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Katy ISD Announces its 2020-21 Student-Athletes of the Year

Bryce Foster (Katy ISD photo)

By George Slaughter Bryce Foster, of Taylor High School, and Ally Batenhorst, of Seven Lakes High School, have been named 2020-21 Student-Athletes of the Year by the Katy Independent School District’s athletics department. Foster and Batenhorst receive a $2,500 scholarship, donated to the district by BSN Sports, to the university or college of their choice. “We have many outstanding athletes in Katy ISD, making this a very difficult process to narrow down to just one […]

Houston Touchdown Club Honors Katy ISD Athletes and Coaches

Julius Loughridge, coach Gary Joseph, coach Todd McVey, and Bryce Foster receive honors (Houston Touchdown Club photo)

By George Slaughter The Houston Touchdown Club honored Katy coach Gary Joseph, along with other Katy-area football coaches and players, at its 2020 UIL High School Awards Dinner Thursday night. Joseph led the Tigers to a 13-1 record and their ninth state championship, which was capped with a 51-14 win over Cedar Hill Saturday. The title is Joseph’s fifth as coach, with the last title coming in 2015. He was an assistant on three of […]

Tompkins, Taylor Fall in Playoff Action

By George Slaughter The North Shore Mustangs rolled to a 47-22 playoff win over Tompkins in a regional playoff game Thursday at Legacy Stadium. The loss ends a historic season for the Falcons, who won their first district title in school history. The Falcons finish at 10-1. The Mustangs, meanwhile, improve to 13-0 and will play the winner of Saturday’s Ridge Point-Atascocita game. The Mustangs got to work early, racing to a 13-0 first quarter […]

Tompkins, Taylor, and Katy Continue Playoff Quest This Week

By George Slaughter Christmas time is here, the song says, and so is the regional round of the Texas high school football playoffs. Three Katy-area teams—Tompkins, Taylor, and Katy—will play, hoping to advance to their respective quarterfinal rounds. Two games are set for Thursday, and the third is set for Saturday, to accommodate the Christmas holiday. The games will all be broadcast on texanlive.com. Here’s an overview of the upcoming matchups. North Shore Mustangs vs. […]

Tompkins Cruises to 51-28 Win Over Cy-Fair; Katy, Taylor Also Win

By George Slaughter The Tompkins defense returned three Cy-Fair turnovers for scores as the Falcons cruised to a 51-28 Class 6A, Division I area playoff win Friday at Legacy Stadium. Tompkins, the District 19-6A champion, improves to 10-0. Cy-Fair, the District 17-6A champion, ends its season at 10-2. Tompkins had just taken a 10-7 second quarter lead on a 55-yard run by senior quarterback Jalen Milroe when the defense began forcing turnovers and making scores […]

Four Katy-Area Teams Playing in Area Round of Playoffs This Week

By George Slaughter Paetow, Tompkins, Katy, and Taylor return to action this week as they pursue their state championship aspirations. Three of the games will be played in Katy. Only Taylor will have a road game, as they will travel to Delmar Stadium for its matchup against Heights. Here is a preview of the games. Canyon Cougars vs. Paetow Panthers The Cougars face the Panthers at 6 p.m. Thursday at Legacy Stadium. Canyon is 10-1, […]

Tompkins Defeats Fort Bend Travis to Advance in Playoffs

By George Slaughter Tompkins started fast and cruised to a 42-10 victory over Fort Bend Travis in a Class 6A, Division I bi-district playoff game Friday night at Legacy Stadium. The Falcons, now 9-0, advance to the area round of the playoffs. The Tigers finish their season at 4-5. Tompkins scored on the opening possession of the game and never looked back. The first touchdown came on a 28-yard pass from senior quarterback Jalen Milroe […]

Pandemic Forces Cancellation of Two Playoff Games Involving Katy ISD Teams

Updated to reflect cancellation of the Fort Bend-Elkins and Taylor-George Ranch bi-district games. By George Slaughter Three of five Katy-area teams begin their football playoff quests this weekend. The coronavirus pandemic will keep the other two teams from playing until next week. Officials have cancelled the Taylor-George Ranch and the Fort Bend Elkins-Katy games, both set for Friday, due to coronavirus cases on the George Ranch and Elkins football teams. Both games will be counted […]

Katy ISD Updates Ticketing Policy for Basketball Games

By George Slaughter The Katy Independent School District Athletics Department Thursday updated its ticketing policy for basketball games in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. In a statement, the district said parents of basketball players will be provided parent cards, and when they present those cards at games, they will be permitted to purchase up to four tickets. Tickets are $2 for students and $5 for adults. Students will be admitted only if accompanied by […]

Taylor Opens Season With 37-0 Win

By George Slaughter Given the confusion—both for attending school and playing football—accompanying the coronavirus pandemic, that the Taylor Mustangs were able to play football Thursday was a victory in itself. That the Mustangs posted a 37-0 win over Cy Springs was even better. “It’s rewarding to play a little football,” Taylor coach Chad Simmons said, adding that the players had been coming in “religiously” over the summer to prepare for the season, despite concerns that […]