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Newcomer of the Year 2016: Celie Contreras

NICK CASTILLO
Daily Record Sports

San Marcos sophomore libero Celie Contreras broke onto the scene this year with an outstanding season on the volleyball court.  

Contreras broke the Lady Rattlers’ record for most digs in a season with ease at 701.

Contreras sailed by the record, which was previously held by Kat Reeves, who recorded 559 digs in 2015.

The sophomore tallied 100 digs through San Marcos’ first eight games of the season. Contreras said she knew there was a possibility she could break the record after her strong start to the year.

Stuart G. Hoyt, president of the New Braunfels chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, is flanked by Christopher Baker (left) and Jackson Baker of the “Tex” Hill Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol of San Marcos, at the Dec. 17 Wreaths across America ceremony. PHOTO COURTESY OF HAYS COUNTY

Local groups join ‘Wreaths across America’

 Local representatives from the Sons of the American Revolution, Hays County Veteran Services Office and Civil Air Patrol participated Dec. 17 in the National Wreaths across America ceremony at the Hays County Veterans Memorial in San Marcos. The ceremony helps ensures that veterans are not forgotten by placing wreaths at veterans’ graves and announcing their names. The wreath ceremonies take place at Arlington National Cemetery and more than 1,000 other locations on land and sea each December.

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College Football: What Williams does for State

ISHMAEL JOHNSON
Sports Editor

Damian Williams is head coach Everett Withers’ ideal quarterback.

For evidence, all one has to do is look back at Withers’ starting quarterback over two seasons at James Madison, Vad Lee. Lee, like Williams, was a graduate transfer, but from Georgia Tech. Withers nearly snagged him initially at North Carolina when he served as interim head coach.

Lee was a 6-foot-1 225-pound imposing dual-threat who transitioned from Paul Johnson’s triple option to Drew Mehringer’s (and later Brett Elliott’s) power spread at James Madison.

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College Football: Mississippi State's Damian Williams headed to Texas State

ISHMAEL JOHNSON
Sports Editor

Head coach Everett Withers likely has his signal caller for next season.

Mississippi State junior quarterback Damian Williams will join the Bobcats in January, the Daily Record has learned. Williams will enroll as a graduate transfer and will be immediately eligible for the 2017 season.

Williams, who traveled with Mississippi State to the St. Petersburg Bowl and stepped in for one snap during the fourth quarter, announced his intentions to transfer for his final season via Instagram before the Egg Bowl on Nov. 26.

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Men's College Basketball: Is Starwood Texas State's X-Factor?

ISHMAEL JOHNSON
Sports Editor

The solution to Texas State’s big man dilemma may be sitting on its bench.

Against Howard Payne, Bobcat fans caught a glimpse of freshman forward Maxwell Starwood and the high-upside head coach Danny Kaspar has praised since before the season started.

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