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Not many high school basketball teams have been able to keep pace with the Heights Lady Bulldogs this season, with many of their 23 victories coming by double digits.

The next generation of Houston golfers got free hands-on instruction during a youth clinic hosted last Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Chevron Center for Education and Golf at Memorial Park Golf Course.

Despite playing in the same district as a traditional state power, the Booker T. Washington High School boys basketball team has refused to bow out of the District 23-4A district race. The Eagles have managed to keep their district-title hopes alive heading into the regular season’s final month.

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Dozens of basketball players tried out with the hope of continuing – or even starting – their professional careers last Saturday inside a local high school gym.

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Many of the area’s high school basketball teams that were in action last week came out with comfortable wins, although some were looking to rebound this week.

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It is often said that no distance is too great when it’s for something or someone you love. The sentiment applies to the supporters of Lutheran High North girls basketball player Dalanna Carter, who said her family has driven several hours at times to watch her play. Carter and her family make daily and weekly […]

In a week that saw lots of action for the area’s high school basketball teams, many of them emerged victorious. Among the most notable movers last week were the St. Pius X Lady Panthers, who went 2-0 with wins over O’Connell Preparatory and Salt and Light Homeschool. Freshman Zachara Perkins scored 22 points and grabbed […]

It was a banner 2020 season for the Heights High School football team, which won its first district title and first playoff game since 2013. As a result, more than a dozen Bulldogs were recognized for their contributions with selections to the All-District 18-6A team. Headlined by quarterback Jalen Morrison, running back Kendric Rhymes and […]

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The increase in COVID-19 cases in the region has prompted Houston ISD to suspend middle school athletics, along with non-district and sub-varsity competition at the high school level, according to a Monday memo sent by athletics director Andre Walker to campus athletic coordinators. Walker did not immediately respond to a voicemail left at his office […]

On the heels of strong starts to their 2020-21 seasons, two of the area’s high school girls basketball teams have started the New Year off on the right foot. The Heights Lady Bulldogs bounced back from a Dec. 29 loss to Cypress Creek, the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches’ top-ranked team in Class 6A, with […]

It’s been a tumultuous 2020 off the court, but several local high school basketball teams have made this portion of their on-court work look easy as they head into the new year with state rankings. On the heels of their first regional quarterfinals appearance last season, the Heights Lady Bulldogs are off to a roaring […]

The Heights’ Bulldogs had a football season like no other in 2020, but it will not end with them hoisting a state championship trophy. Heights hung with the Katy Taylor Mustangs but lost 28-13 last Friday, Dec. 18 in a Class 6A Division II area-round playoff at Delmar Stadium. The Bulldogs finished the season with […]

Five high school athletes from local private schools participated in national signing day last week to celebrate the continuation of their athletic careers. Fresh off a season that ended in the TAPPS 6A state quarterfinals, St. Thomas had three football players sign letters of intent Dec. 16, the start of the NCAA’s national signing period. […]

Even when the Heights Bulldogs suffered their lone loss of the 2020 football season to Fort Bend Travis on Oct. 16, head coach Stephen Dixon had a sense about the team’s direction. “We were right there at the end – the kids didn’t point fingers or place blame, they just fought back,” Dixon said. “At […]

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When the Heights Bulldogs pulled on the pads for their season opener against Westbury on Oct. 10, head coach Stephen Dixon knew on one hand that some order had been restored. “When UIL decided they were going to have a football season, I pretty much turned a backflip,” he said. “Football is something that a […]

Only one football team in each classification can hoist a state championship trophy at the end of each season. Unfortunately for all of the area’s private school squads, that was not to be their destiny this year. The Lutheran High North Lions and St. Thomas Eagles both saw their seasons come to an end last […]

While the Lutheran High North football team has been in postseason action before 2020, multiple graduating classes have come through without experiencing any taste of playoff success. That wait is now over, and the Lions have kept their season going with a long-awaited postseason win — the school’s first since 2009. Lutheran High North beat […]

The season has tipped off for many of the area’s high school basketball teams, and early returns are good for several local squads. Head coach Kerrick Arrington and the Heights Lady Bulldogs have followed up their first trip to the regional tournament last season with a strong start to the 2020-21 campaign. The Lady Bulldogs […]

The Heights High School football team has been a perennial playoff contender under head coach Stephen Dixon. In recent years, however, a coveted district title has eluded the Bulldogs. But after last week, they are one step closer to winning one. Heights took down three-time defending District 18-6A champion Lamar 22-21 in overtime last Friday […]

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Wednesday was a morning to remember for five local high school athletes who will play their respective sports at the college level. Three from St. Pius X and two from St. Thomas signed national letters of intent on the first day of the NCAA’s early signing period. Baseball players Will Rizzo and Max Chung, who […]

The old adage in sports is that a team always wants to be playing its best as the playoffs approach. It appears the area’s private-school football teams are doing just that as the regular season winds down, with all three emerging victorious in last week’s action. Lutheran High North and St. Thomas both extended long […]

Some of the world’s best golfers will compete this week at Memorial Park, which is hosting the Houston Open for the first time since 1963. The field for the annual PGA Tour event includes more than 15 major champions and six of the top 25 players in the latest world golf rankings, including No. 1 […]

The St. Thomas Eagles’ recent run under head coach Rich McGuire has left little doubt that they’re a force to be reckoned with come playoff time. They haven’t slowed down this season and have mowed down most opponents in their path en route to another district title. Last Friday night, Oct. 30, the Eagles won […]

Before the football season, Lutheran High North head coach Shaun Stephens praised Jaaron Henderson and Xavier Neal, predicting a big season from both returnees. As the TAPPS season enters its home stretch, the duo has so far proved those words to be more than just platitudes. Henderson threw for 211 yards and three touchdowns while […]

With an Elite 11 appearance and commitment to the University of Houston already in his back pocket following a breakout junior season in 2019, St. Thomas quarterback Maddox Kopp’s star was already rising fast. Last Friday night, the senior added to his accolades with the most prolific game of his high school career. Kopp passed […]

Heights High School football coach Stephen Dixon said his team was amped up and ready to go when speaking the week before its season opener against Westbury. At least for the first week, the team backed up his words. The Bulldogs, who like all area schools had the start of their season delayed due to […]

It appears to have been another successful bike rally and scavenger hunt for the Houston Heights Association (HHA), and a number of area residents wound up winners last weekend. The HHA held an encore bicycle rally from Oct. 2-4, starting from the Heights Fire Station at 107 W. 12th St. and setting out on the […]

After stumbling to the school’s first losing season in nearly a decade last fall, St. Pius X was looking for answers when new head coach Greg Cranfill took over. It looks like any lingering doubts have been eliminated thus far. After a season-opening victory over Lutheran High North on Sept. 25, the Panthers followed it […]

By Landan Kuhlmann St. Pius X Head of School Carmen Armistead called the new-and-improved Parsley Field fit not for a king, but for a Panther. “(This field) is a sign that St. Pius X High School is a school on the move,” she said Sept. 25 during a dedication ceremony unveiling the private school’s new […]

By Landan Kuhlmann Lutheran High North football coach Shaun Stephens knew only one way to describe his team’s mindset heading into its season opener Friday night. “It’s 100 percent excitement,” he said. “They’re champing at the bit to be able to play another team, and to play St. Pius X.” The Lions and Panthers, who […]

When the St. Pius X and Lutheran High North volleyball teams squared off Tuesday night, it was more than a simple season opener. It was the hopeful beginning of getting back to a relative state of normal in area high school sports as the two squads were the first local teams to return to action […]

Maddox Kopp was essentially born into competition. Growing up with three older siblings who all went on to play college sports at the NCAA Division I level, that fire came naturally. Kopp has two older brothers – Anderson and Miller Kopp – playing Division I basketball at Lamar and Northwestern, respectively. His oldest brother, Braeden, […]

For many competitors, it’s the roar of the crowd that gives them the juice or feeds their competitive spirit. But for Ryan Bahde and many others in Houston, the most satisfying sound in the world is a disc flying into the metal baskets at T.C. Jester Park’s disc golf course. And it has taken on […]

Even though a renowned area marching band won’t be working together for at least several more months due to COVID-19, its leader still sees an opportunity for growth while they’re away and believes the time still isn’t quite right to return. “We’re really going to miss that (togetherness) until something changes, but we’re brainstorming ideas […]

As local boys hit the field for the USSSA Global World Series last month in Gulf Shores, Alabama, baseball wasn’t the only thing on their minds. The pandemic didn’t just delay the start of youth baseball season, it changed the way players prepped for games and how they interacted during games, but they were still […]

The Waltrip High School football team will have a new leader next season. According to a Monday night tweet from Jeremy Kirt, he was recently hired by the school to be its head football coach and campus athletic coordinator. He replaces Wayne Wheeler, who had served in that role for the past two years. “Proud […]

St. Pius X High School’s athletic facilities are getting a much-needed upgrade, and a new head football coach will be among the first to break them in. Since the end of May, crews have been hard at work overhauling the school’s grass field at Kubiak Stadium, shifting mounds of dirt around that will eventually give […]

Garden Oaks resident Jo Dunham hasn’t always been a dog person, but she’s making up for lost time – with both a hobby and a business that revolves around her dogs. “I did have a Sheltie growing up and two yorkies as an adult, but I’ve had (Golden Retrievers) ever since my son Jaxon was […]

When the recently renovated Memorial Park Golf Course reopens for play Monday, golfers will not be allowed to share carts and also will be asked to leave the flagsticks in the holes while they play. There will be a BYOW policy, too, as in bring your own water. The City of Houston has outlined a […]

Since the middle of March, athletes and members of marching bands from high schools around Houston have been unable to practice their craft together. In less than two weeks, the long layoff will be required no more. The University Interscholastic League (UIL), which governs extracurricular competition among Texas public schools, announced last week that sports […]

Amenities at several YMCA locations throughout Greater Houston, including the one that serves the Garden Oaks, Oak Forest and Heights areas, will resume operations in a limited capacity on June 1. Outdoor group exercises, lap swimming, childcare for essential workers and summer day and teen camp will reopen to the public at the Harriet and […]

Memorial Day weekend is typically when the City of Houston opens its swimming pools to the public. But kids and adults all across the city must find other ways to cool off, at least for the time being. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said Thursday that the city will keep its 38 pools and 27 splash […]

Nearly $850,000 in funding from the office of Harris County Precinct 1 Commissioner Rodney Ellis will help Houston’s bike-sharing program construct 30 new stations, at least half of which will be located in low-income, underserved parts of the city. Houston BCycle, a nonprofit created by the city in 2012, announced the contribution after it was […]