Memorial High School Mustangs
Mustang Golf looking to defend a pair of District Champion titles
With both the girls' and boys' teams off to a solid start in the 2022-23 season, golfers and coaches are looking toward the postseason with high hopes.
Leading the charge for the Mustang girls are senior captain and University of Texas at Tyler commit Lydia Howard and sophomore captain Claire Cagle. For the boys, junior captains Charlie Wylie and David Martinez are ready to lead the team.
Head Coach Clayton Brady finds it hard to not look ahead toward district and regional play, as both teams have the potential to advance to multiple postseason rounds. However, the girls' team is excited about the St. John's Invitational in February and the Kingwood Invitational in March. The boys' team is gearing up for their first showing at the Northeast ISD Shootout, as well as a return to the Aggieland Match Play tournament.
“The girls definitely have the opportunity to defend their district title from last year,” explained Brady. “They also placed in the top three teams at the Regional Championship last year, advancing to the State Championship.”
The boys' team also has the chance to make some noise come April and May, according to Brady.
As for how the teams stay motivated throughout the season, they are grateful for the support shown by the Mustang community and hope that everyone will continue to cheer them on.
“We always feel the strong support from the community and we are always grateful to see family members, students and former players at tournaments,” said Brady. “Historically, no other school brings a crowd like Memorial does to the State Championship, that support is truly unrivaled!”
You can find their full schedule at rankone.com and follow them at @MHShouston on Twitter.
Northbrook High School Raiders
Northbrook hopes to expand program through camaraderie, improvement and hard work
Head Coach Keagan Lawrence is excited to be building a new and exciting sports program at Northbrook High, and he’s ready to show what Raider Golf can do.
“We have so many new players that want to try a new sport, and many of the kids are seniors and have never played golf before but they are excited to learn and participate,” shared Lawrence.
The goal this year is to grow the interest in golf at Northbrook and show the community that this is a valuable program where students can learn a new skill set. Even in the first few weeks of this season, Lawrence believes that students will surprise themselves with how much improvement they have already made.
As for leaders in this growing program, Alana Velasquez returns to the team as a recognized golfer. Velasquez has been complimented by many coaches who believe she can be a standout golfer in the district.
Also on the team are seniors Bayron Pecina, Kenneth Sauceda, Raul Vasquez, Angel Reyes, David Ordim, Pedro Carreon, and Cristian Pineda. This group of golfers is special to the team as they are multi-sport athletes and leaders in the Northbrook student body.
“Pecina, Sauceda, and that entire group of golfers have helped promote the start of this new program and are committed to getting better,” said Lawrence. “They are great leaders and model good work ethic to the younger players.”
The team would like to thank SBISD Athletics for its constant support as the program grows each season. Lawrence and the golfers also hope to see community support throughout the season.
You can find their full schedule at rankone.com and follow them at @northbrookhigh on Twitter.
Spring Woods High School Tigers
Tiger Golf looking to grow confidence with every stroke
For the Tigers, the team is made up of program veterans and new golfers, both of which have the opportunity to grow in confidence and skill every time they step on the course.
Head Coach Patrick Terpening hopes to grow the presence of the sport at Spring Woods because of its multifaceted learning opportunities.
“Golf is a sport that reflects life and how we can learn from mistakes and understand there is always another shot to fix them,” said Terpening. “I also want my athletes to continue to hone their skills and move closer to being a competitive program within the Houston area.”
At the helm of the team are sophomores Kylie Alderson, Matil Spears and Jaylen Campbell, junior Charisma Acevedo and senior standout Paul De La Cruz-Rosilez.
Cruz-Rosilez has played all four years at Spring Woods, becoming a leader on the varsity team. Terpening believes that he embodies the essence of this program as they strive daily for Collective Greatness.
The team is looking forward to March, when they have several tournaments in Crosby ISD and Aldine ISD.
Terpening is hopeful for this season and wants to see support from the community as they grow the game of golf at Spring Woods High.
You can find their full schedule at rankone.com and follow them at @SpringWoodsHigh on Twitter.
Stratford High School Spartans
Spartan Golf continues to build on long legacy of excellence
This season, both the Spartan girls' and boys' teams have depth in talent. Uniquely, the boys' team returns eleven senior golfers who have been playing for Stratford for their entire high school careers.
The boys' captains are seniors Andrew Ferworn, Chris Blaine, and junior Ben Potter.
“Each captain brings a unique leadership skill that has guided the team to success,” shared Head Boys Coach Mark Mathe. “The team also has a very strong underclassman group that is leading the future of Stratford Golf.”
The girls lean on Sarah Schwartz, Mae Trahan, Charlotte Genez, Abby Murphy, Addison Muehr and Kenzie Bates to perform well in tournaments and provide leadership to the team. Head Girls Coach Tim Johnson believes all of these golfers bring strong knowledge of the sport and a one-of-a-kind work ethic.
Both teams are looking toward district play. Specifically, the boys are excited about the Dick Harmon Invitational and the Concan Boys Invitational, both of which provide top-tier course experience.
Mathe and Johnson like to see the Stratford community rally around these teams and know that the community has a strong history of supporting Stratford golfers. They hope to see families, friends, teachers and the community support the teams as they strive for postseason titles.
You can find their full schedule at rankone.com and follow them at @StratfordSBISD on Twitter.