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Red Mango Athlete Spotlight: Elkins graduate Nick Harwell

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By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com After graduating from Elkins High in 2009, Nick Harwell’s football career took the scenic route. But the 6-foot-1, 193-pound Missouri City native has found a home in a major football conference as the top receiver for the University of Kansas. Harwell, a senior who will graduate in December, has caught 41 […]

Kempner High grad looks forward to facing Texans

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By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com Kempner High graduate George Iloka made a decision just before his senior season that propelled him to an NFL career. Iloka, 24, had been a wide receiver for the Cougars during his first three years. Then-head coach James Brown and teammate Chris Banjo, now a safety with the Green Bay Packers, […]

Eight questions for the Fort Bend football playoffs

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(1) Will Ridge Point make a run? The Ridge Point High football team made history with a perfect 10-0 regular season. Only one of those victories (30-21 over 5A-23 runner-up Elkins) was decided by single digits. The Panthers have three Division I commits in Jordan Tolbert (Baylor), Jameel Cook (Maryland) and Cameron Townsend (Maryland) and […]

Red Mango Athlete Spotlight: Fort Bend Christian’s Kat Mantel

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By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com Fort Bend Christian junior Kat Mantel is looking forward to competing in the TAPPS Class 4A Volleyball semifinals on Friday in Corsicana. Mantel, a 17-year-old middle blocker who’s been on the varsity team since her freshman year, helped lead FBCA to playoff victories over Austin Regents and San Antonio Holy Cross, […]

Austin senior commits to Fresno State

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By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com Austin High running backs have carried the ball, north-to-south in recent seasons, but when it comes to picking colleges they head west. Bulldogs senior Bryson Oglesby has verbally committed to Fresno State in Fresno, Calif. – one year after Vic Enwere chose the University of California-Berkeley. “He’s someone I look up […]

Football Notebook: Seven local teams qualify for the playoffs

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By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com The upcoming weekend will feature the final regular season games of the 2014 football season. Coaches often remind their players not to overlook any games, but nobody’s said anything about fans doing the same. Entering last weekend, only three teams – Hightower, Ridge Point and Elkins– had clinched playoff spots. Over […]

Defenses have trouble keeping up with Stafford’s Jones

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By Adrian Martin For The Star Hezekiah Jones has legitimate world class speed with great hands, footwork and agility. In other words, he’s a defensive coordinator’s nightmare. The 6-foot-tall sophomore is a true multi-sport gem for Stafford High (5-3, 1-2), which hosts Needville 93-5, 1-2) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Spartans Stadium. Hard work has […]

Football Notebook: Hightower protects its legacy

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By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com Tears streamed down Padriac McGinnis’ cheeks as he realized that his Hightower High football team had just accomplished one of their goals, and were a game away from achieving another one. The Hurricanes (6-3, 6-1) clinched a playoff spot with a 21-19 win over preseason 6A-23 favorite, Alief Taylor, last Saturday. […]

Athlete Spotlight: Ridge Point High’s Brooke Rutherford

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By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@fortbendstar.com Ridge Point High senior setter/outside hitter Brooke Rutherford is ready to help the Panthers win their first district championship in volleyball. “It’s been really fun,” Rutherford said. “Our outside hitters and middle blockers are great. We have amazing hitters. It’s a great group of girls.” The Panthers are currently undefeated in […]

Coach and son put Travis High in position to win district title

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By Adrian Martin For The Star The starting quarterback role on varsity comes with its challenges, but Cody Cunningham has a great support system to call on. His chief contact is his head coach and father Randy Cunningham. Father and son have created a successful formula at Travis. Taking care of business inside the lines […]

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