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 third of a three-part series, I’ll look at five of the top male athletes in Little Elm that are returning.
Jorge Aldrete, Baseball, Senior
The two-time all-district first team selection has been a major reason for the Lobos’ success on the diamond over the last couple of seasons. Aldrete has also been named to the all-state team each season as well with his ability to standout both offensively at the plate and as a starting pitcher.
As a junior, Aldrete hit .410 with five doubles and also went 5-3 with a 3.10 ERA as Little Elm’s No. 2 pitcher in the starting rotation.
Tyrese Powe, Football, Senior
Powe is another Lobo who has contributed a great deal ever since he was a sophomore and has received plenty of high praise from head football coach Kendrick Brown.
Brown believes his 6-foot-1 defensive end has the potential to have an MVP-caliber year in his senior campaign and has already received a Division I offer from Hawaii.
Ryan Watts, Football, Senior
Before even playing a single snap in his senior season, Watts is already undoubtedly the most recruited football player to come out of Little Elm, and if it wasn’t for RJ Hampton, Watts would probably be the most coveted player ever to come out of the high school.
The Oklahoma commit made a name for himself shortly after the 2018 season came to an end after he reeled an offer after offer from the likes of Texas, Ohio State and Stanford before ultimately committing to Oklahoma this past spring.
Frayner Chavez, Baseball, Junior
While his older brother,Frainyer, is off making a name for himself in the minor leagues with the Hickory Crawdads, the Class-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, Frayner is attempting to compile a full season together with the Lobos.
Chavez has the potential to perhaps be an even better high school player than his brother, but has suffered injuries that kept him out for a significant amount of time in both his freshman and sophomore seasons. If Chavez can remain healthy next season, he is more than capable of producing an MVP year.
John Mateer, Football, Sophomore
Mateer was thrown into the fire midseason in 2018 after the Lobos struggled at the quarterback position to begin the year. Although he wasn’t able to lead Little Elm into the playoffs after an 0-2 district start, Mateer is a rare talent that can land the Lobos back into the postseason sooner rather than later.