It’s indeed a proud moment for parents to see their kids off to college, but it can be just as rewarding for coaches. “To see the kids you’ve worked with for all these years — many of them since they started junior high football — finish their high school career and to have done well enough both in the classroom and on the field to be awarded an opportunity to go to the collegiate level and play is very, very rewarding,” said The Woodlands High School Head Coach Mark Schmid. read more…
The list of athletes coming out of Oak Ridge High School to continue playing sports continues to grow.
A new batch of 23 War Eagles and Lady War Eagles announced their intentions on Wednesday at Oak Ridge High School, as a student-filled gymnasium cheered on their friends and family members.
“These guys have done an outstanding job as far as putting their education first and on the flipside, their athletic ability as well,” Oak Ridge campus coordinator Dereck Rush said. “This is the first year since I’ve been here we’ve had 40 student athletes who will go on to the next level.”
With Wednesday’s additions, Oak Ridge brings its total signees to 44 student athletes total, including three more from the War Eagle football team, running back Justin Edwards, athlete Riley McKnight, and running back Kwame Etwi.
College Park alumnus pursuing professional dream in Kansas City organization
College Park baseball produced its fourth draft pick earlier this month.
Infielder Corey Toups, a 2011 graduate who was playing at Sam Houston State, was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 15th round, No. 453 overall, of the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft. He signed with the Royals shortly afterward, then reported to Idaho Falls, Idaho, for short-season rookie ball.
“I expected it, just because I stay in contact with a lot scouts, and they often will ask me – even though the kids are in college – about our guys who have gone on to play in college and are draftable,” College Park coach Jason Washburn said.
“So I had received some calls on Corey, people just checking on him, and so obviously, with those calls, I knew there was interest, and probably 15th round’s a good spot for him.”
The Royals weren’t one of the teams that called Washburn about Toups, but apparently they knew enough. click HERE for complete story
Sam Houston senior catcher Anthony Azar has been named to the ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division I Central All-Region First Team, the school announced Monday. The Bearkats’ backstop was a second-team member last season.
Azar, a graduate of The Woodlands High School, finished the season among the Southland’s top-five players in seven different categories, including leading the league in total bases (127). He also ranks second in hits (86), RBIs (47) and slugging percentage (.543), third in batting average (.368) and home runs (nine) and fourth in on-base percentage (.450). click here for complete story
Both Texas A&M and Sam Houston State received at-large berths to the NCAA Tournament today, and neither team will have the leave the state.
The Bearkats are headed to Fort Worth, while the Aggies head south to face their old rival the Texas Longhorns. Texas and Texas A&M have faced off 363 times. The 364th meeting will be will be their first against each other in the NCAA Tournament.
Aggie pitcher Daniel Mengden said, “We want to approach it as another postseason game, but in the end it is UT. Anybody who’s an Aggie knows it a rivalry and it’d going to be a fight and it’s going to be a great game.”
A&M senior Krey Bratsen is also fired up to play the Horns. “Getting to play in a regional, especially against Texas again, I keep going back to that, but just the atmosphere. I remember playing them here and there and the crowd was unreal. Just being able to play in that was unreal.”
The Longhorns are also intrigued to be facing A&M. “It’ll be fun. It’s going to be a fun game because we don’t play them in the regular season but at the end of the day it’s another baseball game that we need to win in order to reach our goal,” said Texas pitcher Nathan Thornhill. click here for video and complete story
For the third year in a row, Sam Houston State is headed to the NCAA regionals as an at-large selection.
The Bearkats travel to Fort Worth this weekend where No. 7 national seed TCU (52-9) will host. Sam Houston (41-17) meets Dallas Baptist (40-19) in the first round, Friday at 3:30 p.m. while the Horned Frogs face off with Siena (26-31) at 7 p.m.
“I think it’s awesome. I’m so proud of our team to be in this position to get an at large bid,” head coach David Pierce said. “Every regional is tough but the thing I like about Fort Worth is that it’s a great location for our fans to follow us. We expect an exciting regional and we’re looking forward to it.”
The winner of the Fort Worth Regional will play the winner of the San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly) Regional in the Super Regionals. The four teams in that region include the host school, Pepperdine, Arizona State and Sacramento State. click here for complete story
Senior catcher Anthony Azar has been named the Southland Hitter of the Week, the league office announced Monday. Azar blasted three home runs and drove in 10 runs to help Sam Houston State sweep New Orleans to open conference play.
“Azar is our rock as everyone knows,” head coach David Pierce said. “He does so much for us defensively and he stays in the middle of the lineup offensively. He’s just a solid hitter and he’s got power. He is just a great player and it was a great weekend for him.”
The senior from The Woodlands, Texas (The Woodlands H.S.), provided the game-winning run for the Bearkats in the series opener with a solo home run in the fifth inning to lead Sam Houston to a 6-3 win. click here for complete story