Sports

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).

Todd McVey

By: Tom Behrens

Katy ISD has announced that Todd McVey is the new Head Football Coach/Campus Athletic Coordinator at Obra D. ​Tompkins High School (OTHS).

Coach McVey is currently serving as an Assistant Athletic Director for Katy ISD, and the Interim Head Coach at Tompkins.  He has been the Head Coach and Athletic Coordinator at McKinney HS and Killeen Harker Heights.  He was also a member of the staff at Texas City High school when they won the 4A state championship in 1997.

Coach McVey will be formally introduced to the Tompkins community at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Commons on Thursday, March 2. You are cordially invited to attend (4400 Falcon Landing Blvd., Katy, TX  77494)

Picture credit is Katy ISD

With five World Cups to their name, Brazil stands alone as the most decorated soccer nation. This summer, aspiring American players will have the opportunity to learn the secrets of their amazing success directly from over one hundred and fifty Brazilian coaches who will spend 10 weeks traveling around the country and sharing their knowledge.

TETRABRAZIl, the most popular Brazilian Soccer Coaching program in the US has been invited to hold one of their exclusive youth training camps right here in the growing soccer community of Katy, Texas.

“Katy Youth Soccer” – has teamed up to host the week long “TetraBrazil Soccer Camp” during the week of July 24th – July 28th, at Katy Park 24927 Morton Road Katy, TX 77493.

The camp will run Monday through Friday and each child will be coached by a member of TetraBrazil’s elite team of soccer coaches flown to the USA exclusively to work on these programs. TetraBrazil is a part of Challenger Sports who will hold over 3,500 Soccer programs this year and will coach over 200,000 players between the ages of 3 and 19.

TetraBrazil provide Day Camps, Team Camps and High School Camps to youth players of all ages. The unique TetraBrazil curriculum contains more than just techniques and tactics. Each member of the TetraBrazil coaching staff will bring an authentic taste of the flair, passion, and creativity of Brazilian soccer to the camps. In addition to learning advanced footwork, new skills and the most effective moves used by top Brazilian players, campers will warm up to samba music, learn Portuguese phrases and discover what it is like to grow up and play soccer in a country where the game is treated like a religion.

Each camper will receive a FREE TetraBrazil Soccer Camp T-Shirt & soccer Ball, and Brazilian soccer Poster and camp certificate. In addition, any child who signs up online at least 45 days prior to camp will receive a genuine TetraBrazil Soccer Replica Jersey (value $39) – www.challengersports.com

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

Session Name       Start Time             End Time               Min Age Max Age                Price
Half Day Camp      8:30 AM                11:30 AM              8              16                           $144.00
Half Day Camp      5:30 PM                 8:30 PM               8              16                           $144.00
Full Day Camp       8:30 AM                8:30 PM               8              16                           $193.00

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

Space is limited – parents are encouraged to sign up on line 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 Brazilian coaches for the week!

More information please contact   Mike Rees- 512-416-7706 – mrees@challengersports.com

COMPANY

TetraBrazil is a division of Challenger Sports. 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

There are conversations, pro and con, going on around Texas whether high school basketball needs a shot clock. The pros have it, colleges all use one, why not high schools?
College basketball has had shot clocks for men and women since 1985, Texas high school teams have never had one.
California, New York, Maryland, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Washington, North Dakota and South Dakota use a shot clock. The idea has been discussed informally in Texas for 30 years, but the University Interscholastic League has never been close to implementing it because a majority of the school superintendents are against it.
Coaches statewide are mixed on the idea according to Texas Association of Basketball Coaches assistant director Bob Wall. Teams that don’t press or push the pace, the shot clock might not be advantageous.
But the main reason shot clocks won’t be coming soon to Texas is simple, $cost$.
Every gym would have to be retrofitted with wiring for a shot clock. An additional person would be needed work the table for every single game, varsity through freshman, or for junior high, down through the seventh-grade B team. That’s another salary to be paid from the District budget.
Research done by the Dallas News found that when the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference added shot clocks for the 2010-11 season, the cost for purchasing and installing shot clocks would be $1,600 to $1,800 for each court. The price would undoubtedly be higher now for Texas schools.
Most teams shoot the ball in well under 30 to 35 seconds, the typical length of time for shot clocks.
What a shot clock would eliminate, however, is when teams stall while leading late in games. In last year’s 6A state semifinal, DeSoto passed the ball around for nearly a minute while leading Cibolo Steele by two points late in the game. The Eagles won the game 58-53. Wall High School beat Brock 24-21 in last year’s 3A girl’s state final. It was the lowest point total by a champion in UIL history.
Again, the question, does high school basketball need a shot clock? Something to think about as we root the Cinco Ranch boys along in this year’s quest for a state basketball title.

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Morton Ranch Girls Bring Home a State Championship in Wrestling

By Tom Behrens

The Lady Mavericks took down Euless Trinity, 86-82 to win the 6A gold at Berry Center, Saturday. The Morton Ranch girls went into the final rounds of the tournament in first place with 49 points. Its Morton Ranch’s first state title after two second place finishes.
Individually, Chelsea Sanchez was pinned by Euless Trinity’s Mack Beggs, but was a silver medal champion in the 110 pound class. April Penn, 185 pound class, defeated Arlington’s Naara Gonzales for a gold medal, and that gave enough points to put the State Championship trophy in the Morton Ranch trophy case.
In other girls’ matches, Seven Lakes’ Megan Lloyd took home gold in the 165 pound class.
For the boys, Katy High School’s Daniel Manibog (138) and Cameron Barnes (220) brought home gold. As a team, the Tigers finished fourth with 63 points. Allen won the boys’ 6A crown with a score of 264.5 points.

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Special Report by: Roba Abousaway and Meherina Khan, Co-Editors-in-Chief of the County Line

The games aren’t getting easier for the Cougars of Cinco Ranch. In Friday’s action, Cinco Ranch won another close game, defeating Bellaire 66-63. The game was tied at 53-53 at the end of regulation play, forcing overtime. Jaron Presley, with 22 seconds remaining, calmly drilled a three point shot that lifted Cinco Ranch to the win.
Cinco Ranch’s Player of the Game laurels were give to #40 Alonzo Sule who collected
18 points, 11 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block, 2 charges taken, and no fouls committed. Jay Jay Chandler scored 30 points for the 10th time this season.
Roba Abousaway and Meherina Khan, Co-Editors-in-Chief of the County Line, Cinco Ranch’s school newspaper, reported that the Cougars, 28-5, are the first boys basketball team in Cinco’s history to make it to the quarterfinals.
“We’re back to back to back district champs,” Coach Neil King said. “For us to be the only boys basketball team in Katy ISD that advanced to the area round is exciting. We’re representing our community, and we’re representing Cinco Ranch High School. Hopefully we’ll go out, play well, and execute our game plan to be able to represent Katy ISD in the quarterfinals.”
To maintain their numerous district titles and emerge victorious in many of their games, the team puts in countless hours of practice to improve their skills and create game plans on how to defeat their next opponent.
“They come to practice every day and work extremely hard,” King said. “We have a routine where we have practice and we work on our dribbling, our passing and our shooting. Then we work on our team concept of plays. We watch a tremendous amount of film on ourselves and on our opponent. We talk about our opponent’s weaknesses and strengths and what we’re going to have to do to be successful in the game.”
Day in and day out, the boys push themselves to compete and play to the best of their ability. However, their time on the court is not only spent playing a sport they are passionate about but also building character and leaving behind a story that will be told for many more years to come.
“We always talk about leaving your legacy because what we want them to do is try to achieve as much success as they can on the court so other teams that follow them will try to achieve as much as they have,” King said.
“Athletics is a good way to teach young people about the game of life, meaning that in life you have to work hard and you have to be disciplined. All of those things are going to help them be positive members of our society after they leave the Cinco Ranch basketball program.”
Though the competition will only become fiercer from here on out, the boys are ready to tackle whatever challenges come their way to represent Cinco Ranch.
“We have nine seniors on the team, and they want to continue to wear that Cinco Ranch jersey,” King said. “They don’t want to take that off and know that it’s the last time they’ll ever walk on the court or represent Cinco Ranch High School. They want to continue to advance so their legacy will be set for Cinco Ranch boys basketball for years to come. They’re competitors- they want to compete and they want to win.”

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By Tom Behrens

Katy guard Cait Calland (2) looks for an open player during the regional quarterfinals game against Cy Ranch on February 21, 2017 at the Leonard Merrill Center in Katy. Katy was defeated by Cy Ranch 76-56. Photo by John Glaser jmgcreativedesign.com

Up until this past week, District 19-6A girls and boys basketball teams were working their way through the UIL brackets for a chance to play for the Texas State Championship in basketball. But just like that, now there are no girls playing, and only one boys’ team left – Cinco Ranch.
Langham Creek Lady Lobos ended the Lady Spartans hopes on advancing to the semifinal game in Region III, defeating Seven Lakes 50-46 at Merrell Center, Tuesday.
The Spartans were ahead, but then the Lobos got hot on a 7-0 run to end the first quarter, leading 14-10. In the second quarter the Seven Lakes girls regained their poise, keeping Langham Creek attempting shots from the outside, and running the Spartan quick-pass offense to perfection. A three point play by Priscilla Williams gave the Spartans a 27-24 lead. Point guard, Briley Perkins for Langham Creek, cut the lead to 27-26 at halftime.
Coming out after the halftime break, the Lady Lobos took up where they ended the first half, attacking the Lady Spartan defense, matching the Lobos first quarter high of 14 points. Seven Lakes came back in the fourth quarter netting 12 points, but came up four points short.
The Lady Spartans end their season at 33-4, 12-0. The Lady Lobos continue their surprising season, and play Clear Springs in the semifinals.

Lady Tigers Ousted by Cypress Ranch
The Lady Tigers of Katy High School also didn’t end up with the end result they were shooting for, losing to Cypress Ranch 76-56. Early in the second quarter the Tigers led 19-0, but Cypress Ranch slowly chipped away at the Tiger lead, breaking a tie at 28-28 to take the lead. The Tigers kept the game interesting, trailing 34-37 at halftime.
In the third quarter the Lady Tigers regained the lead at 38-37, but then the Lady Mustangs took control limiting Katy to 22 points, while scoring 39 to put the game out of reach.
Katy closes out their season at 22-11.
In bi-district boys’ playoff games, played Tuesday evening, Seven Lakes lost 56-42 to Bush; Cinco Ranch had a close game with Ridge Point, winning 76-73; and Tompkins lost to Travis, 64-53.

The Noyes Fine Arts Foundation (NFAF) will host the first annual Tee-Off for the Arts golf tournament on Monday, April 24th, 2017 at 9 a.m. at the exclusive Club at Falcon Point in Katy. All proceeds from this tournament are dedicated to The Katy Grand Theatre Project, an NFAF effort to build a $3.4 million dollar performing arts center in Katy. The Katy Grand Theatre is to be a flagship fine arts venue for symphony, concerts, and year round musical theatre productions for the Katy community. Player Registration and Tournament Sponsorship opportunities are now available through the website at www.nfaf.org.
NFAF has already secured $3.1 million in funding for the KGT Project. The Tee-Off for the Arts golf tournament is one of many fundraising efforts to raise the remaining $300,000 needed to complete the funding requirements necessary to build Katy’s first 300 seat, 13,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art performance center. The venue is set to be built near Avenue D in Katy. The contractual deadline to raise these funds is July 2017.
NFAF currently offers programs enriching the Katy and surrounding communities, including the Katy Youth Symphony, the Katy Youth Choir, and the Books Alive! touring theatrical literacy through the arts program. Details about these existing programs can be found on the website at www.nfaf.org. Once built, the Katy Grand Theatre will be home to these programs, now outsourcing space, along with a community based, professional quality theatre troupe and a theatrical training program for students. Additionally, the venue will serve private and public organizations that may rent the performance center at affordable rates – which is not currently available in Katy.
Support our community and this much needed venue by participating in the NFAF Tee-Off for the Arts golf tournament. Player Registration and Tournament Sponsorship opportunities are now available through the website at www.nfaf.org.

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By Tom Behrens, tbehrcomm@gmail.com

While the girls are battling it out in the area III quarterfinals at Merrell Center, Feb. 20, the boys will be playing their first playoff games in different venues across the west side of Houston. Seven Lakes takes on Bush, 7:30 p.m. at Coleman. The Bush Broncos have been regional finalists the last two years.

Cinco Ranch travels to Alief Taylor to play Ridge Point at 7:00 p.m.; Tompkins makes a short trip south to play Travis at Fulshear. District 19-6A non-Katy team, Strake Jesuit, plays Austin at 6:00 p.m. at Coleman.

Up to the very last game of the regular season, Cinco Ranch, Tompkins, and Strake Jesuit were all tied for first place and the number one seed for the playoffs in District 19-6A.

The final standings and seeding finds the Cougars of Cinco Ranch (26-5, 12-2), first place; Strake Jesuit Crusaders (24-7, 11-3), second; Tompkins Falcons (24-9, 11-3), third place; and Seven Lakes Spartans (24-8, 9-5) in the final seed.

Players to watch: Cinco Ranch, # 0 point guard, Jayjay Chandler, third with an average 12.5 ppg, second in rebounds, 3.7, first in assists, 2.5, and first in steals per game 1.3. #40 Alonzo Sule, power forward, third with 6.4 average ppg, first in rebounds, 4.3, fourth in steals, 0.5 and first in average blocks per game. It is noteworthy that Chandler’s numbers are above the National Average in all the categories. (Names and numbers supplied by MAX PREPS)

If you enjoy prep basketball, this is what you wait for all year…District 19-6A boys and girls battling for a shot at the Texas State Championship. Lace up your sneakers and don your favorite school colors. Cheer your team on to victory!