AFTER A RECORD-setting season which saw Clear Creek win 47 games, Hebron saw to it the Wildcats would not reach 48, as the defending 6a volleyball champs swept Creek in the championship game last Saturday, denying the Wildcats a chance at the school’s second title in the sport.
The Hawks won by scores of 25-20, 25-20 and 25-20 en route to defending their state title while handing the Wildcats the only sets they lost on the road to Garland and the final four.
Hebron did not lose a set throughout the tournament as they finished the season with a 46-1 record.
Clear Creek finished with a 47-5 mark, as coach Scott Simonds’ squad set a school record for wins in one season and reached the championship game for the first time since the 1968 team captured the state volleyball crown.
Clear Creek should be a heavy favorite to win a fourth straight district championship in 2017, yet the Wildcats will have to replace a quartet of seniors that will move on to play collegiately.
Outside hitter Caitlyn Burroway will attend Regis College, while libero Maddie Flora heads off to Tulsa. All-state candidate middle blocker Hannah Froeschl committed to Texas-San Antonio, with outside hitter Melissa McNeil heads to St. Edward’s.
Middle blocker Allie Garland returns for her junior season after recording 268 kills and 141 blocks, while outside hitter Jenna Metzinger will enter her senior year following a season in which she recorded 258 kills.
Overall, the Wildcats will return eight players and will be bolstered with additions from a successful subvarsity squad.

lady-mustang-varsity-golf-team-2016Friendswood’s girls varsity team captured first place at the Moody Gardens Tournament, which was held last Wednesday in Galveston. demel-heidi
Freshman Heidi Demel, left, finished second in the individual, marking the second straight event she has won an individual medal.
The victory was the third straight for Friendswood.


Friendswood’s Lady Mustangs show off their medals after a third straight tournament win. From left are Mickayla Sweiter, Kathryn Hamilton, Shelby Michaels, Heidi Demel, and Savannah MonahanPhotos FISD


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USING A pinball style of offense, the Mustangs kept the pressure on the Bulldogs as they rode the arm and legs of quarterback Tyler Page to an emphatic area-round victory on Friday.
Page accounted for 464 of Friendswood’s 556 yards of offense en route to a 56-35 win in the class 6a, region III, division II area-round game at Challenger-Columbia Stadium that pushed the program to the regional quarterfinals for a second straight season.
The senior rushed 25 times for 324 yards and two touchdowns while also completing eight of his 10 pass attempts for 124 yards and two more scores.
One of those eight was a 17-yard touchdown pass to Reed Roher early in the fourth quarter that finally put the game away for the Mustangs, who improved to 9-2 on the season and will face the winners of yesterday, Saturday’s, Langham Creek-Cinco Ranch contest. That game will take place at NRG stadium on Saturday, beginning at 2:30pm.
Friendswood had to hold off the effort of La Porte quarterback Austin Upshaw, who ran for 184 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries while also contributing 218 passing yards and two scores.
Indeed, the Bulldogs rolled up 518 yards of offense but were hampered by a pair of interceptions that squashed potential scoring drives.
Running back Calvin Whitaker scored three times for the Mustangs, rushing for touchdown runs of one and 24 yards along with catching an 11-yard touchdown pass from Page.

Gators beached again by division champs

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TIME AND again, the visitors gave the Gators a chance to seize control of a tight class 6a, region III, division I area round game on Friday night. myles-lewis-rb-dickinson-and-joshua-sifuentes-de-north-shore
Unable to take advantage of the Mustangs’ generosity, however, the Gators found themselves watching their season come to an end in front of their fans at Sam Vitanza stadium.
Kerrion Hadnot’s 54-run touchdown run with 9:05 in the fourth quarter gave North Shore the lead for good as the Mustangs advanced with a 17-7 victory that ended the Gators’ season at 10-2.
North Shore’s defense smothered Dickinson’s offense, holding the unit to just 140 total yards. Despite having two chances inside their opponents’ 30-yard line during the third quarter, the Gators failed to unknot what was a defensive struggle played on a chilly night with winds as high as 17 miles
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The loss marked the second straight season in which the Gators have had their run to a state title ended by the Mustangs, who eliminated them in the division’s semifinals last December.
North Shore opened the scoring when quarterback Bryant Badie found wide receiver Eltroy Potts for a 30-yard touchdown with 9:17 left in the first quarter.
The score remained the same until Ty Taylor intercepted a Badie pass and raced to the Mustangs’ 30, where, two plays later, Gators quarterback Montel Parker hit a streaking Chris Welch for a 28-yard touchdown strike that evened matters with 3:59 left in the first half.
Dickinson had an excellent chance to take the lead after the break when a bad snap on a punt left the Gators with a first and 10 at the North Shore 27, but Riley Martinez’s 39-yard field goal sailed wide of the right post.
The Mustangs gave the ball right back when Malik Williams recovered a Badie fumble at their 25, yet the Gators went 13 yards backward and failed to crack the defense of the reigning class 6a, division I champions.
A fumble by Parker was recovered by North Shore at the Dickinson eight-yard line but the Gators’ defense stiffened and limited the Mustangs to a 25-yard field goal from Jonathan Rodriguez.
That, however, closed out the scoring with 6:43 left to play, leaving Dickinson ending the season having won at least 10 games for a third straight year, the first time the program has accomplished the feat since 1981-83.

Dickinson’s running back Myles Lewis heads up-field as North Shore’s Joshua Sifuentes closes in for a tackle during Friday’s area-round game – Gene Schwartz


NOW WITH a road win under their belts, the Texans head to Mexico City to face an Oakland Raiders team with grand designs for a return to the postseason for the first time since Americans were eating freedom fries.
Thanksgiving week will also see its share of high-school basketball in both the girls’ and boys’ varieties.
Today, Sunday:
With the Texans playing tomorrow, Monday, night, the docket is bare on what should be a day that actually feels more like mid November than early June. So go outdoors and throw the ball or visit the Texas City dike and bask in the fishing scene. In short, enjoy the day without using swear words to best describe Brock Osweiler.
Tomorrow, Monday:
OK, now that it’s Texans game day, get your Osweiler insults ready for the 7:25pm match, NFL’s first regular-season contest played in Mexico City.
Sporting a 6-3 record, the Texans lead the AFC South division and take on a Raiders team with a 7-2 record and the surprising leaders of the AFC West.
The Houstonians are looking for their fourth win in five outings and are also seeking their first three-game win streak since closing out the final three weeks of the 2015 regular season with victories that assured them of clinching last year’s AFC South crown.
Thanksgiving week also opens with a handful of girls’ basketball action, namely Columbia at Santa Fe and Texas City at Beaumont Central at 11:00am, Clear Falls at George Ranch and Dickinson at Brazoswood at 1:00pm, Galveston Ball at Friendswood at 3:00pm and Clear Springs at Katy Tompkins at 6:00pm.
A boys’ basketball game will also be on the docket, with Santa Fe visiting Industrial at 7:30pm.
Whereas Monday will be highlighted with high-school girls’ hoops, this will be time for the boys to take the spotlight. Taking the court are Hitchcock at Van Vleck and La Porte at Clear Falls at 1:00pm and Alief Taylor at Clear Springs and Galveston Ball at Alvin at 2:00pm.
Girls’ basketball is also on the schedule, with four local-interest games on tap, Navasota at Hitchcock at noon, Clear Falls at Manvel and Clear Brook at Fort Bend Austin at 1:00pm and Humble at La Marque at 2:00pm.


Creek on brink of ending five-decade state title wait

FROM THE oppressive heat of early August to the middling temperatures of mid November, one thing has remained constant – the success of Clear Creek’s volleyball team.
Such has been the Wildcats’ dominance this season that they now find themselves two wins away from staking a claim as the best squad in the state.
Coach Scott Simonds’ girls punched their ticket to the final four in Garland by overwhelming George Ranch in a three-game sweep during Saturday’s class 6a, region III finals, earning themselves a state semifinal date against San Antonio Reagan at 7:00pm on Friday.
A victory will put Creek, 46-4 on the season, into Saturday’s 6:30pm final against the winners of the Conroe Oak Ridge-Lewis-ville Hebron semifinal.
The Wildcats enter the state final four having won 20 consecutive matches dating back to early September and are in position to win the school’s first state championship since 1967.
Having already shattered the school record for wins in a season, they further established their dominance by not losing a single match in their four postseason games.
The Wildcats finished the regular season ranked second in class 6a and are ranked 21st in the nation by
Clear Creek’s appearance in the state final four marks the third time in four years a Clear Creek ISD school has reached the brink of a state championship. Clear Falls advanced to the state semifinals in both 2013 and 2014 but lost both times to The Woodlands, including a four-set defeat in the 2014 championship game.