Southbelt Select are State Champs
Southbelt Select won first place in the State Classic League during spring season. Then, the team ended their 2015-2016 season with a bang by winning all three games at the Presidents Cup State Playoffs Finals on May 21-22 at San Marcos. Congratulations to State Champs! Team members are Front row (l-r): Randi Torres, Stephanie Cortes, Maribel Garza, Imelda Loredo, Rachel Torres, Sandra Ramirez, Megan Mai, Lexi Hudson, Lindsey Hudson. Back row (l-r): Coach Carlos Hidalgo, Gabby Baez, Katherine Bohorquez-Ortega, Ava Long, Aubrie Wells, Klaryssa Heussmann, Elissa Freberg, Summer Naser, Christina Hidalgo, Claudia Loredo, Coach David Mai. Team members not pictured are as follows: Katelyn Bednarz, Randi Benefield, Kathryn Brown, Mimi Deleon, Cassandra Garcia, Natalie Hernandez, Victoria Isom, Sarah Mai, Karina Martinez, Maia Rice.
Klaryssa Heussmann started her soccer career in Allen Tx, after the family moved there in 2005. The team was short a goalkeeper and Klaryssa stepped in and had 4 undefeated seasons. During her time on the Allen Rec Team “Angels” her love for the game increased and she became dominant not only in the goal but on the field, as defender and then striker. The city rec team represented Allen and came in 4th at the Top of Texas Tournament against other club teams. As her drive to learn the game grew and she wanted to master the sport, she played her competitive soccer years with Andromeda (2 years/Plano TX) and Texas Spirit (3 years/Plano TX), Space City, then Southbelt Select where she split her time between defender and outside mid-fielder. In 2012, as a Freshman, Klaryssa played for the top Allen (TX) JV team as mid-fielder. In 2013-14 season, the family moved to Friendswood and Klaryssa made the Friendswood Varsity Team as a mid-fielder. As the goalie quit, Klaryssa stepped up and fulfilled the role of Goalkeeper and ultimately that year was a State Semi-Finalist. Her awards included 2014 District Goalkeeper of the Year, 1st Team All-District, 2nd Team All-County, 1st Team All-State, and Rookie of the Year. Klaryssa’s Junior and Senior year consisted of both field and goalkeeper play that assisted in ball movement, goal placement and 24 -4A and 5A-District & Regional Championships. Earlier this year, Klaryssa signed a Letter of Intent to play soccer with Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville, OK on academic and athletic scholarships majoring in Business & Entrepreneurship with a minor in Education.
Christina Marie Hidalgo
From the age of 5 Christina’s commitment, loyalty, and dedication to the game, along with her inner strength and determination to succeed have helped her to pull through the toughest and most stressful situations on the field and in the classroom. Christina will be graduating in the top 17% of her class and will be honoring both an academic anda soccer athletic scholarship majoring in Nursing at UTPB starting in the fall 2016. A 4 year Clear Springs High School soccer letterman and starting Varsity player since her sophomore year… Named First Team All-District and County Sophomore, Junior and senior year and last received Honors as a recognized All-State player for her senior year. She was ranked Districts #1 best player on assists and 3rd best overall player. Christina helped her team become Regional Quarterfinal Champions and Semi-Finalist during her Freshman year and help win 2 back-to-back 24-5A District Championships from 2013-14.… Christina has made and participated in the Junior Olympic Texas pool from 2009-2015 qualifying in Regional III Pool for the last 5 years. She has played with various clubs from California to South Texas which includes: 2003-04 Sacramento Youth Soccer League (play-up), 2004-07 Space CityFC Academy Program (play-up), 2007-10 Space City FC DIV I 97G Team (play-up), 2011-12 Challenge State Cup 98G Team, 2012-14 South Belt SC Select Black State Classic 97G Team (play-up), 2015-16 Eclipse 97G Black Premier/State Cup (Play-up) and last South Belt Select SC State Classic 97G Team.
Mimi DeLeon has been playing with Coach David Mai’s 98G girls for the last two years coming from Quest Soccer Club and SCFC prior to that. Mimi attends Dickinson High School (DHS) and has played Girls soccer at DHS since 7th grade. She had played Forward-Midfielder since age 4 but the High School Varsity coach saw something in Mimi that we didn’t and put Mimi in the goal in 7th grade. Mimi continued to play GK in 8th grade at school but Forward & Mid in Club Play. In High School she played JV-A her Freshmen year and transitioned to Varsity her Sophomore year. She made 2nd team All-District her Sophomore year. Her Junior year she made 24-6A 2015 Goalkeeper of the Year, All-District All-Academic, Second team All Galveston County team, and Class 6A 2nd team All Region as GK. Prior to Mimi’s Senior year she had a goal of becoming an All State GK. Her coach advised her not to get her hopes up as most All State players come from teams that advance into playoffs and Dickinson would may not be doing that in 2016. That did not deter Mimi. Through hard work & determination, Mimi had an outstanding year this year despite missing two games and made 134 saves, 98 of them in District play. For 2016, Mimi made 2016 VYPE High School Sports magazine Top 10 female soccer athletes in the Greater Houston area, 24-6A Goalkeeper of the Year again (back-to-back), All-District All Academic, and lastly Class 6A Honorable Mention All-State, and All-State All Academic. Earlier this month, Mimi signed a Letter of Intent to play college soccer for the University of St. Thomas in Houston on an academic & athletic scholarship totaling $112,000.00. As a side note, Mimi also was in the DHS Varsity Band all 4 years of High School and was the Drum Major her last year. Those of you that know Mimi know that she is not an intimidating figure at 5’6” and 140 lbs. but when she is on the field she is a force to be reckoned with as she fears no opposing players regardless of their size. I believe Club soccer play has helped Mimi to develop into the premier player she has become. Being exposed to soccer play year round keeps a players skill honed and also keeps them in top physical shape. As Coach Mai says, “there is no substitute for hard work & dedication in order for you to succeed at whatever you want to pursue in life.” We would like to thank Coach Mai for devoting all his time and talent to the development of his teams over the years.
|SB Houston Santos||Finalist||U-10||Boys||Gold|
|U-11 Boys, Houston Santos||BAYSA and Eastern District Champion||DIV III|
|U-11 Girls, SB Lady Hurricanes||BAYSA Champion||DIV II|
|U-12 Boys, SB Venados||BAYSA Champion||DIV II|
|U-13 Boys, SB Barcelona||BAYSA Champion, Eastern District Finalist||DIV II|
|U-14 Boys, SB Real Madrid||BAYSA and Eastern District Champion||DIV II|