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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Houston's Westbury Christian @ 2010 Sandra Meadows

Westbury Christian now 22-0 is going for the 2010 Sandra Meadows Title. Coming strong beating THESA in the opening game 74-63 Tuesday December 28th. On a mission to continue the streak topples Mesquite Horn 71-36 to then finish Wednesday by crashing Duncanville pantherettes hope in their own home court 72-61. The wildcats beat Fayetteville from Arkansas today for the semi-final games. Fayetteville beat Houston Westside in a very low scoring game 36.21 Wednesday. While another team from Houston Fort Bend Hightower beating Plano West early today in the final four teams left competing for the title with two coming out of Houston. It's an all Houston finals in Dallas. Westbury Christian lady wildcats will go against Fort Bend Hightower lady canes tonight at 7:30pm. See Westbury Christian vs. Fayetteville game highlights by clicking the link below:

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

4 Houston Teams Still on the run for the 2010 Sandra Meadows Title

Fort Bend Hightower over Tyler Lee 60-49. Lady Canes high scorers are Raven Lane with 17 points and Jasmine Prophet with 11. Hightower together with College Park, Houston Westside and Westbury Christian are all still in the "ELITE 8" mix which can possibly be an all Houston FINAL FOUR Thursday, but Houston Westside lost to Fayetteville 36-21 today. More @

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

FreshmanTurner and the Lady Wildcats Featured on KPRC Houston 2

Freshman Brianna Turner Shines At Westbury Christian…

December 19, 2010: Winston Dutchin profiles Westbury Christian freshman basketball player Brianna Turner. It’s really great that women’s basketball is now getting the recognition that was long overdue. The city of Houston finally in the mix in Texas pool as the state in the nation hotbed for basketball talents for both girls and boys. The lady wildcats just recently back from the Louisiana’s tournament “Rumble in the Bluff” winning all three games against Pflugerville-Georgetown TX, St James-New Orleans and Louisiana Winfield High School. Two lady wildcats made All-Tournament Team namely Sylvana Okde and Amber Orrange who was also the tournament MVP. They have yet to be challenged this season. Next game will be January 3rd at home against Beaumont Kelly Catholic School. You can view the video by clicking the link below:

http://www.click2houston.com/video/26190978/index.html

Monday, December 13, 2010

Westbury Christian's Amber Orrange - Memorial Hermann Athlete of the Week

Meet the Gridiron Star of the Week featured on December 1, 2010. Amber Orrange is a student at Westbury Christian. Stanford signee guard Amber Orrange was awarded the Memorial Hermann Athlete of the Week. The two time state champion Westbury Christian lady wildcats now with 15-0 season record is looking forward for their third trip to depend the 4A state title this year. Orrange, whose name is certain to spark the imagination of headline writers, is rated the nation's No. 35 overall junior prospect by ESPN HoopGurlz, and is the second player to commit to Stanford in 2011. Orrange is a creative combo guard with athleticism, the ingredients the Cardinal has lacked since the departure of Candice Wiggins. Someone who can break down defenses off the dribble would be a big help to the Cardinal. See video link below:

http://www.click2houston.com/video/26004212/index.html

Kinkaid Falcons over Lady Vikings...


Kinkaid lady falcons hosted the lady Vikings returning the favor defeating the village school lady Vikings to avenge the boy’s varsity lost to the Vikings at home late November. The Village school is having a tough season without the freshman post Alexis Onigbanjo who’s been out on injuries since their 3rd game of the season. Village was out rebounded on both sides of the floors and struggled running their in and out offense not having the presence of a big body inside. The Falcons beat the Village school lady Vikings. They used full court pressure defense to set the tone in the first quarter and never looked back. The Falcons were led by junior Katherine Sullivan with 13 points, freshman Brecca Thomas and junior Carly Gray each had 12 points.

The young players on both teams showed a lot of promises. Freshmen Hannah Cambel and Haley Thompson lead the lady Vikings both with 9 points each.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Lady Wildcats Edged The Panthers 74-47

St. Pius X hosted the Westbury Christian's star studded team loaded with Stanford signee Amber Orrange, Fallon Ellis to Iowa State and the newcomer freshman Briana Turner. The Lady Panthers Danielle Parks lead St. Pius X in scoring with 15 and Alexis Chandler followed with 11 points. High scorer for the Wildcats are Briana Turner 14, Amber Orrange 13 and Caitlin Diaz added 11 points. See game highlights below:

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

November 23rd Village High School Vs. Kinkaid School

Village Vikings was on top early in the game till Shaq Cleare got into foul trouble which ease the Falcons in the paint and lead after the half. Shaq came back at the start of the 3rd quarter only to come out after committing another foul. Kinkaid lead the Vikings 10 points to end the 3rd. The Vikings "BIG MAN" Shaq is back in the 4th to dominate and get the Village the "W".... See highlights of monster DUNKS from both teams and more from Houston Chronicle sports correspondent below:

By JEFF JENKINS and JEREMY RAKES
CHRONICLE CORRESPONDENTS

Nov. 30, 2010, 5:20PM

The Village School owns SPC

The Village School boys basketball team has no intention of competing in the Southwest Preparatory Conference. However, the Vikings, currently competing as an independent, may want to reconsider.

To date, The Village School has won three of four games against SPC schools. After splitting a pair of games against Episcopal and beating St. John's, the Vikings recently edged Kinkaid 72-70 to run their season record to 7-5.

"We've beaten some good teams," said The Village School head coach Don Harvey, noting that the Vikings also have a win over St. Pius. "At the same time, we've lost a few games we could have won. We've been all over the place. We need to be more consistent."

Against Kinkaid, junior wing Trey Williams poured in a season-high 34 points. Junior wing Gary Smith added 13 points, while junior post Shaquille Cleare had a double double (17 points, 14 rebounds).

The Vikings' next test is a road game at Kipp Academy at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Cinco Ranch @ Westside High School Where The Wolves Took Over In The 4th Quarter

It was all Cinco early in the half to the mid 3rd quarter, then it was Westside's defense that got the wolves back into the game and the cougars just can't run their offense. Cinco turn the ball over a couple of times which led to the wolves easy basket. Westside went to hang on to the lead and never look back. See highlights below:

Monday, November 15, 2010

Court part of Village School's growth

By JEFF JENKINS and JEREMY RAKESCHRONICLE CORRESPONDENTS

Nov. 12, 2010, 12:15PM

Basketball is just part of the plan to put The Village School on the map.

So far, the Vikings are doing their part to raise the college prep school's profile.

A year ago, the Village School's boys basketball team posted a winning record (14-8), and head coach Don Harvey believes it's only the beginning.

"We don't have any seniors. We're a junior-laden team," Harvey said. "We're improving, but we still have a long way to go."

To hasten the maturation process, Harvey beefed up the schedule. The Village School already has participated in the University of St. Thomas' Charlie Thomas Classic and the St. Thomas Basketball Classic. The Vikings also plan to enter the Houston Jamboree and the Houston ISD Tournament.

"In the past, we've played mostly small private schools, but we're taking on the bigger ones, including a few public schools," Harvey said.

Harvey is seeking exposure for several of his players, including a few who are considered top college prospects.

The biggest star — literally and figuratively - is junior center Shaquille Cleare. Like his namesake NBA great Shaquille O'Neal, Cleare is huge - 6-foot-9 and 280 pounds, to be exact - but he's surprisingly mobile.

"A lot of big guys don't have great skills, but Shaquille is the exception," Harvey said of Cleare. "He's dominant in the low post, but he can the dribble the ball, shoot and play defense. He moves well for his size."

More @http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/zones/7291642.html

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Village High School Lady Vikings Took Emery Weiner To Overtime. Cambel hits the winning shot!

November 8th Village school visited Emery Weiner. Lacking in heights, the lady vikings was out rebounded and trailed by double digits all the way to early in the fourth quarter but trickle it's way back into the game taking it to overtime to win. See game highlights...

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

2010-2011 HCYA vs. Village November 2nd Game Highlights

Battle of the "BIG's " Shaquille Cleare and Danrad Knowles. square up between 'Point Guards" Gary Smith, Edward Chung & TJ Rhodes and the "Wings" shootout between Trevion Williams ,Justin Jackson and Chris Matthews. COMING SOON! highlights from St Thomas, Village and St Pius X

Monday, November 8, 2010

How High Can She Reach?


How far can the senior Kellie Pressler take the St Agnes tigers this season? After the departure of Chelsea Bass (Texas) and Lauren Kleczynski, It is now the time for lady tigers post Pressler to pull her team together. She will need all the help to match up with the ever growing rival Westbury Christian who have loaded a bunch of talents this year. Wildcats newcomers are junior guard Sylvana Okde 5A tranfer from Dulles Ft Bend and freshman wing Briana Turner. Pressler will surely get her numbers up, but it's all up to her teammates to get theirs. St Agnes tigers will open up their season away on November 9th against College Park.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

HCYA Boys Going For It's 5th Title In The 2010 Charlie Thomas Basketball Classic

In the picture, 2014 Justin Jackson long, quick and agile at 6 feet 5 can definitely shoot the lights out from deep three and mid-range floaters makes it hard to defend the wing. Jackson only a freshman who still have a lot of growing to do will surely turn some college coaches head for the next three coming years. He can handle the ball well, attack the rim at will and a slasher from the paint and jump over defender for an easy lay or follow to the basket. HCYA who had claimed four Charlie Thomas titles including last year will be on the run for another one for 2010. HCYA also have two scrappy sophomore point guards that can take turns running the floor on Edward Chung and TJ Rhodes. Both can direct, balance and see the floor well creating easy target passes to the hoops. An exciting team to watch this season well coached by Ed Chung assisted by Bob Baldwin and Karl Rhodes. Catch them for a game, for it's a definite treat for a basketball fanatics. Coming soon highlights from St. Thomas, Village High School and HCYA games.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

A Dynasty Of It's Own... REWIND

Four years ago we have a DYNASTY in the making about to rise in Houston girls youth basketball. Houston Angels Select 12U has all it needed to become a legitimate contender in the nation with all the ingredients just waiting to get into the mix. To this day I still have to ask myself "What Happened?" Sometimes we simply just lose focus on our main goal and get destructed by other things which is not really that important. The ideal thing I would have done at the time was to keep all the girls together and work on developing and letting them grow into the sport that they truly love while having fun doing it. Back then most of the girls were all in middle school and a few were still in grade school. I saw and really enjoyed watching all of them transformed into young lovely ladies, but with a pizzas of great basketball talent. You can now catch all of them still bouncing the ball in the hardwood at their respective high school gyms. Listed are the names, graduation year and school they are currently attending. Standing at the back row from left to right are: Tyler Gilbert 2012 Hightower, Briana Williams 2013 St Johns, Blayke Hemmitt 2012 Bellaire, Bianca Winslow 2012 Bellaire, Shauna Espozio 2012 Friendswood, Jazmyn Howard 2012 Elkins and Taylor Gilbert 2012 Hightower. Seated Aaliyah Brown 2012 Clear Springs, Hannah Cambel 2014 Village, Victoria Trevino 2012 Friendswood, Sylvana Okde 2012 Westbury Christian, Kaylan Sanders 2012 Elkins, Atallah McKinney 2014 Bellaire and Raven Burns 2012 Bellaire. Briana Turner 2014 Westbury Christian (Not in picture)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Village High School Lady Vikings Visits Houston Christian Lady Mustangs


Village high school opened up their season away and lost their first game to the Lady Mustangs. Houston Christian lead by double digit from the start and never lost it's momentum. Lady vikings tried to close the gap by 8 points in the early 3rd quarter but cannot get any closer despite Cambel's effort scoring 20 points, 4 assists, 2 steals and 2 rebounds, village just do not have enough firepower and legs to sustain the charging mustangs coming up short. Vikings led by three freshmen Cambel, Thompson and Onigbanjo combined for 37 with Thompson tabbing 9 points and Onigbanjo adding 8 points and claimed 6 rebounds. Mustangs high scorers are Madison Sheehy with 14 followed by Morgan Malouf with 12 buckets. See game highlights by clicking the link below:

Monday, November 1, 2010

Eagles Are On The Mix @ The 2010 Mc Donald's Texas Invitational

After a grueling summer AAU basketball schedule, Houston Hoops point guard LJ Rose (2012) is back to lead the Second Baptist Eagles on the hunt for the Mc Donald's Texas Invitational title. Rose was a member of the 16u Team USA that won the gold medal in the 2009 FIBA world championship. He was also named ESPN Rise’s 2010 Underclass All-America team, Texas 4A All-State and All-District 1st team. 2010 Texas 4A State Tournament All-Tournament team member. Will Rose have enough support to get it done? How far will the Second Baptist eagles go? Come out and see how this tournament will play out. The tournament will feature the state of Texas current and upcoming high school basketball stars, boys and girls alike.

Friday, October 29, 2010

2010 McDonald's Texas Invitational

On November 18th-20th a total of 84 boys and girls team will hit the hardwood to compete for the 2010 Mc Donald’s Texas Invitational Title. 48 boys and 36 girls team that includes the boys and girls State 5A champions Fort Bend Bush and Cypress Fairbanks. Come out and support your favorite high school team. For more information, please visit the website listed below:

More @ http://www.texasinvitational.com/

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Bullseye On Target

1st Place - Hot Shots Space City AAU Shootout (Clear Brook, Texas) April 28-29, 2006

2012’s Blayke Hemmitt-Bellaire HS, Bianca Winslow-Bellaire HS, Jazmyn Howard-Elkins HS, Jazmin Guerrero-Dobbie HS, Kaylan Sanders-Elkins HS, Meaghan Scott-Sam Rayburn HS and Sadalia Ellis-Cy Falls HS (not in picture), 2013’s Briana Williams-St John’s, Briana Scott-Sam Rayburn HS, 2014 Hannah Cambel-Village HS

Let’s go back and follow some leads. About a year past, I wrote about this group of girls in this blog “Back to the Future! 2012-2014” and way before that when they were youngsters and in grade school, I saw them play and said these girls will become good athletes and I am happy to say that all of them are still playing the game they love and progressing tremendously in high school . Looking forward to 2012 less than a couple of years from now about half of them will graduate high school and only GOD will know where they will end up and if they will continue to play at the next level. The day will come when the last one of the pack heads out to college. I can look back and read thru all this and can only remember the days growing along with the beautiful ladies. Where ever each one of them ends up, I am for sure that they will follow their dreams and at this point in time, I can only wish for each one the best for a JOB WELL DONE so far. "Good Luck To Your 2010-2011 Season!"

More @ Team NCI Elite

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The 6'9" 275 lbs. "BEAST" will defend The Village!

After a great summer AAU basketball season with the Houston Defenders Select, head coach Don Harvey is happy to have Shaq Cleare back home at The Village High School to man the middle and defend his home court. The Village Vikings will open their season November 2nd at home facing HCYA. Game starts at 7:00 p.m.

Two years has gone by fast for The Village High School basketball program. The former all freshmen Viking team is now on their third year of existence with seasoned players. Junior point guard Gary Smith and shooting guard Trevion Williams will lead the backcourt while junior Chris Matthews will start as a small forward. Matthews is another great player that will bring excitement for the Viking fans this year. He is the "Silent Assassin". Let's not forget about junior Devion Whetstone and sophomore Josh Butler 'The Workcoholics" who in the absence of Shaquille will step in and take responsibility of protecting the middle. Both Whetstone and Butler are versatile players that can play 4 and 5. The two other great hard working role players are sophomore guards Kevin Zea and Thierry Thcenko. Don't miss out this year! Come and see the Village High School Vikings and be a WITNESS.

Friday, October 8, 2010

BWS November 2010 Basketball Camp

The camp that will feature former L.A. Laker, Tierre Brown, Tulsa Shock Leading Scorer Sholanda Robinson, and 2005 WNBA Champion and 2005 All-Star and Current member of the WNBA's Connecticut Sun DeMya Walker who highlights the camp, they will be in the Houston area. The camp will be on Nov. 13 and 14 hosted by current and former WNBA and NBA players who are wanting to give back.

The camp is extremely affordable, only $80 per kid ages 7 and Up, for both boys and girls. This is a chance for everyone to improve and learn from the best!

For Teams and Group Discount, please call D.J.Fisher @ (316)-993-9133

Register NOW and save your spot!

http://ezregister.com/events/1941/

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Village Starts Building The Foundation

The Village High School girls’ basketball program is now about to get those ladies feet wet. It’s time for real varsity basketball and it’s going to be a rough ride from the start to finish with mostly freshmen players going to battle their first season. “Bruises and bumps, blow out games are expected with a lot of hurt feelings, but it’s about learning and maturing in the game and we will survive it!” said three incoming freshmen Onigbanjo, Cambel and Thompson. “We really don’t know what kind of team we will have until the first tryout” said junior guard Elise Renard. “The past two years we struggle with only 6 players at times and we have a couple of middle school players playing up to help us out. It will be different this year with the addition of all the freshmen. I am certain that we will at least be able to compete” Renard continues. The Village School have had a solid junior high program that went undefeated 22-0 last year in the Houston Junior Preparatory Conference, but it’s time for real basketball and it’s all going to be up to Coach Margo Graham and her players to step it up and come prepared every game ready to take every hard blow and bounce back to compete for the next game.

http://thevillagevikings.shutterfly.com/

Thursday, August 19, 2010

2009-2010 Neighborhood High School Roundup Review...

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NEIGHBORHOOD HIGH SCHOOL ROUNDUP
Youngsters power The Village School
By JEFF JENKINS CHRONICLE CORRESPONDENT
Feb. 5, 2010, 2:08PM


Shaq has taken his high-flying act to Houston — well sort of.

Shaquille O'Neal, one of the best centers in NBA history, hasn't left the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Houston Rockets. But his younger namesake is already wreaking havoc on basketball courts across the area. Shaquille Cleare, a 6-foot-9, 270-pound sophomore, reminds many of the 7-1 O'Neal. Cleare, a sophomore at The Village School, is averaging 21 points, 17 rebounds and four blocks per game for the Vikings, a rising second-year program. “Shaquille Is already, in my opinion, the best big man in Texas,” said Don Harvey, head boys basketball coach at The Village School, a private school in west Houston. “He's only a 10th-grader, but he's already being recruited by a bunch of colleges. He's a dominant force in the middle.” Among the colleges trying to lure Cleare, a native of The Bahamas, to their respective campuses are Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M and Wake Forest. And, if Cleare continues to perform like he did in last week's 67-60 loss to highly touted Humble Christian Life (23 points, 16 rebounds, two blocks), the list is sure to grow. Cleare's play inside the paint is just one reason why The Village School, which plays an independent schedule but is headed to TAPPS next season, is becoming widely respected on the local hoops scene. The Vikings, 13-6 overall, have notched victories over more-established programs such as Beaumont Kelly, John Cooper, St. John's and St. Pius. “We've faced most of the top private schools in Houston and have been very competitive,” Harvey said. “We're a young team with all freshmen and sophomores. By the time these sophomores are seniors, we'll be a team to be reckoned with.” More on story @

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/nb/memorial/sports/6853209.html

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

2009-10 Houston Junior Preparatory Conference Tournament Finals

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2009-10 The Year in Review - The Village School has now entered another arena, after having a great junior high season, Coach Margo Graham and her Lady Vikings and what's left from last year’s team has greater task at hand. They have lost some key players, but also gained some new ones. Winning the Houston Junior Prep Conference and Tournament was nothing compared to high school varsity basketball where you will be playing with seasoned and experienced athletes that have played varsity for more than 2 years and for some maybe more. From Coach Graham views, she's not looking for a winning season yet, but to get the girls ready for the coming years. But of course she wants to win, but being realistic makes more sense. She believes that her team will be very competitive but will need a lot of maturity which comes from playing against the best competitions. The Village as a whole is full of excitement for the great progressions of its athletics and looking forward to its berth in the field of high school basketball.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Home Sweet Home... Westbury Christian School

Sylvana Okde - class of 2012 and former Dulles high school starting point guard made a bold move and transferred to Westbury Christian to wear the wildcats’ uniform for the upcoming 2010-2011 season. Okde plays for Cy Fair Nike Elite summer team under the direction of Al Coleman. This move solidifies the wildcats’ roster. It’s a guarantee that they will hit the road for another state title this year and by the time the basketball season starts, we may have more news about the wildcats’ transformation to a TAPPS 4A powerhouse in the state. So stay tuned and hold on to your seats. Houston basketball is getting a lot of recognition for both boys and girls nationwide and it’s just the beginning. H-TOWN WE GOT NEXT?

Westbury Christian Lands another GREAT Athlete

Briana Turner 6'4" Class of 2014 of Nolan Ryan middle school from Alvin Texas will attend Westbury Christian high school this year. ESPN hoopgurlz TOP recruit for 2014 will bring a lot to the wildcats roster that currently include one of the ESPN top rated point guard Amber Orrange committed to Stanford University. Both played summer basketball for Coach George Washington of the DFW Elite/Houston Heat basketball program. Lookout for the lady wildcats to dominate this coming 2010-2011 season. Come out and see the new WCS Wildcats!

Friday, August 6, 2010

He’s back and he’s stronger…

Village High School point guard Garry Smith (2012) is back after suffering from a hand injury and missing the last few games of 2009-2010 school season. Smith the scoring point guard who averages 15 points and 7 assists per game was truly missed by the Vikings who depended on a shooting guard Trevion Williams (2012) to take over the point guard spot to finish the season last year. Smith recently played and had a great summer AAU basketball season with the Houston Elite one of the few well known grassroots basketball programs in the city of Houston. He looks forward to having a great 2010-2011 basketball season for The Village High School. He will join one the best middle man and highly recruited big man in the nation Shaquille Cleare (2012) and another lengthy guard/forward Chris Mathews (2012) who has matured tremendously in his sophomore year. The Vikings is not a young team anymore and this year will be the year they will change the way everyone looks at the Village High School basketball program. More on Vikings basketball @ http://thevillagevikings1.shutterfly.com/

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Houston scooping HOOPS

Cy Fair Nike Elite - Bianca Winslow (2012) of Bellaire High School is scooping her way to the hoops against team Michigan Crossover. Bianca was one of the original girls from the 2005 Team NCI Elite that I had followed closely and believed then that she will become one special basketball player as the rest of the girls in that NCI team. A lot have doubts about what I was saying at the time and said that it was too early to determine if any of the girls will even make it past middle school basketball. I was right all along, because all these girls are now in high school and all have played varsity basketball in their freshman year and are now making names for themselves. Bianca is the daughter of former U of H and NBA player Rickie Winslow. She will be fun to watch teaming up with one of the top point guard in the nation AJ Alix (2013) and the sharpshooter Raven Burns (2012) for the Lady Cardinals this coming school season. More on 2005 Team NCI Elite @ http://www.wizardsbasketball.us/nci_players.html

Saturday, July 31, 2010

2012 Flaming JAZ is hot!

2012 Jazmin Guerrero of Dobie high school soon to be a junior this fall is heating up the summer scene both with great defense and offense and shows no cooling down to open up and light some fire this coming school season. Playing for the Houston Flames she continues to show great improvements in her all around game. See a few of her summer game highlights!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Vikings are coming back BIG for 2010-2011 Season

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With everyone coming back healthy and with some new addition, Coach Don Harvey can't think of anything else but positive results for the upcoming 2010-2011 season. Most of his players have developed and matured. Six of his players already have offers from known college programs, but have not made any commitments at this time. It's looking good for the young Village High School having both boys and girls basketball programs at the rise. Shaquille Cleare now a junior will be a known force in the middle with great support from Chris Matthews, Dylan Pack, Devion Whetstone and Sebastian Leal The backcourt duo Garry Smith and Trevion Williams is also coming back from a great summer AAU basketball season. All freshmen from last year Kevin Zea, Thierry Tchenko and Joshua Butler were all broken in and ready to go for their second season too.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

No Pain No Gain...

The Village High School incoming freshman Hannah Cambel limp as she walks to claim her 3 awards Sunday. She not only took home three awards but learned to understand and gain more knowledge about the game from head coach Greg Williams and the lady owls players from Rice University basketball position camp held June 25-27th. Two lady owls Houstonians Zoe Rogers and Brianna Hypolite did very well assisting and coaching the campers. The camp was filled with great athletes with ages ranging from 8th to 12th grade this coming fall. In his closing speech coach Greg Williams encourage all the youngsters to focus on their academics and to keep working on their games because "HARD WORK PAYS"

Monday, June 21, 2010

2014 Reflections...

Briana Turner - Class of 2014

It mirrors the REFLECTIONS of two great athletes that gave her life and endless possibilities. Howard and Kellye Turner the proud parents that instilled humility and great character to their only child and daughter has been successful in doing so. She’s also surrounded by great coaches that pushes her to aspire for excellence. Playing under Coach George Washington of the DFW Elite club, Briana will most probably be the next highly recruited basketball athlete for the class of 2014 coming out of Houston on the womens side. She played two undefeated season for the Nolan Ryan middle school in Alvin Texas that only adds sparkle to her early basketball career. As an incoming freshman for the Mavs of Manvel High School, Coach Fleceia Comeaux has a lot to look forward to not only for the coming 2010-2011 basketball season, but for the next four years that Briana will be playing under her directions. The Manvel Mavericks will be one of the exciting team to watch this coming school season. For more on Briana, please see link to InsideWomensBasketball @

Monday, March 29, 2010

Reaching The Unreachable...

Britney Grinner is making HOUSTON PROUD! 2008-2009 was the year of the BIG’s in Houston when Grinner and Bone met at the Texas 5A State Regional’s and ending the Dulles Vikings and Kelsey Bone’s last chance to go to Austin for the BIG DANCE. Grinner took Nimitz to the Texas 5A State Finals but failed and lost to Summit. Now she returns back to the stage trying to reach a national recognition… the NCAA Women’s Basketball National Division I Title. Will she reach for it? The Houstonians says she will after showing up big and ending Tennessee’s road to the FINAL FOUR. The Baylor Lady Bears will face Duke and hoping to rescind the outcome of what happened on their men’s program losing to Duke recently. Duke have forward/guard junior Karima Christmas also a Houstonian from Dobie HS class of 2006. Whatever happens, Houston will always be proud of all the Houstonians. May the best team wins.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Fort Bend Bush Broncos Won 5A State Title

It can be done and they did it! "The Broncos Did". They conquered the State 5A Title after long years of drought Fort Bend Bush got it made this year. Its Houston's time to shine with Yates conquering the Boys 4A championships and CyFair claiming the 5A state title in girls basketball. We can now look forward for what Houston will become next season moving forward with all the talents they currently have and the ones that are just coming in as freshmen. The future is bright! Soon the 2010-2011 basketball season will be here. Congratulations to all the seniors that are continuing to follow their dreams and will play at the next level. Good luck to your new journey and keep making Houston PROUD!

Yates Lions Repeats!

The Yates Lions ROARED LOUD in Austin, beating Lancaster in the State Class 4A Tiltle. Last year's title was great, but this year was very special setting records and breaking 100 marks in most games. See highlight here. http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid68496070001?bclid=894333136&bctid=71875281001

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Village Up For BIG AND BROADER Challenges

After beating Kinkaid School in the HJPC Conference Tournament and having a successful junior high season, Hannah Cambel and Alexis Onigbanjo of the Lady Vikings will now move to a higher level of competition next year. Though it will not be the first time for both Cambel and Onigbanjo playing up with the Village high school team, it will be a big change. Both played a few games with the JV team the past season. The new team will be very young that will have mostly freshmen and sophomores. Coach Margo Graham took the junior high Lady Vikings to a 2009-2010 undefeated season with a 22-0 record winning the HJPC Conference Championship and ending the season with the HJPC Tournament Title. Alexis Onigbanjo the recipient of the 2009-2010 MVP award from the Village School and the Houston Christian Middle School Shootout and Hannah Cambel received the TEAM Player Award from the Village School and the All-Tournament Player Award from the Houston Christian Middle School Shootout. They will both have a lot to work on this summer to prepare for a more challenging season that will be the first in their young careers. Coach Margo Graham will also move up to coach the Village high school team and looking forward to building a great basketball program parallel to the existing boys program.

Ft. Bend Bush To 5A State Final Four

After an emotional win over a nationally rank Bellaire Cardinals, the Broncos are now ready to face the toughest mission by far. They are two games away from Class 5A State Title. They will take it one game at a time under the leadership of head coach Ronnie Courtney. He knows the way, he’s been there twice and winning it in 2000 and 2001 with two McDonald All-Americans TJ Ford and Daniel Ewing. This time it will be his third and he’s confident enough that he has all the talents he needed to win it again. The Broncos are hungry and will sure put up a good fight like there is no tomorrow. They will face Flower Mound on Friday at Frank Erwin Center in Austin. ‘LET’S GO BOYS AND MAKE HOUSTON PROUD ONCE MORE!” Photo Courtesy of Houston Chronicle

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Houston AAU & Club Basketball Just Around The Corner

Spring is here and summer is peeking at the gym doors. AAU and Club teams are getting geared for a long summer haul. With Spring tournaments starting early last weekend with Coast 2 Coast hosting their 1st Annual Ballin 4A Cure tournament dedicated to support cancer research. Houstonians will follow and host their tournament March 12th. There will be tons of tournaments happening around the city and listed below are some competition that will showcase a lot of talents to come for Houston Basketball boys and girls alike. On the girls side: Ft, Bend Stars (Mar 19th), Houston Insiders (Mar 26th), Cy-Fair (Apr 19th), H-Town Souljaz (May 7th), Houston Insiders (May 14th), HBA Texas Blazers (May 21st), Houston Hotshots (Jun 4th), Houston Cobras (Jun 11th). On the Boys we have Houston Hoops (Mar 26th) & (Apr 16th), RCS Spring Ice Breaker (Mar 20th), Kingwood Classic (Apr 18th), Houston Select (Jun 7th) and many more… SO STAY TUNED FOR MORE UPDATES!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

State 5A Girls Finals-All Houston

It is rare for two same city teams to face off in the Class 5A state championship and for only the second time in the history of the UIL girls’ basketball state tournament, The Cy Fair bobcats and Fort Bend Hightower hurricanes meet for the Class 5A state Finals. Cy Fair with the top player of the nation Chiney Ogwumike showed why she is the number one player, supported by a great point guard in Cassie Peoples makes it more difficult for Hightower to compete, Hightower’s inexperience makes a big difference compared to Cy Fair’s fourth straight time appearance in Austin. I know this is just the beginning for the Houston area teams. Houston has a lot to offer and plenty of young talents both boys and girls that are about to change the state and the nations view of the city’s basketball talents. View more pictures @ 5A All Houston Finals

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Hightower “TWIN” Canes Bound To 5A State Title

Tyler and Taylor Gilbert will not be denied by Bellaire. The Fort Bend hurricanes twin towers both in double figures 21 and 17 points respectively with Jasmine Brewer adding 12 more points just enough to end the lady cardinal’s conquest to Austin Texas. It was a great journey for Bellaire getting as far as they did, but the young cardinals will be back next year and who knows how far the TRIO will take them. AJ Alix scored 40 points and both Raven Burns and Bianca Winslow added 12 points each but still ended up short for the cardinals to pull it off this time. In region II Cy Fair is going for the fourth time in a row this year to try and get another state title after beating Bryan in a close game 54-50 at Waco. Let’s be PROUD of the two Houston teams headed to Austin for the 5A state finals. GO H-TOWN! more pictures to follow...

Lady Cardinals Determined and Moving Forward

Last night Bellaire proved everyone that they’re not out of gas yet. They came out swinging giving all their best and toppled Clear Lake 46-43. Bianca Winslow played one of her best games on both side of the floor scoring 14 points. AJ Alix led the cardinals with 26 points. Clear Lake was leading early in the game closing the 1st quarter 11-0, but the lady cards has a plan that if they can keep the game score close and stay patient they can pull it off and they did AGAIN! Clear Lake top scorer was Ashley Westby by 14 points. Bellaire will play Hightower for the regional title today at MO Campbell Center. Westside losing to Hightower 55-48 in well played game. See Photos @ http://www.slide.com/r/DXKJI4RE7z_6Yw0_-AX6_bylL2sFRvlt

Thursday, February 25, 2010

St. Agnes Tigers Basketball Advances To State TAPPS 2-5A Play-Offs

St. Agnes Academy's varsity basketball team will again make the trip to the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) final four on Friday, as the squad gears up to play Forth Worth's Nolan Catholic High School in Arlington.The team defeated San Antonio's Holy Cross High School on Friday to secure a state play-off berth. "We started out strong finishing the first quarter with a 22 to 5 lead. We were outscored in the second and third quarters, but finished the fourth quarter with a 20 to 14 run and the victory," Coach Jeff Hollinger said. In just 10 minutes of play, Sophomore Amber Cooper had four of her eight total blocked shots in the fourth quarter and finished with 10 rebounds; Junior Kellie Pressler had four blocked shots of her own. Junior Jill Jackson had eight steals in the game. Senior Lauren Kleczynski had six assists on the game and Senior Chelsea Bass scored 24 points to lead all scorers. The Tigers finished the season 26-9 overall and 10-0 in district play. They are the current TAPPS 2-5A champions. The semifinal game is set for 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26 at Mansfield Timberview High School in Arlington. (Article Courtesy of St Agnes & photo by ESPN RISE ) More on Lady Tigers @

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

#13 Burns Burned Elsik Ram’s Hope

Raven Burns #13 chased by Crystal Porter #24 made the last layup shot to beat Elsik. Bellaire turned up their defense after being down double digit in the first half. It was all Elsik at first and it looks like Bellaire will never have a chance to get back ending the half 41-29, but they did fought back with all their heart and never gave up which was very rewarding at the end. Bianca Winslow shot a three to tie the game with less than 30 seconds to go then Regina Harris deflected a pass that lead to Raven Burns layup shot to win the game for the cardinals 79-77. AJ Alix played very well for Bellaire scoring 35 points followed by Burns with 16 and Winslow added 12. Akuna Elonu lead the Rams with 20 points, Crytal Porter and Jasmine Ocanas with 19 points each. (To see video scroll to the bottom page for Featured Video of the Month) Bellaire will play Clear Lake who beat Ft Bend Elkins tonight 51-45. Cy Fair won Monday beating Cy Creek easy 70-51 and North Shore losing to Ft. Bend Hightower in overtime 54-51. Let's not forget about Westside ending Atascocita's road to Austin 73-65.
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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Back To The Future! 2012-2014

2005 Team NCI Elite is where they all started. Sponsored by The Neighborhood Centers Inc. this group of girls believed in themselves and has never given up to this day. They are the same familiar faces that wrecked records in middle school basketball now making names in the high school scenes. Spread all over Houston makes it tough to keep up with all their games, but love to hear that they are all doing well and holding their own. Losing the support from NCI never stopped their passion for the game with the help & dedication of three great coaches they are destined to achieve their dreams. Coach Anthony Hemmit and Coach Rob Sanders now coaches of Houston Angels and Coach Moses Ellis now heads the Coast 2 Coast girl’s basketball. In the picture you will find Jazmine Guerrero-2012/Dobie HS, Sadalia Ellis-2012/CyFalls HS, Bianca Winslow-2012/Bellaire HS, Hannah Cambel-2014/Village School, Meaghan Scott-2012 & Briana Scott-2013/Sam Rayburn HS, Jasmyn Howard-2012 & Kaylan Sanders-2012/Elkins HS, Briana Williams-2013/St. Johns School, Blayke Hemmitt-2012/Pearland Dawson HS, Alexus Hynes-2013/CyFalls HS with coaches Coaches Anthony Hemmitt, Rob Sanders and Moses Ellis.
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Saturday, February 20, 2010

High School Playoffs Heating Up!

While everyone is concentrated with the high school ball playoff games, somewhere in Katy Texas, Houston Heat is burning up and toasting every opponent by over 20 points in every game at the Coast 2 Coast junior high league. Coached by Howard Turner the Houston Heat/DFW Elite-Washington organization is under the direction of George Washington who coaches girl’s basketball at Westbury Christian. These groups of 2014 & 2015 girls combine are the girls that will be taking the high school floors all over Houston next year. Where ever any of these girls end up in high school will sure be a great addition for any teams. It is very exciting to watch so many young talents under one roof competing day in day out and getting better every weekend. The summer ball is just around the corner and will get rolling after the high school playoffs and by then the young ones will be competing with the seasoned high school players coming off the school ball competition. What a great summer to look forward to.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Tonight The Eagles Flew Over College Park

Cypress Falls Eagles Flying High Over College Park 59-46. Leading Cy Falls Eagles with 14 points junior guard Macy Moore followed by two other guards sophomore Shernise Robertson and junior Lakendra Scott with 10 points each. Eagles led all four quarters and never look back. High scorer for College Park are Shafer and Munoz both with 11 points each. Cy Falls will now face Georgetown for the Regional Quarterfinals on February 23rd.

46-44 Elkins Knights Stun Channelview’s Lady Falcons

Donielle Breaux #33 lead the Knights with 20 points past Channelview’s Taryn Gregory and Amber Bettis whom both scored 18 points a piece for the Lady Falcons. Elkins started with an early lead of 14-2 in the first quarter then Falcons slowly creeps and caught up to tie the game past mid fourth quarter then Knights Jazmin Howard hit a crucial 3 point shot to put Elkins back on top by two. Channelview got a chance to tie the game with 8 seconds left on the clock but missed both free throws which caused them a chance to advance to the next round. Amber Polk added 10 points for Elkins. The Knights will be facing Clear Lake in the Regional Quarterfinals who knocked Dobie out for contention in an earlier game at Pearland Dawson. Around the city, Bellaire survived Cinco, Cy Falls past College Park, Westside over Katy Taylor and Hightower dominated Beaumont West Brook.

Yates Lions 50 Straight WINS!

The Lions ended their regular season 26-0 with and average of 118 points per game but continues to make Houston PROUD. The Yates high school basketball team took home its first state championship in boys’ basketball after winning the Texas UIL competition for Class 4A in 2009. The students athletes played under the direction and guidance of Coach Greg Wise. “It is great to see the Jack Yates Lions roar being heard across the country again,” said District IV Trustee Paula Harris. There is always the FIRST and the YATES LIONS IT IS! Let' savor the moments and enjoy their victories. Let it be known that HOUSTON TEXAS is the home of past, current and future GREAT BALLERS boys and girls alike.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Friendswood Senior Point Guard Lead Lady Mustangs

(February 16th) Friendswood 58 over Bay City 47, Annalisa Hall the crafty point guard scored 28 points to make it happen for the lady mustangs with the help of freshman Jillian Bergeson adding 11 and Junior post Kellsey Kaufhold for another 10 points. They will face Worthing high school at Manvel on the 19th 6pm game time. Worthing is led by Jenzel Nash and Shriley McGowen averaging 28 and 15 points respectively.

Bi-District Playoffs-Alief Elsik 91 Mayde Creek 44

Elsik’s sophomore Crystal Porter is not a household name yet, but continue to be a great contributor for Elsik Rams this year. Rams past Mayde Creek with five girls in double figures. Telissa Spencer with 22 followed by Akunna Elonu with 20, Lindsey Cypher 14, Jasmine Ocanas 13 and C. Porter with 12. Other games Cinco over Stratford, MacArthur over Madison, Elkins beat Clear Creek, Dulles lost to Clear Lake, Seven Lakes over Memorial, Lamar lost Atascocita, Katy Taylor over Alief Taylor, Deer Park on top of West Brook and the Westside Wolves beat Eisenhower. In Region II College Park still in contention, Cy Woods lost to Georgetown Monday, Cy Fair and Chiney breezes over Stony Point, Cy Creek over Cedar Park and Cy Falls winning a close game over Round Rock. It will be an interesting Friday going deeper into the playoffs.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Pasadena Dobie 49, Port Arthur Memorial 41 – Final

Shanequa Gaston led the Longhorns passed Port Arthur Memorial last night at San Jacinto College north. She led the game in scoring by 13 points followed by Jazmine Guerrero and Tavaceia Davis with 12 points each to seal the win 49-41. A lot of games were played around Houston last night with Dekaney ending Woodlands hope to move forward with Durley showing up in a big way. Bellaire over Humble with Burns leading the Cardinals with 28 points followed by Alix with 15 points. Jolivette added 14 and Winslow with 12. Channel View over La Porte. No surprise there with Taryn Gregory leading the Falcons to victory.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

They Believed & TRUSTED... 2009-2010 HJPC Champions!

The No. 1 seed Village School Lady Vikings junior high made it to their Promised Land. The same group of girls that took the 2009 Fall Volleyball HJPC Championship was back to claim the 2009-2010 HJPC Basketball Championship. Coach Margo Graham with coach Athena Varcados on the side preaches TRUST and makes the girls understand its true meaning on the floor. Getting by the No. 8 seed Second Baptist in the first round of the playoffs was the total opposite against the No. 4 seed and physical St. Michael’s team. The Lady Vikings are bruised black and blue, but sustained every hits and hurts to win it by 10 points. They squared off with the No. 2 seed Kinkaid School tonight and winning the game by 11 points 35-24 at St. Johns gymnasium. The Lady Vikings with perfect overall record 22-0 and 13-0 conference making history for The Village School.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Hemmitt Helps The Lady Eagles JV Survive The Friendswood Mustangs

Blayke Hemmitt (2012) scrambled and goes down the floor to fight for a loose ball against Kessler Hurd (2013) Friday night at home when the Friendswood Lady Mustangs visited Pearland Dawson High School. Hemmitt played solid in the last 3 minutes of the ball game hitting a long 3 at the corner to help the eagles regain the lead. She stepped up her defense grabbing a couple of rebounds and a great put back for another two points with less than a minute to seal the win. Hemmitt’s future is bright and looking for her to mature and fully develop her overall game this summer with the Houston Angels.

Friendswood Lady Mustangs Varsity

Freshman Jill Bergeson (2013) of Friendswood High School starts for the Lady Mustangs. She’s long and stands about 6 feet can rebound bring the ball up and down the court, a great shooter and very aggressive young player on the floor. Bergeson is a superb wing who's also a great volleyball player that will bring another three years of great of basketball for Coach Kirby Killlingsworth. She averges about 10 points per game. The Lady Mustangs are well coached and work their offenses skillfully, but they can also run and gun with the direction of their witty senior point guard Annalisa Hall that will be featured soon with their junior post Kellsey Kaufhold two of the leading scorer for the Lady Mustangs both averaging 15 points per game. The stangs are 21-3 and 8-2 district.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Big Bri Got Bigger On The Floor

Briana Morgan Williams (2013) is making noise for St. Johns Mavericks. I have known her from when she was 9 years old and I knew from then that she will make her name in basketball. Wearing the Houston Jaguars Elite uniform at her young age and learning how to dribble and shoot was fond to remember. She was once coached by Moses Ellis of Team NCI that became Houston Angels under the direction of Coach Anthony Hemmitt were it became more of a passion to be a true winner. Williams stands about 5’11” with a great basketball framed body is a threat in the middle. A great rebounder and defensive player that any coach would want for their team. One thing that separates her from others is her basketball IQ. She can pass and dribbles like a guard. Quick and stable feet with soft hands to the basket. “Briana is a physical player who is adjusting to the speed of the varsity level,” Coach Pat Krieger said. The Mavericks will be playing at home against their rival Kinkaid School on the 29th of January game time 5:30pm.

They Came-They Played-They Conquered!

8th grade team grooming for high school basketball under Coach Margo Graham’s direction. The Village School Lady Vikings made a U-Turn from last year seasons record. They won every home and away games winning the last one against Second Baptist Thursday January 28th by 11 points. Winning this game in front of their home crowd ended their regular season with a 19-0 overall and 10-0 conference and made the Lady Vikings seeded number ONE in the Houston Junior Preparatory Conference tournament coming first week of February. They play home Monday, February 1st the opponent soon to be announced. They are 3 games away for claiming the HJP Conference Basketball Tournamnet Championship. The same Lady Vikings that claimed the 2009 Fall HJPC Volleyball crown. The Village School is stepping up their sports program in line with their known academic excellence.

Tay Schippers hit the last 4 pts. to beat Westbury Christian

“We just wanted it so bad and we were the team that fought the hardest,” Schippers said after the game. Lady Crusaders finally got over the hump after a decade. Concordia Lutheran inked a historic comeback victory at home in front of their home crowd. They will meet the Lady Wildcats again in the district tournament which will begin Tuesday. Westbury's Amber Orrange tabs double double with 13 points and 16 rebounds.