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Grapevine Faith's HC Harding wins VYPE DFW Private School Girls Hooper of the Year Fan Poll
22 Mar, 2023
VYPE DFW recently ran a fan poll for the VYPE DFW Private School Girls Basketball Player of the Year. Grapevine Faith's freshman shooting guard, HC Harding, won the fan poll after an incredible start to her high school career. VYPE DFW was able to catch up with Harding about her season:
Harding, a basketball-only athlete, had a successful freshman season as she finished with many honors including First Team All State and First Team All District. The young athlete was named to the All Tournament Teams at the Parish Episcopal Classic, All Saint's Holiday Hoopfest, and Caprock Classic Tournament. Harding set the school record with 109 three pointers made in a single season; accomplishing topping the charts for many states including finishing first in TAPPS for 3 point field goals made (3PM) for all classes, ninth in Texas for all classes, and third in the nation in the freshman class- 29th in the nation for all classes. With such incredible freshman year stats, it's no wonder Harding had so many fans voting for her in the fan poll. Harding caught up with VYPE regarding the season.
What was your favorite memory from this season?
"I loved that my team traveled to Lubbock for the Caprock Tournament over Christmas break. There was so much I liked about the trip from team bonding to playing a team that had traveled from Australia. I felt like our team got a lot closer during that time which also helped us win the tournament against really good competition."
What were your goals this season? Do you feel like you accomplished them?
"I had a few goals - one which was met and one which wasn't. My personal goal was to lead my team in three pointers made- which I did. I was fortunate to set the new school record of 109 three pointers made in a single season. My team goal was for us to win state. Unfortunately we lost in our regional game."
What would you say has been the secret to your success so far?
"I think focusing on training outside of our normal practices helped me tremendously. There was no secret sauce, but just a lot of hard work. I also learned the balance of being a true student athlete through time management with my studies and athletics."
What would you say has been the secret to your team's success?
"I think our team's chemistry was key to our success. Most of my teammates all play for the same club team which helps. We are all good friends and like spending time together off of the court, too, which helps with our team chemistry as well."
Are you hoping to play in college? What are you looking for in a program?
"I definitely want to play in college. Because I'm a shooter, I would like a college program that is offensive minded. I've been fortunate to play for some amazing club coaches who have poured into me, so my hope would be to play for a college coach who shares that similar philosophy."
Do you have a game day routine that you stick to?
"Before every game I eat mac and cheese, have a Smoothie King smoothie, go to the gym early with my dad for a warm-up, make notes of what I want to focus on during the game, and eat a special chocolate that two of my friends gave me for good luck."
What are your coals for the off-season?
"I definitely want to get stronger. I started working with a strength coach about a year ago and hope to continue to build muscle. I also want to work on my step back, creating my shot, and continuing to improve my ball-handling skills."
How long have you been playing basketball? Who got you into the sport?
"I started playing in a recreational league in first grade and joined my first club team in fourth grade. My dad played basketball growing up and in college. He never pushed me to play, but I definitely think I got my passion for the game from him."
Who do you look up to and why?
"I really look up to y dad because of his knowledge of the game and his ability to tell me what I need to do to get better. I value his opinion and know he has my best interest in mind. I love going to the gym with him and going to NBA games together."
With many seasons ahead, Harding can be expected to continue to work hard to achieve her goals. Be sure you catch her in action on the court next season and during club playas she takes the court for True Texas Hoops 16U in AAU play.
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Jamie Wright (VYPE)
UIL Postseason Soccer is finally upon us.
Throughout the Winter season, several teams have shined on the pitch and now is the time for them to prove they have what it takes to go the distance and reach the State Tournament in Georgetown, TX within the next month.
Fortunately for Houston, there are numerous teams that show tremendous potential to reach that point.
Here are the clubs (5A-Girls) that will be representing H-Town between this Thursday and Saturday, in the opening round (Bi-District) of the UIL Playoffs.
5A Girls Soccer
*Record Format: W-L-T (Tournament games not included)
*List is ordered alphabetically
A&M Consolidated Tigers
2022-23: 14-0-1/District 21-5A Champions (14-0)
Head Coach: Caleb Blakley
Bi-District Matchup: v. Ellison
2022-23: 13-3-1/Finished 2nd in District 18-5A
Head Coach: Jennifer Briggs
Bi-District Matchup: v. Crosby
Barbers Hill Eagles
2022-23: 12-2/District 17-5A Champions (10-1)
Head Coach: Bonnie Landry
Bi-District Matchup: v. Santa Fe
2022-23: 9-3-2/Finished 3rd in District 17-5A
Head Coach: Trevor Burgess
Bi-District Matchup: v. Angleton
Fort Bend Kempner Cougars
2022-23: 11-6/Finished 3rd in District 20-5A
Head Coach: Kelly Baird
Bi-District Matchup: v. Milby
2022-23: 15-2/District 20-5A Champions (14-0)
Head Coach: Sabrina Wilmot
Bi-District Matchup: v. Galena Park
2022-23: 13-3-1/District 18-5A Champions (12-0)
Head Coach: Laura Peter
Bi-District Matchup: v. Goose Creek Memorial
2022-23: 11-5/Finished 2nd in District 20-5A
Head Coach: Danny Engel
Bi-District Matchup: v. Waltrip
Galena Park Yellowjackets
2022-23: 12-7/Finished 4th in District 19-5A
Head Coach: Alejandra Cruz
Bi-District Matchup: v. Foster
Goose Creek Memorial Patriots
2022-23: 9-4-1/Finished 3rd in District 17-5A
Head Coach: Roman Huizar
Bi-District Matchup: v. Friendswood
Kingwood Park Panthers
2022-23: 13-0-1/ District 16-5A Champions (10-0)
Head Coach: Jess White
Bi-District Matchup: v. Mt. Pleasant
Lake Creek Lions
2022-23: 7-4-3/Finished 3rd in District 21-5A
Head Coach: Brittney Burdick
Bi-District Matchup: v. Lake Belton
Lamar Consolidated Mustangs
2022-23: 8-6-1/Finished 4th in District 20-5A
Head Coach: JC Wright
Bi-District Matchup: v. Sharpstown
2022-23: 10-3-1/Finished 2nd in District 21-5A
Head Coach: April Cleveland
Bi-District Matchup: v. Waco
2022-23: 17-1/District 19-5A Champions
Head Coach: Christina Collins
Bi-District Matchup: v. Fort Bend Kemper
2022-23: 7-5-1/Finished 4th in District 16-5A
Head Coach: Margarita Saldana
Bi-District Matchup: v. Longview
Port Neches-Groves Indians
2022-23: 12-1-1/Finished 2nd in District 17-5A
Head Coach: Aimee Bates
Bi-District Matchup: v. Manvel
2022-23: 15-3/Finished 3rd in District 19-5A
Head Coach: James Gorley
Bi-District Matchup: v. Lamar Consolidated
2022-23: 15-2-1/Finished 2nd in District 19-5A
Head Coach: Adam Ramirez
Bi-District Matchup: v. Fulshear
CLICK HERE TO KEEP UP WITH THE UIL 5A GIRLS BRACKETS (Regions 1 & 2)
CLICK HERE TO KEEP UP WITH THE UIL 5A GIRLS BRACKETS (Regions 3 & 4)
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Jamie Wright (VYPE)
THE WOODLANDS CHRISTIAN ACADEMY SOFTBALL LOOKS TO GET INTO THE DISTRICT CONVERSATION IN 2023 EVEN AS THEY PLAY IN THE TOUGHEST DISTRICT IN THE STATE.
Coach Kate Maddock will throw her youngsters into the fire this season but feels confident they can hold their own.
“We are going be really young this year, but those young players are really talented,” she said. “This team is fun...the chemistry is great and we are trying to win the close games in the district this year that we barely lost last year. We are right there.”
TWCA's Katie WiseJamie Wright (VYPE)
The team strength will be on defense as senior Katie Wise moves to third base, move-in Alexis Osterhaus will play catcher and incoming freshman Reagan Rohrlich will patrol the shortstop position.
Rohrlich is a Top 5 national softball recruit on the showcase circuit and combines power, speed, and athleticism.
TWCA's Reagan RohrlichJamie Wright (VYPE)
Osterhaus moved to The Woodlands from Maine and is another college-level athlete who hits from the left side and is rangy on defense.
TWCA's Alexis OsterhausJamie Wright (VYPE)
“I can’t wait to see what our young players will bring to the table this year,” she said. “Add that to our five seniors and their leadership and it’s a recipe for success.”
Hold on Warriors, the future is looking bright between the lines.
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