High school roundup: Clear Creek tournament gets new identity
The Clear Creek ISD Tournament has changed its name to the Carlisle/Krueger Classic and in doing so honors some of the greatest coaches in the history of Houston-area hoops.
The 79th Carlisle/Krueger Classic features 16 boys teams and will be played Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 2-4, at Clear Lake High School, and now forever celebrates former Clear Creek coaches George and Buddy Carlisle, and National High School Hall of Fame coach Bill Krueger, who led Clear Creek before establishing the Clear Lake program.
George Carlisle started out at the former Webster High School and then started Clear Creek's team when the area consolidated and built a new high school, and he went 288-42 in nine seasons before eventually becoming head coach at Rice University.
Krueger was fresh off winning a state championship at San Marcos High School when he followed George Carlisle at Clear Creek in 1965, and after coaching there, he created Clear Lake's program, and went on to win a record 1,096 games (against 250 losses) and a state title for the Falcons in 1989.
George Carlisle's son, Buddy, spent 28 years as Clear Creek's coach from 1978-2006 and posted a 579-351 mark while continuing the high standard of excellence set by his father and Krueger.
"On behalf of my dad, we're very grateful to the current Clear Creek ISD coaches for coming up with this tremendous honor," Buddy Carlisle said. "It was a unanimous decision by all five, and for me personally, just being mentioned with my dad and coach Krueger, it's just unbelievable because they had by far the biggest influences on me as a person and as a coach."
Krueger says he owes a great deal to the Carlisle family.
"Having the tournament named for all of us is a nice honor, but I'm kind of a hind bucket to George Carlisle," Krueger said. "I was fortunate to win a state championship in San Marcos in 1965 and then get the best basketball job in the nation at the time after coach Carlisle left Clear Creek for Rice. It's location, location, location sometimes in coaching, and as far as I could see, that was the best place to be."
George Carlisle will not be able to attend this week's tournament, but Krueger and Buddy Carlisle plan to be there checking out the action at the Clear Lake Krueger Field House (named for Bill Krueger) and main gym.
The Clear Creek High School gym is named Carlisle Field House in honor of George Carlisle.
The idea to rename what many say is the oldest high school tournament in Texas came from Clear Creek coach Chris Romine, Clear Brook coach Jason Pillow, Clear Lake coach Tommy Penders, Clear Springs coach Chris Johnson and Clear Falls coach Darren Chandler.
Pillow played for Krueger at Clear Lake.
One location this year
For the first time in several seasons, the Carlisle/Krueger Classic will be held at one location — Clear Lake High School.
All of the Clear Creek ISD high schools hosted early-round games in the past with the championship and other key contests congregating at rotating venues, but this year, everything will be in one place.
"It was kind of spread out before, so it will be nice to have everything together throughout the three days," said Buddy Carlisle. "It's a good move by (Clear Creek ISD athletic director) Bill Daws and everyone involved."
Tournament openers on Thursday, Dec. 2, are (first game listed in Krueger Field House, second in Clear Lake main gym, and all boys games): 3 p.m. - Clear Springs vs. Stafford and La Marque vs. Memorial; 4:30 p.m. - Clear Brook vs. Tuloso-Midway and Cy Woods vs. Bryan; 6 p.m. - Clear Creek vs. Sterling and The Woodlands vs. La Porte; 7:30 p.m. - Clear Lake vs. Texas City and Elkins vs. Deer Park.
District 24-5A volleyball
Postseason honors in District 24-5A have Clear Lake junior middle blocker Kiara Wright as the Offensive Player of the Year and teammate and sophomore setter Sam Volk the Newcomer of the Year.
Their leader, Chanda Eager, was named 24-5A Coach of the Year after directing the Lady Falcons to a district co-championship and berth in the 5A-Region III finals.
Pearland senior Malorie Pardo was named the 24-5A MVP, and Dickinson senior libero Shelbee Berringer was voted Defensive Player of the Year.
First team all-district honors went to Clear Creek senior Rachel Hobaugh, junior Natalie Piznar and sophomore Ashley Smith; Clear Brook seniors Trysta Dionne, Alicia Dittrich and Caiti O'Connell; and Clear Lake senior Kate Foley and junior Haley Satterwhite.
District co-champ Clear Creek reached the region semifinals before falling to Cy Woods, the same team that outlasted Clear Lake in the finals.
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