Contents ON THE COVER: The Koopmans Family Photo Credit: Patricia Hudson
Serving the Community of Towne Lake
A “Tall Order” Results in a Match for Couple
17 Best of Cy-Fair: Koala Kolache
Barbara Bush: Paying Homage to the First Lady
18 Bridgeland Goes Wild for Nature Fest
10 Cypress Happenings
20 Cypress School News
12 Parkland Village Grand Opening
26 9th Annual Bridgeland Cars & Que
14 Best of Cy-Fair: Mason's Creative Catering
29 Coming Together to Support Trauma Survivors
16 Best of Cy-Fair: Tutto Bene
30 Cy-Ranch Softball Back-to-Back District Champs
A “Tall Order” Results in a Match for Towne Lake Couple by Patricia Hudson
Photo Credit: Boardwalk Towne Lake Patricia Hudson
“We love this community so much; we are currently building a second, larger home in Towne Lake.” – Randi Koopmans
owne Lake residents, Randi and David Koopmans did not start out in the typical way of most romances. The fact that Randi is considered the standard height for a supermodel, 5’9” and taller, is directly responsible for the two connecting. “We met online via Match.com. I was looking for a tall man; I’m 5’10,” and did a search for a taller man. David is 6’6,” so I messaged him, based on the fact he was super tall. We met at Escalantes, and we were married nine months later, at Champions Golf Club!” shares Randi. David is a Chief Information Officer for a private logistics company, and previously worked in the airline industry for 20+ years. “We last lived in the New York City area, where David worked for JetBlue as a Director of Technology,” comments Randi. 6 May | June 2018
Randi and David have lived in Towne Lake since 2014. “We love this community so much; we are currently building a second, larger home in Towne Lake,” explains Randi. “Our house is staged and it is a challenge keeping it clean every day! Hopefully, it will sell soon, and we can move into our new home before the Christmas holidays!” The Koopmans children are 17 months apart. Kyle, age 7, is in the first grade at Rennell Elementary
weeks of the summer at Camp Olympia, in Trinity Texas, as his mother did as a child.
School, and says, “I love math and lunch time! Whenever my friend Colin gets home from school, I like to play catch with him. I play coach pitch,” adds Kyle proudly. Kyle plays little league baseball, and spends three
Five-year-old Ryan attends the Children’s Learning Adventure Kinder, where he enjoys culinary class, (cooking), and gym. Next year, he will be a kindergartener, and will be joining his brother, Kyle, at Rennell. “He just loves playing with his toys, Grossery Games and Mashens! The only things that he will eat are Chicken Nuggets and macaroni and cheese,” divulges his mom. “I even have boxed mac and cheese auto-shipped from Amazon,” giggles Randi. Some of their happiest memories as a family include excursions on their boat in Towne Lake, and taking their golf cart out in the community. They also enjoy spending time with lots of friends and neighbors.
“My mom and I take the kids to steamboat Colorado, three times a year, while David and my dad stay behind and work. We have season ski passes to Steamboat Springs, Colorado.” Her son Kyle looks forward to their family trips. “I like it when my family gets to go snowmobiling and snowboarding. I’m on level 6 out of 8 in showboarding,” he says proudly. “Ryan’s our skier!” adds the boys’ mother. As a family, the Koopmans enjoy rooting for their team at the Astros Baseball games, and they are Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo season ticket holders. “Kyle has even participated in the mutton bustin’ competition,” relates Randi. Randi, a diehard Mizzou Tiger, values her time spent as a volunteer. She is a home room mom, and works in the Copy Room at Rennell, whenever needed. Recently, Randi was in
The Koopmans look forward to their vacation time. “We keep snowmobiles in Idaho. Santa even brought the boys snowmobiles for Christmas,” comments Randi. “With David’s side of the family, we love to go to Island Park, Idaho, and snowmobile into West Yellowstone, Montana, and ride into Wyoming.” PinPointe Magazine
the Copy Room by herself, when a lockdown drill was held, and the lights were extinguished. “Not knowing what was going on, I started calling out, asking what I was supposed to do. I later discovered that you are supposed to lock yourself in, stay down, and stay quiet!” “I am a volunteer with a nonprofit organization called Dec My Room. We decorate the cold, stark white hospital rooms of long term pediatric cancer patients, ages 18 months to 20 years old, in the Medical Center. Our job is to first get a list of the patient’s likes and interests, then shop for those things and decorate the patient’s room. While it is humbling and heart wrenching to see the patients, it is also heartwarming to see their reaction to their newly decorated space. The patients get to take everything home with them. We also bring pillows and blankets for out of town family members. I heard about Dec My Room from some other women who volunteer for them in Towne Lake, and have been doing this for 3-4 years.”
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David enjoys all of his collection of rides, especially his boat and two motorcycles, a Honda Goldwing and an American Iron Horse Chopper. He can be seen astride one of the motorcycles, as he rides in the annual San Jacinto High Rollers Toy Run for Boys and Girls Country.
Paying Homage to the First Lady Cypress Photographer Captures Historic Moment in Texas By Patricia Hudson Photo Credit: Greg Andrews
Cypress resident and photographer, Greg Andrews, had hoped to capture the moment that the motorcade carrying First Lady Barbara Bush passed through Cypress on its way to her final resting place at the George Bush Presidential Library on April 21, 2018. Notified of the decision to alter the route from highway 290 to I-10, and then, to the Grand Parkway, Andrews quickly moved to a new vantage point to catch the motorcade as it made its way to College Station, and to pay his respects.
F O R M O R E , G O T O B E S T O F CY FA I R . C O M
Towne Lake Idol 2018 Finale Saturday, May 5, 2018 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm The Boardwalk Towne Lake 9945 Barker Cypress • Cypress, TX 77433 Join us as we crown the first ever TL Idol! Hosted by The Boardwalk Towne Lake, Towne Lake, and the Towne Lake Community Association.
Bridgeland Community Friday Night Bites Second Friday of every month Friday, May 11 & Friday, June 8, 2018 • 6pm - 10pm Lakeland Village Center • 16902 Bridgeland Landing • Cypress, TX 77433 Grab your lawn chairs, blankets and enjoy great food truck fare!
You are Cordially Invited to THe Cy-FaIr HeLpINg HaNdS SprINg OpeN HOuSe Wednesday, May 16, 2018 Come & Go from 11am - 7pm 7510 Cherry Park Dr. • Suite G Houston, TX 77095 Bring a Friend • Enjoy Refreshments! Meet our New Leadership Team Come Tour our Office and Pantry Let us Thank You for Your Support
Fairfield Women’s Club Senior Tea Sunday, May 20, 2018 • 1pm FFWC would like to honor our Fairfield Senior Girls and their Moms. Please RSVP to Lisa @ 281-373-1969.
Towne Lake graduation Celebration Sunday May 20, 2018 • 1pm - 3pm 10000 Towne Lake Pkwy. • Cypress, TX 77433 For those residents graduating high school, we invite you to the TL Graduation Celebration at the Lakehouse!
Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce Tuesday, May 15, 2018 • 10am-2pm Berry Center • 8877 Barker Cypress Rd. • Cypress, TX 77433
2018 Fairfield Women’s Club Banquet Tuesday, May 15, 2018 • 7pm Marvino’s • 24002 NW Fwy. • Cypress, TX77429 Celebrating the end of another wonderful Fairfield Women’s Club year. Banquet is for all current members. Must RSVP by May 10.
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Cy-ranch red, White & Blue Family Fun Saturday, May 26, 2018 10700 Fry Rd. Cypress • TX 77433 Registration: 8am • Race Starts: 9am Come dressed in your most patriotic attire! Contest for best spirit team. Register online at www.crabcstore.com Adults $20 • Students $15
Memorial day Lantern Lighting
Monday, May 28, 2018 • 7:30pm - 8:30pm The Boardwalk Towne Lake 9945 Barker Cypress • Cypress, TX 77433 Come honor those who have served for our freedom. During the event each resident will be able to write a special message and light their lantern for a moment of appreciation for the sacrifices others have made. Hosted by The Boardwalk Towne Lake, Towne Lake, and the Towne Lake Community Association.
May 5: Cinco de Mayo May 16: Ramadan Begins May 13: Mother’s Day
Free Computer Classes at Lone Star College-CyFair
Berry Center • 8877 Barker Cypress Rd • Cypress, TX 77433
9191 Barker Cypress • Cypress, TX 77433 Free computer classes. No registration required. Classes in Word & Excel.All classes meet in the library in room 105. or more information, please visit www.lonestar.edu/library/15212.htm
Children activities at Lone Star College-CyFair 9191 Barker Cypress • Cypress, TX 77433 www.lonestar.edu/library/14959.htm Monday-Thursday: 8am - 9pm Friday-Saturday: 8am - 6pm • Sunday: 1pm - 6pm
June 17: Father’s Day June 19: Juneteenth Day June 21: Summer Solstice CFISd Last day of School May 30, 2018
CY-RANCH SENIOR ACTIVITIES Senior awards May 14, 2018 • 7:00 p.m. Senior Breakfast (STUDENTS ONLY) Friday, June 1, 2018 • 8:00am • Cypress Ranch Commons Cap, Gown, Graduation Ticket Distribution & Prom Photo Distribution (After breakfast approx. 9am. Photo ID req.)
graduation Saturday, June 2, 2018 • Noon Berry Center • 8877 Barker Cypress Rd • Cypress, TX 77433
VILLASPORT SUMMER CAMPS Each week will be full of fun, exploration, and entertainment. Bring your sense of adventure as we navigate through different lands and experience worlds of wonder. Your antics will include field trips, crazy crafts, wacky sports and games, and splashing away in VillaSport’s amazing pools. Children must be at least 5 years of age to register for camps. Details available at: villasport.com/cypress/kids/camps/summer-camps
Cypress Creek Lakes POA Scholarship Scholarship will be awarded to a graduating high school senior whose primary residence is within CCL. To apply, complete the application available at our website: www.cypresscreeklakes.com and submit it via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org no later than May 18, 2018 to be considered. Winning recipient will be announced via CCL HOA website on May 31, 2018. PinPointe Magazine
BRIDGELANDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S PARKLAND VILLAGE HOLDS GRAND OPENING
by Patricia Hudson
Bridgeland celebrated the grand opening of Parkland Village with several weekends of fanfare. Guests were treated to free food from an assortment of food trucks, live music, goat yoga, paddle boat, canoe and kayak rides. While the adults took model home tours with prizes, the younger set was treated to arts and crafts, face painting and balloon art, an inflatable zone, and a chance to romp around in the beautifully crafted playground area.
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MASON’S CREATIVE CATERING
The Best of Cy-Fair P L A C E S T O E AT by Patricia Hudson Crawfish Quesadilla
Brings Texas Style and Creole Flavor to Cypress Kevin Mason, owner and Executive Chef of Mason’s Creative Catering, has added to his growing repertoire of culinary endeavors; he is offering lunch, Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., direct from his kitchen at Skinner and Spring Cypress. “Lunch is available for pick up through the UberEATS platform, but feel free to swing by the kitchen, and pick up a meal,” comments Mason. Chef Lunch Specials, offered week-long, are always $9, including a drink. Born and raised in Houston, Kevin lived in New Orleans for ten years, working with other talented chefs to develop his big, bold Texas style with a bit of Creole flavor and spice to his cuisine. “We customize menus for every client because we believe each item on a menu should reflect the client’s style, embody the purpose for the gathering, and excite guests,” explains Mason. Cypress resident and avowed foodie, Valerie Vallot, is impressed with Mason’s culinary
talent: “Inventive with flavors, and creative with his dishes, Kevin is constantly exploring flavor combinations and keeping his offerings to where they please the palate.”
for the Trillist Companies, Inc. He also underwent an extensive audition process before being selected as one of 40 to cater the 2017 Official NFL Tailgate Party for Super Bowl LI, hosted in Houston.
Mason provides personal chef services, as well as full-service catering. As a full-service catering company, Kevin’s catering engagements have taken him from Galveston to Conroe, and San Antonio. An awardwinning chef, Mason has catered high profile events such as the launch party
“We cater to all special occasions including weddings, dinners, cocktail and birthday parties and beyond. We have committed professional coordinators that will help throughout every stage of your event. We value our relationship with our clients and work hard to make each event special Whether you are planning a large or small event, your food will be displayed expertly, and we will provide a delightful experience for your guests. We are at your service,” promises the chef.
Chef Kevin Mason Photo Credit: Patricia Hudson
One very satisfied client is Tonya Frye, Executive Director of The Get Together Northwest. “Kevin’s food is fantastic! His service is exceptional, and his prices are affordable. I’ve NEVER had so many people compliment the catered food at our lunches as in the past two months that Mason’s Creative Catering has served as our caterer.” 14 May | June 2018
Mason’s Kitchen opened its lunch business in early February, shopping for locally sourced ingredients to showcase some of their signature dishes. I opted to try out the Louisiana/Texas Border Burger: a grilled Angus burger topped with blackened shrimp, garlic and Asiago cheese aioli with lettuce and tomato on a brioche bun, with a soda, all for $9. I can personally attest to the size and flavor of this visual masterpiece; it was massive, tasty, and truth be told, yes, I ate the entire burger!
Louisiana/Texas Border Burger
If he wasn’t doing enough catering, Kevin also offers romantic dinners, BBQs and crawfish boils, cooking demonstrations, cooking parties and lessons, online ordering, and delivery.
Border Burger, and the Crawfish Quesadillas, we will be offering a Spicy BBQ Bacon Burger, Lemon Chicken, Duck and Venison Gumbo, Shrimp and Corn Bisque, and Jerk Chicken.” Mason’s Creative Catering 17527 A Huffmeister Rd. Cypress, Texas 77429 832.272.2088 masonscreativecatering.com
At the time of the PinPointe deadline, customers were raving over the Crawfish Quesadillas.
“The Chef Lunch Specials have been doing well on UberEats, and are popular with the Cypress community,” relates Chef Mason. “Along with the Louisiana/Texas
Chef Kevin Mason with Tonya Frye, Executive Director, The Get Together Northwest
TUTTO BENE Chef Tony Strives to Make Customers Feel Like Family by Patricia Hudson
Billed as “…a combination of northern Italian comfort food and Mediterranean fresh, Tapas-style dining,” Tutto Bene is a Benvenuto and a warm Italian embrace in the Fairfield community. Owner and operator, Chef Tony, has been in the restaurant business for 46 years. His career began in his native Milan, Italy, when he was just five years old. With the guidance of a family from Tuscany, his passion for cooking was ignited. “Cooking,” says Chef Tony, “is something I do from my heart. It’s not all about business; I am here to make people feel comfortable, feel happy, and feel not like a customer, but like family!” Working in the restaurant business for 46 years, Chef Tony’s passion has taken him from Milan, Italy to New York’s Manhattan borough, before finally arriving in Houston, where he has had several successful enterprises. Along the way, he has been recognized for his culinary skills. “I worked in several restaurants in Manhattan. I earned recognition for my Oso Bucco, veal shank with wild mushroom saffron risotto, which I prepared weekly in Milan, and was named Top Pasta Chef in New York in the 80’s.” 16 May | June 2018
The restaurant features a cocktail and wine bar made of Brazilian onyx, which, when lit up at night, is an impressive sight. At a cost of $28,000, it is the crowning glory of the restaurant, and one of Chef Tony’s favorite places in his establishment. “I work 16 hours a day. I come here at 7 in the morning to start all of the sauces. But at night, I just want to sit at the bar with a nice glass of wine, relax, and enjoy! We have light music here on Friday and Saturday, so I like to sit there, take in the ambiance, and listen to music!” Repeat customer, Laura Royer recalls her last visit: “The atmosphere was on the quiet side with friendly conversations around the room, and low lighting. I found it very calming after the stressful day.” Adamant that excellent food begins with fresh quality ingredients, Tutto Bene uses free range chicken, milk fed veal, and fresh fish such as red snapper, halibut, sea bass, and ahi tuna, delivered three times a week, in the entrees. “In Milan, they serve the fish whole. Here, the people don’t want to see the head, the eyes on the plate, so I have to filet the fish” he
explains. “That is a shame because so much flavor is in the bones!” Another menu favorite is the pizza, which is hand thrown and baked in their brick oven. We make our own pizza dough,” shares the chef. Brenda Fletcher reports that “The grandkids really like the pizza. Great bread, too.” “I like to give a big portion of food, to the people. A little more pasta is not going to hurt the house,” exclaims the chef. Customers Metta Marie Archilla and Laura Robbins, would be quick to agree. ”The Fettuccini Alfredo is unmatched in freshness and quality,” comments Archilla, while Robbins adds, “My husband and I love the spaghetti Bolognese!” Tutto Bene boasts an extensive wine collection, with nearly 9,000 bottles of wines. As is the Italian custom, wine and meal pairings are important aspects of the fine dining experience, and Tutto Bene has a spacious wine room which can accommodate larger groups. Chef Tony is quick to tell you that doctors advise that two glass of wine a day, plus some of his roasted garlic with virgin olive oil, will not only delight your taste buds, but keep you healthy, as well! Tutto Bene Italian Cuisine 15103 Mason Road, Suite B3 Cypress, TX 77433 832.220.6754 Hours of Operation: Monday: Closed Tuesday - Thursday: 11am – 10pm Friday – Saturday: 11am – 11pm Sunday: 11am – 9pm
by Patricia Hudson
A Charming Bakery in Cypress Draws Rave Reviews
Vatsana Souvannavong Photo Credit: Lilliana Serna: @lillysphoto
In the midst of a myriad of doughnut joints, bakeries, and cupcake kitchens, it is a kolache shop that is gaining quite a following in Cypress. Tucked into a strip shopping center at Spring Cypress and Louetta, Koala Kolache brings the traditionally sweet Czech pastries together with savory offerings of Klobasnek, or, as they are most commonly known, kolaches. While most bakery shops offer the typical sausage and cheese kolache, Koala Kolache owner, Vatsana Souvannavong, strives to have her customers “Leave Happier,” with an astounding assortment of gourmet offerings. Constantly changing their menu, one will find a delightful array of kolaches. Artichokes and Spinach, Gyro, Boudin, Bulgogi and Kimchee, Egg whites and Leeks, Buffalo Chicken, Grilled cheese, Chicken Feta with Spinach, Sausage and gravy, and even Mac and cheese Kolaches are temptingly displayed in the cases. “People come here expecting to find doughnuts. I am not a doughnut shop. I will leave that to Shipley’s and places like that. Depending on how many orders we have, we make from 500 to 1,000 kolaches a day! It’s worth waking up at 2 in the morning if you guys like our food, because we are really passionate about what we do!” shares the owner.
For Vatsana, product quality is of the utmost importance. “That’s why I try everything; I have to make sure that the taste and consistency is the best I can offer. Whenever we can, we use organic ingredients. We support community businesses for fruits and vegetables and buy cage-free eggs. I want to continue to elevate my customers’ experience when they walk into my shop,” she explains earnestly. Koala Kolache is tastefully decorated: pristine and classy with white subway tile, sparkling glass display cases, a nostalgic ice cream counter and a coffee bar. Then, there’s Vatsana. Koala Kolache’s customers are quick to compliment the woman behind the concept, describing her as “passionate, delightfully friendly, upbeat, amazingly sweet and happy!”
Photo Credit: Becca Wright beccawrightmultimedia.com
Born in Laos, Vatsana came to Houston with her mother, at age 4. On her own at 14, after her mother passed away, Vatsana took off for L.A., where she worked in the fashion industry, and started several business enterprises. Returning to Houston, this high energy, engaging young entrepreneur and single parent continues to entice her customers with her own distinctive creations of kolaches, cronuts, and cinnamon rolls. “We make delicious original, raspberry and Nutella cinnamon rolls,” says Souvannavong confidently. “They’re the new best thing!” “Koala Kolache is a gustatory destination. It’s the Disney World of Kolache. You will always find good eats and excellent customer service. Thus, you leave happier!” declares Cypress Foodie, Stacy Tran. Koala Kolache 14502 Spring Cypress • Suite 300 Cypress, 77429 281-246-1579 Hours of Operation: Sunday: 7am – 2pm • Monday: Closed Tuesday – Saturday: 6am – 2pm koalakolachebakeryhouston.com
To see what’s new for Koala Kolache and for more information on places to dine go to www.bestofcyfair.com. PinPointe Magazine 17
BRIDGELAND GOES WILD FOR NATURE FEST Story and Photos by Patricia Hudson
Bridgeland held its 11th Annual Nature Fest, Saturday, April 28, at the Oak Meadow Park. One of the favorite events held in Cypress annually, children of all ages flocked to experience a first-hand look at exotic animals, and some indigenous to Texas. Dr. Evan Antin, People Magazineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Official Pet Vet, brought along some interesting creatures, sharing fascinating facts with a captivated audience. Nature Fest goers were treated to interactive exhibits which included crocodiles, birds of prey, llamas, goats, and armadillo races; a plethora of food trucks, pony rides, and a petting zoo. Kids delighted in cycling on gigantic butterfly bikes, climbing a rock wall, creating painted pots for Mom, and sat patiently for face painters that transformed them into tigers, unicorns, and butterflies. While most of the activities were free to the public, proceeds from the Nature Fest at Bridgeland will benefit Cy-Hope, a 501 (c) (3) organization.
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Cypress School News
News Source: CFISD News
Cypress Ranch Science Olympiad - The Cy Ranch Science Olympiad team placed 9th out of 31 teams at the State Science Olympiad Tournament. Manish Koleti and Michael Zhou placed 2nd in “Game On.” Josh Miller and Kushal Varjala placed 4th in “Helicopters.” Yasin Alam and Kushal Varjala placed 1st in “WiFi Lab.” The Science Olympiad team is sponsored by Kelly Wiggins and Matthew Mullens.
Cypress Ranch Track
Cypress Ranch Band Wins First Division Rating Cypress Ranch Band Director, Russell Holcombe, has a reason to celebrate. Ten years ago, he helped to open Cy Ranch with its first band; his students took the field as a non-varsity band with 42 kids in khakis and button-down shirts. In year two, they went Varsity, with no senior band members. “Our Wind Ensemble just competed at the Region 27 6A Varsity Concert and Sight-Reading competition, at Bridgeland High School; they received First division ratings from all six judges! This marks nine straight Varsity Sweepstakes at the Ranch! I am super proud of my students for working so hard and making it happen! It was truly an honor to stand in front of them!” shares Director Holcombe.
The Cy Ranch Mustangs finished strong at the Area Track Meet, sending several athletes to State. Here are the results: Girls’ Track: Kaeli Collins – 1st in 100m dash, 1st in 200m dash, 1st in long jump; Madelyn Taylor – 2nd in 1600m run; Asha Barton – 4th in high jump; Hannah Miller – 1st in pole vault; Kaitlyn Banas – 2nd in pole vault; Keily Sharp – 1st in triple jump; Cherease Lamm – 3rd in triple jump; Kinsie Huggins – 3rd in shot put; Brooklyn Barton – 3rd in discus throw; Ranch finished 2nd overall in girls events. Boys’ Track: Zacorious Baldwin – 3rd in 100m dash, 5th in 200m dash; Ivan Garcia – 4th in 800m run; Zach Turman – 2nd in 1600m run; Vincent Pennington – 5th in 110m hurdles; 5th in 300m hurdles Jake Segers – placed 3rd in 300m hurdles; Urijah Morrow, Marquis Watson, Zacorious Baldwin, Donovan Johnson – 3rd in 4x100 relay; Adam Alborn – 1st in pole vault; Ranch was 6th overall in boys’ events.
Cy-Ranch & Bridgeland Tennis Teams Advance April 25, 2018 — CFISD tennis players captured one bracket championship and finished second in three others at the Region III-6A and Region III-5A tournaments, held April 19-20 in Deer Park and Willis, respectively, to qualify for the UIL Tennis State Tournament in May. The athletes advanced to the state tournament, May 17-18, to be held at Texas A&M University in College Station. Cypress Ranch High School’s Melissa LaMette, a junior, (girls’ singles), and Dylan Payne, a senior, and junior Abhi Ramireddy, (boys’ doubles), qualified in Class 6A. Cypress Ranch High School junior Melissa LaMette finished as the Region III-6A girls’ singles runner up and will advance to the UIL Tennis State Tournament for a third consecutive year. She won the Class 6A mixed doubles championship in 2017. Melissa LaMette
“We had a strong showing at regionals with six entries and the only school with two entries advancing to state,” said Minh Phan, Cypress Ranch head coach. “Every draw in Region III is so strong and we are happy to get two to state. We are excited to represent Cy Ranch and the Cypress community and we will keep working hard to get ready for the state tournament.” 20 May | June 2018
Bridgeland High School sophomores Izzy Guzman and Haley McNabb qualified for the UIL Tennis State Tournament after finishing in girls’ doubles at the Region III-5A Tournament, held April 19-20 in Willis. “Guzman and McNabb had an outstanding regional tournament,” said Emma McDougall, Bridgeland head coach. “The girls beat the defending regional champion team from A&M Consolidated in the second round…(and) their grit and determination to win that Izzy Guzman and (left) Haley McNabb, girls’ doubles. match was truly impressive. It was a tremendous result for the girls and our program to qualify a team for the state tournament in our first year.”
Cypress Ranch High School senior Dylan Payne and junior Abhi Ramireddy qualified for the UIL Tennis State Tournament after finishing second in boys’ doubles at the Region III-6A Tournament. Payne qualified for state all four years during his career while this is Ramireddy’s second state trip. Cypress Ranch senior Varun Thachil reached the regional semifinal round in boys’ singles, while sophomore Rilee Marler and junior Parker Eads advanced to the semifinals in mixed doubles.
Cypress Ranch High School senior Dylan Payne (left) and junior Abhi Ramireddy qualified for the UIL Tennis State Tournament after finishing second in boys’ doubles at the Region III-6A Tournament. Payne qualified for state all four years during his career while this is Ramireddy’s second state trip. Dylan Payne (left) and junior Abhi Ramireddy
Swenke Elementary Bingo Night Fun
Cypress Ranch Mustangs Named to All-District Soccer Teams The following Cypress Ranch athletes were named to the Soccer All-District First Team and Second Team: First Team All-District 17-6A Lineker Santos: Sophomore - Forward Pablo Alvarez: Senior - Midfielder Matt Ferguson: Junior - Defender Cypress Ranch High School Head Coach Michael Garcia was named District 17- 6A Soccer Co-Coach of the Year with Langham Creek Head Coach Erik Lane. Second Team All-District 17-6A Calum Main: Senior - Forward Brody Conley: Junior - Midfielder Reis Fredrickson: Senior - Defender Ethan Rimby: Junior - Goalkeeper
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Boys’ Basketball Players Named to 2018 Academic All-District Team Nine Cypress Ranch basketball players were among the Sixtyeight CFISD boys’ basketball players qualified for the Academic All-District 17-6A Boys’ Basketball Team. Academic All-District 17-6A Boys’ Basketball Team Cypress Ranch: Vincent Agu, Senior Andre Charles, Senior Keith Haymon, Senior Rhett Holdridge, Senior Branden Holt, Junior Michael Knapton, Senior Shane Melcher, Junior Michael Osborne, Junior Messiah Wilson, Junior
CY-RANCH ATHLETICS 2018 SUMMER CAMPS The following camps are available for registration: Boys Soccer, Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball, Youth Boys Basketball, Youth Co-Ed Soccer, Football, Film School, Youth Football Skills and Drills, Volleyball, Co-Ed SAC Volleyball, Co-Ed Swimming There are no refunds provided for any camp. Students must live in the Cy-Ranch Attendance zone or incoming 9th graders must have proof of transfer for 2018/2019. If you are on a transfer to a middle school, you must live inside of Cypress Ranch’s attendance zone. Instructors: Cypress Ranch Coaches at all camps. Any questions please email the coach of the camp or contact the Athletic Office at 281-373-2520 cyranch.cfisd.net/en/parents-students/athletics/
BRIDGELAND HIGH M.V.P. CAMP 2018 (Formerly S.A.C. Camp) Mon-Thu June 11 - July 26, 2018 (No MVP Camp week of July 2-5) 7am - 9am (9, 10 & 11th) or 9:30am - 11am (7/8th) Must live in Bridgeland Attendance Zone Physicals required (post 4-1-2018) www.bridgelandhighabc.com
Cypress Ranch Key Club
By Shravya Satish 2017 – 2018 Key Club Vice-President
Cypress Ranch Key Club attended the 69th annual District Convention held In Dallas (April 12th-15th) to represent their club in the Texas-Oklahoma District. The Key Clubbers celebrated their successes throughout the year and came home with many prestigious recognitions: The club won the First place for their Single Service Project regarding their work for Hurricane Harvey recover efforts, presented by Vice President Manish Koleti. The District Project for their work concerning homelessness placed first in District, presented by CoPresident Aiden Gannon. The Major Emphasis Project for donations to UNICEF, Children's Miracle Network, & March of Dimes also placed first in District, presented by Co-President Lisa Vasek and Vice President Shravya Satish. Shravya Satish also won second place for her dance act in the convention talent show. Seniors, Manish Koleti and Emily Yang won honorable scholarships reflecting their passion and dedication for Key Club. The Club was recognized for their distinguished website and for being a Diamond level club in the Platinum Category. Due to the amazing efforts of the members and the officer team, Cypress Ranch Key Club was rated as number eleven in the top twenty-five clubs bracket across the Texas-Oklahoma District.
Bridgeland’s Ursa Major Theatrics Produces First Student Directed Show: House at Pooh Corner is a Crowd Pleaser By Alyssa Martinez
The play “The House at Pooh Corner,” is a heartwarming tale for people of all ages. The story follows a cast of beloved characters such as Winnie the Pooh and Piglet. The play teaches important lessons about change and friendship that all audiences will enjoy. This is Ursa Major Theatrics first student directed show, and it was a great learning experience and show to be a part of. PinPointe Magazine
Cypress Ranch Senior Prom Photos submitted by Cy Ranch Parents
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Community Comes Together to Support Trauma Survivors
t was a wet and chilly day, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of runners and walkers at the 2018 Running for Hearts 5K Family Fun Run and Walk on Saturday, April 7 at Windwood Presbyterian Church! The community came together to support local trauma survivors including those affected by human trafficking, abuse, crime, war, and natural disasters like Hurricane Harvey. “If someone in our community of any age has experienced trauma, Shield Bearer is the place that helps healing take place,” stated race sponsor Esther Halford of Halford Busby Construction Consultants. “Shield Bearer helps families heal and find hope again. That’s why this race is so important and why I wholeheartedly support it.” Runners and walkers of all ages warmed up with the coaches of Iron Tribe Fitness and local DJ KLS Entertainment before a timed, trail style 5K and 1-mile family walk. Kids enjoyed activities like face painting, fire truck tours, egg relays, photos with the Chick-fil-A cow, and a giant inflatable soccer goal from
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Sport Quest. “We love how Shield Bearer is helping families and had such a great time being part of this event. It was a privilege to be involved,” stated Jim Spence, Sports Quest founder and a medal winner in the race. Over fifty volunteers including teens from local Cy Fair ISD and Klein ISD helped with set up, activities, cheering, and planning the event. “It really is a labor of love for our volunteers. Many of them have been working on this race for months. They do it because they want struggling families right here in Northwest Houston to have access to counseling services and educational programs. They know their support helps change lives for the better,” stated Shield Bearer Associate Over three dozen local businesses joined in the fun this year, many offering prizes and discounts for race attendees. Race sponsors included Avanti Senior Living, Halford Busby Construction Consultants, Action Specialties, Tonya and John Frye, Kintegrity
Development Services, Lindsay’s Light, Kroger, Windwood Presbyterian Church, Misfit Design Group, Amegy Bank, Fox Focus Photography, Iron Tribe Fitness, Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital, Chick-fil-A, Proline Supply Company, Sprouts, HEB, and Sports Quest. Shield Bearer Executive Director added, “It was wonderful to see the support of businesses, churches, and the race participants. It takes all of us working together to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors and to
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strengthen our community. We look forward to building this event at Windwood Church for years to come.” For more information about getting involved at Shield Bearer, a Houston based 501c3 nonprofit organization that provides professional counseling services and programs for individuals, couples, and families, visit shieldbearer.org, call (281) 894-7222, or join them for a free community breakfast the first Tuesday of each month at 9am at 12340 Jones Road Suite 290, Houston, TX, 77070.
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Cypress Ranch Mustang Softball Goes Back-to-Back as District Champs
By Patricia Hudson Photos by Greg Andrews
Top row from left to right: Assistant Coach Patti Phillips, Bryce West, Mikaela Lopez, Mayela Fernandez, Ashley Croft, Mackenzie Hiett, Kendall Johnson, Cat Crenek, Sami Villarreal, Gabi Lopez, Britton Rogers, Head Coach Sarah Mueller Bottom row from left to right: Alexa Lange, Olivia Yargo, Ashly Colonnetta, Emily Bonaventura, Delaney Phares, Jordyn Smith, Blaire McBeth, Camryn Carmouche
In the last conference game of the season, the visiting Cypress Ranch Lady Mustangs defeated the Cy Fair Bobcats, 11-2, clinching the District Championship with a league record of 17-1. “It's been a great season; being back-to-back District Champs is a huge accomplishment. The girls have worked hard this year and set the bar high. We are looking forward to the playoffs and making a run at the state tournament,” comments Cy Ranch Varsity Coach Sarah Mueller. The first game of the play-offs is scheduled for April 28, against Houston Heights. (For further updates, go to our Facebook page: PinPointe Magazines – Cypress)
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