Feb 27, 2021
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THE REIGNING 15-6A CHAMPS ARE BACK FOR MORE WITH TALENT ACROSS THE BOARD ON A REVAMPED ROSTER.
Despite being upset in the Bi-District round of the UIL postseason, Klein Collins is on the prowl for a playoff run to the Regional Tournament and beyond.
With RHP/1B Savannah Carter in the dugout, the Tigers’ chances are better than most.
The junior will play an integral role in the Tigers’ imminent Spring campaign while adding to the accolades she’s already received that include the 2022 District 15-6A Offensive Player of the Year and two-time Team MVP. Carter has established herself as a leader of the pride with the supportive presence she provides.
“I’m always the loud person in the dugout, cheering people on,” Carter said. “I try to be that person who can provide inspiration and support for my teammates.”
Carter has always been an alpha and an athlete at heart. That goes back to her genes.
“My Mom, Amanda Carter, really got me into softball,” she said. “She played at LSU as part of the first-ever softball team there. My Dad has really pushed me the whole way, too. I knew that picking softball over the other sports I played would benefit me in the long run.”
It has as the 5-foot-8 Carter has become a highly-sought-after college prospect.
“I’m looking for a school that is a drivable distance,” she laughed. “I want to go to a DI school that feels like home. Hopefully, it’ll feel like I have a family there, so I’m not crying to Mom and Dad that, ‘I want to come home’.”
Time will tell where the prolific prospect goes. For now, she has unfinished business at Klein Collins on the diamond under her parents’ roof, where she can’t get homesick.
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CULTURE FIT: College Park hires red-hot Coats after State Title with Desoto
29 Mar, 2023
Kyle Coats has been named College Park’s third coach in school history and comes over to run the Cavalier program with some new hardware. Coats was the co-defensive coordinator at Desoto High School, which won Class 6A DII State Championship in December.
Coats has been around the college game with stops at the University of Texas, Hardin Simmons, Trinity and ETBU. In the high school ranks, he’s been at Westwood, Desoto and now has his first head job at College Park.
In this can’t-miss interview with the young coach, he talks about his interesting path to Conroe ISD.
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AS THE UIL TRACK & FIELDSEASON PROGRESSES THIS SPRING, KLEIN CAIN WILL LOOK FOR THROWER KACIE RHODES TO PROPEL THE HURRICANES INTO POSTSEASON CONTENTION.
Rhodes has built a phenomenal high school career in shot put (Personal Record: 12.89m), discus (PR: 42.35m) and hammer (37.38m). Furthermore, the work she’s put in at the USATF Junior Olympics has made her a seven-time All American.
The path to success for Rhodes began early on, competing as early as six years old. She was following the footsteps of her older sister Kiana Lowery, who would inspire her to push even further.
“When I got to high school and I saw my older sister [Lowery] move to the next level, I thought ‘this is what I really want to do, too’,” said Rhodes. “She’s now at the University of Texas. I learned from her to never be afraid to put myself out there. There’s always going to be competition along the way, and one should always do their best. She is always very resilient, so that rubbed off on me and makes me aspire to compete at a higher level.”
As it turns out, Rhodes will be joining her sister in Austin following her upcoming graduation. The soon-to-be Texas Longhorn had an easy choice to make upon where she intended to continue her track and field career.
“The environment [at UT] appealed to me the most,” Rhodes said. “The track team is like a family, they’re very welcoming. The city of Austin is beautiful and seeing how much fun my sister is having out there, I knew that she would never go somewhere she wasn’t enjoying. She’s also my best friend, so being there with her will really make me happy.”
None of this would have been possible if not for Rhodes’ persistence.
During her sophomore year, Rhodes suffered an ACL tear playing basketball in the ‘Canes’ first game of the season.
“That tear set me back an entire year in track,” she said. “So, I didn’t get to compete in school track, and I wasn’t supposed to compete at all until I was cleared. I began to throw again in the summer, but it was a mental game for me. I was trying to break 40 meters, and that willed me back into contention.”
Rhodes intends to make a push for State this Spring, prior to becoming a Longhorn. As luck would have it, the UIL State Meet is on the campus of the University of Texas. This script just writes itself.
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