High school roundup: Clear Creek gets early win
The District 24-5A race heated up before it even got started at the 53rd annual Peggy Whitley Classic last week at Clear Creek High School.
On the left (consolation) side of the bracket, Clear Creek defeated Clear Lake 51-47 and then downed Clear Brook 59-43, and even though the victories were only good for tournament play, and have no meaning in the 24-5A standings, it's a potential physiological edge heading into district play.
"It's always good to get a close look at other district teams, and we did at the tournament, but when there's a district win on the line, it's just a different game," Clear Creek coach Jana Williams said. "There just seems to be more intensity on and around the court, and even though we enjoyed the victories over Clear Lake and Clear Brook, we know it will be big challenges to beat them again in district."
The defending 24-5A champion Lady Wildcats trailed Clear Lake 23-21 at halftime before outscoring the Lady Falcons 30-24 in the second half with Brentney Branch finishing with 20 points and Amber Harris 14 to lead Clear Creek.
Against Clear Brook, the Lady Wildcats had the upper hand in all four quarters, and a 16-8 advantage in the third was the deciding factor in a game where Branch scored 19 and Adrienne Phillips 11.
"We had some solid performances from a number of players, and that's what you want to see heading into district play," Williams said. "But like they say, everything goes back to 0-0 in district."
North Shore beat San Antonio Wagner 67-45 for top honors at the Peggy Whitley Classic, which is named for the former Clear Creek coach who retired in 2004 after spending 16 seasons as the Lady Wildcats' head coach.
Clear Creek tennis
Clear Creek coach Pat Marrie is thrilled with having a large number of players named 24-5A All-District for the 2010 team tennis fall season.
"We were selected in 17 of the 19 positions, and that's a huge compliment from our area coaches as to the strength of our program," he said. "I am very proud of all our players.
"The girls really stood out receiving six of the nine first team honors, and they were hard to beat at every line all season going 89-6."
Named first team all-district in singles were No. 1 Sammy Siegel, No. 2 Bianca Quintanilla, No. 3 Haley Albro and No. 6 Laura Holzenkamp, and in girls doubles, No. 1 Siegel and Albro, and No. 3 Peyton Hardman and Holzenkamp.
Second team honors went to No. 4 Hardman and No. 5 Amber Darr in girls singles, and to the No. 2 doubles team of Rachel Smythe and Quintanilla.
Boys doubles awards included first team for No. 1 Hunter Carrithers and Casey Armstrong, and second team for No. 2 Brendan Fang and Matt O'Connor.
In boys singles, No. 4 Fang and No. 6 O'Connor were named second team, with No. 1 Carrithers, No. 2 Armstrong and No. 3 Ryan Behrle on the all-district honorable mention list.
Swimming and diving
The Clear Creek ISD Invitational begins with warm ups at 12:30 p.m. and the first race at 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 17, at Clear Springs High School.
District 24-5A dominator Clear Lake will be on hand, as will Clear Creek, Clear Brook, the host Chargers, and a number of other teams.
For most, this will be the last major event prior to a holiday break, but right after the first of the year, it's back to work with a push towards district and regionals, and the University Interscholastic League State Meet on Feb. 18-19 in Austin.
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