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1953/54 Webster Wildcat Team Memories

  • Wildcats Against LaPorte #2
    This album of pictures and news articles is from a folder of memories supplied to the blog by Arthur Landiault, one of the exciting players from the 1953/54 Wildcat team. Thanks Art for this great contribution

Clippings, Stats, Etc.

  • George Carlisle Presented Distinguished Service Award
    This album contains news clippings from the past, statistics for players from the Carlisle era, and other interesting stuff. All photos, clippings, etc. must be sent to the site administrator via email to be included in this album.

Robert Brown's Magazine Spread

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    This magazine spread featuring Robert Brown was published in the Union Carbide magazine in February of 1957 as the Wildcats were on the road to the state playoffs. Robert was one of the star players on the Creek team that advanced into the state tournment in March of 1957. Robert's step-father was an employee of Union Carbide at the time.

Creek vs. Galveston Ball 1-17-06

  • Galveston Ball Info
    These photos are of pages in the program for the recent Creek vs. Galveston Ball game played at the Carlisle Field House on January 17, 2006. That game was won by the Wildcats, 81-59. Lance Pevehouse led the Creek scorers with 23 points. Thanks to Hugh Taylor (Class of '59) for sending these along.

Team/Individual Photos

  • More Pictures of 56-57 CCJH Teams
    This album contains photos of various former teams and players from the Clear Creek Independent School District. To be included in this album, photos will need to be submitted to the site manager via email.

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Ed Davis

Proud of those Wildcats and glad I was able to be a part of the great history of the basketball program under Coach George Carlisle from 1957-59. Go,Cats!!!!

Dan Jensen

Playoff scores:
Fort Bend Hightower 60-42
North Shore 68-65 overtime
Pearland Dawson 55-51
Cypress Lakes 75-73
Clear Lake 56-63 double overtime

Those last four were epic battles. Our junior high coach of long ago, Bobby Proctor, would have called them mawtappers. Indeed they were.

Buddy Carlisle

After being able to watch my dad's teams play during his career at Creek, as a player from 1968-70 and a coach from 1976-2006, I think I can evaluate this team's accomplishments better than anyone.

I not only saw many of their games and the entire playoff run, I also attended some of their athletic period practices. So, I became very close to this group of players and coaches. That made it even harder to see the journey end on Saturday but what a ride they took all of us on.

We dominated the district 24-6A race along with Clear Lake like many of the past Creek teams did, with a spread of 5 games between us and the 3rd and 4th place finishers, Friendswood and Brazoswood. There were not many close district games except the 2 classics vs Lake. In the first game, Carlisle Field House was rocking like it had not been since my last team in 2006 when we went undefeated in district play. The game was close all the way but Lake actually led by 9 in the second quarter before holding a 7 point halftime lead. We came back in the 3rd to get it close and it stayed that way the rest of the game. I stated after this game that it looked like Lake was going to win the game but we just refused to lose, nipping the Falcons 58-54 to take sole possession of first place in district. I repeated that saying in some tweets during the playoffs by using the #RefuseToLose and that slogan really described this team.

At Lake it was more of the same, a packed Krueger Field House saw once again a classic Creek-Lake game go down to the wire. Lake made 2 free throws with .5 seconds left to win 58-53 and those shots gave them the #1 seed in the playoffs since we beat them by 4 at our place.

We soundly defeated Fort Bend Hightower 60-42 in the first round of the playoffs. They had been a
nemesis to many 24-6A teams in the past so that was a great first step for this team.

That set up a tremendous challenge vs North Shore in the Area game played on Billy Carlisle Court at Deer Park. It was ironic that such a big game would be played on the court honoring my brother. North Shore was the defending state champs in class 5A, now 6A this season for the first time. The Mustangs were led by Kerwin Roach, a smooth 6'3" guard who was the MVP of the State Tourney last year and has signed with UT. He was surrounded by a group of talented and athletic players as well so it was quite a challenge. In another thriller we once again refused to lose, beating the Mustangs 68-65 in overtime.

That win put us against Pearland Dawson back at Manvel High School, the site of our first round victory over Hightower. Dawson was 30-5 and I discovered after the first few minutes, they were every bit as good as North Shore. In another nip and tuck game, we prevailed 56-51 to send us to the Regional tourney for the first time since my team in 1992 played at Hofheinz.

Our opponent in the semis was Cypress Lakes, who had one of the best guards I have seen in a while. His name is DeAaron Fox, a 6'4" junior being recruited by everyone in the country. His partner, Nick Garth, was a 5'10' sharp shooter bound for Lamar University. We got off to the best start I had seen all year, only missing 2 shots on our way to a 28-15 lead after 1 quarter. They rallied a bit but we still led 45-34 at half. They cut the lead in half going into the 4th quarter and then slowly took the lead back to go ahead 73-69 with less than a minute to play. We cut the lead to 73-70 and fouled Garth with 30 seconds to play. He surprisingly missed both free throws to give us a chance. Our Jared Evans drove to the hole and scored, completed the 3 pt play after getting fouled and it was 73 all with 15 seconds to play. They worked for a last shot but Karlin Humphrey stole the ball near mid court and, while falling down, passed to junior Xavier Farrell for the game winner with 1 second to play. Talk about snatching victory from the jaws of defeat, we did it! #RefuseToLose!!!

So, now we advance to the regional finals for the first time since 1969 when I was a junior and we played the legendary Wheatley Wildcats. And our opponent, none other than our district rival, the Clear Lake Falcons. So after many dramatic and exciting games with them since the school split in 1972, we meet for the first time ever in the regional finals.

The game did not disappoint as we battled for 32 minutes but couldn't decide a winner. Our Tyquon Jordan hit a deep 3 pointer off an assist from AJ Sparks to send it to OT at the buzzer! We still couldn't decide it as we hit another shot to force a second OT with 2 seconds left. Finally, after tieing the game on a Payton Smith layup at 56 with 2 minutes to play, the Falcons took charge. They made a 3 pt play, we missed twice and they hit all 4 free throws to win a thriller 63-56.

The miracle run was over but I don't feel like we lost, we just ran out of time. Congrats to Coach Bryan, his staff and the players who made this Clear Creek ex player and coach feel so proud to be a Wildcat. I will never forget all the great memories this team gave me and many Wildcat fans past and present as they rekindled the flame that has burned so brightly through the years.

Dan Jensen

No one is better qualified than Buddy to evaluate our magical playoff run. He grew up with his legendary father who began our great dynasty in the fifties, then was a standout player with a miracle finish of his own when he "refused to lose" against Galveston Ball, then as a coach who won as many district championships as his father did. Now as a knowledgable fan, he sweats out our miracle wins and goes home as exhausted as if he had coached the game and has a hard time going to sleep. Thank you Buddy for this wonderful report.

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Coach Carlisle at Southwest Texas

  • Coach and Basketball - Senior Year
    The photos in this album are taken from the yearbook, entitled The Pedagog, from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos for the 1948/49 school year. Coach Carlisle was a senior that year. The photos tell a story of a very accomplished and talented athlete but also a person who had many other outstanding attributes as well. Thanks for Peggy Carlisle for supplying the yearbook from which these photos were taken.

The Houses of Carlisle

  • This album contains pictures of Webster High School and the George B. Carlisle Field House at Clear Creek High School in League City.

Hurricane Ike

  • Home Afloat in the Gulf
    Photos showing the aftermath of Hurricane Ike which hit the Texas coast at Galveston during the evening of September 12 and throughout the day on September 13.