Friday, December 24, 2004


Volleyballers Recognized by Bryan-College Station Eagle

On Tuesday, the Bryan-College Station Eagle released its Seventh Annual All-Brazos Valley Volleyball Team and a number of private and parochial school athletes were recognized on the honorable mention as well as the All-Academic Team

Beatriz Aguilar, Allen Academy junior, 3.7 GPA, NHS, Who’s Who, TAPPS art state champion
Jamie Lenz, Allen Academy junior, 3.9 GPA, NHS, Citizenship Award winner, BTV essay winner
Cindy Turner, Brazos Christian senior, 3.93 GPA, NHS
Sarah Yezak, Brazos Christian, 4.24 GPA, 1,350 SAT, NHS

MH Cindy Turner, Brazos Christian senior, 65 kills, 60 digs, 20 blocks in 10 district games
OH Kasey Zemanek, St. Joseph freshman, 77 kills, 50 digs, 94 % serves in 10 district matches


Dallas Morning News' All-Area Teams Filled with Private Schoolers

Dallas St. Mark's Charles Wilson, Fort Worth Trinity Valley's Riley Foster and Fort Worth Country Day's Pat Powers were named the Dallas Morning News' Players of the Year in boys water polo, girls field hockey and boys volleyball on Thursday.

Boys Cross Country
First Team
Will Smith, Dallas Jesuit, Jr.

Boys Water Polo
First Team
Charles Wilson, St. Mark's, Sr. (Player of the Year); David Newell, St. Mark's, So.; Matthew Perkins, St. Mark's, So.; Michael Shashova, St. Mark's, Fr.; Sumpter Smartt, St. Mark's, Sr.

Girls Field Hockey
First Team
Riley Foster, Fort Worth Trinity Valley, Jr., F (Player of the Year) ; Chloe Bade, Fort Worth Country Day, Sr., F; Dianne Goode, Dallas Hockaday, Sr., F; Chelsea Miller, Dallas Hockaday, So., F; Kristen Berry, Fort Worth All Saints Episcopal, Sr., MF; Lauren Gage, Dallas Greenhill, Jr., MF; Brittni Himelfarb, Episcopal School of Dallas, Sr., MF; Sarah Johnson, Dallas Hockaday, So., MF; Hannah Miller, Dallas Hockaday, Sr., D; Kylie Vincent, Fort Worth Country Day, Jr., D; Kendra Walton, Arlington Oakridge, Sr., D; Paige Pickett, Episcopal School of Dallas, Sr., G

Boys Volleyball
First Team
Pat Powers, Fort Worth Country Day, Sr., MB (Player of the Year); Garrett Dobbs, Dallas Greenhill, So., MB; Matt Feldman, Dallas St. Mark's, Sr., MB; Ian Hall, Fort Worth Trinity Valley, Jr., S; Jeff Klein, Dallas Greenhill, Sr., OH; Gabe Oros, Dallas Greenhill, Jr., OH; Van Vanderburgh, Fort Worth Country Day, Sr., OH

First Team Offense -- Reggie Stephens, Dallas Jesuit, Sr., OL
Second Team Offense -- Kyle McKissack, Dallas Jesuit, Sr., RB


5 Private Schoolers Make El Paso Times All-City Honorable Mention

Five (5) El Paso area private and parochial school players on Thursday were named to the honorable mention squad of the El Paso Times All-City high school football team.

Offensively, Jesus Chapel sophomore RB Chris Cordero, Faith Christian junior RB Steven Lopez and Cathedral senior WR Adrian Rodriquez were tabbed to the unit. Cathedral senior DB Julio Devora and Jesus Chapel senior DB Danny Moran were named on the defensive side of the football.

Tuesday, December 14, 2004


Grace Prep's Lacava best Texan at Foot Locker CC

Against the best high school cross county runners in America on Saturday in San Diego at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships, Arlington Grace Prep's Daniel Lacava was the best from Texas despite finishing 35th in a field of 40 competitors. Lacava covered the 5K course in 16:32 besting UIL 5A stars Benjamin Schultz of The Woodlands (16:49) and new state record holder Scott MacPherson of Plano (16:53).

Friday, December 10, 2004


Ryan Polite wins Dave Campbell's Texas Football Player of the Year

Carrollton American Heritage Academy RB Ryan Polite was announced today as the Pace Foods/Dave Campbell's Texas Football TAPPS Player of the Year. He joined 5A QB Chase Daniel (Southlake Carroll), 4A RB Keith Gilliam (Kilgore), 3A QB/WR Manuel Johnson (Gilmer), 2A QB Garrett Tidwell (Boyd), 1A FB/LB Chris Baer (Shiner) and 6M RB/LB Brian Ford (Calvert). Read the full release here.


Kent a Dodger and more ...

You've got to hand it to Jeff Kent. He went and got an excellent deal -- $17 million, two-year -- for a guy that has showed that he can still produce. Something that the Astros didn't have enough guts to do. They'd rather hold on to an aging Craig Biggio, who happened to turn in a sterling year. It seemed that Kent would have taken less money to have a no-trade clause. You would assume that the Astros think the Chris Burke will be ready at second base soon. If Kent is still producing, however, and Bagwell isn't, Kent can always go to first. Instead, he'll get a chance to beat up on Barry Bonds and the Giants more often in 2005 and 2006 in Dodgerland.

I'm still in doubt that we'll be able to sign Carlos Beltran and without Beltran and Kent, what enticement is there for Roger Clemens to stick around? To me, none.

The Houston Chronicle mentioned Moises Alou and Jeremy Burnitz as potential outfield options, but I like the sound of J.D. Drew better than the two of those.

Congratulations to the
HBU Huskies' women's basketball team for their 78-65 win over Division I Alcorn State Thursday night at Sharp Gym. Shane Brown's Huskies are now 6-2 and are bouncing back from the loss of starting senior PG Jere` Adams and losses to No. 1 Union (Tennessee) and No. 3 Southern Nazarene. Freshman G Dominique Thomas led the way over the Lady Braves with 22 while freshman A.J. DeVries (who I really think has a ton of potential for HBU) and senior Stephanie Stoglin both scored 14 each. Arie Wilson had a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds. HBU has a two-game road trip Saturday and Monday nights in Odessa and Laredo, respectively, before playing again at home Thursday night against Southwestern Assemblies of God University.

Houston Westbury Christian dropped its first game in the
Gonzaga Prep Classic Thursday night against Hyattsville DeMatha (Md.), 73-66. The Wildcats slipped to 10-2. They'll do battle against Germantown Academy from the Philadelphia area Friday night at American University's Bender Arena. Jeremy Barr led the way with 18. Sean Coleman, Wendell Preadom and Peter Stein added 15, 11 and 10 points, respectively. It is Westbury Christian's fourth appearance in the tournament.

As far as this weekend's
Heisman Trophy goes, if we are talking about the best for an individual team, I think you'd have to give it to the USC quarterback. But I like Cedric Benson of UT before I do Adrian Peterson of Oklahoma.

Thursday, December 09, 2004


Some Random Sports Thoughts

With the Houston Texans having lost DB Marcus Coleman in last week's game against the New York Jets and rookie DB Donta Robinson still learning the ropes, is there any doubt the Indianapolis Colts QB Peyton Manning will run roughshod and break Dan Marino's single season TD passes record at Reliant Stadium.

It's hard to imagine that one player will make or break the Houston Astros next season, but the inability to re-sign 2B Jeff Kent has to put doubts in the minds of Astros fans and season ticket-holders. CF Carlos Beltran and his super agent Scott Boras can't be encouraged by this nor does either of those two things bode well for RHP Roger Clemens to belt out another year (delaying his certain entrance to Baseball's Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York).

Best wishes to the
Spring Westfield High School football team in the UIL Class 5A, Division I state championship game on Saturday at the Alamodome in San Antonio. (Tough to say coming from a Spring High alum, class of 1984.) Additionally, kudos to the Sam Houston State Bearkats in their NCAA Division 1-AA semifinal matchup on Saturday with Montana. Great story. Ron Randleman's a good guy who could have gone elsewhere over the years, but does a great job in Huntsville.

Wednesday, December 08, 2004



Brand new! The blog!

2004 has been a busy year and perhaps this blog will let me communicate with each and every one of you much better than I have in the past. As many of you know, I completed my first marathon on October 31 in Washington, D.C. doing the
Marine Corps Marathon in 5:39:06 and I'm continuing my preparation for the hp Houston Marathon (which is set for January 16, 2005).

What's new? I was named by the
Houston Striders running club the Male C0-Most Improved Runner of the Year with fellow Strider, Doug Spence, last night at its annual Holiday Party. Doug and I have both lost over 50 pounds in the last two years and have significantly improved our running during that time. Thanks Striders!

I'll be travelling this weekend to Dallas to watch the 6th annual Tom Hillary Dallas-Fort Worth All-Star Football game at
Dallas Jesuit College Preparatory on Saturday at 1 p.m. I still haven't decided if I'm going to run the half marathon at the White Rock Marathon on Sunday. I finished the Houstonian Lite 30K (18.6 miles) on Sunday, December 5th in Sugar Land with a time of 3:30.

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