Saturday, March 26, 2005


TABC 2005 Private School All-State Girls Team Announced

Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) All-State Girls Team

Class 4A-6A

Mary Ann Baker, Dallas Bishop Lynch
Kim Cessna, San Antonio Cornerstone Christian
Chelsea Cook, Garland Christian
Candace Crawford, Addison Trinity Christian
Jordan Ford, Dallas Bishop Lynch
Taja Guerin, Carrolton Christian
Rachel Hartman, Dallas Ursuline Academy
Holly Isaacs, Lubbock Trinity Christian
Katie Johnson, Richardson Canyon Creek Christian
Kat Kundmueller, Fort Worth Christian
Meredith Nieswiadomy, Fort Worth Country Day
Christina Ray, Houston Westbury Christian
Rachel Rentschler, Fort Worth Christian
Layne Reeves, Lubbock Trinity Christian
Mary Claire Rodriguez, Austin St. Michael's
Brittany Smith, Fort Worth All Saints Episcopal
Chelsea Tiner, Dallas Christian
Ijeoma Waturuocha, Houston Westbury Christian
Renee Wilson, Lubbock Trinity Christian
Heather Wright, Fort Worth Christian

Class 1A-3A

Jessica Armstrong, San Antonio Believers Academy
Kelsey Bryant, Lubbock Christian
Kendal Doan, Midland Classical Academy
Maggie Farrell, Muenster Sacred Heart
Katelyn Fuller, Kingwood Northeast Christian
Anna Gallia, Halletsville Sacred Heart
Jaimie Graham, Watauga Harvest Christian
Hannah Haley, Lubbock Christian
Jordyn Hand, Fort Worth Lake Country Christian
Whitney Hand, Fort Worth Lake Country Christian
Courtney Heady, Grapevine Faith Christian
O'Koye Hobbs, Waco Texas Christian
Katelyn Kirkpatrick, Watauga Harvest Christian
Edite Kresa, Watauga Harvest Christian
Katrina Limbaha, Fort Worth Lake Country Christian
Alex Pinney, Halletsville Sacred Heart
Summer Smith, Fort Worth Lake Country Christian
Stephanie Taylor, Katy Faith West Academy
Kirstie Wallace, Grapevine Faith Christian
Georgette Zigler, Grand Prairie Shady Grove Christian


TABC 2005 Private School All-State Boys Team Announced

Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) All-State Boys Team

Class 4A-6A

Jeremy Barr, Houston Westbury Christian
Robert Berry, Gainesville State School
Jonathan Brown, Beaumont Kelly
Louis Butler, Dallas Bishop Dunne
John Claborn, Lubbock Trinity Christian
Sean Coleman, Houston Westbury Christian
Steven Dansby, Houston Cypress Community Christian
Monice Garrett, Houston Westbury Christian
Tom Herman, Fort Worth Southwest Christian
Tabias Jahn, Fort Worth Christian
Ben Johnson, Dallas St. Mark's School of Texas
Torin Moore, Austin St. Stephen's
Taylor Mullenax, Beaumont Kelly
Wendell Preadom, Houston Westbury Christian
Eli Ringel, Fort Worth Trinity Valley
Mike Smith, San Antonio St. Mary's Hall
Peter Stein, Houston Westbury Christian
Zach Walker, Dallas St. Mark's School of Texas
Clarke White, Fort Worth Nolan
Matt Williams, Addison Trinity Christian

Class 1A-3A

Derrell Blackburn, Colleyville Covenant Christian
Jeremy Bowman, San Marcos Hill Country Christian
Ryan Brattlof, Grapevine Faith Christian
Egidijius Budrikis, Colleyville Covenant Christian
Michael Carmona, San Antonio Lutheran
Josh Christian, Fort Worth Harvest Christian
Wally Dunn, Midland Classical Academy
Emmanuel Engulu, Fort Worth Bethesda Christian
Billy Enyart, Kingwood Northeast Christian
Kyle Heingartner, Bullard Brookhill School
Dan Hemingway, Watauga Harvest Christian
Doug Hutchins, Grapevine Faith Christian
Rashaud Jackson, Watauga Harvest Christian
Tony Jones, Cedar Hill Trinity Christian
Rick Morrison, Grapevine Faith Christian
T J Nettles, Rowlett Rockwall Christian
Justin Neuhaus, San Marcos Hill Country Christian
Robert Nickell, Sherman Texoma Christian
Pat Robinson, Kingwood Northeast Christian
Joseph Turner, Bryan Brazos Christian

Thursday, March 17, 2005


Haverford's Gabriel (Kingwood NE) finishes stellar career

Leaving a part of a winning program behind at Kingwood Northeast Christian Academy, Mark Gabriel, other than getting a fine education at Haverford College in Philadelphia, knew there was opportunity on the basketball court to be had. The team had only had three winning seasons since 1966 and the last one was in 1995-96 when the Fords went 14-11.

Just less than three weeks ago, Gabriel capped a collegiate career that few could top as firmly entrenched himself as one of the best players in Haverford College’s long history.

The senior forward, who was the team captain the past two seasons, led Haverford into postseason Centennial Conference action on February 24th by scored 23 points in its first postseason win since 1976-77 with a 71-53 decision over Johns Hopkins. Two nights later in the semifinals at Franklin & Marshall, two of Gabriel’s game-high 22 points included a game-tying layup with 29.7 seconds to play. However, a basket by F&M’s Bryan Teschke with 2.7 seconds ended the Fords’ postseason run and 14-12 season. (The year before, Haverford played to a .500, 12-12 season.)

Gabriel was the Centennial Conference’s leading scorer in 2002-03 and came back from a foot injury last season to average 18.4 points and 8.4 rebounds per game during a 6-1 run to the conference tournament. And in 2004-2005, Gabriel finally reached the pinnacle of Haverford’s recent success by becoming the first first team All-Conference selction since 1996 (Jamal Elliott).

The 6’4” Eagle, Idaho native ended up as the fifth leading scorer in school history with 1,439 points, three spots in front of Houston Strake Jesuit’s Mukul Kanabar. Kanabar scored 1,102 from 1996-2000. Gabriel also pulled down 556 career rebounds, good for 9th on the all-time list. However, only three players – Dick Voith (’77), Mike Racke (’81) and Dave Stubbs (’77) – pulled down more points and rebounds than Gabriel.

Gabriel’s 17.3 points per game career scoring average was 4th in school history and 3rd all-time in the Centennial Conference. The 1,439 points mentioned earlier also left him 10th on the Conference’s all-time scoring list.

He also was in the top ten during his career in the following categories: field goals made (545, 4th), field goals attempted (955, 6th), field goal percentage (.571, 2nd), free throws made (343, 4th), free throws attempted (421, 6th) and free throw percentage (.815, 2nd). The field goal and free throw percentages are also 2nd and 5th in the Centennial Conference all-time.

Gabriel, however, could not unseat Kanabar as the school’s leader in minutes played or minutes per game. Kanabar had the edge 3,083 to 2,619 in minutes played and 32.8 to 31.6 in average minutes per game.

The duo were not the only Texas private and parochial school players during that time. Houston Westbury Christian's Matt Begley was on the Haverford team from 2000-2004.


Former Lynch star Jenna Smith feted by

Former Dallas Bishop Lynch guard Jenna Smith, a member of the 25-5 Trinity Tigers team that lost in overtime to Randolph-Macon in the NCAA Division III Sectionals last week, was named this week to third team All-South Region team by Two of Smith's teammates, center Tara Rhode and backcourt mate Amy Howe, were named to the first and second teams, respectively.

Smith capped her collegiate career by averaging 10.5 points, 7.1 rebounds and 4.3 steals per game for Trinity. The 126 steals broke her own single-season school record of 121 set in 2003-2004. Jenna's 339 career steals leaves her No. 1 on the school's charts with almost twice as many steals as Yanika Daniels, who registered 175 from 1992-1996.

After helping lead Trinity to a national championship two years ago, Smith won her second consecutive Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Defensive Player of the Year award and finished second all-time on the conference's career steals list. Smith was also selected to the All-SCAC Second Team -- the third time she has been an all-conference selection.

The younger sister of former Lynch legend and University of Texas standout (1993-1997), Amie, Jenna played four years, logging a record of 111-21 (,841), for head coach Andy Zihlman and helped lead the Friars to three straight championships in 1998-2000. Smith was on the 2001 squad that lost in the semifinals to San Antonio Incarnate Word HS, snapping a record of 12 straight championships for the school’s program. Jenna played at Baylor her freshman year (2001-2002) as a walk-on while the Bears lost in the second round of the NCAA tournament to Drake in Kim Mulkey-Robertson’s second year as head coach. Smith was joined on the Trinity University roster this year by two other Texas private and parochial high school players: sophomore guard Kate Dawson of Bronwsville St. Joseph and freshman guard Hannah Rinn of San Antonio St. Mary's Hall.


HBU Huskies win opener against IU-South Bend, 64-49

JACKSON, Tenn. -- However, it wasn't pretty at all. In fact, it might have been one of the most lackluster performances head coach Shane Brown's Huskies have had all year.

The No. 1-ranked NAIA Division I HBU Huskies opened the national tournament on Wednesday in Jackson, Tennessee with a 64-49 win over No. 8-seeded Indiana University-South Bend.

HBU improves to 34-2 with a current winning streak of 30 games after back-to-back losses to tournament No. 2 seeds Union (Tennessee) and Southern Nazarene. The Huskies will face Cumberland (Tennessee) in the round of 16 on Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. in the Oman Arena.

Brown, in his fifth season as the head coach of the Huskies, was a former girls basketball coach at Houston's Westbury Christian School.

Former Angleton HS standout and redshirt freshman Dominique Thomas led HBU with 16 points, seven boards and six steals in the game. Senior Stephanie Stoglin had 14 points and five boards, while Brenham's Velencia Kuykendall had 11 points and five rebounds. Clear Lake's Cari Scaff finished with 10 points and five caroms as well.

Senior Arie Wilson and junior Sherill Hadrick each had five points, and Wilson added seven rebounds. Wilson was an uncharacteristic 2-of-9 from the field as IU-South Bend gave the senior from Beaumont West Brook as few looks as possible.

Jessica Hass led the losing effort for Indiana University-South Bend with 11 points and seven rebounds. She was the only player in double-figures for the Titans, the Chicagoland Athletic Conference champs. The Titans finish their season at 23-11.

Tuesday, March 15, 2005


Breaking News: Fitzsimmons back as HC at Dallas Jesuit

Dallas Jesuit College Preparatory, which made the UIL 5A playoffs in both of its first seasons in the league, announced Monday that assistant head coach and former head coach Jack Fitzsimmons will once against guide the Rangers basketball program, as he did in 2000-2001.

The position became vacant four weeks ago when Fred Younkman announced that he would be the first boys' head basketball coach at Denton Guyer, a new to-be-opened high school in the Denton Independent School District.

"I'm definitely thrilled to be named once again as Jesuit's head basketball coach," Fitzsimmons told this afternoon. Fitzsimmons, who has been a part of the Rangers basketball program for 13 years (1980-84, 1994-2000 and 2003-05) took over the job originally from current Dallas St. Mark's coach Scott Jolly in the summer of 2000. However, his positions as the Director of Admissions, Senior Guidance Counselor and English teacher made that go of it a challenge.

"While it was difficult to step down after just one season, it was best at the time for the school and for me because of my duties," he said. "After one season of missing coaching terribly, I returned to be an assistant on Fred Younkman's staff in the fall of 2002."

In its two seasons in the UIL, Younkman guided the Rangers to marks of 17-12 and 19-11 overall and 9-3 and 9-5 in district, respectively. Both seasons, Jesuit exited the first round of the playoffs with losses to Hurst L.D. Bell in 2004 (71-68 overtime) and Dallas Skyline in 2005 (48-40).

Fitzsimmons, who teams up with Tom Walsh on the school's football broadcasts, will continue his role as the school's Senior Guidance Counselor although this stint as the Rangers head basketball coach will no longer see him as the Director of Admissions.


Will Walk: Greetings from Central Florida

Yes, yes, these are actual "Letter to the Editors" that my father, Will Walk, sent to the sports department of the Houston Chronicle. Monday's didn't get published this morning and we'll have to check tomorrow to see if today's effort makes it. One thing is for certain? He comes cheap!

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Greetings again from the Astros camp in central Florida.

With reference to Brian McTaggert's article in this morning's (3/15/05) Chronicle, we would like to offer some advise to GM Tim Pupura that perhaps would help solve two of his question marks that continue midway through Spring Training.

Why not name Craig Biggio as the fifth starter allowing (Willy) Taveras, (Jason) Lane and (Chris) Burke to play everyday like they should be.

Manager (Phil) Garner has played in the era when only four starting pitchers were needed and most of them went deep into games, often registering complete games.

There's not enough time left in the entire season to find a firth starter.

Monday, March 14, 2005

Greetings from Central Florida where the Astros were given the day off by Manager Phil Garner. Given the state of the current roster, I would think that everyday should be a work day.

The local paper reported that Manager Garner was taking his grandchild to Disney World. Perhaps he is recruiting for a few Mickey Mouse players. They can't be much worse than the current non-roster invitees.


Catching Up With: Jesuit's Bob Wunderlick

Two of the most optimistic guys that I know are both red heads: Titus Sports Marketing's Dave Stephenson and Dallas Jesuit head football coach Bob Wunderlick. In fact, if you stood the two side-by-side, you might think that they were "separated at birth."

Wunderlick told that he thinks that his team's chances to go deeper in the UIL 5A playoffs are good but that "it will not be easy." The '83 Jesuit grad is not discouraged that he loses 25 seniors, including Reggie Stephens (OG to Iowa State) and Sean Carney (DE to Tulane), but rather energized that there will be 30 seniors on the '05 squad as well as JV and Freshman units that combined for a 17-2-1 record. The Rangers are in the middle of offseason and last year's candidate for Coach of the Year says that things are "going well".

Because of the school's academic track record, Wunderlick's football players often find multitude of places to play at the lower levels of college football. The '04 bunch is no different. QB Bryant Wilson, Wunderlick reports, will either be an invited walk-on at Indiana or will go to Trinity University in San Antonio, where he might try to play football and hoops; Ronald Satterthwaite (DL-LB) will either walk-on at Tulane or at the University of San Diego (where former Bears QB Jim Harbaugh is the head coach); and, David Mooney (DL-OL) will pick from among several D III schools: Tufts, Wash U, Washington & Lee, Pomona, Carnegie Mellon, Occidental, Rhodes, Trinity, & Austin College. Kicker Sean Bellomy will go to Georgetown University for soccer.


Houston St. Pius X announces 7-on-7 Schedule

Houston St. Pius X's man of many titles (seriously -- assistant AD, assistant HFC and offensive coordinator), Blake Ware, announced the school's annual 7-on-7 football tournament and league schedule for this coming summer.

The Panthers will host five Saturdays of 7-on-7 football passing tournaments beginning on June 11th and running all the way through July 16th. Each tournament can host up to eight (8) teams and each team will be guaranteed three (3) games for a $125 fee. St. Pius X will also host two 4-week, 8-team Tuesday night leagues that will begin on May 31st and June 28th, respectively. The entry fee is $200 per team.

For more information, Ware can be reached at (713) 692-3581, extension 147 or (713) 498-2447.


Recent "Long Time No See's"

While at the Red River Athletic Conference women's basketball conference championship Saturday night, March 5th in Waxahachie, I had the opportunity to visit with former Dallas Gospel Lighthouse and Waxahachie Cornerstone Christian head basketball coach Scott Vaughn. Scott, who later spent time as the men's and the women's basketball coach at Southwestern Assemblies of God University, is currently the boys basketball coach at The Cantebury Episcopal School in DeSoto.

I also had the chance to visit at length with Houston Grace Christian boys head basketball coach David Hernandez and former Houston Christian Youth Association (HCYA) basketball coach Marshall Johnson at Saturday night's 14th annual Greater Houston Area Private School Basketball All-Star Game hosted by Houston Christian High School. Johnson shared with me that his son, Kevin, who starred at Tulsa University, had been playing recently in Turkey. Kevin had turned in one of the most prolific private school All-Star game performances in 1997 when there were two games that were played at Houston Baptist University's Sharp Gymnasium.

Seen at the TAPPS state basketball championship in Mansfield when I was there with my daughter, Waverly, to visit Events Director Edd Burleson: Arlington St. Alban's head basketball coach Brian Rodricks.

Monday, March 14, 2005


March 14th News and Notes

Houston Lutheran North's Ross Petree was one of the Houston Chronicle's five nominees for Boys Athlete of the Week on Monday, March 14th. The senior catcher was 6-for-10 last week, hitting two home runs, six RBIs and two doubles. He hit the game-winning three-run homer to lead the Lions past Westbury Christian 6-4. He also threw out two runners trying to steal.

Former Dallas Christian School and SMU track star Clint Bell won the 3rd annual Baylor Student Foundation Bearathon in Waco on Saturday, March 5th. Bell, who currently resides in Wilmer, defended his 2004 title with a time of 1:14:40.7. The 13.1-mile half marathon course was short approximately .35 miles. Bell then turned right back around the following Saturday, March 12th, and finished fourth in the St. Paddy's Day Dash Down Greenville 5K in Dallas. Bell finished in a time of 16:03, nearly a minute off of former Aggie Andrew Cook of Flower Mound's 15:14.

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