Bobcats out to surpass 2009
By L. SCOTT HAINLINE
Cy-Fair may have been really good last year with a District 15-5A championship, a second place in Region II, and a fifth at state, but they may be even better in 2010.
The whole team is back," Cy-Fair coach Tom Kennedy said. In fact, our top 10 runners are back, and the new freshman class looks pretty good, too."
Last season's freshman class was more than pretty good. It featured Katie Boane (20th at state), Faith Banker (23rd), Lauren Fritz (24th) and Haley Culpepper (83rd), and they're all back and reportedly better as sophomores.
The Lady Bobcats state team also included juniors-to-be Karen Hunsicker (49th) and Katherine Wright (69th), and rising senior Madeline Livergood (70th).
They're all returning, but I let the team know that the top seven spots are open," Kennedy said. If you're going to go for a state championship, you really have to have 10 solid runner because you never know what can happen, and our eight, nine and 10 have got a lot better.
We'll also have more freshmen who are ready to contribute, and that's a result of our feeder schools doing a good job of getting a lot of runners out. Solid programs just about have to have good freshmen coming in every year to keep up."
Cy-Fair senior Sarah Pena and sophomore Morgan Wilson add to the potent mix, and according to Kennedy, will challenge for a top spot."
Most coaches tab the Lady Bobcats as the District 17-5A favorite, but Cy-Fair is wary of co-members like Cy Creek, Cy Woods, Cy Ranch, and others.
I'm sure everyone wants us to be the one to beat, but there's a lot of good teams and talent out there," Kennedy said. Cy Creek beat us at a meet last year, and they have everyone back and some good incoming freshmen, Cy Woods is strong, and the dark horse is Cy Ranch because they finally have four full classes (first senior class) to draw from."
Cy-Fair finished with 29 team points to capture the 15-5A title a year ago with Cy Creek second (53), Cy Ranch third (109) and Cy Woods fourth (116).
The Lady Bobcats had Boane (second), Fritz (third), Livergood (fifth), Banker (seventh), Hunsicker (12th), Culpepper (14th) and Wright (23rd) in the 15-5A top 25.
College Park beat out Cy-Fair (47-73) at regionals (The Woodlands was third at 102) where Fritz finished 10th, Boane 14th, Livergood 16th, Banker 20th and Hunsicker 25th.
The Lady Bobcats are in Region III over the next two school years, and are considered among the best along with Clear Lake, Seven Lakes, Cinco Ranch and Cy Creek.
Defending 5A girls state champ and perennial Region III powerhouse Kingwood is now in Region II.
Clear Lake is now clearly the dominant team in Region III, and overall, it's pretty wide open with Kingwood moving out," Kennedy said. Whoever comes out on top will be the first non-Kingwood team to win (Region III) in a long, long time.
Our girls really enjoyed the long road trips we had to make in Region II, but after a while, it can wear on you, and I really like the Region III course."