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Stories from The Trail

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Damara Allen – Commited D1 for basketball






Damara Allen, D1 University of Texas San Antonio’s newest shooting guard and power forward.










Allen explains why she chose UTSA, “I committed there because I felt a home vibe from the school and it had a good feeling. They had a good coaching staff and I really liked the team and where it’s located in Texas.” said Allen.







As a senior Allen wants to primarily focus on playing above expectations for her last year on Cherokee Trails girls basketball team. 







Allen’s mom, Mrs. Allen, is an English teacher here at the trial. She talks about Allen’s current year, “I think her focus is more on this year than the next year, right now.”. And her current commitment, “I’m happy that she committed and I think she’s happy with the school that she committed to.”




How does someone get to this level? Mrs. Allen explains what it looks like from her view, “Hard. work. Oh, goodness. She trains all the time. She watches the team that she committed to UTSA. She visits with her coach, she texts her coach.”. Vs. through Allen’s view, “Basketball is hard. It’s ups and downs, but it’s been really fun and I’ve been playing since I was in third grade. It’s been hard, but good.”






Allen’s parents have been supportive throughout the long commitment journey, Mrs. Allen states, “We accompanied her to all of her visits, but we didn’t have any input as far as which school she would choose. That was completely up to her.” said Mrs. Allen.






Allen states her feelings on finally becoming committed after the long process, “I feel very relieved since the process has been happening. It’s been a lot of pressure off me and I’m just able to play my senior season.” said Allen.







Coach Tammi Statewright considered Allen the team’s ‘silent assassin’. “She is a team captain that plays multiple roles on the team but is not the most vocal. She is an amazing player and fantastic teammate on Cherokee Trails Girls basketball helping them with their journey to winning state” said Statewright






The Lady Cougars currently have a record of 13-2 with more wins coming.

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Haley Hume
Haley Hume, Staff Reporter
Haley Hume is a sophomore at Cherokee Trail High School. She plays volleyball for her highschool, she also plays volleyball for her club Front Range. She loves to hang out with her friends, whether that is doing something outside of the house or just watching a movie in her room. If you are looking for her you could find her at the volleyball court, with her puppies, or talking with her friends.
Lily Buttshaw
Lily Buttshaw, Staff Reporter
Lily Buttshaw is a new member for the Trail Media program this year. She is a sophomore student athlete for Cherokee Trail. Lily is a second year varsity athlete as a sophomore and is also a part of the “Be Kind” campaign at school, although she is new to this campaign, she is hopeful and excited to see what it brings to the community!    In her free time, Lily loves to hangout with her softball teammates and go try new things with her friends. Lily also loves to listen to music and spend time with her mom. Although this is her first year in the Trail Media program, she is very excited to see what she can do, explore new topics, and learn new things with amazing people in this 2023-2024 school year.

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