Athletes to watch in 2019

Many of the Houston-area high school athletes who thrilled sports fans in 2018 will return to the field and court in 2019. Some will continue to cross over and excel in more than one sport. Here’s a look at student-athletes to watch.

Zach Evans, North Shore, football

As one of the brightest stars on a team loaded with them, Zach Evans made his presence felt in both his sophomore campaign last year and junior campaign this season. The sky is the limit for Evans, who is now considered one of the top three running backs in the nation for the 2020 class by multiple recruiting databases.

Demond Demas, North Forest, football/basketball/track

Texas A&M University commit Demond Demas is lightning in a bottle. On the football field Demas displays his physicality and long jump abilities running through or leaping over defenders for touchdowns. On the hardwood, Demas seems to pull at least one Zion Williamson-type dunk every game. On the track and field, Demas is considered a front runner for the state championship in the long jump, 100-meter sprint and 4×100-meter relays.

Devon Achane, Marshall, football/track

Speed kills when you see Achane do what he does best – finding ways to score touchdowns. It seems that almost every time he touches the football you expect him to score no matter the down and distance. On the track, Achane is really able to show off his speed by helping by helping his 4×100-meter team secure a state title in seasons past. 

Malik Hornsby, Marshall, football/track

Now that Hornsby has more talent around him at Marshall, expectations are higher for the junior quarterback in 2019. Fans should also expect to see Hornsby improve his already top-notch speed as he joins a state championship caliber track and field program in spring.  

Kailei Collins, Cypress Ranch, track

Track fans can look forward to seeing 100-meter and 200-meter dash runner Collins close out a stellar high school career this season as the spring draws near. Collins took home both the 100-meter and 200-meter gold at the Victor Lopez Classic last year.

Kayla Carter, Westside, volleyball

When Carter spikes a ball, it looks like speeding bullet coming at you on the volleyball court. Her height, agility and power give fans something to see when Carter is in action. Coach Andre King has helped develop Carter’s game each year making her a player to watch in 2019.

Micah Peavy, Duncanville, basketball 

The 6-foot-5 sophomore guard is a threat attacking the basket and creating offense for himself and others. He has a wet jumper that he probably worked on with his father, David Peavy, who just happens to be his head coach. Coaches’ sons are often some of the best players on the team and Peavy is no exception.

Donovan Williams, Elkins, basketball 

Williams, a talented senior shooting guard currently committed to the University of Texas, possesses a quick Harden-esque first step that allows him to get to the basket with little to no difficulty. Williams’ mid-range shooting game is also a big deal. 

Joquarius Valrie, Yates, basketball 

The long-armed, 6-foot-1 guard can rebound, defend, distribute and shoot from long range. He came off the bench last season as the sixth and seventh man in the rotation. It would be good to see how Valrie’s game develops with more minutes as a starter in his senior year. 

Telisha Brown, Wheatley, basketball

Brown looked like the female A.I. – Allen Iverson – at times last year grabbing points in bunches. Brown has big shoes to fill this year after coming off of a deep state championship run last season. Expect Brown and teammate guard Laila Blair to form one of the better backcourts in the area by season’s end.