Banner Senior Year for Hebron Volleyball Standout Banner Rodgers

by BoCarter | Posted on Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Banner Rodgers

By Bo Carter

CARROLLTON, Texas – It literally has been a banner year for Hebron High School and Honorable Mention All-State volleyball standout Banner Rodgers.

Besides helping the Hawks’ volleyball team to a 37-12 overall record in 2013 as one of the top liberos statewide, Rodgers paced a solid defensive effort that took HHS four games deep into the state playoffs before they fell to Southlake Carroll in the Class 5A Region finals.

The senior and her teammates also had the satisfaction of being ranked 11th in the state and 57th nationally by MaxPreps.

But the daughter of Tiffany and Phil Rodgers accomplished almost as much off the court as she did in helping her squad achieve Texas and national recognition.

Carrying a 4.1 grade point average, she signed a volleyball scholarship for 2014-5 with Indiana Wesleyan in Marion, Ind., of the Crossroads League and hopes to pursue a career as a special education teacher and administrator. Her academic achievements include several advanced placement collegiate courses in English and Spanish.

The dedicated senior also is grateful to her parents, many coaches and those who have encouraged her throughout a stellar career.

“I’ve been privileged to have such wonderful coaches throughout my volleyball career who have pushed me mentally and physically to become a better player and person on and off the court,” she said. “My high school coach, Karin Keeney taught me to never accept mediocrity and if I want something I need to work hard for it. I’ve also been blessed to have an amazing, competitive club coach at Excel Volleyball Club, Jamie Siegel (Colleyville Heritage High School head coach), who has most recently been honored to be one of the top three in the sports category for the John C. Maxwell Leadership Award.”

Banner Rodgers knows that Indiana Wesleyan will be a great fit for her volleyball talents and intellect.

“I was drawn to IWU at first from the emails I received by assistant coach Dan Priest starting my sophomore year,” she stated. “They were very nice and welcoming making me feel very special and wanted. Once I visited the campus my junior year and met all the coaches and players, it sealed the deal. Head coach Candace Moats was very open and treated me more than just a player. It was like I was family. It was a beautiful campus and all of the students were kind and went out of their way to be nice to me. Also, I enjoyed that everything at IWU was centered around Christ which is important to me.”

That solid character and beliefs also helped Banner make a life decision to assist with two international mission trips to South Sudan and Amazon-Brazil through her church, Prestonwood, in Plano, Texas.

It might take a few days to chronicle Banner Rodgers’ accomplishments, but here are some of the highlights.

The 5-7 senior and four-year letterwinner for coach Karin Keeney’s highly-touted Hebron program served as 2013 team co-captain, was District 5-5A Defensive Player of the Year, was 5-5A Academic and on-court All-District, Hebron High Defensive Player of the Year, and Lone Star Publications All-Texas Special Mention in addition to her Texas Sports Writers Association Honorable Mention laurels in ’13.

Vype magazine named Banner to its DFW All-Area team, its Queens of the Court squad, the All-DFW 100 Must-See Players, and first team All-Denton County (one of the state’s most competitive areas) first team in 2013. She also earned Dallas Morning News Players to Watch and second team All-Area honors as a senior,

The Hebron star had a fistful of junior season honors leading up to the solid senior campaign as well. Her 2012 ledger included Lonestar Volleyball magazine Outstanding Libero of the Year Honorable Mention, and was All-Denton County, Hebron’s Best Defensive Player Award as a junior, and a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association National Phenom List.

As a freshman libero, she started the year on the junior varsity and was elevated to varsity status as the Hawks took the Texas 5A state title and had Keeney’s teams in contention for state honors as a sophomore in 2011 (District 8-5A and 5A area champions. During her junior season in 2012 the Hawks racked up both the Bi-District and Area team titles before her senior Region semifinals’ appearance and quarterfinal District tourney championship.

Banner also has enjoyed an accomplished club career while competing in the Under-15 and U-16 Instinct Girls Junior National Championships tournament and helped her U-17 team capture second place in the U-17 American GJNC tournament.

In both 2013 and ’14 she starred with the Excel Volleyball Club and will be traveling with her club team in the next few months to Indianapolis and Minneapolis for national qualifier tournaments.

In addition, the Hebron standout will start her college career as an assistant in July 2014 with the IWU Summer Volleyball Camps. She also hopes to accompany the Wildcat volleyball team before the season begins in mid-August on a special mission trip to assist families in the Appalachian Mountains.

And as Banner Rodgers, whose legacy includes a trophy case full of team and individual honors at Hebron High School, moves onto the new chapter of her volleyball life at Indiana Wesleyan, there is a great chance that her legacy as a high school standout will create some new legends at IWU and beyond in coming seasons.

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