Cy-Fair Roundup: Local water polo teams star at state
The Cy-Fair and Cy Creek girls, and Cy Creek boys ended up in fifth-place ties during the TISCA State Water Polo Tournament earlier this month in Conroe.
The Cy-Fair, Cy Creek and Tomball girls shared fifth place after Cy-Fair and Tomball played to a 5-5 deadlock, and Cy Creek defeated Clear Springs 5-2, during the closing stages of the two-day event.
Baytown Sterling downed Clear Lake 9-7 in the girls state championship match, and Lamar held off St. Agnes 9-7 for third place.
All-state honors went to Cy-Fair's Sarah Mullins (first team), Darby Nevins (second team) and Lauren Crow (honorable mention), and to Cy Creek's Shannon Coyle (first) and Stephanie Aschbacher (second).
The Cy Creek boys stopped Cy-Fair 10-4, and Clear Creek beat Clear Lake 10-8, and that left Cy Creek and Clear Creek gridlocked in fifth.
Tomball defeated Dallas St. Marks 14-10 for the boys crown, and Baytown Sterling downed Clear Lake 10-4 for third place.
Cy Creek's Nate Bean (first team), Tyler Rice (second), Keith Murphy and Jordan Toumanidis (both honorable mention), and Cy-Fair's Alex Sikkema (second), and Mike Medrano, Garrett Glass and Elliott Carson (all honorable mention) were named to the boys all-state team.
"The kids played real hard this season, but came up a little short of our overall goal," Cy Creek coach Jeff Chandler said. "This is a season I will never forget, having all the seniors who started with me four years ago all finish up and going on to four-year schools."
Cy-Fair water polo is under the direction of Monica Falk, who was named North Region girls coach of the year after leading the Lady Bobcats to the regional championship.
Cy-Fair's Nevins and Mullins, and Cy Creek's Coyle, were first team all-region picks among the girls.
Cy-Creek's Bean was the boys region MVP, and Chandler was the region boys coach of the year after taking the Cougars to a second place finish.
Cy Creek's Rice and Toumanidis, and Cy-Fair's Sikkema joined Bean as first team boys all-region selections.
Coach Pete Lehle's Houston Christian Mustangs held off St. John's 8-7 in a Texas High School LaCrosse League South Division I play-in playoff last week at Houston Christian.
The victory puts the Mustangs in the THSLL Super Regional bracket with action starting Saturday and Sunday, April 30-May 1, with some matchups still to be announced (updates at www.thsll.org/district.php?district=104).
The top four finishers coming out of the super regionals move on to the THSLL State Championships set May 7-8 at The Woodlands.
Houston Christian improved to 17-2 with the win against St. John's.
For more, see www.hchslax.com.
When the District 17-5A softball season came to a close, Cy-Fair was the champion at 17-0, but then there was a four-way tie for second place with Jersey Village, Cy Ranch, Cy Woods and Cy Lakes all finishing league play at 12-5.
"After Cy-Fair, that just shows the balance in our district," Cy Ranch coach Bob Maicher said. "It was quite a race, and only three teams among the four tied for second could advance, so that means a pretty good was going to be staying home for the postseason."
The playoffs begin early next week and Class 5A brackets are available at www2.uil.utexas.edu/brackets/softball/.softball-5a.pdf.
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