By CLINT FOSTER
It doesn't happen often, but every once in a while an athletic family comes around that inspires everyone who sees them play.
In the NFL, Peyton and Eli Manning have combined for three Super Bowl championships in five appearances. Reggie Miller made his mark in the NBA in the 1990s, while his sister, Cheryl, put together a career that has led many to call her the greatest women's basketball player of all time. And the Molina brothers in Major League Baseball – Bengie, Yadier and Jose – have the distinction of being the only sibling trio in MLB history to each win a World Series ring.
Mineral Wells lays claim to its own athletic family, still in the midst of a meteoric rise, who have been wowing and inspiring all who've seen them, not only by their tremendous talent on the baseball and softball diamonds, but also by the strength of their character off the field.
Three siblings make up the incredible Allen family: Bryson, the oldest, Bethany, the middle child and only girl, and Braxton, the youngest.
They may be short in stature, but put a glove or a bat in their hands and each becomes an absolute giant.
By the numbers, each of the Allens was the best player on their respective teams this past season.
In his second and final season at Seward County Community College in Kansas, Bryson led his team in batting average (.430), on-base percentage (.530) and slugging (.772) while hitting 10 doubles, four triples and three home runs and knocking in 23 RBIs in just 23 games.
As a senior at Mineral Wells High School, Bethany captained the Lady Rams to their best season in school history and a second-straight area championship, all the while leading the team in batting average (.547), extra-base hits (26), stolen bases (37) and runs scored (76). She only struck out once all year.