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UIL Postseason Soccer is finally upon us.
Throughout the Winter season, several teams have shined on the pitch and now is the time for them to prove they have what it takes to go the distance and reach the State Tournament in Georgetown, TX within the next month.
Fortunately for Houston, there are numerous teams that show tremendous potential to reach that point.
Here are the clubs (5A-Girls) that will be representing H-Town between this Thursday and Saturday, in the opening round (Bi-District) of the UIL Playoffs.
5A Girls Soccer
*Record Format: W-L-T (Tournament games not included)
*List is ordered alphabetically
A&M Consolidated Tigers
2022-23: 14-0-1/District 21-5A Champions (14-0)
Head Coach: Caleb Blakley
Bi-District Matchup: v. Ellison
2022-23: 13-3-1/Finished 2nd in District 18-5A
Head Coach: Jennifer Briggs
Bi-District Matchup: v. Crosby
Barbers Hill Eagles
2022-23: 12-2/District 17-5A Champions (10-1)
Head Coach: Bonnie Landry
Bi-District Matchup: v. Santa Fe
2022-23: 9-3-2/Finished 3rd in District 17-5A
Head Coach: Trevor Burgess
Bi-District Matchup: v. Angleton
Fort Bend Kempner Cougars
2022-23: 11-6/Finished 3rd in District 20-5A
Head Coach: Kelly Baird
Bi-District Matchup: v. Milby
2022-23: 15-2/District 20-5A Champions (14-0)
Head Coach: Sabrina Wilmot
Bi-District Matchup: v. Galena Park
2022-23: 13-3-1/District 18-5A Champions (12-0)
Head Coach: Laura Peter
Bi-District Matchup: v. Goose Creek Memorial
2022-23: 11-5/Finished 2nd in District 20-5A
Head Coach: Danny Engel
Bi-District Matchup: v. Waltrip
Galena Park Yellowjackets
2022-23: 12-7/Finished 4th in District 19-5A
Head Coach: Alejandra Cruz
Bi-District Matchup: v. Foster
Goose Creek Memorial Patriots
2022-23: 9-4-1/Finished 3rd in District 17-5A
Head Coach: Roman Huizar
Bi-District Matchup: v. Friendswood
Kingwood Park Panthers
2022-23: 13-0-1/ District 16-5A Champions (10-0)
Head Coach: Jess White
Bi-District Matchup: v. Mt. Pleasant
Lake Creek Lions
2022-23: 7-4-3/Finished 3rd in District 21-5A
Head Coach: Brittney Burdick
Bi-District Matchup: v. Lake Belton
Lamar Consolidated Mustangs
2022-23: 8-6-1/Finished 4th in District 20-5A
Head Coach: JC Wright
Bi-District Matchup: v. Sharpstown
2022-23: 10-3-1/Finished 2nd in District 21-5A
Head Coach: April Cleveland
Bi-District Matchup: v. Waco
2022-23: 17-1/District 19-5A Champions
Head Coach: Christina Collins
Bi-District Matchup: v. Fort Bend Kemper
2022-23: 7-5-1/Finished 4th in District 16-5A
Head Coach: Margarita Saldana
Bi-District Matchup: v. Longview
Port Neches-Groves Indians
2022-23: 12-1-1/Finished 2nd in District 17-5A
Head Coach: Aimee Bates
Bi-District Matchup: v. Manvel
2022-23: 15-3/Finished 3rd in District 19-5A
Head Coach: James Gorley
Bi-District Matchup: v. Lamar Consolidated
2022-23: 15-2-1/Finished 2nd in District 19-5A
Head Coach: Adam Ramirez
Bi-District Matchup: v. Fulshear
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THE WOODLANDS CHRISTIAN ACADEMY SOFTBALL LOOKS TO GET INTO THE DISTRICT CONVERSATION IN 2023 EVEN AS THEY PLAY IN THE TOUGHEST DISTRICT IN THE STATE.
Coach Kate Maddock will throw her youngsters into the fire this season but feels confident they can hold their own.
“We are going be really young this year, but those young players are really talented,” she said. “This team is fun...the chemistry is great and we are trying to win the close games in the district this year that we barely lost last year. We are right there.”
TWCA's Katie WiseJamie Wright (VYPE)
The team strength will be on defense as senior Katie Wise moves to third base, move-in Alexis Osterhaus will play catcher and incoming freshman Reagan Rohrlich will patrol the shortstop position.
Rohrlich is a Top 5 national softball recruit on the showcase circuit and combines power, speed, and athleticism.
TWCA's Reagan RohrlichJamie Wright (VYPE)
Osterhaus moved to The Woodlands from Maine and is another college-level athlete who hits from the left side and is rangy on defense.
TWCA's Alexis OsterhausJamie Wright (VYPE)
“I can’t wait to see what our young players will bring to the table this year,” she said. “Add that to our five seniors and their leadership and it’s a recipe for success.”
Hold on Warriors, the future is looking bright between the lines.
There aren’t many teams in Texas that can match the elite level of play of Second Baptist School women’s basketball.
Consistency is key on the court, and SBS has no trouble delivering on that on at annual basis.
The Eagles have captured three consecutive, undefeated district titles -- the most recent of which coming off a stellar 22-5 regular season (10-0 in district) en route to their third-straight appearance in the TAPPS-5A State Championship.
SBS' Trio of Senior Stars: (Left to Right) Kate Marshall, Olivia Walker, and Ella RyanJustin Hartojo (VYPE)
So, who takes the baton next season?
Olivia “Livy” Sauvageau will run the show. The junior point guard was the TAPPS District 5-5A MVP, first-team all-state and was named to the State's All-Tournament Team.
“I’m working on being a more vocal leader, which will be important for the younger players,” said Sauvageau. “I have always been good at leading by example, but for us to win, I will need to set the tone by being vocal.”
Claiming an undisputed MVP selection is no easy feat, especially when you share the court with a surplus of top-notch talent that SBS had in its arsenal.
However, Sauvageau has not so subtly emerged as one of the Eagles’ most essential assets on the hardwood, having already earned three all-state nods and two district MVPS.
“It has required a lot of extra training and work,” Sauvageau said. “Every day, I’m trying to do a little more to improve on all parts of my game, but I enjoy it. Being on a team at SBS has been a lot of fun. Our coaches have plenty of experience. The practices are well planned out, so we all feel prepared and are on the same page for each opponent we face.”
Justin Hartojo (VYPE)
Considering that she has been competing alongside Walker, Ryan and Marshall for the last three years, Sauvageau recognized the impact the three have had on her, particularly their relationship and her own progression with them.
“They [Walker, Ryan, and Marshall] were such a big part of the program,” said Sauvageau. “Due to the time we’ve spent together over the past three years, they’ve become like family to me. We’ve created memories we’ll never forget. Watching them leave is sad, but they left a great legacy and example for players to come.”
The new captain will need to rally a new set of troops.
“With our three seniors leaving, we lost some strong players,” she said. “Therefore, everyone is going to have to put in the work and get better during the offseason so we can make another run next winter.”
Spoken like a true leader.
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