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Cancer & Courage

Difficult news is eased with navigation from MHNW nurses by Michael Sudhalter Any cancer diagnosis is devastating news, but Memorial Hermann Northwest’s Angela Sisk, Oncology Certified R.N., makes that process easier for patients and their families. Sisk has worked in the role of Nurse Navigator for the past three-and-a-half years at MHNW. In addition to answerThe program at ing any medical questions Memorial Hermann Northand treatment options west is designed to help that any MHN cancer with more than health patients may have, she needs. It addresses social works with the families and emotional issues, on social, physical and as well. emotional issues. According to MHNW, a Nurse Navigator is “an expert oncology clinician and patient advocate who assists patients during their course of treatment.” Sisk helps uninsuranced and underinsured patients with financial/insurance concerns. “I work closely with patients, meet them when they come and provide emotional support, and answer questions they don’t understand,” Sisk said. She guides them from diagnosis through treatment and into survivorship, coordinating programs, support groups and teaching a weekly Yoga class, which was originally for cancer patients/survivors but now is open to all MHNW patients. She coordinates an American Cancer Society-sponsored program, “Look Good, Feel Better” to help cancer patients.

see Navigation • Page 2B Mother/daughter Irma Klink and Sasha Klein share more than beautiful smiles and a new boutique they’ve opened in Sugar Land. They are both breast cancer survivors. They, along with sister Francesca, (also pictured) are aware of just

how serious the disease can be. The pink dot in the painted tree on their wall depicts the loss of an aunt who passed away from a particularly aggressive form of breast cancer. (Submitted photo)

Battles create inseparable bond between mother, daughter by Karen Campbell For The Leader Mothers soon know what traits are inherited by their children. They look to see their smiles reflected on their children’s faces or a familiar sparkle in the corner of their eyes. They want to share interests and passions. But no mother ever wants to share the pain of hearing, “You have breast cancer” with her daughter. Yet Irma Klink did exactly that when – as a five-year survivor – she was there to hear the same diagnosis for her then 31year-old daughter Sasha Klein. Since the characteristically upbeat Sasha had suspected the grim news, she told her mother prior to sitting down with the doctor, “If it’s cancer, you’re taking me on a shopping spree!” Ultimately it was a shopping trip that created an even stronger bond between the mother/daughter. While shopping for a wig after Sasha was diagnosed, the two attractive and fashion-conscious women were struck by how depressing and unappealing their options were. Soon, they erupted in laughter as they nixed most of what they were seeing. And then they say Divine intervention came upon them. “We turned a sad moment into a happy wig shopping experience,” said Irma. “I turned to my daughter and we both had the same idea -- a cancer wellness boutique and studio spa. All women want to look and feel beautiful. And why not? Cancer shouldn’t stop us from being fabulous.” Cure & Co. is the result of the collaborative efforts of Irma and Sasha. Irma, an artist, brings her sense of style to the small space that includes lingerie and swimsuits for women post-mastectomy as well as jewelry and handbags that can easily hide drainage kits. Sasha, an aesthetician who cares for many familiar faces often seen in the news, relies on her expertise for

the selection of specialty skincare products and radiation creams. She even offers complimentary one-on-one makeup tutorials and facials for those going through chemotherapy through a program they’ve launched called “Fighting Facial.” This belief in giving back comes partly from the experience of having had to receive help themselves. Both women were without insurance when they got the news of their cancers. Irma had just stopped working when she found her lump. Sasha, a young mother of two, had decided to forego insurance for a few months in order to save up for some items for her children. So both women came to The Rose. The Rose is a nonprofit breast health organization that serves both insured and uninsured women and helps navigate those with a cancer diagnosis to treatment. “I am thrilled that we could be there for both Irma and Sasha,” said Dorothy Gibbons, co-founder and CEO of The Rose. “We know a woman’s chance of developing breast cancer increases if her mother, sister, and/or daughter have been diagnosed with the disease. Women, like Sasha, are why we never say, ‘You’re too young for a mammogram.’ Because that woman is not too young for breast cancer.” Last year, The Rose diagnosed more than 300 women – almost 10 percent of whom were under 40 years of age. At the soft opening of their new enterprise Cure & Co. in Sugar Land, Sasha shared the story of her experience with special guests Dorothy Gibbons and Cathie Sublett and Sally Reyes, staff from Patient Navigation at The Rose. Through tears, the young mother who was initially told not to worry, that “it” was nothing, but who found the truth at The Rose, said, “You saved my life. If not for The Rose, I wouldn’t be here today.” To hear Sasha’s story, visit www.TheRose. org. To learn more about Cure & Co. visit

Network helps Gillespie overcome cancer fight by Michael Sudhalter Amber Gillespie faced the most difficult time in her life when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2012. But the 28-year-old Garden Oaks resident wasn’t going to let anything keep her from reaching her goals. “Cancer,” Gillespie said. “was not going to stop me from buying a house.” Gillespie, a San Antonio native, has lived in the Heights since 2008 and purchased a Garden Oaks home in the fall of 2012. Gillespie was shocked when she was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer. She’d always “had a clean bill of health”, exercised and had no family history of it. It’s also rare to get diagnosed at such a young age. Amber Gillespie “You become a survivor the day you’re diagnosed,” Gillespie said. A week after being diagnosed, Gillespie began eight rounds of chemotherapy at Kelsey-Seybold’s main campus. She went through radiation and hor-

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Technology helps make healing experience better by Michael Sudhalter Dr. Olga Swanson of Houston Heights Women’s Healthcare Center has used advanced medical technology to create a better patient experience. While practicing medicine in her home state of Michigan, Swanson, an OBGYN, learned about minimally invasive robotic assisted surgery. The practice, located at 427 West 20th Street, Suite 301, is owned by St. Joseph’s Medical Center, located across the street. Instead of an eight-inch incision, the minimally invasive surgery only creates a half-inch incision, which means a quicker recovery and less time in the hospital. Many patients are in and out the day of procedure. “The healing time is huge,” Swanson said. “You can walk up and down the stairs as opposed to laying in bed for three or four days. There’s less blood loss and patients can return to their daily activities.” The surgeries are used for Hysteroscopy, Operative laparoscopy, surgical treatment for endometriosis, total laparoscopic hysterectomy and endometrial ablation. Swanson cited an article in the OBGYN News, which stated in the 1990s, only 14 percent of OBGYN patients had robotic assisted surgery, while the latest statistics, in

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Local, national events focus on women’s health

Memorial Hermann Northwest Nurse Navigator Angela Sisk assists cancer patients and survivors with their treatment and survivorship. (Photo by Michael Sudhalter)

Navigation • from Page 1B Sisk, who’s been a nurse for the past 16 years, helps patients with picking out scarves, hats and wigs when they lose their hair due to treatment. “It’s not really a clinical position, but I use my background and knowledge to explain those things to them,” Sisk said. Sisk, however, does clinical work in the Breast Care Cancer, specifically biopsies, and does new patient evaluation in radiation therapy once per week. MHN’s Breast Care Center recently re-

ceived full accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), an effort that Sisk coordinated. In addition to weekly events, Sisk also coordinates special events such as the Celebration of Life, which will be held Friday, May 31 at Westin Memorial City (third floor). Patients and survivors will have wellness classes and a resource fair available, along with dancing and a cake decorating contest.

The 11th annual National Women’s Checkup Day is May 13, part of National Women’s Health Week May 12-18. Locally, education efforts are coordinated by The Women’s Fund. Checkup Day is an effort, coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services on Women’s Health to encourage women to call and visit health care professionals to schedule and receive checkups; and • Promote regular checkups as vital to the early detection of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, mental health illnesses, sexually transmitted infections, and other conditions. Regular checkups provide a number of benefits to women: • Screening tests, such as mammograms and Pap tests, can find diseases early, when they are easier to treat. Some women need certain screening tests earlier or more often than other women do. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, women can now receive these types of preventive screenings without copays. • Screenings and routine care can help women lower their risks of many health conditions, including heart disease. There are several ways for women to participate in National Women’s Checkup Day: • Contacting their current health care professionals to schedule checkups or visiting to get important screenings on National Women’s Checkup Day. • Discussing with their health care professionals which screenings and tests are right for them and when and how often they should have them. • Learning which screening and immunizations they need and at what age to get them. For local information, visit The Women’s Fund of Houston’s website at

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through CanCare, a cancer support network. Gillespie and Castillo agreed that their role as survivors, advocates for breast cancer research and resources and the fact that they’re both proud Texas A&M graduates have been the foundation for a strong friendship. “Sandy goes to every conference possible – the medical side and the social side,” Gillespie said. “She inspired me to use my voice about breast cancer. Young women get breast cancer, and there’s resources out there like YSC.” Castillo said the YSC support network provides an excellent resources for patients and survivors. “You can get together and discuss what’s on your mind, whether it’s something about cancer or friendship,” Castillo said. Some insurance plans don’t cover mammograms below an early age, but YSC encourages women to get one if they suspect something is wrong or if their family history indicates they may

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Gillespie • from Page 1B mone therapy and also had a double mastectomy. Next month, she’ll undergo breast reconstruction surgery. Gillespie said she’s been told by doctors that there’s “no evidence of disease” but must still have full body scans every six months and continue hormone therapy for the next five years. Going through the treatment was very difficult, but Gillespie credits Young Survivors Council (YSC), a national organization dedicated to the concerns of women under 40 years of age diagnosed with breast cancer. “I couldn’t do it without them,” Gillespie said. “Having family and friends support you is not the same as having other survivors support you. As much as (family and friends) care, they haven’t been through it.” Gillespie found out about the program through its Texas state leader, Sandy Castillo, a 43-yearold Rice University graduate student and breast cancer survivor who was diagnosed at age 39,


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Local homecoming has distinct Italian flavor by Betsy Denson It is fair to say that former Garden Oaks resident Allison Bell has earned major brownie points with her Italian mother-in-law. Bell, who lives in Florence, has just come out with a cookbook of her mother-in-law’s recipes called Graziella’s Tuscan Kitchen. Bell attended a book signing on May 5 at St. John the Divine Church on River Oaks Boulevard. “It went well. I sold 40 books,” Bell said. “It’s a start.” There is also a Houston house party with friends in the works where she will prepare recipes from the book. A cookbook of authentic Italian cuisine was not on the horizon when Bell graduated from St. Agnes Academy 10 years ago. She was supposed to attend Ole Miss. Before college, with her parents’ blessings, she decided to study in Florence for a semester. “Little did we know we were sending her off to her life,” said her mom, Gail. “Allison has never been afraid to go after her dreams.” Bell liked Florence so much that she lived there on and off for the next four years, continuing to learn Italian as well as study graphic design. She had also met an Italian named Angelo at the gym and wanted to “give it a go” with him. Now married to Angelo with 18-month-old David and another baby on the way, Bell has been a permanent resident of Italy for the last five years. Her husband does not speak English, so she gets plenty of opportunity to practice her Italian. Because there was not a high demand for graphic designers in Florence, Bell found a job teaching English, both at a school and as head of a summer camp. But she’s now ready to promote her cookbook. “I didn’t know anything about cooking when I got married,” said Bell. And although some Italian mothers-in-law can be hard to please, Graziella welcomed Bell with open arms. “Graziella taught me everything I know [about cooking],” she said. Bell said she found Italian cooking to be “surprisingly easy, with not many ingredients.” Her favorite recipes from the book include the aromi/herb sauce and the rosemary herb stuffed turkey breast. At first, Bell says that her mother-in-law didn’t grasp the scope of the project. When Bell showed her the finished book, “she was pretty honored.” Her time in Florence is inspiring Bell in other ways, too. She’s working on a website both to sell the cookbook and also to offer information and advice on wine tours of the region.





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Local Special Olympics brings volunteers, athletes together

by Michael Sudhalter Scarborough High freshman Jermaine Godwin thoroughly enjoyed the experience of participating in the inaugural Houston ISD-Special Olympics Texas Field Day at the Delmar-Tusa Athletic Complex. “It was good,” Godwin said. “It made me feel good (and made me feel) I could do better at sports.” Godwin was one of 1,200 athletes to take part in the two-day event. May 2 featured 500 elementary school students, and May 3 saw 700 middle school and high school students compete. Eighteen of those athletes were from Scarborough, including Godwin and senior Manuel Martinez. “It was fun,” said Martinez, who enjoyed running and carrying the football. Scarborough senior Emanuel Sotelo agreed, saying “(The event) helped me on my abilities.” The events, which included basketball, track, soccer and a softball throw, were held at Delmar-Tusa Stadium, Delmar-Tusa Fieldhouse and Dyer Stadium. The event featured an Opening Ceremonies on Thursday. Scarborough special education teacher Kaire Hopson was glad that her students had an opportunity to play. “I think this is awesome,” Hopson said. “It gives the kids a chance to try something new things, be athletic and do things they normally wouldn’t do.” HISD Athletic Director Marmion Dambrino said a partnership with Special Olympics Texas was a priority for the district, and Special Olympics Texas President and CEO Margaret Larson echoed those sentiments. “We are very excited to be working with the Houston Independent School District and look forward to building on this partnership in the future,” Larson said in a press release. Ramonica Jones, a public relations representative for Special Olympics Texas, said the inaugural event was a success. “It was awesome -- we had a great turnout with a lot of athletes,” Jones said. In addition to the athletes, there were 360 HISD varsity athletes and coaches who volunteered, including several from Scarborough, Reagan and Waltrip. There were also about 20 volunteers from Hewlett Packard

as well as a group of University of Houston Sports Administration students. “It’s good to help the kids out,” Reagan junior Brandon Escamilla said. “It’s great see them smile and have fun. Every single kid I’ve seen out here has a smile on their face.” Reagan head baseball coach David Petty said volunteering for the Special Olympics is a family tradition for him. “My daddy was a state trooper who used to sponsor the Special Olympics,” Petty said. “I got to see what a treat it is. It’s very fulfilling to help the kids. It’s a great lesson for my players to be able to help out with Photos, clockwise, include Scarborough High athletes cheering on their something like this. I already told my principal I’d be doing this every teammates in the Special Olympic Field Day on May 2. Above, HISD elemenyear.”

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Innovative LHN teacher ready for retirement by Michael Sudhalter Last semester, Lutheran High North abolished the Electoral College and made some changes to the U.S. Constitution. It was all part of a world-renowned government class that was created and taught by longtime LHN teacher Terry Hynous. “Government,” Hynous said, “was probably the most boring class I had in college.” The 70-year-old Illinois native has 50 years of teaching experience dating back to an internship he did in Saginaw, Mich. as a college junior in 1963. He’s retiring after this year and will be greatly missed by the LHN student body. “(Retirement) just feels right,” said Hynous, who said he’s worked for the past 60 years, beginning with a newspaper route in the early 1950s. He plans on helping his wife with her real estate business and working on an alumni newsletter for LHN. Because the government course he took in college was primarily based on facts and memorization, Hynous wanted to create an interactive course that students in which students would take ownership. “I like that it was very interactive,” LHN senior (and class valedictorian) Lucy Byers, the speaker of the House, said. “(Mr. Hynous) let us make our own mistakes and our own decisions. It was a lot more interactive than sitting and listening to lectures.” Hynous arrived at LHN in the mid-1980s, and in 1992, he taught a government course that focused on the U.S. presidential election that featured Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and H. Ross Perot. The following year, there wasn’t a presidential election, so Hynous created a course where students would work in groups to create their own Constitution.

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Students in the upper school at Our Savior Lutheran School competed in a rhetoric competition last week – what they dubbed the “Oratio Eloquentium.” Garrett Chavez, 7th Grade (pictured left), won the competition with his performance of Marc Antony’s speech from Julius Caesar. Hannah Robertson, in 8th Grade, (pictured center) performed Pericles’ Funeral Oration for the Athenians and finished second. And Kristen Moehlman, in 8th Grade, gave MLK’s I Have A Dream speech to finish third. (Photo Submitted)

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The Hogg Middle School JROTC won four trophies at a national competition in Fort Worth. Pictured from left are, seventh grader Tony Vasquez, teacher First Sergeant James Smith, and eighth graders Thalinee “Bam” Srichmthong and Anabeth Coronado. (Photo by Michael Sudhalter) titions. Twelve students competed in nationals -- eighth-graders Jennifer Ximenez, Anabeth Coronado, Thalinee “Bam” Srichmthong and Joseph Casarez, seventh graders Lena Villegas, Danielle Flores, Tony Vasquez, David Moran and Cameron Williams, and sixth grader Hugo Rodriguez.

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Hogg Middle School continued its proud tradition of excelling at Color Guard and Drill Team competitions. The school won its fifth Leadership Citizenship Development Corps (LCDC) national championship, a JROTC-type program, last month at a competition in Fort Worth. “These children have risen to the top of the middle school LCDC nationally,” Hogg principal Dr. Mina Schnitta said. “As their principal, I’m extremely proud of their achievements.” One hundred and sixty students (out of 700 at the school) take the elective LCDC course, taught by U.S. Army Ret. 1st Sergeant James Smith, who has taught at Hogg for the past decade and at Waltrip High for five years prior to that. Only a few of the students attend the Drill and Color Guard compe-

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sides of the issues, not just your own. You had to be able to back up your own opinion.” LHN senior Rachel Skweres was the main person responsible for putting together the Constitution. “We’d incorporate stuff from outside the class,” Skweres said. “(At times), we’d start to get too specific too fast and would have to look back at the bigger picture.” The students go through the legislative process and then become involved in Supreme Court cases on issues such as immigration, health care, capital punishment and war. The Government classes were held in the school’s courtyard with the students working on committees. They’d receive points for drafting and passing bills, as well as advancing those bills into committees. LHN senior Taylor Kriegbaum, the Democratic leader in the triumvirate, said he learned something through the project that many Americans have known for a long time. “Bipartisanship in Washington is difficult,” Kriegbaum said. “People wouldn’t collaborate...they’d just argue the whole time.”

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(Photo by Michael Sudhalter) Hynous has traveled throughout the U.S. and to Canada to discuss his course, including a U.S. Supreme Court private reception with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The students are assigned to fictitious states, such as Texoma or Neboda. They are assigned demographic qualities such as age, income, marital status and political party. The Constitution doesn’t always mirror the current U.S. Constitution. In fact, Hynous recalls a class that wanted a confederation. He told them that most confederations fail, but Switzerland is the rare exception. Those students responded by requesting a copy of the Swiss Constitution from the Swiss Embassy. Last semester’s class replaced the office of the president with a triumvirate -- a group of three leaders from the Democratic, Independent and Republican parties -- to share the executive officer position. “I thought it was a very productive experience,” LHN senior (and salutatorian) Micah Brouwer said. “It forced you to look at other


program, however, are more important than the shiny hardware. The students learn the six standards of Trustworthiness, Citizenship, Caring, Responsibility, Respect and Fairness. “When I first came here,” said Vasquez, one of the unit’s leaders. “I thought it was pretty cool. We worked hard and went to nationals.” Vasquez said he’s learned a great deal from the program, and it’s played a role in his decision to attend the High School for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice in the fall of 2014. Coronado said she “learned a lot about character” and plans on being a member of the ROTC unit when she enrolls at Reagan High in the fall. Srichomthong said she’ll focus on athletics and business classes when she goes to Reagan in the fall, but she’ll remember the “building character” lessons she learned from Hogg LCDC.

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Page 9B • The Leader • May 11, 2013 •

Playoff notebook: SPX baseball to face St. Thomas in TAPPS 5A state semis by Michael Sudhalter

The Waltrip High baseball team, Class 4ADistrict 21 runner-up, was competitive in a 13-6 loss to Fort Bend Ridge Point in Game 1 of a first-round UIL Class 4A playoff series on May 2 at Ashmore Field. The Rams faced a 6-2 deficit in the bottom of the fourth inning, and scored four runs, capped by Michael Miata’s RBI single. Ridge Point went on to score seven unanswered runs over the next three innings to take Game 1. On May 3, Ridge Point rolled to a 11-1, five inning victory over the Rams in Missouri City.

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The Reagan High baseball team lost to Tomball, the top-ranked team in Class 4A, 10-0 in five innings on May 1. The Bulldogs, who finished fourth in 4A21, graduated nine seniors from last season’s district championship team. They return all but one senior starter, according to head coach David Petty. Scarborough, which finished second in 3A23, fell to area 3A power Stafford, 21-1, in five innings on May 3.

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The St. Pius X baseball team, defending TAPPS 5A State Champions, are going back to the state semifinals. The Panthers swept San Antonio Antonian on Wednesday and will face archrival, St. Thomas, at 10 a.m. Monday at Waco ISD Stadium. St. Thomas has won the previous three meetings this season, 6-3, 6-2, 2-1 (8 innings). The Eagles won state titles in 2010 and 2011, respectively. The SPX softball team, two-time defending district champions, rolled past San Antonio Providence, 10-0 on May 1. They met San Antonio Incarnate Word at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in La Grange. Results were not available at press time. A win would advance them to the state semifinals on Monday, May 13 in Waco. Last season, SPX lost to San Antonio Antonian in the state semifinals. The Lady Panthers are looking for their first state title since 1991. For more playoff information, log on to the or follow @HouSportsLeader on Twitter.

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St. Pius X senior pitcher Kohl Stewart and the Panthers will look to defend their state title next week. (Photo by KJWESPHOTOS.COM)

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LHN senior looks to win state TAPPS shot put competition by Michael Sudhalter Lutheran High North senior shot putter Meaghan Quickel is excited about her third and final trip to the TAPPS Class 4A Track & Field Championships this weekend at Baylor University in Waco. Last season, Quickel finished fourth in the state meet after placing third at regionals. “(Competing at state) is a little frightening, but I try to focus as best as I can,” Quickel said. The 18-year-old Cypress resident won the 4A regional shot put title on May 3 at Awty International with a 34-meter throw. Her personal record

Heights residents Justin Avioli and Jeremy Jenkins will compete in what’s known as a Spartan Race competition, known as the “Death Race” next month in Pittsfield, Vermont. It includes running, rolling, and backpacking, Avioli said. “This race,” Avioli said, “just breaks people. We wanted to push ourselves to the limit.” Only 10 percent of the contestants complete the competition, which is between 48 and 60 hours – without sleep. But Avioli and Jenkins – both proud Texas A&M graduates – are confident they can complete it. “Having the element of the unknown keeps it exciting,” Jenkins said. – Michael Sudhalter

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ODC 12U team wins Spring tournament Meaghan Quickel

Quickel • from Page 9B is in the 37s. She’s one of four local athletes to qualify for TAPPS State Track, along with teammate Chyna Fruge (200 meter). Two St. Pius X boys athletes -- high jumper Jordan Jackson and sprinter Zach Jackson (100 meter) qualified for the TAPPS 5A State Track Meet. LHN throws coach Dana Gerard was impressed with Quickel’s performance at regionals and her improvement in competition this spring. “She’s extremely athletic, very explosive and she worked very hard in the weight room,” said Gerard, who thinks Quickel has the ability to throw in the 38 or 39 range. “She has all the potential to be a very good college thrower.” Quickel credits Gerard and former Lions throws coach Thump Phillips with her development as a track athlete. “Coach Thump Phillips showed me the basics, and Coach Gerard helped me fix things that needed to be tweaked,” she said. A talented discus thrower, Quickel qualified for state in both the shot put and discus as a sophomore. “(The shot put) is don’t get off balance,” said the 5foot-8 senior. Quickel hasn’t ruled out the option of throwing in college. She received some interest from Abilene Christian and Hardin-Simmons, but she said her first priority is to find a job and attend Blinn College or Lone Star College. A native of Little Rock, Ark., Quickel began throwing the shot put in seventh grade. “One of my dad’s friends was a coach, and he talked me into it,” Quickel said. “I enjoyed it right away.” She moved to the Houston area as an eighth grader and chose to attend LHN, where her mother, Lisa Quickel, was a basketball and volleyball standout in the mid-1980s. Quickel played three years of volleyball for LHN and said that her high school athletic experiences wouldn’t have been the same had she stayed in Arkansas. “I wouldn’t have been able to do (the shot put) in Arkansas,” Quickel said. The high school I was planning (on attending) shut down.”

The Oaks Dad’s Club 12 and under softball team won the HASA Recreation Softball Tournament on April 21 in Spring with an undefeated record. Players: Kaitlyn Edwards Justess Vasquez Alyssa Holik Gracie Wehr Valerie Fuentes Jessi Morrison Alona Gomez Sara Olivarez Ruby Silva Coaches: Steven Ruffino Tony Cirillo Northwest Flyers registration The Northwest Flyers Youth Track Club is now registering middle and high school athletes for the 2013 summer track season. Middle and high school athletes should register now, and plan to compete after their school



The Oaks Dad’s Club 12U softball team won the HASA Tournament last month in Spring. (Submitted Photo)



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season is over. The non-profit, 501(c)(3) club is affiliated with USA Track & Field (USATF), and provides a full program of sanctioned “track” events such as sprints, hurdles, middle distance, distance and relays, and sanctioned “field” events such as long jump, triple jump, high

jump, pole vault, shot put, discus and javelin. The Northwest Flyers has approximately 285 members, and was founded 26 years ago by Olympic gold medalist Fred Newhouse to foster the development of youth track & field in the Northwest Houston area. – Staff Reports

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