High school roundup: Kaufhold key to Friendswood
Friendswood senior Kellsey Kaufhold has seen plenty of success during three playoff seasons with the Lady Mustangs, but this year, she's playing for a team that's loaded with inexperience and youth.
"I've been so fortunate to have played with dominant players like Annalisa Hall (class of 2010) and others, so with the current team full of sophomores and freshmen, it is a little different," Kaufhold said. "It's not worse or better, just new and different, and really, everyone has really stepped up on the court and exceeded a lot of expectations.
"There are some maturity issues because a lot of the players are new to varsity, and some age differences (the team has a 14-year-old freshman and the 18-year-old Kaufhold), but everyone is working hard and learning to play together."
The Lady Mustangs are also learning to play for new coach Ginger Hartman, and during the final two days of the Aldine ISD Tournament last week, they had to go without Kaufhold, who was out with a concussion.
"The younger players had to step up even more, and it was a good learning experience for them," Kaufhold said. "I'm trying to get back as soon as possible, and hopefully, I'll be back this week."
Friendswood has only three seniors on its roster — Kaufhold, Jennifer Twyford and Shannon Reinert - and Kaufhold, who was moved up to varsity as a freshman three years ago, is the only returning full-time starter.
The Lady Mustangs also have juniors Bianca Garza and Morgan Marino, sophomores Jill Bergeson, Amber Mills, Kessler Hurd, Skylar Murphy and Kristen Van Riper, and freshman Caitlin Modesett, and have used multiple starting lineups in the early going.
Friendswood is in action at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, at District 24-5A playoff pick Brazoswood, and opens District 24-4A play at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14, at Santa Fe.
Pearland senior setter-outside hitter Malorie Pardo has been named to the Texas Girls Coaches Association 2010 Class 5A All-State volleyball team.
Pardo, who is headed to LSU, helped a young Lady Oilers team reach the playoffs this past season while playing numerous positions for coach John Turner.
Joining Pardo on the elite team out of District 24-5A are Rachel Hobaugh (Clear Creek), Kiara Wright (Clear Lake) and Shelbee Berringer (Dickinson).
Pearland placed fourth in 24-5A behind Clear Lake, Clear Creek and Clear Brook, and defeated Clements and Pasadena Memorial in the playoffs before falling to Clear Creek in the third round.
It's always hard to lose this late in the season, but Manvel has a lot to be proud of following an 11-3 finish after its first trip to the postseason in three varsity seasons.
The Mavericks, who were 3-6 in 2008 and 5-5 last year, placed second in District 24-4A to earn the historic postseason spot, and then beat (in order) Terry 24-17, Washington 58-0 and Port Neches-Groves 56-46 before falling to La Marque 44-28 in the Class 4A Division II Region III finals last week.
"These players had a great run in getting to and advancing in the postseason," Manvel coach Kirk Martin said. "I couldn't be prouder of a group of young men, and they've set the bar for future teams to shoot for."
La Marque (10-3) meets Corpus Christi Calallen (13-1) in the 4A-II state semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, in the San Antonio Alamodome.
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