Needville senior Walker Warncke does it all for the Blue Jays.

Warncke catches passes, runs the ball and plays defensive back. He versatility earned him three spots on District 13-4A DI all-district team.

Warncke was selected utility player of the year while also being selected first-team wide receiver and defensive back.

College programs have sought out that versatility with scholarship offers.

Warncke added another scholarship offer last week with Lafayette College.

Lafayette College is located in Easton, Pennsylvania.

The Leopards are a member of the NCAA Division I Football Championship and the Patriot League.

Lafayette was 4-8 last season in John Garett’s third season as head coach.

Warncke also has offers from service academies in Air Force and Army along with Ivy League schools Yale University, Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University.

Warncke had 874 all-purpose yards and nine touchdowns. He had 18 catches for 321 yards and three touchdowns.

The other Notre Dame...

George Ranch senior defensive end Dave Babalola hasn’t had the opportunity to show off his measurables during a traditional offseason, but Babalola’s 2019 type has earned him another college scholarship.

Babalola announced last week that he received a scholarship offer from Notre Dame College.

Babalola has offers from Texas Southern University, Southern University and Lamar University.

Notre Dame College is located in South Euclid, Ohio.

The Falcons are a member of the NCAA Division II level.

Notre Dame plays in the Mountain East Conference.

The Falcons were 12-2 last season with offensive coordinator Mickey Mental taking over the program as head coach for the 2020 season.

Back at it

Former Travis head baseball coach Rodney Hernandez will again be in charge of program for the 2020-21 season.

Hernandez retired from Fort Bend ISD following the 2019 season. He would later join the El Campo High School staff as an assistant.

Hernandez will be heading just outside of Wharton County to Altair and the Raiders of Rice Consolidated High School.

“After much prayer and His guidance, I have accepted the (head coaching) position at Rice CISD,” Hernandez posted on Twitter on Friday with pictured from the Raiders’ renovated baseball field.

“Truly impressive to see the new facilities and complex that have been seeded and ready to be flourished.”

Flash back

Friday marked the seven years since former Austin Bulldog and then Sugar Land Skeeter Michael Rockett ripped a two-out, walk-off single to win an extra-inning contest against the Camden Riversharks, 3-2, on June 12, 2013.

Rockett batted .221 (57x258) with 33 runs scored, six home runs and 27 RBIs in 87 games with Sugar Land.

Not off and running

The Woodlands’ Friday Night Lights event is often one of the first cross country events held in the Houston area each year.

Unfortunately, that won’t be the case in 2020. The event was not canceled for the coronavrius pandemic but a result of changes to the Highlanders’ coaching staff.

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