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Community turns out in full force to honor champs

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Sports

softballrallyThe state champion Lady Deer softball team enters a celebration in their honor at DPHS South on Tuesday. Photo by Bobby Vasquez.

The rain may have stayed away Tuesday night, but the Lady Deer softball team was still showered with adulations and proclamations at a ceremony celebrating its state title victory.

Mother Nature's fickle ways may have helped with a small favor. The threat of severe weather moved the party from Doll Forrest Field to the South Campus Café. The celebratory crowd was so large that the softball complex would have been too small to host the ceremony.

Each member of the softball team, including managers, trainers and coaches were introduced to the crowd, decked out in Deer Park's traditional maroon and gold.

Davenport named MVP, 7 Lady Deer named All-Tourney

Written by Jon Thompson. Posted in Sports

KristenDeer Park's Kristen Davenport led a contingent of seven Lady Deer to the State's All-Tournament team during her two-game MVP performance in Austin. Photo by Deer Park Photos.Aside from the state championship trophy, the Lady Deer softball team brought home a little extra hardware as souvenirs from their title win.

Seven of the 10 all-tournament spots were filled by Deer Park athletes, highlighted by state tournament MVP Kristen Davenport.

Davenport had a championship series of which every ballplayer dreams. The senior came into the state semifinal in relief in the first inning and shut down San Antonio's Northside O'Connor en route to a 13-2 run rule victory.

In the state title game against Houston area Klein Collins, Davenport recorded a seven inning complete game shut-out. She dominated the Collins batters, recording one-two-three innings in five of the seven frames. Davenport only faced one serious scoring threat in the game, which came in the fourth

And there was the hitting.

In the semi-final game, Davenport helped herself by belting out 2 singles, a double, and driving in 4 runs. In the championship game, she went 2-for-4, driving in two runs. Overall, Davenport batted 5-for-8 (.625 avg.) in the series and collected 6 RBIs.

Tops in Texas: Deer Park wins state title

Written by Sally Hoffman. Posted in Sports

tagDeer Park catcher Jo Rivera applies the tag to Klein Collins' Demi Janek (4) to preserve the team's shut-out victory over the Lady Tigers in the state softball final. Click on the image for a photo gallery of Deer Park's historic title win, courtesy of Deer Park Photos!

By the time the Lady Deer softball team hoisted the state title following its dominating 6-0 victory over Klein Collins, Deer Park's trail to the championship was littered with a who's who of softball power.

Alvin was nowhere to be found. Katy stayed home, and Pearland? Swept under the rug like an afterthought. When the dust settled, the only team left standing was Deer Park.

Going into the championship game, head coach Carrie Austgen encouraged her team to embrace the moment, but most importantly, she told them to "Go have fun."

Just one more!

Written by Sally Hoffman. Posted in Sports

Deer Park uses record-setting inning to advance to title game

softballThe Lady Deer softball team is now one win away from a state title in its first-ever appearance in the state tournament. Relive all the state semifinal action in this great photo gallery from Deer Park Photos! Click on the image to start the gallery.

Fueled by a UIL record-setting fifth inning, the Lady Deer softball team is one win a way from a historic first-ever state title.

Deer Park got off to a quick start Friday night in the 5A state semi-final softball contest against Northside O'Connor of San Antonio scoring two runs in the top of the first inning utilizing a combination of hitting and heads-up running by Caitlin Plocheck.

Where to catch Lady Deer softball

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Sports

DP LogoeditedFor fans unable to travel to Austin to watch the Lady Deer softball team compete for its first-ever state championship, the games will be broadcasted via several entities.

InsideDP's partners at the Legacy Sports Network will broadcast all Deer Park games live from McCombs Field in Austin, beginning with tonight's semifinal game against Northside O'Connor.

Chuck Licata will have the live play-by-play over the internet. To listen to the Legacy Sports Network broadcast, go to First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. The championship game will be at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

InsideDP will have updates on its Facebook page as the evening progresses.

The 5A finals will also be broadcast on Fox Sports Southwest. Check your local listings for channel and broadcast time.

Lady Deer punch ticket to state with Pearland sweep

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Sports

ladydeercelebrateThe Lady Deer softball team rushes the field to celebrate after clinching a berth in the state tournament in Austin. Photo by Deer Park Photos.

When it mattered most, the Lady Deer softball team looked fate right in the eye. Staring at a bases loaded, no-out jam, while clinging to a 2-0 lead, Deer Park never blinked. Now, the team is staring at an opportunity for its first-ever state title after sweeping softball powerhouse Pearland over the weekend.

Deer Park debuts at state Friday at 6 p.m. against Northside O’Connor from San Antonio. The game takes place at McCombs Field at the University of Texas at Austin. The winner of that game takes faces the winner of Plano East and Klein Collins on Saturday for the state championship.


Written by Deer Park Photos. Posted in Sports


The Lady Deer softball team captured its first-ever regional title with a dramatic two-game sweep over state powerhouse Pearland. With the win, Deer Park has earned a berth into the state softball tournament. Click the image above to relive the action and celebration with this great photo gallery with our friends from Deer Park Photos.

Deer Park takes Regional Final opener 1-0

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Sports

DP LogoeditedA first-inning run managed to hold up for the game as the Lady Deer softball team defeated Pearland 1-0 in its best-of-three series in the Region III Final at Manvel. Deer Park has moved within one win of a coveted berth in the state softball tournament.

Deer Park's Caitlin Plocheck retired the last eight batters she faced as she and her defense dealt with the smallest of wiggle room.

"We didn't hit the way we usually do, so we had to play harder on defense. We had to come out hard and strong against them because [Pearland] wants it too," she said. "We have to come out even harder [for Game 2]. We have to want it more."

"I was very impressed with [Plocheck]. She's a gamer. She keeps her composure," said Deer Park Head Coach Carrie Austgen.

Game 2 is set for 7:30 p.m. tonight, also at Manvel. Game 3 will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the University of Houston. A Deer Park win in either of the two games will put the Lady Deer in Austin for a shot at the team's first-ever state title.

DPHS basketball programs set summer camps

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Sports

dphsbb-mikeDeer Park Cager Club Boys Basketball Camp will held June 11-14 from 8:30-11-30 for next year's third through ninth graders.

Forms can be picked up at any school or athletic office.

You also can go to www. to get an application by selecting athletics, then summer camps.

For more information you can contact Head Coach Louie Means @ 713-302-9898.

Lady Deer Girls Basketball will offer a camp for girls grades 4-9, June 4-6 at the South Campus Gym. Early registration price is $70, and includes a camp shirt. For more information contact Coach White 832-668-7250 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Dorothy Harold 713-553-4985, email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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