Nov 06, 2020
VYPE U Behind-the-Lens: George Ranch Cross Country Sweeps District 20-6A
The 2022 high school volleyball season is in the thick of district play, and there are many talented players leading the way for their respective teams.
Welcome to the VYPE Playmakers, powered by UTMPB Health, where we highlight five players who have excelled on the court.
Sydney Gibson, Friendswood sophomoreVYPE Media
>> Sydney Gibson, Friendswood
At 5-9, the sophomore is undersized as an outside hitter but you wouldn’t be able to tell by how she’s dominated this season. Gibson leads the Mustangs with 2.4 kills per set to go with 2.5 digs per set and 36 aces. Her future is incredibly bright.
Olivia Jones, Clear Creek sophomoreVYPE Media
>> Olivia Jones, Clear Creek
Jones is having an outstanding season as a sophomore, leading the Wildcats in kills with 4.3 per set. She also has an impressive 36.4 kill percentage and averages 2.8 digs per set, which ranks third on the team.
Taylor Crain, Lutheran South Academy juniorVYPE Media
>> Taylor Crain, Lutheran South Academy
The Pioneers’ talented junior is a defensive savant this season, averaging a team-best 4.5 digs per set, and 11.8 digs per game. Crain is also a big factor in the LSA attack with 93 assists and 39 aces.
Allie Schwartz, Pearland juniorVYPE Media
>> Allie Schwartz, Pearland
The Oilers’ junior middle is second on the team in blocks with 93 and third in kills with 152. Schwartz is efficient as an attacker with a 42.8 kill percentage and a .307 hitting percentage, both numbers ranking second on the team.
Carissa Young, Clear Springs seniorVYPE Media
>> Carissa Young, Clear Springs
Young has been influential for the Chargers as a senior leader and with her play on the court. She leads Clear Springs with 330 kills and ranks second with 65 total blocks. Young holds a 44.9 kill percentage and .302 hit percentage.
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The Cypress Creek Cougars took on the Memorial Mustangs this weekend at Darrell Tully Stadium.
During the second quarter, Dominic Ramirez pushed through with two Cougar touchdowns leading the Cougars to a score of 14-0 at half.The Mustangs brought the competition the second half, but ultimately fell short to a final score of 28-26 Cougars. The Cougars are now 2-2 overall, and 1-0 in district play. Next week, the Cougars will take on the Stratford Spartans at Pridgeon Stadium.
WORKING OUT THE DETAILS OF THE MORNING COMMUTE TO WORK IN THE BOZMAN HOUSE IS SIMPLE. IN THE MORNINGS, KAREN AND BRYAN BOZMAN GET INTO THE SAME CAR AND HEAD TO BRIDGE CITY HIGH SCHOOL.
It is where, for the past seven years, Karen – who also coaches basketball – and Bryan have game planned together leading the Cardinals’ cross country and track and field programs.
The husband and wife, who have been married for 36 years, are living their best life together.
“It’s a blessing, I like it. It gives us time together to do similar things,” Bryan said. “It’s been neat to share and do those same things together.”
Karen added: “We have grown stronger in our marriage, grown stronger spiritually. We have both been a part of a coaches outreach Bible study in the mornings too.”
Working at the same school and coaching the same sport has made some intricacies of the job easier. Holding meetings. Working out logistics and plans for workouts or meets. All much simpler when the one you’re doing it with lives in the same household.
Then they split the other coaching duties pretty evenly.
“I drive the bus,” Karen said with a laugh.
Bryan remarked back: “I’m the shopper. Also, the workouts, stay on the kids and that’s how it works. Good teamwork.”
The most entertaining part of their job on a daily basis is seeing what the athletes will call them. Since they are both Coach Bozman and their son Russell, who is on the football coaching staff, is also Coach Bozman – the kids have had to get creative.
So, they have come up with “Baby Bozman” for Russell, “Daddy Bozman” for Bryan and “Momma Bozman” for Karen.
“They really get a kick out of having both of us,” Karen said.
Outside of the dilemma of what to call them, Bryan and Karen are exceptional coaches.
“I love watching this lady coach,” Bryan said. “She’s so smart and so talented. So, it’s been good to learn from her and be a part of the program with her.”
They have enjoyed coaching together and for them, seeing their impact on the student-athletes translate into success on the cross-country course, track or basketball court makes for the most rewarding moments of the year.
“Just being able to share in the experiences of taking a kid to State,” Karen said. “Seeing them excel in their athletic abilities and grow and mature into the young person that they become doing athletics.”
Bryan added: “We like those light-bulb moments when it clicks, and they finally get it and they are seeing those improvements. You can just see their confidence grow before your eyes.”
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