RECRUITING: Houston Christian's D'Asia Thomas picks up Oklahoma State offer, recruiting speeding up
HOUSTON - If you would have told D'Asia Thomas four years ago that in a single week she would receive offers to play college basketball at SMU, North Texas, Wichita State and Oklahoma State University - she wouldn't have believed you.
Harmon, Hunter lead 2021 All-VYPE Girls Public School Basketball Team
HOUSTON - What a season it was for women's basketball in Houston. The city had Cypress Creek reach the Class 6A State Championship game for a second-straight year and reached the state tournament for the third time in four seasons. Cy Creek fell short of DeSoto but the numbers for the group are phenomenal. There was so much great talent in the city, so it's time to name the Public School All-VYPE teams. PLAYER OF THE YEAR: To be announced at 2021 VYPE AwardsCOACH OF THE YEAR: To be announced at 2021 VYPE AwardsTEAM OF THE YEAR: To be announced at 2021 VYPE AwardsAdFIRST TEAMRori Harmon, Cypress Creek (Texas)Kyndall Hunter, Cypress Creek (Texas)Kaley Perkins, Langham Creek (Oklahoma)Nya Threatt, Fort Bend DullesBre'Yon White, Shadow Creek (Oklahoma)Kaiya Wynn, Foster (Tennessee)SECOND TEAMAlicia Blanton, FosterTaylor Jackson, Cypress CreekBlake Matthews, AtascocitaKierra Merchant, SpringTierra Simon, Heights (Prairie View A&M)Crystal Smith, Tompkins (Tarleton State)THIRD TEAMGia Adams, Jersey Village (Tennessee State)Gracelynn Alvarez, Heights (UTEP)Saija Cleveland, Langham CreekHannah Humphrey, Lamar ConsolidatedAshlyn Jones, Klein OakJessica Lynn, BridgelandHONORABLE MENTIONAdNgozi Agoh, Grand OaksJasmin Allen, PearlandImani Avery, FosterAlexis Babineaux, WestfieldAbby Bala, Cinco RanchHeather Baymon, Langham CreekEnriqua Bellow, Deer ParkJustice Carlton, Seven LakesAli Diop, College ParkKaitlyn Duhon, Summer CreekEliya Ellis, Clear CreekRavyn Ellis, BellaireAleighyah Fontenot, Ridge PointTori Garza, New Caney(Oklahoma State)Kaidance Glenn, Klein OakGabrielle Hueter, MagnoliaLoghan Johnson, TompkinsNiyah Johnson, Clear SpringsTreanna Johnson, BrazosportKatelyn Kabrich, Tomball MemorialMicKayla Leftridge, New CaneyRaniyah Lewis, Oak RidgeAlazea Maldonado-Jackson, Houston SterlingJordyn Marshall, ManvelKylie Minter, Clear SpringsTia Mitchell, Cy LakesVictoria Moore, Fort Bend DullesTu'Myra Morant, La PorteRachel Okoye, George RanchBriana Perguero, Jersey VillageNicole Petrakovitz, Oak Ridge(Tarleton State)AdShanna Petty, WestsideKamari Portalis, Magnolia West(Houston)Takeiyah Price, Brookshire RoyalDai Dai Powell, Fort Bend DullesVictoria Rivera, DobieAshlynn Ryall, FriendswoodC'Andrea Scott-Garrett, KashmereR'Mani Taylor, Shadow CreekAbigail Tomaski, MemorialSamora Watson, Clear FallsRobin Whitehead, AtascocitaAmber Williams, Cypress SpringsDaNae Williams, Shadow CreekSavannah Wilson, Kingwood Park
Warriors win 7th TAPPS State Championship in program history
The Woodlands Christian Academy successfully completed its jump up to TAPPS 5A by knocking off Fort Worth Christian 60-47 on Friday night at College Station High School for the program's seventh overall state championship. This marks the second-straight TAPPS State Championship for The Woodlands Christian Academy. "I think it's just our will to win," Benigni said. Ad"I think we knew that was going to be the 5A expectation, every playoff game is earned in 5A," Field said. After pulling off a 64-52 victory over TMI-Episcopal, the Warriors rolled past St. Mary's Hall High School, 72-57, and then defeated St. Michael's, 44-31, to reach the TAPPS 5A State Championship game for the first time.
Second Baptist School falls short in TAPPS 5A State Title game
After making it to the TAPPS 5A State Championship game and losing the starting five to graduation, heading into the 2020-2021 season, the outside expectations of Second Baptist School women's basketball may not have been high. Second Baptist School with just one senior gracing the roster, rumbled its way through the district slate and then the playoffs to play Southwest Christian School for the TAPPS 5A State Championship on Friday night at College Station High School. Despite a third-quarter rally fueled by Kate Marshall and company, Second Baptist School fell short, 54-40, ending its season as the TAPPS 5A State Runner-Up for a second-straight season. Just to make it to the state championship game, I'm so proud of my girls." AdThis trip to the TAPPS Final Four marked the fourth-straight trip for Second Baptist School and a second-straight run to the TAPPS State Championship game.
The Recap powered by Academy Sports + Outdoors: No. 2 Beaumont United continues perfect season with State Semifinal Win
HOUSTON – When the charter bus pulls out of Beaumont United High School's parking lot later this week to head down I-10, David Green Jr. knows there will be a sea of gold and maroon. "I know it's going to be big, I don't know how big," Green said with a smile when asked about the sendoff. "[We've been talking about it] since the summer," United sophomore Wesley Yates said about going perfect. Beaumont United has been only playing sports for three seasons since it opened for the 2018-2019 season after Beaumont ISD combined Beaumont Central and Beaumont Ozen. To get to state, I told those kids I'm so proud of them because it is not easy getting to state.
TAPPS Final Four Preview powered by Academy Sports + Outdoors: Area teams vying for spots in TAPPS State Title Games
For area TAPPS teams they are now just two wins away from hoisting that coveted wooden TAPPS State Championship trophy and claiming the spot as the best in Texas. The Woodlands Christian Academy vs St. Michael's Catholic Academy (BB)- Tuesday, March 9, at 6 p.m. at Bryan High SchoolWATCH LIVE: https://www.vype.com/vype-live-tapps-state-semifinal-boys-basketball-woodland-christian-vs-st-michaelsAdThe Woodlands Christian Academy is back in the TAPPS Final Four. The Warriors are seeking their 7th TAPPS State Championship (2020, 2018, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008) and are the defending state champions. TAPPS 1ACovenant Academy vs Heritage School-FredericksburgIn TAPPS 1A, Convenant Academy out of Cypress will take on Heritage School out of Fredericksburg. It has taken three wins for each of these teams to get to the TAPPS Final Four.
No. 11 Huffman continues historic season reaching UIL State Tournament for the first time
HOUSTON - Huffman is heading to the UIL State Tournament. This marks the first trip to the UIL State Tournament for the Falcons in program history. "Our first game against Grand Oaks really set the tone for this season," Harvey said. From that game, Huffman rattled off 17-straight wins, not losing in November or December, and then suffered its lone loss of the season in district play to Hardin-Jefferson in January. Next up for Huffman is Boerne in the UIL Class 4A State Semifinals on Monday.
No. 12 Atascocita downs No. 14 Summer Creek 52-51 to punch ticket to State Tournament in Instant Thriller
14 Summer Creek 52-51 to punch ticket to State Tournament in Instant ThrillerHOUSTON - All David Martinez knew is that his team needed to get a stop. Ad"My hat goes off to Summer Creek and Kenneth Coleman and his group. Summer Creek finishes the season with their best finish in school history by reaching the Regional Finals. It feels good, I have some super kids but my goal is to be a state champion. "I feel like this team is good enough to be a state champion."
Rolling Again: Second Baptist Women's Basketball Making Another Playoff Run
From the little second and third graders running frivolously across the gym floor to the high schoolers who pull on the Second Baptist School jersey. An undefeated record in district play brought another district crown to Second Baptist School and a first-round bye in the 2021 TAPPS 5A Playoffs. "They have grown a lot," Herndon said. Ertan played a key role on the team in 2020 that made the run all the way to Waco. Second Baptist School faces Incarnate Word-Corpus Christi on Saturday in Victoria, Texas.
GIRLS HOOPS: Atascocita's Matthews named District MVP, 21-6A All-District accolades released
It is awards season! As area districts see their last playoff teams eliminated, it is then time to release the all-district accolades. District 21-6A released their teams for their girls' squads. Summer Creek made the deepest run of the four playoff teams reaching the Regional Semifinals. Check out below who took home the top awards for the 2020-2021 season.
Refusing to Lose: Paetow continues historic run into Regional Championship
It was the season-opener for Katy Paetow back on December 1 against Cypress Lakes and in the end, a 61-52 loss is what the Panthers would walk into the locker room with. "It lit a fire under us," Katy Paetow senior Everett Marlatt said. Ad"We have a state opportunity with this group." Even though Katy Paetow has been open for just a couple of years, the Panthers are senior-laden with six on the roster. Led by the likes of Everett Marlatt, Jayden McCullough, Khi Watkins, Greg Dunham, Kameron Spanburg and Brian McKnight, this senior group is leaving a legacy at Katy Paetow that will set the bar high for classes to come.
VYPE Highlights: SBS Girls Basketball Advances to Regional Round
The Second Baptist women's basketball team is rolling. The Lady Eagles opened their pursuit of a return trip to the TAPPS 5A State Championship game on Tuesday in the Area Round against Providence Catholic. Second Baptist School was able to pull off a 65-47 victory to punch their ticket to the Regional Round. On Saturday, Second Baptist School is set to face Incarnate Word-Corpus Christi and with a win will return to the TAPPS Final Four. VYPE was on hand for the Lady Eagles' playoff opener, check out some of the highlights from the big win!
FEATURE: Meet Corey "CJ" Hadnot ... the ice-in-the-veins, humble, hard-working Cy Creek sophomore
But for Daniel Trocquet and staff, they knew Hadnot was special from the first time he stepped on the court in Cypress Creek High School. "He really caught our attention not from what he said but what he does," Trocquet said. But just like Richards said and Trocquet confirmed, all of these numbers and big moments will not give Hadnot a big head. "He's a high-character kid, he's a workhorse but at the same time, he's very humble," Trocquet said. "He's a committed student, he's driven and he's told me many times he wants to play high-level basketball."
VYPE Houston-area boys basketball playoff scoreboard (Area Round)
One of the bigger early games was Cypress Creek facing Fort Bend Travis at the Merrell Center. The Cougars haven't been to the Regional Quarters since 2003, while FB Travis has made deep playoff runs recently. The combination of DJ Richards and sophomore CJ Hadnot was just too much for FB Travis to overcome. Cypress Creek moves on to face Ridge Point, which defeated Bellaire 71-42 on Wednesday night. Full Area Round ScoreboardClass 6A Region IIIElkins 54, Memorial 40Heights 57, FB Bush 52Regional Quarterfinals: FB Elkins vs Heights (Sat.
Houston-area girls basketball scoreboard (Regional Quarterfinals)
On Wednesday night, the majority of Regional Quarterfinal showdowns took place across the city, eventually setting up the Regional Semifinal matchups. Click through the Photo Gallery Below to See More Regional Quarterfinal ScoresCypress Creek 59, Heights 31Cypress Creek advances to its fourth-straight Regional Semifinal. Regional Semifinal: Summer Creek vs Cypress CreekShadow Creek 59, Atascocita 51Heading into the season we knew Shadow Creek would be good. AdRegional Semifinal: Shadow Creek vs Katy TompkinsLangham Creek 76, Tomball Memorial 38Here come the Lobos! AdFoster will take on College Station on Friday at Katy ISD's Merrell Center in the Regional Semifinal with a time to be decided.
TITLE TIME: Concordia Lutheran Enters Championship Season (Photo Gallery)
It's a big week for 'Sader Nation at Concordia Lutheran, who has a full slate of playoff games over the next two weeks. One of H-Town's area powers, Concordia is undefeated in district play as the TAPPS postseason begins this weekend. As the baseball and softball seasons commence, Concordia Lutheran should be solid in both. The Concordia Lutheran Crusaders are dealing with the loss of coach Rick Lynch, who directed the 'Saders to a district title the past nine seasons and a state title in 2015. With heavy hearts, Concordia Lutheran will move forward.
The Wrap: Girls Basketball Playoffs Scores, Highlights, Interviews, Photos (Area)
1 Cypress Creek defeats Cinco Ranch 67-29Cypress Creek looked the part on Saturday. After a 10-point first quarter, Cypress Creek locked down to allow seven total points over the next two quarters. Cypress Creek Player of the Game - Kyndall HunterPhoto Gallery: Cypress Creek vs Cinco Ranch (Photos by Bradley Collier/VYPE)Langham Creek defeats Grand Oaks 58-37Langham Creek is moving on in the playoffs with a big win over Grand Oaks on Saturday. Houston Heights defeats Ridge Point 61-58Heights is into the Regional Quarterfinals for a second-straight year. After a three-point victory over Ridge Point, the Bulldogs move on to face Cypress Creek in the next round.
The Wrap: Boys Basketball Playoffs Highlights, Interviews, Scores (Bi-District)
Even though it was delayed by just a few days, the 2021 UIL Boys Basketball playoffs have officially begun in Houston. We will continue to update this story throughout the day as scores, highlights and more comes in. Jack Yates defeats Sealy 95-71Jack Yates showed its force again as it not suprisingly opened the playoffs with a double-digit win and nearly hitting the 100-point mark. Memorial defeats Westbury 62-51The Mustangs win first round of the playoffs 62-51!! AdFort Bend Hightower defeats Waltrip 100-43Hightower Boys with the win over Waltrip.
VYPE Campus In-Depth: John Cooper School's BJ Feuerhelm
HOUSTON - The John Cooper School just had a season for the books. The women's basketball team went an impressive 15-2 overall and 7-1 in Southwest Preparatory Conference play, which was good enough to claim the 2020 SPC South Zone Championship. The Dragons were led by seniors Aalyssa Rogers (13.3 ppg/ 9.1 apg), Ajailah Ogiemwonyi (17.4 ppg/9.9 rpg) and sophomore Jorynn Ross (16.2 ppg/14.1 rpg). The season was historic and VYPE Media's Joshua Koch was joined by coach BJ Feurerhelm to talk in-depth about the season that will not be soon forgotten.
VYPE Campus Athlete Spotlight: Goose Creek Memorial's Sam Bradford
Goose Creek Memorial has made program history already, with a chance to make even more. The Patriots are into the playoffs for only the third time in program history, thanks to a 21-3 overall record and going 14-2 in distirct play. The 14 district wins, also the most in program history. VYPE caught up with Bradford recently to get to know the Goose Creek Memorial standout a little bit better. VYPE: How is the recruiting process going?
VYPE Campus Athlete Spotlight: John Cooper School's Jorynn Ross
"The game for me was great," Ross, who listens to "Female Goat" by Lakeyah ft. City Girls before every game said. AdHeading into this week, which John Cooper School entered at 12-1 overall and 4-0 in SPC play, Ross was averaging an impressive 16 points and 14 rebounds per game. With the win, John Cooper School has still only suffered one defeat all year, which is something they have learned from. John Cooper School coach BJ Feuerhelm added: "It is no surprise to see the success Jorynn is having this year. AdOutside of basketball, Ross enjoys painting, crafting, reading, and self-care, such as hair, skin, and meditation.
VYPE Campus Athlete Spotlight: Goose Creek Memorial's Donald Coleman
Goose Creek Memorial men's basketball is rolling this season, sitting currently in third in district play at 7-2 with just a few weeks to go in the regular season. VYPE recently caught up with the junior to learn more about him. VYPE: Favorite Nickname and how did you get it? Coleman: My favorite nickname is 2Cole (too cold) and I got it one day in the car when I and my family was deciding what to put on my middle school AAU team warmup shirt. Coleman: To be the best at what you do you have to put in countless hours of work and you have to push past adversity.
FEATURE: SBS Flight Night 2021 One to Remember
HOUSTON – Flight Night is an annual tradition like no other at the Second Baptist School. The Second Baptist School women's' team was the first on the docket, trying to protect a perfect district mark. "This was a big win, I think we came out excited and hyped because it was Flight Night," Olivia Walker said. With the womens' game in the books, the men went toe-to-toe with the defending TAPPS 4A State Champions. The Flight Night tradition continued, and both SBS teams played hard for their community.
A Real Threatt: FB Dulles junior piecing together a solid year
But don't sleep on Fort Bend Dulles or Nya Threatt. "As a junior, I don't have much time left so this season had to be a big season for me to get my name out there to get noticed by college coaches." Congrats on the big win and 1000 points! Outside of playing basketball, Threatt enjoys spending time with family and friends and hopes to one day attend LSU. But just like her favorite hype song, the season is not over for Threatt yet and she still has "Sum 2 Prove".
IN FOCUS: Pasadena stealing the headlines in district play
(Copyright (c) 2021 VYPE - All rights reserved)IN FOCUS: Pasadena stealing the headlines in district playBreak up the Pasadena Eagles. Pasadena is 8-0 in district play and beat Channelview 58-14 on Saturday. The Eagles can ball with a trio of scorers -- Brock Fosnigth, Kevin Juarez and Kanye Ortiz. Pasadena leads District 23-6A with five games to play. All photo courtesy of Andy Tolbert.
IN FOCUS: Clear Lake gives Clear Brook first loss
(Copyright (c) 2021 VYPE - All rights reserved)IN FOCUS: Clear Lake gives Clear Brook first lossLast week, VYPE hit the hardwood and caught some hoop action in south Houston. Clear Lake and coach Tommy Penders gave Clear Brook its first (and only) loss of the season in a 58-57 nail-biter. Clear Brook catches Dickinson this week as Clear Lake will face Clear Creek. All photos by Andy Tolbert
RANKINGS: VYPE Houston Girl's Basketball Top 10 (1/21)
Rori Harmon andKyndall Hunter are the most dynamic duo we've seen in girls' basketball in years. Here is VYPE Top 10 Public School Girls Hoop Rankings. Biggest wins are against Heights, Shadow Creek and PearlandNo. 6 Kingwood Park -- Undefeated but slate is a little soft. 7 Shadow Creek -- Tough losses to Cy Creek, Langham, Village and Dulles.
VYPE Houston Basketball Top 20
1 Atascocita – Have beaten ranked Manvel, Hightower, Westfield, Shadow Creek and Summer Creek… enough said. 4 Shadow Creek – Only dropped games to Atascocita and DawsonNo. 10 Summer Creek – Playing good ball. Lost to Elkins, Shadow Creek, Atascocita and Westfield by average of 5 points in all 4 losses. 12 Elkins – Beat Summer Creek and Cy Creek.
VYPE U Photo Gallery: Bush Conquers Clements (51-40)
Leading the way for the Broncos was T. Smith (#11) w/ 18 points, Brandon Love (#24) w/ 12 points, and LeDonovan Stewart (#2) w/ 11 points. Leading the way for the Rangers was Miko Aguinaldo (#11) w/ 9 points and Abdullah Olajuwon (#23) w/ 8 points. Broncos T. Smith (#11) & R. Hill (#3) Ranger J. Campbell (#4)T. Smith (#11) DUNKS! M. Wilburn (#14) attempts to put two points on the board as R. Hill (#3) blocks him. R. Hill (#3)R. Obou (#5) shoots for two.
Future is bright for young McGrady
Tracy McGrady casts a long shadow. The long and lanky Laymen McGrady is a freshman at Fort Bend Christian Academy, where he launches his high school career. "I've been playing since I was three-years-old and really developed a passion when I started playing AAU basketball," Laymen said. "My dad's best advice is to just keep playing the game and don't let anyone stop you from your dreams." Having hung around NBA locker rooms as a youngster, he remembers being really starstruck by one of the game's biggest legends.
VYPE AWARDS: Public School Boys Basketball
We welcome you to the Countdown to the 2020 VYPE Awards presented by Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. PLAYER OF THE YEAR NOMINEE -- Tramon Mark, DickinsonLong, rangy, two-way player -- Tramon Mark could do it all. ...Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine is Houston's leading provider of orthopedic services, from sports medicine to joint replacement. Houston Methodist offers comprehensive diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative services with a high standard of excellence for elite athletes, active adults and student athletes. Houston Methodist serves as the official health care provider for the Houston Texans, Houston Astros, Rice Athletics, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Houston Ballet, Houston Symphony and Houston Grand Opera.
VYPE AWARDS: TWCA's state-run make Warriors favorite to sweep the category
We welcome you to the Countdown to the 2020 VYPE Awards presented by Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. Over the next two weeks we will be unveiling the finalists for the player of the year awards. ...Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine is Houston's leading provider of orthopedic services, from sports medicine to joint replacement. Houston Methodist offers comprehensive diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative services with a high standard of excellence for elite athletes, active adults and student athletes. Houston Methodist serves as the official health care provider for the Houston Texans, Houston Astros, Rice Athletics, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Houston Ballet, Houston Symphony and Houston Grand Opera.
VYPE AWARDS: The Village School flexed on TAPPS girls hoops
We welcome you to the Countdown to the 2020 VYPE Awards presented by Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. Team and Coach of the Year Awards will be announced LIVE on VYPE Awards on May 31. PLAYER OF THE YEAR NOMINEE -- Jada Malone, The Village SchoolJada Malone dominated in the paint for The Village School en route to a state title. Houston Methodist offers comprehensive diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative services with a high standard of excellence for elite athletes, active adults and student athletes. Houston Methodist serves as the official health care provider for the Houston Texans, Houston Astros, Rice Athletics, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Houston Ballet, Houston Symphony and Houston Grand Opera.
RECRUITING: Shadow Creek junior Bre'yon White commits to Oklahoma
The Oklahoma women's basketball coach has now added two 2021 prospects - who are AAU teammates with Cy-Fair Premier - to her committed list with Langham Creek's Kaley Perkins verbally committing on May 2 and most recently Shadow Creek junior Bre'yon White committing over the weekend. White helped lead Shadow Creek to a 32-5 overall record, including going 16-0 in district play, this past season averaging 13 points and eight rebounds per game. Prior to the 2019-2020 season White was ranked by VYPE as the No. The junior is also the first player in Shadow Creek women's basketball history to eclipse the 1,000-point and 1,000-rebound mark. Now, White committing to Oklahoma brings even more eyes to the Shadow Creek program.
VYPE Awards 2020: Cook, Evans, Garrison headline Hall of Fame Class
The winners will be honored in a one-hour virtual show on Sunday, May 31 at 6 p.m. on VYPE Houston's website and Twitter account and on the VYPE Texas Facebook page! She was ESPN Rise Ms. Softball, MaxPreps National Player of the Year and the Class 5A MVP. Taylor then went on to punish the baseball and was the 2011 Texas Baseball Player of the Year and a Collegiate Baseball All-American as a catcher. Taylor went to Stanford where he was a clutch performer in the postseason. Houston Methodist serves as the official health care provider for the Houston Texans, Houston Astros, Rice Athletics, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Houston Ballet, Houston Symphony and Houston Grand Opera.