War Eagles Go 2-2 in Conroe Christmas Classic Tournament

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Photo courtesy of Fotolia

The Oak Ridge High School boys roundballers took to Conroe this past week to participate in the 49th Annual Conroe Christmas Classic and made a respectable showing by making it to the consolation championship game losing to the Morton Ranch Mavericks, 67-54.

The War Eagles (13-7) got out of the gate at a snails pace in allowing the Mavericks (10-7) to jump out to a 25 point lead in the first half. However, with a bit of persistence combined with some blue collar play, Oak Ridge was able to knock 18 points off of what appeared to be an insurmountable margin. It was too little, too late though as Morton Ranch clamped down and owned the boards in the final minutes of the contest.

Coach Joe Price was encouraged at his team’s absence of a quit mechanism in his post game interview with the Conroe Courier. “It’s tough to overcome 25 points. I told the team if we could get it to 10 with four minutes left, we might have a chance. But you’ve got to start so you can finish. In the first half, we weren’t getting back quickly enough on our transition defense.”

Morton Ranch’s  Deon Manuel and Zach Motley 16 and 14 points resp. Oak Ridge’s Josh Myers and Josh Caldwell had 17 and 14 in order.

To reach the consolation championship game, Oak Ridge defeated Pasadena Memorial 68-62 earlier in the day.

In Friday’s action Oak Ridge split a twin bill and were sent to the losers bracket in the tournament opener by Dekaney, 79-63. Game two worked out better for Oak Ridge as they advanced to the consolation semifinal avenging an early season loss to Crosby with a 62-45 shellacking of the Cougars.

In the early game, Oak Ridge took a 22-17 lead over Dekaney after a quarter of play behind the hot shooting of Tanner Doyel and Josh Caldwell. However, the eventual victors came out of hibernation in the second quarter outscoring Oak Ridge by 18 points, taking a 48-35 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Dekaney’s Joseph Kilgore and Thomas Tolbert went off for 24 and 18 points in order.

Doyel led Oak Ridge scoring with 21 and Caldwell followed with 17. Josh Myers and Cameron Prejean each had nine and Adam Libby rounded out the War Eagle scoring leaders with four.

Oak Ridge came out loaded for bear against Crosby (7-9) as they took the lead early and were never behind. James Buck rattled off four straight points to put the War Eagles up, 14-6.

Myers sank a 3-ball and Caldwell hit two deuces in succession followed by a Doyel lay-up and Oak Ridge was up 25-15 in the second quarter. Trumaine Jefferson hit a 3 and Doyel intercepted the ensuing inbounds pass followed by his patented no look behind the back bounce pass to Jefferson and Oak Ridge was off to the races. A Doyel layup put Oak Ridge up, 38-24, at the half.

Myers finished with 18 points on ridiculous 6-7 three point shooting. James Buck had 11 and Caldwell 10. Floor General, Doyel directed traffic brilliantly for Oak Ridge as he finished with six points, eight assists and threw in four steals for good measure.

Oak Ridge coach Joe Price liked what he saw in Friday’s action.  “We’re 12-6 right now and it seems like we play with our competition,” Price said. “Now, that can be a good thing if you’re playing a good team but if you are playing a bad team, it’s not so good.

“Tanner Doyel’s leadership is good having played varsity for four years and making all district two years in a row. He can help us be consistent.”

“I told Josh Myers I would not take you out if you miss four in a row. Now, five and I’d take you out but not after four. I’ve never seen him miss four in a row though.

“We’ll see how district goes. It’s a tough district and we’ve got to win 7-8 games to make it. We just have to get on a roll.”

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Born and raised in New England, Doug promises he got to Texas as fast as he could. He earned the much needed "piece of paper" from Sam Houston State, proving to himself he could start and finish something. Doug's interests include coaching and playing any sport and still plays lacrosse competitively. He also enjoys going to dinner theaters, though he complains there just aren't enough of them in the area. Doug was brought up in a cultured environment, having suffered through dozens of symphonies and operas with his way too over-educated mother. At the end of the day, Doug is just a dad and husband and claims to be good at both.

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Lady War Eagles Blow Out College Park 66-43 for First District Win

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Sixth year Oak Ridge Lady War Eagles basketball head coach Molly Gibson brought her charges to College Park High School for two reasons: the first one more important the other.

First, Oak Ridge came in 0-3 in district action after starting off the season hot winning eight of nine games. This game was a must win if they hope to hang around for a playoff shot come February.

Second, after six years Gibson was in search of her first ever W over College Park.

It was all good news for Gibson as Oak Ridge (10-7, 1-3) led wire to wire, upending the Lady Cavaliers 66-43. Senior Raquel Kellow started out the game draining trey after trey and didn’t stop until she was four for four with plenty of time left in the first quarter. Kellow’s hot shooting proved to be contagious, as junior Jamy Smith drained her first two threes and Oak Ridge held a commanding lead after one quarter of play, 22-11.

College Park junior Maya Hadnot and senior Andrea Velez combined for five points early in the second quarter to bring the Lady Cavaliers (5-14, 0-3) to within striking distance at 24-16.

However, Oak Ridge scored 19 straight points behind floor general Macie Chapa, as the senior dished out six assists while causing four turnovers during the run.

The Lady Cavaliers’ junior Claire Salander scored the last two points of the half and Oak Ridge was up 43-18.

Oak Ridge then cruised the rest of the way and were up 64-31 when College Park went on a 12-2 run to end the game.

Coach Gibson elaborated on her team’s play; “We finally put it all together tonight after having a rough start in district play. I feel real good with the way we are playing right now.”

Kellow led the Lady War Eagles scoring with 20. Smith had 11 and Chapa tallied eight and had six assists to go along with six thefts. Kameron Boren and Courtney Cassidy scored six each. Amanda Tyson chipped in five points and threw in two steals for good measure.

For College Park, Katie Gunther had 12 points with eight coming from the charity stripe. Hadnot contributed eight points, Velez and Devyn Fitzpatrick chimed in with five points and Salander had 4.

College Park next plays on Dec. 26-28 at the Mansfield Rotary Invitational tournament. Oak Ridge travels to College Station to play in the A&M Invitational tournament on the same dates.

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Born and raised in New England, Doug promises he got to Texas as fast as he could. He earned the much needed "piece of paper" from Sam Houston State, proving to himself he could start and finish something. Doug's interests include coaching and playing any sport and still plays lacrosse competitively. He also enjoys going to dinner theaters, though he complains there just aren't enough of them in the area. Doug was brought up in a cultured environment, having suffered through dozens of symphonies and operas with his way too over-educated mother. At the end of the day, Doug is just a dad and husband and claims to be good at both.

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War Eagles Wake Up, Storm Back to Beat Tigers

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Rob Stewart’s Oak Ridge War Eagles (12-10, 1-2) basketball team finally stopped pressing the snooze button at the end of the third quarter just in time to defeat the much improved Conroe Tigers, 83-71 registering their first district win.

Lamar Hernandez scored 21 to lead Conroe (9-16, 1-3) on a night that saw the Tigers take a rare district lead to the locker room at the intermission, 43-31. Dre Hamilton and Stedman Bell chipped in 14 and 11 points respectively for Conroe.

The scrappy Tigers were able to maintain their lead after three quarters of play, 60-51.

It was in between the third and fourth quarters that Coach Stewart decided he’d had enough and woke his charges up. With Oak Ridge seemingly being shot out of Stewart’s cannon, the War Eagles took to the run and gun and dominated the final stanza, 32-11. Leading the way for Oak Ridge was Trumaine Jefferson with 26 points. Josh Caldwell tallied 12 and Josh Myers contributed 10.

Not only did Oak Ridge break into the district win column, they came from behind to do it after being down after 24 minutes of play against a team that had already won a district game. The War Eagles proved to themselves that when the chips are down and they are not playing their best, they won’t fold.

Oak Ridge travels to College Station on Friday for a 7pm tilt with A&M Consolidated (15-7, 2-2). A&M defeated College Park (18-10, 1-2) 66-50 on Tuesday night. Conroe is off on Friday and will host A&M Consolidated next Tuesday. College Park travels to Funkytown on Friday.

It’s early in the District 14-5A race but Oak Ridge is right in the thick of things – and with a bit of a much deserved chip on their shoulders.

See you in College Station Friday night!

War Eagles Rule!

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Born and raised in New England, Doug promises he got to Texas as fast as he could. He earned the much needed "piece of paper" from Sam Houston State, proving to himself he could start and finish something. Doug's interests include coaching and playing any sport and still plays lacrosse competitively. He also enjoys going to dinner theaters, though he complains there just aren't enough of them in the area. Doug was brought up in a cultured environment, having suffered through dozens of symphonies and operas with his way too over-educated mother. At the end of the day, Doug is just a dad and husband and claims to be good at both.

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War Eagles Outsmart Porter 67-51 on MIT Night

Josh Caldwell was among the scoring leaders as Oak Ridge defeated Porter 67-51 Tuesday night. Photo courtesy of Chuck Briese

The Oak Ridge War Eagle basketball team proved to be rude hosts in defeating a pesky Porter Spartans squad 67-51 on Tuesday night.

The War Eagles (2-2) are playing like a cohesive unit already with balanced scoring across the board. Tanner Doyel, Brent Burress, Josh Caldwell and Luken Baker led team scoring with 11 points each. Bryan Lehmann and Trumaine Jefferson chipped in with 10 apiece. Porter’s Hunter Ray scored 32 points to include making 13 out of 14 free throws.

Coach Stewart was pleased with his team’s effort, “We had some amazingly balanced scoring, he said.”

The basketball game was not the only event going on as this was also Oak Ridge’s annual MIT night. MIT night is an idea Coach Stewart and company came up with eight years ago as a way to show teachers just how valuable they are to the young people of this community.

“Our teachers are so involved with the students and so helpful in their success, we just wanted to say thank you.” Coach Stewart said.

Each player picks their most important teacher for their own individual reasons. The players write a statement and Coach Stewart reads it during pre-game introductions. The players and their teachers walk out together as they are introduced.

The teachers this year are… Ms. Abele, Ms. Lowe, Ms. Crowe, Ms. Garrett, Coach Pirtle, Ms. Mayfield, Mr. Winter, Mr. McComis, Coach Strickland, Ms. Bernstein (the only staff member that has been at Oak Ridge High School for its entire history), and Ms. Sullivan. Coach Stewart indicated that Ms. Sullivan had to escape the hospital because she just had surgery. MIT night is so special to her that she did all she could to attend – and made it!

Oak Ridge holds their annual alumni game on Friday night at 7:00 pm. Coach Stewart said, “Now we have to defeat some of the best players from three decades! I am looking forward to seeing them again.”

   

Porter

19

13

17

12

61

Oak Ridge

19

20

23

15

77

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Born and raised in New England, Doug promises he got to Texas as fast as he could. He earned the much needed "piece of paper" from Sam Houston State, proving to himself he could start and finish something. Doug's interests include coaching and playing any sport and still plays lacrosse competitively. He also enjoys going to dinner theaters, though he complains there just aren't enough of them in the area. Doug was brought up in a cultured environment, having suffered through dozens of symphonies and operas with his way too over-educated mother. At the end of the day, Doug is just a dad and husband and claims to be good at both.

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War Eagle Basketball Season is Upon Us – Boys Drop Opener to Klein Oak

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The Oak Ridge High School boys basketball team is coming off of a less than memorable 2011 campaign and Coach Rob Stewart will be the first one to confirm that information. “We had a tough time last year. 9 wins and 21 losses is rough. We will be better this year”, Stewart promised.

Stewart is used to being in the playoffs, and last year was a down year for the longest tenured coach at Oak Ridge. His expectations are high this year with a host of talent and character up and down the roster. “I truly love and respect each of the players on our team”, he exclaimed.

For the War Eagles, returning players like juniors Tanner Doyel, Trumaine Jefferson, Josh Myers and Josh Caldwell along with seniors Brent Burress and Nick Prejean will provide leadership. Making their debut with the big club are seniors Ronnie Cornelius, Bryan Lehmann, Jerann Chevalier, Robbie Bull, and Jacoby Nixon. Sophomore Luken Baker will provide a lot of depth.

“We are expecting great things”, said Stewart. “It is so nice to work with these athletes and to see them become outstanding young men.”

Coach Stewart is a very successful coach. Year in and year out he continues to get the most out of whatever his players have inside them. However, those who know Coach Stewart know he is not all about wins and losses. “I’ve always looked at sports as a microcosm of life”, Stewart said. “Trials and tribulations, fun and excitement are usually occurring in a crazy mixed up way – just like in life”, he added.

Oak Ridge is one game into their season that saw them lose to a talented Klein Oak basketball team on Tuesday night on the road, 77-65. Lehmann led Oak Ridge scoring with 16 points. Doyel and Burress chipped in with 11 and 10, respectively.

Oak Ridge will play in the Magnolia tournament starting on Thursday. The full War Eagle schedule can be found here.

Time to start raising the roof in the gym, Oak Ridge fans!!!

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Doug Sarant, Oak Ridge Now

Born and raised in New England, Doug promises he got to Texas as fast as he could. He earned the much needed "piece of paper" from Sam Houston State, proving to himself he could start and finish something. Doug's interests include coaching and playing any sport and still plays lacrosse competitively. He also enjoys going to dinner theaters, though he complains there just aren't enough of them in the area. Doug was brought up in a cultured environment, having suffered through dozens of symphonies and operas with his way too over-educated mother. At the end of the day, Doug is just a dad and husband and claims to be good at both.

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War Eagle Lawrence Named District 14-5A MVP

Oak Ridge High School senior basketball player Terrell Lawrence was named the District 14-5A Most Valuable Player, beating out a host of very good players from The Woodlands, Kingwood, Atascocita and Lufkin for that honor. The War Eagles were well-represented on the All-District team, with junior Taw Mann earning Second Team All District Honors, and seniors Halen Butler, Chase Daniels, D’Marcus Fitch and Mark Forson, along with junior Michael Handy, each earning Honorable Mentions.

Butler, Forson and Handy led a group of Oak Ridge players who made the Academic All-District team, including senior Torrey Dickey, junior Brent Burress, and freshman Tanner Doyel.

Our congratulations go out to each of these guys for their individual honors, all made possible by their hard work and perseverance, and the time and effort put in by Coach Stewart and his staff.

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[avatar user="cbriese" size="thumbnail" align="left"] Chuck Briese has been a resident of South Montgomery County since 1988. He and his lovely and patient wife, Leslie, have six sons, with only one left to finish high school. Chuck has been a Cub Scout leader, a Little League baseball coach, a church youth leader, and a general troublemaker over the course of the past 25 years. He is obsessed with his lawn, and likes restaurants that serve food that fills up the plate. He has a tendency to tilt at windmills, which may explain why he started Oak Ridge Now.

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Roller Coaster Season Ends with Loss to Klein Forest

The Oak Ridge War Eagle basketball team concluded their season Tuesday night with a tough first round playoff loss to a very talented Klein Forest team, 66-52 at Tomball high school.

Klein Forest broke things open in the second quarter in outscoring Oak Ridge 31-9 in that stanza which was enough to seal the War Eagles fate. Oak Ridge lost the first quarter by two and won the last two quarters but with the Eagles resembling more like a team out of Rucker Park in New York City than a high school basketball contingent in the second quarter, it was all the War Eagles could do to make the final score look somewhat respectable.

Terrell Lawrence Led Oak Ridge with 27 points followed by D’Marcus Fitch’s 11. For Klein Forest, Tyree Gray and Rafael Farley scored 12 and 11 respectively in leading a balanced Eagle scoring attack.

Oak Ridge’s season was chaotic to say the least. With all of the health issues, the players who were healthy enough to play had to suck it up and play out of their minds. As for the coaches, this has to be one of Rob Stewart’s best coaching performances of his career. In being fortunate enough to know Coach Stewart, I know he’ll give most of the credit to his players and coaching staff. Rest assured, he is an awesome coach in that he knows the X’s and O’s like the back of his hand but that isn’t what makes him successful. What does is he has the ability to reach inside his players to motivate them to play to the best of their ability and they respect him. This is the kind of coach that wins AND teaches life lessons. Down the road, these kids will know how much they benefited by playing in a Rob Stewart coached organization.

Now, as has been the case, Coach Stewart will give you his view on the playoff loss and his encapsulated version of this insane season. Enter Rob Stewart:

“We had a wild roller coaster ride. Scary at times, but one heck of a rush! There is a coaster in Orlando called The Hulk. We once rode that roller coaster as many times and as fast as we could we’d run back and get in line. That’s what this season felt like. Now that the season is over, I feel like I did after riding The Hulk that many times in a row.”

“The season began with a great 11-2 start. During that time, we beat six of this season’s playoff teams in a row. We were looking as if we might make a very deep run in the playoffs.”

“We had already suffered the loss of one player as Danzel Brady broke his foot the first week of the season. If a team has one bad injury, that is usually it. Every team deals with two or three sprained ankles and some jammed fingers. However, what was getting ready to happen to us bordered on unfair.”

“Beginning on Monday, December 13th we started dealing with losses of players and games. D’Marcus (Fitch) suffered a severe high ankle sprain during our loss to Cy Ridge and he did not play for three weeks. On December 18th, Daron Gamble injured his knee at Klein Collins and he did not play the rest of the year. Michael Handy was not available to play in the Conroe Tournament and he missed one district game. We had two players lose eligibility due to grades, which is the first time that has happened since 2001. Marc Forson dislocated a bone in his foot and missed the second round of district play. Halen Butler hurt his knee at the Woodlands game and did not play again until the playoffs. In fact, the playoff game was the first time that we had 12 healthy players since the first week of the season. Chase Daniels was the only player that played in all 31 games this year. Last year, we had 8 players that played in every game. That shows how much change we had to deal with.”

“The Klein Forest game was a microcosm of our season. We played great for three quarters and had a terrible second quarter. Forest outscored us 31-9 and we only allowed 36 points the rest of the game. Even if we had allowed a 20 point second quarter, I believe we would have won the game. We started trying to play the way
that Forest was playing and that led to misses for us and points for them.”

“I am very proud of how we continued to play and fight through all of our adversity this season. I have said before that this is the most resilient group of young men that we have had. If they were not, we would not have won 19 games, been third in district and made the playoffs for the third year in a row. I feel like Coach Suchma and Coach Lucas also had a huge role in keeping our season rolling. They encouraged and coached like madmen this year to help our team be extremely successful. Our players and coaches fought hard every day this season to win.”

I know I can speak for all of us fans in our community when I express our appreciation for such an entertaining season. In a different way, this season was almost as exciting as last year’s Oak Ridge squad that got to the third round of the postseason.

We can’t wait until basketball season starts again. Kick their butts in the offseason Coach. This winning stuff is contagious.


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Born and raised in New England, Doug promises he got to Texas as fast as he could. He earned the much needed "piece of paper" from Sam Houston State, proving to himself he could start and finish something. Doug's interests include coaching and playing any sport and still plays lacrosse competitively. He also enjoys going to dinner theaters, though he complains there just aren't enough of them in the area. Doug was brought up in a cultured environment, having suffered through dozens of symphonies and operas with his way too over-educated mother. At the end of the day, Doug is just a dad and husband and claims to be good at both.

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War Eagles Clinch Playoff Spot With Big Win Over Lufkin

In defeating Lufkin 79-53 on Tuesday night, the Oak Ridge boys basketball team effectively knocked the Panthers out of the District 14-5A playoff picture. More importantly, the War Eagles clinched a playoff berth of their own and will now play Kingwood next Tuesday to decide second place.

The War Eagles (19-10 and 7-4), led by a sizzling Terrell Lawrence jumped out quick and never looked back as Lawrence connected on three three-balls in the first quarter.

Lufkin falls to 15-15 and 3-7 in district. They were led by JJ Baldwin who scored 21 points. Terrell Lawrence led Oak Ridge with 26 points. Taw Mann scored 12 and Chase Daniels tallied another 11.

The way the War Eagles played on Tuesday night was indicative of their balls to the wall-who cares who we are missing-lets kick some butt manner with which they’ve played the entire season. In rarely having the same line-up for two games in a row, this is the only way the War Eagles can be successful.

This just in!!! They are quite good at it. Coach Rob Stewart and his staff have led their charges to the playoffs three seasons in a row. With the playoffs looming, once again the War Eagles are playing excellent basketball when it counts the most.

Before games, how many times have you heard that certain players are missing so don’t expect much. They’ve been missing guys all season and you know what, if it doesn’t mean squat to the team, it should mean jack-squat to us fans. But I digress. Time for someone with some basketball knowledge to let you know the current state of Oak Ridge boys basketball affairs. Enter Rob Stewart:

“Someone took a picture of a pile-up that occurred during the game and that was indicative of how we played all night. Both teams played their tails off for 32 minutes. Lufkin was playing to keep their playoff hopes alive and we were playing to clinch a playoff spot and move up in the standings. Terrell went crazy in the first quarter. He had 11 pts, he went 3 for 3 from behind the arc.

Lufkin Coach McManus had some surprises for us. Lufkin played us most of the game in a zone press. They have not done that all year, so we didn’t practice for it. Michael (Handy)and Chase (Daniels) did a great job adjusting our game plan to fit Lufkin’s trap.

Michael and Chase have really been the reasons that we have won three games the second round of district.

We had two more injuries. Halen (Butler) strained his knee on Saturday when we played Woodlands. Marc (Forson) played his first full game on Saturday since being injured, then he hurt his foot in practice on Monday. So, neither of those guys played. We hope to have them back by  the Kingwood game. Rudy Robinson made his first start of the year in a pressure packed situation and did great! Rudy has been a defensive specialist most of the year, so his role changed a lot with the injuries we had last week. Tanner (Doyel) had been sick on Monday and did not practice. He played one of his best games of the year. He is a pretty tough freshman!

This team is the most resilient group that I have ever coached. If they weren’t, we would have been out of the playoffs long before now. Taw (Mann) and Terrell (Lawrence) really shut their bigs down last night. Their bigs combined for a total of six points! Taw has become a good defender for us. He has made the biggest improvements defensively on our team this year. It was a huge win. I think I have said that before, but it’s true. We clinched a playoff spot for the third year in a row. Kingwood and College Park losing helped us too. If we can win on Tuesday at Kingwood, we will secure 2nd place.”

Let’s all make it to Kingwood next week! This team’s been busted their rumps all year. We owe them a great turnout. We need to start following these guys around like we did last year deep into the state playoffs. Starting next week with the last regular season game in Kingwood, the playoffs actually start now people!

See you in Kingwood!!!

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Doug Sarant, Oak Ridge Now

Born and raised in New England, Doug promises he got to Texas as fast as he could. He earned the much needed "piece of paper" from Sam Houston State, proving to himself he could start and finish something. Doug's interests include coaching and playing any sport and still plays lacrosse competitively. He also enjoys going to dinner theaters, though he complains there just aren't enough of them in the area. Doug was brought up in a cultured environment, having suffered through dozens of symphonies and operas with his way too over-educated mother. At the end of the day, Doug is just a dad and husband and claims to be good at both.

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Oak Ridge Pinks Out, But Last Home Game Leaves Them Blue

The Oak Ridge Lady War Eagles did all they could in trying to derail the 18th state ranked Woodlands Lady Highlanders on Saturday afternoon, but the girls from across the highway were just too much in taking this district contest, 67-45 at the Eagles Nest.

Lady Highlander Kara Evans led a balanced scoring attack with 12 points. Kelsey Lang had 11 to go along with 7 boards.

Oak Ridge’s Brandi Lawson led all scorers with 15 points. Tatiana Jackson had another solid game in pouring in nine points while grabbing a game high 11 rebounds. Nadia Schmidt contributed 9 and 6.

Seeing as this was the last home game for Oak Ridge, the careers of the six Lady War Eagles were celebrated on Pink-out/Senior night… afternoon.

As is now becoming an annual occurrence when these two teams get together at the last home game, a fundraiser for a local charity called Jamie’s Journey was held. Between the two teams, over 650 tee-shirts were sold to help support the charity. In attendance were the founders of this great charity, Janet Baker and her daughter, Sam Togni. Both women spoke before the game and shared their story of Jamie’s Journey. “Jamie” Batruch, the late daughter of Janet and sister of Sam passed away on February 14, 2009 after battling Cancer.

As for the Senior Night portion of this event, it was a great send-off for all six hard working young ladies.

Brandi Lawson will either attend UT or Blinn Junior College. Nadia Schmidt is off to Blinn Junior College. Celeste Rypien will be blessing the University of North Carolina with her presence. Shelby Cage, who was injured in the pre-season, saw her first floor time in this game. She’ll be furthering her education at Texas State in San Marcos. Dani Scibek has a choice between the University of Hawaii or UNC. Christian Beeman is choosing between Rice and UT Dallas.

Oak Ridge (11-14 and 2-9) travels to Lufkin on Tuesday to close out their season as TWHS (23-5 and 10-1) hosts Kingwood.

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Born and raised in New England, Doug promises he got to Texas as fast as he could. He earned the much needed "piece of paper" from Sam Houston State, proving to himself he could start and finish something. Doug's interests include coaching and playing any sport and still plays lacrosse competitively. He also enjoys going to dinner theaters, though he complains there just aren't enough of them in the area. Doug was brought up in a cultured environment, having suffered through dozens of symphonies and operas with his way too over-educated mother. At the end of the day, Doug is just a dad and husband and claims to be good at both.

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York Lady Eagles End Season on 52-15 High Note

To celebrate Parents night, the 8th grade York Lady Eagles bludgeoned the hapless Knox Lady Knights to the tune of a 52-15 thrashing as the Lady Eagles were clicking on all cylinders.

From the opening tip, York controlled the tone and pace of the game.  In utilizing fast breaks, the full court press, lights out defense, and a decent shooting percentage, the Lady Eagles ramped up their performance in their final game of the season.

The girls dominated all statistical categories with 28 rebounds, 3 blocked shots, 15 assists and 21 steals to offset their 16 turnovers.  The Lady Eagles shot a moderate 34% from the field but hit 50% from three-ville.

The pace was blistering from the tip off as the Lady Eagles charged away from the Knox Knights 22 – 5 at the end of the first quarter and led 31 – 7 at the half.  Coach Kloesel mixed the on-court player match ups into groups to complement each other for different tempos as the team exhibited how they have gelled through the season.  With four guards and one post on the court for a series, the tempo was fast breaks and steals.  With three posts and two guards, the game was forced to the paint and boards.

As is their trademark, the young Lady Eagles were high energy to go along with being quick and clean and ended the game not giving up a single point in the fourth quarter.

York wore just two blemishes this district season in losing twice to the talented and classy McCullough Highlanders.

In finishing second in the district, the girls can hold their heads high as at all times they played to the best of their ability. All of the players advanced with their skills and knowledge of the game during the season.  These 10 girls played together last year and were Co-District Champs.

A few of the girls whose primary sport is soccer or volleyball have hinted at not continuing with basketball but when you see how much they have learned in their two years of competitive school basketball and how their skills have improved, it would be a shame to not continue playing next season.  When these players are in the groove, they can hang with any team, anywhere. The aggressive York style of play lends to quite the exciting atmosphere and are always worth double the price of admission.

Oak Ridge high school is excelling across the board due in part to the magnificent people coming out of York every year. The future looks bright for not only girls basketball but all organizations at Oak Ridge high school. The York Lady Eagles 100% go get ’em style is a microcosm of what the Oak Ridge high school feeder zone is becoming.

STATS:
1 2 3 4
York 22 9 11 10—     52
Knox 5 2 8 0—     15

Chuck Briese, Oak Ridge Now

[avatar user="cbriese" size="thumbnail" align="left"] Chuck Briese has been a resident of South Montgomery County since 1988. He and his lovely and patient wife, Leslie, have six sons, with only one left to finish high school. Chuck has been a Cub Scout leader, a Little League baseball coach, a church youth leader, and a general troublemaker over the course of the past 25 years. He is obsessed with his lawn, and likes restaurants that serve food that fills up the plate. He has a tendency to tilt at windmills, which may explain why he started Oak Ridge Now.

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