Belated congratulations to our Clark Cougars who are headed to various college sports programs! National Signing Day drew signatures from six Clark athletes:
*Presley Miller – Football – Colorado School of Mines
*Liz Rodriguez – Softball – Our Lady of the Lake University
*Frances Moore – Soccer -University of the Incarnate Word
*Alyssa Jacobs – Soccer – Texas Tech University
*Kendall Kotara – Soccer – Trinity University
*Austin Wells – Track – Texas A&M University (Whoop!)
Congratulations – you’ve made the Clark community proud for the last four years. Good luck in the years ahead!
*thanks to Jene’ Miller for the photo
The 19th Annual Clark Cougar Lift-a-thon is scheduled for 6:30 PM on Monday, March 4th in the Boys’ Gym at Clark.
An invitation from our friends with the Clark Texas Football Club:
If you’ve not been before, I encourage you to take it in this year. Part lifting contest, part pep rally and part revival, the Lift-a-thon is a fundraiser for Clark Football Athletics. Each player takes his turn maxing out on the bench press while his teammates, parents, friends and the fanatics in the stands scream their guts out…and the Tops Cats Dance Team will perform at the intermissions.
If you are interested in sponsoring, you can in one of two ways: contact Coach Steve McGhee at the high school if you would like to be a bench sponsor OR you can sponsor an individual player (just say yes, if one of them approaches and asks).
In other football news:
-Spring Ball starts on April 29th. The date for the Silver & Black Spring Game is TBD.
-Save June 15th on your calendar as we will play the 12th Annual Clark, Texas Golf Outing that Saturday.
Clark Cougar senior Austin Wells ran away with the Express News Cross Country Runner of the Year. Wells is the most successful runner in Clark history. Austin was one of several Clark athletes honored in the annual Fall Awards edition. Also receiving special mention was running back Branden Valle as the Newcomer of the Year.
In volleyball, Katie Mattson and Kelly Cavanaugh were named to the 27-5A All District first team and Madison Woods, Shelby MacKenzie, and Meagn Moe were named to the 2nd team list.
Congratulations to all of our fall athletes for some exciting games and meets and especially to our seniors.
Complete Express News article
Wishing you and your families a great New Year as well. And here’s a little present to cheer you up - Clark Cougar and now SMU safety Hayden Greenbauer…
Congratulations to the Clark Cougars named to the District 27-5A All District lists for football. The Cougars enjoyed a good season, fighting to make the playoffs. The list also includes the Cougars who excelled academically while also tackling practice and games. Congrats to all!
|ALL DISTRICT 28-5A
|1st TEAM||2nd TEAM||Hon. Mention|
|Austin Craig||DL||Cristian Arellano||CB||Alex Balfour||TE|
|Bo Gorena||FB||William DeHart||C||Mitchell Globe||LB|
|Presley Miller||WR||Colton Magaro||LB||Christopher Johnson||OL|
|Matt Prior||OL||Ryan Rogers||S||Chase Jones||QB|
|Branden Valle||RB||Tim Rodriguez||LB|
|ACADEMIC ALL DISTRICT|
|1st TEAM||2nd Team|
|Austin Craig||William DeHart|
|Landon Fox||Christopher Hitch|
|Brendan Harr||Colton Magaro|
|Chase Jones||George Saleh|
Cheer on your Cougars Friday night as they make a return to the playoffs at Heroes Stadium against the East Central Hornets. EC finished the season with a 7-3 record and are 10th in the Express News end of season rankings. The Hornets are the second place team in district 28-5A, behind Steele.
Game time is 7:30 – BE THERE!!
After two years of playoff drought, the Clark Cougars of 2012 will be remembered as the ones who restored Clark, Texas to it’s place in the post season with a 27-26 overtime victory over Warren. For the third time in as many seasons, the Cougars had to win out in order to make the playoffs and this team, led by seniors who had tasted the agony of defeat, refused to lose and give up.
The Cougars next face East Central Friday evening at Heroes stadium. CONGRATULATIONS, COUGARS! Thanks to you – the Tradition of Excellence continues.
Express News article/photos
Steve Lorenz photos
Branden Valle, who rushed for 371 yds. vs. Holmes, has been nominated for Gridiron Legends Player of the Week award, presented by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football on behalf of Cavender’s and Wrangler. You can make it happen by voting early and often on the website. You can also find out more on at https://www.facebook.com/
And when you’re done there, he’s also been nominated for WOAI’s Player of the Week. You can vote for him here.
Vote. VOTE. VOTE!!!!!! And congratulations, Branden!
The Clark Cougars (2-5 / 2-3) football team put all of it together and defeated the John Jay Mustangs (4-4 /4-2) 36-23 in district play. The Cougars used a pounding offensive attack and a stout defense led by Colton Magaro to shut down the Mustangs. Branden Valle rushed for over 200 yds. in a punishing offensive effort.
The scoring began on Clark’s first possession with 37 yd pass TD from Presley Miller to Chase Jones, giving Clark an early 7-0 lead with 9:17 in the 1st. The tables were turned on Jay on when Clark got the ball next, with Jones connecting with Miller for a 10 yd. pass TD with ]3:21 in the 1st qtr.
Jay started the 2nd quarter inside Clark’s redzone but a 4th and 10 on the Clark ten was stuffed by the Cougar defense, who shined all night. Clark then took the ball at their own 9 yd. line and drove 81 yds., eating up most of the 2nd quarter. Branden Vallee ran it in from 18 yds. out to give Clark a dominating first half and a 21-0 lead. Jay would score before the half making it 21-7 at the half.
Cristian Arellano, who covered Jay’s standout athlete Josh Reynolds, kept him in check most of the evening. Arellano intercepted the Mustangs in the 3rd, returning it to the Jay 6. Valle took it in from there making the score Clark 28-Jay 7 in the 3rd quarter. Jay would add a field goal and Hail Mary on a 4th and 20 to make it 28-17 to end the quarter.
In the 4th, Reynolds finally got in the endzone for Jay but another long drive for 70 yds. ending with a Jones 1 yd. TD sealed the victory for the Cougars.
The win keeps playoff hopes alive for the Cougars who next face Marshall.
GREAT JOB AND KEEP FIGHTIN’, COOGS!
Each week during the football season, Clark Cougar football coaches review game film, stats and the week’s practices and award “Most Valuable Player” honors to their athletes. Thanks to AD/HC Steven McGhee, CCS will be sharing those awards with you. Here are the winner’s from the Taft and Brandeis games:
|MVP||Presley Miller||MVP||Colton Magaro|
|Back/Rec. of the Game||R’Mani Bettis||Back/Secondary of the Game||Sam Carter|
|Lineman of the Game||Matt Prior||Lineman of the Game||Austin Craig|
|Scout Player of the Week||Corey Massey||Scout Player of the Week||Kharey Franklin|
|Player of the Game||Justin Rost|
|MVP||Presley Miller||MVP||Luis Barrera|
|Back/Rec. of the Game||Brandon Valle||Back/Secondary of the Game||Cristian Arellano|
|Lineman of the Game||Chris Johnson||Lineman of the Game||Austin Craig|
|Scout Player of the Week||Miles Williams||Scout Player of the Week||Chris Rehm|
|Player of the Game||Kyle Dudney|