Cinco Ranch – Fort Bend Austin, Langham Creek, and Ridge Point:
The District 19-6A champion Cinco Ranch Lady Cougars defeated Fort Bend Austin, Langham Creek, and Ridge Point. Kendall Hollo highlighted the Ridge Point victory with two goals. Mckenzie Chew, Ali Russell, Olivia Futch, Shaylee Anaya, Alexa Zarvos and Abby Mcclain, contributed both offensively and defensively for the Lady Cougars in their climb up the playoff ladder. The Cougars next opponent: Atascocita in the Regional Semifinals.
Cinco Ranch – Atascocita
The Cougars came up against a very good Atascocita team (22-2-2, 12-1-1) finally preserving a 1-0 victory. Shaylee Anaya finished a corner in the 38th minute for the game’s lone goal. Atascocita only managed three shots on goal and one corner. Next up is the matchup everybody was looking forward to – Cinco Ranch versus Tompkins for the Regional championship.
This year will make six straight years for the Lady Cougars to be in the regional tournament, the fifth straight year in the Regional Final – all the while facing another KISD school.
Cinco Ranch – Tompkins showdown
Freshman Veruzla Gomez, in her first varsity start, supplied Tompkins’ first goal in the Class 6-A Region III girls’ soccer finals. Skyler Parker sealed the Falcons’ first victory over the Cougars when she scored off a Joannie Ramos corner kick for a 2-0 advantage in the 65th minute. The Tompkins Lady Falcons defeated Cinco Ranch 2-0.
The Falcons didn’t allow a goal in the regional tournament. They posted three shutouts in the march to the state and six in district.
Forward Barbara Olivieri, the teams’ leading scorer, paced the Falcons offensive attack with 17 goals and is second with nine assists. Joannie Ramos had 14 goals and eight assists; Kayla Ruopp had 12 goals and Leanne Veary had 10.
Senior goalkeeper Cailey Croson gave up only .91 goals per game.
Tompkins Lady Falcons vs. Austin Vandegrift (19-1-4) in the semifinals
With the game tied at 1-1, Tompkins scored again and added another goal for good measure to defeat Leander Vandegrift 3-1 at Birkelbach Field. The Lady Falcons next faced Pflugerville Hendrickson for the 6A State Championship. The Hawks (18-4-4) went to overtime against Keller to make it to the top game.
The Falcons are loaded with talent; it could be their time. The Pflugerville Hendrickson Hawks get the better of Tompkins
Hendrickson defeated Tompkins, 2-0, in the Class 6A state championship game Saturday at Birkelbach Field.
Behind a strong defense and freshman goalkeeper MaKenna Garcia, MVP of the game, the Hawks (19-4-4) shut out Keller, which hadn’t scored less than two goals since January, and Tompkins, which outscored its first six playoff opponents 20-4.
Tompkins ends the year at 19-5-3. “Second place is not what we wanted but I’m super proud of every single one of them,” said Tompkins Coach Jarrett Shipman in an after game interview. “We have an expectation to be back here next year.”
Kayla Geren put Hendrickson up in the 31st minute, taking a Jayme Woodfill cross and ripping a shot that Tompkins goalkeeper Cailey Croson got a hand on before the ball bounced off the crossbar and into the goal.
Kensley Martin added an unassisted goal in the second half. Hendrickson outshot the Falcons 22-12, which included a 14-4 advantage in the first 40 minutes.
The Katy ISD board members in a recent meeting unanimously voted to name the second Katy ISD stadium Mike Johnston Field at Legacy Stadium.
“It’s an honor, not for just myself, but for my family to have our family name attached to a facility,” Coach Johnston said in a recorded interview at the almost completed new stadium. It’s also a tribute to the coaches I had work with me through those years. It’s also for the outstanding players I had at Katy during that time. It’s an honor and a tribute both and overall just a great blessing.”
He said he had no inkling that his name was going to be on the stadium. “I didn’t know anything about it. I had never thought about anything like this happening.”
The Mike Johnston-Katy ISD Connection:
Beginning in 1982, Johnston guided the Katy Tigers program for the next 22 years ending his tenure following the 2003 season and a third State Championship – winning titles also in 1997 and 2001.
When things began, Johnston’s Tigers went a combined 4-26 overall in his first three years. The next 19 years Johnston’s Tigers recorded and overall record of 196-49, 12 District Championships, and three State Championships.
During an extended weather delay a couple years back I had the chance to visit with Coach Johnston in the press box at Rhodes Stadium and listen to him reminisce about his coaching career.
“It was kind of rough those first few years,” Johnston said. “Once we got kids buying into what we were asking them to do and our staff became more established, it all came to fruition. The community was always supportive and of course when you start winning it just excites the community even more. Of course Coach (Gary) Joseph took over and he’s even taken it to another level. It’s a pleasure for me to be indirectly associated with what’s going on.”
Since retiring from Katy High School in 2003, Johnston hasn’t strayed far from the program he helped build into what it is today. During the weekdays, at times, Johnston can be found having a morning coffee with Coach Gary Joseph, watching practice, and then on gameday settling into his seat up in the press box.
The new stadium will seat 2,232 more fans than the current 9,768-seat Jack Rhodes Memorial Stadium, which sits right next to it, giving it a maximum capacity of 12,000. Improved roads around the stadium, a 4,000-space parking lot and a $1.8 million video replay board are also some of the amenities to come with the new stadium.
Between Mike Johnston Field at Legacy Stadium and Rhodes Stadium, games will be confined to the evenings only, no more Saturday day games. As Coach Johnston said, the heat coming off the artificial turf can be brutal to both players and fans in the stadium during the day games.
Mike Johnston Field at Legacy Stadium will have more uses than for just football. Drill teams and bands will have a place to showcase their talents at both the games and the different UIL contests throughout the year. Soccer games in 2017-2018 will also have the opportunity to be played in the new facility.
The price tag for the stadium pushed past the $70-million mark in the fall coming, to a total cost of $70.3 million for the facility. Johnston reported in another interview that he was aware of the concern for the overall cost of the stadium.
“When you had to start from scratch, which they did, we had no infrastructure or anything. If you’re going to be competitive, if you’re going to be in the hunt you have to show that you’re supporting what’s going on in your district. I think this is probably a good physical example that our school district supports our kids in competition.”
Where will Coach Johnston be at the start of the 2017 football season?
Of course, Johnston will be in attendance at the football games. “Oh yes, I make the games at Rhodes right now, I don’t miss many games,” Johnston said. “Starting Thursday nights, I’m usually there. If they’re looking for me in the fall, they’ll know where to find me.”
The Children’s Memorial Hermann IRONKIDS Texas Fun Run offers young athletes, ages 3 to 14, the opportunity to feel the excitement of competition while enjoying the outdoors and promoting healthy living.
Offering both a half-mile and one-mile course, the festivities will take place in The Woodlands, TX around Town Green Park, 2099 Lake Robbins Drive, on Saturday, April 15.
Registration is $20 and each athlete receives a race bib, finisher shirt, medal, goodie bag and the pride of calling themselves an IRONKID!
WHEN Saturday, April 15
8 a.m.: Registration opens and festivities begin
10 a.m.: Race
WHERE Town Green Park
2099 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77380
REGISTER Registration is $20 and can be completed online at www.ironkids.com or on-site on April 15 from 8-9:30 a.m.
MORE The fun doesn’t end with the run! Parents and kids alike will enjoy family-friendly activities, including an appearance by the Houston Rockets’ mascot Clutch, a flyover by Memorial Hermann Life Flight®, a TIRR Memorial Hermann obstacle course for kids, face painting, photo booth, a bean bag toss game, a prize drawing for a bicycle and a wagon, and more.
Local fencer Jonathan Piskovatskov earned a bronze medal at the Cadet World Fencing Championships on Monday in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Piskovatskov is a Junior at Westchester Academy for International Studies High School in Spring Branch.
Fencers are selected based on cumulative points scored at national and international tournaments over the course of the fencing season from July 2016 through February 2017. Only the highest three-ranking fencers qualify to represent the United States for the Cadet (under 16-years-old) World Championships. The World Championships are the highest level of international competition equivalent to the Olympics for Cadet and Junior Fencers.
Piskovatskov earned his bronze medal for third on Monday, April 3, 2017 in a field of 132 top world fencers. Piskovatskov made it to the top four, losing only to gold-medal winner Davide Di Veroli of Italy in the semifinals.
Fellow Alliance Fencing Academy club members Gigi Vierheller and Sean Wilson have also earned spots on the United States World Championship Teams. Vierheller, formerly a student at Lamar High School, is on the Junior Women’s Epee Team. Sean Wilson, a senior at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory High School, is on the Junior Men’s Epee Team. Vierheller is a starter on the Varsity fencing team at Columbia University. Wilson has been accepted to the Wharton school of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and will be fencing there next year. Piskovatskov is also an alternate for the Junior Men’s Epee World Championships.
Piskovatskov started “hanging around fencers” at Alliance Fencing Academy when he was 3-years-old. At 7, Piskovatskov started fencing. At 10, he did chores around the club in exchange for lessons with his dad.
In fact, fencing runs in the family. His dad Andrey Geva was the United States Olympic Coach for Women’s Epee at last year’s Olympics in Rio and currently is the National Women’s Epee Coach responsible for training the next Olympic team. Jonathan’s older brother Anton earned a fencing scholarship to Penn State where he is a Varsity starter. His 9-year-old younger sister Eliana has already taken several medals in youth competitions.
Coach Geva says, “Jonathan is very goal-oriented. He sets his goals in fencing and works hard to achieve them.” Jonathan’s hard work has paid off. At 10, Jonathan won every Youth-10 competition on the National Fencing Circuit. He was the #1 ranked fencer at yearend in his division in both 2010 and 2011. At 14, Jonathan moved up a division competing against fencers up to 16 years old. He finished the season ranked #1.
Jonathan attributes his success to hard work, training and “being able to regularly fence so many other great fencers at the club [Alliance Fencing Academy]. It’s really like my family outside my family.”
Alliance Fencing Academy has grown to over 350 students, making it the largest epee fencing school in the country. Alliance has two locations – one in downtown Houston and one in The Woodlands. The two locations share students and World-class coaches. Three of Alliance’s coaches are Designated Coaches for the United States’ international teams.
At the World Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria April 1-10, 2017, the US-designated coaches come from Alliance Fencing Academy, too. Andrey Geva is coaching the US Cadet Epee Team and Junior Women’s Epee Team. Sergey Danilov will coach the US Junior Men’s Epee Team.
The event raised funds for scholarships, subsidized programming
On March 27, the Fort Bend Family YMCA, T.W. Davis Family YMCA, Monty Ballard YMCA at Cinco Ranch, and the YMCA at Katy Main Street – all four located in Fort Bend County – raised more than $64,000 in the 11th Annual YMCA Spring Golf Classic.
Sponsored by Fort Bend Toyota and Sterling McCall Lexus for the sixth consecutive year, the event’s proceeds will go to the YMCA’s Annual Campaign to ultimately provide scholarships and subsidized programming for at-risk children.
The YMCA rounded up more than 130 players and 32 teams to take part in the charitable event – breaking a record of participation. Thirty volunteers helped make the event a success.
“As a YMCA volunteer, it is exciting to see so much support from the business community, which is committed to the YMCA and the impact that it has on our community,” said Barbara Jones of Fluor Corporation, YMCA golf chair and T.W. Davis YMCA board member.
The tournament was held at Pecan Grove Country Club and included several on-course competitions, sponsored by Thom Polvogt Insurance Group, Top Golf and Firehouse Subs. It also included a lunch donated by Swinging Door BBQ and dinner donated by Macaroni Grill.
In addition, participants participated in silent and live auctions that raised more than $12,000. Fort Bend County Commissioner James Patterson served as auctioneer and special guest at the event was Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert.
All proceeds from the event will benefit the Annual Support Campaigns of the Fort Bend Family YMCA in Missouri City, the T.W. Davis Family YMCA in Richmond, the Monty Ballard YMCA at Cinco Ranch, and the YMCA at Katy Main Street. Combined, the campaigns provide scholarships or subsidized programming for more than 7,000 youth, families and individuals in YMCA programs, outreach and memberships.
“We are thankful to have the ongoing support of so many sponsors and teams who have participated in this tournament since its inceptions. Through their support combined with all our new teams and sponsors, hundreds of youth and families will benefit from YMCA services this summer,” said Brian Haines, district executive director for the YMCA of Greater Houston.
In addition to the event’s title sponsors, Fort Bend Toyota and Sterling McCall Lexus, other top sponsors were Fluor Corporation, NtheZone Photography, Staff Force Personnel Services, NRG – WS Parish Plant and First Transit.
With eight games left in regular season:
1. Seven Lakes 5-1-0 and 15-5-0
2. Tompkins 5-2-0 and 13-7-1
3. Taylor 4-2-0 and 13-7-0
4. Katy 4-2-0 and 15-5-1
5. Strake Jesuit 3-4-0 and 16-6-3
6. Morton Ranch 3-4-0 and 9-13-0
7. Cinco Ranch 2-4-0 and 7-11-0
8. Mayde Creek 0-7-0, 1-15-0
Katy HS… At the beginning of the season, Coach Tom McPherson reported that the Tigers did not have many players returning from last year. The Tigers graduated 16 seniors, leaving only three players with playing time—Hayden Ebrecht who was injured, Coy Cobb, and J.J. Padilla Ebrecht after feeling discomfort in throwing at the beginning of season underwent Tommy John surgery and will be out the rest of the year.
Taylor HS … Coach Matt Glover reported eight starters returning, include Max Wright, Alex Stokes and pitcher Matt Whelan.
Tompkins HS …is challenging the number one team in District 19-6, Seven Lakes HS, being only one game out of first place. Tompkins returned six starters from last year’s team. The Falcons went 10-7 in District 19-6A last year, and were 23-12-1 and 23-12-1 overall.
Baseball Pitch Count
This season, national pitch-count limits are part of the high school game.
A 2015 study by the American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine found that 56.7 percent of Tommy John surgeries to replace the UCL between 2007 and 2011 were performed on 15 to 19-year-olds.
Nearly all states also factor in how much rest a pitcher has in the pitch-count limits, following Pitch Smart recommendations from USA Baseball and Major League Baseball.
According to the guidelines, a 17 or 18-year-old pitcher should throw no more than 105 pitches in a day and needs a minimum of four days rest before throwing again once he reaches 76 pitches.
Pitchers who are 13-16 should throw a maximum of 95 pitches; 13 and 14-year-olds need four days rest when they reach 66 pitches, and 15 and 16-year-olds need four days rest when they reach 76.
The Dallas News reported earlier this year that Texas pitch count regulations state that all high school players — no matter their age — will be limited to 110 pitches in a game. A player would also be limited to a total of 110 pitches total in a postseason series. Junior high players are limited to a total of 85 pitches.
Players will be required to rest a certain amount of days based on the number of pitches they’ve thrown in a contest.
In Grades 9 through 12, if the pitcher throws 31-45 pitches, he gets one day rest. At the top end, 86-110 pitches, he gets to rest his arm and body four days. In Junior High games, grades 7 and 8, 66-85 are the top numbers; the pitcher gets to take four days rest.
The home team designates an official pitch counter each game. That person will not be allowed in the dugout. He or she can meet with coaches or a team representative in between innings to verify the pitch counts.
UIL athletic director Susan Elza said her organization will continue to monitor the process and could make changes to the recording, collection, or even the number itself.
“I think this year will tell us everything we need to know,” Elza was reported as saying. “This is a starting point.”
The road to the state championship just might lead again through Tiger Land.
The Lady Tigers are ranked number three in Texas high school softball according to Max Preps, boasting a perfect 7-0-0 in District 19-6A and 22-3-0 overall
Katy HS 7-0-0 and 22-3-0
Seven Lakes 4-2-0 and 9-6-0
Tompkins 4-2-0 and 9-4-1
Cinco Ranch 3-3-0 and 10-13-0
Mayde Creek 2-4-0 and 7-12-0
Morton Ranch 2-4-0 and 7-13-0
Taylor 0-7-0 and 2-17-0
With Coach Kalum Haack back on the bench for the Tigers, the girls have been on a run scoring rampage. Kayla Garcia, Kennedie Schexnayder, Tori Whillock, and Chloe Cobb have all been doing their share. Alyssa LeBlanc has been holding the Katy opponents down as the hitters run the bases.
All District 19-6A Girls Basketball Picks
MVP: Laura Rowe, Katy
OFFENSIVE MVP: Brooke Bigott, Seven Lakes
DEFENSIVE MVP: Bailey Brown, Seven Lakes
NEWCOMER: Priscilla Williams, Seven Lakes
FIRST TEAM: Sophia Carrasco, Cinco Ranch; Astrid Doennem, Seven Lakes; Alayna O’Connor, Taylor; Macy Ray, Taylor; Kelley Skinner, Katy; Samantha Washburn, Morton Ranch;
SECOND TEAM: Cait Calland, Katy; Valerie Chastain, Cinco Ranch; Danyle Courtley, Cinco Ranch; Olivia Harolds, Mayde Creek; Cassidy Howard, Katy; Jada Lake, Seven Lakes; Amani McKnight, Morton Ranch; Micayla Mikulski, Tompkins; Leah Peters, Taylor; Tristin Scherpereel, Taylor offensive tackle. He also played fullback and defensive end.
Whoa …. What happened here?
UIL boys and soccer games that were supposed to be played on Thursday, got moved to Friday at the last minute. It wasn’t just District 19-6A games, but Thursday evening games all over Texas.
So why were the games moved? It’s called STAAR testing.
Houston’s confusion started when Ali Zamanian checked his email early Thursday. The vice- president of scheduling for the Houston Southwest Soccer Officials Association was informed playoff games couldn’t be held Thursday due to statewide STAAR testing.
The State Board of Education prohibits participating schools from any area, regional or state competition Monday through Thursday the week of testing. STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness) are state-mandated exams assessing a student’s knowledge in a particular grade level. English I and II were this week, with Algebra I, Biology and U.S. History administered the first week of May.
Regular-season games are allowed during testing (baseball and softball teams played this week). At the same time, the University Interscholastic League, which governs athletics for Texas public schools, listed on its calendar and website Thursday as a possible date for the soccer playoff games.
The Houston area had 14 games scheduled for Thursday evening.
Seven Lakes girl’s teams advance to Regional Quarter Finals;
Seven Lakes boys the only team to advance Regional Finals
The Cinco Ranch Cougars soccer team lost Friday’s neutral playoff game against Cypress Lakes by a score of 2-0. The Cougars, seeded number 3 in District 19-6A, and ranked 12 in Texas finished the season at 9-2-3 in district, and 15-3-4.
The Lady Cougars of Cinco Ranch had no problems in taking care of Fort Bend Austin, 6-0 in Bi-district and then Lanhgam Creek, 3-0 in Area. The Cougars next opponent will be Ridge Point in the Regional Quarter finals
Strake Jesuit boys, the number one seed in the district had no problems with Fort Bend Austin, 4-1, but lost to Cy-Ridge, 2-1.
Morton Ranch boys went down in defeat in close game, 3-2, to Fort Bend Travis in Bi-district .
Seven Lakes Spartans, the lone survivor in the boys’ brackets from district, defeated Fort Bend Dulles, 4-0, and had a tougher time with Cypress Falls, winning 1-0. The next game for the Spartans will be with Cypress Lakes in Regional Quarter finals.
The Seven Lakes Girls displayed the talent they have that might take them deep in the playoffs. The Lady Spartans defeated Fort Bend Clements, 4-1, Cypress 1-1 (w) and now face a familiar District 19 team, Tompkins in the Regional Quarter finals.
Tompkins girls thrashed Fort Bend Kempner 8-0, and survived a Cy-Fair scare, 3-2.
The Taylor girls lost a heartbreaker to Ridge Point, 1-0 at Bi-district level.
Katy Isd Sports Alums Making News
Rodney Anderson: This could be his year with the Sooners
“God has a plan,” Anderson said. “It’s strange how they’re crazy injuries, they’re not everyday injuries. I don’t know, but God has a plan,” he said in an interview with the ourdaily.com.
In his freshman year at Oklahoma, Anderson broke a leg in the Sooners game with Tennessee, sidelining him for the season. In his second year he broke his neck in fall practice, again taking him all the Oklahoma depth charts.
Now in his third year at OU, Anderson is determined to make a comeback.
“I’m going to take the opportunity and do the most I can with it,” Anderson said. “I’m always going to give 100 percent in everything I do and just try to make the most of it,”
Mayde Creek football alum invited to Texans local draft prospect day
Towson fullback Dreon Johnson has been invited to work out for the Texans’ at their local draft prospect day, according to a source not authorized to speak publicly.
The workout for players who attended local high schools and colleges is scheduled for April 8.
Listed at 6-foot, 242 pounds, Johnson attended Mayde Creek High School.
He was a two-time team captain who was an all-district.