Unicorn Varsity Banquet Awards & Scholarships

On Tuesday night, the NBHS All Sports Booster Club held their annual Varsity Athletic Banquet. All UIL varsity teams were recognized for their accomplishments this season. In addition, the following athletes received Individual awards:

The NBHS ALL Sports Booster Club Scholarship Award:

Our first recipient played basketball 4 years at NBHS, as well as participated and excelled in multiple organizations like DECA and the Blue Crew. He received accolades including the KSAT 12 Scholar Athlete of the Week, Academic All State, and will graduate in the top 10% of his class. Attending Texas A&M to study Engineering, please help us congratulate Dustin Paulos.
Dustin Paulos


Our next recipient is a four-year starter and 2 year captain for the varsity soccer team. Her standout career as a defender, earning her all district honors, has allowed her to continue her soccer play for Schreiner University. Also graduating in the top 10% of her class, congratulations to Jennifer Trevino.
Jennifer Trevino

While this four-year varsity swim team member’s accolades abound, including holding 7 NBHS high school swim records, equally impressive is her work out of the pool. Serving as a National Ambassador for Texas for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and receiving the Community Hero Award by Christus Santa Rosa and Rising Star Award by the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, Shayna Underwood is bound for great things as she continues to swim collegiately for the University of Arkansas at Littlerock. Congratulations, Shayna!

Shayna UnderwoodAs our next recipient, this young lady has been vital to the success of the NBHS soccer team earning her many awards, as well as serving as Team Captain for the last two years. Off the field, she has also been an example of dedication to the less fortunate, working with at-risk students and coaching a youth soccer team. This recipient will be continuing her soccer play at the University of Texas – San Antonio. Join us in congratulating Rebekah Kensing.

Rebekah KensingAs a captain of the NBHS Varsity Swim team and member of the Blue Crew, this recipient earned many awards for his work in the pool, including 25-5A Male Athlete of the Year, and out of the pool, including the New Braunfels Trust Award and DECA state finalist. Graduating number 7 in his class, Tyler Buck will continue swimming for the Colorado School of Mines in the fall. Congratulations, Tyler!

Tyler BuckFor her work on the volleyball court, this next recipient has received awards and honors including Team Captain and Academic All State. Very impressively, our next recipient will graduate number 5 in her class and further her education at Texas A&M University where she will study Atmospheric Science and Meteorology. Please help us congratulate Shelby Edwards.

Shelby Edwards

As a team member of the varsity volleyball team, this next recipient also earned Academic All State honors. Additionally, she has served in numerous community activities with her church and various schools and non-profit organizations. Graduating in the top 10% of her class, Taylor Coronado will continue her education at Texas A&M University to study nursing or work towards being a Physician’s Assistant. Congratulations, Taylor!

Taylor Coronado

Our next recipient’s athletic achievements have taken him to other parts of the world including China where he represented the United States in the U.S. Junior Golf Tournament. As a golfer for the NBHS golf team, he was a MVP for the Men’s Varsity Golf Team and District 25-5A District Champion for 3 years. He will continue to play golf collegiately for Belmont University in the fall. Please congratulate Parker Buck.

Parker Buck

As a four-year letter winner for both track and cross country, our next recipient has made her mark in the sport and in her community. As a runner, this recipient was a 4 time state qualifier in cross country, a Nike National Team cross country qualifier, Honorable All-State Cross Country, San Antonio Express News All Area Cross Country to name a few. Off the course or track, this recipient has devoted countless hours of volunteer work. Please help me congratulate, Keomi Hamlin as our next scholarship recipient. Keomi will continue running for the St. Edward’s University Cross Country team.

Keomi HamlinAs a member of the varsity volleyball, basketball, track, and cross country teams, our final scholarship recipient has been named a Time Warner Scholar Athlete, a member of the 6A All-State Volleyball Team, Academic All State, a Herald’s Top 10 athlete, All-District Cross Country, First Team All District Basketball, SA Express News 6A All Area Volleyball team, and KSAT 12 Scholar Athlete. Additionally, she is graduating in the top 10% of her class and has chosen to continue her volleyball play at the University of Texas – San Antonio. Please congratulate Amanda Gonzales.

Amanda Gonzales









Gary Simon Memorial Scholarship Award:
Connor Kaufmann

Connor Kaufmann Gary Simon Award

True Blue Award:
Shelby Edwards
Shelby Edwards True Blue









Outstanding Female Athlete:
Amanda Gonzales

Amanda Gonzales Outstanding FemaleOutstanding Male Athlete: Matt McGehee
Outstanding Male Athlete









All photos are courtesy of Every Moment Counts Photo Booth.

Unicorn Tennis Competing at State Tourney Tuesday & Wednesday

The Unicorn Tennis team, as per usual, will be well represented in the UIL 6A State Tennis Tournament on Tuesday & Wednesday in College Station.
Here are a list of the Unicorn tennis players who will compete at state:
Austin Moninger / Josh Van Winkle – Boys Doubles
Cole Davis / Paco Bendana – Boys Doubles
Sammi Gillas – Girls Singles
Alejandro Caviedes / Hunter Blesser – Mixed Doubles
Henry Gordon / TJ Fumagalli – Mixed Doubles

Get the brackets here.

Also, check out this feature article in the San Antonio Express News on Freshman Sammi Gillas. The article also mentions teammate TJ Fumagalli. 

Unicorn Alum – Best Pole Vaulter in the World for 2015

If you haven’t been keeping up with New Braunfels alum, Demi Payne, better late than never. She has not only set and broke her own indoor NCAA record multiple times – also breaking  the national indoor pole vault record in the process – she now has set and broke her own outdoor record multiple times in the last 2 months! It also should be noted that she is currently tied for the best pole vaulting mark IN THE WORLD so far in 2015.

Get more information on Demi Payne here.

Watch the record breaking interview here:


7 Unicorns Ink Letters of Commitment to Compete in College Athletics

These athletes’ combination of dedication, talent, and hard work have enabled them to see success both in athletics as well as in the classroom to the degree that they will do so at the collegiate level next season!

Kyle Waldrip signed a letter of intent to play golf for McLennan Community College.

Bottom row- Kristina Waldrip (Mother), Kyle Waldrip, Jim Waldrip (father) Top row- Coach Glenn Phair, Jessica Waldrip (sister)


Elisa Guillen signed a letter of intent to play tennis at St. Edwards University.

Elisa Guillen, Bernardo Hirsch (step-father) Top Row- Coach David Mueller, Coach Paula Beaugh (sister), Kalah Hurst (sister), Cassie Crawford (sister), Phil Hendrie (Newks Academy).


Keomi Hamlin received an athletic and academic scholarship to St. Edwards University and will be running  cross-country and track.

Bottom Row- Michael Hamlin (father) Keomi Hamlin, Michelle Hamlin (mother) Top Row- Coach Lee Datesman, Stone Hamlin (brother) Brendan Forsman (brother), Coach Chelsea Harvey.


Jennifer Mendez signed with Abilene Christian University (ACU) to play volleyball as a Wildcat.

Bottom Row- Linda Mendez (mother), Jennifer Mendez, Joseph Mendez (father) Top Row- Jamie Blair (club coach) Coach Robin Gerlich, Coach Bree Holz-Gonzales.


Tyler Buck received an academic scholarship and will be swimming for the Colorado School of Mines.

Front Row- Keith Buck (father), Tyler Buck, Anne Buck (mother) Back row- Coach Doug Konomos, Carol Rettele (club swim coach), Jenna Buck (sister).


Parker Buck signed a letter of intent to play golf for Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Pictured bottom row- Amy Buck (mother) Parker Buck, Kris Buck (father) TOP row- Coach Glenn Phair, Paige Buck (sister) Kay Buck (grandma) Bill Buck (Grandpa) Jude Johnson.


Brittany Cruz received an athletic scholarship to West Texas A&M (WTAMU) and will be playing  softball.

Pictured left-right: Eno Cruz(father), Valarie Cruz(Mom), Brittany Cruz, Jacob Cruz (brother), Bree Cruz (sister).

Tennis State Tournament Qualifiers

Congratulations to the following qualifiers for the State Tennis Tournament in College Station on May 12-13:

Girls Singles: Sammi Gillas
Mixed Doubles: TJ Fumagalli and Henry Gordon
Mixed Doubles: Alejandro Cavids and Hunter Blesser
Boys Doubles: Cole Davis and Paco Bendana
Boys Doubles: Austin Moninger and Josh Van Winkle

More Info: http://www.nbisd.org/default.aspx?name=pi.sportsblog14&a=196