Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Quick Hitters!

- Speaking of elite coaches, Churchill's Stacey Moore is doing a great job. Very few preseason opinions had Churchill fighting for the 26-5A title. Moore is one of the better coaches in the city and made a trip to Austin a few years ago. Her former star, Christine Flores is playing well in her sophomore year at Missouri. The intriguing thing about the Chargers current success is that they are balling without the special freshman point guard, Leslie Vorpahl.

- The city scoring race is a good one. Shana Holmes(Southwest) leads with 24.7ppg, Meighan Simmons(Steele) is a close second with 23.8ppg, and CeCe Harper(Madison) comes in third at 22.6ppg. Who is this years scoring champ? Vote at the top.

- I was right about Raven Reyes leading the city in rebounding but I was wrong about the numbers. Instead of 14 boards, Reyes is averaging 17 boards a game!

- Speaking of boards, Christina "Mena" Harris is a rebounding machine. She may be pound for pound the most explosive leaper in the city. Mena is 5'9 on a good day and plays a very competitive district but stills owns the glass. She currently ranks 2nd in the city at 13.8 a game.

- Jessica Kuster is the MVP fantasy player. She is 9th in the city scoring, 4th in the city in boards, and 11th in the city in assists. I would find it hard to believe that she not also top 10 in both, steals and blocks.

- Where will they go? While the early signing period has come and gone, there are some quality players that are still on the board. The MacArthur duo of Marquisha Sparks and Nicole Kindred can and will play at the next level. Judson kids Ciara McLee and Paisely Spencer are definitely college players. Bigs are always in demand and I am very surprised that Antonian's Kathryn Galindo and Lytle's Ashley Perez have not been snatched up by someone. Galindo and Perez have similar frames at 6'1 and 6'2 respectively, and are space eaters. Antonian guard Liz Briones is a coaches dream in regards to intelligence and effort and at 5-9, she surprisingly strong on the boards board and can knock down open threes. Boerne Champion duo Hillary Lumkin and Paige Grandjean should be able to help teams beyond high school. Jay's Julissa Garrett and Maretta Stubbs can play and will definitely get theirs at the collegiate level. Lastly, the O'Connor duo of Arlene Cisneros and Michelle Navarro should end up helping some college next year.

- Jay freshman Aleeya Harris has her hand in her mothers pockets. Aleeya's mother pays the athletic 6'1 post player $10 for every block that she gets. Harris totaled 8 blocks in a game vs. Holmes recently. While her mother is proud of her defensive accomplishments, Aleeya is costing her a pretty penny with her deeds. However, all the accumulated money has not just benefited Aleeya. It turns out that the young Sylvia Fowles is a philanthropist as well as a defensive monster. She has used the proceeds from her blocks to purchase "Holy Bears" for the orphans of Haiti. She is actively looking for ways and reliable organizations to deliver the bears to Haiti. The bears are inscribed, "Thinking of You" and include the bible verse, Philemon 1:4. Keep blocking those shots young lady and great job mama!