The Woodlands Highlanders reached the third round of the postseason in 2022, falling to eventual State Champ Duncanville in the playoffs.
The Highlanders return a talented offensive line, a nationally-ranked QB and WR, and a solid defense. Enter Kiandrea Barker – the No. 1 prospect in the state of Arkansas for the Class of 2025, who had 1,225 all-purpose yards and 10 scores at Beebe High School.
“I’m excited to show that I can compete in the state of Texas, where there are a bunch of big-time players,” Barker said. “I want to show that I can play against that caliber of player.”
So, what was the first day like at the Houston power school?
“It was pretty chill,” he laughed. “I went straight to offseason football and got a good workout. I love everything about the program here.”
The Woodlands has a lineage of great RBs dating back to Patrick Carr and Samson Taylor. Barker wants to make his own name.
“My style is like Saquon Barkley,” he said. “When he was at Penn State, he was a true human joystick. I want to do big things on the field and be that type of big-time playmaker. But my real goal is to be a great teammate, build great chemistry with the talented teammates here and go try and win a State Championship.”
The move sent shockwaves throughout the Texas high school landscape and recruiting circles. Barker has already been a big-time target in Arkansas and that should translate to Texas as college coaches follow his progression.
“I've been talking with TCU and USC right now,” he said of recruiting. “They are starting to build real relationships with me as of right now.”
The Wichita Falls Hirschi basketball program has been building a legacy on the court over the last few years. After finishing as the UIL State Runner-Up, the Huskies are back on track to post another incredible playoff run. VYPE DFW takes a dive into the program so far this season!
A Look Back
Last season, the Huskies dominated the court. Finishing with an 81% winning percentage, Hirschi posted a 29-7 overall record (10-0 in district play). Through preseason play, the Huskies took down Dallas Pinkston, Crowley, Wichita Falls, Peaster, and more preparing for their district schedule. Going undefeated in district, the Huskies defeated Graham, Iowa Park, Mineral Wells, and more. The team outscored their district opponents by a combined 428 points en route to playoffs.
Throughout playoffs, the Huskies posted strong victories over the likes of Gatesville, Fort Worth Western Hills, Decatur, Hereford, Canyon, and Boerne, before eventually falling in the state title match-up against Dallas Oak Cliff Faith Family Academy.
So far this season, the Huskies are playing hard against their opponents. Through preseason play, Hirschi defeated Midlothian Heritage, Vernon, Ferris, Springtown, and more before opening up their district schedule. In district play, the team stands undefeated with a 2-0 record. With their third distrct game against Burkburnett being postponed to Wednesday, January 25th, the Huskies are looking to get back to the court and show off their talent.
The team is working hard to make another deep playoff run. As they prepare to take on Burkburnett, Sanger, Gainesville, and more through district play, fans can expect the Huskies to play smart and quick against their opponents. Be sure you catch the team in action this season!
AFTER GOING 23-4-1, THE FOSTER GIRLS FINISHED THEIR REGULAR SEASON BY SETTING ANOTHER SCHOOL RECORD. THEY ACCOMPLISHED THIS WHILE ALSO CRUISING TO THE DISTRICT TITLE WITH A RECORD OF 15-1. LEADING THE FALCONS WAS SENIOR MIDFIELDER HANNAH BOLIN, AND SHE BELIEVES HER TEAM HAS SIGNIFICANTLY INFLUENCED HER GAME.
“They [Bolin’s teammates] have really helped me to push my limits,” said Bolin. “I’m a lot more outgoing, a lot more energetic. I’m a better leader because of them. The people that you meet, the coaches that you meet, really help you to grow as a player and a person. That’s really what’s been keeping me in the game.”
Following their historic regular season, the Foster girls moved up the postseason brackets by defeating Sharpstown (9-1), Barbers Hill (6-3), and Sante Fe (2-0), before ultimately falling to Magnolia in the Regional Semifinals by a score of 2-1. Despite their defeat, the Falcons should appreciate the impressive level of performance their squad achieved, especially that of Bolin—the team captain.
A varsity player since she was a freshman, the veteran midfielder enjoyed her best season by earning first-team, all-region honors, as well as her second consecutive Lamar CISD Midfielder of the Year Award. Furthermore, Bolin’s experience with Foster and her club team, Albion Hurricanes FC, has allowed her the opportunity to continue playing.
“I progressively kept getting better and I got to the club where I’m at [AlbionFC],” Bolin explained. “From there, I did some Showcases, and I was able to get recruited and ended up committing to Sam Houston.”
2022-23 Foster Girls Soccer
Considering that this is Bolin’s final season at Foster High, it's understandable that there may be some bittersweet memories.
“It has helped to build my confidence,” she said. “Getting to be with your teammates and having great experiences, from fun bus rides to team dinners, I will never forget this time.”
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