

Emma Hubbard, Liberty Hill

Hubbard scored 15 points to lead Liberty Hill to a 44-39 overtime victory over Flour Bluff in the Class 5A girls basketball regional semifinals.

Adhel Tac, South Grand Prairie

Tac had 12 points in a 47-35 playoff win over Denton Braswell.

Victoria Flores, Duncanville

The junior recorded 23 points in a 72-48 regional quarterfinals win over Conroe.

Jazzy Owens-Barnett, Frisco Liberty

The Rice commit had 19 points to lead Frisco Liberty past Red Oak, 56-27, in the regional semifinals.

Jasmyn Lott, Frisco Memorial 

The UNLV commit scored 22 points in a 56-45 playoff win against North Forney.

Jorja Elliott, Lake Dallas

The UIW commit dropped 30 points in a 65-53 playoff win over Lubbock Monterey.

Kennedy Evans, Braswell

The sophomore guard recorded 16 points in a 44-35 regional semifinal win over L.D. Bell.