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DP soccer programs aim to come back home

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Sports

DP LogoeditedFor the men's and women's soccer teams, the road to state goes through Deer Park. When April 13-14 comes around, both teams want to play on their home turf as Clyde Abshier Stadium will host the Region III semifinals and finals with the winner advancing to state.

This season, both teams finished as champions of District 22-5A and are looking at prolonged runs into the state tournament

For the women's team, a relentless scoring attack and a suffocating defense paved the way to another undefeated season under head coach Todd McBride. With a record of 19-3-5 (10-0) the Lady Deer are poised to make waves in the Region III bracket.

"When we go out, we play at the level that we want to get to," McBride said. "These girls understand that to get to state, they have to play at a state-level and no less. You can see it in their eyes during practice and when we play. District isn't good enough for them."

The Lady Deer have only surrendered more than one goal twice this season, both of those coming in pre-district matches. They haven't lost since a 4-0 defeat to Flower Mound Marcus at the end of January and have only given up three goals since then.

Ryan Martinez heading to TLU

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Surrounded by his family and coaches, Ryan Martinez of the Deer Park High School football team signed with Texas Lutheran University Thursday morning. Martinez was a starting cornerback for the Deer and was a unanimous pick for all-district in 22-5A and was academic all-district. Martinez, who is also a member of the National Honor Society, was named the most valuable defensive back for the 2011-12 season. He is the son of Jose and Becky Martinez. His brother and sister are Andy and Lexi Martinez. Photo by Bobby Vasquez.

Special Olympians take win against varsity

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When the final buzzer sounded, two basketball teams met at center court to shake hands. Even though the final score read 55-25, everyone walked off Carlisle Court at Deer Park High School a winner.

Deer Park's Special Olympic basketball team defeated the men's varsity team in that game. It wasn't on varsity's regular season schedule, but for Special Olympics, it was their biggest game, said Jeff Greene, assistant principal at Fairmont Junior High and coach for the team.

DPHS fishing team takes top 10 finish in first tourney

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The Deer Park High School Fishing Team competed in the State Tournament this past weekend in Allen, Texas. The team finished ninth overall and came away with a second place finish in the big bass competition with a 4 pound, 1 ounce bass caught by junior Cameron Kirkpatrick. Other members in the competition were Tyler Boyer, Dillon Wilburn, Brian Ernhart, Bradley Hanks, Nolan Sampson, Matt Callas and Austin Rainer.

Lady Deer topple SoHo to win district opener

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Sports

DP LogoeditedThe Lady Deer softball team had to wait an extra day for their district opener against South Houston. Their bats had to wait a little while too before they awoke. Behind a two-hit, 10-strikeout performance of Caitlin Plocheck, the bats came to life and Deer Park rallied late for a convincing 8-0 lead.

"We've had a bunch of injuries and we have almost everyone back, so wins like this are good," said Plocheck. "We struggled with our hitting tonight, so I had to be on my game until we had an inning where the bats would come around."

Deer Park's table setters came from the bottom of the line up as Alana Tinker, Taylor Burnett, Kristin Davenport and Lexi Fryar combined for 6-for-12 and six runs on the night. Plocheck helped her own cause with three hits while Lindsay Warburton had four RBIs.

"We had to wake up because she mixed it up pretty well on us. She made us jumpy," Plocheck said about South Houston's starting pitcher.

Lady Deer visit elementary students

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ladydeervisitThe Lady Deer basketball teams were invited to San Jacinto Elementary and Deer Park Elementary during Texas Public School Week. The girls visited the schools during breakfast and sat with the students to build team spirit and encourage leadership skills. Photo provided by the Lady Deer Tip-Off Booster Club

Team visits elementary students, stars honored

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Sports

all-districtThe Deer Park men's basketball team's all-district selections were (back row) Taylor Morris, Austin Hughes, Dennis Lawton, (front row) Jeremy Dockan and Robert Martinez.

Last week, members of the Deer Park High School men's varsity basketball team spent part of their morning with students at San Jacinto Elementary.

The athletes had breakfast and mingled with the students just before their first bell.

"It's part of leadership," said Head Coach Louie Means. "The kids look up to our guys. When the [elementary] students go to our basketball games, these are the guys they see. These are the guys that they try to imitate."

Knowing this, Means said he pressures his student athletes to be leaders on and off the court.

Means also honored Deer Park's all-district selections. Robert Martinez and Jeremy Dockan were both named first-team, all district. Dennis Lawton was named second team. Austin Hughes and Taylor Morris were both named honor able mention.

Hughes and Dockan were also named to the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches state's all-academic team.

Rainer commits to Austin College

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Sports

AustinsignsPhoto by Bobby Vasquez.

DPHS Senior Quarterback Austin Rainer has committed to continue his football career at Austin College in Sherman. Rainer took over as starting quarterback during his sophomore season. He was selected to participate in the Blue-Grey National Combine and finished as MVP of the national combine. Rainer was named Offensive MVP of District 22-5A. He is the son of Daryl and Michelle Rainer.

Martinez signs with Texas Lutheran

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Senior John Martinez has signed his to play football at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin. The son of Terri and Marty Martinez, John was named first team all-district in the 2010-11 and 11-12 seasons. The linebacker has also been named academic all-district and is a member of the National Honor Society. He is played on varsity for three years and started for two.