Cy-Fair Roundup: Battle for berths heats up
Cy Falls is No. 1 in Texas and 17-5A, and with the ever-surging Lady Eagles expected to continue to roll, the true battle may be for second place, and the other three district playoff berths.
Cy Woods, Cy Creek and defending state champion Cy-Fair had 3-1 district starts, and right behind at 2-2 were Langham Creek, Jersey Village and Cy Ranch, so it's obvious there are plenty of teams that plan to take it right down to the wire.
"Our district is a lot like a college conference where any team can come out and win on any night," Cy Woods coach Virginia Flores said, "and I'm blessed to have great assistant coaches (Michelle Curry and Todd Abbott) and a group of girls who always work really hard."
Cy Woods, in only its fourth varsity season, is going for a third straight playoff berth with a roster that includes seniors Alexus Hebert (5-6 guard), Jennifer Nash (5-10 guard) and Jourdan Hicks (5-9 forward), juniors Justice Crisp (5-8 guard), Desarae Robertson (5-8 forward), Kristen Anglin (5-7 foward-post), Audrey Garcia (5-8 guard-forward) and Chelsi Grimes (5-0 guard), and freshman Olivia Ogwumike (5-11 post), the younger sister of former Cy-Fair and now Stanford standouts Nneka and Chiney Ogwumike.
Nash, Garcia, Herbert, Grimes and Hicks can be found in the regular starting lineup, and Flores consistently uses her entire roster.
"The 21-4 overall and 3-1 start in district have been total team efforts," said Flores, a former head coach at Magnolia and assistant at Cy-Fair.
Cy Woods missed the postseason playing with no seniors in its first varsity season in 2007-08, but the Lady Wildcats have advanced the past two years posting 20-plus win seasons along the way (23-10 in 2008-09 and 22-10 last year).
District action continues for Cy Woods at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14, at Jersey Village, and at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, with visiting Jersey Village.
The Lady Wildcats 17-5A start featured wins over Cy Lakes 64-34, Langham Creek 36-31 and Cy Creek 57-51, and a 52-50 loss to Cy-Fair.
Cy Creek booster club's Cougar Day Feb. 5
The Cy Creek Athletic Booster Club's annual spring fundraiser known as 'Cougar Day' is set for noon to 4 p.m. on Feb. 5 (a Saturday) at the Cy Creek High School football stadium complex at 9815 Grant Road in Houston.
The event showcases girls and boys spring sports including baseball, softball, soccer, swimming, golf, wrestling, tennis, and track and field, and activities like a silent auction, baked potato sale and face painting, along with a concession stand.
The booster club also hosts the Cougar Kickball Classic on Feb. 4-5 that features coed student teams with registration information available online at www.cycreekabc.com or through coach Philip Franklin or Kip Cochran at 866-707-6131, ext. 276.
Coaches vs. Cancer
Don't miss upcoming Coaches vs. Cancer basketball contests at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14, involving a boys battle featuring Cy-Fair at Cy Lakes, and the Cy Lakes at Cy-Fair girls game.
There's another game benefitting the American Cancer Society at 7 p.m. on Feb. 4 when the Cy Creek boys visit Cy Woods.
Junior high 7-on-7 football
A preseason meeting for junior high 7-on-7 volunteer coaches is scheduled from 10-11:30 a.m. on Feb. 19 (a Saturday) at Houston Christian High School at 2700 West Sam Houston Parkway North in Houston (77043), according to Tim Jackson of www.statejuniorhigh7on7.com.
This event will provide information for volunteer coaches about the upcoming season, be an opportunity for sixth, seventh and eighth-grade teams to register and supply state guidelines, and there is also a brief coaches clinic on the agenda.
Junior high tournaments will be held in April and May with a state tournament scheduled for May 21-22 at the University of Houston.
For more information, contact Jackson at 713-373-2701.
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