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Sept. 21, 2012 / Sports / The Caledonian / 19

Texans

nicholas piwonka staff writer

After their most successful season in franchise history, the Houston Texans are ready to begin the most awaited 2012 season. With Andre Johnson, the Texans seem to be headed for the playoffs, barring injuries. This time last year, the Texans were considered an average team, who had a chance to creep in the playoffs. The Texans ended up losing in the AFC SemiFinals to the Baltimore Ravens, to the surprise of some. After an off-season of letting major pieces such as DeMeco Ryans and Mario Williams go, younger Players like JJ Watt and Brooks Reed are guaranteed defensive spots for a long time. Watt, who surprised many with his high level of play, is poised to make an even bigger impact this season. Matt Schaub, the quarterback of the team, is also poised to make an impact after missing the end of last season with a right foot injury. The main reason behind his success is the fact that he is blessed with two start options: Arian Foster and Andre Johnson. Foster, is 100% healthy this year, and ready to shine again this season. One of the top running backs

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in the NFL, Foster went from being an irrelevant third string running back, fighting for a spot on the team, to a superstar, leading the league in rushing yards. His aggressive, powerful running style combined with his surprising explosive first step and natural speed has made him a unique combo-back who constantly causes problems for multiple defenses. Johnson, on the other hand, is aging and exiting his prime – however, he is still one of the top wide receivers in the league thanks to his physicality and speed, similar to Foster. With these two players as options, there is no limit to what Matt Schaub is capable of. The Texans are ready for what could very well be a playoff season, and with players such as Foster and Johnson on the offense, Houston has a good reason to be excited about football again. This is an unprecedented season for the Texans. They are being considered as Super Bowl contenders as well as one of the prestigious teams in the NFL. Houston has nothing but high hopes for the Texans to make a run in the playoffs. The Texans will play the Denver Broncos Sunday at 3:30 in Denver.

alex fruci

staff writer

Ever wish you could poke somebody with a sword without getting in any trouble? TWHS senior Sam Freiman recently competed in the 2012 Senior Men’s World Cup fencing hosted in Argentina this past June. In a crowded field, Sam stood alone as one of the youngest competitors at the age of 17. Sam ended up finishing in the top 32 and considered it a great learning experience. “I learned how much it really takes to be good at what I do and how hard I need to work,” Freiman said. Working h a r d i s n ’ t new to Freiman, h e trains a minimum of 20-25 hours a week at The Woodlands Fencing Academy.

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Freiman wasn’t completely pleased with his performance, but pulled lots of positives out of the experience. “The chance to compete against the best fencers from around the world, including

Olympians, was the best part of the competition,” Freiman said. Freiman is currently back training in The Woodlands preparing for his next competition, The Cougar Call to Arms, hosted in the Houston recreation cen-

john hearne

staff writer

The Lady Highlander varsity volleyball team is coached by Coach Madison who has returned for her ninth season and has led the Lady Highlanders to a 221-89 record in her coaching career. The Lady Highlanders achieved a 32-11 record and ended the season as Area Finalist. This year, districts

were reorganized and the Highlanders will have new opponents including A&M Consolidated, who finished with a record of 22-8 last season. The Lady Highlanders played A&M Consolidated in the regular season on Sept. 11. “A&M Consolidated is our toughest competitor this season,” junior Courtney Eckenrode said.

Defining moment of your high school career?

Making a field goal and tackle during a varsity game

Sport: Football

What colleges are you applying to?

Position: Kicker

What do you plan on studying?

Grade: Senior Height: 5’11” Weight: 155lbs Number: 32

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ter. After that he is planning to travel to Italy, France, and Sweden to participate in international tour-

naments. Freiman was also selected to attend the US Men’s Epee National Camp at the USA training facility, hosted in

Colorado Springs, and earned a bronze medal in the 2012 Junior Olympics this past August.

“My ultimate goal is to one day compete in the Olympics for the USA, and that’s why I

enjoy fencing, Freiman said, “I couldn’t name another sport where someone would be encouraged to poke your brother with a sword.” Fencing was added to the Paris Olympics in 1896 in the men’s division. Women’s fencing was added 28 years later in 1924. Epée and Sabre were added in 1996. Epée allows both fencers to score at the same time. The sport of fencing is played on a 14 meter, 2 meter wide stage that the players start on either end. They propel towards each other trying to make a jab. The first to 15 points wins the three periods of playing time.

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PLAYER OF THE MONTH Alex Garcia Profile

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Harvard

Economics or biology

Do you want to continue playing in college? Yes

What else are you involved in at school? StuCo, Interact, NHS, and the Science Bowl

What is your favorite ice cream flavor? Chocolate chip cookie dough

The team played against A&M Consolidated on Sept. 11, and won two sets. The final score was 25-15 for a Highlander victory. “We think we will be competing for the district title with A&M Consolidated,” junior Kelly Quinn said. “We are setting our goal for district champs and then to get deep into the playoffs,” Quinn said. The Lady Highlanders

are currently 21-2 in the season. They have already played in the Grapevine, Magnolia, and Kingwood tournaments and won all three. “We have great chemistry and our offensive is very smart with our shots. Our defense is strong so teams can’t put the ball away, and with these strengths we look forward to a promising season,” Quinn said.

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