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Private High School Kickoff Dinner, presented by the Hildebrand Foundation, 7 p.m., Aug. 22, JW Marriott, 5150 Westheimer
Come celebrate the preseason selections for the top players in private high school football in Greater Houston.
The players are listed below on this web page. All tables are 10 seats each. One ticket is $50. Regular tables are 10 seats each. Tables cost $500 (regular table), $750 (bronze sponsorship), $1,000 (silver sponsorship), $1,500 (gold sponsorship) and $2,500 (platinum sponsorship). Purchase tickets using PayPal on this web page, or call Neal Farmer at 713-849-9860.

Rice-UH Bayou Bucket Luncheon, presented by the Bailey Law Firm, noon, Thurs., Aug. 30, Bayou City Event Center, 9401 Knight Road. Speaking will be Rice coach Mike Bloomgren and AD Joe Karlgaard. Speaking for UH will be coach Major Applewhite and vice president for athletics Chris Pezman.
One ticket is $50. All tables are 10 seats each.  Tables cost $500 (regular table), $750 (bronze sponsorship), $1,000 (silver sponsorship), $1,500 (gold sponsorship) and $2,500 (platinum sponsorship). Purchase tickets using PayPal on this web page, or call Neal Farmer at 713-849-9860.

TD Club’s 2018 Regular Events

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2018 UIL High School Preseason Football Honorees

Terrance Gibson, Westfield; Chris Herron, Langham Creek; and John Matocha, Magnolia West

Running Backs
Deondrick Glass, Katy; and Isaiah Spiller, Klein Collins

Offensive Linemen
Andrew Coker, Katy Taylor; Kenyon Green, Atascocita; and Tyler Johnson, Oak Ridge

Tight End
Jalen Wydermyer, Dickinson

Wide Receivers
Nathaniel Beal, Strake Jesuit; Arjei Henderson, FB Travis; Korey King, FB Marshall; and Shae Whiting, Alief Taylor

efensive Linemen
Tony Bradford, North Shore; Nelson Ceaser, Ridge Point; Braedon Mowry, Katy Taylor; Kori Roberson, Manvel; and Marcus Stripling, Mayde Creek

David Gbenda, Cinco Ranch; Tyrique Matthews, Eisenhower; and David Ugwoegbu, Seven Lakes

Defensive Backs
Marcus Banks, Dekaney; Marques Caldwell, Alvin; Alex Hogan, Lamar; Bobby Wolfe, Madison; and Erick Young, FB Bush;

Donald Harper, Houston Austin; Ainias Smith, Dulles; and Shae Suiaunoa, Clear Lake

2018 Private High School Preseason Football Honorees

BAY AREA CHRISTIAN -- Christian McDonough

CONCORDIA LUTHERAN -- Cody Ryan Hanusch; Collin Howard; and Nicholas Van de Graaf

JOHN COOPER SCHOOL -- Matt Krehbiel; and Evan Minarovic

CYPRESS CHRISTIAN -- Joseph Carbone; Christian Fleischhauer; and Colin Tate

EPISCOPAL -- Patrick Bayouth; Jaylen Davis; Jordan Wells; and C.J. Williams

FRASSATI -- Gabreil Weitzman

HOUSTON CHRISTIAN -- Ryan Hirschbuehler

KINKAID -- Zach Daniel; and Ameer Mustafa; Kamal Nader; Josh Williams; and Wyatt Young

LEGACY PREP -- Jack Granack; and Dion Pinkard

LOGOS PREP -- Kyle Goolsby; and Jonah Guerrero

LUTHERAN NORTH -- James Walker

LUTHERAN SOUTH -- Ethan "Sully" Sowers



ROSEHILL CHRISTIAN -- McCray Kelton; and Braeden Kobza

SAINT JOHN'S -- Wesley Gow; Genson Hooper-Price; and Roman Lewis

SAINT JOHN XXIII -- Alan Sickafoose

SAINT PIUS X -- Jalen Curry; Kaleb Ducros; Bruno Forestieri; Grant Gunnell; and Chase Lane

SAINT THOMAS -- Corey Felan; Peyton Matocha; and Ian Wheeler

SECOND BAPTIST -- Sam Oelfike; Grant Dore; Tyler Holt; and Anthony MacKenzie

VILLAGE SCHOOL -- Austin Hill; and Keagan Theron

WESTBURY CHRISTIAN -- Brant Banks; Casey Hampton; and Alec Ralph

WOODLANDS CHRISTIAN -- Esteban Arjona; and Peirce McBride




Kinkaid coach Nathan Larned, center, was Co-Coach of the Year in 2017. Johnathon Thomas, left, won the Ironman of the Year Award, and teammate Marquis Hubbard was a finalist for Defensive Player of the Year.
Presented by the Hildebrand Foundation and Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, the sixth annual Private High School Awards Dinner recognized the top Greater Houston private high school football players. Winners were Offensive Player of the Year: Jaylen Waddle, Episcopal; Defensive Player of the Year: Ricky Lester, St. Pius X; Lineman of the Year: Vic Curne, Second Baptist; Ironman of the Year: Johnathon Thomas, Kinkaid; and coach of the year: Nathan Larned, Kinkaid, and Bobby Lindquist, Concordia Lutheran (tie). Special guest speaker was World Champion Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch.
Helping hand out the awards were two Texas High School Hall of Fame coaches -- Ray Seals and Mike Johnston.


The 2017 UIL High School Award Dinner winners were Defensive Player of the Year, Keondre Coburn of Westfield; Offensive Player of the Year, Mustapha Muhammad of Ridge Point; and Coach of the Year, Ed Pustejovsky of Cy-Fair. The Ron Stone Sports Media Excellence Award went to Texas A&M announcer Dave South.


The TD Club assists area high schools through community-service projects. The Club has awarded approximately $200,000 in scholarships to more than 300 high schoolers in Greater Houston in the past 19 years, and has given out approximately $200,000 in weights and weight equipment to 41 Greater Houston high schools in the past 16 years.

The high schools which received weights were Booker T. Washington, Forest Brook, Reagan, Smiley and Houston Sterling in 2002; Kashmere, Madison, Scarborough, Wheatley and Worthing in 2003; Milby, Northbrook and Westbury in 2004; Furr, Sharpstown and Houston Austin in 2005; Willowridge, Jones, Sam Houston, Aldine and Yates in 2006; Eisenhower, Houston Lamar, Pasadena and Scarborough (again) in 2007; in 2008, Dulles, Furr (again) South Houston and Spring Woods; in 2009, Booker T. Washington (again), Hightower, Spring and Waltrip; in 2010, Alief Hastings and Jeff Davis; in 2011, Alief Elsik, Reagan (again) and Bellaire; in 2012, Humble, Houston Lee, and Madison (again); in 2013, Hightower (again), La Marque and Lutheran North; Westbury Christian in 2014; Aldine (again), Madison (again) and Scarborough (again) in 2015; Saint John XXIII, Northbrook (again) and Sam Houston (again) in 2016; and Heights, Lutheran South, North Forest (again) and Kipp-Sunnyside in 2017.


The TD Club has teamed up with the Houston Texans to distribute excess shoes and clothing to needy high schools. Schools assisted so far are in HISD, Aldine ISD, Fort Bend ISD, Humble ISD, Lamar Consolidated ISD, Anahuac, Goose Creek ISD, C.E. King, Bridge City, Cy-Fair ISD, Tomball ISD, Stafford and Spring Branch ISD.


We helped start the Senior Showcase in 2009 with the Houston Texans and with Houston ISD co-founders Phil Camp and Coby Rhoden, during which more than 800 high school kids have been offered almost $80 million in scholarships and grants from NAIA and NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III schools. The event takes place in the Methodist Training Facility on the Texans campus (the practice bubble).


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