The Courier Sports Corner
The Conroe Courier sports crew, sports reporter Justin Maskulinski, sports editor Jon Poorman and assistant sports editor Rob Tate, are the show’s regulars talking Montgomery County (TX) high school sports.
info_outline Pigskin Preview 08/13/2019
Pigskin Preview The Conroe Noon Lions Club held its 44th Annual Buddy Moorhead Pigskin Preview on Wednesday, August 7, 2019. This episode of The Courier Sports Corner has excerpts from the speeches of the nine county football coaches who were there representing their schools: Montgomery (starts at 2:44), Lake Creek (6:03), Willis (9:38), Caney Creek (13:40), College Park (17:30), The Woodlands (21:28), Oak Ridge (24:54), Grand Oaks (28:28) and Conroe (32:04).
info_outline Volleyball Season Preview 08/06/2019
Volleyball Season Preview This week, we preview Montgomery County’s volleyball season. After a rapid recap of 2018, the 2019 season is discussed (plays from 1:59-19:39). There are numerous all-county players coming back, led by setters (19:39-23:44). Predictions for the upcoming season wrap up volleyball talk (23:44-32:11), then shoutouts (32:11-end) wrap up the podcast.
info_outline Bonus: The Quesadilla Question 07/30/2019
Bonus: The Quesadilla Question The Courier Sports Corner just wrapped up its Coach of the Year Interview Series. In the series, each coach was asked whether a quesadilla was a side, entree or appetizer. Sports editor Jon Poorman thinks it's a side, so we decided to hold an informal poll with our guests. This brief bonus episode includes the question's origin story and all of the coaches' answers.
info_outline Splendora Softball Coach Deana Eubanks 07/30/2019
Splendora Softball Coach Deana Eubanks Splendora softball coach Deana Eubanks wraps up the Coach of the Year Interview Series. In the interview segment (plays from 1:42-31:13), Eubanks talks about facing tough competition, the team she has coming back, her playing days and softball’s growth in recent years. In the dog days draft segment (31:13-end), we pay homage to Splendora’s ‘WE SEE RED’ hashtag and draft things that are red. Jon’s not there, but Rob impersonates him.
info_outline Magnolia West Baseball Coach Justin Faltysek 07/23/2019
Magnolia West Baseball Coach Justin Faltysek Magnolia West baseball coach Justin Faltysek continues the Coach of the Year Interview Series. In the interview segment (plays from 1:26-23:14), Faltysek talks about his team’s run to the region final, coaching against the high school he played for, and why baseball coaches wear uniforms. In the dog days draft segment (23:14-end), concession stand items are selected.
info_outline College Park Boys Soccer Coach John Owens 07/19/2019
College Park Boys Soccer Coach John Owens College Park boys soccer coach John Owens continues the Coach of the Year Interview Series. In the interview segment (plays from 1:06-35:16), Owens talks about his team’s run to the state tournament, how psychology impacts his approach to coaching, how he got into coaching and where expectations are for next season. In the dog days draft segment (35:16-end), play-by-play announcers are selected (and, at times, impersonated).
info_outline Montgomery Girls Soccer Coach Brandi Wilkinson 07/16/2019
Montgomery Girls Soccer Coach Brandi Wilkinson Montgomery girls soccer coach Brandi Wilkinson continues the Coach of the Year Interview Series. In the interview segment (plays from 1:21-30:09), Wilkinson talks about her senior-heavy team winning a playoff game, soccer’s varying field surfaces and sizes and her days as a player, which included lining up against Mia Hamm. In the dog days draft segment (30:09-end), sports postseason tournaments or playoffs are selected.
info_outline Lake Creek Boys Basketball Coach Shannon Spencer 07/12/2019
Lake Creek Boys Basketball Coach Shannon Spencer Lake Creek boys basketball coach Shannon Spencer continues the Coach of the Year Interview Series. In the interview segment (plays from 2:13-21:45), Spender talks about opening a senior-less program, coaching at the same school as his former coach and now principal, and what it’s like to coach his son. In the dog days draft segment (21:45-end), emojis are selected.
info_outline All-County Baseball 07/09/2019
All-County Baseball The Courier sports staff shakes off some summer rust before discussing the All-County baseball superlatives (plays from 1:59-21:46), ending with way-too-early predictions for 2020 Player of the Year (21:46-24:20). We’re looking forward to football, golf and winter (24:20-26:59). Shoutouts (26:59-end) wrap up the episode.
info_outline Conroe Girls Basketball Coach Tamisha Houston 07/02/2019
Conroe Girls Basketball Coach Tamisha Houston Conroe girls basketball coach Tamisha Houston continues the Coach of the Year Interview Series. In the interview segment (plays from 1:51-30:47), Houston talks about her young team that made it to the second round of the postseason, her experience coaching pregnant and as a new mom, and how she got into coaching. In the dog days draft (30:47-end), Texas cities are selected.
info_outline All-County Softball 06/25/2019
All-County Softball All-County softball superlatives are the focus of this week’s episode (plays from 1:44-22:29), then we mention some way-too-early names that could be in the player of the year conversation for 2020 (22:29-27:10) Looking forward (27:10-31:08) and shoutouts (31:08-end) wrap things up.
info_outline Splendora Football Coach Marcus Schulz 06/21/2019
Splendora Football Coach Marcus Schulz Splendora football coach Marcus Schulz continues the Coach of the Year Interview Series. In the interview segment (plays from 1:08-26:43), Schulz talks about last season, the Splendora community, postgame talks with his wife Luci, and much more. In the dog days draft segment (26:43-end), football positions are picked and a train briefly interrupts proceedings.
info_outline Oak Ridge Volleyball Coach Rachel Croley 06/18/2019
Oak Ridge Volleyball Coach Rachel Croley Oak Ridge volleyball coach Rachel Croley kicks off The Courier Sports Corner’s Coach of the Year Interview Series. In the interview segment (plays from 1:29-22:54), Croley talks about going from The Woodlands assistant to Oak Ridge head coach, driving buses, how she met her husband (they both coach at Oak Ridge now) and much more. In the dog days draft segment (22:54-end), Croley teaches us new volleyball terminology as we draft sports terms.
info_outline All-County Boys Soccer 06/11/2019
All-County Boys Soccer This week, All-County boys soccer is the focus (plays from 1:32-27:09). Looking forward (27:09-30:25) and shoutouts (30:25-end) wrap up the episode. Keep an eye out for The Courier Sports Corner’s Coach of the Year Interview Series, which kicks off Tuesday, June 18 with Oak Ridge Volleyball Coach Rachel Croley!
info_outline The Return of the Dog Days Draft 06/04/2019
The Return of the Dog Days Draft This week, we wrap up Magnolia West’s baseball season (plays from 1:55-7:02). Dog days drafts return with our favorite teams to cover from the past year (7:02-32:04). ‘Looking forward’ includes summer plans (32:04-36:13) and shoutouts wrap up the episode (36:13-end).
info_outline All-County Girls Soccer 05/28/2019
All-County Girls Soccer After some summer talk, this week’s podcast begins with the All-County girls soccer superlatives and a lookahead to the 2020 season (plays from 1:55-16:45). The Woodlands baseball season ended, but Magnolia West moves on (16:45-25:20). We say goodbye, for now, to ‘3 stars’ and ‘Where we’ll be’ (25:20-26:58), then ‘Looking forward’ (26:58-32:27) and shoutouts (32:27-end) wrap things up.
info_outline May 22, 2019: Two Teams Remain 05/22/2019
May 22, 2019: Two Teams Remain After a debate about quesadilla categorization, we wrap up the seasons of Splendora softball, TWCA softball and Porter baseball (plays from 2:15-10:41). Then we look ahead to baseball’s fourth round, where Magnolia West and The Woodlands play this week (10:41-18:33). Academics, golf and tennis are mentioned in ‘3 stars’ (18:33-22:21), then the week’s coverage plan is revealed in ‘where we’ll be’ (22:21-23:43). ‘Looking Forward’ (23:43-27:27) and shoutouts (27:27-end) wrap up the podcast.
info_outline May 14, 2019: State Track, Softball & Baseball 05/14/2019
May 14, 2019: State Track, Softball & Baseball A loaded podcast begins with a state track and field recap (plays from 0:51-10:37). Then, softball (10:37-16:36) and baseball (16:36-30:57) playoff updates wrap up headlines. Baseball and tennis are mentioned in ‘3 stars’ (30:57-33:42), then the week’s coverage plan is discussed in ‘where we’ll be’ (33:42-37:31). ‘Looking Forward’ (37:31-39:21) and shoutouts (39:21-end) wrap things up.
info_outline Mother Nature Hates The Playoffs 05/07/2019
Mother Nature Hates The Playoffs This week begins with a discussion of Mother Nature, her potential fandom and her hate for the playoffs. After that, the softball (plays from 3:15-11:23) and baseball (11:23-21:43) playoffs are updated and previewed. Softball and track are mentioned in ‘3 stars’ (21:43-23:59), then the week’s (first) coverage plan is revealed in ‘where we’ll be’ (23:59-27:14). ‘Looking forward’ has baseball, fences and weather (27:14-29:44), then shoutouts (29:44-end) wrap up the episode.
info_outline Softball & Baseball Playoffs 04/30/2019
Softball & Baseball Playoffs SPOILER ALERT? This week begins with Game of Thrones talk with what Justin thinks might be a spoiler from Jon. Then the episode gets into softball (plays from 2:31-10:55) and baseball (10:55-24:47) playoff talk. Softball, golf and triathlon are mentioned in ‘3 stars’ (24:47-28:47), then the week’s coverage plan is discussed in ‘where we’ll be’ (28:47-31:37). ‘Looking forward’ includes fences, running and horses (31:37-34:50), then shoutouts wrap things up (34:50-end).
info_outline Softball Playoffs Preview 04/24/2019
Softball Playoffs Preview After discussing chicken parm lasagna, state soccer kicks things off (plays from 2:18-6:18) Softball playoffs (6:18-23:48) and the baseball playoff picture (23:48-29:51) follow. Baseball dominates ‘3 stars’ (29:51-32:11) before ‘where we’ll be’ (32:11-34:47). The NFL Draft is the focus of ‘Looking Forward’ (34:47-37:59), then shoutouts wrap up this week’s podcast (37:59-end).
info_outline State Soccer & Softball Playoff Picture 04/16/2019
State Soccer & Softball Playoff Picture After some Masters talk, the podcast gets going with College Park boys soccer (plays from 1:56-11:05). A look at the softball playoff picture follows (11:05-19:14). Baseball and athletic departments are recognized in ‘3 stars’ (19:14-22:33), then the week’s coverage plan is discussed in ‘where we’ll be’ (22:33-26:42). ‘Looking Forward’ (26:42-29:10) includes soccer, golf and travel. Shoutouts (29:10-end) wrap up this week’s episode.
info_outline All-County Boys Hoops & Soccer Playoffs 04/09/2019
All-County Boys Hoops & Soccer Playoffs After a recap of The Courier’s bracket challenge, the All-County boys basketball team is the main topic this week (plays from 2:54-19:53). A soccer playoff update wraps up the headlines (19:53-24:27). Baseball, golf and tennis are mentioned in ‘3 stars’ (24:27-28:54). The week’s coverage plan is discussed in ‘where we’ll be’ (28:54-32:44). ‘Looking forward’ is full of predictions (32:44-38:21), then shoutouts wrap up the podcast (38:21-end).
info_outline Mascot Madness 03/30/2019
Mascot Madness Have you ever wondered which Montgomery County high school mascot would survive and advance through a bracket if it battled the other mascots? After a soccer playoff update (plays from 2:02-15:37), we answer the mascot question with the first-ever Mascot Madness (15:37-41:16). The podcast wraps up with ‘3 stars’ (41:16-43:24), ‘Looking Forward’ (43:24-46:33) and shoutouts (46:33-end).
info_outline All-County Girls Hoops & Soccer Playoffs 03/26/2019
All-County Girls Hoops & Soccer Playoffs After our much-awaited World Series picks, we go through the All-County girls basketball superlatives and teams (plays from 2:13-15:36). Baseball and girls soccer are mentioned in ‘3 stars’ (15:36-18:50). This week’s coverage plan is outlined in ‘where we’ll be’ (18:50-24:18). In ‘Looking Forward,’ we preview the soccer playoffs with our predictions on who will make the deepest run (24:18-31:05). The podcast wraps up with shoutouts (31:05-end).
info_outline Hot Starts in Baseball 03/19/2019
Hot Starts in Baseball This week we start with final four picks, then we get into some baseball talk (plays from 2:13-14:44). Softball and soccer are highlighted in ‘3 stars’ (14:44-17:03), then the week’s coverage plan is revealed in ‘where we’ll be’ (17:03-20:41). ‘Looking forward’ has golf, birthday and hockey talk (20:41-22:41), then shoutouts (22:41-end) wrap up the podcast.
info_outline Hot Starts in Softball 03/12/2019
Hot Starts in Softball After discussing ‘Tidying Up with Marie Kondo’ in the cold open, six softball teams that are off to hot starts are highlighted (plays from 2:24-19:14). Basketball, baseball and soccer make an appearance in ‘3 stars’ (19:14-22:23). ‘Where we’ll be’ outlines this week’s coverage plan (22:23-26:22). ‘Looking forward’ has mentions of vacation, St. Patrick’s Day and mock drafts (26:22-30:15), then shoutouts wrap up the podcast (30:15-end).
info_outline Soccer's Playoff Picture 03/05/2019
Soccer's Playoff Picture As we say goodbye to February, we look forward to March, which will feature some races for playoff spots in soccer. We talk about contenders in District 15-6A (runs from 2:00-7:36), District 19-5A (7:36-13:29) and District 20-5A (13:29-20:40). After soccer talk, ‘3 stars’ features basketball, softball and running (21:55-25:29). ‘Where we’ll be’ was scrapped this week because of cancellation-related changes that happened post-recording (it’ll be back next week). ‘What we’re looking forward to’ has music, sports and religion (25:29-29:52), then shoutouts wrap up the podcast (29:52-end).
info_outline All Ears! 03/02/2019
All Ears! All Ears! Listening and Language Center is a preschool for hearing-impaired children based in The Woodlands that participated in The Woodlands Marathon’s charity challenge. Sports reporter Justin Maskulinski tells the story of All Ears! in this feature episode.
info_outline Last Team Standing/Hoops Wrap Up 02/26/2019
Last Team Standing/Hoops Wrap Up This week, we take a look at the last basketball team standing in the county (plays from 2:22-5:30) while also wrapping up the season with some team talk (5:30-17:11). After the headlines, ‘3 stars’ features wrestling, basketball and football (17:11-21:52). ‘Where we’ll be’ lays out coverage plans for the week (21:52-26:27), ‘what we’re looking forward to’ is sports-heavy (26:27-30:29) and shoutouts wraps up the podcast (30:29-end).