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A third consecutive 10-win

playoff season and deep

postseason push to the state

football semifinals, along with a

stretch of strong state tournament

results from track and field, golf,

wrestling and swimming, have

propelled St. Thomas to a second

straight TAPPS Ed Burleson All-

Sports Award, the sixth straight

year STH has led the state’s 5A

boys in total points.

“What means the most to

me is that we’ve established

ourselves.  The high-arching

strategy is working.  It’s a great

run of sustained results and all

our sports again contributed

points in that overall total.  We

genuinely value what all our

student-athletes contribute.  It’s

not loading up resources so that

only the higher-profile programs

can be successful,” Athletic

Director Mike Netzel said.

The Eagles opened the athletic year

with a third district football title

since Tim Fitzpatrick took over the

program in 2012, improving their

record to 30-5 and extending the

win streak at Hotze Field inside

Granger Stadium to 20 consecutive


What followed was the latest

in a long series of 5A state

championship contending

results, first a third-place finish

for wrestling with Coach Tim

Clarkson, a third at state swimming

with Coach Bob Perkins, a third at

state golf with Coach Billy Tuten,

and a second at the state track and

field  championships with Coach

Nathan Labus.  

STH Basketball with Coach

John Kwok advanced to the

Super Regional final with the

program’s first playoff win in three

years.  STH Baseball followed its

2014 state title in the first season

with Coach Ryan Lousteau with

an area title, narrowly missing

the Eagles sixth straight state


Factor in the best lacrosse

campaign in STH history,

punctuated by a first-ever district

title and first-ever playoff win,

in the second and final season

with Coach Jeff Brown ...

plus a resurgent rugby season

orchestrated by Jim Wolfinger and

Brett Mills which returned the

program to the state’s elite ... and

the Eagles can once again lay claim

to the premiere private school

athletics program in the state. This

program is supported by a training

staff led by Chris Valdez with the

valuable association with Memorial

Hermann Sports Medicine.

“We raised the bar a number of

years ago, new expectations for

each and every sport.  We had to

find the right people to lead it.  I

feel confident with each and every

guy heading our programs.  They’re

driven, want to take the results to a

higher level.  But without the right

mix of student-athletes, it simply

won’t work.  The academic rigors

here are second to none in the

region if not the country.  There

are no shortcuts, no exceptions.  It’s

just setting the standard on and off

the fields and courts, is living the

standard,” Netzel said.  

TAPPS All-Sports Trophy Sixth Straight Year