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Hitchcock's Lloyd Jones III
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 from the previous week who stole the headlines.
Here are the UTMB Athletes of the Week, as the Fall season begins to heat up.
Bradley C. Collier (VYPE)
Last week, the big offensive tackle for Clear Springs, senior Blake Ivy, officially announced his commitment to Texas A&M.
As a four-star college recruit, and the No. 9 ranked OT in the Class of 2024, Ivy had plenty of top-tier programs to choose from--namely, LSU, Texas, and Texas A&M--but ultimately landed on moving to College Station at the conclusion of his tenure at Clear Springs.
Ivy will certainly make a worthy addition to the Aggies, given the considerable speed and athleticism he's showcased with his 6-foot-4 frame. He will be relied on heavily by Clear Springs as they pursue another district title and more this Fall.
The Hitchcock Bulldogs are one of the State favorites for Class 3A in Greater Houston. The ‘Dogs knocked off Refugio 43-36 on the road in a hostile environment. Leading the way was QB Lloyd Jones III, who threw for 143 yards and three scores, while rushing for 160 yards and another two TDs. Next up is East Bernard.
Pasadena volleyball is enjoying tremendous success prior to heading to district play. The Eagles coach Carmen Martinez has her girls playing well and tallying a 17-6 record. Leading the way is her daughter Caryme Molina, the sophomore setter who is quarterbacking the team.
Doug Brown (VYPE)
The Texas City Stings knocked off Friendswood, 23-20, in OT in the first game of the season. Fullback Caleb Bell had a gritty performance, as he was banged up most of the second half. Bell grounded out 71 yards, 14 coming in OT to put the game away.
Jamey Wright (VYPE)
Deer Park's Luke Webb has been a nightmare for offenses to prepare for, and even more so when the teams take to the field. That's something several collegiate programs have recognized, but the senior DL has chosen to join Oklahoma State once he graduates this year.
As one of the commanders of the Deer's defense, Webb has already made an impact for the group, as they come off a big win in their season opener against La Porte.
Kristyn Whitlock of Pearland Softball
Here are the UTMB Athletes of the Week.
Roundtree celebrates her game-tying 3-run HR with her teammates
Photo by Lloyd Hendricks (Hendricks Rockography)
In the bottom of the seventh inning of the Class 6A Regional Finals, Pearland was down 5-8 against Deer Park.
With their hopes of reaching the State Tourney hanging in the balance, pinch-hitter Gabbie Roundtree (Sr. OF) came in the clutch with a 3-run homer to tie the game. Soon after, the Lady Oilers would emerge victorious by a score of 9-8 to punch their ticket to Austin.
Friendswood's Brandon Schrick (Left) & Albert Archundia (Right)
Photo acquired via Twitter: @FWoodBoysTrack
Friendswood’s Brandon Schirck had a remarkable showing throughout his team’s Spring campaign. The junior Mustang further evidenced this by taking gold in the Shot Put at the UIL Regional Meet, followed by a second-place finish (59-09.75) at the State Meet. With another year left in his career, expect him to improve upon those stats in 2024.
Similarly to Schirck, senior Albert Archundia led another outstanding year on Friendswood’s Track & Field team. After finishing second at Regionals, Archundia took bronze at State in the Shot Put event (58-10.00), to cap off an exceptional high school career.
Whitlock rounds the bases after hitting a solo-homer against Deer Park
Pearland’s senior infielder Kristyn Whitlock played an instrumental role in the Lady Oilers’ victory in the Region III Final. The SHSU-signee had a solo homer in the contest, on top of three RBIs--one of which was the walk-off sac-fly to send her team to the State Semifinals. Whitlock will undoubtedly be a key figure in Pearland’s push for a title this weekend.
Photo acquired via Twitter: @FwoodGolf
After winning yet another district championship, the Mustangs Girls Golf team would go on to place third at Regionals--earning them a spot in the UIL State Tournament at Legacy Hills Golf Club in Georgetown. Friendswood ultimately finished ninth-overall against some tough competition, with a composite score of 674, which has set the standard for the young program.