There is no doubt about it, the 2013-14 school year was one to remember for Athens ISD.
It is rare when a football team completes a season 10-0, but to have a basketball team from the same school almost pull off the same feat - amazing.
With the 2014-15 school year right around the corner, I take a look back at the record-setting school year that was 13-14 and pick my top moments.
Football records an
While there were a lot of great sports moments from the past year at Athens High School, the top moment came with the school's first undefeated regular season for the first time in school history – with a 56-13 win over the Brownsboro Bears Friday night at Bruce Field on Senior Night. The Hornets can now boast of having won the school’s first undefeated district championship since 1959, when future University of Texas star Duke Carlisle ruled the hive and helped the Hornets to nine consecutive wins.
Logan Fuller breaking two football records
Athens sophomore fullback Logan Fuller broke the school's all time rushing yards mark and the touchdown mark in a season in back-to-back weeks.
With the rushing record, he broke Kenneth Sessions’ record for most rushing yards in a season with a 189-yard, 4-touchdown performance in a 55-20 win over the Mineola Yellowjackets Friday night in Mineola. Sessions’ mark of 1,293 yards, set in 1976, went down on a 14-yard Fuller run in the fourth quarter. Fuller finished the year with 1,540 yards.
During their playoff loss to Chapel Hill, Fuller ran for four touchdowns to run his season total to 25, giving him one more than Kendall Sanders’ 2010 record for most touchdowns in a single season.
Conley throws a no-hitter against Mabank
Senior pitcher Garrett Conley had a night he will never forget against the Mabank Panther in district play
Conley gave the Hornets a no-hitter as they shut out the Mabank Panthers 10-0 in District 15-3A play.
With the win, the Hornets improved to 16-5-1 and 3-0 in district.
Conley had seven strikeouts with no walks. He got Parker Johannessen to strike out for the final out of the game.
He also went 3-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored and a walk.
Impressive numbers by basketball’s Sanders
In four games last season, Sanders had 40 points or more. He scored a season high 47 points against Van in the regular season finale.
He finished out the year with numbers that would make any player jealous.
Sanders averaged 28.2 points per game, 5.0 rebounds per game, 5.0 assists per game and 4.8 steals per game. He also went 109-for-230 on three point field goals for the 29-2 record and an appearance in the regional quarterfinals — where they lost to the Kilgore Bulldogs.
Basketball wins district title without a loss
Coach Gerald Anthony's Hornets finished out the district season with a 78-67 win over the Van Vandals in come-from-behind fashion.
The Hornets (27-1, 10-0 in district) trailed 40-27 at the half, and outscored Van 51-25 in the second half of play.
AHS senior guard Anthony Sanders poured in a game-high 47 points in the victory. Ryan Jefferson scored 14 points – all in the second half of play.
‘Gordo’ Rodriguez sets goal scoring record
Another record within the Athens soccer program was broken as senior Enrique “Gordo” Rodriguez became the top scorer in school history.
Rodriguez scored four goals in the Hornet’s 5-0 win over Mabank on Tuesday night and came into last night’s game against Chapel Hill looking for more.
Rodriguez had 49 career goals — beating the previous mark of Jon David with 48 goals. He recorded 18 goals and four assists during the season.
Lawyer becomes all-time assists leader
For the Athens Lady Hornets, senior center midfielder Gabby Lawyer can now see her name etched in the school’s record book for soccer as she is the career leader in assists with 23.
Lawyer broke the previous record of 20 assists — set by Samantha Harris — in the Lady Hornets 6-0 District 31-4A opening win over the John Tyler Lady Lions at Bruce Field.
During that match, she finished with four assists and said she did not even know about the record until Hornets soccer coach Jonathan Ryal mentioned it to her in conversation.
Hornets wrap up second district championship
The Athens Hornets baseball team shared their second district 15-3A championship with the Mabank Panthers after finishing 8-2 in district play.
The two teams had to play a tiebreaker game to decide seeding with Mabank winning the contest, 4-3, in 10 innings at Grand Saline High School.
The Hornets then lost a competitive bi-district playoff series to the Chapel Hill Bulldogs in three games at Jacksonville High School.
Coach Dallas Robertson's squad finished the year at 22-10-1.
Three athletes compete at state meets
Avery Weinstein, Jose Rodriguez and Cesaleigh Monmouth competed in state meets during the past year in their respective sports.
In diving, Weinstein placed 12th at state diving at the at the University of Texas at Austin. She was in 14th place following the preliminaries
In powerlifting, Rodriguez finished in third place with a lift of 1,005 pounds. He had lifts of 380-pounds in the squat and deadlift and 245 pounds in the bench press.
Monmouth advanced to the state meet but was unable to record a total at the meet.
Sam Smith advances to regional tournament
Freshman Sam Smith advanced to the regional golf tournament as she finished with a 124 total score. Smith went to the tournament as the second medalist from District 15-3A.
At the regional tournament, Smith finished seventh place in the medalist standings. Smith finished 31st out of 93 girls overall for the tournament.
Smith rounded out the tournament with a combined total of 207.