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Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Sports

Blaine Burke passes the ball for what would be one of his six assists in Tuesdays win at Memorial. Deer Park head coach Louie Means said Burke's contributions without the ball make him one of the team's best assets. Photo provided by Deer Park Photos.Half way through the grueling District 22-5A basketball schedule, the Deer basketball team finds itself in familiar territory – in the thick of a playoff race. Sporting a perfect 7-0 record following Tuesday's 59-52 victory at Pasadena Memorial, head coach Louie Means said there is till much work to be done.

"It's time to make adjustments," he said. "Up next, we have a tough South Houston squad with [Anthony Davis] who put 21 on us the first time we played them. Overall, we have to get better on the offensive rebounds. We haven't done that great in the first go through district."
Tip off is at South Houston at 7:30 p.m on Friday.
It's hard to be disappointed with a 7-0 district start, and while Means said just because the team is happy doesn't mean it's satisfied.
On the road against Memorial, Deer Park led 34-28 going into the fourth period, Deer Park extended the lead to 18 before Memorial pulled to within six points.

Deer Park trumps Lady Mavericks at home, 53-33

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Sports

Lady Deer basketball head coach Teresa White has praised her team all year for its versatility. Yet, it’s hard to imagine she thought that versatility would be tested this harshly 21 games into the season. Already missing Hayle Lovell, Kaylon Lawson and Tabitha Hawthorne to injuries, Deer Park used defense and a poor-shooting night from Pasadena Memorial to win 53-33 at home Tuesday night.

A combination of great Deer defense and tough luck for the Lady Mavericks allowed Deer Park to take a 10-0 lead after the first period. Deer Park jumped out to a 22-0 lead when Memorial scored their first points with 1:30 in the half. The Lady Deer went into halftime with a commanding 23-4 lead.

DPHS Sports Briefs

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The Lady Deer soccer team scored a 4-1 victory over Jersey Village this weekend while the Men's Golf team fared well too. The team of Louis Martinez, Joel Martinez, Taylor Hunter, Justin Glatthaar, and Cody Buffalo won the Crosby Invitational over the weekend. Taylor Hunter finished in second place with rounds of 75-78.


The Lady Deer Softball Booster Club will host a Meet the Team Dinner/Auction, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. in the South Campus Café. Tickets can be purchased from any softball player or at the door for $10.

Walkup sparks Deer to dramatic comeback at home

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Sports

With five seconds left to play, Thomas Walkup (23) scores a layup to seal Deer Park's dramatic come-from-behind victory over Pearland Friday night. Photo by Sally Hoffman.The Deer Park men’s basketball team knew their hands would be full against Pearland Friday night. Outsized and undermanned, the Deer erased a five-point deficit with less than two minutes to play to win 57-55 in a dramatic, come-from-behind victory.

Deer Park (16-9, 6-0)ended the game on a 9-0 run, aided by huge baskets and six missed Oiler free throws down the stretch.
“I told our guys to play good defense and get some stops,” Means said. “You foul to conserve time, and you hope they miss free throws. We didn’t foul the right guy one time, but you have to stop the clock. It was another exciting Pearland-Deer Park game.”
Down 55-50 with 1:49 to play, Thomas Walkup hit seven of his 11 points to tie the game and pull the Deer ahead.
He hit a three-pointer with about a minute left to tie the game.

For the love of the game: Blind athletes take to baseball diamond

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Sports

Members of the Bayou City Heat celebrate after a NBBA World Series Tournament. Despite their visual impairments, their sport has captured the hearts and minds of those who have seen them play. Photo provided by

The first rule of baseball is to keep your eye on the ball. But for a group of area athletes, baseball is played under a different set of rules – and in complete darkness.

For the Bayou City Heat, Houston's contribution to the National Beep Baseball Association, there's no keeping their eye on the ball. They, like every NBBA athlete, are either blind or visually impaired.
Deer Park resident Helen Boudreaux and her husband Charles are volunteers for the Heat. Their son Blake is blind and is regarded as one of the top beep baseball players in the world. Helen Boudreaux was this week's guest at the Deer Park Rotary Club lunch meeting.

Deer survive tough night at Rayburn

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Sports

Even though Deer Park is off to its best district start in almost two decades, not every night is going to be easy. In the record book, all the wins look the same. That's just fine with the Deer Park men's basketball team after they survived 43-41 at Sam Rayburn Tuesday night.

"That one was way too close," said Deer head coach Louie Means. "[The Texans] had a chance to tie or win the game at the end, but we held on."
Deer Park shot only 16-of-42 from the field and 0-for-11 from three point range, both out of the norm for the Deer.