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Deer blow out Rangers 91-49

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Sports

Jacob Munoz's 4-of-5 shooting game was part of a Deer barrage that led to 91 points on 56 percent shooting. Photo by Sally Hoffman.For the first two minutes of Monday's game, it looked like it was going to be one of those days for the Deer. No shot would fall, no matter how good the attempt. After the Deer took the lid off the bucket, it turned out it was going to be one of those days for Baytown Sterling as Deer Park scored a 91-49 blowout.

Every player on the court for the Deer scored, including six players in double-digits. Joseph Nedbalek and Thomas Walkup each had 17 points. Jacob Munoz added 12 points. Chase Hallene had 11 points while Daniel Gallegos and Darian Banks chipped in 10 points apiece.

Lady Deer win second straight, 2-0 in district

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Sports

There was nothing pretty about the Lady Deer basketball team’s 32-22 district victory over Pearland last week. But head coach Theresa White will take the extra tick in the win column heading into the winter break.

“At least we don’t worry about style points,” she said after the win at Watkins Gymnasium. “It wasn’t pretty but we will take it.”
On an afternoon when both teams had trouble shooting, Pearland took an early 4-2 lead. After that, it was all Deer Park. The Deer went on a 10-4 run for the remainder of the first half, and took 12-8 lead into the half.
In the third period, Pearland came out with more intensity, but poor shooting and a tenacious Deer defense kept them at bay.

Deer race to three victories in two days

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Sports

Deer forwad Joseph Nedbalek fights under the basket against the storied Peabody Magnet program out of Louisiana at the Lee College Classic. The Deer improved their record to 5-7, earning their way to the Gold Bracket final. Photo by Sally Hoffman.Deer Park basketball coach Louie Means knew it would be a matter of time before the Deer basketball team put together solid, complete games. Entering the Lee College Tournament with a 2-6 pre-district record, he knew his team was destined for a turnaround.

And he was right.
The Deer improved their record to 5-7, marching their way to the Gold Bracket finals of the Baytown tournament. Post Darian Banks and guard Thomas Walkup, both juniors, were named to the all-tournament team.
"That was a good weekend for us," said Means. "We shot the ball well. We played well as a team. It's the old cliché – a total team effort."
Deer Park opened with a pair of wins over Goose Creek Memorial and St. Thomas More (La.).
Against Memorial, the Deer opened an 11-point lead at halftime and finished with a 57-36 victory. Walkup led the way with 16 points, six rebounds, six assists and seven steals. Despite a 3-13 shooting night, Banks had 14 points and five rebounds. Blaine Burke contributed three rebounds, an assist and four steals.
Next, the Deer turned an 8-point halftime lead over St. Thomas to a 77-58 win. Walkup had a double-double, 20 points and 11 assists, while adding five steals. Banks added 15 points, hitting 5-5 shooting along with eight rebounds. Overall, the Deer were on fire from the floor, hitting 31 of 50 shots, including 6 of 12 from three-point range.

Texans' Daniels meets fans at DP Whatabuger

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Houston Texans' tight end Owen Daniels (center) accepts a check for the Shriners Hospital on behalf of the Texans Care Foundation at the Deer Park Whataburger on Spencer and East Boulevard. Joining Daniels are Texans Cheerleader Candy, Mark Brown from Whataburger, Greg Grisson from the Texans and Texans Cheerleader Rebecca. Photo by Bobby Vasquez.

Houston Texans Tight End Owen Daniels received the Texans Community Player of the Month Award for November, the team announced today. The award, presented by Whataburger, is voted on by Texans fans online and at the team's home games.

Daniels accepted the award at the Whataburger on Spencer Highway at East Boulevard. The Texans and Whataburger made a $500 donation to the Shriner's Children's Hospital on his behalf. To celebrate, Daniels met with and signed autographs for Texans fans.
He participates in the Texans All Community Team  initiative that allows players to give back to area kids. He and two teammates purchased 370 season tickets for children at a local hospital  for the second consecutive season.
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Deer athletes land state, 22-5A district honors

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Deer Park Volleyball All-District Honorees

Newcomer of the Year
Haley Mueller, Sophomore
First team
Terra Peil, Senior
Haley Hoffman, Junior
Tyler Jenkins, Senior

Second team
Kayla Jordan, Sophomore
Tabitha Hawthorne, Sophomore

Honorable Mention
Shalon Bridges, Senior
Academic All-District Team
Tyler Jenkins, Senior
Shea Elliott, Senior
Terra Peil, Senior
Haley Hoffman, Junior

Academic All-State
Tyler Jenkins
Terra Peil
Shea Elliott

Deer lose tough OT contest at Lake

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Sports

Deer posts Darian Banks (53) and Kevin Layton (33) go up for a rebound in Tuesday's 75-70 OT loss at Clear Lake. The Deer look to turn their rough start around this weekend at the Lee College Tournament in Baytown. Photo by Sally Hoffman.Deer Park head basketball coach Louie Means has said his team has worked hard on putting everything together. On a night when he said everything was clicking, the Deer suffered a heartbreaking loss in overtime at Clear Lake, 75-70.

"That's was another one of those great Clear Lake-Deer Park games," he said. "Our guys played a tough, gutsy game and so did they."
Means said the team can draw a lot from the experience of playing an overtime game against a tough area rival in a hostile environment.
"When we get to district, there's always a game or two in there that comes all the way down to the wire and gets really exciting. We can learn from what happened [Tuesday night]."
Darian Banks contributed his third-straight double-double with a season-high 29 points and 11 rebounds. He also had two blocks on the night.
"Darian is a gifted athlete," Means said. "He's coachable and a good team player. So long as he stays healthy, we're expecting him to be a big contributor this year."
Senior guard Daniel Gallegos chipped in with 16 points, Kevin Layton had 11 rebounds while Thomas Walkup had nine assists and two steals.
Despite the loss, Means said the team's attitude is zeroing in on where it needs to be. There was more camaraderie on the bench and intensity on the court.