Eye on the Prize

'Driven,' 'serious' Savannah May stars on, off court for Katy High

Savannah May of Katy High via vype.com

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Katy High coach Shanna Marhofer talks about Savannah May with praise that most would elicit only upon the most respected and admired individuals.

"Driven." "Outworks everybody." "There's always a purpose." "When she talks, people listen." "She is not going to expect anyone else to do anything that she wouldn't do herself."

"Everything she does," Marhofer said, "she takes seriously, because it's important to her."

May is Marhofer's senior guard, a versatile, dynamic basketball talent who has every intangible that coaches desire.

"As a freshman, I knew she took everything she did seriously, and I knew she was driven and would push herself," Marhofer said. "I could see her doing great things for our program. She's a very serious young lady. Those types of traits aren't normal in freshmen."

May is a three-year varsity player and two-year captain; the latter particularly significant since it's voted upon by players, not coaches. At 5-foot-6, May is averaging 12.9 points, seven rebounds, 4.4 steals and 3.5 assists per game for the 14-3 Tigers, strong frontrunners for the District 19-6A championship this season.


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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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