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Means signs with Hesston JC

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Signing MeansLutheran South Academy Basketball Player Collin Means of Deer Park recently signed his letter of intent to play basketball at Hesston Junior College in Kansas.

The 6-foot, 2-inch Means transferred to Lutheran South Academy his junior year from Deer Park High School and finished his career by scoring 1,646 points. He also finished his career with 248 three pointers, and shot 80 percent from free throw line. Means also averaged 4.2 rebounds per game.

Pictured with Means (center) are his parents Sherri and Louie and his grandparents Bill and Shirley Kielman.

Lady Deer ready for long road ahead

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Sports

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With one match under their belts and a big tournament this weekend, the Lady Deer volleyball team is preparing for another playoff run. Before they hit that road, DPHS Coach Cortni Cox wants her team to use the predistrict schedule as a learning experience.

Hanna-led team takes top spot in St. Louis

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McVey St. LouisPhoto courtesy of John Bisci.

Canadian NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car racer Scott McVey recorded one of his strongest performances of his career in a winning effort during the recent Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Regional at Gateway Motorsports Park just outside of St. Louis. McVey qualified No. 1 and set low elapsed time of every round on his way to the winner’s circle.

McVey, from Ile de Chenes, Manitoba, wheeled his Will Hanna-tuned Monte Carlo to the No. 1 spot with a 5.591 at 259.31 mph. First round nearly ended his run to the winner’s circle against defending North Central Region Champion Todd Robertson. Right before starting, McVey’s crew heard an air line leaking. Some quick thinking by Hanna enabled McVey to take the win with a 5.612 at 260.56 mph. Hanna is from Deer Park.

“After having a freak problem on the line at our last race in Columbus, when I saw the guys scrambling, I was thinking ‘not again,” said Hanna. “The leak was well into the belly pan area, so I knew we had zero chance of finding it, much less fixing it on the line. So I told Scott to put it in high gear (for the burnout), we turned the air bottle off and did the burnout. After backing up from the burnout, we lifted the body, waited for Robertson to move towards the line, said a prayer, turned the air on and quickly motioned Scott to the line. Luckily for us, it had just enough air to make the run.”

In the semifinals, McVey took out Lance Van Hauen with a 5.591 at 259.91 mph, matching his qualifying pace. That set up the finals with Andy Bohl, in what may prove to be a pivotal race in the North Central Region Championship. McVey took a sizable jump off the line, .045 to .119 and never looked back, taking the win with a 5.613 at 260.56 mph.

“This was a nice bounce back from Columbus,” McVey commented. “The track was great all weekend and the crew did a fantastic job of putting a great car on the track all weekend. We really have to thank Lucas Oil Products and Polo Park Bowling Center for their support this year and all the parts manufacturers that got our parts repaired or new parts coming on the quick turnaround after Columbus. This is a great way to lead into my home race in Brainerd in two weeks.”

The win gave McVey a 52-point lead over Chris Foster in the North Central Region standings. Foster entered the event in the points lead, but lost in the first round. McVey is quick to point out the title fight is far from over.

“It’s nice to have the lead, but it’s who has the lead at the end that counts,” said McVey. “Bohl started late, but he has a very good hot rod right now and will be in the thick of things for sure by the time he gets a few more races in. Foster and [Tony] Bogolo are more than capable of picking up more wins as the year goes on. I have a prior commitment and won’t be able to make the Bowling Green (Ken.) race, so we will have to take the fight to Earlville (Iowa).”

Lady Deer fall to nationally ranked Clear Creek

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Sports

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The Lady Deer Volleyball team had a tough task Tuesday night when it hosted Clear Creek. Ranked No. 14 in the country, the Lady Wildcats took the first two sets before Deer Park came alive trying to avoid the sweep. Unfortunately for the Lady Deer, the comeback effort fell short as the Creek outlasted Deer Park, squeezing out a 25-23 win to complete the sweep.

DP Seminoles rack up 3 wins to open 2016

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Noles BengalsPhoto provided by Rob Parham.

Pee Wee
The PeeWee Seminoles started off the 2016 campaign with a 25-12 victory over the Texas City Bengals on Saturday morning. Hayden LaFrenz got the scoring started with a 70-yard scamper to the end zone on the first play from scrimmage and the ‘Noles never looked back. The offense tallied over 200 yards on the ground behind a strong offensive line that was relentless in the trenches against the Bengals front seven. LaFrenz, Ayden Benavides and Lian Kiefer benefited from the push up front behind Cash Monson, Jaxson Maguire, Gage Trahan, Kason Edwards, Wyatt Nugent, Blake Johnson and Cody Hickman. Benavides, starting fullback for the ‘Noles, ran for two touchdowns on the day and also crossed the goal line on an extra point attempt.

On the other side of the ball, Defensive Coordinator Ryan Hickman had his unit primed and ready as the Bengals only scored on short fields and were never able to get anything going offensively. The ‘Noles stacked the box and were constantly applying pressure in the Bengals backfield which translated to minimal gains the entire contest. Blake Johnson, Cody Hickman, Lian Kiefer, Cameron Gonzalez, Wyatt Nugent, Kason Edwards, and Jackson Bates all had strong showings defensively in the season opener and were key contributors to the great team defense played by the Seminoles.

A very tough Texas City Bengals squad handed the Freshman Seminoles their first loss of the season. The ‘Noles had several opportunities to put the ball across the goal line but penalties and a tough defense stalled the majority of the offensive drives.

The Sophomore Seminoles kicked off the 2016 season with a huge come from behind win over the defending Super Bowl Champion Texas City Bengals. Down 13-0, Seminole running back Caden Hisatake scored on a 45-yard run as time expired to make the score 13-6 to end the first half. Jackson Rorick recovered an onside kick for the Seminoles to start the second half. The Seminole offense went straight to work as Talon Sedtal, Aiden Salcedo, Keanen Kiefer, and Hisatake were able to run freely down field thanks to the offensive line blocking by Maddox Atchley, LJ Delgado, Jackson Gillie, Rylen Votion, and Clayton Mcdonald. Salcedo ended the drive with a 3-yard touchdown run. Seminoles tied the game when Kiefer crossed the goal line on the two-point conversion. To prove the last onside kick was not luck, Sedtal recovered the second onside kick of the game. The offense used the clock wisely eating up the entire third quarter but could not get past the goal line. The Seminole defense started the fourth quarter by forcing the Bengals to a four and out offensive series. The offense kept the momentum going when Hisatake scored on 20-yard run putting the Seminoles ahead 19-13. The Bengals offense had one last chance to tie the game with less than a minute left on the game clock. The Seminole defense held their ground and preserved the win.

The Junior Seminoles almost pulled off the impossible against the two-time defending GCPFL Super Bowl Champion Texas City Bengals. The Junior Bengals squad entered the game with a 23-0 record spanning over the last two years. Bengals struck first by putting six points on the scoreboard to start the game. The Seminoles matched those points quickly when Caleb Espinoza scampered 50 yards on the ‘Noles first offensive play. The Bengals scored again on the next set of series, but the ‘Noles answered quickly again when Dylan Marbury took the ball to the house. Both defenses settled in the remainder of the game, but the Bengals put two more touchdowns on the board late in the game to take the win 27-12.

The senior Seminoles opened their 2016 season with a 49-6 win over the Texas City Bengals. Physical play on both sides of the ball allowed the Seminoles to score at will, and held the offense of the Bengals scoreless. The Seminoles ran for more than 250 yards, and more than 100 yards through the air on the day. The running game saw a whole host of backs find paydirt on the day. Touchdown runs were turned in by Nicholas Buffalo, Zayid Ramos, Esteban Nava, Dino Demetriou, and Malcolm Shannon. Josh Mendoza ran the ball well for the Seminoles, but was stopped at the goalline after a 50-yard burst. Quarterback Jace Martinez hooked up with Ramos, and Hunter Boren through the air to round out the scoring for the Noles. The Noles big offensive line punished the defense of the Bengals all game, creating truck size holes for the backs to run through. Leading the way upfront were, Barrett Lay, Dillon Ford, Xavier Madrigal, Seth Resendez, Steven Resendez, Eli Carrizales, Ryan Webb, and Brandyn Perez. The stingy Noles defense swarmed the Bengals offense all day, allowing very few yards and no offensive scores on the day. The big front line for the defense played havoc for the offensive line of the Bengals early and often. Defensive tackles Luke Webb and Mark Gonzalez led the way upfront. Webb forced two Bengal fumbles, and he and Gonzalez fought through double and triple teams to bring down Bengal ball carriers all day. Other Seminole defenders that contributed to the shut out were, Caleb Shannon, Aiden Martinez, Diego Lopez-Leal, Landon Morman, Nate Pena. The lone score from the Bengals came on a kickoff return for a touchdown.

The Deer Park Seminoles travel to Galveston this week to take on the Hurricanes.

Boys CC takes third at La Porte meet

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fulldeerhead smallThe Deer Park Deer boys cross country teams ran well this Friday at Northwest Park in La Porte

Deer Park Varsity Boys 33 pts
3rd place team
William Wagner and Kevin Moore 8th place
Jarrod Moreno and Danny Camacho 10th
Ethan Cortez and Robert Olvera 15th
John Segura and Aidan Stokes 24th

2nd place team
Orlando Ortiz and Jacob Garcia 3rd
Stephen Juarez and Ben Holweg 5th
Antonio Garcia and Trey Michels 24th
Chris Bargas and Frank Alonzo 32rd

2nd place team
Zach Diaz and Robert Gonzalez 4th
Jonathan Martinez and Ruben Gonzalez 5th
Tanner Hefner and Sam Morse 6th
Kenny Gibbs and Ryland Rendon 15th

Deer fall to TAPPS powerhouse

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Sports

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The 2016 Deer Park football campaign kicked off Saturday against TAPPS powerhouse Bishop Dunne. Although the Deer forced five Falcon turnovers, it was not enough to overcome an early 28-point deficit. Deer Park's Angel Vargas had two touchdowns and 110 yards in the 45-24 loss.

PHOTO GALLERY: Lady Deer Volleyball vs Clear Brook

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The Lady Deer Volleyball team lost a tough match Friday night at home against Clear Brook, 25-16, 25-22 and 25-13. Deer Park Photos has a gallery of the action by clicking the image. The Lady Deer went 2-2 in a tournament over the weekend with wins over Katy Taylor and Manvel. Next up for Deer Park is a home match against Clear Lake Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. at the North Campus.

'Noles sweep Hurricanes

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Pee Wee
The Pee Wee Seminoles rose to victory in Week 2 of the season with a decisive 41-7 victory over the Galveston Hurricanes. The ‘Noles rushing attack couldn't be held in check as Hayden LaFrenz, Ayden Benavides, Blake Johnson, Cody Hickman, Cameron Gonzalez, and Kason Edwards all found pay dirt. The defense was also in midseason form only allowing one Hurricanes score on the day and forcing multiple turnovers in the contest.