Falcons using summer to forge fall form
By TODD HVEEM
For the past two years, Reggie Childress and the Jersey Village Falcons have been in a rebuilding state of mind.
But that could change in 2011. And, as far as Childress is concerned, the change starts now.
We are playing in the Alodia Summer Basketball League (in Tomball) right now,'' said Childress. We started playing in this league last summer. Several of the Cy-Fair schools participate, as well as Tomball, Klein Collins and Klein Forest.
It is a great league,'' he added. Plus, it really helps to have our kids playing together instead of playing with other kids and other schools on AAU teams all the time.''
Jersey Village lost nine players to graduation off last year's team, but does return a trio of starters in Ryan Garcia, Everton Morris, who missed most of last season with a hamstring injury, and Jonathan Miles.
Most of the guys who will be with me on the varsity next year will be juniors,'' Childress said. I will have few seniors, but we will be very young for the most part.
But I think we have a chance to be better next year,'' he added.
This (Alodia Summer League) is a good measuring stick for these guys. It also will give me a chance to see how the younger players fare against this type of competition.''
Childress believes Cy Woods' two-year district-championship run might be over.
For the past three or four years, Coach (Chris) Draudt has had a really good team,'' Childress said. They will still be talented, but they won't be as deep and athletic as they have been. They should come back to the pack.
A lot of schools are losing their corps players,'' he added. I think the league is going to be more competitive than it has ever been. I am looking forward to getting a little preview this summer.''
He said Cy Ridge, Cy Falls, Cy Springs and Cy Lakes could be the most athletic teams in District 15-5A next year.
We played Cy Lakes last year and were right even with them at half,'' he said. Then, they came out and go on something like an 18-0 run. They are so athletic and they really shoot the ball well. They are definitely going to be a team to watch.''
Childress said he will bring a few young players up to varsity during the Alodia League.
It will give me a good measuring stick for the beginning of practice next year,'' Childress said. If they do well, we know they can handle it. If not, they will probably wind up on JV. I love to see how players are going to react in certain situations.''
And if the Falcons are going to make a run at the top spot, the soomer Childress knows the better.
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