Pasadena Roundup: Discipline still at work for Pasadena
With depth and speed a constant issue, the Pasadena Eagles focused on perfecting their discipline and attention to detail last spring.
That process is ongoing this month, with fourth-year coach Jeff Ganske still trying to find out what his players are made of by working them hard in practice, while being careful to not run them off.
"It's a little bit of a juggling act and some kids you have to treat a little bit different than others depending upon who they are and how they react to what you're trying to give them," Ganske said.
"We've got a really good freshman class, and so far this year we've got more kids out."
To keep kids coming out, the Eagles need to win, and the player charged with leading that effort is new quarterback Nick Bernal. A varsity receiver last year, he led the freshman team two years ago.
The junior worked on his decision-making last spring, and Ganske says he's come a long way in that department after a summer of 7-on-7. But it's still a learning process that requires real game action.
"He's getting better every day," Ganske said. "He's maturing a little bit, which is part of it.
"He's growing up and I think he's going to do well."
Senior Julian Nance is the new tailback.
He was a first-team all-district linebacker last year, starting all 10 games on defense, but he will see only spot duty on that side of the ball this season, when the Eagles have to have a critical stop.
"He's a workaholic," Nance said.
"He lives in the weight room, he's in shape, and he's going to have to play offense and defense but he's going to be an every-down offensive player."
Other key offensive players include linemen Armando Chavana, a tackle who also will play on the defensive line, and center Oziel Martinez. Both were starters last year.
The offense has a new coordinator in Cirilo Ojeda, who replaces Chris Towery. Ojeda graduated from Pasadena High School, where he played QB. He led the offense through spring practice.
Ganske says he doesn't see the change derailing any progress made in Towery's only season last year.
"We're doing a lot of the same things we did last year, tweaking this and tweaking that a little bit, but a lot of the same stuff we did before," Ganske said. "There isn't anything really different or new."
The defensive leaders are middle linebacker David Hernandez, free safety Luis Munoz, who played corner last year, and CB Francisco Rodriguez, who started every game as a sophomore last year.
Jose Chavez and Luis Flores, who both missed spring practice with injuries, are back as starters on the defensive line, along with Juan Salinas.
The Eagles scrimmage Kempner on Friday, Aug. 19, at Mercer Stadium.
"We're going to see who does what they're supposed to and who doesn't," Ganske said. "Before (the season opener) next week, we've got to see which kids will actually follow through with what we need them to do."
PCA names scholarship finalists
The Positive Coaching Alliance recently named 28 finalists for the $2,000 scholarships that will go to 10 student-athletes as part of its Triple-Impact Competitor Scholarship Program.
The scholarships will be presented to the seniors who best exemplify personal mastery, leadership and honor for the game during a ceremony Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Omni Hotel in Houston.
The area finalists are Deer Park's Jenna Dunn, Pasadena Memorial's Erin Graham, Sam Rayburn's Wyatt Lang and Pasadena's Alyson Ludeke.
The ceremony will feature Todd Freed as master of ceremonies and Sam Hinkie, the Houston Rockets' vice president of basketball operations, as the keynote speaker.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The breakfast and awards run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tickets are available at http://donate.positivecoach.org/Houston-TIC-event.
For more information, contact Ben Rose at email@example.com or (281) 733-8555.
AQUASTAR lands at Deer Park
AQUASTAR, a competitive USA Swimming club team with 300 swimmers from across the area, will begin offering its programs at the Deer Park High School south camps pool Monday, Aug. 22.
Training will begin after school at approximately 4:45 p.m. each weekday. Classes range from one to two hours and are open to swimmers from 6 to 8 years old who want to improve their skills.
Annual registration is $120, plus monthly training fees ranging from $65 to $85 per month. As a promotion, swimmers registering in August will have the rest of this year and 2012 covered by the $120 fee.
For more information or to register, visit www.swimaqua.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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