WHEN THE WOODLANDS CHRISTIAN ACADEMY PACKS UP THE NETS AND VOLLEYBALLS AFTER THEIR 2022 SEASON, THE END-OF-THE-YEAR BANQUET IS GOING TO BE FILLED WITH GREAT MEMORIES AND LIFE-LONG FRIENDSHIPS.
Get out the tissues, because the waterworks will be in full effect.
Coach Kori Parker will say goodbye to seven seniors this year, who many have been together for four years of high school ball.
“This is the most cohesive group I’ve ever had,” Parker said. “They are great players and a great group of girls who all care for each other. The camaraderie always showed up on the court and our chemistry made us successful.”
Leading the way was setter Katie Wise and hitter Jordan Booth. The four-year starters have left a tremendous legacy wearing the green and gray.
“Katie has been the quarterback, calling the plays and commanding the court for years,” Parker said. “She has done an outstanding job at that. Jordan has been one of the most controlled players I’ve ever coach. She’s been so consistent.”
Katie Holloway, who is committed to the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, and Kirstyn Montgomery, a lefty, have provided much on the offense up front, while Carley Welch was a constant in the middle.
Brooke Harris and Avery Buck have kept the ball up from their DS positions.
“Our district is really, really competitive,” Parker said. “What set us apart was our chemistry and our focus on ball control. We wanted to score from the service line as much as we did from the attack line. That was out of necessity. We just wanted to control what we could on our side of the court and make our opponents get out of their systems.”
The campus-wide mantra this year has been “Be3rd” – God, Team, Me.
“We have really embodied that as a team this year,” Parker said. “This hasbeen a special group and have set thestandard for teams that come after them.”
That’s the Warrior Way.
As Texas high school hoops preseason kicks off around the state, eyes are on some of the top programs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Ranked 14 on VYPE DFW's public school top 20 boys basketball rankings, Byron Nelson has geared up this preseason ready to make a statement as they prepare for district play. VYPE DFW dives right into exactly what fans can expect from the Bobcats this winter season!
A Look Back
Last season, Byron Nelson posted a great run posting a 24-10 overall record (9-3 in district play). The team put hard work on display each game throughout the season with victories over the likes of Arlington Lamar, Mesquite Horn, Strake Jesuit, Euless Trinity, Keller Fossil Ridge, Southlake Carroll, and more en route to playoffs. The Bobcats faced off against Haltom and El Paso Americas in playoffs- posting a 63-59 victory over Haltom before ultimately falling 55-44 against El Paso Americas.
So far this season, Byron Nelson has proven that they used the off season to prepare for anything ahead. The Bobcats opened preseason on a hot five game win-streak before a hard fought loss against Houston Christian. The Bobcats' offense has outscored their opponents by 84 points this season while holding four of their six opponents to 50 points or less.
Looking ahead, Byron Nelson can be expected to play strong defense each time they step onto the court. The Bobcats are ready to put up battles against their opposers as they finish out preseason play. Into district, the team should have no trouble facing off against district rivals. Fans can expect a strong offense this season as they look to make another strong run for the playoffs.
The team has two more preseason games left- one away game against Lewisville on December 12th and one home game against Haltom on December 20th. Be sure you catch the Bobcats in action this season!
The Dallas-Fort Worth area is a hot spot for some of the top talent in Texas high school basketball. With many teams securing state titles, there are plenty of games to keep your eye on each season. With basketball preseason in full swing, VYPE DFW ranked the metroplex's top TAPPS programs for the 2022-23 season. Did your team make the list?
The list is a comprehensive list from all TAPPS classifications.
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