Practice Makes Perfect

Cy Springs DB Myles Mass is always working on his craft

Mass and the Panthers will have a ton of work to do this season if they want to make a playoff run Vype.com

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This past Saturday was a morning full of position based drills at the illustrious Blitz Football field, home of the footwork extraordinaire himself Rischad Whitfield (Footwork King). Whitfield attracted a nice group of athletes out to get some fine-tuning before two-a-days began for high school football programs.

Cypress Springs standout defensive back Myles Mass was a prominent name that came out to get some extra work. Doing whatever it takes to elevate his game is what Mass prides himself on. Working with Whitfield and his training staff has helped Mass perfect his technique and overall game.

“As a (defensive back) you want to work on your craft always,” Mass said. “That’s always number one for me, working on my craft and becoming a better DB, not only for me but for my team.”

 

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Flying Through Familiar Territory

Tompkins feeling déjà vu en route to strong start to 2019

The Falcons are steep in quality depth. Via Vype

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This new year 2019 feels a lot like 2017 for Tompkins.

That year, the Falcons were Class 6A state finalists, and seemed to be bound for Georgetown every season thereafter for a while due to the talented freshmen on the roster. But while last year was far from shabby, a regional finalist finish felt like a letdown.

"What we took from last year is we weren't that much of a team, and we needed to be more connected," junior forward Barbara Olivieri said. "This year, every girl is giving their all and we're all working together. When you have that type of bond, it doesn't matter who's out there, you can still look really good."

Indeed, the Falcons are feeling a bit of déjà vu after topping 2018 state semifinalist McAllen, 4-0, in the Falcon Bracket championship of the 64-team I-10 Shootout at Legacy Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Tompkins (6-0) routed the Bulldogs even with starters Lauryn Wild, Jullietta Haro, Avery Burchett and Sofie Wolf out of action.

The Falcons are steep in quality depth. While Olivieri and junior forward Skylar Parker, who admirably played well moving to the defensive midfield, starred, as per their ways, others like senior Carrie Gerdes and sophomores Kayla Eshbaugh and Jennifer Pham filled in nicely.

Oh, and sophomore forward Felicia Hernandez. It was Hernandez, after all, who tallied a hat trick with three goals against McAllen, emerging as yet another prominent playmaking threat for coach Jarrett Shipman alongside Parker and Olivieri.


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