Depite a 1-5 start to open the 2009-10 campaign bright spots have come in the form of Chase Hallene who had 12 points and seven assists in a 66-59 loss to Clear Brook. The Deer will try to get on track when they play Clear Lake tomorrow night. Photo by Sally Hoffman.Friday's wintry weather played havoc on area tournament schedules, changing the Clear Creek ISD men's basketball tournament into an opportunity to get a couple of games on the court. Although Deer Park lost both games, head coach Louie Means is making no excuses about the 1-5 start.
"Our guys are a little down right now, but I tell them that as long as they are breathing, we've got a chance to turn it around," he said. "If we were 1-5 in district, I'd be panicking. I said we had until January 5 [when district starts], but we still need to turn this around."
Means said the changes could come in the rotation of personnel as well as offensive and defensive philosophies.
"We've got a long ways to go, but we're showing some improvement," he said. "We've played well in spurts and then we turn around and give up easy baskets."
The Deer were to have played Crenshaw High School out of Los Angeles in the opening round of the CCISD tournament last weekend. However, the team no-showed and another opponent could not be found. With most school districts altering or canceling their Friday schedules, participating teams ventured to Clear Creek to play in a classic, non-bracketed style weekend.
Over the weekend, the Deer fell to Clear Brook 66-59. The Deer cut a 10-point halftime deficit to five entering the fourth quarter. However, a 9-28 night from the free throw line proved to be part of the difference.
Darian Banks, 2008-09 District 22-5A New Comer of the Year is one of several upperclassment head coach Louie Means is depending on for leadership on his young Deer Park squad. Photo by Sally Hoffman.Friday's snow and a no-show basketball team left the Deer Park High School men's basketball team with scheduling questions heading into this weekend's pre-district tournament action.
While most of the community enjoyed the snow, head coach Louie Means sees lost opportunities for his young basketball team to gel on the court.
"The guys are anxious. They'd rather play in a game than be stuck practicing," he said, as he waited to hear when Deer Park's tournament game against Clear Brook would be rescheduled. "We couldn't help the no-show and we can't change the weather."
The Deer were to play a high school team from Los Angeles Thursday night, but the team no-showed the tournament. Tournament organizers scrambled to find a replacement opponent for the Deer, but were unable to do so, making Deer Park winners via forfeit. Tonight's game is postponed to tomorrow because of the weather.
The Deer Park football team stands for the school song following their 29-7 playoff loss against Beaumont West Brook Saturday. Photo by Cheryl Kennedy.
Deer Park football head coach Chris Massey knew Beaumont West Brook would pose problems with its speed and athleticism. But for most of Saturday's 29-7 5A bi-district playoff loss in Baytown, the Deer weathered the Bruins' storm. However, two late West Brook touchdowns turned a close game into a lop-sided defeat as Deer Park's football season came to a close.
Deer Park teen Cole Bedford recently pitched his way onto the international scene when he was named to Team USA. He pitched two scoreless innings in COPABE action in Ecuador. Photo provided by Chris Bedford.Instead of hanging out with his friends, 13-year-old Cole Bedford would rather play some baseball. He will even go to the ends of the earth if he has to. Last month, he didn't have to go that far – just to Ecuador.
Cole was part of an 18-player 14-and-under contingent organized by USA Baseball to represent the country in the COPABE baseball tournament in South America. In that tournament, top-seeded Team USA swept through the six-game tournament, earning gold medals in the competition.
Experience of a lifetime
"The experience was awesome," he said. "My teammates were some of the best players from around the country, so that made all of us play even harder. I didn't get to play as much as I would have liked, but it was still cool to play and jump in the dogpile when we won."
Deer Park's road to the 5A Division I state title begins Saturday.
They will play against Beaumont West Brook on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Stallworth Stadium in Baytown. The Bruins, champions of District 21-5A, will be the home team. They finished the regular season with a 7-3 overall record and 5-0 in district play.