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Cy-Fair Schools, Sports, Students June 2010

| June 1, 2010

(L-R, front row) Chandra Kurati, Andra Yanchenko, Thanh Nguyen; (back row) Coach Tim Sebesta, Betsy Rahman, Samuel Holmes, Jasmine Nguyen and Daniella Silkwood.

LSC-CYFAIR TENNIS TEAM WINS NATIONAL COPPER DIVISION TITLE – A National 2010 Copper Division Title Win at the United States Tennis Association Tennis on Campus National Tournament in Surprise, Ariz., was no surprise for Lone Star College-CyFair’s Fighting Ducks.

“You may think of LSC-Cy Fair as just another community college in Texas, but LSC-Cy Fair offers its students the chance to participate in many of the same activities offered at four-year colleges and universities,” said Andra Yanchenko, tennis player.

Last year the opportunity for LSC-CyFair to play in the nationals (the only community college to participate) came with USTA’s Club of the Year in Texas title. This year, the team was in tier No.1 based on their participation in the sectional event and two prior matches. This qualified them for an at-large bid, which they received through the national lottery system.

Under the leadership of Coach Tim Sebesta, Yanchenko and other team members, Samuel Holmes, Thanh Nguyen, Chandra Kurati, Daniella Silkwood, Jasmine Nguyen and Betsy Rahman finished this year’s national tournament with a 4-3 record as they competed against teams from across the United States and Puerto Rico.


Cy-Fair junior Kyle Bidinger wins a Superior award and Gold Seal for his Electronic Media entry, The Family.

ART STUDENTS RACK UP VASE AWARDS – Cy-Fair ISD received Visual Art Scholastic Education awards from the Texas Art Education Association. Since 1994, VASE has provided students the opportunity to bring artwork created in their art classes to a regional event where they are interviewed by a certified juror. Out of more than 13,000 entries at the VASE event, 1,444 were selected as State Qualifiers, 666 received a Superior rating and 103 attained Exemplary status with the coveted Gold Seal Award.

The following Cy-Fair ISD high school students won awards: Cy-Fair – Kyle Bidinger, Jessica Clinkenbeard, Andrea Hallard, Lauren Januhowski, Josette Jellison, Minza Khan, Rachel Walker and Marianna Yoder; Cy Creek – Shelby Crooks, Linh Hoang and Whitney Pavlas; Cy Falls – Daniel Adaclog, Laila Alkhuli, Brittney Anele, Christine Cao, Samantha Dolan and Stacie Wright; Cy Lakes – Rachel Pate; Cy Ranch – Keeley Lyons-Letts and Baylie McBeth; Cy Ridge – Marcela Salsbury and Jo Williams; Cy Springs – Mariah Lagan; Cy Woods – Kenneth Bassey, Kellie Baugh, Nicole Bell, Andreana Blunt, Kelsey Carpenter, Mikey Carter, Chelsey Donette, Destiny Duncan, Leo Gudino, Emily Hart, Heather Hays, Anna Holmes, Katie Hopmann, Marielle Lambrou, Kalyn Oden, Abby Oliver, Katherine Robichaux, Camila Ruiz, Johanna Schipperijn, Brooke Thawley, Morgan Underwood, Jennifer Valdez and Sarah Zanonni; and Jersey Village – David Cantu.


The Sampson Sharks celebrating their gold medal win in the 8U division are: (l-r) Blake Weldon, Alejandro Montoya, Danica Gubic and Colby Brennan.

STACKERS COLLECT MEDALS AT 2010 WORLDS – Sport-stacking students from Sampson and Matzke elementary schools represented Cy-Fair ISD at the World Sport Stacking Association World Championships in Denver, claiming five medals at the competition. The 8th Annual 2010 WSSA World Sport Stacking Championships drew 711 competitors, representing 18 countries and 33 states.

For two days, the fastest stackers on the planet vied for record times in individual timed events and head-to-head relays.

Competing in the 8U Division, the Sampson Sharks—consisting of students Danica Gubic, Alejandro Montoya, Blake Weldon and Colby Brennan—won the gold medal in the Head to Head 3-6-3 Relay, beating out Team USA.

Competing in the 10U Division, the Stallion Stackers—consisting of students Brian Janger, Chloe Ewing, Garrett Martin, Austin Gallagher and Alex Niall—won the bronze medal in the Head to Head 3-6-3 Relay, beating out 29 other teams from around the world.

Sampson student Brian Janger won bronze medals in both the 3-6-3 Stack (3.84 seconds) and the Cycle (9.77 seconds), while Garrett Martin won the bronze medal in the Cycle (9.41 seconds).


(L-R) Megan Iselin is named lieutenant governor of Division 3N, replacing outgoing senior Madhu Govindu.

KEY CLUBS WIN AT DISTRICT CONVENTION – Sixty students and eight faculty chaperones from four district Key Clubs attended the Texas-Oklahoma District Key Club Convention in Dallas. The Key Clubs from Cy-Fair, Cypress Falls, Cypress Ranch and Cypress Woods high schools came home with a bus full of trophies, awards and scholarship money.

Of the prestigious Top 25 club rankings in the district, Cypress Ranch was selected as the No. 5 club, Cypress Falls was No. 22 and Cy-Fair was No. 25.

The Cypress Ranch Key Club won the Rookie of the Year trophy for its first full year as a Key Club, and its club newsletter was chosen as the No. 3 newsletter in the two-state district.

Cy-Fair and Cypress Ranch’s Web sites won Distinguished Web Site patches, while Cypress Falls’ Web site won the trophy for the No. 3 Best Web site.

Cy-Fair’s scrapbook won the trophy for the No. 2 Scrapbook, and Cypress Falls’ service project “Build a Playground” was chosen as the No. 3 Project at the opening evening’s Service Fair.

All four clubs won patches for their participation in the District Governor’s READ project, with Cypress Ranch winning the trophy for the best project overall in the district. Cy-Fair and Cypress Falls also won patches for their participation in the “Color My World” district project.

Both Cypress Falls and Cypress Ranch were recognized for increasing their club memberships by 75 percent over the previous year.

In individual contests, Cypress Ranch sophomore Michael Nguyen won third place in the Oratory contest; Cypress Ranch freshman Corrie Andrews won fourth place in the Mario Kart competition; and Cy-Fair senior Rajvi Patel was a member of the winning Texas team in the T-O Quiz Bowl competition.

Cypress Ranch sophomore Megan Iselin was installed as the lieutenant governor of Division 3N, replacing graduating Cy-Fair senior Madhu Govindu. Iselin will now oversee the Key Clubs in both Cy-Fair ISD and Katy. Additionally, $1,000 scholarships were awarded to Cypress Falls senior Andres Ramirez, Cypress Woods senior Lauren Miller and Cy-Fair senior Deahna Ortiz.


(L-R) Smith Middle School students Brett Waples, Tyler Ellis, Gabe Swift and Drew Hovanetz placed 10th in the Best in Robotics category at the All-Earth EcoBot Challenge in April.

SMITH MS ROBOTICS TEAM TAKES 10TH in CHALLENGE – Seven teams of students from Smith Middle School competed at the All-Earth EcoBot Challenge at Reliant Center in April. Team Recon Robotics placed 10th in the Best in Robotics category. Team members are: Tyler Ellis, Gabe Swift, Brett Waples and Drew Hovanetz.

Each team was required to build its NXT robot and program it to perform different tasks in a limited amount of time. Their robot was required to perform an action that would benefit Planet Earth.

Smith’s students competed against teams from the greater Houston area, as well as Corpus Christi and Austin. “All of the teams worked very hard,” said Smith Middle School sixth-grade science team leader Doreen Jarvis. “I am very proud of the students’ effort, dedication and hard work.”


GIRLS’ SOCCER PLAYERS MAKE ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT TEAM – Cy-Fair ISD girls’ soccer coaches released the 2010 Academic All-District Team, recognizing each school’s players for their athletic and academic prowess.

Team members were required to maintain a 90 average for all grading periods through the fourth six weeks. The academic all-district selections are as follows: 2010 Academic All-District 15-5A Girls’ Soccer Team – Cypress Creek – Ashley Blackwell, Shelby Edmiston, Melanie Estes, Margaret Fleming, Amanda Frederick, Michelle Kloss, Sarah LaLanne, Claire Lawson, Katie Lehmann, Ashley McFarland, Emily Murray, Aubrie O’Connor, Katelyn Phillips, Lexi Rau, Audrey Renfro, Christen Spikula, Rachel Swerdon, Lauren White; Cy Falls – Jennifer Cardona, Shannon Courtney, Sydney Dwoskin, Rebecca Gilmore, Jordan Hopper, Giselle Orantes, Sarah Osborne, Kerrie Prieto, Dafne Sanchez, Jennifer Swanstrom, Victoria Voight; Cy-Fair – Amber Baker, Lynsey Curry ,Sydney Curry, Hannah Dauzat, Gabrielle Dubroc, Laura Edwards, Kerrie Ford Senior, Kristen Ginsburg Freshman, Marcia Kaiser, Mallory Majewski, Kylee Mann, Alex Weidenheft, Lindsey Wells, Lauren Wilmer, Julia Wilson; Cypress Lakes – Ashley Alvarez, Abby Bartlett, Nadia Butt, Neli Castillo, Alexandrea Chicas, Emily Ekholm, Jasamine Flores, Gicelle Melo, Daniella Miranda, Laura Miranda, Linda Ortiz, Lizhet Villatoro; Cypress Ranch – Brianna Brosch, Shiloe DuVall, Thalina Garcia, Sawyer Johnson, Dallas Klein, Paige Krippner, Veronica Pierce, Chloe Potemans, Jennifer Rogers, Abigail Sampson, Ashley Smith, Sarah Spence, Hannah Vandemotter; Cypress Ridge – Angele Aitwal, Katarina Casas, Regan Garant, Callie Hasselbring, Erika Rodriguez; Cypress Springs – Katherine Baird, Kim Ekholm, Michelle Koziol, Paula Koziol, Diana Lianez, Lauren Schneider; Cypress Woods – Shelby Ahearn, Hannah Baker, Alyssa Bartholomew, Anne Marie, Mariela Camarillo, Isabella Carrasco, Kelly Clements, Cali Davis, Cara Gentilini, Madeline Holmes, Shelby Jones, Alexis Ledesma, Dre Marino, Andy Quinceno, Joceline Quinceno, Susan Roberts, Liana Shomaker, Shelby Stephens, Patty Walrath, Jersey Village – Stacy Boyd, Ashley Criswell, Caitlin Farmer, Nicole Funderburke, Sarah Guerrero, Amrinder Lamba, Megan Mugavero, Talice Nieto, Rebeca Perales, Brittany Robinett, Jamie Taylor, Alejandra Valencia, Joselyn Vides, Kadie Walaszczyk; Langham Creek – Allison Boone, Angelica Bustos, Emily Castro, Kayla Damm, Jessica Hayes, Lauren Henry, Danielle Licarione, Kayla Owens, Carolyn Parker, Evan Peraza, Michelle Petrarca, Kelly Poblete, Kelly Satterfield, Jessica Stephens and Tiffany Titone.


COACHES SELECT ALL-DISTRICT SOFTBALL TEAM – District softball coaches released the All-District 15-5A Softball Team following the close of Cy-Fair ISD teams’ seasons. Five players and one coach received superlative awards. Cypress Woods senior Katie Franks and Cypress Creek senior Brandi Virgil were named Co-Most Valuable Players; Cypress Woods coach Clif Bond was named Coach of the Year; Cypress Ranch sophomore Lauren Montgomery was named Newcomer of the Year; Cy-Fair freshman Jordan Rains was named Designated Player of the Year; and Cypress Falls sophomore Samantha Habelow was named Utility Player of the Year.

In addition, 19 players were named First Team All-District, 20 players were named Second Team All-District and 21 players were named Honorable Mention All-District: First Team All-District 15-5A – Kayla Irvin, Cypress Creek; Taylor Brown, Cypress Springs; Laura Driskill, Cy-Fair; Jettie Thompson, Cypress Woods; Rachel Bisceglia, Cypress Woods; Tori Treece, Cypress Woods; Chelsea Boles, Cypress Woods; Cassandra Barefield, Cy-Fair; Paige Murray, Cy-Fair; Kayla Holland, Cypress Springs; Lindsay Carroll, Cypress Springs; Tori Sheppard, Cypress Creek; Megan Selldin, Cypress Creek; Christa Hartnett, Cy-Fair; Ashley Marks, Cypress Woods; Molly Gorrie, Jersey Village; Jennifer Leissner, Langham Creek; Kayla Lott, Cypress Creek; Jackie Heffernan, Cypress Creek; Second Team All-District 15-5A – Sarah Provazek, Jersey Village; Nicole Wilganowski, Cypress Ranch; Lynsi Unruh, Langham Creek; Lauren Fairman, Cypress Lakes; Kaitlyn Friedel, Cypress Ranch; Jodie Ekster, Cy-Fair; Hailey Peet, Cy-Fair; Ashleigh Pellow, Cypress Lakes; Tori Collet, Jersey Village; Marissa Rodriguez, Jersey Village; Shelby Reddington, Cypress Creek;Katie Carrizales, Cypress Falls; Taylor Munguia, Cypress Ridge; Lauren Van Ness, Langham Creek; Amanda Fulkerson, Cy-Fair; Meredith Fair, Cy-Fair; Tonita Lopez, Cy-Fair; Taylor Guidry, Jersey Village; Margeaux Petrash, Cypress Ranch; Victoria Hernandez, Cypress Woods; Honorable Mention All-District 15-5A – Jordyn Anders, Langham Creek; Kaylyn Medcalf, Langham Creek; Amy Yeager, Cypress Springs; Sable Wallace, Cypress Springs; Lynsey Patterson, Cypress Ranch; Ashley Marmottin, Cypress Ridge; Hillary Webster, Cy-Fair; Mariah Gibson, Cy-Fair; Selika Raus, Cypress Lakes; Courtney Ladner, Jersey Village; Ashley Seibel, Cypress Woods; Jordan Thompson, Langham Creek; Shelby Winters, Cypress Falls; Kendra Rodriguez, Cypress Springs; Shelby Hobelman, Cypress Ranch; Elisa Sanchez, Cypress Ridge; Taylor Watkins, Cy-Fair; Ashley Leins, Cy-Fair; Jordan Kunz, Cypress Lakes; Samantha Salazar, Jersey Village; and Amy Macias, Jersey Village.

(L-R) Cypress Ridge student Ray Roberts, Cypress Springs student Anita Wilson and Cypress Ridge student Daniel Ortiz display the medals they won at the UIL Region II Academic Meet. v (L-R) Cy Creek students Christine Nguyen and Melanie Guzman show the first-place team plaque from the Region II Journalism competition. Photo by Joy Atkinson, CCHS.

Martha Miller

CCS STUDENT ACCEPTED INTO HIGH SCHOOL AERO­SPACE SCHOLARS PROGRAM – Cypress Christian School student, Martha Miller, has been accepted as one of 368 high school juniors from across Texas to be a part of the High School Aerospace Scholars summer internship program at NASA’S Johnson Space Center. Martha was nominated by State Senator Dan Patrick, but she qualified by completing 10 web-based assignments and maintained a 90 average during the school year.

Martha will tour the Johnson Space Center, work with NASA engineers to design a mission to Mars, and receive briefings from noted NASA employees including astronauts.


GOLFERS END SEASON AT REGIONALS – Two CFISD boys’ golf teams and two individual qualifiers finished their seasons at the Region II-5A Golf Championships in Waco. Cypress Woods High School placed eighth out of 16 teams with a two-day score of 628. Wildcat golfers are: Luke Sheehan, J.J. Black, Bryce Cooper, Taylor Wood and Craig Zietsman.

Cypress Creek High School came in 12th place, shooting a 654. Cougar golfers are: Matt Dunn, Brent Battson, Travis Adams, Bryant McKenzie and Mark Lupton.

Among individual medalists who qualified for regionals, Langham Creek’s Michael Hanigan placed eighth overall out of 15 golfers, while Langham Creek’s Logan White placed ninth.


ATHLETES REPRESENT CFISD IN HOUSTON-AREA ALL-STAR COMPETITIONS – One district soccer player and four basketball players represented CFISD as all-stars in Houston-area competitions. Cy-Fair High School girls’ soccer player Lindsey Wells, a junior defender, was selected to the Houston Dynamo Adidas Elite XI. She was honored prior to a Dynamo game in April.

Four CFISD high school boys’ basketball players represented their schools at the Houston Area Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game in May. The East All-Star team included: Cy Woods’ DeeMarco Richardson, Langham Creek’s Duke Reed and Cy Falls’ Chika Agwu. Cy Woods’ Andre Adams played for the North All-Star team, which was coached by Langham Creek head coach Charles Ament.


STUDENTS WIN QUILL AND SCROLL WRITING, PHOTO AWARDS – Cy-Fair ISD students were among a select group of national winners to be recognized for their journalistic work in the Quill and Scroll 2010 International Writing and Photo Contest.

Co-sponsored by the American Society of Newspaper Editors, the contest received a total of 2,585 entries in all 12 divisions, with a total of 256 entries selected as national winners and 318 individual student winners in all 12 categories.

Cy-Fair High School’s winners were senior Matt Edwards in the Sports category for “Volleyball Brings it All” and senior Ayana Cameron in the Feature category for “Senior Triumphs Over Cancer.”

Cypress Creek High School’s winners were Melanie Guzman, Maddi Andraschko, Lauren Bacom and Caitlyn Bacom in the In-Depth category for “How can cell phones get you in trouble?”—two news-feature stories and columns printed in the March 13, 2009, issue of the Cougar Connection.


Cypress Woods senior Alex Gonzalez signs his letter of intent to the University of Texas-Arlington.

WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL PLAYER SIGNS WITH UTA MOVIN’MAVS – Cypress Woods High School senior Alex Gonzalez signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Texas-Arlington Movin’ Mavs wheelchair basketball team in 2010-11.

Gonzalez has been a member of the TIRR Memorial Hermann Hotwheels team since 2005. He was confined to a wheelchair shortly before that time when debilitating spasms set in that doctors have been unable to diagnose or cure.

“We are proud of Alex for persevering over his setback and sticking with the passion he’s had since his youth,” said Kelly Ellis, Cypress Woods director of instruction. “Despite medical diagnoses, he has fought to play the sport he loves, and in turn has served as an inspiration to many of his classmates at Cy Woods. We’re proud of him for achieving the incredible honor of a college scholarship—a difficult feat even for students without this kind of obstacle.”

Coached by Doug Garner, the UTA Movin’ Mavs have participated in intercollegiate athletics since 1989-90 and are one of the only college wheelchair basketball teams in the state to offer scholarships.


ATHLETES SIGN WITH COLLEGES, UNIVERSITIES – Several Cy-Fair ISD athletes signed letters of intent this spring to play collegiate athletics with their respective schools in 2010-11.

The following athletes signed letters of intent: Cypress Woods High School – Eric Mikolajczyz, swimming, Truman State University; Bronte Vereb, volleyball, Colorado School of Mines; Jennifer Bassett, track and field, University of Texas-Arlington; Alex Samia, wrestling, Newman University; Chris Pillitere, tennis, University of Texas-Dallas; Savannah Harper, tennis, Newman University; Chelsea Boles, softball, Texas Wesleyan; Ashley Seibel, softball, Texas Wesleyan; Katie Franks, softball, University of Missouri-Kansas City; Jettie Thompson, softball, East Texas Baptist University; Alexandria Dawson, softball, Cisco Junior College; Matt Simms, baseball, University of Texas-San Antonio; Daniel Smith, baseball, Lon Morris College; Matt Williams, baseball, Lon Morris College; Cody Dickerson, baseball, Pepperdine University; Carter Nash, basketball, University of Texas-Dallas; Calvin Thomas, basketball, South Dakota School of Mines; Dee Marco Richardson, basketball, Jacksonville College; Patrick LaFleur, football, Bacone College; VonDarrick Jones, football, Trinity University; Brian Cobb, football, Tuskegee University; Julius Russell, football, Bethany College; Andrew Klink, football, Austin College; Scott Wiesmann, football, St. Mary’s University; Walter Kromholz, soccer, Houston Baptist Unversity; Kevin McNeal, soccer, McMurry University; and Trayvon Williams, basketball, Cedar Valley College; Jersey Village High School – Katie Jennett, volleyball, Oklahoma Panhandle State University; Tory Salazar, basketball, McMurry University; Austin Sarabia, golf, Ouachita Baptist University; Cypress Springs – Lindsay Carroll, softball, Texas Lutheran University; Jonathon Uribe, basketball, Mary Hardin Baylor; Cy-Fair – Aarika Reyna, basketball, Southeastern Louisiana University; Langham Creek – Diana Ramirez, soccer, Huston-Tillotson University; and Cypress Creek – Trenton O’Connor, football, Kansas Wesleyan University.


TENNIS PLAYERS COMPLETE SEASON AT STATE – The Cypress Woods High School mixed doubles team of seniors Gus Underwood and Kourtney Howell finished their season at the UIL Tennis State Championships in Lakeway.

Underwood and Howell ended the year as 5A state semifinalists following a 7-6 (4), 6-1 defeat to New Braunfels’ team of Samantha Adams and Harrison Adams—the eventual state champions.

Underwood and Howell prevailed in their quarterfinal matchup with Abilene’s Erich Bein and Madelyn Walker, winning with scores of 6-1, 7-5.


Debate coach Scott Baker with Cypress Ridge student Ray Roberts who displays the gold medal he won in Poetry Interpretation at the State Academic Meet.

STUDENTS PLACE IN UIL STATE ACADEMIC MEET – Cy-Fair ISD students won three state championships at the UIL State Academic Meet at the University of Texas. Cypress Woods High School represented the district well, placing fifth overall in Class 5A sweepstakes.

Cypress Woods student Darius Xu placed first in Computer Applications, Cypress Woods student Nick Rohleder tied for first place in Computer Science and Cypress Ridge student Ray Roberts placed first in Poetry Interpretation.

Other students placing in the top five at state are: Sophia Nguyen, Cypress Woods, second place, Current Issues; and second place, Literary Criticism; Lindsey Oncken, Cypress Woods, second place, Ready Writing; Sophia Nguyen, Eric Kuxhausen, Andy Clark and Aliah Kelly, Cypress Woods, second place, Team Current Issues; Christine Nguyen, Cypress Creek, fourth place, Editorial Writing; and Anita Wilson, Cypress Springs, fifth place, Poetry Interpretation.


CAMPBELL TECH CLUB WINS STATE AWARDS – The Campbell Middle School Tech Club brought home a bevy of awards from the Texas Technology Student Association state contest at the Heart of Texas Fairgrounds in Waco.Campbell was the No. 1 High Point Outstanding School in Texas and the No. 2 High Point Average. Eighth-grade student Ben Doung won the Outstanding Student of Texas, as well as the $1,000 Middle School Scholarship Savings Bond.The Tech Club also won 127 Best in State Letterman Award Patches, 309 first-place awards, 219 second-place awards and 46 third-place awards.Campbell teacher and Tech Club coach Kevin Morosin received the Texas TSA Honorary Lifetime Member award.

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