ATHLETE OF THE WEEK — Blakely Brooks, 11th grade, Port Neches-Groves High School

Published 12:26 am Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Port Neches-Groves High junior Blakely Brooks started playing volleyball in the seventh grade, playing at first was only a hobby.

As she improved, she got more serious by taking private lessons and working harder during the offseason.

She is now a right-side hitter, and this is her third year on varsity.

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Blakely, 16, says the team is clicking well and she feels comfortable with her teammates because they have the same goal and share the same mindset to achieve a deep run in the playoffs.

“Blakely has been such a big presence on the court for us throughout preseason,” PNG coach Allie McDaniel said.

“She comes to practice, takes in coaching and makes all the necessary changes to have success. I think that’s why she’s been so impactful for us offensively.”

The Athlete of the Week honor is sponsored by Town & Country Ford. Learn more at 409-332-4755.