In addition to having two players on the all-District 8-4A volleyball first team for 2017, Stephenville also has one of the two Defensive Specialists of the Year as well as the Newcomer of the Year.

Senior libero Hailey Martin of Stephenville and junior Katie Chambers of Midlothian Heritage were voted Co-Defensive Specialists of the Year by the coaches in the seven-team district.

Gabie Lucero, a sophomore at SHS, is the district’s Newcomer of the Year.

Stephenville juniors Jayci Morton, an outside hitter, and Hannah Huckabee, a setter, both were voted first-team all-district. The Honeybees did not have any second-team all-district selections.

The honorable mention players for Stephenville are senior defensive specialist Maren Isham and junior outside hitter Chloe Goodman.

Stephenville finished third in the district standings and was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by Kennedale. Coach Fran Metzger’s Honeybees finished the season at 21-22.

Metzger said that although Martin and Chambers tied in the voting for Co-Defensive Specialists of the Year, all of the coaches realized how skillful Martin was with her ability to come up with digs.

“She deserved it,” Metzger said. “I thought it (the overall voting) was fair. I thought we were very competitive. We had a tough district. I thought we competed well at that level.”

District champion and state semifinalist Glen Rose earned four superlatives — overall Most Valuable Player Logan Smith, Blocker of the Year Libby Hinton, Setter of the Year Emma Bozarth and Coach of the Year Sandy Langford. Glen Rose also landed three players on the first team and two on the second team.

Midlothian Heritage, the district runner-up and a regional finalist, had Hitter of the Year and Server of the Year in addition to Chambers as Co-Defensive Specialist of the Year. Heritage also had two on the first team and three on the second team.

Metzger announced at the end of the season that she will be retiring from coaching at the end of the current school year. She will be coaching the SHS boys and girls tennis teams this spring.

The Honeybees will be losing three seniors to graduation — defensive specialist Kristen Pettit, outside hitter Ashton Garner. Jordan Bailey, a four-year manager for the SHS volleyball team, is also a senior.