The Woodlands High School continues to be one of the most elite institutions in the country.
Don't take my word for it… take the UIL's
The Highlanders won its eighth Lone Star Cup in 2020-21, edging out Southlake Carroll 111-99 in the Class 6A division. The award has been give out for 23 seasons.
Greater Houston's Seven Lakes finished tied for fifth and Deer Park and Tompkins finished in a tie for eighth. Friendswood finished second overall in Class 5A.
"It's a heck of an honor," Jim Rapp, football coach and campus athletic director said. "This year was a little different because it was a total school effort when you get right down to it. From athletics, to academics to spirit and arts, everyone was trying to get Lone Star Cup points. It was pretty cool to see everyone come together for one goal."
Schools earn points for their results in Team Tennis, Cross Country, Marching Band, Volleyball, Robotics BEST, Football, Congress, Spirit, Swimming & Diving, Wrestling, Mariachi, Film, Basketball, Robotics FIRST, Soccer, Academics, One-Act Play, Theatrical Design, Track & Field, Golf, Tennis, Softball and Baseball.
"What's unique is that we have some many elite programs here," Rapp said. "Everyone has tunnel-vision as it relates to their program, but I have to remind them to have a global view here. They get it because we all share facilities and students and athletes."
Dr. Ted Landy is the principal at TWHS and Dina Graves is the assistant athletic director. Both deserve a ton of recognition as well.
The UIL Lone Star Cup is awarded annually to six high schools, one in each of the six UIL classifications (1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A and 6A), based on their team performance in district and state championships. The winning schools in each classification will receive the UIL Lone Star Cup trophy and a $1,000 scholarship.
Honoring the best overall athletic and academic programs in Texas, the UIL Lone Star Cup is open to all UIL participant high schools.
"It was really special doing it in a COVID year," Rapp said. "All of our spring sports were cut short and the way they came back and did so well was impressive. The coaches and kids did a phenomenal job buying into all the protocols, which was a challenge for everyone."
THE LONE STAR CUP TOP 3
The Woodlands, 111 Points
Southlake Carroll, 99
Austin Westlake, 91
Highland Park, 111 Points
Argyle, 145 Points
Brock, 90 Points
CC London, 68
Shiner, 71 Point (2 state titles)
Mason, 71 (1 state title)
Nazareth, 67 Points
Dodd City, 60
THE HENDERSON CUP
Antonian College Prep, 111.5 Points
Liberty Christian School, 96
Bishop Lynch, 82
John Paul II, 82
Grace Community School, 92
Fort Worth Christian, 76
Lutheran South, 71
Cypress Christian, 78
Pantego Christian School, 67
Bay Area Christian School, 59.5
Rosehill Christian, 71 Points
New Braunfels Christian Academy, 55
Midland Classical Academy, 50
St. Paul Catholic School, 78 Points
All Saints Episcopal, 74
Sacred Heart Catholic, 62
Cornerstone Christian, 52 Points
Christ Academy, 49
Heritage School, 49
The Woodlands Highlanders have always been a state power in soccer. This year was no different as the Highlanders ran the table in district play en route to the postseason. One of the stand-outs inside The Woodlands' program is all-district selection Cody Tice, who will return for his senior season next year.
For now, he's off to the club circuit where he plays for the Dynamo Unidos ECNL and MLS team.
"My dad grew up playing soccer and he got me into it," he said. "As soon as I touched the ball, I fell in love with the sport."
The sport has taken him across the globe.
"I've gotten to play in Mexico and France during my time playing soccer," he said. "You get a different perspective about how big the sport of soccer really is."
As he enters his junior summer, Tice knows the importance of the next few months as he is trying to play at the college level.
"I'm just really looking for a good fit," he said about a college choice. "I'm a competitor, so I'm looking for a program that is in the mix for championships."
At forward, Tice can score with both feet, he's athletic enough to get to headers and is constantly pushing to get better. He has plus speed and his frame can hold up to physical play.
"My strength is definitely my speed and vision for the game," he said.