Senior outside hitter, Katie Mattson signed a volleyball scholarship with New York Institute of Technology (“NYIT”). NYIT is a private school located in Old Westbury on Long Island, about 25 miles east of Manhattan. Katie has been accepted into their Business Marketing program. In volleyball, the 2013 NYIT Bears went 25-5 and look to return to the NCAA D2 VB tournament. Great job Katie!
As they say, Cougar fans, all good things must come to an end, and that, unfortunately, applies to the Cougars’ football season. For those of you at the game, you may have noticed the team did not enter the field in their usual fashion – instead, they were joined by the newest member of their team, senior Justin Jewell. Justin suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a crippling disease that has left Justin wheelchair dependent. As a Clark student, Justin is a HUGE fan of Cougar Athletics, and joined the team in the locker room before the game. Justin, with the assistance of seniors Trenton Ford and Zach Wood, led the team through the Cougar banner, out to face the Knights from Steele, the second ranked 5A team in the Area. Inspired by Justin, the Cougars came out playing arguably their best football of the season, forcing the powerful offense of Steele to convert a fourth down on their first possession, but eventually giving up the touchdown. The Coug’s offense came charging back, finding the end zone on their first possession, and it looked like we were in for a battle. Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be, as those would be the only points the Cougars would manage against the Steele defense. The Knights’ offense showed why they are the second ranked team in the Area, and after the dust settled, the Cougs found themselves on the wrong side of a lopsided 52-6 final score. The Cougars provided their fans with some exciting football and great wins this year, and for that – we are proud of them, and congratulate them on a terrific season. Go Cougs!!
Our mighty Cougars took on the Warren Warriors last Friday at Gustafson stadium. The first quarter saw Warren score 2 touchdowns, but the Cougars were able to score 2 touchdowns in the 2nd quarter. Warren answered with 2 touchdowns and a field goal. Third quarter Clark and Warren each scored 2 touchdowns and the last quarter, Warren scored 2 more times to Clark’s one touchdown. Final score: Clark 35, Warren 55. Come cheer the Cougars at the first playoff game, as they take on Steele Knights at Commalander Stadium, Thursday, November 14th at 7:00pm.
The second round of playoffs proved to be very exciting as the Lady Cougars
faced the top seeded Reagan Rattlers. The Cougars played their hearts out
winning the first two games 25-16, 25-20! Reagan came back fighting, winning games
three and four 25-20, 25-18. The fifth set was a nail biter with Reagan winning 15-12. The
Cougars showed their determination and teamwork. Team spirit was alive in Clark, Texas with the tremendous fan support at the send off and at the game. Good luck to all the seniors: Kelly Cavanaugh, Kim Gillette, Briana Patlan, Madison Seifert, Kimberly Moczgemba, Katie Mattson and Carly Harr.
Your Clark Cougars hosted the Huskies from Holmes high school on another perfect night for Texas high school football last Friday. Clark’s offense was clicking early, getting on the board twice in the first quarter on runs of 55 and 18 yards by Branden Valle. The defense brought their “A” game again in the first half, surrendering only a touchdown at the very end of the half. Sophomore Chris Rollins added to Clark’s lead in the third quarter when he scrambled 12 yards into the end zone for his first touchdown of the season. Touchdowns by Trenton Ford (6-yard run) and R’Mani Bettis (25-yard pass from Ford) rounded out the scoring for the Cougs in the fourth quarter. Nick Gonsalves was perfect on PAT’s for the night. The defense played a strong second half, giving up one touchdown on a perfectly executed hook and ladder by the Huskies, and a meaningless touchdown in the closing seconds of the game. The final score was 35-20, giving the Cougars a 5-2 district record, 5-4 overall. The final regular season game will take place this Friday when Clark visits Warriors from Warren at Gus stadium.
Hey Cougar fans – sorry for such a delayed posting!!! Your Clark Cougars took on the Rams from Marshall last Friday on a perfect night for Texas football. It may have been Marshall’s Homecoming, but it was definitely Clark’s night. Your Cougars scored through the air, on the ground, and defensively!! R’mani Bettis started off the scoring on a 40-yard pass from Trenton Ford early in the second quarter. Near the end of the third quarter, Sam Carter stripped the ball from a Ram running back, and took it 58 yards for the second touchdown of the night. After the Rams managed their only touchdown of the evening, the Cougars’ own Brandon Valle scored on a 5-yard run to seal the victory. Nick Gonsalves was perfect on PATs, and the Cougars had themselves a 21-7 victory. The Clark defense was tough again, causing the Rams to turnover the ball three times. The Cougars take their 4-2 District record back to Farris this Friday when they host Huskies from Holmes.
Our Lady Cougars went 5 sets against Warren’s volleyball team last night at Paul Taylor Field House. 17-25, 25-11,27-25, 18-25 and 15-11. Senior Katie Mattson had 34 kills and 35 digs; Madison Wood had 37 digs and two aces and Kelly Cavanaug had 37 assists. Clark is ranked 2nd in District. Their first playoff game will be Monday, November 4th, at 7:00pm, playing Southwest at South San High School. Go Lady Coogs!
Great teamwork is contributing to Clark’s five game winning streak defeating Marshall, Brandeis and Jay in the last week. Their record in district play stands at 11-3, second behind O’Connor who remains undefeated in the district. Lady Cougars are ranked 8th in this weeks Express News volleyball rankings. Two district games remain – Friday the 25th at 5:30 against Holmes and Tuesday the 29th at 5:30 against Warren. Both games will be played at Paul Taylor Gym.
Water Polo Championships were held on October 4th and 5th. The Alamo Cup was held at the Northside Aquatics Center. The Clark Girls competed against O’Connor in the Championship game. After an exciting overtime duel, the O’Connor girls pulledout the win. Clark Girls finished 2nd and the Boys finished 5th.
Your Clark Cougars hosted the Mustangs from Jay at Farris Stadium last night. Clark got on the board early on a 73-yard run by Senior Brandon Valle in the opening minutes. Valle added another rushing touchdown in the first quarter to give the Cougs an early 14-0 lead. Jay, using some well-timed trick plays, finally got on the board, and posted a second touchdown to even the score before the end of the first quarter. Clark took a 20-14 lead into the locker room at halftime on a third touchdown run from Valle. After a fourth quarter score by the Mustangs, Clark was down 21-20, but had the ball with just over 4 minutes in the game. On the shoulders of Valle, the Cougs were able to get into field goal range, and Senior Nick Gonsalves put the pigskin through the uprights with a minute and a half left on the clock. The Clark defense held their ground, forcing Jay to turn the ball over on downs to seal the game. The Cougars will take their 3-2 District record on the road next week to Marshall at Farris Stadium.