Cy-Fair Roundup: Top grappling squads come calling
Everything is bigger in Texas, and that's especially true for the ninth annual Cy-Fair ISD Wrestling Tournament that attracts nearly 2,000 high school wrestlers for 3,000-plus matches on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 7-8, at the Berry Center.
Cy Ridge coach Tim Ray is the meet director, and after staring the event with 32 teams in 2003, and holding it at Cy Ridge for two years and at Cy Springs for one, he's played a key role in turning it into the largest tournament of its kind in Texas, and maybe beyond.
"Having 32 teams was quite a few back then, and that's still a good-sized tournament, but it was my grand illusion it could grow into something like it is now, and that we'd be able to bring all of these teams from all over Texas to Houston," Ray said, "and I also want to say right up front that it couldn't happen without the total team effort of all the Cy-Fair ISD coaches and all the others who help run the tournament."
Ray is in charge, but the school district's other coaches also carry a big load, including Cy-Fair's Jeremy Lippert, Cy Creek's Corey Kerr, Cy Lakes' James Blanton, Cy Falls' James Miller, Cy Springs' Russell Evans, Jersey Village's Kevin Casula, Cy Woods' Mike White, Langham Creek's David Pruitt and Cy Ranch's Kevin Arey.
"I've never seen a tournament this big, and it's a great opportunity to see so many different teams at a spectacular venue like the Berry Center," Cy-Fair's Lippert said. "It's a hard two days for the kids, a real grind, but it helps make them tougher, and it's a great learning experience.
"It's good for our district and good for the sport, and for our (Cy-Fair ISD) teams, the kids really have to coach themselves, and our assistant coaches stay on top of a lot of things because (the head coaches) are busy with other duties."
Ray is expecting as many as 75 boys and 55-to-60 girls teams with the boys competing in a 64-team bracket, and all the wrestlers going for individual honors in their respective weight class.
"Not every team has a full lineup in every class, and if we get more than 64 boys teams, we'll have to pigtail them in," Ray said. "The plan is to have 10 mats going in the main arena and four in the conference rooms, and as the tournament goes on, all the action will be in the main arena.
"We have teams coming from Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, Beaumont and El Paso, and other parts of Texas, and even though we don't have out-of-state teams right now, we may see that happen in the future.
"You'll see a lot of the top programs in the state, and all the Houston-area schools, and it gives you a chance to see just where your kids stack up."
The tournament goes from 3-10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, and 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, with tickets running $3 for students and $5 for adults.
District basketball is here
After weeks of preseason games and tournament action, District 17-5A is in full swing this week.
In girls action at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, it's Jersey Village at Cy Falls, Cy Ridge at Cy-Fair, Cy Creek at Cy Woods, Cy Springs at Cy Lakes, and Cy Ranch at Langham Creek.
Cy Falls, Cy Creek and Langham Creek were the only girls teams to get off to 2-0 league starts.
The 17-5A boys are in their first week of district action, and at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, you have Cy Lakes at Cy Springs, Cy Falls at Jersey Village, Cy-Fair at Cy Ridge, Cy Woods at Cy Creek, and Langham Creek at Cy Ranch.
There are no Friday, Jan. 7, games at the Berry Center due to the Cy-Fair ISD wrestling tournament.
Basketball back at Berry
Basketball returns to the Berry Center on Tuesday, Jan. 11, with a doubleheader featuring Cy Lakes and Cy Falls.
The girls tip off at 6 p.m. and the boys follow at 7:30 p.m.
The Cy Lakes-Cy Falls boys encounter shapes up to be a key game in deciding the eventual 17-5A champion.
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