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Pearland’s John Turner: 800 (wins) strong

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By Chuck Licata, LoneStarVB co-owner Pearland High School’s John Turner joined a very elite coaching group last Friday (Sept. 16). That’s when his Oilers swept Hastings 3- 0 (by scores of 25-13, 25-11, 25-6). With that win, Turner claimed head coaching victory #800 of his career. That puts him in some elite company. The latest compilation by Butch Hart (Guru …

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Oak Ridge defeates Cypress Falls for Nike Invitational title

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Source: Chron.com Reporter: Jon Poorman KATY – Oak Ridge captured the Katy/Cy-Fair Nike Invitational title on Saturday afternoon at Taylor High School, defeating Cypress Falls 20-25, 25-11, 25-17, 25-19 in the championship match of the 48-team tournament. Led by tournament MVP Carly Graham, Most Valuable Libero Raigen Cianciulli and all-tournament team selection Brooke Clark, the No. 3 state-ranked Lady War …

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Week 1 of the HS Season: Great matches, great tournaments

Butch Hart is a co-owner of LoneStarVolleyball.com

By Butch Hart, Managing Editor Adidas Texas Invitational, Pearland In the big dog of weekend kickoff tournaments, defending class 6A state champion Lewisville Hebron (8-0 in tournament) emerged unbeaten as tournament champions by beating a very tall and talented Plano West Wolves (7-1) squad 25-15, 23-25, 25-16 to capture the 80 team tournament title.  Hebron’s Adanna Rollins was named Texas …

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TAVC Announces 2016 Class 5A-6A Pre-Season All-Texas Team

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Defensive Specialists/Liberos Alvarez, Izela, Dumas Benbow, Annie, Hebron Brown, Jordan, Dawson Carruth, Alyssa, Klein Collins Cianciulli, Raigen, Oak Ridge Crews, Karen, Dripping Springs Lee, Lauren, Coppell Niebla, Lydia, SA Reagan Primavera, Mia, The Woodlands Smith, Lexie, Lovejoy Tuttle, Audrey, George Ranch Setters Anthony, Erin, Ft. Bend Austin Bradfute, Haley, NB Canyon Coates, MacKenzie, Hays Conner, Camille, Seven Lakes Dean, Margaret, …

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Lucky 13 for Peterson?

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By Chuck Licata, LoneStarVolleyball.com co-owner Gretchen Peterson’s run over the last 7 years at Liberty Hill High School; Peterson enters her 13th season as LHHS coach 2015 – district 9-1 (1st), overall 22-25; playoffs: Bi-district Round (lost to Wimberley) 2014 – district 10-0 (1st), overall 33-13; playoffs: State Semifinals (lost to Argyle) 2013 – district 10-0 (1st), overall 33-10; playoffs: …

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Rice Volleyball Earns AVCA Team Academic Award

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Writer: Kenny Bybee (kab10@rice.edu) LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Rice University volleyball team received the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for an eighth consecutive season, the organization announced on Monday. The Owls completed the 2015-16 academic school year with a cumulative grade point average of 3.598. In addition, junior Leah Mikesky was a CoSIDA Academic All-American Third Team …

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John Cooper’s DIG PINK® Fundraising Efforts Rank #1 in Nation

Taylor Turner, Annie Jared and Christina Gooch, show off their annual Dig Pink® shirts. The trio recently passed the commemorative Pink Shovel to next year's Dig Pink® organizers, rising seniors, Kaylee Frazier, Kayley Wood and Gina Valderrama.

  Important to LoneStarVolleyball.com The John Cooper School volleyball team’s fundraising efforts for breast cancer research ranked them the #1 high school in the country, according to the Side-Out Foundation/Dig Pink®. The team’s fifth annual Dig Pink® event, held October 9, 2015, raised more than $30,000, doubling last year’s efforts. The school-wide event features a week of pink-themed activities, culminating …

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Jacob Thompson: Rouse coach has program in great position for 2016

Jacob Thompson, Rouse head coach, with his family - wife Lindsay, older son Connor & younger son Bennett. Thompson heads up not only a talented Rouse HS team but the Volleypalooza, a 64-team tournament set for Aug. 28-30.

By Butch Hart   Jacob Thompson has put in the love, the time and the effort as the only head volleyball coach in the history of Rouse High School that drive has pushed the Raiders to a preseason state ranking and favorite’s position in the Texas Girls Coaches Association (TGCA) preseason volleyball team rankings   Five of Thompson’s players have …

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Marie Putnam: Another new program to build

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By Butch Hart LonestarVolleyball Managing Editor From the oldest to the newest, Marie Putnam is the new head volleyball coach for the Leander ISD Tom Glenn Grizzlies set to start a varsity volleyball season this August. “This is an amazing opportunity and it is a little weird to go from the oldest high school in the area (Austin High) to …

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Cedar Park VB continues “elite” run of head coaches

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By Butch Hart LoneStarVolleyball Editor   Cedar Park high school continues to be an inviting spot for head volleyball coaches as former Amarillo High School and University of Nebraska middle blocker Kori Cooper migrates to Cedar Park following a highly successful career at Grapevine High School in the Dallas Metroplex.   Cooper follows Rebekah Almanza who opened the Timberwolves program …

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