Teams of the Year Greater Houston

Updated: May 13, 2009, 3:30 PM ET
ESPN RISE Magazine

BOYS' TEAM OF THE YEAR

THE WOODLANDS
Cross Country
Led by Gatorade National Cross Country Runner of the Year Reed Connor, a senior, The Woodlands was one of the elite XC teams in the nation. Connor's individual victory at the Class 5A state meet helped the Highlanders breeze to the team title. Top-15 finishes by Connor, senior Drew Butler and senior Landon Milhorn at the Nike South Regional helped the team claim another overall title. The group of Connor, Butler, Milhorn, junior Nathan Carbajal and junior Tom Sanderson propelled The Woodlands to fourth place as team at Nike Cross Nationals.

OTHER FINALISTS

BELLAIRE
Baseball
The Cardinals were a mainstay at the top of the ESPN RISE FAB 50 this spring and even spent time in the No. 1 spot. The ace pitching trio of Tyler Duffey, Kyle Chaskin and Toller Boardman had the team in Class 5A state title contention.

KATY
Football
After a demoralizing 47-0 loss to The Woodlands left the Tigers 0-2 to start the year, many counted them out for good. But Katy closed the year on a 13-1 run to claim a second consecutive Class 5A, Division II state crown.

YATES
Basketball
The high-octane Lions averaged 91.7 points per game during their run to the Class 4A state title this winter. Junior guards Brandon Peters and Joseph Young each averaged more than 20 points per game to earn All-State honors.

GIRLS' TEAM OF THE YEAR

THE WOODLANDS
Swimming
A second-place finisher at the Class 5A state meet in four of the past five years, the Highlanders claimed the top spot this season with 238 points, 36 ahead of runner-up San Antonio Churchill. Sophomore Erin Foster was the team's only individual winner as she claimed 500 freestyle crown, less than half a second ahead of the second-place finisher. Foster was also a member of the meet-record-setting 200 free relay team, which included seniors Kelsey Amundsen, Chelsey Eberwein and Mary Foster.

OTHER FINALISTS

FRIENDSWOOD
Soccer
The Mustangs won a fourth straight Region III-4A championship this season and reached the Class 4A state title game before falling to Richardson Pearce, 1-0. Seniors Kristen Bowen and Delaina McGee led Friendswood with 19 goals each.

KINGWOOD PARK
Cross Country
The Panthers'top five harriers all placed in the top 15 at the Class 4A state meet in the fall en route to an untouchable 35 points, 60 ahead of second place. Sophomore Bree Schrader led the pack with a seventh-place finish.

ST. JOHN'S
Field Hockey
The Mavericks stormed to a 13-3 season in the fall and won their first SPC title in 27 years. All-Conference picks Shanice Beasley, Sydney Collie, Catherine Franklin and Kelley Harrison led the way.