Clear Springs swings for boys state golf glory by Brandon C. Williams

A STATE TITLE is within the grasp of Clear Springs boys golf team, while the Astros continue a lengthy homestand with hard-hitting Detroit Tigers visiting the American League West leaders at Minute Maid Park.
Today, Sunday:
Joe Musgrove seeks to continue his recent run of success when the Astros hurler takes the mound against Cleveland Indians counterpart Danny Salazar when the two division leaders conclude their three-game series at Minute Maid Park beginning at 1:10pm. Musgrove comes into the contest with a 3-3 record, having won his last two starts, including a victory at Miami Marlins this past Monday where he allowed just one run over 5.2 innings of work that lowered his ERA to 4.57.
Compared to Musgrove, Salazar is having a rough go of late, having lost three of his last four decisions and comes into the game with a 2-4 record and a 5.66 ERA. While he does rank seventh in the majors with 62 strikeouts, he comes off a game where he allowed a career-high four homers in a loss to Tampa Bay Rays this past Tuesday.
Tomorrow, Monday:
A date with destiny begins for Clear Springs boys golf team at 8:00am when they begin the opening round of the two-day class 6a golf championship held at Legacy Hills golf course in Georgetown. The Chargers, who won the region III title earlier this month, will be paired with region I champion Lewisville Marcus, region II winners Houston Memorial and Austin Westlake, which captured the region IV crown.
Alex Muniz will be Clear Springs’ first golfer to hit the links and will be followed by Alex Welch at 8:10am, Niko Nebout at 8:20am, Francios Jacobs at 8:30, with Andre Jacobs rounding out the Chargers contingent at 8:40am.
The Astros welcome the Tigers in the opener of a four-game set beginning at 7:10pm. It’s also the first meeting of the season between the teams as Houston staff ace Dallas Keuchel brings his perfect 7-0 record to the mound against young Detroit hurler Michael Fulmer and his 5-1 mark. Keuchel, who defeated the Marlins this past Tuesday, leads the American League in wins, ERA and strikeouts while setting a pace that could earn him his second Cy Young award in the past three seasons. Fulmer scuffled over seven inning in his previous outing against Baltimore Orioles this past Wednesday, but still managed to earn the win.
Friendswood high school football fans can take advantage of the day by purchasing their 2017 season ticket package. The Mustangs, who advanced to the class 6a, region III, division II quarterfinals last season, will open the home portion of the regular season on September 15 when they host Kingwood at Henry Winston Stadium. Coach Robert Koopman’s squad will also welcome Dickinson on September 29 in the district 24-6a opener for both teams.
The season ticket package is $48 and can be purchased online at

Our weekly guide to action at favored angling spots by Brandon C Williams

Even in bad weather, it’s all about that trout. TROUT continues to run rampant throughout the area and will continue to do so as the weather warms up. With a strong chance of rain entering the new week, today, Sunday might be the best opportunity to fish before the clouds open up.

North Sabine: Trout are fair to good on the Louisiana shoreline on topwaters and Corkies. Flounder are fair on jigs tipped with shrimp around marsh drains. Trout are good in the river on shad.

South Sabine: Trout are fair to good under birds and pods of shad. Sheepshead and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp. Trout are fair to good around Lighthouse Cove on topwaters.

Bolivar: Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on Bass Assassins, Lil’ Johns and Gamblers. Black drum, sand trout and redfish are good at Rollover Pass.

Trinity Bay: Trout are fair on live bait around the reefs. Redfish are fair to good in the marsh on shrimp and mullet.
East Galveston Bay: Trout are good on the south shoreline on She Dogs and soft plastics. Trout are good while drifting the reefs on plastics. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp.

West Galveston Bay: Trout are fair on topwaters and Corkies in the afternoon. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs.
Texas City: Trout are fair to good on Dollar Reef on live shrimp and croakers. Redfish are fair in Moses Lake on mullet and shrimp.
Freeport: Trout are fair to good at San Luis Pass on shrimp. Sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs in Christmas Bay. Black drum are good at the jetties on cracked blue crabs.

East Matagorda Bay: Trout are good for drifters on live shrimp over humps and scattered shell. Redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal on crabs and mullet and under mud boils in the middle of the bay.
West Matagorda Bay: Redfish are fair to good on the edge of Oyster Lake on shrimp and crabs. Trout are fair on shell and grass on soft plastics. Redfish are fair to good in Lake Austin on crabs.
Rockport: Trout are fair to good in the guts and channels on free–lined shrimp. Black drum are good in the Lydia Ann Channel on crabs. Trout are fair over grass while drifting with live shrimp.

by Brandon C Williams

ALTHOUGH Shelbi Sunseri and her Santa Fe high school softball teammates did not make a deep run into the postseason, she and the Indians were well-honored as the 23-5a all-district teams came out this past week, with Sunseri winning her second straight most valuable player award while Katie Roberts was honored as coach of the year after leading the Indians to an undefeated season in district play.
Versatile Texas City freshman Deborah Jaeger was selected as the district’s newcomer of the year as she both pitched and shined in the outfield while helping the Stingarees return to the postseason.
Sunseri, who will play collegiately at LSU next spring, batted .557 this season with ten homers and 48 runs batted in along with getting on base nearly 70 percent of the time as Santa Fe finished the season with a 27-4 record. Equally dominant on the mound, Sunseri went 23-3 with a 1.13 ERA while striking out 208 batters over 142 innings of work.
Junior shortstop Morgan Childs was selected as the district’s top defender and was just as productive at the plate for Santa Fe, batting .451 with 38 runs scored and 18 stolen bases for the Indians.
Infielder Juliana Garcia was one of five first-team members for Santa Fe. She was joined by outfielders Emily Evans, Stephanie Reed and Summer Syers along with designated player Michelle Owens. Infielder Maggie Childs received a second team nod, while Maddy Blake and Sierra Cothern were honorable mention recipients for the Indians.
Texas City, which finished with a 16-13 record and a trip to the region III area round, had pitcher Sydney Moore, catcher Sam Martinez along with infielders Jade Arroyo and Kelsey Boone make the first team.
Three members of a Galveston Ball team that finished 15-9-1 and reached the bi-district round made the 23-5a first team, as catcher Britaney Shaw, infielder Kaila Lee and outfielder Rowan McLaughlin were honored. Pitcher Janae Girouard, infielder Gabby Prets and outfielders Katie Fickessen and Kyrie Muehe made the second team for the Tors, while pitcher/infielder Kat Rodriguez and infielder Caroline Termini received honorable mention nods.

Creek softballer named 24-6a’s top newcomer by Brandon C Williams

CLEAR CREEK freshman Meagan Lee was selected as the top newcomer in 24-6a as the district handed out its awards this past week. Lee finished 15-8 with a 2.46 ERA for the Wildcats, who ended the season with a 20-14 record and advanced to the region III area round while striking out 195 batters in 162 innings.
Alvin pitcher Rachel Hertenberger was named the district’s most valuable player after helping guide the school to the 24-6a championship, while the Yellowjackets’ David McCorkle was chosen as coach of the year.
Clear Brook second baseman Taylor Warner and catcher Alexis Barton were each named to the second team, while outfielder Deana Zuniga made honorable mention for the Wolverines.
For Clear Creek, first baseman Lindsey Leistad, third baseman Brianna Aranzeta, outfielder Jessica Skladal and designated hitter Cecilia Huff made the first team. The Wildcats also had second team selections in outfielder Kaela Cook and utility player Ashley Ramber, while Carah Delao and Madison Petrella were chosen as honorable mention.
Second baseman Angela Donaldson made the first team for Clear Falls, which also had first baseman Maddison Demers, outfielder Katie Hoak and designated hitter Erica Reilly make the second team. Honorable mention nods were handed to the Knights’ Baylee Freudenberg and Allie Rich.
Clear Springs outfielders Brianna DeVault and Shea Smith were chosen for the first team along with Chargers teammate Lauren Whitney, who was selected in the utility spot. Addison Swofford and Kaylee Thomas each were honorable mention.
Dickinson had three members on the 24-6a first team as shortstop Baylee Klingler, catcher Hannah Thompson and outfielder Ebony Wiltz received the honors. The Gators also had outfielder Dariane Cram and infielder Kristan Dietz make the second team, while Cailyn Peterson and Mia Terry were named honorable mention.
Freshman pitcher Haven Franks represented Friendswood on the first team, while the Mustangs had second team selections in first baseman Kendall Cross, shortstop Savannah Hartman and outfielder Emily Jackson along with at-large selection Hannah Carpenter. Ashley Elliott and Celina Saenz made honorable mention for Friendswood.

DICKINSON’s duo of Koi Johnson and Essence Thomas each came close to grabbing gold at last weekend’s state track and field meet in Austin, yet the Gators tandem still left with medals in the class 6a triple jump event.
Thomas finished second to Lewisville Marcus’ Kyndal McKnight by leaping 41 ft, 11.50 inches, a total that fell just short of McKnight’s title-winning performance of 42 ft, 1.5 inches. Thomas had held the lead for most of the event before McKnight snatched gold in dramatic fashion by nailing her final attempt of the afternoon.
Johnson hit the mark at 41 ft., 4.75 inches to finish third overall. She then finished fifth in the long jump with a performance of 18 ft, 10.75 in, an effort that narrowly missed out on reaching the medal stand.
Clear Falls’ Chris Rainey finished third in the boys’ 6a 200-meter dash with a time of 21.22 seconds and also finished fourth in the 100-meter dash by recording a time of 10.598 seconds, putting a mere .007 behind third-place finisher Walter Boyd of Cypress Fairbanks.
Michael Hermes of Friendswood finished eighth in the 6a boys’ high jump with a mark of 6 ft, 2 in, while Peyton Sawyer of Clear Springs placed eighth in the 6a boys 110-meter hurdles.
In the girls field, Naomi Taylor of Clear Springs finished fifth in the girls 6a 100-meter hurdles in a time of 14.09 seconds. Hitchcock’s 800-meter relay team of Brittanany Birdow, Majesty Owens, Arianna Delane and Chrishauna McDaniel finished ninth with a mark of 1:46.58 as champion Leonard high school set a new state girls class 3a record of 1:39.06.
Galveston Ball’s Leyha Williams finished ninth in the class 5a girls 100-meter hurdles in a time of 15.48 seconds. Only a freshman, Williams, like Dickinson’s Johnson, will return next season as a strong contender to not only come back
to Austin, but to leave with a medal.