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Pros and cons of doing business at home by Betsy Denson betsy@theleadernews.com Establishing a brick and mortar business in the same community in which they live is a win-win proposition for many in Leader neighborhoods. For Heights residents and Wonderwild coowners Deborah Helman and Kayla Cory, the decision to locate their indoor playground on Shepherd Drive just north of I-10 was an easy one. In 2009, both women had two boys each, all under age 5. As they scouted potential locations, they didn’t stray too far from home. “We didn’t want to sit in traffic,” said Cory. Frida Mexican Kitchen’s Diana Davila already had one restaurant, La Casa de Frida, on North Main. After its two-year anniversary, she and partners Chef Linda Plascencia and brother Art Aguilar started searching for a second location. They ended up at Ella Plaza near her home in Oak Forest. “Our initial search led us down 290 [in the] Cypress area and Pearland because of the population boom,” she said. “That all quickly changed when I moved into the neighborhood.” Davila saw opportunity here because of a lack of healthy dining out options for families. There was some initial hesitation because the Ella location is fairly close to the one on Main, but as Davila said, “the more we talked about it the more sense it made to all of us.” The Posh Petal’s Ann Brock, who used to own a florist shop in Rice Village, was similarly inspired by her move to the area. “We’d been looking for a house for two years, and after visiting a friend here my husband told me that he’d found the coolest neighborhood.” Once ensconced in the community, Brock knew she wanted her floral company here, too. She looked at different office parks before settling upon her 34th Street location in 2011. Initially it was just Brock and an office manager, but now she has a staff of five. “At first I just had the [florist] shop in the back. We ran out of room in six months,” Brock said. After a year, she added a small gift shop and is currently working on ways to expand in her current space. She doesn’t want to move. Brock has grown close to other nearby business owners. Oak Forest Veterinary Clinic, Rice Chiropractic Clinic, and Doyle’s Restaurant are all in her immediate vicinity. “We all keep an eye out for each other,” she said.

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Floral designer Daniel Rodreguez and new Posh Petal employee Erin Davis are busy preparing for a two-wedding weekend. At right, Luke Vadala enjoys the alligator slide at Wonderwild. A new, 16,000 square foot location will open on North Shepherd in mid-June. (Photos by Betsy Denson) decided on Ella Plaza, which in recent years had seen a decline in tenants and developed a rundown appearance. She and her partners have spent a lot of time and money to achieve an appealing aesthetic for the space, both inside and out. “We knew that it would be up to us to make the most of our new space,” she said. “We were and are still determined to make sure Ella Plaza becomes a blossoming flower for the community, even if it’s one suite at a time.” In 2011, when Helman and Cory decided to add another Wonderwild location, they did so in The Woodlands. “We looked at Sugar Land, too,” said Cory, “but found that The Woodlands was actually a shorter drive and more business friendly.” Both locations are open seven days a week. Helman and Cory take a divide-and-conquer approach with one of them at either place during the week. Helman said that while The Woodlands location has been a success, the extra workload has also made them reflective. “We have big dreams,” Helman said. “It’s important to both of us to balance work and family life.”

Juggling two locations has also kept Davila on her toes. She says that ensuring food consistency and quality are equal at both places, as well as training new staff, are challenges and priorities. “We heard our customers loud and clear in our first few weeks - slow kitchen service and fair wait staff service, but great food,” she said. “It is comments like these that keep me at Frida’s longer hours making sure orders are accurate and swift, [and that there is the] best service overall from the moment a customer walks in.”

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If there is any downside to having a business close to home, it is the inability to ever truly disengage from work. Brock says that people know her from her business, and while that’s an asset, it also results in a little less privacy. “I grew up in a small town,” she said. “It reminds me of getting dressed up to go to Walmart because you’d always see someone

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Strike Marketing excited about new Heights location by Michael Sudhalter michael@theleadernews.com Strike Marketing owners Joe Pogge and Shari Okin decided that the Heights was a great location for their business, which provides strategic marketing, media placement, event marketing and public relations to clients in greater Houston. “We like the personality, character and people of the Heights,” Pogge said. “It’s very easy access to Houston. We’re very fortunate to have found this building.” Strike opened in 2004 with the partnership of Pogge and Okin, two longtime marketing professionals. The company, which has a total of five employees, was previously located at Kirby & 59, before setting up at 906 Rutland. “We were looking for the kind of space that defined who we are,” Okin said. “The Heights is a great spot to be. Every year, it’s growing. Strike’s clients include the Houston Symphony, Houston Zoo, Bayou City Arts Festival and The United Way. For many years, Strike -- and its predecessor Pogge Marketing -- handled all of the Houston Texans’ non-sports marketing. In 2011 and 2012, Strike did the non-sports marketing for the NCAA Final Four -- the first time

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Strike Marketing owners Shari Okin, left, and Joe Pogge, moved their company to 906 Rutland in the Heights recently. (Photo by Michael Sudhalter) an outside agency handled it. They also promoted the opening of BBVA Compass Stadium, home to the Major League Soccer Houston Dynamo. Both Pogge and Okin have backgrounds in sports marketing, but their current client list doesn’t include athletics.

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Use the five Ps of sales perfection One of the most important aspects of having your own business is the importance of sales. It goes without saying (but I will) that if you don’t believe in your product, why would anyone else – especially if you want to them to spend money for your products. Although some entrepreneurs are only interested in making or producing their product, you won’t have a successful business until someone sells something. It is just that simple. It does not matter whether you are cutting grass or cutting hair, cooking burgers or painting walls you need to know how to sell. There are five key steps to a successful sales program. I call them the “Five P’s of Sales Perfection”. 1. Know your Product: You must know everything you can about your product. Start by identifying the “FAB’s”- Features, Advantages and Benefits of your products and services. Let’s use an automobile as an example: • Features are the tangible facts and figures about your products. Think of colors, engine size and other specifics that might be important to the buyer. • Advantages are statements about what the product can do such as higher MPG and more aerodynamic, etc. • Benefits are what the buyer buys. Convert the features and the advantages into a benefit. For instance, the buyer of an automobile with a smaller engine size (Feature) with higher MPG (Advantage) benefits with higher fuel savings. The buyer is buying the fuel savings, not the size of the engine! A plumber isn’t selling PVC pipe vs. galvanized pipe (does the customer really care?) but a plumbing system that won’t leak, forcing me to replace the carpet the afternoon

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before a big dinner party! 2. Know your Prospect: I am amazed when I ask a client to define or profile their ideal customer and they are clueless. “Well,” they say, “I guess everybody could use my product. “ You must be more specific. I suggest that my clients identify 5-10 distinguishing characteristics of their ideal customer ranging from age and education to their title at work-or whether they do work. Look at your market three ways- Who can actually BUY (sign on the dotted line) your product? Who can INFLUENCE the buyer to buy? And, with whom can you PARTNER to reach either the Influencer or the Buyer? Consider a situation with which we are all familiar- the grocery store checkout line: Mom (or Dad) is pushing the cart through the line and the youngster (we’ll call him Junior) in the cart spots candy or gum or something else equally enticing, on the counter. Junior wants the gum. Dad says “No”, but Junior is emphatic and pitches a fit at which point Dad agrees to buy the gumbut it has to be sugar free! What’s the point? Dad is obviously the Buyer, but Junior is the Influencer on the Buyer. And the store manager is a strategic partner with the gum manufacturer to position the gum in just the right place. See how important it is to know that you are not selling to the buyer, but to the influencer in

this situation? This is a good time to talk about the sales funnel. Keep identifying and developing prospects and moving them forward in the sales process. Not everyone you talk to will become a customer, but it’s for sure they won’t become a customer if you don’t make the effort! Keep putting new prospects into your sales funnel, developing the relationship so they will become a client. If it becomes apparent that they will NOT become a client, remove them from the sales funnel and apply your time and attention to those who will. Too many sales people spend too much time with prospects that will never become a client! 3. Know your Position: Think of all the alternatives a buyer and influencer has when they look at your product or service. Put on your “customer hat” and ask yourself, “Why would I buy one product over another?” Many will answer that question with, “Because it costs less.” But that is not always the case. If the pipes in the kid’s bathroom upstairs (over the formal dining room) just started leaking, price is not the concern. Time and attention to detail are much more important. And price becomes even less of an object when you have a big dinner party in the formal ding room tonight! 4. Parlay the objections: Sometimes sales becomes a game that the buyer feels they must win. Regardless of price or time or any other issue it is important to anticipate and plan for every type of objection that the customer might raise. Knowing these “concerns” (whether real or perceived), may only be a mask for the real issues. After you’ve made your pitch, asked all the right questions and answered many more, they may

still respond with, “Thanks, but I need to think about it.” What does that mean? Think about what? Your response should be cautious and calculated (remember, you anticipated all the objections they might have!). Begin by asking them questions to see if you can identify where the real concerns are. Don’t become defensive, but address their concerns and try to get to the issues that are blocking the sale. (There’s an old saying in sales that the one asking the question is the one that is in charge of the conversation!) 5. Perform to the Max: It is one thing to sell, but another to insure that the products/services are delivered and the customer is pleased with the experience. Many sales people think their job is over when they turn in the Purchase Order for someone else to produce and deliver. All they have left to do is pick up their commission check! Wrong! Every sales person must remember the time and effort they invested in turning that prospect into a client. They can’t walk away from that. The truly successful sales person will nurture that relationship, insuring that the order arrived just as promised... and why? It is because they know that it is more expensive and timeconsuming to develop a new client than to nurture a happy client that will come back to buy from you again. Happy selling!

“My work comes home long after I leave the restaurant,” she said.

Looking to the future

•Davila hopes to soon secure the restaurant’s liquor license and then to add a bar in the space next door. Currently in its fifth month of business, Frida Mexican Kitchen is still BYOB, but offers free margaritas Fridays and most evenings. She says she also wants to become more involved with fundraising and hosting community events. •Due in part to feedback they’ve received, Cory and Helman are scheduled to open a new Heights Wonderwild at the front of their complex, facing North Shepherd, in mid-June. It

will have twice the space as well as separate play areas for 8-and-under and 8-and-up. More information about this will be available in The Leader’s family section later this month. •Although weddings have provided the bulk of her business, Brock has been moving into other events. She provides the weekly flowers for the acclaimed restaurant Uchi on Westheimer near Montrose and was recently named the in-house florist for Hilton Americas-Houston next to the downtown convention center. She also wants to expand her gift shop in the long term. “My desire is to offer a really great place for people to find everything they need, like Bering’s.”

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His session’s cohorts provided each other ideas, expertise and critique. They represented a variety of small-to-substantial businesses -- from a manufacturer of beauty products to a research and development venture involved in government grants for scientific devices. And while their industries were varied, their business challenges similar. The group continues to network as part of the program’s continuing education. One of the memorable class exercises had participants asking themselves about their business’ “end game.” Sell it? Pass it to a family member? While Middlebrooks found the brainstorming with cohorts helpful, the program’s “big deliverable” was the growth plan, he said. It addressed opportunities and where to seek financing for it. That’s still in development, he said. Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is a $500 million national program designed to help small businesses in the U.S. create jobs and economic growth by providing entrepreneurs with a practical business education, access to capital and business support services. Applications for the next 10,000 Small Businesses class at Houston Community College are due on the 15th of every month. For information, visit http:// sites.hccs.edu/10ksb/.

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Even experts can learn. Reid Middlebrooks, a building engineering consultant, learned how to pack more business into a work-week by “growing beyond yourself.” That concept was one of many practical management-boosting takeaways Middlebrooks encountered when participating in Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Business Program at Houston Community College. Middlebrooks of Heights-based Apollo BBC had been in business for five years and realized that as an engineering expert, he was in demand but limited in his ability to bill for his time; there were only so many hours in the day and week. “I could only grow so much,” he said. Because of his coursework, Middlebrooks altered the company’s services to include “process consulting” so that staff with related skills and expertise could be deployed to clients throughout their construction projects, he said. The company now employs 10. Middlebrooks was part of the small business program’s inaugural group in May 2011. Initially, he was reluctant to apply and participate due to the intensive, three-month time commitment. But the high level education and CEO-training proved intriguing, and the hands-on approach useful, he said. He found the program’s leadership and management content, which covered negotiating and ways to seek financing, especially relevant. “It gave me a lot to think about and chew on,” Middlebrooks said. “I went to engineering school, not business school.” Pursuing the later might be useful, but it’s expensive, he said. The shorter course of at HCC was more targeted.

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Home Business • from Page 1B you know.” Cory calls the Heights location of Wonderwild their “first home,” and Helman notes that a lot of the moms who come there have become friends. Of course friends are going to tell you like it is. “People have a lot of opinions,” Cory said. “Every email, we take it to heart.” They both get a kick out of the differences they see in the clientele at their two locations. “In The Woodlands they are great ‘rule followers’,” said Helman. “Heights moms ask ‘why not’?” Davila says that she is very aware of local opinion from both her neighbors and friends and from social media.

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THE SPOTLIGHT.

Leader-area business owners who want you to know more about what they do and how they’ll work for you.

Pamela Efferson, solid real estate pro Pamela Efferson’s commitment to client service, market knowledge, innovative marketing strategies and strong negotiating skills has ensured her recognition as a Top Producing Houston Real Estate Professional. Her recognition by Texas Monthly Magazine as a Five Star Real Estate Agent for 2011, 2012 and 2013 was a defining moment in Pamela’s career as this award is given for outstanding customer service. In addition to this honor, Pamela has been recognized as a Real Estate Master’s Award Recipient for highest sales volume for two consecutive years. She also has been recognized by Keller Williams Metropolitan Realty for the highest number of completed transactions in a 12 month period. Her innovative marketing strategies and utilization of the industry’s technology and marketing

tools get maximum exposure for her listings. This translates into quick, top dollar sales. Pamela continues to add the personal touch to each transaction by listening to every detail and communicating effectively with her clients. She specializes in single family home sales, luxury homes, and other numerous types of real estate. Her goal is to put home buyers and sellers at ease knowing that she understands the constant changing market and its evolving consumer behavior. Pamela’s marketing expertise encompasses, but is not limited to, the following neighborhoods and areas; West University, Bellaire, Rice Military, Garden Oaks, Oak Forest, Timbergrove, Lazybrook, Greater Houston Heights, Shady Acres, Memorial, Midtown, Energy Corridor as well as many more Houston Inner Loop and near Inner Loop neighborhoods.

Pamela Efferson As a Broker Associate – Realtor her professional designations include Accredited Seller’s Representative (ASR), Certified Seller’s Representative (CSR), Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI) and Seniors Real

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NNWM chair steps down Dorothy Miller, chair of the Near Northwest Management District and a member since 2001, has resigned, and the board is seeking to fill her seat and appoint a new chair. The announcement Monday said Miller cited “personal reasons” for stepping down. “On behalf of our board of directors and the staff, we sincerely thank Dorothy Miller for her significant contributions to the Management District,” said James Kilpatrick, Near Northwest Management District ViceChair. “Ms. Miller has...provided leadership and guidance that have been key to our success.” The Near Northwest Management District was created by the Texas Legislature to promote and coordinate economic growth and the health, safety and general welfare for a northwest Houston area bounded by T.C. Jester Boulevard on the east, Pinemont Drive on the south, Hollister Drive projected to State Highway 249 on the west and 249 on the north. For more information, go to www.nnmd.org.

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Neighbors: Ronnie Doud moving up in Air Force Congratulations to Lt. Col. Ronnie Doud Jr., son of Carolyn and Ronnie Doud Sr., who was promoted to colonel in the U.S. Air Force. Ronnie, the oldest of five, was born and raised in Houston’s near-northside neighborhood of Lindale Park. He and his wife of more than 20 years, the former Carol Castillo of Oak Forest, are alumni of St. Pius X, class of 1986. After graduating from the University of Texas in 1991, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Air Force. Doud has served on domestic bases and abroad in Germany, with deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia and Kosovo. He’s been on headquarters staff at the Pentagon and commanded a squadron. Recently he was commander of the group at Andrews Air Force Base responsible for providing aircraft maintenance and supply support to the president, vice president, cabinet secretaries and other dignitaries worldwide on 16 aircraft. Currently he is director of procurement management at the Headquarters Defense Logistics Agency in Fort Belvoir, Va. Friends of Madelon McDanel have organized a Cinco De Mayo Dog Walk fundraiser to help with her medical expenses. The walk will run 9 a.m.-noon May 5, starting and ending at What’s Up Cupcake, 632 W. 20th St., which is donating an after walk party

Lt. Col. Ronnie Doud Jr. featuring a brunch for humans and treats for the canines. Those interested in donating can walk with sponsorships or can sponsor walkers. Entry fee is $10 for participants, who should bring their donations with them to the walk. For information, contact Linda Younger at layounger@comcast. net. Girl Scout Troop 24129 planted a butterfly garden at Frank Black Middle School on April 13. This is part of a larger space which is being landscaped by parents and volunteers at Black. In preparation, the girls toured the Oak Forest Elementary butterfly garden with Nancy Grieg of the HMNS Cockrell Butterfly Center and learned how to tag butterflies; viewed a movie about monarch migration; researched butterfly host and nectar plants and pre-

pared the beds. The troop took on this project to provide a safe haven for monarchs, which are threatened by habitat loss, and to be of service to the community by beautifying the school. The garden will be an official Monarch Waystation and contains 25 different plant species. Waltrip High School’s Robotic Team won first place in the 2013 Underwater Robotic Competition with their ROV “Rambot.” This is Waltrip’s team’s second year in a row to win first place in the state level of this national competition, and the team will now move on to compete in Seattle, Wash. Sean

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Russell is the only returning team member. Coach Stephanie “Spoony” Witherspoon and team members Joshua Benton, Jeremiah Miller, Andrew Kain, Brooke Welch, Aly Murrell, Amanda Edwards, Joey Townsand, NayJeah Pridgen and team mentors John Deasaulos and Tyler Townsend are new to Waltrip robotics and the competition. Happy birthday to just a few of our neighbors who celebrated birthdays in April: John Henry, Tommye Welch, Miguel Facundo, Sr., Emily Roberts, and Kelly Saldivar. Wishing you many more happy birthdays. Cheers!

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Stop by the Houston Heights Miniature Schnauzer Meet and Greet this Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at 811 Yale St. to get acquainted with some sweet Schnauzers in need of a home. What better way to start the summer than by bringing home a lovable pooch to read by the pool with? Come over to IKEA this Saturday (May 4) from 11am to 5pm for Friends For Life’s MEGA pet adoption event! The MAV (mobile adoption vehicle) will be stuffed full of furries in need of a home. There will be music, giveaways, vendors...all the cool people will be there!

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New York Times bestselling author Gwen Cooper will be reading an excerpt from her book, “Love Saves the Day” and signing autographs at Friends For Life Animal Shelter (107 E. 22nd Street 77008) on May 11.. There will be complimentary wine, nibbles and a free gift for the attendees. Follow Molly @TheMollyDiaries on Twitter.

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CUTTEN GREEN SUBDIVISION GARAGE SALE: Saturday, May 4, SALE: Saturday, May 4, 8 a.m. 8 a.m.-2 p.m., 4700 Norhill. Three Off Beltway 8, north on Hollister. families. Lots of stuff. Left on Brittany Park Lane.

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DINING TABLE WITH CHINA CABINET, $165; generator, 5,500 watts. 281-655-0848.

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Owners of this nice Oak Forest home loved to travel, collect & read! LOTS of books (coffee table, art, reference, etc), English linen-fold drop-front desk, large cabinet with small drawers for collections, 4 signed French rooster-carved chairs, lots of bookcases, fabulous carved Mexican chest & Indonesian camphorwood chest, Murano glass, LOTS of collectibles (hens, roosters, mini bird houses, Asian, paperweights, animal figurines, Lenox Castles of the World, Eskimo carvings, Indonesian masks, etc.), Villeroy & Boch china, MORE!

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CHARMING VENUE FOR YOUR NEXT GATHERING: Houston Heights Woman’s Club’s Historic Bungalow, perfect for small events. Recitals, luncheons, fundraisers — events up to 100 people. Grand piano, stage, round tables, small catering kitchen. Call Lizz Martin, 281217-6070, regarding this Heights landmark. (TF)

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Clutch performer Waltrip shortstop leads Rams’ charge by Michael Sudhalter michael@theleadernews.com Waltrip High senior shortstop Jonathan Juarez always steps up his game when facing archrival, Reagan High. On April 19, Juarez finished with four stolen bases, three hits and two RBI in a 6-3 win over the Bulldogs. Exactly a month earlier, Juarez

delivered the game-winning RBI single in a 1-0, 11 inning victory over RHS. During that game, he also asked classmate Edith Anaya to the prom, and she said yes. “That was a big highlight,” Juarez said. “(Defeating Reagan) means a lot to us. We beat them in front of all these people.” Juarez’s performance is a big reason why the Rams finished second in competitive Class 4ADistrict 21. Along with 12 fellow seniors, he’s part of a Waltrip team that faced Fort Bend Ridge Point in a first round series of the UIL Class 4A playoffs earlier this week. Results were not available at press time. “He has a great deal of knowledge about the game,” Waltrip first-year head coach Mike Evans said of Juarez. “He understands the small things you have to do to be successful. He’s very composed and leads the younger guys.”

Juarez, 19, had a strong baseball foundation before he set foot on the Waltrip campus in the summer of 2009. At age 4, Juarez was playing T-Ball at Heights-Norhill Little League. “It prepared me real well and got me to play where I am right now,” Juarez said. He furthered his baseball career by playing for one of the best select teams in Greater Houston -the Banditos. “That was one of the best experiences,” Juarez said. “My coaches were ex-MLB players, so the coaching style I had was great. They taught me so much about fundamentals and baseball.” A four-year varsity player, Juarez loves playing shortstop and hopes to continue his career and study Business Management at Texas College, an NAIA school in Tyler. “The shortstop is the key player

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Granda • from Page 7B linois before moving to midtown Houston before his freshman year at St. Pius X. A four-year varsity offensive lineman, Granda played for three head coaches in four years -- Robin Kirk, Jason Kimball and Blake Ware. The 6-foot-3 1/2 inch, 285pound lineman was heavily recruited as a junior, but the attention subsided when he hurt his knee and needed reconstructive surgery. Northwestern (La.) State offered Granda an academic scholarship, but he wanted to stay in his new hometown of Houston, so he accepted an opportunity to join the Cougars as a preferred walk-on. “It was my dream,” Granda said. “to play Division I football.”

He redshirted last fall as the Cougars spent time gaining muscle and setting new personal bests in the weight room. “(College football) is more of a job than anything, but it’s a job you grow to love,” Granda said. “It’s more intense, the speed is quicker. Not only do you have to love the sport, you have to be completely dedicated to it.” After being left tackle and junior for SPX, Granda is a left guard for UH and trying to climb the depth charts, which are top-heavy with seniors at offensive lineman. At St. Pius X, Granda threw the shot put and competed on the wrestling team. He enjoyed blocking for All-American quarterback Kohl Stewart, a Texas A&M signee in football and baseball who’s pro-

jected to be a top MLB draft pick in June. “Kohl is a phenomenal athlete and a great kid,” Granda said. “Blocking for an athlete like that is almost an honor. He’s going to do great things. I’m looking forward to see what he does.” Granda is studying supply chain management at UH, and he’d like to work in the oil and gas industry someday. The Cougars will open the season on Aug. 30 vs. Southern (La.) University at Reliant Stadium. The following weekend, they’ll play their first-ever AAC game at Temple in Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field -- home of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Rodriguez agreed, saying she enjoyed “being in control of the game.” Whenever Flores had to work part-time at Harco Insurance, Rodriguez would play in her place -at practice or in a game. The duo won three district championships in four seasons,

and they’re both considering playing college softball at Texas A&MCorpus Christi, a Division I member of the Southland Conference. “It will be very hard to fill their shoes,” Waltrip coach Darcy Ruffino said. “They have great bats, and they’re great leaders. They carried us the whole four years.”

Bell, Mala finish fifth at state tennis St. Pius X tennis players Michael Bell and Lisette Mala finished fifth in the boys and girls , respectively, at the TAPPS 5A State Tournament last week in Waco. SPX’s Guillaume Goodrich finished ninth in the boys tournament, helping the SPX boys to a seventh place finish of 17 teams.

The Lady Panthers finished 10th out of 17 teams. Reagan softball’s season ends The Lady Bulldogs’ dream season ended last Saturday with an 11-0, 12-0 sweep at the hands of Stratford in the first round of the UIL Class 4A playoffs. RHS swept Waltrip for the first

time in school history. Pius softball playoffs The St. Pius X softball team opened playoff competition on Wednesday against San Antonio Providence. Results were not available at press time. Follow @HouSportsLeader for updates on the team’s progress.

Softball• from Page 7B power, Tomball, 18-0, in the first round of the playoffs last Friday. The seniors provided leadership on the mound -- and beyond. Rodriguez also played shortstop and outfielder, while Flores played first base and third base. “I enjoyed pitching,” said Flores.

LHN building on diamond for ’14 by Michael Sudhalter michael@theleadernews.com The Lutheran High North baseball team had a challenging season, but Lions first-year head coach Homer Garza sees hope for the the future. “We’re really looking forward to it,” Garza said. “There’s a lot of positives. The kids have improved a lot. It’s tough for ninth graders to play against juniors and seniors.” The Lions didn’t win a game this spring, but their 11-player roster is much smaller than most of their opponents. They don’t have any seniors. There are two juniors -- catcher/ pitcher/outfielder/first baseman Ryan D’Olive and pitcher/shortstop/second baseman Colby Fullen, but only D’Olive and sophomore shortstop Trey Hecker played on last year’s team. On top of that, the Lions played seven freshmen this season. “I think six of the seven have never played baseball before,” said Garza, who’s son, Orlando, is the team’s first baseman. Because there are four basketball players on the team, LHN didn’t play its first baseball game until Feb. 20. The games hadn’t been close, said Garza, who previously coached in the Cy-Fair Sports Association and works full-time as an electrical contractor. His assistant coach is Elanis Westbrooks, a 1983 Bellaire High graduate who played baseball for

the University of Texas and in the San Francisco Giants’ farm system. Hecker enjoyed aspects of being on the team but said the group must collectively work on its “fielding and batting” during the offseason. D’Olive, who travels to Houston from Porter to attend LHN, said

the season proved to be a learning experience. “It was a new opportunity for me -- I’d never pitched, caught or played first base,” D’Olive said. “Just the experience of the game you learn stuff every single time you’re out here. Hopefully, with summer training, we’ll be able to pull off more double plays.”

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