Sports

Javlyn Cameron pictured with Coach Ridenhour displaying her Bronze medal.

Senior Javlyn Cameron competed at her third and final UIL State Track and Field Meet at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin on Saturday, May 13. She had an outstanding performance in the 6A division of the 100 meter hurdles earning the bronze medal in the event. Javlyn ran a fast personal record time of 13.54.

Last year at State, she received the silver medal and her sophomore year she earned bronze. This is a huge feat to medal 3 years in a row in the same event against some of the toughest competition in the nation.
Javlyn has racked up many track accolades during her 4 year tenure at Mayde Creek. She has been a great leader and role model for her teammates and a major component for the Mayde Creek Girls Track Team. We will definitely miss her. Javlyn will continue her track career at Texas State University and we look forward to watching her compete collegiately. We wish Javlyn the best and know she will do great things.

This is a huge accomplishment at this level of competition. The hard work Javlyn has put in over the years really paid off. Please congratulate her when you see her.

Kelsey Wylie

(May 4, 2017 Katy, TX…)  Kelsey Wylie, a sophomore at Faith West Academy, took third place in State at the TAPPS 5A Golf Tournament held at Stone Tree Golf Club.  Wylie shot a 78 on the first day of competition and a 74 on the second day for a total of 152. The two day tourney hosted 106 players from across the state of Texas.

Wylie was undefeated in TAPPS 5A District play with a current average of 74. Her low round of the season was 68. She will spend the summer playing tournaments on the East coast through the American Junior Golf Association.

Faith West Academy is an inter-denominational private Christian school offering preschool through 12th grade.

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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                     8:30 PM              8              16                       $196.00

Full Day 8:30am-1:30pm & 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 www.challengersports.com 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 – mrees@challengersports.com

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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.

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By Tom Behrens

Football and volleyball playoffs were over a long time ago. Basketball and soccer playoffs are history for another year. We are down to the last two playoffs of the school year … softball and baseball.
The Bi-District softball game playoffs were played 4/27 – 4/29. In 6A Region 3 action, Ridge Point had no problems with Cinco Ranch (15-0), Katy took care of Fort Bend Travis (3-0), Tompkins beat Fort Bend Kempner (2-0), and Fort Bend Clements ended Seven Lakes season (2-0). Katy and Tompkins advance to the Area round of play this weekend, May 6.
I had the opportunity to talk with Katy Head Coach, Kalum Haack last Thursday afternoon before the Lady Tigers game against Travis.
“Coach, do you think the Tigers are going to be adding another big trophy to the school’s trophy case this year?” He replied, “It takes some really good softball playing, a little bit of luck to get there. If we get both of those things, then we have a pretty decent shot.”
The Lady Tigers came into the playoffs ranked 49 in the U.S. and number 1 in Texas. They had a home record of 15-0, 7-2-0 away, and 6-1-0 on neutral fields. Katy has scored an eye-popping 298 runs and allowed only 50 – very impressive, I would say.
The Lady Tigers were the Texas State Champions in 2015 and lost in the regional finals in 2016. Junior, Kayla Garcia, senior, McKay Bloxham, senior, Kylie Redding all played on the 2015 championship team. Most of the sophomores on this year’s team played last year. The Tigers are loaded with talent and experience.

Going down the roster, checking pitching first …
“Alyssa LeBlanc, our sophomore pitcher is by far better this year (than Tiger’s best pitcher in 2015), has the most wins. Also another sophomore, Chloe Cobb has been another pitching standout.
Kylie Redding, senior, has been injured most of the season; she has been back for about the last two weeks. “I think she can give us an inning, maybe two really good innings, but I don’t think she is strong enough right now, has enough stamina to go for a long period of time,” said Coach Haack. “I think she could pitch the same role she did her sophomore year when we won state, and be real successful at it.”

Hitting … a combination of some really good hitters…
“They’re knocking the crap out of the ball,” said Coach Haack “I bet this year we’ve hit more home runs than all my other teams combined.”
“However, the pitching we have seen so far, lately, hasn’t been as strong as we have seen in the past. Probably our best on-base percentage person is Tori Whillock, an outfielder. She’s our leadoff hitter. When she’s on, we’re all on. We’ll run when she gets on the base. She is just so fast.
“Alyssa LeBlanc is leading the team in home runs; I think she has 14. Chloe Cobb, our first baseman and pitcher has 12 homeruns. Kayla Garcia is our next big hitter. She doesn’t have the homeruns, but has the RBI’s.”
“We’re able to depend on each other a lot,” reported Garcia in another interview. “So throughout the lineup, we’re able to know that with whoever’s next, they’ve got it, and they’ll be able to get on base. We have confidence in everybody in the lineup.”

It’s not all about good pitching and hitting
Coach Haack emphasized that what has made this team as good as it has been is that they really get along with each other really well.
“Not once this year have we had any drama, any selfishness, and it’s been a lot of fun the ride we have been on so far. They play for each other really, really hard.”
Team confidence is high, but Haack doesn’t want the team to be over-confident. “The thing that I try to convey to them is that our district hasn’t been as strong as it has been in the past. I want to make sure that we don’t have a false sense of our ability from what we done in district. In the playoffs we are getting ready to see some really, really good pitching, really good hitters. It’s getting ready to change. Things aren’t going to be as easy in the last two months.”
The Tigers took care of Travis at Bi-District, 3-0, the fourth place seed in District 20-6A. The Travis Lady Tigers finished 9-7 in their district. The way the UIL structures the playoffs, at Bi-District, the first place team from one district (Katy) plays the fourth place team (Travis) from the other district in the first game.

Did Coach Haack expect a breather with Travis?
“I don’t want to say so,” said a laughing Haack. “If we come out and we play like we have been playing, then we should be in pretty good shape. If we come out and let Travis or any other team stay in the ball game, be competitive with us, and give them a little life, it will be a battle.”
Travis kept it close, 3-0. “If we play ball like we are supposed to, we should be in pretty good shape.

Play off scheduling

Softball and baseball playoffs are structured different at the Bi-District level than the other major sports. There could be one game or the best two out of three to determine who moves on to the Area level.
“When the coaches have a meeting with the opposing coach, the first thing we talk about is do you want to play a two out of three series, or do you want to play one game only? If you disagree on anything…the playoff series, the playoff umpires, anything … you flip a coin,” explained Coach Haack.
“With Travis I pretty much lost the flip, but won the flip on the home site. The Travis playoff matchup will be only one game. My preference, always, is two out of three.”
The Katy Lady Tigers next opponent at Area will be Cy Lakes May 6.
Cy Lakes made its playoff debut in 2013 and swept MacArthur. This will be their second time to make the area round.

Another first for Tompkins…First series win in playoffs

The Lady Falcons won the first game of the two-out-three game series over Kempner, (6-3), at home on Thursday evening.
In the second game, before one out in the first inning, the Falcons were unloading their hitting fire power.
Kaitlynn Kinslow and Kendall McGary walked and Zoe Pruden singled for the Falcon’s side of the inning going. Next was clean-up hitter, Mackenzie Brown, who promptly blasted the ball over the center field fence for a grand slam home run. In the second inning Brown added another run scoring single, making it 5-0.

The rest of the scoring ….
The Falcons tacked on four more runs in the third, and pushed the lead to 12-1 in the fourth inning. Consecutive doubles by Zoe Pruden and Kendall McGary in the sixth inning with Pruden scoring the final run sealed the game for the Falcons, 13-3.
Tompkins racked up 13 hits…seven for extra bases, six walks, and a RBI single. Sydney Hodge earned the win striking out five with three runs allowed on three hits in six innings.
While Katy dominated 19-6A, Tompkins was the only team to take the champion Tigers to a full seven innings.
The Falcon’s next opponent is Bellaire High School on May 6. The Cardinals of Bellaire defeated Cy Woods to advance to the Area round.
Tompkins boys’ basketball standouts drawing attention…
University of Michigan looking at Bieniemy
University of Michigan basketball is checking out Jamal Bieniemy at Tompkins. The Wolverines are not the only major college looking at Bieniemy. Along with Michingan, Purdue also made a stop at Tompkins, reports Rivals
Bieniemy, Tompkins’ junior guard, earned TABC all-region honors after leading the Falcons to a repeat playoff appearance in their third varsity season. An explosive scorer, Bieniemy was a first-team all-district selection for the second consecutive season with a year remaining. Tompkins finished 24-11 overall and 11-3 in district play.
Bieniemy is ranked number 119 in the 2018 class, according to the 247Sports Composite. He is the 28th best shooting guard and the number eight ranked player in the state of Texas. Bieniemy has offers to play for Creighton, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State
Josh Williams has committed to play basketball at University of South Dakota next season
With 1,242 points, Williams is the all-time leading scorer at Tompkins. Williams was ranked the No. 22 prospect in the city of Houston this past year by vype.com.
Williams was a three-year starter at Tompkins and a two-time all-district honoree. He holds school records for single-season points (543), career 3-pointers (195) and single-season 3’s (93). Williams shot a single-season record 39 percent from beyond the arc and shot 81 percent from the free-throw line throughout his high school career.

iFLY dedicates April as All Abilities Month, helping differently-abled people realize the dream of flight

HOUSTON, TEXAS – APRIL 27, 2017 – iFLY, the world’s largest indoor skydiving operator, celebrated its All Abilities Night on Tuesday, April 25 at its Houston Memorial tunnel. Differently-abled participants from the Houston area took flight at the tunnel’s All Abilities Night. The event aimed to encourage all individuals, despite physical and mental barriers, to push past limitations and take flight.

iFLY All Abilities is an indoor skydiving program aimed at providing an encouraging experience to those with varying physical and mental abilities, in an inclusive environment with flyers of all ages, skills, and abilities. In honor of All Abilities April, iFLY will host events like the one in Houston Memorial nationwide, partnering with local adaptive, inclusion and special needs organizations, and will offer discounted rates for event participants.

“All Abilities April is aimed to inspire participants to dream bigger and to challenge themselves,” said Matt Ryan, iFLY President and COO. “As part of this program, participants are able to push their limits and break barriers in ways they didn’t know were possible. We’re proud to empower differently-abled people and deliver the dream of flight to someone who might think it’s impossible.”

At iFLY, consumers can experience the sensation of skydiving in a safe, comfortable and fun environment. Each indoor skydiving facility is designed to replicate the sensation of freefall, creating conditions that allow people to fly on a smooth cushion of air. With the help of certified flight instructors, patrons learn to fly and experience true human flight in a supportive and safe environment. 

About iFLY Indoor Skydiving: Austin-based iFLY Holdings, LLC., is the world leader in design, manufacturing, sales and operations of wind tunnel systems for indoor skydiving. The company has flown more than 8,000,000 people in a dozen countries and at sea since launching the modern vertical wind tunnel industry in 1998. iFLY has more than 60 facilities operating worldwide with 28 wholly-owned in the US and has significant growth plans across the globe in the next 24 months. iFLY supports and utilizes the safety and training guidelines set out by the International Bodyflight Association (IBA) to ensure safety and progression of the sport of indoor skydiving. For more information on iFLY, visit www.iflyworld.com or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

Sam Houston Area Council presents Scout Fair, May 6, 2017 at Minute Maid Park

HOUSTON (April 28, 2017) – Thousands of Scouts from the Sam Houston Area Council (SHAC) Boy Scouts of America will converge on Minute Maid Park for the 80th annual Scout Fair on May 6, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This free event is open to the public and will feature Scouts from 16 counties demonstrating their Scouting skills, learning new skills from community partners and enjoying a fun festival atmosphere. Experts will represent a variety of activities in the Merit Badge Midway.

Boy Scouts Sam Houston Area Council presents the 80th Annual Scout Fair at Minute Maid Park. Courtesy Photo. 

Flor Dimassi, mother of two Eagle Scouts and CEO of Global Speak Translations in Houston, says, “Scout Fair is, by far, one of the biggest events of the year for the Sam Houston Area Council, and this event is very important to the Scouts and their development. My sons and I attended Scout Fair every year, and they were exposed to so many exciting Scouting activities along the Merit Badge Midway. This is a great event for families.”

“My brother and I grew up in Scouts and looked forward to Scout Fair every year,” says Nabil Dimassi, an Eagle Scout and graduate of Ole Miss.  “We participated in The Pinewood Derby and outdoor cooking. One year we won the contest using our grandmother’s Dutch Oven Apple Cobbler recipe. Scouting was a life-changing experience for my brother, my mom and I. This event gives kids and their families a closer look into the life of a Boy Scout.”

Admission to Scout Fair 2017 is free. All attendees are encouraged to bring canned pet food to contribute to SHAC’s Scout Paws for a Cause, a special Scout service project.  For more information on Scout Fair and how to get involved in Scouting, please visit www.samhoustonbsa.org.

About Sam Houston Area Council

Sam Houston Area Council is one of the largest councils in the United States with approximately 50,000 youth registered. The council relies on approximately 19,000 volunteers to deliver the Scouting programs. The council serves 16 counties throughout Southeast Texas. The Boy Scouts of America is the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training.

As we take time to acknowledge volunteers during National Volunteer Month in April, Parkway Place has a special story to share about one of the youngest – and arguable the most popular – volunteers they’ve ever had. When 15-year-old John Henry Donnelly was just 4 years old, his mother Jessica brought him and his younger brother to Parkway Place to volunteer once a week. They would visit with residents, pass out stickers and residents would anxiously await their arrival. After more than a dozen years of volunteering at the senior living community, Donnelly still has a soft spot for seniors and older adults that he says has influenced his life up to this point and he believes he will carry with him as he ages.

“What keeps me coming back is the fun, friendship, and fellowship I have with the residents,” said Donnelly. “When I was little, my mom took me and everyone there smiled at me and was happy to see me. Now, I go back and I am comfortable visiting because I enjoyed my experiences when I was younger. In a way, I feel like that place is a part of me. I also enjoy seeing my friend, Lynn Mathews, who I met when I started going for visits and got to know her husband at just two years old.”

Donnelly says that his experiences volunteering at Parkway Place make him more comfortable interacting with older adults and allow him to appreciate an older generation and what they have to offer. When Donnelly visits, he often helps with birthday celebrations, calling Bingo, leading the chair volleyball activity and helping the staff prep for parties and events. His favorite thing, however, is anything that allows him to interact with the residents themselves by playing games with them or striking up a conversation.

“Getting to know the residents has been really great,” said Donnelly. “I’ve stayed in touch with some of them over the years and they enjoy keeping up with everything I’m involved in. My grandparents always lived in another state, so I didn’t get to spend enough time with them. Spending time with the residents at Parkway Place allows me to have a similar kind of relationship right in my hometown. Now I can’t imagine what my life would be like had I not met the wonderful residents at Parkway Place.”

“I wanted John Henry to experience that key interaction with older adults the way I did growing up,” said Donnelly’s mother. “This population has so much to offer, especially to young people. John Henry, largely due to our visits to Parkway Place, is comfortable, respectful and appreciative of the elderly. I love that, because it meshes so well with the attitude of service that my husband and I think is so important for our children to develop.”

Donnelly’s visits to Parkway Place became less regular when he started school full time, but his appreciation for senior adults grew no less strong as he and his family maintained their relationship with the Parkway Place community.

“When children visit our residents, it has such a positive impact on the seniors’ lives,” said Sunny Chatagnier, executive director of Parkway Place. “Whether it’s a choir, a girl scout troop or a regular visitor like John Henry, any interaction with children brings joy to residents. We hope sharing John Henry’s story encourages more families to look for ways to share life with seniors and witness the big impact even the smallest visitors can have on the lives of others.”

Donnelly is currently a freshman at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory in Houston. In his spare time, he is heavily involved in Boy Scouts, runs track and hopes to earn his Eagle Scout badge soon.

ABOUT PARKWAY PLACE
Parkway Place in Houston, a Buckner Retirement Services community, is a nonprofit, faith-based senior living community located on a 15-acre manicured campus that includes flowers, walking paths, gazebos, benches and raised gardens, putting green, as well as an outdoor heated pool and spas. It is also one of the few Independent Living communities in West Houston that has no entrance fees or long-term contracts, and provides spacious apartment residences on a rental basis.

As a life plan community, Parkway Place offers Independent Living apartment residences, spacious Assisted Living, and innovative Memory Care and Skilled Nursing services. The community offers 159 independent apartments, 58 assisted living apartments, 24 memory care support residences and skilled nursing for 60 residents. A new Wellness Center has been added which features state-of-the-art equipment and a BE Well Program to enhance the four dimensions of wellness.

Residents can enjoy delicious dining and warm fellowship in beautifully arranged dining rooms. The community also has an on-site life enrichment coordinator, chapel, full-time chaplain, on-site worship services, beauty/barber salon and weekly housekeeping/linen service.

For more information about Parkway Place, please visit the community website at www.bucknerparkwayplace.org or call (281) 677–5912.

ABOUT BUCKNER RETIREMENT SERVICES
Buckner Retirement Services, Inc. is one of the largest not-for-profit senior living organizations in Texas dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for senior adults and their families by promoting an active, healthy Christian lifestyle while maintaining their independence and dignity. Buckner Retirement Services is part of Buckner International, a global faith-based ministry serving people each year in the United States and worldwide.

With the summer swimming season nearly here, aquatic clubs, related industry organizations and healthcare providers are kicking off a month-long campaign in May to encourage safer water practices.  This month-long event is being celebrated in local communities with educational programs, public service announcements and the distribution of water safety materials.

In an effort to support May as National Water Safety Month, KATY Aquatics is teaming with Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus to host a FREE Make A Splash Water Safety event for the whole family!  The Make A Splash event will feature Free Swim Lessons* and water safety skills for children ages 3 and up.

The Make a Splash Water Safety event will be held on:

Saturday, May 13, 2017
10am – Noon
Cinco Ranch High School Natatorium
23440 Cinco Ranch Blvd., Katy, TX 77494

While the statistics are staggering, drowning has not gained the necessary public attention needed to help prevent these tragedies from occurring.  Drowning is preventable, and understanding the risks associated with being in and around the water is crucial.

In addition to the FREE Swim Lessons for children, the Make A Splash event will have water rescue demonstrations, informational booths and vehicle displays from the Willow Fork Fire Department and Fort Bend EMS Paramedics.  Other draws to the event include kayak rides for children and special character appearances from Bobber the Water Safety Dog, the Chick-fil-A Cow and Princess Ariel!

Patrons will also experience food samples from PDQ, Papa Murphy’s Pizza and Nothing Bundt Cakes.  As an added bonus, there will be Free Door Prizes and Gift Bags filled with coupons from local Katy businesses.  Be sure to join us at the Make A Splash Water Safety event, we will have something fun and informative for all ages to enjoy!

*Register for your child’s FREE Swim Lesson on May 13th now!  Guarantee your spot in the pool by pre-registering online at www.katyaquatics.org.  Click on “Learn to Swim” then “Make A Splash”.  Children must wear swimsuits to participate in the Free Swim Lessons. 

For more information about the Make A Splash event or the many different programs KATY Aquatics has to offer, please visit our website at www.katyaquatics.org or call 281-391-7200.
About KATY Aquatics
At KATY Aquatics, we offer the nationally recognized learn-to-swim program, SwimAmerica.
The SwimAmerica program is designed to teach children as young as three, the life-long skill of swimming.  Through KATY Aquatics, you can participate in group or private learn-to-swim classes, as well as choose from any of the other additional programs we offer in a variety of class levels including special needs and adults.

Website: www.katyaquatics.org / Email: info@katyaquatics.org / Office Phone: 281-391-7200

By Tom Behrens

The NCAA Division I council enacted recruiting reform that will drastically affect high school football recruits and their coaches.

The changes that will affect high school players the most:

Early signing period update…

The NCAA approved changes to the recruiting calendar which would allow for a mid-December signing day. The Collegiate Commissioners Association has a vote in June to make it official, but the early indications are that it will pass. If it does, Class of 2018 prospects will be allowed to sign during a three-day period from Dec. 20 to Dec. 22 this year. Any player who doesn’t sign would have to wait until the traditional winter signing period, beginning in early February.

Official visits, earlier.

Also, the NCAA voted to add an official visit period from April 1 to late June of their junior years. The legislation doesn’t go into effect until Aug. 1, so the Class of 2019 prospects will be the first class affected.

This will allow recruits to get their visits in before the high school season starts. Right now, players must fit them in on bye weeks or after the season. For players making deep playoff runs, it can be difficult to make all five visits by the time signing day rolls around.

New challenge for HS coaches jumping to college.

Recruiting, recruiting, recruiting….

Coaches employed at a camp or clinic can now have recruiting conversations with participants.

That makes college camps more important for recruits. There is now zero lag time between a coach seeing a player, possibly for the first time, and him immediately being able to recruit.