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Bryan-Rudder football scrimmage set for Thursday night
Bryan High School News

The Bryan and Rudder football teams will scrimmage at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Merrill Green Stadium. It will be the second scrimmage of fall drills for both teams. College Station, the lone Brazos Valley team to hold spring drills, will play its only scrimmage at 6 p.m. Friday at Cougar Stadium against Temple. A&M Consolidated will scrimmage at Tomball at 7:15 p.m. Friday. All four local UIL schools will open the regular season next week. College Station will play Richmond Foster at 6 p.m. Aug. 29 at Katy Legacy Stadium. The other three will play Aug. 30 with Bryan at Waller at 7:30 p.m., Consol hosting Killeen Ellison at 7 p.m. and Rudder playing Bastrop at Merrill Green Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Admission for Thursday’s scrimmage between Bryan and Rudder is free, but school officials will be accepting donations for the Texas High School Coaches Education Foundation’s “Our Day to Shine” campaign. The benevolence fund has raised more than $383,000 for athletes and coaches with special needs....

8/22/2019

Bryan-Rudder football scrimmage set for Thursday night
Rudder High School News

The Bryan and Rudder football teams will scrimmage at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Merrill Green Stadium. It will be the second scrimmage of fall drills for both teams. College Station, the lone Brazos Valley team to hold spring drills, will play its only scrimmage at 6 p.m. Friday at Cougar Stadium against Temple. A&M Consolidated will scrimmage at Tomball at 7:15 p.m. Friday. All four local UIL schools will open the regular season next week. College Station will play Richmond Foster at 6 p.m. Aug. 29 at Katy Legacy Stadium. The other three will play Aug. 30 with Bryan at Waller at 7:30 p.m., Consol hosting Killeen Ellison at 7 p.m. and Rudder playing Bastrop at Merrill Green Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Admission for Thursday’s scrimmage between Bryan and Rudder is free, but school officials will be accepting donations for the Texas High School Coaches Education Foundation’s “Our Day to Shine” campaign. The benevolence fund has raised more than $383,000 for athletes and coaches with special needs....

8/22/2019

Bryan builds lead, but A&M Consolidated rallies for five-set volleyball victory
Bryan High School News

The Bryan volleyball team had a big advantage in the stands, but in the end, A&M Consolidated fed off its own energy to pull away. Consol beat Bryan 25-20, 17-25, 22-25, 32-30, 15-7 in a thrilling nondistrict match Tuesday at Viking Gym. “Playing with a bunch of energy on the court helps in our benefit,” Consol co-head coach Colten Conner said. “It showed in that game when we started trying to figure out what was going on, and it got in our head. That’s kind of when we went down. But when we started supporting each other, that’s when we started picking back up as a team.” Down 2-1 in the match, junior opposite-side hitter Emma Pahl stepped up in a big way in the fourth set with eight kills as Consol (8-3) battled back from the brink of defeat. Pahl’s two kills sparked an 8-0 run that gave the Lady Tigers a 24-21 lead. The Lady Vikings (8-10) tied it at 24 on a kill by senior outside hitter Coco Gillett that electrified the Bryan crowd. The set continued as neither team could secure the requisite two-point lead, but Consol finally took control, tying the set at 30 on a kill before pulling away thanks in part to a diving dig by junior outside hitter Jordyn English that popped over the net between Bryan players. The Lady Tigers never trailed in the fifth set, using a 7-1 run to help seal the victory. “We just talked to them about one point at a time,” Conner said. “That’s all we could focus on. We can’t worry about what’s going on two points ago. It just comes down to what’s happening next.” Gillett had 28 kills, five aces and 19 digs to lead Bryan. Also for the Lady Vikings, sophomore setter Rilee Cumpton had 11 kills and 14 digs. Senior outside hitter Jadyn Driver had nine kills. Junior setter Megan Vaughan had 47 assists, while senior libero Amaia Jefferson added 10 digs and Heaven Dunn three blocks. “We have some girls that need the varsity experience,” Bryan head coach Chelsie Lemley said. “This is what high school volleyball’s about, these tight, close rivalry matches, and I think it was good for them, win or loss, to gain that experience in front of a crowd with the big lights on.” For Consol, senior outside hitter Sutton Springer and sophomore setter Ava Derbes each had 14 kills, while Pahl had 13. Derbes also had 33 assists and an ace. Senior Sydney McCorkle had 24 assists, while senior libero Maddie McKinney had an ace and provided key leadership on the floor. TOP ARTICLES 1/5 READ MORE Calendar for Friday “Maddie definitely carries us on defense,” Consol co-head coach Kailey Hicks said. “She did a great job tonight like she always does. We want everybody leading, everybody working together, so she did a good job.” Consol’s coaches also pointed to the play of junior middle blocker Cierra Gilbert. “She’s wanting to get all the extra reps,” Conner said. “She’s asking a bunch of questions, how to go the extra mile. That’s what we need out of a junior. Going into her senior year and finishing out this year, we couldn’t ask for more than that.” Consol got off to a hot start in the first set, but Bryan used a 5-0 run to take a 17-15 lead before the Lady Tigers got back on track, using a 6-1 lead to take a 21-19 lead then holding on to take the set. The Lady Vikings trailed again early in the second set but went on a 10-1 run to take a 15-9 lead, never letting Consol within striking distance to even the match. Bryan jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the third set and held on, even as Consol mounted a comeback, cutting its deficit to two late in the set before the Lady Vikings claimed it. Both teams will return to action Thursday in the Leander tournament....

8/21/2019

RUDDER VS BRYAN SCRIMMAGE AND COMMUNITY PEP RALLY
Rudder High School News

JOIN US FOR OUR ANNUAL RUDDER VS. BRYAN SCRIMMAGE AT MERRILL GREEN STADIUM SCRIMMAGE: FRESHMAN START @ 5 PM JV START @ 5:30 PM VARSITY START @ 6:45 PM COMMUNITY PEP RALLY & FIREWORKS @ 8:30 JOIN US AS WE CELEBRATE BRYAN ISD HIGH SCHOOLS AND KICK OFF OUR FOOTBALL SEASON! ...

8/21/2019

Rudder volleyball team puts away Temple in four sets
Rudder High School News

Sometimes technically sloppy play can lead to a dramatic match. That was the case in the Rudder volleyball team’s home opener against Temple on Tuesday night at The Armory as the Lady Rangers did enough to win 25-7, 23-25, 25-21, 25-22. The Tem-Cats bounced back from a disaster of an opening set to even the match before Rudder overcame its own mistakes and rallied late to stave off a fifth set and get the nondistrict victory. “[Temple] just had one of those sets where you couldn’t do anything right, and we told our team that the rest of them aren’t going to go like that, and boy did we call that,” Lady Rangers coach Jacky Pence said. “They just did a lot of stuff that you don’t expect to happen. They were good at that, and we were not good at defending that. We were having a hard time scoring, and we made a lot more hitting errors than we’ve been making.” Despite clicking late and scoring six of the last seven points to win the third set and grab the advantage entering the fourth, the Lady Rangers (12-8) struggled to get a run going in the next set as Temple fought to keep the match alive. The Tem-Cats (6-10) got back-to-back kills from Lyric Biggiers to spark a brief 3-0 run that eeked their advantage to 12-8. Kills by Asani McGee and Taylor Baker and an ace by Gracie Menchaca helped Rudder get back within one down 13-12, but a service error and attack error sparked a 4-0 run that kept Temple ahead. Another Rudder hitting error stretched the Tem-Cats’ lead to 18-13 before the tide turned the Lady Rangers’ way. A kill by Madison Johnson brought Bre Brown to the service line, giving Rudder a needed spark. Kaylee Herd followed with a block, then Johnson had another kill and Brown scorched an ace to get Rudder within one and force a Temple timeout. “Bre Brown came in and did a nice job servicing for us when we were down,” Pence said. “That’s a pretty big hole when a team is trying to push it to five, so she did a really nice job coming in and serving aggressively. That was a turning point.” The Tem-Cats broke out of the timeout with a kill by Sophia Brea and got another Lady Rangers’ hitting error for a 20-17 lead. But a pair of missed Temple attacks sandwiched an ace by Jordan Little, allowing Rudder to tie it for the first time since 8-8. A kill by Johnson, who finished with seven, put the Lady Rangers in front 21-20 and forced another Tem-Cats timeout. Temple again answered with a kill, this one by Bella Brea, and a Rudder hitting error gave the Tem-Cats the lead. A double-touch call against Temple tied it again, and a kill by Baker put Rudder in front for good. Herd had a close kill on the back line called in by the line judge for a 24-22 lead, prompting an explosive reaction from the entire Temple team. Makenna Muth then ended the match with an ace. McGee led the Lady Rangers with nine kills, while Herd had seven kills, five aces and 27 assists. Baker had five kills and 11 digs. Muth had four aces and 12 digs. Menchaca had five aces and 20 digs, and Little had three aces. Heard scored four of her five aces early in the first set as Rudder surged to an 8-2 lead and didn’t look back. Temple looked lost at times as the Lady Rangers dropped kill after kill, scoring 13 of the last 15 points to open the match with a 25-7 win. The Tem-Cats quickly turned it around, jumping to a 3-0 lead in the second set and later rallying from a 23-21 deficit — with the help of a pair of double-touch calls on Rudder — to even the match with a 25-23 victory. A streak of four hitting errors by Temple helped the Lady Rangers rally early in the third set before pulling away late. Rudder will try to find its rhythm again when it competes in the Tyler tournament starting Thursday. • NOTES — Rudder swept three subvarsity matches. The Rudder freshmen (3-1) won 25-9, 25-23. Rudder freshman Green (3-1) won 25-21, 25-17, and Rudder’s JV (3-1) won 25-11, 25-16....

8/21/2019

Bryan football team has successful first scrimmages
Bryan High School News

The numbers on the scoreboard didn’t matter this Friday night, but what happened on the field still held plenty of importance for Bryan and A&M Consolidated’s football teams as they played their first of two scrimmages this preseason. Bryan hosted Lamar Fulshear, and Consol hosted Cypress Woods — a district opponent of the Vikings. Rudder also faced San Antonio Stevens on Saturday in Pflugerville, while College Station had the weekend off. The opening scrimmages for Bryan and Consol were a first look for two teams hoping to boast powerful defenses. Bryan head coach Ross Rogers said he was happy with his team’s effort on that front, starting with his four returning defensive backs led by Xavier Johnson, a first-team all-district pick last season. Rogers also said junior Jack Blackburn played especially well in the secondary. Viking linebackers Nick McDaniels and Patrick Menjares impressed Rogers and will have key roles this season. Rogers said defensive linemen Austin Bailey and Caleb Merrell also had good scrimmages with Merrell recording multiple sacks, a good sign for a relatively inexperienced defensive front led by 2018 District 14-6A defensive newcomer of the year Dylan Carroll. Overall, the Class 6A Vikings had little trouble shutting down smaller 4A Division I Fulshear. “We’re a bigger school, had them out-manned a little bit, but I liked the execution of our defense and thought we played real well in our secondary,” Rogers said. “I thought defensively, we had a real, real solid effort.” Junior quarterback Nico Bulhof handled the kicking and punting game well, and offensively, Rogers said Bulhof and the rest of the unit improved as the scrimmage progressed. He was particularly happy with how senior tailback Jay Tyler gained yards after contact behind a solid-looking offensive line, which features five seniors. “As the scrimmage went on, we moved [the ball] better and better,” Rogers said. “We threw the ball better. We caught the ball better. And Nico showed what he had done last year when he came in — started slow but finished fast whether he was running or throwing. You’ve got to have a successful quarterback, and I thought he did some really good things.” Consol played a strong live quarter against Cy-Woods, head coach Lee Fedora said, adding that he was happy with the Tigers’ leadership and not just from the senior group. While the first scrimmage provided a good starting point for the team chemistry, Fedora said he hopes to see the Tigers show a lot of energy in their second scrimmage. “A lot of times when it’s just regular practice, it’s not so much hitting as hard as you’re going to be hitting in a real game against other people,” Fedora said. “And that’s what’s great having that scrimmage is getting accustomed to that full tackling.” With the first scrimmage in the rear-view mirror, Fedora wants to see how his team responds to the soreness that results from live action. He plans to treat next week like a typical game week as the Tigers prepare to play at Tomball at 7:15 p.m. Thursday. Rudder and Bryan will face off at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Merrill Green Stadium, and College Station will host Temple in its lone scrimmage at 6 p.m. Friday. “I think having two scrimmages is great,” Fedora said. “That’s what I’ve always liked, because you get through this one and now we’ve got a week to prepare for our Tomball scrimmage, and it’s getting you in that mold of what you’re going to do for the real season.” UIL football teams typically either hold spring practice and one scrimmage the following season or skip spring practice and play two scrimmages instead. Week 1 of the regular season begins Aug. 29-31....

8/18/2019

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