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Lamar falls to Kingwood, ends successful season

May 28, 2019

Only two baseball teams from Houston ISD in the current decade have reached the state round of 16. Both are from Lamar.

The Texans matched the 2011 squad with a run to the Region III-6A semifinals, falling 7-5 and 8-3 to an impressive Kingwood squad.

Lamar (31-7-2) nearly rallied from a 7-1 deficit in its final at-bat in game one, getting five consecutive hits down to its final out. Brendan Cumming doubled, Cyrus Twaddle, Alexander Lopez and Sam Frank singled and Drew Woodcox drilled a three-run double to bring the tying run to the plate.

Joe Castillo and Matthew Mackey combined for 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief to give the Texans time to rally.

Lamar had another big seventh inning in game two, but trailed 8-0. Frank and Chris Gutierrez led with two hits, while Woodcox had a two-run triple.

The Texans closed a stellar season that included the District 18-6A championship and playoff series victories against Jersey Village, Katy and Memorial.

Knipe ranks among academic eilte

The Texas High School Coaches Association recognized many of the best scholar-athletes from the spring sports season, releasing its academic all-state teams for soccer, track and field, golf, tennis, baseball and softball.

Senior athletes, managers or trainers were ranked based on a combination of grade-point average, class rank and ACT/SAT score. Students had to be in good standing with the team, of good moral character and have an overall career GPA of 92 percent or better.

Lamar’s Zane Knipe earn an elite ranking for the second time, including for football. Heights and Sterling also represented Houston ISD on spring all-academic lists.

Strake Jesuit was among the state leaders with 13 players making the cut in baseball.

THSCA ALL-STATE ACADEMIC

BOYS TRACK

Lamar

Zane Knipe, ELITE

GOLF

Heights

Jada Hernandez, 2nd team

BASEBALL

Sterling

Juan Lozaya, 2nd team

Strake Jesuit

Matthew Allen, 2nd team

Lucas De la Garza, 2nd team

Clay Didway, 2nd team

Michael Hansen, 2nd team

Brennan Keimig, 2nd team

Drew Koenig, 2nd team

Lucas Leon, 2nd team

Jack Rogan, 2nd team

Walker Whitney, 2nd team

Aden Armstrong, honorable mention

John Paul Carrejo, honorable mention

Brandon Duhon, honorable mention

Nick Ferazzi, honorable mention

Bennie Higgins, honorable mention

SOFTBALL

Heights

Ashley Smith, 2nd team

Miriah Medina, honorable mention

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