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Recognize Greater Houston

11/20/2008

Boys' Basketball - Strake Jesuit

As a private school competing in the U.I.L.'s highest
classification, Strake Jesuit is unique in many ways.
Boys' basketball coach Wayne Jones embraces that status
and challenges his players to go beyond the norm
whenever possible. From teaching the dribble-drive
motion offense Memphis has perfected under John
Calipari to integrating European styles of play, Jones
uses a one-of-a-kind approach. "We try to teach the
entire game of basketball,"Jones says. "Guys don't learn
to play a position, they learn to play the game. And then
they can go on and play any position in any style."That
philosophy is beginning to pay dividends. Strake Jesuit
has been on the rise ever since joining the U.I.L. six years
ago. After qualifying for the postseason for the first time
in 2006-07, the team won its first-ever playoff game last
year. That success should continue this season as the
Crusaders boast a trio of big-time seniors. Notre Damebound
forward Joey Brooks returns after averaging 20
points per game last season. Penn State-bound Tim
Frazier and Rice-bound Steven Rogers share point
guard duties. Frazier is a lightning bolt on the court, and
Jones calls him the team's fiercest competitor. Rogers is
looking to make up for lost time after missing a year
and a half with two knee injuries. Seniors Wes Williams
and Ryan Dunbar both have good size and are capable
of battling down low or shooting from the perimeter.

Girls' + Boys' Tennis - Clear Lake

After a 13-year absence, the Falcons reclaimed the top spot in Region III-5A team tennis this fall. Clear
Lake last won the regional title in 1994, and every year since then the championship had gone to Katy
Taylor. But the Falcons were the better team this fall, toppling Katy Taylor, 10-7, in the regional semis
before defeating Cinco Ranch in the finals, 10-6. Clear Lake then shocked Plano West in the Class 5A state
semis, 10-8, before falling to New Braunfels in the championship match.

Boys' Soccer - Brenham

A surprising run to the Class 4A state championship game last season with just one senior in the starting
lineup means expectations will be sky high for the Cubs this year. Brenham brings back an explosive offense,
led by senior forward Estarlin Pereira-Celis, who set a school record with 28 assists last year. Senior midfielder
Will Betts tallied 14 goals and eight assists. Add in senior goalkeeper Cameron Wren and senior defender
Chase Michalak and Brenham is stocked with talent from one end of the field to the other.

Field Hockey - St. John's

Entering the Division I SPC tournament in the fall, St. John's had already put together a terrific 10-3
season. But the Mavericks clearly saved their best for last. The team went 3-0 during the SPC tourney to
win its first conference championship in 27 years. St. John's opened the tournament with shutout victories
over Greenhill and Casady to advance to the finals. There, the Mavericks prevailed over Hockaday, 1-
0, in a shootout.

BREAK OUT TEAMS

BOYS' BASKETBALL – JONES
Senior Texas A&M recruit Ray Turner is one of the area's most versatile players.

GIRLS' SOCCER – CY WOODS
Seniors Alyssa Cowie and Kelsey Schad anchor the Wildcats' stellar defensive unit.

BOYS' SWIMMING – FOSTER
Led by senior Matt Tomas, the Falcons have the relay depth to do some damage in the postseason.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL – ST. AGNES
TAPPS Class 6A state finalists return junior sensation Chelsea Bass.