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The Katy Raiders, a 12 and under select team, received an invitation to play at Cooperstown Dreams Park, spending a week in the Baseball Village clubhouses beginning June 3. A tournament of 104 teams begins June 4 with six pool play games and extends into a single-elimination bracket June 7-8.
The team will take 12 players to Cooperstown, a trip they were awarded by the Lone Star Pride in Bellville, who played at the Dreams Park tournament last year. Selected teams receive “grandfather” bids to offer to another team that has registered for the tournament.
The majority of the Raiders are from Katy, but the team also has three players from Houston, two from Bellville and one from the Sugar Land area. The core group has played together for four years.
Team members include David Carrillo, Daniel Villarreal, Simon Massi, Jhonnatan Ferrebus, Eli Stewart, Harrison Acquaro, Cam Kaminsky, Brett Dolejsi, Cole Neumann, Parker Booth, Nathan Fan and Blake Linseisen. The Raiders are coached by Ty Stuckey, Len Jones and Miguel Stewart. Peter Acquaro is the general manager.
Stuckey was quoted as saying his focus is on developing the players for middle school and high school baseball. He is a former Klein Collins and University of Houston standout. A left-handed pitcher and outfielder, Stuckey was drafted from UH by Cincinnati Reds in the 26th round in 2010 before playing professionally in the independent Pecos League.
The Raiders are one of 10 teams from Texas in the tournament, along with the Bellaire Baseball Club, Dynasty Black, Timbergrove Thunder, West University Wranglers and three Houston Post Oak squads among those representing the Houston area.
In addition to competing against teams from around the country, members of the Katy Raiders will be enshrined in the prestigious American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame and had the opportunity to visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Team members had a chance to participate in the “King of Swat,” “Road Runner”, “Golden Arm”, and “Around the Horn Plus” skills competition.
Competing in Triple A in USSSA and as a 12U Premier team in Nations Baseball, the Raiders have held their own against quality competition. They won the 2016 USSSA Global World Series in Destin, Florida.

ATHENS— The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, headquarters for the Texas Division of the Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art Contest, announced the top 12 state winners May 31. 

The State-Fish Art Contest is part of a conservation education program designed to interest youth in fishing by encouraging K-12 students to submit original artwork of any officially designated state fish and an essay or poem about the participant’s fish entry, its habitat or efforts to conserve it. This year, judges at the TFFC chose the 12 winners out of 763 total entries from Texas students.


In the K-3 category, winners are: First Place, Serene Wang of Keller; Second Place, Alanna Sun of Coppell; Third Place, Peiyu Cheng of Keller.


In the grades 4–6 category, winners are: First Place, Oleksandra Yesieva of Lantana; Second Place, Joseph Kim of Carrollton; Third Place, Joshua Krahulec of Keller.


In the grades 7–9 category, winners are: First Place, Nancy Shao of Sugar Land; Second Place, Edward Chen of Missouri City; Third Place, Youngone Lee of Carrollton.


In the grades 10–12 category, winners are: First Place, Madelyn Hornfischer of South Lake; Second Place, Audrey Horn of Keller; Third Place, Isaac March of Grapevine.


Scholarships in the grades 10–12 division are $1,000 for first place, $750 for second place and $500 for third place. Awards in the 4–6 and 7–9 grade levels are $200 for first, $150 for second and $100 for third. In the K–3 division awards are $100 for first, $75 for second and $50 for third. Scholarships for Texas winners are provided by the Texas Bass Classic Foundation, with additional support for the contest provided by the William E. Armentrout Foundation and Friends of the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center.


All winners and honorable mentions and their families and teachers will be invited to a free day at TFFC for an awards ceremony and luncheon June 24, where winners will receive their cash prizes and winners and honorable mentions will receive a set of free fishing gear.


First-place entries advanced to the national level and competed against winners from other states. Although none of the Texas entries won a national first place prize, the art will be displayed at the  2017 State-Fish Art EXPO Aug. 11- 13 in Columbia, South Carolina, at the FLW Cup, the World Championship of Bass Fishing. At the EXPO, the first place Texas winners will go up against the rest of the state entries for a 2017 People’s Choice Award, which is voted on by the public online throughout July and in person at the EXPO.


Honorable mentions for Texas students in grades K–3 are: Hyunjeong Roh of Coppell, Lucas Clubb of Southlake, Asher Cone of Manchaca, Clement Wang of Keller, Sophia Liu of Coppell, Isabella Vega of Fort Worth, Emilio Solis of Fort Worth, Jasmine Cai of Coppell and Eunice Jiang of Coppell.


Honorable mentions in grades 4–6 are: Oscar Bulcuvita of Austin, Simona Pastor of Katy, Alice Won of Flower Mound, David Kim of Carrollton, Andrea Susantio of Irving, Tarini Gupta of Irving, Anushree De of Coppell, Ela Guo of Dallas and Haley Jenkins of Grandview.


Honorable mentions for grades 7–9 are: Corbin Carroll of Winnsboro, Katie Thomas of Winnsboro, Caylee Carroll of Winnsboro, Tristen Perry of Winnsboro, McKenna Chung of Southlake, Cady Lambert of Dallas, Kristine Kim of Cedar Park, Emily Yoon of Highland Village, Ainsley Mendenhall of Keller and Angelina Wu of Irving.


Honorable mentions for grades 10–12 are: Eleanor Dowell of Irving, Yifei Gao of Keller, Abigail Martinez of San Benito, Melanie Loredo of Rio Hondo, Adriana Gonzalez Olvera of Rio Hondo, Kayley Jones of Silsbee, Kealey Yoakum of Warren, Starla Presley of Warren and Bailee Ryals of Warren.


Educators who wish to have their students enter the 2018 contest can download the free “State-Fish Art Contest Lesson Plan” at The interdisciplinary curriculum includes lessons and activities, a species identification section profiling each state fish, a glossary and student worksheets. Entries must be postmarked by March 31 each year.


The State-Fish Art Contest is a project of Wildlife Forever. Located in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, Wildlife Forever is a nonprofit multispecies conservation organization dedicated to conserving America’s wildlife heritage. Working at the grassroots level, Wildlife Forever has funded conservation projects in all 50 states, committing millions of dollars to “on-the-ground” efforts. Wildlife Forever supports habitat restoration and enhancement, land acquisition, research and management of fish and wildlife populations.

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Over the memorial weekend as others planned out their vacations the Katy Texans played their hearts out to bring home a State Championship. As seen on the hit show Friday Night Tykes our 9 year old boys competed and advanced to the State playoffs held on  05/27 and 05/28 in McAllen Texas. The playoffs were held at the McAllen Sport Park in 100 plus weather, the boys competed in 3 rounds against the best in the state. The boys advanced to the championship round after eliminating the #1 seed Harlingen, Texas wolf pack. Against all odds the KATY Texans played and beat the Cypress Tigers 19 to 12 in a double overtime game in the State Super Bowl. The state trophy belongs to Katy, it was an amazing game our boys never gave up. The story is taking social media by storm in both Houston and Katy , 100s of posting have already been added on Facebook

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By Tom Behrens

Lady Katy Tigers have no problems with Atascocita

Alyssa LeBlanc worked a complete game in the opener (8-2), and Chloe Cobb handled the Atascocita Eagles (5-2) to advance the Class 6A state softball tournament.

In the first game the Tigers built a six run lead after three innings. Kat Lopez, Tori Whillock, McKay Bloxham, and Kayla Garcia supplied the Katy Tiger power. Leblanc allowed six hits and struck out six in a complete game.

In the second game three straight singles led to Alyssa LeBlanc’s run-scoring hit and 1-0 lead in the first inning. Chloe Cobb, who pitched the second game for the Tigers, supported her winning performance with a run-scoring double in the third, followed by Cait Calland’s towering two-run blast to center field for a 4-0 advantage. Katy finished with nine hits, with LeBlanc going 2-for-4.

Cobb allowed two runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings of work.

Katy next plays Deer Park in the Regional finals, Saturday, May 27.

In battle of Tigers, Travis Tigers prevail over Katy

It didn’t come until the sixth inning in Game 3, but the Travis High School baseball floodgates eventually opened. Travis sent 11 batters to the plate – the first seven before recording an out – and went on to post an 8-2 win at Tompkins to win the Class 6A regional quarterfinal series.

Katy coach, Tom McPherson, complimented Travis as one of the best hitting teams he has seen in a long time. The Katy Tigers were outscored 21-4 by Travis in the three-game series.

Travis (27-6-1) advances to face North Shore.

On the links …Golf State Championship, May 16

Tompkins freshman Elina Sinz placed sixth as an individual medalist, finishing with a 145 at the Region III-6A golf state championships at the Legacy Hills Golf Club in Georgetown.

Seven Lakes, as a team, took ninth with rounds of 317 and 321. Valeria Patino carded a 73 and 76, tied for 15th. Isha Dhruva (76-78), Kathryn Wolf (84-84), Kathryn Gleason (84-85) and Grace Park (87-83) contributed to the Seven Lakes team finish.


Rosenberg, TX (May 18, 2017) – Fort Bend 4-H invites you to join us for two awesome summer camps, new this year! We’ll start off with Clover Kids Camp, an experience packed with hands-on fun for kiddos entering K-2nd grade. Youth will get an intro to 4-H yoga, robotics, animals and cooking on Friday, July 14, 2017 from 9am-12pm at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds (4310 TX-36, Rosenberg, TX 77471). The camp is FREE, just RSVP at

Next up will be our Music Camp, made possible through a partnership with Sound Foundation Academy. Learn music fundamentals and discover the world of 4-H performance arts on Monday, July 24 through Thursday, July 27, 2017 from 9am-12pm at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds. Entering 1st-5th graders will explore instruments, read music and develop rhythm through games, crafts, songs, dancing, and more! Register for $85 at

Every year the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension family supports Fort Bend County families with multiple themed camps for youth of various ages. Fort Bend 4-H is proud to offer summer camps for local youth to have fun, learn and make friends in a safe space. For more information, visit our website at or contact us at 281-342-3034.



4-H is a national youth development organization with local roots, present in every state of the U.S. and in every county of Texas. In 4-H, young kids develop leadership, communication, citizenship and responsibility, growing life skills through hands-on learning in clubs in their community.

Kids can sample water sports, horseback riding and more on May 21 

HOUSTON – On the banks of scenic Lake Livingston mounted to the tall pines is one of the longest dual zip lines in Texas. All summer long, children – secured in their harnesses – race each other down the cabled lines in what many have described as an “experience of a lifetime” on the 530 acres of YMCA’s Camp Cullen.

For those who have never experienced Camp Cullen in Trinity, Texas, the YMCA is opening its doors to the public free of charge on May 21 from 1 to 5 p.m. During this time, children will get to sample what this lakeside camp has to offer, specifically kayaking, horseback riding, archery and tours of the extra modern and air-conditioned cabins and a newly built dining hall that offers dramatic views of the lake at any time of day.

After attending Camp Cullen and climbing its 55-foot tall Alpine tower, going wake boarding, sailing, and playing sports, parachute games and paintball, kids often return home from this residential camp having gained much more than a week of fun.

“YMCA Camp Cullen is more than just a summer camp. It provides an opportunity for kids to have life-changing experiences. While each day is packed full of tubing, ropes courses, creative arts, drama, dancing and opportunities to learn about geology and environmental science, behind the scenes kids are building self-confidence and making lasting friendships,” said Andrew Hood, director of the camp. “Camp Cullen is a community that instills a sense of belonging and being a part of something.”

Camp Cullen has consistently garnered the highest ratings from camp participants and their parents. Hood believes this is because the camp is also designed to appeal to a kid’s heart and soul.

“No doubt our kids like the cool stuff, but at Camp Cullen, they feel at home. They are welcomed energetically from the minute they arrive and are embraced by a staff that takes caring of the children to more meaningful levels,” Hood said of the camp counselors, many of whom travel from as far away as Great Britain and Australia to be an instrumental part of the camp experience. “Every year, parents tell us that their children return home more confident than ever, and that they forged so many new and lasting friendships with kids they otherwise would never have met.”

Camp Cullen is open to kids ages 7-17 and operates in one-week sessions. It is located 90 miles north of Houston.

No registration is necessary to try Camp Cullen on May 21 from 1 to 5 p.m. for free. Simply drive up and have fun! Camp Cullen is located at 460 Cullen Loop in Trinity, Texas: Camp Map and Directions

Want to arrange a tour on another day? Please call 936-594-2274.

For more information, please visit:


Adventure Courses include: Challenge Course, Alpine Climbing Tower, Hamill High Ropes Course, Dual Zip Lines.

Special Tracks include: Horsemanship, Water Sports (water skiing, wakeboarding, knee boarding, tubing, canoeing, sailing), Teen Leadership and Kamp K’aana for children who struggle with weight issues.

Sports include: Basketball, Kickball, Soccer and Parachute Games.

Target Sports include: Archery, Paintball, and a .22 Rifle Range with a focus on safety.

Other Activities include: Creative Arts, Dance, Fishing, Outdoor Living Skills, Cookouts, Hiking, Nature Classes, Geology and Environmental Science.

Themed Weeks include: Aloha Summer, Teen Leadership Camp, Under the Big Top, Sci-Fi, Outdoor Leadership Development, Teen Adventure Camp, Superheroes, Passport to Another World, Wild Wild West, Planet Earth Safari and Time Traveler.

Fort Bend County Libraries’ Cinco Ranch Branch Library will present an introductory demonstration of Tai Chi techniques on Saturday, May 20, beginning at 2:30 p.m., in the meeting room of the library, located at 2620 Commercial Center Blvd in Katy.

YooSoo Shin, an instructor at Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi, will present a demonstration of Tai Chi-Qigong. After warming up, participants will learn simple forms of Tai Chi and Qigong. Those attending the class are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing.

YooSoo Shin has been teaching Tai Chi, Qigong, yoga, and meditation for more than 20 years.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Cinco Ranch Branch Library at 281-395-1311.

By: Tom Behrens

High hopes for several medals at the state championships

For Mayde Creek’s Javlyn Cameron, Katy’s Abby Brudnick, Morton Ranch’s Taila Fagan and Seven Lakes’ Cooper Campbell, it was one more shot at medals before beginning their college careers. Cameron, a hurdler, recently signed with Texas State University. Brudnick, a distance runner, signed with the University of Texas during the winter. Fagan, a sprinter, recently signed with the University of Houston. Campbell, a thrower, signed with the University of Oklahoma during the fall.

The boys high jump was an event of interest with Tompkins junior Mason Corbin and Seven Lakes senior Trey Angel among the favorites. Angel earned a bronze medal, with his 6-8 good enough for the state wild-card spot.

Tompkins boasts the top-ranked sprinter in the state as sophomore Kailei Collins carried an 11.31 into the state 100. She won an exceptional III-6A race that produced three of the fastest four times in the state.
Taylor junior Otito Ogbonnia emerged as one of the strongest throwers in the state, getting through a loaded regional field to advance to Austin in the shot put. Ogbonnia heaved 58-11 in the shot put and 172-9 ½ in the discus, taking bronze medals in both. He is ranked fifth in the shot put entering the state meet.


Danella Munoz, 4th, high jump, 5-6
Abby Brudnick, 2nd, 1600, 5:02.80
Michael Matus, 5th, discus, 166-4
Ryan Yerrow, 3rd, 3200, 9:44.00
Javlyn Cameron, 2nd, 100 hurdles, 13.72; 5th, 300 hurdles, 43.80
Taila Fagan, 2nd, 200, 24.81
Nic Hernandez, 6th, 200, 22.67
Boys 800 relay, 6th, 1:29.58 (Nic Hernandez, Telron Bradford, Dallas Ross, Westley Sellers)
Laura Broman, 6th, 3200, 11:36.65
Morgan Janda, 6th, high jump, 5-4
K.C. Nwadei, 6th, triple jump, 39-4; 6th, high jump, 5-4
Dana Pollack, 4th, pole vault, 11-0
Rachel Smith, 4th, discus, 127-11.5
Trey Angel, 3rd, high jump, 6-8
Cooper Campbell, 1st, shot put, 66-7
Zion Mpeye, 4th, 300 hurdles, 38.68
Boys 400 relay, 5th, 41.42 (Jahquan Bloomfield, Nonso Anyanti, Joshua Anadu, Chris Williams)
Boys 800 relay, 3rd, 1:26.97 (Jahquan Bloomfield, Nonso Anyanti, Joshua Anadu, Chris Williams)
Otito Ogbonnia, 3rd, shot put, 58-11; 3rd, discus, 172-9.5
Alyssa Balandran, 3rd, 1600, 5:04.90; 3rd, 3200, 11:18.69
Kailei Collins, 1st, 100, 11.31; 3rd, 200, 24.93
Mason Corbin, 1st, high jump, 6-9
Ben Perceful, 5th, pole vault, 14-6
Parker Powell, 6th, triple jump, 45-6

By Tom Behrens

And Now there is only one

The Katy Tigers are the remaining District 19-6A baseball team in UIL State Championship playoffs in Region 3.

Taylor Mustangs had to scratch and claw to earn the final seed in District 19-6A. Taylor prevailed 3-2 on the road, scoring twice in the seventh inning against Strake Jesuit; Matt Whelan worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom half. The senior right hander struck out the side to force a winner-take-all playoff for District 19-6A’s final postseason berth.

The Taylor Mustangs faced Travis in Bi-district losing in two games, 13-3 and 5-3, eliminating the Mustangs from the playoffs.

Tompkins, 19-6A’s three-seed, eliminated the Kempner Cougars in three games, winning Games 1 and 3 11-10 (10 innings) and 5-4, respectively. Kempner took Game 2, 5-1 to force a decisive game but, ultimately fell victim to the Falcons, whose baseball and softball teams recorded their first playoff series wins, another first for the Tompkins sports history books.

Tompkins was defeated by Cy Ranch, 8-5 and 2-0.

Seven Lakes lost to Ridge Point in three games to Ridge Point, 3-2, 3-6, 10-0 (five innings).

Katy edged out Bellaire, 2-1 and 7-1 to advance to the regional quarterfinals where they will meet Travis on May 20.

Softball …

Might be wise to place your order for tickets to the State Championship game

The Lady Tigers of Katy survived a scare by Travis in their Bi-district playoff game, winning 3-0. Travis in the seventh inning had two runners on base in scoring position with the game tying run at home place with one out before Katy pitcher, Alyssa LeBlanc stopped the Travis uprising

LeBlanc allowed six hits, striking out eight and walked three while pitching a complete game.

Katy found their old groove again defeating Cypress Lakes, 12-0 and 13-1. Cypress Lakes had previously eliminated Chaves 19-2 and 11-2. LeBlanc dominated in the 12-0 win, pitching a no-hitter while striking out seven in five innings. She also homered and drove in five at the plate.

Cait Calland was three for three with a home run and two RBIs. Kat Lopez homered in game one. McKay Boxham had five hits and three RBIs in the two games.

Kylie Redding and Chloe Cobb split the pitching in game two.

Next up for the Lady Tigers were the Ridge Point Panthers who the Tigers disposed of in one game, 3-0. Katy scored their first two runs on wild pitches.

The Panthers of Ridge Point had their chance to get back into the game after Tigers made two errors—a bad throw by Kat Lopez and a dropped ball by Chloe Cobb which allowed two Panther runners on base.

Never fear…Alyssa LeBlanc took care of the rest, pitching a complete game shutout.

Tompkins was eliminated from the playoffs after losing to Bellaire 4-2 and 8-0. This was the first ever playoff appearance for Tompkins.

Kilgore College Names Hall of Fame Inductees

Kilgore College Sports Information reports that Kilgore College will honor former standout athletes, coaches and contributors at its annual Hall of Fame Weekend Oct. 6-7.

Jorge Diaz played offensive tackle for the KC football team from 1992-93 under head coach Marion Turner. Born in New York, he grew up in Katy, playing football for Katy High School.

Following two years at KC, he played his remaining college football at Division II Texas A&M-Kingsville, where he was named an All-American. In 1996, he was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent where he played until 1999. He started six games as a rookie at left guard. The next year he became a regular starter at right guard. He was a part of a rushing attack that included running backs Mike Alstott and Warrick Dunn. Diaz also played one year for the Dallas Cowboys during the 2000 season.

Joshua Oglesby of Katy High School commits to BYU

More often than not in recruiting, there’s a decent amount of time between when a coaching staff sees a prospect for the first time and when they offer a scholarship, and then another chunk of time before that prospect commits to the school.

Such certainly wasn’t the case with the BYU football program’s newest commit for the 2018 class, running back Joshua Oglesby of Katy High School in Texas.

The 5-foot-9, 185-pound Oglesby was first contacted by Cougar running backs coach Reno Mahe on Twitter just last Friday, received a scholarship offer the next day at BYU’s Fanfest in Houston, and announced his commitment on Thursday.

A runner who has registered a time of 10.6 seconds in the 100 meters, Oglesby said Cougar coaches were first intrigued by his speed, and offered a scholarship after seeing his film. He has played at slot receiver and in the kick and punt return games in addition to running back.

“Just when I talked to the coaching staff, I felt very comfortable,” he said by phone Thursday night. “They seemed very interested in me. Coach Mahe and Coach (Ty) Detmer, they were really great. I just felt comfortable, like I was part of the family. I just felt like I had their trust, and that’s a big thing for me, the trust factor. I just felt like it was there and I just felt very comfortable and didn’t wait any longer.”

Oglesby, who holds one other scholarship offer from Montana State, said he’s open to more offers but is focused on attending BYU.

“They told me they really like me and they really wanted me, and no other school has told me that,” he said, adding that other schools have evaluated him but only the Bobcats had gone as far as to offer him before the Cougars did. “It was a big thing for me. BYU came the next day and offered, and I just felt like I was wanted there, and that was a big thing for me.”

Desert News Sports, Salt Lake City