There are so many great athletes in the private school realm in Houston.
VYPE highlights five athletes or teams from across the private school ranks in this edition of Private School Playmakers Powered by Texas Citizens Bank.
Remington Strickland - Fort Bend Christian Academy
TOP EIGHT 🌹 pic.twitter.com/XoNn31F9Cb— Remington Strickland (@RemStrick2021) July 26, 2020
Remington Strickland is already one of the highest recruited players out of Fort Bend Christian Academy. The three-star lineman recently released his Top 8 schools, which included the University of Houston.
The Woodlands Christian Academy Men's Basketball Team
Over the past few days we delivered our State Championship Rings to an amazing group of young men. We are so proud of each of them and excited for their individual futures and the future of TWCA Basketball!— TWCA Basketball (@TWCAbasketball) July 25, 2020
Go Warriors!@twcasports @vypehouston @ConroeSports pic.twitter.com/2WK1Dp3Y38
In February, The Woodlands Christian Academy won its second TAPPS 4A State Championship in the past three years. With the win, there comes the bling! Back in March, TWCA players and coaches got sized up for their rings. Recently, TWCA head coach Tanner Field visited his athletes at their homes to deliver their state title rings.
"Although not ideal, having the ability to recognize each individual and spend some time with their family, created some closure and allowed us to celebrate an amazing achievement! It was a great team comprised of unified families," Field said.
Tregan Hyder - St. Pius X
We have liftoff! 🚀@MarucciEliteTX 2021 Wallace’s Tregan Hyder (@trehyder) extends on a pitch and sends a missile way over the wall in left for a 2-run homer! #FiveToolPower— Five Tool Baseball (@FiveTool) July 24, 2020
St. Pius X (TX) 2021 #uncommitted #FiveToolWS pic.twitter.com/gMnFiFWFPg
How many times can we talk about the baseball prowess of Tregan Hyder? Well, not enough. This guy is the real deal. Let me say that again ... REAL DEAL! His power has been on display this summer on the diamond with monster shots to left, the speed to turn a would-be double for some into a stand-up triple. Hyder's presence at the plate is one to be reckoned with.
John Cooper School Volleyball
It seems like every day there are new rules or dates put out by the governing bodies of sports leagues. SPC had to do that as well, which changed up the schedules. The John Cooper School volleyball team will open its season on September 22 against Northland Christian before going to a FAST Tournament the next weekend. They will open SPC play on october 1 against The Kinkaid School. One of their premiere home games is October 6 against Concordia Lutheran, which made the TAPPS Final Four a year ago.
St. Thomas Episcopal Men's Soccer
Let's talk about more rings! This past spring, St. Thomas Episcopal's men's soccer team won its second-straight state championship. On February 22, STE Saints men's soccer team defeated The Covenant School - Dallas 1-0 for the TAPPS Division III State Title. Now, the ring has arrived and it is awesome!
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WHEN THE BUZZER SOUNDED AT THE END OF THE GAME, BAKARI LASTRAP FELT IT
He felt the joy and at the same time the bitter sweetness of his career ending the only way he thought it should – as a state champion.
"I can't express it enough. Being a state champion, everybody doesn't come across this. This year was the right team, right family, it's just all love," LaStrap said. "I can't thank the man up above enough."
LaStrap arrived at The Woodlands Christian Academy as a sophomore. He wanted his class to be the ones to leave a lasting legacy. When he walked onto campus, the Warriors hadn't won a basketball state title since 2012. It was Tanner Field's second season at the helm of the program. The year prior to LaStrap arriving, the Warriors had made the TAPPS Final Four but fell in the state semifinals.
As LaStrap walked off the court one last time in February, he did so with a legacy cemented – threestraight TAPPS Final Fours, three-straight title games and two state championships.
"Bakari LaStrap is the type of young man you would love to replicate every year," Field said. "He has been a blessing to our basketball program and overall school community. He is a great leader on and off the court and will be missed. He joined us to help lead our program to a championship level both on the court and culturally. He for sure did that and much more."
With the high school portion of his career over, LaStrap looks back on it knowing he was able to do things others dream of. "This is every high school basketball kid's dream, finishing off with a state championship," LaStrap said. "Having two, it's a lot of hard work. Everything behind the scenes paid