by Jay Tope
It’s not often that a high school freshman comes in and contributes immediately to the success of several sports, especially at the 5A (now 6A) level. Even rarer does it happen from two freshman twins.
Isabel and Anabel Korrodi have a history of athletic ability since middle school, and it was during summer open gyms and camps a few years ago that some of the Holmes High School coaches started to take notice.
“I could tell right away that these two were going to be very special,” said head volleyball coach Melissa Thrailkill. “I couldn’t wait for them to come to high school.”
Once on the volleyball court, the girls made an immediate impact. Isabel was forced into action right away because the Huskies were in need of a setter. She never left the court the rest of the season. Anabel made an impact of her own, contributing on and off the court; the upperclassmen took the duo in right from the start.
“We knew some of the older girls from open gym, so it was easy to become great teammates,” Isabel explained.
Once volleyball season was over, both went on to basketball season, and both made varsity in that sport as well. In her first year as head basketball coach at Holmes, Dawn Engleman, coming off a hugely successful 12 years at Harlingen South, depended on Isabel and Anabel to help rebuild the Husky girl basketball team.
“They both came right in with a great attitude, studied the game, and have very supportive parents,” said Coach Engleman. “They help motivate the other players in a positive way; Isabel by example, and Anabel being the more vocal of the two.”
Coach Steve Barlow convinced the girls to run track, and after just a few practices both were running six-minute miles. They’ve both committed to cross country this coming fall. Anabel was also participating in the throwing events.
“I didn’t want to run at first, but after I found out I was good at it, I started liking it a lot more,” Anabel stated.
If the last name sounds familiar, yes, they are related to former Harlandale all-city quarterback Toby Korrodi, Class of ’02. He’s the girls’ uncle.
The girls admit to doing pretty much everything together, and love their coaches, stating that they all have different teaching techniques, but are very passionate about their student athletes. That includes softball coach Brian Sandera. You see, Anabel decided to play softball for the first time as a freshman, and made the JV team on an incredibly gifted program.
It’s easy to see why the entire coaching staff at HHS is very excited about the next three years.