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Medically Fragile Changes to legislation put Texas children at risk Lori Martin loves living in the Houston Heights. She and her husband Neil are raising two children in the community: a daughter, 3-year-old Quinn, and a son, 8-year-old Will. Will’s school is just a few blocks from their home, which is helpful as he is what healthcare professionals call “medically fragile;” he is a child at constant risk of a life-threatening health crisis. Will Martin has Mitochondrial Disease, or Mito, a rare, inherited disorder of the mitochondria, a substance found in almost every cell of the body. Symptoms include loss of muscle coordination, vision, speech and hearing problems, heart, liver and kidney disease, and neurological issues involving activities such as walking and swallowing. Like other disabled children in Texas, Will’s care fell under the state’s Medically Dependent Children’s Program, a Medicaid, fee-for-service waver program. MDCP allowed the

Martins to keep Will healthy and at home, while helping them meet the challenges faced by a child with Mito. Under the waiver program, they have amassed a chorus of Mito specialists, care providers, and pharmacies to keep their son’s lifesaving medical needs flowing. Then, that changed. “In November, 2016, state legislators took the Medicaid fee-for-service program away, and replaced it with the STAR Kids program - a collection of ten, private, for-profit, Managed Care Organizations, or MCOs. The transition has been frightening, and has put some children at great risk,” stated Natalie Gregory, Director of Public Relations for “Protect TX Medically Fragile Children,” a nonprofit agency raising awareness for the state’s severely disabled kids. Lori Martin has witnessed this situation personally. “We are lucky in Harris County, there are so many fine medical professionals here. That is not the case throughout Texas. Still, after the transition to STAR Kids, Will went three weeks without a critical

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Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation-Greater Heights is making it easier than ever to get back to daily living and sports activities with the opening of a new stand-alone, outpatient facility. Slated to open on March 13, this 5,000-square-foot clinic features advanced technology and exceptional patient care, along with free, convenient, curbside parking. Moving to 300 North Loop West, Suite 300, between Shepherd Drive and Yale Street, Memorial Herman Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation -- Greater Heights will be located just two exits east of Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital. Patients will continue to receive high-level treatment from certified physical and occupational therapists who are exceptionally welltrained and eager to help patients reach their goals. “Our patients will keep benefiting from our outstanding staff that includes several therapists who have been with us for more than 20 years,” said Donnita Burrell, PT, ATC, LAT, clinic manager. “In addition to convenient parking, they’ll enjoy an intimate, light-filled interior space, new technology and three private rooms for treatment and evaluation.” Therapies Help Patients Resume Activities Memorial Hermann physical therapists take great pride in helping their patients correct and prevent short- or long-term movement problems that affect their ability to perform everyday activities. Whether patients are recovering from surgery, a sports injury or managing chronic pain, physical therapy usually includes a combination of exercise, strength training, gait training, manual therapy techniques and education to promote optimum health and functioning. Occupational therapists, including a certified hand therapist, help patients gain greater movement and range of motion. Whether treating carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, trauma to the hand, wrist and/or forearm, Memorial Hermann therapists use proven treatment techniques such as manual therapy, soft-tissue mobilizations, splint fabrication, myofascial release and more.

Specialized Treatments for Back, Neck and Athletic Injuries Also available at Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation -- Greater Heights, is the McKenzie Method, a reliable assessment process intended for all musculoskeletal problems, including pain in the back, neck and extremities. This treatment uses the body’s potential to repair itself. Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation is one of the few physical therapy programs in the Greater Houston area employing the McKenzie Method. The new clinic continues to offer sport-specific rehabilitation under the guidance of a licensed physical therapist-athletic trainer. In addition to helping athletes return to their sport after injury or surgery, this specialized rehabilitation can improve an athlete’s performance and prevent re-injury. For example, multi-directional agility training improves quickness, while plyometrics promote proper jumping and landing techniques to help athletes gain explosive power. New Technology Improves Strength and Conditioning Patients at Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation -- Greater Heights will also benefit from advanced technology including the Total Gym® jump trainer, which allows for a range of squat and jumping variations to strengthen lower body muscle groups. TRX® Pro Gym Suspension Trainer enables users to engage in unlimited movements which enhance fluidity and range of motion and decreases the risk of injury. To learn more about Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation -- Greater Heights, or for a physician referral or to make an appointment, please call 713-8772300.

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I have been reading a lot about essential oils lately – both about the benefits that people say they derive from them, and about the dangers of not using them correctly. So I asked Leader reader Tara Lehr, who sells essential oils, to give me the low down. Lehr says that basically essential oils are what gives plants their wonderful smell. “Technically speaking, they are the ‘aromatic compounds’ found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of the plants,” she said. “The oils provide plants with protection against predators and disease, fight infection, initiate cell regeneration, and possess wonderful properties from the plants they come from.” These oils are extracted from the plant material by a gentle steam distillation process which separates the essential oil from the rest of the plant material. That is the pure oil that is bottled. Lehr thinks that essential oils are gaining popularity due to the simple fact that they are extremely effective, and very potent - so potent that Lehr says they can create changes, improve normal detox, improve circulation, or improve neurological function because of the ability to cross the blood brain barrier. “The molecules of an essential oil are so minute, smaller than the cells in our bodies, [so] they are able to enter through your skin, cross through the fatty lipid area, enter your blood stream and support every cell within 20 minutes,”

she says. There are hundreds of essential oil companies to choose from and Lehr cautions it is important that you do your due diligence in researching a company since there is no regulation of essential oils. Questions include: Do they provide complete distill or first distill oils? Do they distill their oils using solvents? If so, which ones? Do they distill their own oils or purchase from third parties? Do they bottle their own oils? Do they own their own farms? Can they provide you with a Certificate of Analysis? Do they recommend to NOT ingest their oils? What sustainable practices are in place for their global footprint? If essential oils are something you want to know more about, Lehr suggests the following resources: Essential Oils Desk Reference by Life Science Publishing, The Essential Oil Truth: The Facts without the Hype by Jen O’Sullivan, Healing Oils of the Bible by Dr. David Stewart, The Chemistry of Essential Oils Made Simple by David Stewart and www. Although there are many oils with many different benefits, here’s a sample of a few Lehr likes: Frankincense - inhale directly to increase spirituality and inner strength, lift mood, and inspire balance. Apply to face to help smooth the appearance of healthy looking skin. Lemon - inhale for a clean, fresh, and uplifting citrus scent. Use directly to easily remove sticky residue or add to natural household


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Put Your Best Fork Forward! By Melissa Hawthorne, MS, RD LD, CDE March is National Nutrition Month®! The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has chosen “Put Your Best Fork Forward” as the 2017 theme. This catchy phrase reminds us that every bite we eat counts towards our health. We hold the tools to make our lives healthier by making small changes in our food choices for greater health results in the future. Americans are on-the-go more than ever these days and choose to eat out for more of their meals. In 2016, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found that 92% of meals from large-chain and local restaurants provide more calories than the average person needs per meal. Based on this knowledge, unless Americans start to make smart food choices, the frequency of dining-out could result in excess calories and expanded waistlines. Here are some simple changes to help make your dining experience a little healthier: 1) Choose a restaurant for dining-in or take-out that has a wide variety of menu

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items. This variety increases the chance that a healthier choice will be made. 2) Before you go to a restaurant, review the menu online and identify some healthy options. Use this information to create a list of restaurants where you frequently dine and several healthy choices for each restaurant on your list. Keep the list in your wallet, your car and at home

Essential, from P. 1B cleaner. Lavender - inhale for a calming and comforting scent. Unwind by adding a few drops to Epsom salts for a relaxing nighttime bath. Cedarwood - inhale or diffuse to support rest and to oxygenate the brain. Thieves - blend of 5 single oils cinnamon bark, rosemary, clove, lemon & eucalyptus to support the immune system. Apply topically (bottom of feet) to stay above the wellness line. Thieves is an excellent cleaner and degreaser and can be found in many household products. While essential oils are getting more attention from doctors for their benefits – including Duke University plastic surgeon Dr. Scott Hollenbeck who told a Durham, NC news station that they’re looking at the use of essential oils to help patients as they recover from surgery – they also can be dangerous if misused. Although there is some difference of opinion on this among devotees of essential oils, because some companies do label their essential oils for internal use, the University of Maryland Medical Center cautions never to take essential oils by mouth unless under the supervision of a trained professional as some are toxic. Essential oils Dos and Don’ts Do use your essential oils often as a first line of defense to support your immune system, hormones, emotions and brain health. Do use a carrier oil when using an essential oil on children. Essential oils are live and work off of frequencies and can cause irritation to the thin skin of children. It is always safe to apply essential oils to the bottom of their feet, since their skin is thicker and easily absorbed into the bottom of their feet. Do be careful when using citrus oils on skin and exposure to sunlight. Citrus oils contain natural molecules that react with sunlight (UV light) and cause a sensitivity reaction. Never put essential oils in eyes, ears and sensitive areas of your body.

so you will always know what to order to keep you on track. 3) Do you crave sweets? Instead of denying yourself dessert, next time when the opportunity presents itself, order one dessert with several spoons to share. An occasional bite or two of dessert will not expand your waistline. 4) Boost the nutrition in your sandwich or wrap by asking for extra lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles etc. If you are someone who is reducing their carbohydrate consumption, then ask to skip the bread and make it a lettuce wrap instead. 5) Picking up dinner at the grocery store? Choose simply grilled or baked protein from the prepared foods section or a rotisserie chicken for your entrée. For the sides, choose whole grains and pick-up a bagged salad for a quick and easy vegetable serving. Other healthy choices may include: ready-to-eat sandwiches, salads, hummus kits and sushi. For more information about National Nutrition Month® go to

Neighbors: Girl Scouts of Emerald Oaks enjoy weekend at Camp Myra Pryor By Elizabeth Villarreal On Friday, March 3, the weather was glorious and sunny as 220 very excited three, four and five year old students from Garden Oaks Montessori Magnet School made the school’s traditional annual trek down Garden Oaks Blvd., across N. Shepherd Drive and into the Sears, Roebuck & Co. parking lot. The students were escorted by their teachers, school administrators, HISD Police Officer Lee and Officer Garcia, Harris County Constable’s Office Precinct One Officers and many, many parents. A few of those walking alongside the children were Principal Dr. Lindsey Pollock, Nurse Cheri Edwards, as well as teachers Rebecca Scott, Terah Kuhnen, Elida Perez, Susan Morris, Sara Harlan, Suzanne Powers, Irene Lezaun, Donna Raines, Adriana Garcia, Patricia Dore and their Teacher Assistants. Despite dire warnings of rain, the Girl Scouts of Emerald Oaks Community enjoyed a wonderful camping weekend at Camp Myra Pryor, nestled along the Colorado River between El Campo and Columbus, Texas, last weekend. Some Troops camped all weekend with three Troops tent camping and others enjoying rustic cabins for the weekend, and yet other Troops came only for day camp on Saturday. The camping weekend was given a Hippie 60’s Day Camp theme by Emerald Oaks’ Girl Advisory Board, who also designed a beautiful patch and tshirt for attendees. The day began with a flag ceremony executed by Junior Troop 122214 led by Troop Leader Toni Vega. Next came a variety of activities the girls rotated through, including firebuilding (facilitated by Marianne Oliverez, volleyball and sand castle building down at the Colorado River’s beautiful white sand beach (facilitated by Toni Vega),

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craft stations (headbands facilitated by Corrie Davis and Elizabeth Navejar), creation of a “Peace Wall” (facilitated by Kathy Armstrong) and during Songs and Games, Scouts were taught songs by the mother-daughter team of Nancy and Shannon Boone. Girls were able to try their hand at canoeing on the brand new lake at Camp Pryor (facilitated by the certified instructor mother-daughter team of Elizabeth Villarreal, Ariel Briceno, Allison Villarreal and Abby Villarreal) or archery (facilitated by certified archery instructor Cindy Clayton) and the girls really burned some energy on the inflatable obstacle course and while rolling around inside enormous bubble balls. Jennifer Kurtz, Matt Carey, Cindy Trevino, and Safiyyah Bilal also worked behind the scenes at

camp and it showed! Many hands worked for hours ahead of time to make the weekend possible, but the E.O. Community Leadership Team of Alice Bohlae, Sandra O’Guynn and Angela Richard really covered every possible angle. 400 girls and 300 adults participated in the camping weekend – and that is a huge number of people to move to activities in the rain, on dirt roads and paths, fit into canoes, and move through the archery range smoothly. Kudos to these strong, experienced and miraculous volunteers! Smiles were seen in every quarter. Girl Scout events usually have a service project, so this weekend Girl Scouts created craft bags to be donated to Memorial Hermann for children and their siblings who have appointments there and this activity was organized by Vanessa Hernandez. Yvonne Woolard served as wandering photographer to provide every troop with a group photo as well as many more wonderful shots of the day’s adventures. No need to cook on Friday night! Friday, March 10, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. is St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church’s Men’s Club’s Annual Lenten Fish Fry, a special tradition in the community and an evening of fellowship that should not be missed. The succulent, fresh, handbreaded catfish, flash fried on the spot, along with hush puppies, french fries, coleslaw and iced tea, is sure to please. Coffee and delectable desserts will be available, too. You may dine in or take out at the East Hall at 3600 Brinkman between Wakefield and W. 34th St. Tickets are $8 for adult plates and $5 for child plates. Tickets are available at the Parish office, from any St. Rose Men’s Club Member, and at the door. The Men’s Club is always very generous and each year the Fish Fry proceeds go back to the Parish and benefit Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and the St. Rose School.

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the change, but an MCO is a for-profit agency and, like any business, an MCO protects profits by cutting services, and denying access. The transition has caused many of our kids to suffer greatly.” The STAR Kids program addresses the needs of about 180,000 disabled children in Texas. Of these, only about 3 percent qualify as medically fragile. These are the children who cannot forgo medications or care without risk to their lives - they are the most vulnerable.

“There are only 5,600 kids in the medically fragile group,” Martin stated. “For these children, we should go back to the waiver program. I feel that legislators have put a dollar amount on the value of my son’s life; a dollar amount on the lives of each of Texas’ most vulnerable children. This new program is failing our medically fragile kids miserably.” How can you help? Martin suggests that readers call and write both Texas house and senate legislators to register concern.

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Patel named OFHA Platinum Sponsor For The Leader Dr. Neela Patel, with Texas Center of Dental Excellence, is Oak Forest Homeowners Association’s 2017 Platinum Sponsor. She is a graduate of Baylor College of Dentistry and completed a post-graduate residency at the Houston Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Houston. Dr. Patel’s office is located at 2525 N Loop W Frwy, #230. She has been practicing dentistry in the Oak Forest area since 1999. Dr. Patel and her team’s focus is keeping her patients’ teeth in a state of health, function and esthetics for their lifetime. Dr. Patel’s generous contribution will help provide needed monies to continue our programs for the neighborhood. Dr. Patel will also be an integral part of this year’s activities, including the Crawfish Festival/OFHA Family Fun Day, Oak Forest Uncorked

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Houston Happy Hikers event set for March 25 For The Leader The Houston Happy Hikers walking club will hold a 11k/5k (6.82mi/3.1mi) walk in the Heights on Saturday, March 25. The event is noncompetitive and non-timed, so those participating may walk, jog or run at their own pace. The event will begin at Carter & Cooley Company, 375 West 19th St. Participants may start anytime between 9:00 a.m.- noon, and must finish by 3:00 p.m. The trail will lead down the middle of Heights Blvd., along White Oak Bayou, and through neighborhoods. Registration fee for the event is $3 per person. For more information on the

event or how to register, readers can contact Mary Wheat at 832-646-4319 or by email at Founded in 1979, the Houston Happy Hikers are a nonprofit which has maintained an active membership since its inception more than three decades ago. The Houston Happy Hikers sponsor roughly ten events (such as this walk) per year plus take part in seven year-round events. Anyone is welcome to participate in the club which has sponsored more than 270 overall events. For information on the Houston Happy Hikers, visit their website at


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Tabby offers guidance on caring for guinea pigs where you’ll be and what you’ll be doing for the next 7 years before you proceed with bringing a guinea pig into your home.

Dear Tabby, We’re thinking about getting our kids a guinea pig. What do guinea pigs need to lead a happy life? And how difficult are they to care for? Making plans for a piggie in Timbergrove Dear Making Plans, Guinea pigs can make lovely pets. They’re really cute, they’re larger than hamsters and mice, so they’re easier to cuddle, and they’re very social--they love interacting with humans. However, (as with all pets) they’re a big responsibility and getting one should be weighed heavily before you jump into action. Life expectancy: Guinea pigs typically live for 5-7 years--so, consider

Social nature: Truth be told, guinea pigs are terribly social and actually fair much better when they’re paired with another guinea pig in a home. Keep a same sex pair; females can be kept together as can males, though sometimes individual differences will mean certain guinea pigs won’t get along. Introducing them as babies is the best way to get a pair to bond, though even adults can usually be introduced with care. Large cage: While most pet stores sell cages for guinea pigs, by and large, these cages are considered too small to comfortably house a guinea pig (or two!). Consider making your own guinea pig enclosure--it could be a fun family project! The good news is that guinea pigs, by nature, are not “escape artists” so your homemade enclosure wouldn’t need to be quite “Fort Knox.”

Guinea pigs are quiet but… Guinea pigs make a distinctive “wheeking” or whistling type sound, often in anticipation of getting a favorite treat or when in need of some attention. Though generally not loud enough to annoy the neighbors, a wheeking guinea pig can be surprisingly loud.

Pet of the Week Meet Patrick. This handsome fella was so covered in mange when he was rescued that he was unable to open his lovely golden eyes. Thankfully someone realized his potential and scooped him up. He’s become the most cuddly and grateful boy this side of the Blarney Stone! Patrick has been in foster care for over 300 days and he’s ready to find his pot o’ gold at the end of the rainbow--could that be you? If so, contact Animal Justice League at: https://

Adopt, don’t shop: Many guinea pigs end up at shelters, and are in need of a second chance at a forever home -- and guinea pigs are generally so social and easy going, it should still be easy to bond with even an older piggie! Did you know? CAP (Citizens for Animal Protection) currently has 13 adoptable guinea pigs available? These piggies are fat, happy and noshing on veggies at the shelter, awaiting their forever families...could that be you? Go to to learn more. Do you have a question for Tabby? If so, email her at: deartabbyquestions@gmail. com

Women’s Health Directory of local female health service professionals. Dr. Stephanie Fulton Dr. Fulton is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Her practice consists of obstetrics, gynecology, and cosmetic procedures such as laser hair removal. She is a graduate of the University of Texas and completed residency at St. Vincent’s Medical Center where she was a Chief Resident. Dr. Fulton volunteers as part of the health team ministry of her church. 1740 W. 27 St. Suite 301 • Houston, TX 77008 713-880-2727

Dr. Alexandra Pellicena Dr. Pellicena is committed to providing state-of-the-art health care services in an environment where patients always come first. She is bilingual English-Spanish and an experienced doctor in women’s care. Her goal is to provide firstclass medical care that consistently surpasses patient’s expectations. 1919 North Loop West, Ste#215 • Houston, TX 77008 713-370-7325

Dr. Rosemary Buckle Dr. Rosemary Buckle specializes in knee and hip joint replacement surgery, treatment of adult and pediatric fractures, and treatment of sports injuries. She is a native Houstonian and a competitive athlete and relates to her patients in a way that brings her advanced medical knowledge to life. She has over 20 years of orthopedic surgery experience using a wide range of technologies. Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon 427 W. 20th St., Ste. 303 • Houston, TX 77008 713-756-5546

Dr. Becky J. Fredrickson Board Certified Ophthalmologist. Dr. Fredrickson has been practicing ophthalmology for over 10 years. She routinely sees patients for diabetes, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and ocular infections. She specializes in surgical procedures including eyelid lifts, eyelid cysts, cataract, Botox and Juvederm, and pterygia. 1740 W. 27th St. Suite 180 • Houston, TX 77008 713-864-8652

Dr. Amy Haase Dr. Amy Haase, a podiatrist with a medical degree from Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, is board-certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. And is also a graduate of Texas A&M with a Bachelor of Science degree. Being a mom has better helped her deal with child foot and ankle problems. She seeks to help patients using pain-free methods. 1740 W. 27th Suite 110 • Houston, TX 77008 713-862-3338

Dr. Erica Davis Dr. Erica Davis completed her residency at Baylor College of Medicine. She has practiced community pediatrics at Texas Children’s since 2008. Dr. Davis is committed to improving the health and well being of Houston area children through the discipline of evidence based medicine and patient education. TCP Heights 2600 N. Loop West Suite 100 • Houston, TX 77092 713-869-1692

Dr. Julia Kovacs Dr. Julia Kovacs has more than 20 years of experience practicing primary care and internal medicine in Houston. She focuses on preventive medicine and the management of chronic diseases including diabetes, thyroid disorders, HIV and hypertension, among others. She graduated from the University of Arizona College of Medicine and did her internship and residency at Baylor College of Medicine. Board Certified Internist 427 W. 20th St., Ste. 303 • Houston, TX 77008 713-231-1880

Dr. Kim J. Horn Dr. Kim J. Horn, is board certified in Nephrology and Internal Medicine. She sees patients with Kidney Disease, Hypertension and Diabetes. Dr. Horn graduated from the University of Texas in Austin. She completed her medical training at the University of Texas Health Science Center of Houston and San Antonio. She is a native of North Houston. 1740 W. 27th St., Suite 209 • Houston, TX 77008 713-863-7063

Dr. Denise Zertuche Dr. Denise Zertuche completed her residency at Baylor College of Medicine in 2010. She has been practicing at TCP Heights since November 2014. Dr. Zertuche is fluent in Spanish. Dr. Zertuche is a compassionate pediatrician with special interest in infants, breastfeeding, asthma, and obesity. TCP Heights 2600 N. Loop West Suite 100 • Houston, TX 77092 713-869-1692

Dr. Attiya S. Khan Dr. Khan focuses on the prevention of heart disease through early diagnosis and provides the latest interventional techniques to treat coronary and peripheral vascular diseases. She is one of the few female interventional cardiologists in Houston available to perform emergency angioplasties and stents for patients who are experiencing a heart attack. 1631 North Loop West, Ste. 220 • Houston TX 77008 713-365-0786

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MANNA - DONATIONS AND VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Your neighborhood thrift store appreciates any and all donations. We can arrange pickup for large items or large donations. Call 713-686-6440 or donate at 1806 W. 43rd St. Thank you. (TF)

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The sports. Saturday, March 11, 2017 • Page 9B

LHN baseball drawing on experience, maturity By Jonathan Valadez For The Leader The Lutheran High North Lions baseball team enters the season with a handful of upperclassmen for the first time in Andy Moore’s three-year tenure as head coach. “This year, we’ll have three seniors and three or four juniors,” he said. “This is the oldest team we’ve had since I’ve been here, which is a really positive thing.” It is beneficial because when Moore inherited the team in 2015, all but two Lions were freshmen and sophomores, and are now those same juniors and seniors, so the success of this season hinges on the experience, leadership and familiarity that they bring to the club. And through two games

already this year, the skills that the older players have acquired has paid off immensely for LHN. The Lions were able to put up 31 runs combined against Providence Classical School and Scarborough High School in those two games, while also shutting out both teams. While Moore is counting on all of his upperclassmen to help guide the team, he said it is especially important for seniors Andrew Santillan and Jacob Elizondo to take on leadership roles, although he has been pleased with what he has seen so far. “They really showed that (against Scarborough) during the game,” Moore said. “With plays happening on the field, they were being good quarterbacks by letting everybody know where their plays are.”

Moore said that his coaching style and philosophy have remained mostly unchanged during his time at LHN, but having several older players has allowed him to step back a bit and let them mentor the younger ones, which has added value to the team. “I would say that if there is anything that I am doing differently, it is to be a little more patient and let the guys police themselves as opposed to having to be the motivator,” he said. “It helps a lot because with accountability as coaches, we only go so far.” Although Moore will rely heavily on his juniors and seniors, he said that he is excited about the incoming crop of freshmen and expects them to contribute right away. Freshman Travis Malkowski, who played under Moore at

SPX soccer in the midst of historic playoff run For The Leader Editor’s note: The state championship match was played after we went to press, but before we recevied the papers back. We will post the results and a story online Thursday morning regardless of the result. Be on the lookout for a follow-up story on SPX soccer in next week’s edition.

The St. Pius X High School soccer team headed to the TAPPS Division I State Championship for the first time in school history last week. The Panthers (13-13) face Central Catholic (14-1-1) at 5 p.m. on Wednesday March 8 at Waco I.S.D. A golden goal from junior Nic Medina with only minutes remaining in extra time of the

Panthers’ semifinal game advanced SPX to the state finals. When asked what it feels like to be playing for the state championship, third-year head coach Nick Merricks ‘09 said it feels like a dream come true. “I’m not sure it has hit me yet,” Merricks said. “This has been a dream since I was a player here at St. Pius X and to have an opportunity like this is amazing.” Not bad for a team that wasn’t ranked all season and enters the state finals with a record of 13-13. How did they get here? In the bi-district round, the Panthers defeated the No. 2 seed out of San Antonio, St. Joseph 3-2. SPX followed with a victory over crosstown rival St. Thomas 2-1 in the regional

round. The Panthers defeated Antonian 2-1 in the semifinals. Freshman Abraham Lopez found the back of the net in the first half to get SPX out to a lead before Antonian scored the equalizer and eventually sent the game into overtime. “The team has an unbending trust in each other,” Merricks continued. “They believe in the game plan and play until the clock runs out. The team is focused and ready, know their roles and assignments, and have continued to execute.” The last St. Pius X team to play for a state title in any sport was Panther baseball in 2013. The last time SPX won a state championship was in 2012 by Panther baseball.

the Oaks Dads’ Club when he was four years old, will be one of the five starting pitchers on the team. He will also fill in at first base when he’s not on the mound. “He’s a fantastic baseball player,” Moore said. “In fact, he threw three shutout innings against Providence.” The other newcomers to the team are Brandon Ruiz, Brandon Willey, Cooper Benedict and Seth Eifert, who is the younger brother of junior standout pitcher and third baseman Erich Eifert. The brothers Eifert are set to join the Lions full time this week following their playoff stint with the boys’ soccer team. Moore and his team saw a minor jump in the standings from his first season to the

Photo supplied Junior Ronnie Spanos takes to the mound and faces off against one of his own teammates during practice. Spanos will be one of the leaders head coach Andy Moore will look to to lead the squad in 2017.

second, but with a bevy of experience and talent, the Lions expect to make a leap. “This year is going to be a

very solid year for us because of our age,” Moore said. “Maturity is going to be a huge difference.”


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