CITY OF KATY (Covering Katy News)—Katy High School has been rated as the second-best high school for athletes in Houston by Niche.com, a Pittsburgh-based research web site. St. Agnes Academy of Houston was ranked first.
Last year at Katy, the softball team won its second state title, defeating Klein Collins. It won its first title in 2015. Meanwhile, the football team enjoyed another strong season, finishing 11-2. Its only two losses came against North Shore, which won the state championship.
In addition to softball and football, Katy has teams for aquatics, baseball, boys and girls basketball, cross-country, golf, boys and girls soccer, tennis, boys and girls track, volleyball, and wrestling.
Niche used the following criteria to compile its rankings:
- Parent/Student Surveys on Sports, weighted at 50%
- Total High School Enrollment, weighted at 20%
- K12 Sports Championships, weighted at 10%
- Number of Sports, weighted at 10%
- Boys Athletic Participation, weighted at 5%
- Girls Athletic Participation, weighted at 5%
Katy isn’t the only school in the district with a competitive athletic program. In recent seasons, both the Tompkins boys’ basketball team and Seven Lakes volleyball team made appearances in their respective state final games.
More recently, Fredericka Kizek, now swimming at SMU, and Daniel Manibog, now wrestling at Oklahoma State, were honored as the first-ever Katy ISD Athletes of the Year. Kizek graduated from Morton Ranch. Manibog graduated from Katy.
The other Katy ISD schools with athletic programs were also ranked, except for Paetow. Rankings are as follows:
- Cinco Ranch, 10
- Seven Lakes, 36
- Taylor, 53
- Tompkins, 62
- Morton Ranch, 66
- Mayde Creek, 115
“We are very fortunate to live in a community which embraces education-based athletics as part of the total educational experience of our kids,” Debbie Decker, Katy ISD athletics executive director, said. “All our schools are held to high standards of performance in everything from UIL-sponsored activities to other extra-curricular programs and, of course, academics. Our level of excellence in athletics across our district is a result of high expectations, community and administrative support and the buy-in received from our parents and student/athletes. Like our teachers, Katy ISD campuses consist of coaching staffs that are highly regarded on a state-wide level and coach with the understanding that education-based athletics serve a unique and important role in the overall development of our students. Our priority is providing purpose-driven athletic programs which focus on success beyond just scoring points and winning games.”
All the programs are looking forward to making their mark in the upcoming school year, and some have already begun. On Saturday, the Cinco Ranch volleyball team finished second in the 48-team Katy/Cy-Fair Volleyball Classic. Football teams are already holding their preseason practices. Season openers for most of the Katy ISD football teams is on August 30.
Katy ISD students return to school Wednesday.
To see the survey, visit the website at https://www.niche.com/k12/search/best-high-schools-for-sports/m/houston-metro-area/.