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Five seniors earn FHS’ highest accolades, several named Iron Man, Woman

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  • Fredericksburg High School announced its annual Athletes of the Year. The following FHS seniors won the award, including from left, Troy Kneese, Aleah Constantine, Jaci Spies, Avery Stephens and Tucker Elliott. — Submitted photo
    Fredericksburg High School announced its annual Athletes of the Year. The following FHS seniors won the award, including from left, Troy Kneese, Aleah Constantine, Jaci Spies, Avery Stephens and Tucker Elliott. — Submitted photo
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Fredericksburg High School athletics ended its bittersweet 2019-2020 year by announcing its end-of-year award winners.

FHS didn’t get to finish soccer, baseball, softball, tennis, golf or track and field due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Five athletes took home Athlete of the Year honors. They are:

• Senior Troy Kneese — Kneese led FHS’ varsity boys’ cross country team to the UIL Class 4A State Cross Country Meet in Round Rock and finished in 36th place. He also qualified for the 4A State Swimming and Diving Meet for a third straight year and had top five marks in several individual track and field events before the season ended due to COVID-19 pandemic concerns.

• Senior Tucker Elliott — Elliott was the starting quarterback for FHS’ varsity football team that finished 6-5 and in second place in District 14-4A DI. He also started for FHS’ co-District 28-4A championship varsity boys’ basketball team that went on a 33-game winning streak and played for the varsity baseball team.

• Senior Jaci Spies — Spies played for FHS’ back-to-back Class 4A State Team Tennis Tournament championship winners and also won a letter in varsity volleyball. She also played varsity individual tennis in the spring.

• Senior Aleah Constantine — Constantine was set to qualify for four individual track and field events before COVID-19 concerns wiped out track’s postseason. The Incarnate Word signee also ran a leg on FHS’ 4x400-meter relay team that had a good chance of making the 4A State Track and Field Championships for a third year. She also ran on FHS’ varsity girls’ cross country team.

• Senior Avery Stephens — Stephens won a second straight 4A state championship for FHS team tennis in the fall and played varsity individual tennis in the spring. The Hendrix College signee also played a key role on the varsity volleyball team.

Nine FHS athletes were named Iron Man for earning three varsity letters in 2019-2020: senior Troy Kneese, cross country, swimming, track and field; senior Tucker Elliott, football, basketball, baseball; senior Cristian Avilez, football, powerlifting, track and field; senior Hunter Metzger, football, powerlifting, baseball; and Joshua Wienecke, football, basketball and track and field; junior Gavin French, football, power-lifting, track and field; senior Lorenzo Garcia, football, powerlifting, track and field; sophomore Jorge Lopez, team tennis, soccer, individual tennis; and junior Thomas Wainwright, team tennis, soccer, individual tennis.

Eight female athletes earned Iron Woman awards: sophomore Avery Crouse, cross country, basketball, track and field; junior Anna Gold, cross country, basketball, track and field; junior Karina Gonzalez, team tennis, soccer, individual tennis; sophomore Amie Pyka, cross country, soccer, track and field; sophomore Landri Sagebiel, volleyball, powerlifting, track and field; senior Emilia Smajstrla, team tennis, powerlifting, individual tennis; senior Jaci Spies, team tennis, volleyball, individual tennis; and senior Avery Stephens, team tennis, volleyball, individual tennis.