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Deer Park's Dillon Lester
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!
Jamie Wight (VYPE)
The Clear Falls basketball team made school history, reaching the Class 6A Region III Finals. They just fell short of State against No. 1 Beaumont United. Well, what will first-year head coach Bryan Shelton do for an encore? Shelton played at Clear Brook and the University of Houston and is now one of the hottest young coaches in the state of Texas, earning District 24-6A Coach of the Year honors. Stay tuned
Juan De Leon (VYPE)
Every great softball team needs an ace. The Dawson Eagles have one of the best in the nation in Gigi Solis. The No. 38 player in the nation, as ranked by Extra Innings Softball, has signed with Southern Mississippi. She has a great rise ball and a crafty curve ball which are nasty. Solis hopes to lead the Eagles deep into the postseason for her senior season.
Justin Hartojo (VYPE)
Deer Park baseball is a big brand in the state of Texas. The Deer are a power program with several of their stars in the college game. Dillon Lester will be the next big recruit, having already signed with Baylor to be their backstop for years to come. Lester is also solid at the plate able to hit for average and power from the right side.
Bradley C. Collier (VYPE)
The most notable cause for celebration for the Pioneers recently was when junior Wilson Klein burst onto the scene in the Pole Vault event, (15’ 1’’) setting a new school record in a recent meet. This achievement not only solidifies Klein’s name in LSA’s history but also ties him with the No. 16 ranking in the state of Texas, propelling him into TAPPS State contention.
Photo acquired via Clear Brook GBB Twitter: @CBHSLadyBBall
Clear Brook ran through District 24-6A with an undefeated record led by first-year head coach Mileka Loydrake. Loydrake played at Clear Springs under the direction of legend Pam Crawford before playing at UH and St. Edwards. The Wolverines reached the Regional Quarters before falling to Pearland. The District 24-6A Coach of the Year is building a power program in south Houston and will return her top two stars next season – Kamryn McLaurin and Rezia Castillo.
Clear Springs' Carissa Young
The start of the 2022 high school volleyball season is only days away. So, who is some of the veteran talent you should be keeping an eye on?
Welcome to the VYPE Playmakers, powered by UTMB Health, where we highlight five senior standouts to watch this fall.
Young is the Chargers’ top returning attacker after totaling 334 kills last year, good for 2.5 per set and a 42.5 kill percentage. She also had 102 blocks and 60 digs in showing off all-around talent.
Cierra Pesak, Friendswood
A varsity player since her freshman year, Pesak, a talented libero, emerged as a dominant player in the Mustangs' attack. In her first full season playing hitter, Pesak totaled 244 kills, 417 digs, 44 aces and 25 total blocks.
Stratton Sneed, Clear Creek
Sneed will be a pivotal force for the Wildcats this year, forming a dynamic attacking duo along with sophomore Olivia Jones. Sneed totaled 210 kills last season to go with 67 digs and 39 total blocks.
Brittney Daphnis, Clear Falls
Daphnis is one of the Knights’ top returning attackers. She compiled 163 kills and 85 total blocks last season at middle blocker. She also had an impressive 35.6 kill percentage.
Rachelle Reed, Pearland
The Oilers graduated nine seniors from last year’s team, opening up opportunity for Reed to emerge as a threat as a pin hitter. Reed only played in 82 sets in 2021 but was productive with 78 kills (37.1 kill percentage). Expect a breakthrough season for her.
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