The Woodlands Area Student Center News

Boys Lacrosse: 2015 Nike/Lacrosse Magazine South Region High School Boys Top 10

nike-logo7. The Woodlands (Texas), 17-3: The THSLL Division I runner-up Highlanders stunned while shutting out perennial North Division power Dallas Jesuit 7-0 in the Super Regional finals, then catching 2014 state champion Episcopal Dallas by surprise in the semifinals for a 9-8 win. The Woodlands lost to Highland Park in the final despite a stellar performance by goalie Aidan Thorpe. click here for complete list

Golf: The Woodlands’ Jeff Maggert takes U.S. Senior Open with dazzling 65

The Woodlands’ Jeff Maggert is moving into an elite class on golf’s senior circuit.

Maggert won the U.S. Senior Open on Sunday for his second major victory on the Champions Tour this year. He closed with a 5-under 65 at sun-drenched Del Paso Country Club, edging defending champion Colin Montgomerie by two strokes.

The victory makes Maggert, a graduate of McCullough High School, more than just a repeat winner on the 50-and-over tour. Along with Montgomerie (three) and Bernhard Langer (three), the three have combined to win the last eight majors. click here for complete story

Football: Antoine Winfield Jr., son of the Ohio State great, talks recruiting

Antoine Winfield Jr. is the son of a former stand-out Buckeye. He took the time to share with us all of the happenings up to date in his recruiting process.
Antoine Winfield Jr. is the son of a former stand-out Buckeye. He took the time to share with us all of the happenings up to date in his recruiting process.

If the name in the heading sounds familiar, it should. Anotine Winfield Jr. is the son of former Buckeye, Anotine Winfield (Sr.). The former Buckeye’s son is following in his footsteps when it comes to football. Winfield Jr. is from The Woodlands, TX and attends The Woodlands High School where he will be entering his senior year this fall. A bit under the radar, Antoine checks in as a 3-star prospect according to 247sports.com. Currently, the 5-foot-9, 185-pound safety is ranked as the 111th prospect in the nation at his position and is also the 200th rated overall prospect in the state of Texas. click here for complete story

Volleyball: Ex-Magnolia Coach Johnson Subject of Investigation

Terri Johnson stepped down as the Magnolia High School volleyball coach sometime before June 8.
Terri Johnson stepped down as the Magnolia High School volleyball coach sometime before June 8.

Former Magnolia High School volleyball coach Terri Johnson is under investigation by the Texas Education Agency’s disciplinary unit for improper conduct with a student, The Courier has learned.

Johnson voluntarily surrendered her Texas Educator Certificate, for both teaching and coaching, on June 10. The TEA said the surrender is “permanent without the opportunity for reapplication.” click here for complete story

Kobe Bryant calls old Larry Nance Jr. tweet ‘water under the bridge’

Kobe Bryant says there’s no hard feelings between him and new teammate Larry Nance Jr. concerning a disparaging tweet the 27th overall draft pick posted about the Lakers legend three years ago.

Bryant told ESPN’s Jemele Hill on Saturday night that “there’s no need” for the two men to discuss the matter any further after an exchange of messages, initiated by Nance, on Friday.

“He actually sent me a great message,” Bryant said of Nance. “Which is really funny, I looked at [the message] and it was like, ‘This is when you know it’s about time to hang these things up, when your teammate writes you, Hi, Mr. Bryant.’ click here for complete story

Ten county baseball, softball players earn all-state honors

Two Oak Ridge War Eagles and a Splendora Wildcat headlined the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association All-State teams that were recently released

Meanwhile, four area softball players also the Texas Girls Coaches Association softball All-State team.

Gatorade National Player of the Year and a Baseball America All-American Luken Baker, a War Eagles right-hander, was named first-team pitcher for 6A baseball. Baker is heading to TCU next season. His teammate Riley McKnight was a first team selection as well at second base. McKnight will stay nearby for college and play for the Sam Houston State Bearkats. click here for complete story

New Woodlands private school focuses on alternative education model

Fourteen-year-old Garrett Brotherhood and teacher Rachel Harper discuss one of Brotherhood's essays at the Fusion Academy inside The Woodlands Mall.
Fourteen-year-old Garrett Brotherhood and teacher Rachel Harper discuss one of Brotherhood’s essays at the Fusion Academy inside The Woodlands Mall.

After months of searching for an alternative to public education, Jennifer Brotherhood found her answer:Fusion Academy.

Brotherhood’s 14-year-old son, Garrett, has difficulty learning in a large classroom setting, with 15 to 20 or more kids in one classroom. So after hearing about Fusion Academy’s one-to-one classes – one teacher to one student – from a friend, she did some research and enrolled her son for the summer. click here for complete story

UIL athletic director job opens up as Dr. Mark Cousins accepts new position within association

Mark Cousins, Athletic Director
Mark Cousins, Athletic Director

After holding the position for just over four years, Dr. Mark Cousins is stepping down from his post as University Interscholatic League’s athletic director. But he isn’t leaving the state’s governing body for public schools.

Cousins, who has been with the UIL since 1994, has accepted a position as Director of Compliance, Eligibility and Education. It’s a new position in the Policy and Compliance Department. Cousins is currently on vacation and unavailable for comment. click here for complete story

National Fastpitch Coaches Assoc. Announces 2015 High School All-America Teams

Garnering the only multiple first-team nods was The Woodlands as seniors Ally Langkamp and Aubrey Leach were recognized for the second straight season. Langkamp, one of four pitchers, concluded her senior campaign 17-1 with 1.00 ERA and 127 strikeouts in 112.1 innings of work.

Grabbing honors at shortstop, Leach posted a .584 batting average (57-94) with 23 extra base hits, including 10 doubles and eight triples, 53 runs scored, 31 RBI and an .882 slugging percentage. She also walked 25 times which attributed to her .657 on base percentage. click here for complete story

BUILDING BURGLAR BUSTED

Timmy James Powell (date of birth 09/06/1993)
Timmy James Powell (date of birth 09/06/1993)

On Tuesday, around 2:20 a.m., Deputies with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division were dispatched to a burglary in progress call in 25000 block of Grogans Mill Road, in The Woodlands. A complainant reported being woken up by a continuous banging noise coming from behind his home. When he investigated, he witnessed a male striking the rear wall of a nearby convenience store with a sledge hammer.

Baseball: Strykers get reflective after eighth straight loss

After it was over, Woodlands Strykers shortstop Lance Miles and two of his teammates met with a reporter on the field to discuss the team’s recent plight.

As in, the Strykers watched a potential breakthrough victory go by the wayside. As in, they played well at times, and served up gopher balls in others.

As in, they’ve yet to beat the Victoria Generals, who scored seven runs in the final two innings to outlast the Strykers 17-13 on Wednesday night.

It not only looked like a football score, but the Strykers got the boot. Coach John Villareal’s Strykers team committed four errors, twice as many as the Generals. click here for complete story

RODEO: The Woodlands Richmond Champion displays million-dollar bareback talent in Pecos

Richmond Champion may never have a year similar to 2014 again. He’ll sure try, though.

Bareback rider Richmond Champion of The Woodlands waits to compete Wednesday during the first performance of the West of the Pecos Rodeo at Buck Jackson Arena in Pecos.
Bareback rider Richmond Champion of The Woodlands waits to compete Wednesday during the first performance of the West of the Pecos Rodeo at Buck Jackson Arena in Pecos.

As a qualifier for the inaugural The American rodeo in Arlington in March 2014, the cowboy out of The Woodlands pocketed $1.1 million by winning the bareback competition — $100,000 for the event victory via a 90 on Assault and a staggering $1 million bonus for besting the then-top-10 cowboys in the world standings.

Champion, a fitting rodeo name if there ever was one, parlayed that into his first National Finals Rodeo appearance. He won a pair of go-rounds and finished second in the average and third in the world in Las Vegas. click here for complete story

Summer Songwriters Experience Camp – Real Life, Real Music

The art of songwriting is alive at Real Life Real Music, a company founded by Kyle Hutton who hosts the Songwriters Experience Camp in The Woodlands each summer.

Students ages 10-18 write, record and perform an original song in one week to get a feel for the songwriting process.

The first session, which started Monday morning and will end Sunday, began with nervous excitement during the initial introductions. About a dozen musically inclined children were gathered at Dosey Doe off Interstate 45 eager to begin writing an original song. click here for complete story

Summer camp emphasizes importance of math and science

Teachers became students for a week’s worth of sessions promoting strategies that foster more interest in math and science in the classroom.

From Sunday through Friday, the Teachers Academy, sponsored by ExxonMobil and professional golfer Phil Mickelson was housed at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott.

Third- through fifth-grade teachers from various Houston-area school districts enjoyed an all-expenses paid, week-long stay at the hotel during these training sessions. The main goal was for these educators to walk away with strategies they can use in their classrooms to get students excited about math and science. click here for complete story

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans Woodlands Football Camp 2015

As part of Legends Pro Series Camps, Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans will be hosting a Summer Football Camp at Legends Sports Complex on June 29 – July 1. Athletes, grades K – 8 with all skill levels are invited to participate in age-specific drills and activities that will help enhance skills and excel in the game.

Campers will receive:

  • Football and athletic skills
  • Skills evaluation
  • Camp t-shirt
  • Superior staff instruction
  • 10:1 Camper to Instructor ratio
  • Lunch
  • Valuable nutrition and life lesson tips
  • Daily emphasis on football fundamental development, character development, team play
  • Group photo
  • Meet Mike Evans
  • Win great prizes

Click here for additional information or the Register.

Jahlil Okafor’s MASSIVE Hands Make A Baseball Look Like A Golf Ball

This is Jahill Okafor's hand gripping a baseball
This is Jahill Okafor’s hand gripping a baseball

It’s common knowledge that former Duke center and potential No. 1 pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft Jahlil Okafor has gigantic hands. He’s shown in the past that he can easily fit 13 tennis balls in his hand, and palming a basketball is simple to him.

The latest episode of the ongoing series “Jahlil Okafor has gargantuan mitts” came today, when Ryan Ward of LakersNation.com posted a picture of Okafor palming a baseball. This is a pretty routine task for everyone, but look at how the baseball gets lost in Okafor’s hand. It looks like what happens when most people pick up a tennis ball. click here for complete story

Get to know TWHS Lady Highlander lacrosse coach, Jim Marziale

girls_lax_WOLThe Woodlands high school boys lacrosse team reached the Texas High School Lacrosse League (THSLL) State Championship game this spring but if you think they are the only game in town, you are sadly mistaken. The Woodlands Lady Highlanders lacrosse team just came off their best season ever in reaching the semi-finals of the Texas Girls High School Lacrosse League (TGHSLL) Championships.

It takes great athletes to be of the elite high school lacrosse teams in the big state of Texas but if you don’t have the right coaches to mold elite players into a cohesive unit, you’ll just have a team with talent that underachieves. Lady Highlander coach, Jim Marziale is the leader responsible for getting the Lady Highlanders to play to the best of their ability. In taking over as head coach in 2006 from the retiring Sandy Straup, Marziale has led the team on a steady, upward climb culminating in the team’s best finish ever. click here for complete story

Hispanic population in The Woodlands continues to grow

At the H-E-B in the Indian Springs Village Center, a tortilleria station churns out fresh tortillas for shoppers. Birthday girls are seen taking their quinceañera photos at The Woodlands Mall. Spanish is often heard spoken all around the Market Street complex.622x350 (6)The Woodlands may have a reputation for lacking in cultural diversity, but – as the community has grown to a population of nearly 110,000 – it has attracted a greater Hispanic presence.

Conroe Independent School District’s campuses in The Woodlands average a 22 percent Hispanic student population. Churches have added Spanish-language services. A Spanish-language magazine covering The Woodlands is celebrating its third anniversary. The Montgomery County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is growing, tourism from Latin America has increased exponentially and grocery stores are beginning to offer more Latin American food options. click here for complete story

Baseball: Oak Ridge’s Baker named All-Montgomery County Player of the Year

Where do you start with The Courier’s All-County team for the 2015 baseball season?

It’s the final All-Montgomery County team we’ll be choosing until the fall sports arrive. When grass is being cut at dawn and bodies are being pushed virtually around the clock.

This 2015 All-County team, however, might be one of the greatest in this newspaper’s history. There have been plenty of outstanding all-star teams over the years in Montgomery County, but it’ll be tough to sell men on a better all-star team in ANY sport — top to bottom, especially — than The Courier’s 2015 All-County squad.

It all starts with the superlatives, and Oak Ridge’s Luken Baker, who was not only the county’s player of the year, but the state’s as well. Then, a few days before Oak Ridge faced Dallas Jesuit in the Region II-6A finals, the 6-foot-4, 255-pound Baker learned he had been chosen as the Gatorade National Player of the Year.

And what a year he had. click here for complete story

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