Grubbs to represent Union Grove for final time in TABC all-star game
Cheyenne Grubbs will leave Union Grove High School as one of the school's most decorated athletes, excelling in nearly every sport offered by the school and helping one program — girls track — earn a state championship.
Union Grove coach J.B. Littlejohn said as impressive as Grubbs has been in athletics, she has been even more of a role model in the classroom.
But, before she heads to the University of Texas, where she has been accepted into the McCombs School of Business, Grubbs will represent the Lions one final time today when she participates in the annual Texas Association of Basketball Coaches All-Star Game in San Antonio.
"I've been coaching for 20 years, and I've never had an all-star," Littlejohn said. "I played on a state-caliber team at Clarksville, and we didn't have an all-star. I've tried to explain to people the magnitude of being selected for this. It's just a rare, selective group she's participating with. It's all done by the TABC and other coaches, and I don't have a way of making it happen. It's pretty impressive."
Grubbs will play in the Class A-4A game. The event is being held in conjunction with the annual TABC Clinic.
The Union Grove standout earned co-MVP honors in District 16-2A after averaging 18 points, 5.4 rebounds, 6.6 steals and 3.2 assists for the season. She averaged 20 points and six steals during the Lady Lions' four playoff games, numbers that Littlejohn said are the best example of the kind of player — and person — Grubbs is.
"To me, one of the most impressive things is the way she is able to prioritize things and to be able to do so many things and do them all well," the coach said.
"I really appreciate her dependability and competitive nature. You could always count on her when it was needed most."
Grubbs helped lead Union Grove to the Class 2A girls state championship in track last weekend. She won gold in the 300 hurdles and was part of the bronze medal 1,600-meter relay team along with Kyra Winn, Hannah Chambliss and sister Summer Grubbs. Cheyenne also qualified for the state meet in the triple jump.
"She's the Valedictorian of her class, and when you add that to the athletic accolades, it's just remarkable," Littlejohn said. "She had opportunities to play Division II basketball, but she just got to the point where she wanted to pursue high-level academics."
Today's game is set for 2 p.m. at Northeast ISD's Blossom Athletic Center in San Antonio.