Hovering around the .500 mark, the Heights basketball team begins District 18-6A play next week before wrapping up the 2017 portion of their winter schedule with the Houston ISD tournament just before Christmas.
The Bulldogs face Northside Tuesday evening in one of their final pre-district games. Then they tip off league action Friday, Dec. 8 against Sam Houston at Delmar Fieldhouse. In all, they have three games against district competition in an eight-day span up to Saturday, Dec. 16 before they go into the New Year with only 18-6A match-ups remaining on the schedule.
Head coach Eric Brewerton has an interesting mix of players on his roster with five seniors and four freshmen. In addition, there are two juniors and one sophomore.
The youth does provide size inside with Tahaun Ford and ninth-grader Kolby Williams both standing 6-foot-6 and manning the post positions.
Freshmen Patrick Neal and Trev Douglas are both point guards while fellow rookie Tyler Simon is a 6-foot-3 shooting guard who can also play small forward.
Guard Michael Rucker, who had 28 points in the team’s win over A & M Consolidated before the Thanksgiving break, along with guard Terry Mimms, guard Jace Jones, guard Jonathan Blumrick, and guard Jonathan Ogugua are the five seniors on the team.
Lutheran High North
For the Lion basketball team, it is still early. December has just arrived and this young team – only two seniors listed on the roster – is still finding its way.
They played just a handful of games in November but have played some top-notch teams like St. Pius X and HCYA Homeschool as they prepare for their TAPPS Division II, District 3 games, which ring in 2018 Friday, Jan. 5 when they visit The Woodlands Christian Academy (TWCA).
And they face a couple more powerful private school teams this month with a trip to the currently-unbeaten Village School and a rematch six days later at home against HCYA.
The Lions are hoping to put things together this year after a couple of years in which they struggled.
They have not had a winning season since the 2012-13 season, but are hoping to be competitive this year with a team that could feature as many as four juniors and four sophomores.
Lutheran North has two games scheduled next week. The Lions host Emery/Weiner Tuesday, Dec. 5 before they are at the Village School Friday.
The Rams are hoping to get things on track after they got off to a slow start in District 24-5A with three straight losses. While most leagues don’t begin the league schedule until at least mid-December, the Rams have jumped right into their District 24-5A schedule already played defending league Madison and runner-up Sterling.
Houston Furr is off to a quick start in league play with a pair of wins, but the Rams have a chance to curtail the Brahmas momentum when they clash, 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 at the Pavilion in Waltrip’s only league game next week.
Furr, Sharpstown, and Milby began this week at the top of the nine-team district with 3-0 marks but they have yet to play each other and Furr was right there with them, still unbeaten at 2-0. Sterling stood alone in fifth place at 1-1. Waltrip was the fourth-place team in the district last year and qualified for the playoffs, but lost to District 23-5A champion Fort Bend Elkins in the first round of the Region III-6A tournament. Both Heights and Waltrip will play in the Houston ISD tournament, beginning Thursday, Dec. 21 in their final games of this year.