Winter is coming! There are so many great basketball stars in Clear Creek ISD. VYPE highlights five athletes from CCISD in this edition of The Wonderkids of Clear Creek ISD powered by Texas Citizens Bank.
Niyah Johnson, Clear Springs @niyahjohnson10<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNDY0MTQ4NC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYyMzg3NTI3OX0.jVVbjgxjCMh--VsqbEnkpqUQI_EGop8zAcf2TP4accA/img.jpg?width=2000&coordinates=0%2C217%2C0%2C217&height=1500" id="fcec9" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="fbbbdd25eb9ceed2ed8889688e391d60" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="2000" data-height="1500" /><p>Clear Springs are one of the top teams down south of Houston. The Chargers have a tremendous post in Niyah Johnson, who is an Abilene Christian-commit. She's a great defender and can score in the paint.</p>
Alex Lee, Clear Lake, @AlexLee2022<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNDY0MTQ4MS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0MTIzMDgxNX0.Y3GKYNe-oCa9Heqx_PEbW_gN9s0FI7U9lndimWlX7U0/img.jpg?width=980" id="62a4e" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="d7412a68d2dcbccd39554ec05bd8ad3f" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="400" data-height="400" /><p>Alex Lee of Clear Lake has game. He helped lead the Falcons to the postseason last season and earned a first-team, all-district nod as a sophomore. He can shoot with a deft touch and can find the open man as a guard. He will be a star in district play this year.</p>
Sydney Maxwell, Clear Falls @sydneym50511891<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNDY0MTQ4My9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY3MjA1NTEwNH0.YgyrM5gt5B5-iUplyZfOTCY-4kIRCcCqHSJbrQQNRWQ/img.jpg?width=2000&coordinates=0%2C556%2C0%2C556&height=1500" id="16bc2" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="fcc901d45318df61415e5eb647ad6fcb" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="2000" data-height="1500" /><p>Clear Falls reached the postseason in 2019-20 with the help of post Sydney Maxwell. She has a knack for coming up with rebounds and has a great put-back game. Maxwell is a double-double waiting to happen.</p>
Corey Kelly, Clear Falls<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNDY0MTQ4NS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYyODM1NjUxMn0.mW31IKqPMecvlt1a4TitGzYUrMp4zv8yNA6trT4RlSs/img.jpg?width=980" id="0a573" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="406db550aef9ad7e5d09dc9021ecbc1c" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="1511" data-height="1038" /><p>Corey Kelly is a beast in the middle. The Clear Falls big guard looks like a tight end and can get to the rim and protect the paint. He was a first-teamer in District 24-6A as a freshman. He and Orlando Horton Jr. are the future of Falls.<br></p>
Maurice Pinnock, Clear Creek @MauricePinnock4<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNDY0MTQ4Ni9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0MDI4ODg0OH0.csbsAKXU_t20u25U6pvIF_zWHEP-VtJEjQo3KubuUeA/img.jpg?width=980" id="2acb4" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="de0d30fc99e5886ce66dd103b1b3b046" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="1200" data-height="1478" /><p>Maurice Pinnock plays big. The 5-foot-11 guard is great off the dribble who can also shoot. He plays physical at his size and has great handles. He was a first-teamer as a junior and will put up big numbers as a senior.<br></p>
The 2019-20 basketball season ended in an off-the-backboard brick as the COVID-19 virus put an end to the state tournament.
Houston had four teams advance to state and VYPE will grant all four teams a share of the Team of the Year Award. Each had a great story line.
Dickinson hadn't been to state in 65 years and was hitting on all cylinders entering Final Four weekend. 65 years!!!!
Hightower was led by super-soph Bryce Griggs and company, looking to make school history if they could have reached the state finals. Three Hurricane teams made the Final Four before this year's group but hasn't won a game at state in school history.
Yates was poised for their fifth state title in 11 years under the direction of coach Greg Wise. They set the consecutive record for scoring 100-points in a game, breaking their own record a decade ago.
That leaves Stafford. Coach David Montano had the Spartans two games away from their first title since 1992. Stafford was off the grid in the preseason, sneaking up on everyone en route to state.
Here are the All-VYPE teams and superlatives.