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Lady Deer soccer victory over South Houston comes with added challenge

Written by Adrian Romero. Posted in Sports

The Lady Deer soccer team kept their momentum with a 6-0 district win over South Houston Tuesday.

Deer Park got on the board early, thanks to back-to-back goals from Nylah Shepherd and Madelyn Hill. Two more Lady Deer goals sent the teams to halftime with Deer Park up 4-0.

Lady Deer Head Coach Jesse Saavedra, always looking to challenge his team, put nine players on the field in the second half while South Houston kept 11 . The team rose up to the challenge, finding the back of the net twice while playing shorted-handed.

Gabby McDonald, who added a second-half goal, said keeping the team challenged and uncomfortable will pay off later.

"I feel like we moved the ball really well the whole game, and we're looking better and better each week. Playing in kind of an easier district is good because we win, but bad because there's a possibility of us getting too relaxed,” she said. “Coach Saavedra doesn't let this happen, and finds things like what you saw in the second half to make sure we don't lose our touch when playoffs come.”

Next up for the team is a road match at Sam Rayburn Friday at 6 p.m.

Deer win OT thriller to clinch playoff berth (w/Photo Gallery)

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Sports

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With their proverbial backs to the wall, the Deer Park boys basketball team found a way into the postseason in an thrilling 49-41 overtime victory over Sam Rayburn Friday. Next up for the Deer is Atascocita Monday night in Channelview in the first round of the playoffs. Click the photos to start a gallery of the action from Deer Park Photos!

Lady Deer surge continues with blowout win (w/Photo Gallery)

Written by Adrian Romero. Posted in Sports

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The Lady Deer soccer team notched another dominant performance Friday night, scoring a 9-2 over visiting Beaumont West Brook. Deer Park scored within the first minute of the game and never looked back. Next up for the team is a home match against South Houston. Click the photos to start a gallery of the action from Deer Park Photos!

OT loss forces Deer to play one more game for postseason berth

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Sports

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The Deer Park boys basketball team lost its season finale in a 76-75 overtime thriller at West Brook Tuesday night. The Deer end the regular season tied with Rayburn for the final playoff spot in 22-6A. A play-in game for that spot will be Friday at 7 p.m. at Clear Lake High School with the winner advancing to the postseason.

Lady Deer season ends in playoff loss

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Sports

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The Lady Deer basketball team’s season came to a heartbreaking end Valentines night with a 51-43 loss in the bidistrict round of the state playoffs. The Lady Deer finish the 2016-17 campaign with a 22-10 overall record and as District 22-6A co-champs with a 13-1 district mark.

DPHS swimmers set for state meet

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Sports

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The Deer Park High School Swim team is sending five athletes to this week’s state swim meet after a dominating performance at regionals. Sierra Moralez will represent Deer Park in the girls 100m breaststroke while the boys team of Jimmy Burke, Arden Manuel, Riley Manuel and Dylan Saxton will compete in the 400 freestyle relay.

Lady Deer victorious in defensive battle

Written by Adrian Romero. Posted in Sports

madyhillDeer Park's Mady Hill (5) goes for a strike during the team's 1-0 district win over Dobie Friday night. Photo by Travis Young/Deer Park Photos.

A strong defensive effort from the Lady Deer soccer team was rewarded with a 1-0 win Friday against Dobie.

Deer Park freshman Natalie McDonald’s goal proved to be enough to preserve the district victory. The rest of the game was decided by Deer Park's strong back line, who kept their goalie comfortable by keeping Dobie's offense at bay.

Head Coach Jesse Saavedra said he is proud of how his young team is developing; and he has good reason to be as Deer Park is undefeated in district.

"While these girls are young, they've really worked well with our older girls and made a strong team. Tonight was Natalie's first start for us, and she scored a goal. All of our freshman and sophomores have really stepped into their roles on offense and defense and help this team be successful,” he said.

The Lady Deer will travel on Tuesday to play Pasadena Memorial.