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The stars of 2023-24 Pearland Volleyball
What a week for H-Town Volleyball!
Pearland turned the tables in Class 6A, after toppling their district rival Dawson, which has propelled the Oilers to a potential district title. Similarly, The Woodlands defeated College Park in four sets, after falling to the Cavaliers earlier in the season, which secures the Highlanders in their district's No. 2 spot, behind a relentless Grand Oaks squad that's only tallied one loss on the season.
Not much has changed in Class 5A, with each of our top-5 winning both of their respective matchups last week. However, Montgomery and Manvel are surging at the perfect time, with only a couple of weeks remaining in the regular season.
The biggest headline in the private school scene is undoubtedly Lutheran South's 3-2 nail-biter victory over fellow TAPPS-5A title-contender FBCA. Given that these two clubs have a season-split against each other, it will be interesting to see how a potential tie-breaker will play out in the postseason. Additionally, Legacy Prep looks primed for a deep run in the playoffs.
THE VYPE RANKINGS
Class 6A Top 20 (Numbers in parentheses indicate current record)
1. Grand Oaks Grizzlies (40-1; 14-0 in district)
2. Cinco Ranch Cougars (30-5; 14-0 in district)
3. Stratford Spartans (34-6; 11-0 in district)
4. Cypress Ranch Mustangs (30-5; 11-0 in district)
5. Deer Park Deer (29-9; 9-0 in district)
6. Pearland Oilers (31-10; 9-1 in district)
7. Tomball Memorial Wildcats (33-8; 11-0 in district)
8. Katy Tompkins Falcons (25-9; 11-2 in district)
9. Pearland Dawson Eagles (31-9; 8-1 in district)
10. The Woodlands Highlanders (29-14; 11-3 in district)
11. Langham Creek Lobos (31-9; 9-2 in district)
12. Clear Springs Chargers (29-12; 10-0 in district)
13. Ridge Point Panthers (28-13; 13-1 in district)
14. College Park Cavaliers (21-8; 10-3 in district)
15. Fort Bend Austin Bulldogs (25-14; 11-2 in district)
16. Atascocita Eagles (24-10; 11-0 in district)
17. Bridgeland Bears (24-12; 8-3 in district)
18. Seven Lakes Spartans (23-14; 10-3 in district)
19. Tomball Cougars (23-11; 9-2 in district)
20. Dobie Longhorns (29-7; 8-2 in district)
Bradley C. Collier (VYPE)
Class 5A Top 10
1. Barbers Hill Eagles (34-7; 11-0 in district)
2. Friendswood Mustangs (22-9; 9-0 in district)
3. Fulshear Chargers (31-4; 11-0 in district)
4. Foster Falcons (28-8; 10-1 in district)
5. Baytown Sterling Rangers (18-14; 8-3 in district)
6. Montgomery Bears (25-16; 5-6 in district)
7. Manvel Mavericks (20-17; 8-1 in district)
8. Magnolia West Mustangs (16-16; 6-5 in district)
9. Goose Creek Memorial Patriots (22-14; 6-5 in district)
10. Magnolia Bulldogs (18-17; 5-6 in district)
Private School Top 10
1. Lutheran South Academy Pioneers (34-7; 11-1 in district)
2. Fort Bend Christian Academy Eagles (28-4; 11-1 in district)
3. Concordia Lutheran Crusaders (29-11; 4-1 in district)
4. Episcopal Knights (28-10; 6-0 in district)
5. Legacy Prep Lions (25-3-4; 6-1 in district)
6. Rosehill Christian Eagles (21-8; 10-0 in district)
7. St. John's Mavericks (19-9; 6-1 in district)
8. Houston Christian Mustangs (11-14; 4-2 in district)
9. Kinkaid School Falcons (9-11; 3-3 in district)
10. The John Cooper School Dragons (17-9 3-3 in district)
Terrence Guillory II of North Shore Mustangs Football
The battle for the district is in full swing, on both of H-Town’s public and private school scenes.
With the regular season nearing its midway point in football, and the postseason looming in volleyball, the tension has never been greater. Inevitably, that means audiences should be in for a show, as the stakes continue to rise.
Given that fact, it’s time to detail some of the most anticipated matchups coming up, as the race for a district title commences.
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Some of the stars of 2023-24 Fulshear Volleyball
Jamey Wright (VYPE)
By far, this has been the most anticipated matchup in the Lamar Consolidated district. Both Fulshear (26-4) and Foster (24-7) rank in the top-four spots in our weekly rankings for Class 5A, and the result of this face-off will undoubtedly prove to be pivotal to the overall outlook of the division moving forward.
The Chargers boast a stacked roster, helmed by recent Wake Forest-commit Bailey Warren (Jr. OH), with the supporting firepower of Lauren Witte (Jr. OH), Sydney Black (Sr. L), Alexys James (Jr. S), and Yosola Adeleke (Jr. MH). Each of these individuals were essential in Fulshear's trip to the Regional Tournament a year ago, and all signs point to a return.
Some of the stars of 2023-24 Foster Volleyball
2023-24 North Shore Football
District 21-6A is absolutely loaded, with North Shore, Summer Creek, Atascocita, and C.E. King each entering the fifth week of the season with stainless 4-0 records. That makes this particular exhibition that much more enticing.
North Shore has kicked off the Fall in style, dismantling powers such as The Woodlands (38-17) and Westfield (45-9) in their mission to return to the state championship. Terrence Guillory II (Sr. WR), UH-commit Kaleb Thomas (Sr. TE), and D’Andre Hardeman Jr. (Jr. RB) have been the key contributors to the North Shore offense thus far, while four-star CB Devin Sanchez headlines a scary Mustangs defense.
C.E. King has been on a tear as well, knocking off Pearland (40-29) and Humble (31-24 OT) in recent weeks. Darius Clark-James (Sr. QB) has performed exceptionally well as the Panthers signal-caller, having already thrown 12 touchdown passes, while rushing for two more. Senior WR Vincent Jones has been his primary target, as he averages over 100 receiving yards per game, with sophomore RB Dionne Sims carrying the workload in the backfield.
Some of the stars of 2023-24 C.E. King Football
Lorin Cook (VYPE)
Some of the stars of 2023-24 Cinco Ranch Volleyball
These two squads have already faced off against each other, earlier in the first round of the district schedule. Cinco Ranch emerged victorious (3-2), following a five-set nail-biter. Come Friday, it’s time for round two.
Despite playing in a relentless Katy district, the Cougars (25-5) currently maintain an undefeated (9-0) record against their divisional counterparts. Junior Kassidy O’Brien has been dynamic from the setter position, feeding her teammates to the tune of nearly 900 assists on the year. Gabriella Martinez (Jr. OH) and Makenna Loo (Sr. OH) headline a killer Cinco Ranch offensive attack, while junior libero Magdalene Finnegan anchors the defense as the team’s dig-leader (334).
Some of the stars of 2023-24 Tompkins Volleyball
Some of the stars of 2023-24 Oak Ridge Football
Both of these teams have taken their lumps through the season thus far. District 13-6A is a difficult crowd to contend with, no doubt about it. Despite that fact, each side in this rivalry has something to prove.
Oak Ridge (2-2) re-established their dominance against New Caney last week (41-14) and they don’t plan on slowing down. Their defense is as stingy as ever, with Georgia-commits, Justin Willaims (Sr. LB) and Joseph Jonah-Ajonye (Sr. DE) manning the War Eagles’ front-seven, while Frankie Arthur (Sr. RB) and James Scott (So. WR) remain some of the offensive weapons in coach Mark Schmid’s arsenal.
After being shot out of a cannon to begin the season, the Tigers (3-2) were stopped in their tracks by Willis and The Woodlands in their first two district matchups. Now is the time to correct the course. Coach Cedric Hardeman will look to Texas State-commit Tice Williams (Sr. S) to lead the charge in order to do so.
2023-24 Conroe Football