Manvel on the right path in sports for the school year

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The Manvel Mavericks saw great success for half of the 2016-2017 school year and hopefully 2017 will yield the same results.

It started with the Lady Mavericks who enjoyed their best season ever by finishing with a program-best 34-12 mark in volleyball while advancing to the Class 5A Region III tournament.

Manvel was led by All-State libero Torie Frederick who helped the Lady Mavs capture the District 23-5A championship with a perfect 16-0 mark under first-year head coach Susan Kennedy.

The Lady Mavs posted playoff wins over Houston Furr, Porter, and Kingwood Park.

Manvel also saw their football team advance to the Class 5A Region III finals.

The Mavericks captured the 23-5A crown with a perfect 7-0 mark while getting victories over state-powers Crosby, 6A Div. I defending state champion North Shore, and Pearland in non-district action to close out with a perfect 10-0 record during the regular season.

Head coach Kirk Martin led his gridiron warriors into the post-season with the goal of capturing a first-ever state championship.

Manvel got wins over Houston Austin (78-6), New Caney (69-21), defending 5A Div. II state champion Cedar Park (47-35), but came up short 24-23 to the Temple Wildcats at AT&T Stadium.

This was the fourth straight year that Manvel had reached the state quarterfinals.

As Manvel looks forward to continuing a strong basketball season for the boys and girls in 2017, the Mavs hope to compete for another state track title this spring.

The Manvel boys basketball team enters 2017 with a 12-8 overall record and 3-1 in district.

The Lady Mavs are 13-8 overall and 6-0 in league action. The Manvel girls brought home Manvel’s first state title when they were crowned the 2013-2014 Class 5A state champions.

The Mavericks won the boys 6A state crown in 2015 and finished second in 2016 to 6A state champion Desoto. This year, Manvel will be competing in Class 5A.

Manvel recently had three players honored on the All-Greater Houston teams including junior quarterback Kason Martin (#12), senior defensive back Derrick Tucker (#3), and senior wide receiver Keylon Stokes (#4).

Junior QB Kason Martin, son of Manvel head coach Kirk Martin, led the Mavericks to a 14-1 overall mark, a District 23-5A championship (7-0), and a trip to the 5A Div. I state semifinals where they fell to Temple.

Martin was named the All-Greater Houston Newcomer of the Year after he was 224-of-359 passing (62.4%) for 3,443 yards, 46 TDs and 13 INTs.

Kaylon Stokes was named District 23-5A MVP after he had six games with over 100-yards receiving for each contest. The first-team Tulsa commit had 19 total TDs including 80 catches for 1,263 yards and 16 scores while rushing for 232 yards on 25 carries for three TDs.

Derrick Tucker was named to the All-Greater Houston first-team defense from his defensive back position.

Tucker, a Texas A&M commit, was the 23-5A Defensive Player of the Year after he registered 60 tackles, 6 INTs, and two recovered fumbles.

Story by Dr. David Davis

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