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Looking at five of the top female returners in Little Elm

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Junior Austyn Applewhite

Junior Austyn Applewhite, pictured, should take on a bigger role next season with the departures of players like Reagan Dykes, Amaya Grace and Kiki Molinar.

Some of the more entertaining aspects of covering high school sports in the Metroplex are the interactions – both personal and as a spectator – with athletes.

During my time, I have had the opportunity to profile and follow the career paths of some worthy athletes in Little Elm, and it’s time to look at some of the students who were downright impressive this past season.

In the second of a three-part series, I’ll look at five of the top female athletes in Little Elm that are returning.

 

Jordan Johnson, Volleyball, Senior

The Lady Lobos experienced a bit of a down year in 2018 with a younger squad, but many of those players gained some big-time experience last season.

One of those players was Johnson, who head coach Amber Hughes said is the “rock” of the team at libero. There are very few limits on where she’ll go after a ball and she will be a defensive stud for a program poised for a potential breakout year.

Senior libero Jordan Johnson

Senior libero Jordan Johnson is poised to be one of the top defensive players for the Lady Lobos this season.

Austyn Applewhite, Soccer, Junior

The Lady Lobos made history on the pitch by winning their first-ever district title and young players like Applewhite had a great deal to do with that.

Applewhite finished the district slate with four goals and two assists, and she and others like senior Landri Townsend should keep Little Elm in the mix once again for another district crown.

Lauren Lucas, Softball and Volleyball, Senior

Lucas has been a force to be reckoned with on the diamond since her freshman year and is coming off of her best season yet, as she was named District 8-5A co-MVP alongside All-American Jayda Coleman.

Lauren Lucas

Lauren Lucas was named Co-MVP of District 8-5A this past season as a junior and led the Lady Lobos to the regional tournament.

Her stats speak for itself with seven home runs, 63 RBIs, a .643 batting average and pitching numbers that rivaled some of the top pitchers in the entire state.

With Lucas back in the circle again for her senior season, the Lady Lobos are a threat to make a run at a state title once again in 2020.

Georgia Heathcock, Softball, Sophomore

Lucas’ teammate on the softball field came in and made an instant impact as just a freshman after steering away from her natural position of third baseman to catcher.

Heathcock finished second on the team in home runs with four, RBIs with 43 and doubles with eight while batting cleanup.

With her and Lucas returning along with others like Micayla Roy, Alyssa Adams and Melissa Adams, Little Elm should be right there once again with The Colony in the district standings.

Kennadi Harris, Basketball, Volleball and Track and Field, Senior

Lucas might very well be the most dominant athlete returning to Little Elm next season, but perhaps the most dynamic athlete coming back is Kennadi Harris.

Harris excelled in basketball, volleyball and in track and field last season and can be seen in a few months terrorizing opponents on the net in volleyball both offensively and defensively.

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