People, Places and Things – April 2023

St Anthony Catholic High School is proud to announce that Girls head basketball coach William “Chris” Collins has been named the 2023 San Antonio Spurs Sports Academy Junior NBA Coach of the Year in the scholastic category. Coach Collins was honored an March 18, 2023 during the Austin Spurs game held in San Antonio at the AT&T Center. Saint Anthony Catholic High School plays in TAPPS 5A district 4. Congratulations to Coach Collins and all his players.

On December 27, 2022, Canton Girls Coach Troy Carrell won his 400th varsity victory. Coach Carrell is now 408-130 for his career.

Pearland boys’ basketball coach Steve Buckelew is retiring after 28 years at the helm. A native of Winnfield Louisiana, Steve coached at Dodson, Winnfield and Jessieville Arkansas High Schools sandwiched around five years as an assistant at Louisiana Tech before moving to Pearland. Coach Buckelew won over 800 games during his tenure as a high school coach and the Oilers have made multiple playoff appearances including a trip to the State Tournament in 1998. He served as president of the Houston Area Basketball Coaches Association as well as the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches. Pearland Superintendent Larry Berger and Athletic Director Ben Pardo presented him with a plaque before the final Pearland home game this past season. Steve is the winningest coach in the history of Pearland High School.