Apr 08, 2022
Coaches Corner: Spring Woods Softball and Baseball
Photo by Justin Hartojo
FBCA’S BOYS FINISHED 14-15 ON THE COURT IN 2021-22, AND THE GIRLS FINISHED 17-14. BOTH TEAMS FINISHED FOURTH IN THEIR RESPECTIVE DISTRICTS.
Junior point guard Samuel Cole earned his secondstraight all-state honor for his play this season. Cole averaged 22 points, five assists and five steals per game and is one of the top talents in the Class of 2023 in the Greater Houston area.
The Eagles’ girls were led by all-state selection Madison Dunn. The senior averaged 7.6 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 2.6 steals. Senior Angel Nwodu added 9.3 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 2.4 steals per game for the Eagles.
FBCA’S GIRLS SWIM TEAM WRAPPED UP A STELLAR SEASON WITH AN EIGHTH-PLACE FINISH AT THE TAPPS DIVISION II STATE SWIM MEET IN FEBRUARY.
The Eagles scored 103 points as a team, eight points behind sixth-place St. Joseph. Twenty-six total teams competed at the meet.
Junior Whitney Childs took silver in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:00.51. Childs also finished sixth in the 100-yard backstroke (1:02.22).
Senior Darian McMillen (200-yard IM, 100-yard freestyle), senior Madelyn Pozzi (100-yard freestyle), sophomore Aly Gregorek (50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle) and senior Brooke Byers (100-yard butterfly, 100-yard backstroke) also represented the Eagles at State in their respective events.
The FBCA boys finished 17th at State out of 25 teams.
Senior Grant Klatt wrapped up a decorated high school career in fine fashion.
Klatt finished second in the 200-yard IM with a time of 1:53.55. He also took silver in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 49.19 seconds. Klatt had entered the year winning gold in the event each of the previous three seasons.
Sophomore Jacob Bjorngjeld (100-yard freestyle) also represented FBCA at State.
FBCA’S BOYS AND GIRLS SOCCER TEAMS WERE WELL-REPRESENTED IN THE POSTSEASON HONORS.
On the boys side, the Eagles named senior defender Austin Westfahl first-team, all-district. Sophomore forward Emanuel Montoya was named to the second team, while sophomore forward Daniel Bassey was named to the honorable-mention team.
For the Eagles’ girls, sophomore forward Kyra Whitman, who also enjoyed an outstanding year as a cross country runner, and junior midfielder Elizabeth Ingraham were named first team, all-district.
Sophomore defender Ruth Tamuno and freshman goalkeeper Ava Franco were named to the second team. Freshman forward Sydney Ferguson, senior midfielder Madeline Font, and senior defender Abigail Preng were named as honorable mention selections.
Whitman was a star on the field. She was also recognized as an all-state, honorable-mention pick.
BILLY GERWICK’S MOTTO ALL SEASON FOR HIS SWIM TEAM WAS “DISCIPLINE”.
That discipline was seen in the water, in their technique, how they made turns, their breathing and some of it may have seemed “tedious at times” according to Gerwick, but the reward for those hours and days of work arrived on a Thursday afternoon in February in the form of gold.
The Legacy Prep girls swimming team brought home the TAPPS Division III State Championship with an overall score of 300 points, beating out Logos Preparatory Academy by 26 points.
It was their first-ever team State Championship.
“It’s the best feeling in the world,” Gerwick said with a laugh. “It does take a little while to digest because you’re so in the moment of trying to do your best. They announced fourth, third and second and when you don’t get announced second you know you just won it.
“The girls were just overjoyed because they had worked so hard. They relished the moment. It was awesome.”
The Lady Lions started the meet off with a bang by bringing home a State Title in the 200-yard medley (1:58.01). After the initial relay win, Gerwick said they felt the momentum building.
“From there, every one of my swimmers slowly started taking time off and doing well,” he said. “You kind of sensed during the middle of the meet that we’re going to win it.”
The relay teams went on to win gold in the 200-yard freestyle (1:48.67) and the 400-yard freestyle (4:03.90) to sweep the top of the podium in the relay events.
In the individual events, it was a big year for freshmen Janey Leiker and Emily Tomlinson. Taking second in the 200-yard freestyle (2:01.59) and third in the 100-yard butterfly (1:01.42) events was Leiker. Tomlinson finished as the State RunnerUp in the 50-yard freestyle (26.29) and 100-yard breaststroke (1:11.26).
Other top finishers included State Runners-Up Bryant (100-yard freestyle – 58.89) and Serenity Stepanik (100-yard backstroke – 1:06.33).
“Every one of them rose to the occasion,” Gerwick said. “It was a team effort. Also, the community and the support from the parents of these kids was absolutely wonderful.”
There was a lot of talent in the City of Houston in 2022. Here is the 2022 All-VYPE Private School Softball Team presented by Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine.
Player of the Year Nominees: Victoria Hunter, St. Pius X (.610, 12 HR, 33 RBIs), Avery Hodge, FBCA (.722, 29 RBIs, 13-5 record, 2.15 ERA) and Sonia Zhang, St. John’s (.679, 2.85 ERA, 124 Ks, 53 RBIs, 9 HRs, 22 2Bs, 6 Triples)
Hitter of the Year: Sonia Zhang, St. John’s (.679, 2.85 ERA, 124 Ks, 53 RBIs, 9 HRs, 22 2Bs, 6 Triples)
Pitcher of the Year: Amanda Pollock, Bay Area Christian (103 IP, 105K, .361, 2hc6 RBIs)
Newcomer of the Year: Briana Collazo, Lutheran South Academy (.462, 8 HRs, 55 RBIs)
Team of the Year: Episcopal Knights
All-VYPE First Team
Reese Barrett, Episcopal (127 2/3 IP, 9-5, 91 Ks, 22 BB, 2.96 ERA)
Lucy Davis, Cypress Christian (.578, 30 RBIs, 2 HR, 1 3B, 15 2BS)
Emma Garcia, Second Baptist School (.545, 24 RBIs, 1 HR, 4 3B, 6 2B)
Evany Gonzalez, Lutheran South Academy (.515, 19 RBIs, 31 SB)
Jadyn Granere, Houston Christian (.390, 26 RBIs, 3 HR, 11 2B)
Reagan Heflin, Fort Bend Christian Academy (.641, 46 RBIs)
Chloe Roberson, Cypress Christian (.532, 24 RBIS, 5 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR)
Peyton Rohrig, St. Agnes Academy
Ellington Whitaker, Kinkaid (.467)
Allie Williams, Episcopal (.353, 34 RBIS, 6 HR)
All-VYPE Second Team
Hadley Hodge, Fort Bend Christian Academy (.644, 24 RBIs)
Emma Iles, Bay Area Christian (.392, 16 RBIs)
Cayden Koster, Lutheran South Academy (.600. 35 RBIs)
Grace Minarovic, John Cooper School
Elyse Nesser, St. Agnes Academy
Sarah Olenick, Cypress Christian
Avery Peakes, St. John’s (.477)
Emma Poirot, Episcopal (.453, 24 RBIs, 8 2Bs)
Emily Rogers, Second Baptist School (.558, 19 RBIs, 4 HR, 6 3B, 4 2B)
Riley Warnica, Houston Christian (.346, 25 RBIs, 2 HR, 3 3B, 8 2B)
Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine is Houston's leading provider of orthopedic services, from sports medicine to joint replacement. Houston Methodist offers comprehensive diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative services with a high standard of excellence for elite athletes, active adults and student athletes. Houston Methodist serves as the official health care provider for the Houston Texans, Houston Astros, Rice Athletics, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™, Houston Ballet, Houston Symphony and Houston Grand Opera.
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