On the strength of two Maddie Hill goals and a strong defensive effort, the Lady Deer soccer team clinched the 22-6A district title with a 2-1 win over La Porte Friday night. Despite the win and title, the Lady Deer are still focused on a strong finish as they march to the postseason.
The Deer Park boys basketball team is well represented on the year’s all-district teams. Six players total earned all-district honors. The varsity team finished the season with a 21-13 record and 6-8 in district play. The Deer were one of three 22-6A teams to win 20 games this season.
The Lady Deer softball team opened its district season Tuesday with a 13-0 win over South Houston in five innings. Winning pitcher Madison Nelson struck out eight and retired 14 of the 15 batters she faced in a no-hit effort. Meanwhile, the boys soccer team defeated Pasadena 2-0 on the road while the Lady Deer soccer team lit up the scoreboard for an 8-0 win at home over Pasadena.
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.
The Deer Park boys basketball season ended this week with a 66-43 first-round loss Atascocita. The boys team finished the 2016-17 season 21-13 overall, running off an impressive winning streak to force a one-game playoff to enter the postseason.
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!