Saturday, February 6, 2016

Starks 31 helps A&M Consolidated pull into district tie


Last season's 5A regional final game between district rivals A&M Consolidated and Rudder was one of the best games I saw all season and although Rudder won, several messages were sent including a special to me. When I first saw Aerial Starks, I knew she had the tools to be more than just a D1 lock but my biggest concern was if she believed she was that type of player, well 27 points later, I was assured knowing that she knew and more importantly I was RIGHT yet again

Fast forward to now, after losing to Rudder by 3 in the first round of district play, A&M Consolidated picked up a huge win last night with Starks dropping 31 from a variety of angles and distance, this includes 12-14 from the line, and my biggest question to myself is will these two talented teams make it back to Campbell Center, who knows, but it is about ti become super interesting


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Friday, February 5, 2016

College doubleheader tomorrow , well sort of


Former Clear Springs star Courtney Latham and Tulane Green Wave invade Hofheinz Pavillion against the Cougars at 2pm tomorrow to start my day then I'll teleport over to Sharp Gym to watch a couple of more former local stars Taylor Schippers (Concordia Lutheran) and Brentney Branch (Clear Creek) come to town to play HBU at 4pm

Parents, again support your local teams and get your daughters out to watch ALL levels of the next level so they'll know what it takes and not take someone who doesn't know Where They From when they come at you with nonsense and foolishness

TALENT IS EVERYWHERE

Langham Creek in must win situation in D-17 showdown


The toughest district in the area is going , let me hashtag it #downtothewire


My biggest concern with Cy Woods was losing 2 D1 guards, that BCS frontcourt is solid but you HAVE to have guard play and the guards have stepped up which has a lot to do with them winning district

Cy Fair has come out of nowhere and all but secured 2nd place in D-17, there simply playing as a team better than they were in November and could make a deep run

Cy Falls right now is 3rd place, multiple long range shooters reminiscent of state R-3 rep bomb squad

Langham Creek's youth have carried them this close to the playoffs, something they haven't seen in a while and they're tied with Cy Ranch, a team plagued with injuries, again, and also the team I predicted along with North Shore that would make a run

TONIGHT

Cy Falls at Langham Creek, this could really become interesting  and here's why

STANDINGS

If my for Carrabba's hasn't expired, that my game, if it has, hmmmmm maybe I'll catch Seven Lakes playing themselves


SCHEDULE

Thursday, February 4, 2016

2016 Road To San Antonio starts not now but ......


North Shore and Cy Ranch were my picks to get out of here in 6A during the preseason and while The Mustangs have solidified their chances the other Mustangs have been plagued with injuries and right now find themselves in a tie for the final playoff spot in D-17

Here are the questions I pose to myself

1. Will D-17 have two teams in the regional semi's at Campbell Center
2. Will someone other than either Mustangs team make it to San Antonio to represent R-3
3. Can anyone from any region beat Duncanville

Those questions will be answered starting February 15th

PLAYOFFS

HSAA teams make noise #SpaceCityJam


Let's see, the 14U and 16U HSAA Blue Angels' teams won their divisions at the 2016 Space City Jam while the 18U Varsity squad placed third behind talented  New Way and SATCH squads and what has me really sold is the pipeline because that young squad of 8th graders definitely has some players to be reckoned with

Clare Simpson's size and skill set weren't the only things to impress me, love the way she battles and her upside is going to be something to see She and Megan Leupen bot showed they could battle on the boards on both ends of the court

Also impressive were Joey Thorman and Maci Martin that simply filled in many of the blanks that helped them win the championship but it doesn't stop there as Gracen Williams, Sophia Thompson and Anna Thompson all made the Tip Sheet in the 2020 group while Miss Amazing Maggie Thompson just blew me away and she's in the 2022 class

TIP SHEET

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

SCHENCK super in so many ways #SpaceCityJam


I've written about tons of players over the years, some not so bright remarks have come my way about "my favorite player this or that" and I have to reassure people that I only have one favorite player and that's the one in the picture with the president.

Madison Schenck definitely has a special place in my heart and it's not just because she's a talented basketball player that has expanded her game from the first time I saw her in the 8th grade where she was primarily a post player but simply because she's a good person that actually cares about others

Her recent signing with St Edwards wasn't a spur of the moment deal, she was toying with idea of playing D1 ball but after weighing all of her options, size of the campus, ability to go in and play immediately, the warmth she felt on her visit all played a part however she's also looking long term and ranking of the school academically definitely played a huge part as well

She closed out her final Space City Jam with a bang, 30 points and 28 rebounds and her points came from long and midrange, put backs or simply taking players off the dribble was no surprise to me and after watching her work on her weaknesses all of these years, I assured her no if ands or butts, she definitely has D1 talent and she will excel at the next level

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Playoffs on the line in D-17 matchups


This is what it's all about, the season is winding down to part 3 which is the absolute most important part of the season, the playoffs and the toughest district in the area have five teams jammed up to get four spots. Cy Woods (10-0) is a lock and they host (7-3) Langham Creek while Cy Fair (7-3 )is at Cy Falls, also a lock at (8-2). Cy Ranch could move into a tie for fourth, they'll beat Cy Ridge with ease and here is the UPDATED and accurate district standings

D-17

Here is tonight's schedule, remember to DOUBLE and TRIPLE check

SCHEDULE

Saturday, January 30, 2016

#AutoAwesome Friday at Space City Jam



I had a chance to catch some talented players across the board in many division at the Space City Jam from the 10U SATCH and CHSA squads all the way up to the 18U New Way and SATCH squads and that will be your 5:20 championship game later today

I'm heading back out for more excitement, follow me on Twitter or my UNHACKED Instagram for more excitement but wait, you've got not only a Tip Sheet coming but mini stories on the championship squads as well because NO ONE covers an event like I do

BRACKETS

Cy Fair rolls on big night for head coach


So many times people glance at close scores and come away thinking that it was a good game however Cy Fair's 13 point victory over Langham Creek , 69-56 doesn't appear to be close but at times it certainly was, well until Kyler Wyatt and Angela Harris did some magical things to open it up late in the second half. I guess the back to back one woman press breaks Wyatt created which lead to scores, an assist and an and one had something to do with it, or maybe Harris catching fire and scoring on three straight possessions, two of them threes and an acrobatic and one herself had something to do with it but to be honest with you, this was probably the best team effort win I've seen from the Bobcats all season. Leslie Lockridge was solid at the one while Olivia Noah filled up the stat sheet



This was going to be a tough game for Langham Creek anyway, the gym was packed as Cy Fair's head coach Ann Robique was honored for winning her 600th game last week and they talked about her district titles and state championships however  what had impressed me even before she had the talented Ogumike sisters is that she was making it to the regional semis with a variety of talented players. Nevertheless, the Lobo's fought and I talk about the poise of the freshmen duo of Briley Perkins and Dyanni Robinson so much that if you had a chance to watch them last night, in this type of environment, you'd definitely get it. Dezi White and Courtney Faver also helped spread out the offense but the bottom line is that they're tied for that final playoff spot with Cy Fair who travel to Cy Falls on Tuesday while the Lobos take a trip to undefeated Cy Woods

DISTRICT RACE

Friday, January 29, 2016

Wolves vs Cardinals round 2


Westside hadn't won district outright since 2007, how do I remember, that's the year my daughter graduated from there however they pulled it off last season and made a run to the regional finals, a feat they've accomplished three times, but they lost to eventual state champions Cy Woods in that final game

This season, they find themselves a game behind the Cardinals led by Texas A&M Corpus Christi signee Dae Dae Evams along with Keejah Dibrell and 6'3 junior Mya Hollingshed and I mentioned during the Texas Jamboree if Irenisha Johnson had been allowed to play, they would have definitely made a run and whatever happened in that situation goes into "all that's wrong category" because she definitely deserves to play

The Wolves will counter with their on "Big Three" of Kirby Celestine, Sentreal Gregory and Tanea Thomas, they lost the first time around by 9 so this should be another one of those HISD thrillers between the top two teams in the district

SCHEDULE

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Lobos at Bobcats for a playoff spot in D-17


Langham Creek's Dezi White has been DYNOMITE since coming back from a minor injury and the explosive sophomore happens to be one of the nest in Texas 2018 class, you have trust me on this one and while trusting me, their dynamic freshmen duo of Briley Perkins and Dyani Robinson have made the adjustment as varsity starters with ease, which is great news for the Lobos and that along with the return of Kayla Ownes, one of the top 2017 players in the country, you have to throw their name in the hat for a trip to San Antonio next season

Whoa, lets rewind to now where they're 7-2 in district and tied for 2nd place with Cy Falls, a team that gave them one of their district losses, the other was Cy Ranch who are on the outside looking in for that final playoff spot right now. The Lobos go against Cy Fair who happen to be one of the hottest teams in the city Friday night, the Bobcats are only a game behind and since has Cy Woods, Cy Falls and Cy Springs remaining, this is a very important game for them

Cy Fair has Cy Falls, they beat them on an Angela Harris three at the buzzer last week, okay almost at the buzzer, along with Cy Springs and Cy Creek while Cy Ranch has Cy Lakes, Cy Ridge, Cy Creek and Jersey Village, they haven't played Creek yet but won the other games with ease, so there you have it, Woods and Falls are definite locks while Langham Creek, Cy Fair and Cy Ranch all have keys yet only two of those will fit

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

'21 Andrews showing Peyton's place will have many options


I love big guards that can shoot but more importantly so do college coaches and when I first saw Peyton Andrews up close and personal at the Battle At The Hive last season and was overly impressed with her skill set as well as her basketball knowledge at a young age, you can't teach thinking on the court folks

Fast forward to this seasons HoopAHolics where the 7th grader has a grown a little in size as well as expanded her game even more, well expanded her range as well as the 5'10 guard is dropping some NBA range bombs in this video, more coming and I think the song blasting in the background fits because I'm certainly not forgetting about her


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Great Scott Klein Oaks in battle for 2nd against Collins


Klein Oak battles Klein Collins tonight in a fight for 2nd place tonight, Dekaney sewed up the district title before the season started however the impressive thing about Oak's 7-2 record in district is that it's as many wins as they've had in district as the previous three seasons combine, in fact they haven't had a winning district record since the 2011-12 season

The turnaround or X factor since Scully and Mulder have returned is none other than Elizabeth "Liz" Scott, one of the top freshmen in the country, just like I told you she'd be back in the 6th grade when I tagged her "Great Scott" so this should be a great game between the teams, Oaks won the first one on the road by three. Collins features New Orleans signee, Rexesha Hollis one of the areas top players

STANDINGS

Woods at Ranch could be .........


When I put a lot of dots, well periods, I'm letting you know there's a good chance that TWO teams from D-17 could make it to Campbell Center in the regional semis, PERIOD with an exclamation point afterwards

Cy Woods has all but clinched their district, a win tonight definitely would do that but another note, they would be on a collision course to meet North Shore in the semifinals in late February while the 2nd and 3rd place teams will be on the opposite side

SCHEDULE

This could be interesting, the Wildcats have lost twice to the Mustangs this season and that old saying it's hard to beat a team three times is just that, an old saying because some teams have gotten beat by other teams 300 times but if it comes down to that, it should be what I call "a good game"

PLAYOFFS

SATCH @ Episcopal before #SpaceCityJam



Madison and Mikayla Schenck may be holding a piece of ice but trust me, it didn't long for it to melt because the talented sisters have been on fire all season. Madison recently committed to St Edwards and Mikayla, one of the states top sophomores will be representing defending Space City Jam champions SATCH this weekend but today, they go against a high powered offensive Episcopal squad featuring Houston signee Quatera Limbrick as well as another of the states top sophs, Kansas Watts

Game is at 5:30 today and here's a link to SPACE CITY JAM which starts THURSDAY !!!!!

Monday, January 25, 2016

New Way dropping in on #SpaceCityJam


New Way has been an explosive squad to look at over the years and they're returning to the Space City Jam with heavy hitters. Roeshanda Patterson can simply put up numbers in droves, quickly and the talented UTEP signee isn't alone as NIa Smith and Cherlee Collins have already given me thrills over the years

Here's a link to the brackets

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Sidney has Wildcats on attack for deep run

The Wheatley Wildcats name was synonymous for great boy's basketball teams when I was coming and the trend continued into this century however the girl's have produced some talented players and teams and this years squad might have not only their best ever player but a team capable of making a deep run

They're definitely one of the top 4A teams in the area, TABC has them in the state's top 25 and most of this is because of Eryka Sidney, the Prairie View signee that's averaging over 31 ppg along with a tad over 7 assists and steals a game. I know I always say "It's not what you do, it's who you do it against" but I've seen this young lady do it on the circuit, trust me she's legit

How legit is she? Well the talented the senior had several offers on the table including some mid majors however being close to her family paid a huge role in her decision to stay near home which means I'll be in for a treat over the next four seasons as well.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Big Three propel Cy Woods over Cy Falls


This is a pretty cool picture because it captures five of the six leading scorers from last night's game including Cy Woods' "Big Three" of Nancy Mulkey (18) along with Jasmine Williams and Catherine Reese who scored 16 each. The first quarter was a tight one, the Wildcats were up 18-16 after one and appeared to be on the verge of opening the game up as the expanded the lead to 14 leading 39-25 at the half but one thing I know about the Eagles is they have multiple scorers on this squad and they would make a run

They closed the gap after three to get the deficit back under 10 however Woods made some adjustments and held on win 66-55. This all but assures the Wildcats of the district title as they lead by two games with five remaining however in this district, never say never. JoAnne Taylor lead the Eagles scorers with 17, followed by Daija Craft and Deja Cormer with 12  and 10 respectively

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Also Cy Fair gets a huge win against Cy Ranch, pulling the Bobcats into a tie with the Mustangs for that final spot, Max Preps is wrong on this one, Fair has lost 3 district games

DISTRICT RACE

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Cy Woods heads to Cy Falls as D-17 title up for grabs


Cy Woods sits alone on top of the toughest district in the region and they could all but clinch the district title with a win against Cy Falls on Friday. Hold on wait a minute, they have to travel to the Golden Eagles turf to do it so it's not etched in stone just yet

Cy Fair is trying to stay in contention, they head to a healthy and revitalized Cy Ranch where the Mustangs have been off and running

Jersey Village still has an outside chance of making the playoffs, they've dropped some close ones in district but so has Langham Creek who has one of the top records in district play so that game, at the Lobis, will be important as well

The only question that I have is will District 17 have two representatives in the regional semi's, I don't know but it's definitely a possibility

SCHEDULE

PS  DOUBLE-CHECK :)

Bush vs Elkins highlights 5A battle at Wheeler


Bush looked pretty impressive back in November at the FBISD Tournament finishing 4th in the event with a key match-up against defending R-3 5A champ Rudder that showed they are in the hunt for that road trip to San Antonio however Friday at 5:30, the district leader battles Elkins who are only a game out

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Elkins has some heavy hitters including Monet Jones, Mackenziie Johnson and Ashley Daniel while Bush has some heavyweights of their own like sharpshooter Daizhaa Norris, Tamera Gulley and Emily Caster to name a few

Game is at Wheeler, boy's game will follow

DISTRICT STANDINGS

Super Starks helps keep Consolidated within striking distance



Last season, when everything was on the line, I watch Aerial "AJ" Starks do everything I knew she was capable of doing when I saw her as a freshman and even though I don't think she realized at the time all the tools she possessed, her 30 points in the Regional Finals against district rival Rudder in a 63-60 loss. she showed me she understood

Right now her A&M Consolidated team is a game behind district leader Rudder, a 57-54 loss in game one is their only blemish in district, however Starks has definitely been on fire, and I'm talking all season read more

Recently she recorded her 4th double-double of the season, scoring 29 points and adding 10 rebounds against Huntsviille and who knows, it could be a Campbell Center match-up again to see who heads to San Antonio

5-A DISTRICT 18