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Clear Brook's Rezia Castillo
OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS, CLEAR BROOK HAS BEEN THE CROWN JEWEL OF CLEAR CREEK ISD GIRLS’ BASKETBALL.
Rezia Castillo has been at the center of the Wolverines’ success. Castillo enters her junior year having already earned District 24-6A MVP honors each of the two seasons, including a Newcomer of the Year selection as a freshman.
She has played well beyond her age and she has her sister to thank for that.
“It all began probably when I was in first grade,” said Castillo. “I have an older sister who played, and I’d go to her practices. I was on the sidelines, doing what they were doing, even though she’s six years older than me. I’ve kept playing just because it’s fun and I wanted to stick with what I loved. It has been my life ever since.”
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What sets her apart from the pack is her unquestionable unselfishness on the court.
“I’d say my greatest strength is how I get my teammates involved,” she said. “Whenever the people around you get to contribute and enjoy themselves, I always think that’s what makes basketball more fun. As the point guard, that’s kind of my job, but it’s nice being the one directing that.”
Basketball can be a full-time gig. So, what does the Clear Brook guard do to take the edge off?
“With my personality, I think people might be surprised but I actually really enjoy reading,” Castillo said. “I could do that for hours at a time. I like anything fiction – realistic fiction, mystery, romance books. Colleen Hoover is one of my favorite authors. Everyone’s into technology now, but reading is still one of my favorite things to do.”
Clear Brook finished as undefeated (12-0) district champs a year ago, before subsequently advancing to the Regional Quarterfinals thanks to the efforts of Castillo and fellow junior guard Kamryn McLaurin. They each scored nearly 400 points on the year.
So, what’s it going to take to repeat that effort?
“This year is really going to be about digging in and being willing to put in the work,” said Castillo. “In previous years, our season really started over the summer, so we’re already in that process. But, when we take to the court, we’re going to have to work hard and play for each other.”
With Castillo running the show alongside McLaurin, it could be the Year of the Wolverine.
Pearland Softball's Hailey Golden
The South Houston area is loaded with talented athletes who give it their all in their respective fields of play.
Welcome to the VYPE Playmakers, powered by UTMB Health, where we’re highlighting five standouts of the Houston area. Here are the UTMB Athletes of the Week!
Tornadoes WR Will Cianfrini is coming off a stellar Fall season, leading the team in receiving scores to earn himself a spot on the first-team, all-district honors list. He is gaining attention from recruiters, as he prepares for his upcoming senior season at Galveston Ball.
Moving from turf to hardwood, the 6-foot-5 junior plays shooting guard on a Ball team that currently holds the No. 3 spot in a competitive District 18-5A. With the playoffs right around the corner, Cianfrini will look to be an instrumental piece during the Tornadoes' potential run in the postseason.
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This 6-foot-3 tight end enjoyed a breakout season for the Gators, making 30 receptions for 464 yards with three touchdowns as a sophomore. With an impressive stat line like that, it is clear Scoby will be one of the key figures of Dickinson football moving forward.
Furthermore, Scoby has already received two offers to play on the collegiate level. One from Texas State, and one from NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders, at Colorado University. With two more years left in his high school career, the sky is the limit for the young Gator product.
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Golden was tremendous for Pearland softball a year ago, playing a significant role in the team’s run to the Regional Finals in the 2022 UIL-6A postseason. This Spring should be no different.
The Oilers’ all-State outfielder will look to run it back in 2023 in her swan-song season. Expect big things from Golden, before she moves on to Texas A&M Softball next year.
Throughout the Winter season, Belter has been the straw that stirs the drink for Clear Springs basketball. At 6-foot-5, this combo guard is leading the Chargers to the postseason. Springs is currently tied for first in the challenging District 24-6A.
After earning first-team, all-district and Newcomer of the Year honors last year with his clutch play and solid defense, Belter will look to continue building his resume, as he hopes to be a catalyst for Clear Springs in their imminent appearance in the playoffs.
Clear Brook girls basketball is dominating the 24-6A with an undefeated 10-0 record in their district. This feat was accomplished, in no small part, due to the efforts of the three-headed monsters of sophomores, which features Chardel Terrell, Kamryn McLaurin, and Rezia Castillo.
Terrel has been integral to Clear Brook’s offense, averaging 11 points per game while adding some strength on defense. Expect this young baller to help lead her team on a deep playoff run in the coming weeks.
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