Board of Trustees Recognizes 97 State Qualifiers

January 28, 2022 - The Comal Independent School District Board of Trustees honored 97 students during its regular board meeting Thursday. These students were recognized for being State qualifiers in their extra-curricular activities, representing their campuses at the highest level.


The recognitions began with the five Robotics teams which qualified and competed in the State UIL Championship – BEST Robotics Division. These teams represented Canyon Lake High School, Hill Country College Preparatory High School, Pieper High School, Spring Branch Middle School and Smithson Valley High School. Read more about their season here.

All-State Musicians

The next group of students recognized at the meeting were seven high school students who earned the title of All-State Musician through a series of auditions. From Canyon High School, three students earned 5A All-State Band Member titles under the direction of Band Director Steve Vaden. They include Aidan Khus, percussion; Ryan Lopez, percussion; and Kolby Taylor, E-flat clarinet.

From CLHS, two students earned All-State honors under the direction of Band Director Ed Gonzales. They include Nicholas Peters, bass trombone, All-State Jazz; and Burke Jones, bassoon.

From Davenport High School, Lindsay Creel, French horn, earned All-State honors under the direction of Band Director Jeffrey Keyes.

From SVHS, under the direction of Director Richard Helsley, Ellie Kennedy received All-State Orchestra honors and First Chair violin, sitting Concert Mistress. This is quite an achievement. Kennedy is the best in the state.

Cross Country

This fall, the Girls Cross Country team from CHS, coached by Sheila West, completed the season third in district, third in regionals and 10th in the State. Team members include Mariafernanda Bernal, Taylor Cochran, Mackenzie Combs, Gwenyth Crowder, Ava Jeckell, Bridget McDonald, Alexia Tiscareno Macias and Lauren Williams, who was named to the Second Team Academic All-State.

Seven individual cross country athletes qualified for the state meet including two from CLHS; Cadence Patterson and Aleksandur Villavicencio, coached by Cody Schroeder and Chris San Miguel: two from DHS; Maddie Reagan and Rylee Reisdorph, coached by Kristen Kirsch: two from PHS; Noah Conner and Joaquin Flores, who was the top freshman finisher at Region 4-4A Championships and the fifth freshman in the State 4-4A Championships, coached by Jody Hawkins: and Schaefer Robertson from SVHS, coached by Trenton Hall.


The final recognition of the evening was for the 2021 SVHS baseball team, coached by Chad Koehl and Lane Bowman. This Ranger team ended last year’s season during the summer as a State Semi-Finalist with a record of 35 wins and 6 losses along with many individual all-state honors.

In addition, Coach Koehl was named the 2021 Coach of the Year by the San Antonio Area Baseball Coaches Association this fall.

The 2021 Ranger Baseball team members include Timothy Arguello, Garrett Brooks, Cooper Burgess, Jakob Cernohous, Ryan Chaffin, David DeHoyos, Dylan Domel, Jackson Elizondo, MJ Espinoza, Andrew Fagala, John Garza, Zachary Gingrich, Ethan Gonzalez, Cade Hansen, Wyatt Hansen, Greyson Havens, Cameron Hodges, Christian Keller, Jax LeGrand, Caden Meuth, Ryan Ruff, Will Strachan, Brandon Taylor and Kasen Wells.



School Board Recognition Month

Before ending the recognitions for the evening, a special video was played for the trustees thanking them for all they do for the district’s students and staff. January is School Board Recognition Month. View the video here.



-Cross Country state qualifiers were honored during the January Comal ISD Board of Trustees meeting, Jan. 27.

-Seven All-State Musician honorees were recognized during the January Comal ISD Board of Trustees meeting, Jan. 27.

-The 2021 Smithson Valley High School Baseball team was recognized during the January Comal ISD Board of Trustees meeting, Jan. 27.

-Smithson Valley High School Head Baseball Coach Chad Koehl was recognized during the January Comla ISD Board of Trustees meeting, Jan. 27.

-Five robotics teams which qualified for state competition Lanewere recognized during the January Comal ISD Board of Trustees meeting, Jan. 27.


Read more Comal ISD news here.