Houston, June 20, 2017Dr. F. Alex Schroeder, orthopedic surgeon at Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine at West, threw the ceremonial first pitch at the Father’s Day Astros baseball game on Sunday, June 18. Schroeder’s wife and two children cheered him on as he threw a strike with ease.

Schroeder and his family have been fans of the Astros for as long as he can remember, so not only was he excited by this opportunity but was also impressed by the whole experience.

“I played baseball growing up, and I have spent a lot of time as an assistant coach for my kids’ select baseball and softball teams,” said Schroeder. “The key to staying on top of my game is remembering to stretch and properly warm up before and after physical activity. Despite my competitive spirit, I know it’s important to not throw too hard or too often because that can also lead to shoulder injuries.”

Shoulder overuse is a common injury for avid athletes and weekend warriors alike. In children and adolescents, overuse injuries usually occur due to overtraining in one specific sport. For adults, overuse injuries often occur when they do too much in too few workouts; improper technique and improper use of equipment are also both factors. Cross training, stretching, proper technique and consulting a trainer or physical therapist can help alleviate the risk of overuse injuries at all ages.

Schroeder is an experienced orthopedic surgeon with a focus on knee and shoulder problems. He provides minimally invasive repair and reconstructive procedures allowing for reduced pain and quicker recovery. To schedule an appointment at Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine at West, visit or call 832.522.BONE (2663).

About Houston Methodist West Hospital

Houston Methodist West Hospital is committed to leading medicine in the West Houston and Katy communities by delivering the Houston Methodist standard of high quality, advanced technology and personalized care. The growing campus offers nearly 200 beds and access to the most innovative medical and surgical care available, including robotic and minimally invasive surgery, full-spectrum heart care, state-of-the-art imaging, cancer care, labor and delivery with a level II neonatal ICU, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics and sports medicine, outpatient rehabilitation, and 24/7 emergency services. For more information, visit

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by Tom Behrens

Region and State …

Tompkins and Cinco Ranch girls produced seven of the honorees. The Cougars had three First-Team players in senior defender Lilly Bravenec, senior mid-fielder Shaylee Anaya and sophomore forward Ali Russell.
Senior midfielder Mary Brodeur took all Region III-6A first team honors for the Cougars.
Tompkins was led by First Team selection Cailey Croson. Senior midfielder, JoAnnie Ramos amassed 14 goals and seven assists. Barbara Olivieri made the All-State Second Team as a freshman. She had 18 goals and nine assists. Junior midfielder Kayla Ruopp received honorable mention All-State.
Seven Lakes was led by senior forward Morgan Proffitt, First Team All-Region; junior midfielder Sydni Dusek, Region III-6A received Honorable Mention.
For the boys, Seven Lakes listed two All-State selections; in junior defender, Anthony Romano and junior forward, Raul Ekmeiro, both received Honorable Mentions. Junior Felipe Latorre, First Team All Region defender and Fabio Montanari, second team All Region midfielder.
Cinco Ranch had three all-region selections in junior forward Michael Gusman who made the Region III-6A First Team. Dawson Palomar and senior midfielder Nick Coburn were voted to the Second Team.
Tompkins had two Honorable Mention All Region players in sophomore forward Jovan Prado and freshman midfielder Daniel Espinoza.
Tompkins girls head coach, Jarrett Shipman was voted III-6A Coach of the Year, while Seven Lakes boys assistant David Crockett earned III-6A Assistant Coach of the Year.

At the District level…Girls

Cinco Ranch … Ali Russell, MVP; Lilly Bravenec, Defensive MVP; Fredy Sanguinetti Coach of the Year. Anaya Brodeur, Katie Becker, Olivia Futch, Kendall Hollo and MaKayla Wang were All-District first team picks.
Tompkins … Cailey Croson, MVP goalkeeper and Barbara Olivieri, offensive MVP. JoAnnie Ramos, Kayla Ruopp, Katy Reid, Leanne Veary and Elena Wolf made the District First Team.
Seven Lakes … Sydni Dusek, Morgan Proffitt, Julia Marotta and Veronica Romero were First Team selections.
Taylor …Ellie Cardner, Newcomer of the Year; Ally Brittain, Camille Day, and Shelby Wilkins were First Team selections.
Katy …Landri Edwards and Bella Tablante were First Team selections for the Tigers.
Morton Ranch …Shenta Knox, First Team
Mayde Creek … Priscilla Trevino, First Team

At the District level … boys

Cinco Ranch’s Guzman earned a share of the MVP. First Team included Dawson Palomar, Nic Fielden and Klaus Schoelman.
Seven Lakes … Senior German Unzner, Defensive MVP; Anthony Romano, Raul Ekneiro and Fabio Montanari were First Team selections.
Morton Ranch … Joseph Paredes and Michael Ewobar, First Team
Tompkins … Jovan Prado, Daniel Espinosa and Joseph Schmidt, First Team
Mayde Creek … Eid Yousef, Jerry Bohi and Eduardo Quevedo, First Team
Katy … Nicholas Diaz, Rey Borjas and Josue Ruiz, First Team

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Max Wright, Taylor High School, has been nominated to play in 2018 U.S. Army All-American Bowl presented by American Family Insurance. Four hundred players are in the running to be among the 100 selected to participate in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl…East vs. West match-up held every January and televised live on NBC to more than five million television viewers.

Wright was nominated by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee, which consists of All American Games, the national network of coaches and scouts, and 247 Sports.
The game is played in San Antonio in the Alamo Dome, close to New Year’s day. Wright should find out by the end of this coming season on whether the nomination will become a definite “yes” for the game.
A senior, Wright was moved up to the varsity after three games in his freshman year. He plays defensive end and sometimes gets to mix it up on the offense.
The Power Five colleges that have offered scholarships to Wright include Texas A&M, Ohio State, Stanford, Georgia, Florida and Notre Dame. He has committed to Texas A&M. Texas A&M has also talked to him about possibly playing baseball. “That’s a lot to do, so I’m going to focus on football only,” said Wright
“Max has loved sports since as far back as I can remember,” said Cydney, his mother. “If there is a ball of some sort, he’s playing.” His sports include basketball, baseball, track and soccer. Up to this year, Max was involved in three varsity sports: football, basketball and baseball.

Never met a stranger …
Max is one of those kids that never met a stranger. “We have taught our kids to be personable, have a good hand shake, and to look at people when you talk to them. He has always been friendly. He’s has a big heart, and is a respectful young man, people like him. Not to be corny, but he’s just kind of a gentle giant, but definitely a beast on the field. He flips the switch when he gets out there.”
Max wears number 99 jersey for the Taylor Mustangs. He is 6’4” tall, weighs 270 lbs., same as J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans.
“Did you pick 99 because that’s what JJ Watt wears, or did he pick it because that’s what you wear?” I jokingly asked him.
“People have compared me to him because I play offense and defense.” Also because physically, Max reminds you of JJ. This year Wright will play tight end, running back and some fullback, besides his defensive end duties.
“It’s a huge honor to be compared to a man like that. I love the way JJ plays, his style, and his character. I did pick 99 because of how I respect JJ,” said Wright.
“When I was younger, I was always a big kid. They would hand me the biggest jersey they could find. I had numbers 57 and 40 all through KYF. On the freshman team I was 99, but when I got to varsity I was 49. In sophomore year I decided to switch to 99 again. I’m keeping that.”

When it all began …
He played Katy Youth Football (KYF), beginning in the fourth grade. He “played up” because of his size, playing in the fifth grade when he was in the fourth grade. In sixth grade he switched over to Cross Point Football League.
From there he moved on to Memorial Parkway Junior High School, continuing to play football, and then on to Taylor.
At Taylor the first three varsity games he was on the freshman team.
“We played Clements. In three quarters I had nine sacks, and then they pulled us out. After that the coach told me that I was being considered for a move up to varsity.”
In the next game, which was against Katy, the Taylor backup defensive end, on the first play, tore up his knee. Next game he was moved up to varsity.
Seven Lakes was his first official varsity game, split time playing with another player. “As a freshman it was very humbling to play along with some senior guys. Some of the other players didn’t necessarily like it. I learned to be humble about a lot of things and learned a lot.
“Getting to play two playoff games in my freshman year set me up for what I wanted to do for the next three years.”
Sophomore year was a disappointment for him as he tore his ACL in one of knees in the second game of the season. The Mustangs were playing Seven Lakes, winning all the way up to the end of the third quarter. “We were having a great game, holding them down, and I tore my ACL. Things started falling apart, and we ended up losing the game. Next game was against Cinco and they beat us on a 50 yard pass with like 10 seconds left.
Last year Taylor lost only one district game. “It was cool just to be an upperclassman for once, be able to be a leader. It’s been fun to go through all four years, see so many different guys, so many different teams; I’ve played on four different varsity teams now.”

How about this year … 10-0?
“Travis, Foster, Katy and Cinco are always strong, but we will be a team, if we play to our ability. Our school is starting to build a winning tradition. It’s cool to be part of that, building Taylor High School football, making a name.”

Taylor Mustangs bolster their offensive line

Two freshman players who will be part of the Taylor Mustangs this coming season are offensive tackle, Hayden Conner and offensive guard, Bryce Foster. The Taylor line for the last couple of years has always been big and brutal. Look for even more this coming season.
Bryce Foster’s stats read 6’4” at 295 lbs; Hayden Conner is 6’5” and tilts the scales at 286 lbs. College scouts have been impressed with the combination of their young age, size, footwork and technical ability.
They have already received a number of verbal commitments from several Texas schools, but no solid offers as yet. In the last 30 days Conner received offers from Miami and Nebraska. Bryce Foster has offers from Georgia and Auburn.
Bryce is the bruiser of the two and Hayden is more of the finesse technician. They have played together for the last three years at Memorial Parkway Junior High and traveled together on a select team that won national championships as sixth and eighth graders

The Northwest Cycling Club invites cyclists to participate in 32, 42, 55, 62, and 100-mile routes on Sunday, July 16 beginning at 6:45 a.m. at Tompkins High School located at 4400 Falcon Landing Blvd.

Lunch will be provided in the OTHS cafeteria from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Radios and headphones prohibited. Register at

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A total of five Angelina College Lady Roadrunners landed on the Region XIV All-Conference list following the team’s record-setting, 43-win regular season.

Kali Holcomb, Kaylee Parker and Miranda Wiggins earned First-Team All-Conference honors, while Lauren Garza (Seven Lakes High School) and Taylor Davis earned Second-Team nods.

Garza, a sophomore third baseman from Seven Lakes High School, led the team in runs scored with 57. Hitting in the leadoff spot for most of the season, Garza hit .367 with an on-base percentage of .445 and finished with 10 homers and 29 RBI.

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The players have been picked for the 2017 Houston Area Baseball Coaches Association All Star games. The 6A Senior All-Stars game is June 20, 7:00 p.m. at University of Houston.

HABCA District 19-6A Senior All-Stars:

Max Mize, Seven Lakes High School

Matt Whelan, Taylor High School

Kaleb Thompson, Seven Lakes High School

Daniel Budke, Taylor High School

Coaches are from Langham Creek and Deer Park

The Junior All-Stars Showcase is June 19 at University of Houston, 7:30 p.m.

Spencer Arrighetti, Cinco Ranch High School, pitcher

Coy Cobb, Katy High School, pitcher/first base

Hayden Ebrecht, Katy High School, second base/shortstop

Wilson Ehrhardt, Tompkins High School, first base/outfield

Carson Rollins, Tompkins High School, pitcher/first base

Harrison Stoven, Tompkins High School, pitcher/outfield

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The Greater Houston Volleyball Coaches Association (GHVCA) has released the pre-season all star picks for this up-coming season. In District 19-6A, in their opinion, look for these girls to be grabbing the headlines.

GHVCA Pre-Season Fab 50:

Cinco Ranch High School…Morgan Bush, (Senior, S)

Katy High School … Autumn Genry (Junior, S) and Amanda Meuth (Junior, OH/MH)

Taylor High School … Zoe Neverdowski (Senior, OH)

Seven Lakes High School … Danielle Batenhorst (Senior, OH), Natalie Winter, (Junior, OH/DS) and Morgan Janda (Junior, S)

Tompkins High School … Katelyn Finch (Senior, OH)
Tom Behrens,


Student honored as one of the nation’s top football players for Class of 2018 

June 2, 2017 – Taylor High School student Max Wright has been nominated to play in the 2018 U.S. Army All-American Bowl presented by American Family Insurance.  In total, 400 football players are nominated, but only 100 are selected to participate in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, the nation’s premier high school sporting event, held every January.

Wright was nominated by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee, which consists of All American Games, its national network of coaches and scouts, as well as 247Sports.  This nomination recognizes the versatility and adaptability Wright possesses both on and off the field.

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is a unique event designed to showcase and recognize the talents of America’s youth while celebrating the team that makes a difference every day for the nation – the U.S. Army.

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Challenger Sports have teamed up with “Katy Youth Soccer Club” to bring the most popular soccer camp program in the country to this community.

Challenger’s British Soccer Camp will take place at Katy Park 24927 Morton Road Katy, TX 77493 on July 10th – July 14th & August 7th- August 11th. With programs for all ages and abilities, local players will be coached by one of Challenger’s 1,200 International soccer coaches.

Each camper will receive a FREE Camp T-shirt & ball, and a Soccer Poster and camp certificate. In addition, any child who signs up online with challenger at least 45 days prior to camp will receive a genuine British Soccer Replica Jersey (value $39).

“Our British Soccer summer camps and year round coaching programs will boast an incredible team of coaches from Australia, New Zealand, Holland, Brazil, USA and Canada as well as our traditional team of Brits from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland and Wales. This diversity of experiences and cultures reflects the truly global nature of the sport of soccer and we are proud to share the best practices from around the globe with the many players, parents and coaches we work with throughout North America.” Mike Rees, Regional Director, Texas & Louisiana.

This British Soccer Camp will provide local players with an opportunity to learn, grow and share a positive and educational camp experience, which not only develops success on the field, but also inspires confidence, happiness and builds self-esteem.  The Challenger camp culture is centered around making learning fun and their International coaching staff are famous for the way they are able to entertain, engage and educate the campers throughout the week.

The British Soccer 1,000 touches coaching syllabus provides an innovative daily regimen of foot skills, moves, juggling, tactical practices and daily tournament play. Additionally Challenger uses soccer to help introduce campers to the concepts of Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Leadership and Sportsmanship.

The highlight of the week is the Camp World Cup, bringing both friendly competition and cultural variety to each day. The daily tournament gives campers the chance to represent a world cup team, with extra points being awarded for them making up chants, wearing the team colors of their chosen country, creating flags, and learning as much as they can about their chosen countries culture.

Katy Youth Soccer Club, is offering “British Soccer Camp” sessions for the following ages:


Session Name                                       Start Time             End Time               Min Age Max Age                Price
First Kicks                                              8:30 AM              9:30 AM                  3              3                          $84.00
Mini Soccer                                           10:00 AM              11:30 AM              4              5                        $104.00
Half Day Camp                                      8:30 AM               11:30 AM               6            16                       $135.00
Mini Soccer                                           5:30 PM                 7:00 PM                4              5                       $104.00
Half Day Camp                                      5:30 PM                 8:30 PM                6            16                      $135.00
Full Day Camp 8:30am-11:30am      8:30 AM                   8:30 PM                8            16                      $196.00
                         & 5:30pm-8:30pm

Teams are also welcome to attend and receive a week of focused instruction to prepare them for the fall season.

Space is limited – parents are encouraged to sign up online in advance to avoid disappointment. To register and for more information please go to or contact your local Challenger representative:

Plus – make this week even more special by hosting one of our international coaches for the week!

More information please contact   Mike Rees- 512-416-7706 –


Challenger Sports is a corporation registered in Kansas which provides Camps, Clinics, Tours, Tournaments, Team Trainers, uniforms and equipment to soccer clubs in each US state and throughout Canada. In addition to coaching youth players Challenger will also run hundreds of free parent/coach soccer clinics throughout the country in partnership with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.


Challenger Sports is the only soccer camp that has been accredited by The American Camping Association. (ACA).  ACA is the national camp accreditation body in the US and verifies that a camp has complied with up to 300 standards for health, safety, and program quality, recognized by courts of law and government regulators.