My name is Isabella Carlin and I am a sophomore at The Woodlands College Park High School. I am a member of National Charity League, DECA, and am a violinist in the CP Orchestra. I am also a staff writer for the CP Paladin Newspaper. I enjoy traveling, watching Astros baseball, and trying new restaurants. In the future, I hope to study journalism and media in college. My dream is to work for a major newspaper or magazine company. I enjoy the VYPE U program because I get the opportunity to cover all of the talented athletes at my school and get to build my journalism portfolio in the process. I also enjoy getting recognized for my writing and sharing College Park's stories with the Houston sports community. This year I am most excited to cover CP baseball, football, and track!
Each student that walks the fields of the College Park baseball complex has a story to be told. Junior Zachary Berger is no different. This remarkable student is currently making a difference in The Woodlands community, on the baseball field, and across the country, as a voice for thousands like him.
Zachary Berger was born with a birth defect called Lymphatic Malformation, which is the formation of rare masses caused by the abnormal development of the lymphatic system. Even though he has had to face numerous challenges in his life, Zachary is using his experiences to spread awareness for the hope of a cure. In the Summer of 2019, Zachary created Zac's Attack for a Cure, a non-profit that works to support the Lymphatic Education and Research Network.
"Growing up I was always asking the question 'Why? Why is this happening and why to me?' While I still ask those questions, I have come to the acceptance that it is a part of me and I have begun to turn that why into a how," Berger said.
Zac's Attack for a Cure works to help spread the word about Lymphatic Malformation and get people involved in finding a cure. Along with running fundraisers and events around the community, Zachary invests a great deal of time at the baseball field- a sport that he has loved ever since he was a young boy.
"Sports has always been an escape for me. It has been something I can go to and it is always an uplifter," Berger said.
At five years old, Zachary began his sports career as a baseball catcher. He instantly fell in love with the sport and the experience proved to him that even though he had a birth defect, he could do anything he put his mind to. His passion for the game led him to becoming a crucial part of the Cavaliers Baseball Team's success today.
Zachary works on the varsity team's analytics and statistics. He can be spotted at the top of stands at each baseball game and practice with a radar gun taking notes on the team's pitching performance. This position has allowed him to be close to home plate each day and create great friendships with his teammates.
"The baseball team has been so supportive and like a second family. It always feels like they are here for me and have my back," Zachary Berger said.
Not only is Zachary an avid baseball fan and founder of his non-profit, but he is also a podcaster. The Zac's Attack Podcast is centered around sports, baseball, and charity- all of Zac's favorite things. He has had the opportunity to speak to former and current College Park Baseball players and coaches about sports while spreading awareness for Zac's Attack among athletes. He aspires to one day interview his favorite athlete, Astros player Alex Bregman, and speak to him about the Astros, LSU, and his work with local charities.
This will be Zac's third baseball season with the Cavaliers and he is looking forward to enjoying every minute of it. In the future, he hopes to turn his passion for sports into a career by working for ESPN or the MLB Network.
In the meantime, Zachary is focusing on making a large impact on the community in his fight to find a cure for Lymphatic Malformation. He hopes to continue spreading his message of awareness while assisting with the game he loves.
If you are interested in learning more about Zachary Berger and his non-profit, "Zac's Attack for a Cure", please visit www.zacsattack.com.
Saturday afternoon VYPE U was on hand as The Woodlands College Park Football team drew hundreds of fans to Woodforest Stadium for their first home game of the season. Supporters decked out in pink for "Pink Out Night" and seniors and their families celebrated "Senior Night". The Cavaliers entered with a 3-1 record while the Kingwood Mustangs entered with an 0-4 record for the season.
The Cavaliers came out electric in the first quarter. Junior Quarterback, Ty Buckmon, was able to make contact with junior Alex Brigman twice to secure two touchdowns. The first quarter concluded with the Cavaliers keeping the Mustang scoreless (12-0).
Dylon DeAngelo was able to start the second quarter off by scoring on a 3-yard run. He was then followed by Juniors Cody Mladenka (12 yards) and Alex Brigman (25 yards) who continued the touchdown streak. Soon after, the Mustangs were not able to be stopped by the College Park Defense during a 4th down and were able to get their first points of the game. The Cavaliers were able to close out the first half of the game with a comfortable 34-7 lead over the Mustangs.
The members of the College Park Defense, Dylan Hazen (Wake Forest Commit), Chance Jackson, Andrew Edmonson, and Marcus Scott, helped paved the way to keep Kingwood scoreless throughout the 3rd quarter. A Kingwood turnover forced by Joseph Golden at the end of the quarter kept the score at 34-7.
With 1:33 remaining, the Cavaliers were able to add an additional touchdown to the board. The final score of the game was 41-7. The Cavaliers effort and strong performance is only the beginning for them this season.
College Park Football is entering a bye week but will be back at Woodforest Stadium on October 30th for their homecoming game against Grand Oaks. They will then face the bulk of their district competitors in Willis, Oak Ridge, and The Woodlands. This talented team is hoping to make a playoff run this season, and their performance on Saturday is evidence that they can do so.