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Several Collin College basketball players earned All-Region and All-Conference honors for the 2016-17 season. The men’s and women’s teams compete in the North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference (NTJCAC) in Region V of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). Individual and team statistics are available at the www.njcaaregion5.com.

 

LADY COUGARS

Zhanae Whitney (Queens, NY) – First Team All-Region; First Team All-Conference

Asia Davis (Midwest City, Okla.) – Freshman of the Year; First Team All-Region; First Team All-Conference

Ashtyn Beal (Tyler) – First Team All-Conference

Tree Brooks (Tyler) – Defensive Player of the Year

Asia Willard (Frisco) – Honorable Mention All-Conference

Mya Johnson (St. Louis, Mo.) – Honorable Mention All-Conference

Karah Sicurella (Sachse) – Honorable Mention All-Conference

(Individual photos available here)

 

Boaz Williams of Katy

COUGARS
Trevonta Robertson (New Orleans, La.) – First Team All-Region; First Team All-Conference

Boaz Williams (Katy) – First Team All-Conference

Jack Nobles (Trophy Club) – Honorable Mention All-Conference

Jonathyn Washington (Frisco) – Honorable Mention All-Conference

(Individual photos available here)

 

The Lady Cougars closed out the season with an 11-3 conference record, going 21-11 overall and winning a third NTJCAC Conference Championship. Collin’s women battled into the Regional Finals before being eliminated by Odessa College, the top-ranked community college team in the nation.

Collin’s men finished the season 7-5 in conference and 19-10 overall, earning them a place in the NJCAA Region V Tournament.

Collin College serves more than 53,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degrees and certificates. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development. In addition, the college operates the Collin Higher Education Center, which serves 3,100 additional students each year in partnership with The University of Texas at Dallas, Texas Woman’s University, Texas A&M Commerce, Texas Tech and the University of North Texas.

 

The Pin Oak Club, a social and charitable organization affiliated with The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show, is hosting the Fourth Annual Pin Oak Sporting Clays Classic on Monday, April 24. The event begins at noon and ends at 5 p.m. at The Greater Houston Gun Club.

The Pin Oak Club will host a kick-off party for the Fourth Annual Sporting Clays Classic on Monday, April 10, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Pinto Ranch, which is located at 1717 Post Oak Blvd in Houston.

Teams and individuals are invited to participate. Proceeds from The Pin Oak Sporting Clays Classic benefit the children’s charities of Pin Oak: Texas Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald Family Rooms at Texas Children’s Hospital, and Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Family Alliance. The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show, founded in 1945, is one of the oldest and most prestigious charity horse shows in the nation. Since its inception, The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show has contributed a total gift that is approaching $7 million to its charity beneficiaries through its annual horse show, fashion luncheon, sporting clays, and other programs.

The Pin Oak Club raised almost $30,000 at the Third Annual Sporting Clays Classic in 2016, with a total of 12 teams of four participating. The Pin Oak Club welcomes men, women, groups, or businesses that want to have fun and, at the same time, support the healing of sick children.

Entry options range from $400 to $10,000. Individuals can participate for $400 per person, and teams of four can participate for $1,500. Sponsorship levels include: 410-gauge sponsor at $2,500; 20-gauge sponsor at $5,000; and presenting sponsor at $10,000. Benefits vary based on sponsorship level.

The Pin Oak Club appreciates the support of Saint Arnold Brewing Company, the beer sponsor of the 2017 Sporting Clays Classic.

For more event or Sponsorship information – please contact the Pin Oak Office at 713-621-6290 or email info@pinoak.org for more information.

Getting Involved

The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show welcomes volunteers, members, individual and corporate sponsors, in-kind product and service providers, and contributions in any amount. Annual horse show personal sponsorships are available and range from $400 to $30,000. Annual corporate sponsorships also are available, ranging from $2,500 to $150,000. Benefits vary based on sponsorship level.

 

Anyone who wants to help heal sick children can join The Pin Oak Club – no horse required! The Pin Oak Club offers many social and sporting events throughout each year, with its two featured events being the annual Sporting Clays Classic and the What to Wear to That Equestrian Affaire fashion show and luncheon. Annual Pin Oak membership options include: Junior Membership for those 21 and under, $50; Individual, $75; Family (for two adults and two children), $200; Patron, $1,250; and Lifetime, $2,500. Membership benefits are detailed at pinoak.org/pin-oak-club/join-now/membership-benefits.

 

About The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show

 

Established in 1945 in Houston, The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show is one of the oldest and most prestigious charity horse shows in the nation. The primary philanthropic goal of The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show each year is to contribute a collective six-figure donation to its designated charities to support the healing of sick children. Since its inception in 1945, The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show has contributed a total gift that is approaching $7 million for its three designated children’s charities: Texas Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House Houston Family Rooms, and Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Alliance.

 

The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show is a two-week annual spring event that attracts 1,200 horses each week and approximately 2,000 exhibitors from around the country including riders from Mexico and Canada. An award-winning horse show, Pin Oak was the first to receive the coveted United States Equestrian Federation’s Heritage Competition designation.

 

The 72nd Pin Oak Charity Horse Show will be held March 22 through April 2, 2017, at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center, 2501 South Mason Road in Katy. PJP Farm is the presenting sponsor for Week 1 of the horse show. Irish Day Farm is the presenting sponsor for Week 2.

 

For more information about The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show and to explore other ways to become part of the Pin Oak tradition, please visit pinoak.org, follow Pin Oak on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter; or call 713-621-6290.

 

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By Tom Behrens

A lot of anglers have Keith Combs, Huntington, Texas, picked as the winner.Photo credit – Courtesy BASS

Many Katy and west Houston bass anglers are going to be in their boats on Lake Conroe during the Classic, checking out, following Classic anglers. Let me make some suggestions if you decide to be on the water at Conroe.
Lake Conroe, already a very popular fishing destination that is crowded on weekends even without the BASSMASTER Classic, is really going to draw mega crowds. Plan on launching on the north end of the lake, away from the crowds around the Classic on the south end.
Be good Texans, courteous to the professional anglers, and the BASS personnel.
It’s my experience from fishing with the pros, they don’t mind if “locals” follow them around on the water, but stay far away so as to not spook the fish. Turn your electronics off; don’t run your gas engine or trolling motor.
If one of the professional anglers is fishing back in one of the coves or creeks, don’t box his exit way out. Give him room to maneuver. Time is one of the most valuable things they have going for them; don’t make them weave in and out of the observer boats to leave an area.
One of the best parts of the Bassmaster Classic is being able to observe up close and hear the anglers talking, joking with each other as they wait their turn at the boat ramp before launching, or being picked up after a day on the lake.
My hat is definitely off to the folks at BASS in how they launch and retrieve the anglers and their boats. This isn’t your weekend tournament at the launch ramp.

Lake Conroe is expected to produce several double digit bass for Classic anglers. Photo Credit – Tom Behrens

They can launch all 52 boats in 30 minutes or less; same thing with the retrieval of the boats.
If you do plan on attending the launching of the boats, make sure you bring your camera. The individual boats, as their number is called to leave the staging area, is a great sight…the roar of the engines blasting across the water leaving rooster tails behind them. You have to see all of it to believe it.
One last thing, and again have your camera ready: Close to the George R. Brown will be what the Classic people call the “boat lot” – the place where the anglers park their boats when not on the water. If you get downtown early enough before they begin their escorted trek up I-45 to Conroe, it’s quite a sight to see the all the boats and towing vehicles with their lights on as the anglers make last minute tackle and boat checks. The convoy out of downtown Houston should be a great chance for pictures. Wish your favorite angler good luck and God speed.
More information on the Houston/Lake Conroe Bassmaster Classic can be found at http://www.bassmaster.com/tournaments/2017-geico-bassmaster-classic.

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Alton Jones and his son, Alton Jr., are home grown Texas angler superstars going for a win on Lake Conroe. Photo credit – Courtesy BASS
Could be a weekend of double digit bass

By Tom Behrens

Katy sports fans have experienced two NBA World Championships with the Houston Rockets, a MLB World Series with the Houston Astros, NFL Super Bowls and several high school State Champion sports teams. We now have the chance to witness firsthand the World Series of bass fishing… the Bassmaster Classic.
The 47th world championship of bass fishing, the GEICO Bassmaster Classic, March 24-26, presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods has 52 of the world’s best bass anglers competing for more than $1 million, fishing at Lake Conroe. The Expo takes over the entire George R. Brown Convention Center. Daily weigh-ins will be at Minute Maid Park. The winner will be crowned on Sunday, March 26 at Minute Maid. And…did I mention everything is free of charge?
Competition and takeoffs will begin each day at Lake Conroe Park (14968 TX-105, Montgomery, Texas) at 7:20 a.m. Weigh-ins will be held daily at 3:15 p.m. in Minute Maid Park (501 Crawford Street, Houston, Texas).
Texas has five anglers competing for the coveted title: Keith Combs, Huntington; Todd Faircloth, Jasper; Alton Jones, Senior and Junior, Lorena and Takahiro Omori from Emory.
All of the anglers throughout the year compete in different tournaments, compiling points, to be selected for the Classic. Most of the anglers come from the Elite Series with the remaining fishermen earning their Classic credentials through Bass Pro Shops Opens, Academy Sports + Outdoors tournaments, B.A.S.S. Nation Championships, College Classics and the Toyota Bonus Bucks Championship.
Missouri angler Rick Clunn, who at one time lived in Montgomery, Texas, is one of the oldest Classic contenders. He claimed his first B.A.S.S. victory in the Bassmaster Classic on Lake Guntersville in 1976. Although Clunn is not fishing this Classic, I bet he will be at the Expo representing his sponsors.
The 2009 Classic had its first woman angler, Kim Bain-Moore. Pam Martin-Wells became the second woman to fish the Classic, finishing 22nd among the 51 Classic anglers. Martin-Wells ranks 123rd on the B.A.S.S. all-time prize money list with $308,321.14. Ninety-nine percent of that was earned through the Women’s Bass Tour (WBT) or in her lone Classic appearance.
Although the Classic winner will take home $300,000 from BASS, sponsorships, endorsements contracts and other financial opportunities, the total payout could easily push his total payout over a $1 million

Lake Conroe is expected to produce some big stringers

Conroe has produced 17 ShareLunker entries over the years. To qualify as a ShareLunker, the bass must weigh over 13 pounds. The angler donates the fish to Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) who releases the bass in their hatcheries in hopes of breeding more big bass. Afterwards the angler has the choice of releasing the fish back into the waters it came out of, or designates that TPWD can place the fish in another Texas water body. The angler receives a replica fish mount of his catch.
The current Lake Conroe lake record is 15.93 lbs that was caught Jan. 30, 2009 by Ricky Bearden of Conroe. As it turns out, 2008-2009 ShareLunker season produced some great bass for Lake Conroe bass anglers. Five ShareLunkers were picked up by TPWD fishery personnel. Conroe’s most recent ShareLunker, a 13.14 pound beauty, was caught in April 2015 by David Perciful of Conroe.
During the Classic the pros can weigh up to five bass per day, 16-inch minimum length limit. The heaviest total weight over three days determines the new champion. The emphasis is keeping the fish alive during their trip from Conroe to the weigh in at Minute Maid Park, and then the trip back up I-45 to Lake Conroe. If a fish dies, the angler looses ounces in his total catch. TWPD fishery biologists will be monitoring the catches to make sure they all survive.
Watch the Classic at the Expo, Bassmaster.com, or on facebook
If you can’t make it to Lake Conroe or for the weigh in show at Minute Maid Park, you can catch the action on Classic LIVE in real time from the B.A.S.S. booth at the Classic Outdoors Expo presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods in the George R. Brown Convention Center.
“What an incredible venue we have this year being set up in the heart of Houston, Texas, and watching the action unfold live on a lake that some anglers are saying might produce multiple 10-pound-plus bass,” said Mike McKinnis, vice president of media content for JM Associates and producer of The Bassmasters TV show on ESPN2.
Cameras will be streaming live coverage of the Classic leaders on Lake Conroe back to the expo production facility, where hosts will break down the action for fans tuning in through Bassmaster.com and WatchESPN. Hosts Tommy Sanders, Mark Zona, and Davy Hite along with Dave Mercer and on-the-water reporter Robbie Floyd, will provide analysis and live updates.
This year, special guest Brian Robison of the Minnesota Vikings will also be onsite for the Classic LIVE show to provide some local insight. Robison played for the University of Texas and calls Lake Conroe his home lake.
Also, special guest RJ Mitte, who plays Walter White Jr. on the series “Breaking Bad,” will be joining the set at the expo.
The 2016 version of “Classic LIVE” reached nearly 12 million minutes viewed during the three-day event.
Each day of competition will have six hours of coverage, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Watch the tournament leaders catch bass in real time on the exclusive Classic LIVE program on Bassmaster.com and simulcast on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.
Facebook live broadcasts will be added to the coverage this year, on the B.A.S.S. Facebook page, including coverage of takeoff on Day 1, the Toyota Mid-Day Report all three days around noon, and the press conference with the Top 6 anglers after each competition day.
Also on Bassmaster.com, fans can keep up with every fish caught through BASSTrakk, a real-time leader board that shows each angler’s catch according to estimates of marshals assigned to each competitor’s boat. In addition, on-the-water reporters provide a running commentary on the action in the Live Blog.
“Through these videos and photo galleries, we’ll have the lake covered from top to bottom,” said Jim Sexton, B.A.S.S. VP/Digital. “And we’ll cover every inch of the Minute Maid Park weigh-ins and the Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo, as well.”

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Texas One won their volleyball Tournament in Houston this past weekend! It was Angela’s Birthday and the team played their heart out to win all their Games! They received License Plates instead of Metals.

 

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Brandon Williams, Southland Conference, reports timely free throw shooting and a dominating edge on the offensive glass propelled the Privateers to a 68-65 overtime victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at the Merrell Center, giving the program its first Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, the first for top-seed New Orleans since 1996.

The Privateers (20-11) trailed by 10 points in the first half and were down nine early in the second half before forging their way back into the contest. Neither team led by more than four points after Michael Zeno’s layup drew New Orleans into a 42-42 tie with 12:22 left in regulation. The game became the first Southland Conference Men’s Tournament final to go into overtime since Sam Houston State outlasted rival Stephen F. Austin to capture the 2003 title.

Rebounding, especially on the offensive end, proved to be a golden ticket for New Orleans. The Privateers owned a 40-25 edge on the glass, but it was their 19 offensive rebounds that helped keep them in the contest. The ability to control the paint resulted in a decisive 21-2 in second chance points for the Privateers.

2017 Southland Conference Men’s Basketball All-Tournament Team
Tournament MVP: F – Erik Thomas, New Orleans

G – Christavious Gill, New Orleans

F – Leon Gilmore III, Stephen F. Austin

G – Cole Martinez, Texas A&M – Corpus Christi

F – Rashawn Thomas, Texas A&M – Corpus Christi

 

 

Sugar Bears of Central Arkansas surge past SFA for second straight tournament title

 

The Central Arkansas Sugar Bears shook off a slow start to seize control of Sunday’s Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament in a 60-35 win over Stephen F. Austin at the Merrell Center.

 

SFA, which averaged more than 77 points per game in conference play, was held to less than half that total as the Ladyjacks shot a frigid 27.3 percent from the field.
After spotting the Ladyjacks (25-7) a quick 5-0 lead, the Sugar Bears worked back into the contest, taking the lead for good on Maggie Proffitt’s three-pointer with 4:42 left in the first quarter. A three-point play by Stevi Parker allowed SFA to close within 13-12 at the 1:36 mark, but Central Arkansas scored the last five points of the quarter to own an 18-12 advantage.

2017 Southland Conference Women’s Basketball All-Tournament Team

Tournament MVP: G – Maggie Proffitt, Central Arkansas

F – Stevi Parker, Stephen F. Austin

F – Taylor Baudoin, Central Arkansas

G – Taylor Ross, Stephen F. Austin

G – Kassie Jones, Texas A&M

 

 

Texas A&M Racing’s 2017 Formula SAE race car will make its debut March 13 outside of “Texas A&M House” at the Hotel Van Zandt during South By Southwest (SXSW) before heading off to international competition this summer.

Each year, Texas A&M students take part in the Formula SAE international design competition, where they design and build a formula-style race car and compete against 500 student teams from around the world. In its 15-year history of competition the Texas A&M Racing team boasts five world championships and 20 individual event victories. The final product the team will put on display at SXSW will be a fully branded formula-style single-seat racecar.

Texas A&M is one of a handful of participating universities who incorporate the Formula SAE program into the senior curriculum for students in the College of Mechanical Engineering.

General Motors Chief Information Officer Ahmed Mahmoud, a 1987 Texas A&M graduate, will be on hand at the rollout.

“Texas A&M and General Motors have a long and proud partnership, not only in transformational learning initiatives such as the Formula SAE program, but in recruiting top-caliber students and transferring innovative technologies into a reality,” said Mahmoud.

For the first time ever, Texas A&M will be participating at the SXSW Festival and Conference in Austin during Interactive Week, March 10-15, showcasing the innovative work happening at the tier-one research institution.

SXSW is historically known for bringing together global professionals, brands and cutting-edge vendors from a diverse group of industries, and Texas A&M is one of just a handful of universities showcasing during Interactive Week.

For more on Texas A&M’s SXSW activities, visit sxsw.tamu.edu.

For more on SXSW, visit sxsw.com.

 

By Tom Behrens, tbehrcomm@gmail.com

Leonard Merrell Center, 6301 S Stadium Ln, Katy, is again host to the 2017 Southland Basketball Tournament games this year. Competition began Wednesday evening for the men and the women’s games began Thursday morning. The top eight men’s and women’s teams at the end of the regular season standings will be competing for a spot to play in the March Madness basketball tournament that will define who has the bragging rights of being the best team in the country.

In the first round of men’s games that were completed on Wednesday evening, No. 5 seed Sam Houston State University defeated No. 8 Central Arkansas, 77-69.

In game 2, No. 6 Lamar defeated No. 7 Southeastern Louisiana, 77-65

In the women’s first round Thursday No. 8 Northwestern State fell to No. 5 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 57-46; No. 7 Nicholls was defeated by No. 6 McNeese, 79-58.

Games continue through Saturday evening when the men’s championship will be crowned, and Sunday morning to determine the women’s champions. Please check

http://southland.org/sports/2017/1/27/MBB_0127174049.aspx for the latest scores and updates.

If you can’t make any of the games at Merrell Center, you can keep up with action on ESPN2 and ESPN3. Check your local cable provider for the times and dates.

Tompkins’ girls come in second 

By Tom Behrens, tbehrcomm@gmail.com

The Bubba Fife Relays were held in Katy, March 4 at Tompkins High School with the team championships going to The Woodlands. The Lady Highlanders amassed 169 points to win the girls division, keeping ahead of a Tompkins squad that won three of the seven relays at the unique meet.

District 19-6A results

GIRLS

Top 10 teams: 1. The Woodlands, 169; 2. Tompkins, 127; 3. Katy, 111; 4. Cinco Ranch, 85; 5. Langham Creek, 67; 6. Seven Lakes, 66; 7. Travis, 43; 8. Alvin, 28; 9. Cy Ranch, 12; 9. Morton Ranch, 12

BOYS

Top 10 teams: 1. The Woodlands, 111.6; 2. Langham Creek, 106.3; 3. Strake Jesuit, 100; 4. Seven Lakes, 83; 5. Travis, 68; 6. Morton Ranch, 57; 7. Katy, 56; 8. Cinco Ranch, 38; 9. Tompkins, 33; 10. St. Pius X, 20

Katy won two girls relays, taking gold in the distance medley and 3,200-meter relay, the first in meet-record time. Individual female champions included Cinco Ranch’s McKenna Molder (300 hurdles), and Seven Lakes’ Dana Pollack, (pole vault).

Morton Ranch took home gold medals in the 400-meter relay.

Katy’s Ryan Yerrow won the 3,200, with teammate Garvin Chilton the runner-up. Individual male champions included Tompkins’ Mason Corbin, (high jump)

The Lady Falcons of Tompkins won all three relays. McKenzie Foster, Marisa Richardson, Tyra White and Collins clocked a 48.37 to win the 400 relay. Collins anchored the 800 relay as Jasmin Michchell, Sarah Kirby and Ryan Little came in at 1:43.58. Collins added on gold winning the 100 meter dash with 12.05 and placed fifth in the long jump.

Distance runner Alyssa Balandrawn won the 3,200 and earned silver in the 1,600, while Zoe Shanklin and Lauren Robinson combined for eight points in the shot put.

Rebeca Beaird, Kirby and Mitchell were joined by Elena Wolf for the mile relay, clocking a 3:55.45. The Lady Falcons were in third place during the second lap but closed the gap and traded leads with The Woodlands before finally taking over around the 150-meter mark. 

Strake Jesuit Crusaders scored in nine events, notably winning consecutive races in the sprint medley relay and distance medley relay. Luke Stavinoha, Jason Bugg, Matthew Drury and Matthew Boling clocked a 3:29.84 for the sprint medley win, while a 10:44.92 run by Jeff Price, Diego Soto, Tyler Litton and Will Hartwig won by almost 10 seconds.

Boling, Drury, Bugg and Price teamed up for a 3:20.89 in the 1,600 relay, holding off Travis by a full second. The Crusaders also won the bronze medal in the sprint relay and took fourth in the 3,200 relay. Boling led individually, leaping 23-4 ¼ in the long jump.

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By Tom Behrens, tbehrcomm@gmail.com

After some very close playoff games, Cinco Ranch’s mojo ran out against Bush, 67-53 on Tuesday evening.

Bush outscored Cinco Ranch 16-3 in the first quarter, putting the Cougars in a hole that they couldn’t climb out of. Cinco Ranch made up three of the points in the second quarter, outscoring Bush 24-21. Cinco and Bush fought to a tie, 11-11 in the third quarter, but then slipped further behind being outscored 16-13 in the last quarter.

Jay Jay Chandler for Cinco Ranch, who will be playing his next basketball game at Texas A&M, led the scoring for the Cougars with 17 points, adding another “Player of the Game” award. Since 2013, Chandler has earned “Player of the Game” accolade 31 times, including “Player of the Year” for the 2015-16 season.

For the 2015-16 season, Jay Jay was the teams most valuable player, named 19-6A district MVP, 1st Team All-district, TABC all region, and All-state.

The Cinco Ranch Cougars end a great year at 28-6, 12-2, with a national ranking of 122 and ranked 15 in Texas. (Max Preps).