High school roundup: Katy track up and running
The Katy girls track and field team is picking up steam as the District 19-5A meet draws nearer.
They went to the prestigious TSU Relays last weekend and came away with two event wins — in the 3,200-meter relay and the distance medley relay — giving them an extra boost of confidence.
"It's a big meet so the kids get excited," Katy girls coach James Pat Darcey said. "We just use it as a treat for them to go over there and get to compete against some teams that they don't see week-in and week-out.
"And being that there are some talented teams there and it is such a big meet, it's just a good experience for the kids."
The girls have done well all season, winning two team titles, including the Brazoswood Invitational. But the girls on the two relays took their performances to another level at Texas Southern.
The 3,200 relay, consisting of sophomore twins Lindsay Roberts and Lauren Roberts, sophomore Reeka Belton and senior Kayla Fischer took first with a time of 9 minutes, 56.60 seconds.
The Roberts sisters, sophomore Brian Vaughn-Hart and junior Sarah Bailey combined to win the medley relay in 12:54.60.
Lindsay, who ran the 1,200 leg on the medley relay, and Lauren, who ran the 800 leg, were the only Katy girls two compete in two events at TSU.
"They're getting a little bit better each week and learning as they go, so it was exciting to watch," Darcey said.
Bailey, who took the mile leg, outran her counterpart from Round Rock McNeil in the DMR. She was hurt last year, costing her valuable experience, but quickly is making up for lost time this season.
"She's still just figuring out how good she's going to be but she's run 5:19 for the mile this year and I think she's going to be ready to run a little faster in some big races from here on out," Darcey said.
"She has a chance to be one of the better distance runners from the Houston area."
Katy also boasts one of the top pole vaulters in the region in junior Haley Fox, who qualified for the state meet last year along with former teammate Sage Hintnaus, who's now competing at UH.
The Lady Tigers managed just 12 team points in the district meet before Darcey, who's in his third season at the helm, took over. They finished third two years ago and second to Cinco Ranch last year.
"Hopefully we can make a run at winning it," Darcey said. "It's one of the toughest districts in the state, this one and the one with The Woodlands and Kingwood. If you can win this district you've got a pretty solid group."
If the Lady Tigers do take the team championship, it will be because of their superior depth.
"We'll have three pretty solid people in every event," Darcey said. "But we don't have the superstar. We just have a bunch of kids who work pretty hard, and hopefully all of them together will be enough to get us through."
Taylor leads all-district girls
The Katy Taylor girls basketball team dominated the District 19-5A all-district awards.
Senior Amanda Jungwirth was named the district MVP after leading the Lady Mustangs to the third round of the playoffs.
Junior Logan Johnson is the defensive player of the year, sophomore Jada Roberts is the newcomer of the year and fourth-year coach Carlos Villafone took all-district coach of the year honors.
Taylor's Amira Jenkins made the all-district first team, and junior Holly Ray was a second-team pick.
Katy's Moebes promoted
Katy graduate and former assistant football coach Todd Moebes recently landed his first high school head coaching job.
Moebes, 32, unanimously was named the successor to Mike Spradlin as the head coach at Abilene Cooper, where he spent the previous four years as the defensive coordinator.
The 1997 Katy grad began his coaching career as an assistant at Katy under Mike Johnston in 2002. He spent five years with the Tigers, including three under current Tigers coach Gary Joseph.
Moebes graduated from Sam Houston State, where he played linebacker for the Bearkats.
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