Trinity School's Houston named TAPPS Female Athlete of the Year
June 23, 2014 at 5:28 p.m.
Lowery Houston capped a busy and productive high school career with one of the state's top honors.
Houston, who played tennis, basketball and volleyball at Trinity School of Texas during her senior year, has been named the TAPPS (Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools) 1A Female Athlete of the Year.
Athletes are selected by the TAPPS Athletic Executive Committee based on nominations from around the state.
"It's a very high honor for her, for the school and the athletic program," Trinity School athletic director Thomas Emerson said. "She's the first athlete in school history to be named Player of the Year. It puts our school on the map. There are very few TAPPS 1A schools in East Texas, and it's huge for a kid in this region to be named to that list."
Houston, who was also head cheerleader at TST and danced five nights per week during her senior year, said she has no plans to cut back on her busy schedule. She will attend the University of Texas in the fall, and will try out for the school's intercollegiate club volleyball team.
"Now, I know after doing everything I did in high school I can fill my schedule up and finish stuff," Houston said. "Even though it's hard and there were times I didn't think I could do it, I now know I can finish strong. It was a good eye opener for me."
Houston began her senior season by helping lead Trinity School to a TAPPS District 3-1A volleyball championship, earning district most valuable player honors after recording 234 kills, 50 aces, 212 assists and 244 digs.
Trinity School finished the season with a 22-11 record, including a perfect run in district play, and Houston was selected to play in the Lone Star Christian Sports Network All-Star Volleyball Game in Houston for the second year in a row.
Switching gears to basketball, Houston earned TAPPS District 3-1A Defensive Player of the Year honors and honorable mention All-East Texas accolades after averaging 9.5 points, 11.4 rebounds, 4.0 steals, 1.4 assists and 2.2 blocks per game.
In the spring, Houston teamed up with Amelia Abernathy to finish second at the TAPPS 1A State Tennis Tournament for the second year in a row.
"Lowery is a great kid, and she's one of the best athletes to every come out of this school," Emerson said. "I don't see anything she can't do as far as sports or in the classroom."
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