Category: Off-Season

Baseball: Drabek looking for return to glory with Goldschmidt

On Monday, the Arizona Diamondbacks signed former first-round pick and right-handed pitcher Kyle Drabek to a minor league contract. That news didn’t stop any presses, nor did it shake up the baseball world–nor should it have. But it was pretty cool nonetheless.

The move potentially reunited two high school teammates who played on a state championship team and many publications also crowned them the 2006 national high school champions. click here for complete story

Baseball: San Jac players sign letters of intent

San Jac baseball players sign letters of intent
Six San Jacinto College baseball players have signed National Letters of Intent to continue their education and baseball careers at four-year institutions.The sophomore students include Devin Smeltzer (Voorhees, New Jersey / Bishop Eustace Preparatory School), Cody Nesbit (La Porte / La Porte High School), Montana Parsons (Conroe / College Park High School), Tucker Cascadden (Houston / Lamar High School), Colton Schmidt (La Porte / La Porte High School), and Brandon Montgomery (Collierville, Tennessee / Collierville High School

Six San Jacinto College baseball players have signed National Letters of Intent to continue their education and baseball careers at four-year institutions.

The sophomore students include Devin Smeltzer (Voorhees, New Jersey / Bishop Eustace Preparatory School), Cody Nesbit (La Porte / La Porte High School), Montana Parsons (Conroe / College Park High School), Tucker Cascadden (Houston / Lamar High School), Colton Schmidt (La Porte / La Porte High School), and Brandon Montgomery (Collierville, Tennessee / Collierville High School).

Smeltzer, a pitcher, plans to attend Texas Tech University. Nesbit, a pitcher, plans to attend the University of Houston. Parsons, a pitcher, and Cascadden, an infielder, signed to attend Baylor University. Schmidt, a pitcher, plans to attend the University of Louisiana at Lafyette. Montgomery, an infielder, will attend the University of Miami.

“At San Jacinto College, we prepare our student-athletes for lifelong success,” commented San Jacinto College Head Baseball Coach Tom Arrington. “I consider it a significant achievement for these young men to continue their education at such highly respected universities.”

San Jac’s 2016 baseball season will get under way in late January. For more information, please visitsanjacsports.com.

Volleyball: Highlanders aware that good not good enough

Season that would fill most squads with envy providing motivation for 2016 campaign

The Woodlands volleyball players didn’t three-peat as state champions – but they’re still a championship squad.

The Highlanders won a District 16-6A crown and two tournament titles this year. They nearly made a third consecutive trip to state, too, advancing to the regional finals before falling to Oak Ridge. click here for complete story

Volleyball: Oak Ridge lays foundation for solid future

Oak Ridge junior Raigen Cianciulli makes a play against Fort Bend Austin during their Class 6A semifinal matchup at the 2015 UIL Volleyball State Championships at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland last week.
Oak Ridge junior Raigen Cianciulli makes a play against Fort Bend Austin during their Class 6A semifinal matchup at the 2015 UIL Volleyball State Championships at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland last week.

For a team that fell after coming so close to a state championship, Oak Ridge is pretty happy with life overall.

Oak Ridge volleyball coach Tommie Lynn Sledge during the Atascocita at Oak Ridge volleyball game.Photograph by David Hopper
Oak Ridge volleyball coach Tommie Lynn Sledge during the Atascocita at Oak Ridge volleyball game.

The War Eagles volleyball team fell in three sets to Fort Bend Austin in the Class 6A semifinals Friday in Garland. But they accomplished more than most people expected with only two seniors on the roster.

The Eagles went 2-3 against The Woodlands, which they beat in the regional finals to advance to state for the first time in 16 years, and won 35 matches, including five in the Region II playoffs. click here for complete story

Boys Basketball: Atascocita’s Carsen Edwards commits to Purdue

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Atascocita’s Carsen Edwards makes a pass Tuesday against Conroe’s Trea Faggin.

Weeks before basketball practice begins, arguably one of the biggest recruits in the area, Atascocita’s Carsen Edwards, made his decision on where he would play college basketball.

Edwards on Monday confirmed his commitment to Purdue University with The Observers.

The senior selected Purdue over offers from Baylor, Houston, SMU, Tulsa, Vanderbilt, Lamar and Arkansas State. click here for complete story

Softball: Leach happy to continue in family footsteps

After four years playing softball for The Woodlands High School, Aubrey Leach will attend the University of Tennessee next fall. As far as softball programs go, Tennessee is in the upper tier. The Lady Vols have appeared in the Women’s College World Series seven of the past 10 years.

The Villager’s Demetrio Teniente caught up with Aubrey to talk about her time at the Woodlands and here move to Tennessee. click here for complete story

Baseball: Hurricanes help promote players’ profiles

Summer league squad gives local high schoolers chance to shine for college, pro scouts
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Houston Hurricanes pitcher William Ross, a sophomore at College Park High School, works to a THZ Baseball Round Rock hitter during their pool game at the Southeast ShowcaseSeries at Reckling Park on the campus of Rice University in Houston on Friday, June 26, 2015.

The Houston Hurricanes are in their 10th year of helping young baseball players improve and advance themselves through an emphasis on developmental practices and strength and conditioning.

The players on their showcase team range from prospective college players to high school underclassmen hoping to make varsity. click here for complete story