Lee College tennis program hosting summer camps for kids, tournament for adults

BAYTOWN, TX — The Lee College tennis program is offering activities this summer for community members of all ages: half-day and full-day camps for youths 6-14 years old, and a one-day tournament for adults to compete against each other.

Tennis summer camps for kids will begin Monday, June 6, at the Lee College courts on Market Street and continue weekly through August. Parents can select from a half-day option that runs from 8:30 a.m.-noon, or a full-day option that runs from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., and includes lunch. Students will be divided into groups according to their age and skill level, with the goal of improving their overall athletic ability and sharpening their fundamentals to make them more knowledgeable and successful tennis players.

The adult tennis tournament will be held Saturday, June 11, at the Lee College courts. Participants can compete in singles and doubles play, with an open event for players 18 and older, and an event reserved for those 45 and older. There will also be an opportunity for parents to play doubles with their children.

“Tennis is a lifelong sport that you can play at any age,” said Rob Coles, the tennis professional for Lee College and coordinator of the summer camps and adult tennis tournament. “It doesn’t take a whole team, just a few friends who want to get out on the court.”

Limited spaces are available for the kids summer camps and adult tennis tournament. Registration deadlines are approaching fast. To sign up or get more information about costs and other program details, contact Coles at 281.425.6843 or rcoles@lee.edu.

Lee College offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as non-credit workforce and community education courses, that prepare its diverse student body for advanced higher education; successful entry into the workforce; and a variety of in-demand careers. With the main campus and McNair Center located in Baytown, Texas, and a satellite center in nearby South Liberty County, the college serves a geographic area of more than 220,000 residents that includes 14 independent school districts. To learn more, visit www.lee.edu.

Lee College Lady Rebels win All-Region and All-Conference volleyball honors

Volleyball team
From left: Julia Mauer, Madison Otis, Allie Deese, Bethany Covington, and Shelby Wade. Not pictured: Alondra Bautista.

BAYTOWN, TX – Despite early injuries that threatened to derail the 2015-16 volleyball season when it had hardly begun, the Lee College Lady Rebels fought their way to a 22-10 overall record and regional and conference recognition for its high-performing student-athletes.

“We had a really good season,” said Head Coach Tracie Johnson, noting that many players learned multiple positions to be prepared to conquer any challenge they faced on the court. The team won the Midland College Tournament, Cedar Valley Tournament, Yavapai College Tournament and its own invitational en route to a second-round finish at the NJCAA Region XIV Tournament.

“Everybody came together and worked hard; everyone contributed,” Johnson said. “This team had great chemistry and a true love of the game. They had the passion.”

That passion and commitment to their sport led six Lady Rebels to NJCAA All-Region and All-Conference awards. Sophomore Alondra Bautista and freshman Madison Otis earned First Team honors; sophomore Allie Deese and freshman Shelby Wade earned a spot on the Second Team; and sophomores Julia Mauer and Bethany Covington earned Honorable Mention.

Lee College offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as non-credit workforce and community education courses, that prepare its diverse student body for advanced higher education; successful entry into the workforce; and a variety of in-demand careers. With the main campus and McNair Center located in Baytown, Texas, and a satellite center in nearby Liberty, the college serves a geographic area of more than 220,000 residents that includes 13 independent school districts. To learn more, visit www.lee.edu.

Tailgate party set before basketball home game

Sophomore guard Tim Coleman (center) is among the standout players on the Lee College Basketball Team, which will face off Saturday, Nov. 7, against Houston Community College-Southwest in the second home game of the 2015-16 season. Rebel Nation, formerly known as Former-LEE, is sponsoring a free tailgate party to be held from 3:30-5:30 p.m. before the Runnin’ Rebels hit the court. The tailgate is free and open to the community.
Sophomore guard Tim Coleman (center) is among the standout players on the Lee College Basketball Team, which will face off Saturday, Nov. 7, against Houston Community College-Southwest in the second home game of the 2015-16 season. Rebel Nation, formerly known as Former-LEE, is sponsoring a free tailgate party to be held from 3:30-5:30 p.m. before the Runnin’ Rebels hit the court. The tailgate is free and open to the community.

BAYTOWN, TX – The Lee College Basketball Team has devoted itself to community service in the past year, visiting with elementary school students around the city of Baytown. Now, the Runnin’ Rebels are inviting the community to return the love this Saturday, Nov. 7, at the free Red Zone Tailgate Party before their home game against Houston Community College – Southwest.

The tailgate party will be held from 3:30-5:30 p.m., in the Friends of Lee College Mall area behind the Sports Arena, with a rain location in the auxiliary gym. Rebel Nation, formerly known as the Former-LEE alumni association, is sponsoring the event as an ideal afternoon for the entire family. Those who attend will also receive free admission to the basketball game at 6 p.m.

Tailgate partiers will enjoy free food and drinks, and face-painting for the kids. Local high-school athletes will participate in a 3-point shootout contest, and Runnin’ Rebels fans will have the chance to get autographs from their favorite players before they hit the court.

The Lee College Basketball Team has a long history as a breeding ground for top talent from around the United States and even abroad. Under the leadership of head coach Roy Champagne for the last 23 years, more than 100 Runnin’ Rebels have moved on to play at the NCAA level in programs at universities like Baylor and Virginia Tech. Some of the former Runnin’ Rebels have also built professional basketball careers overseas.

Standouts from the 2015-16 squad include sophomore guard Tim Coleman, sophomore shooting guard Branden Jenkins and sophomore forward Duop Reath. All three players rank in the Top 12 Junior College prospects in the country and are being recruited by the Power Six conferences of NCAA men’s basketball.

Lee College offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as non-credit workforce and community education courses, that prepare its diverse student body for advanced higher education; successful entry into the workforce; and a variety of in-demand careers. With the main campus and McNair Center located in Baytown, Texas, and a satellite center in nearby Liberty, the college serves a geographic area of more than 220,000 residents that includes 13 independent school districts. To learn more, visit www.lee.edu.

Basketball team set for Rebel Madness, Oct. 24

Rebels taking a shot during a game
Sophomore forward Duop Reath, seen here in a 2014-15 game against Coastal Bend College, is among the standouts on the Lee College Basketball Team who will be signing autographs Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, at Rebel Madness. The meet-and-greet event for players and fans is free and open to the public.

With the regular season set to begin at the end of October, the Lee College Basketball Team is looking to spread Rebel Spirit in Baytown and beyond with a special event for fans to meet the players and see them in action.

“Rebel Madness” will be held 6-7:15 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Lee College Sports Arena. Admission to the event is free, and the entire community is invited to attend.

The Runnin’ Rebels will show off their skills at Rebel Madness with a slam-dunk contest and 3-point shootout. Fans can get autographs from their favorite players, enjoy music and grab one of the 300 t-shirts and other items that will be given away.

The Lee College Basketball Team has a long history as a breeding ground for top talent from around the United States and even abroad. Under the leadership of head coach Roy Champagne for the last 22 years, more than 100 Runnin’ Rebels have moved on to play at the NCAA level in programs at universities like Baylor and Virginia Tech. Some of the former Runnin’ Rebels have also built professional basketball careers overseas.

Standouts from the 2015-16 squad include sophomore guard Tim Coleman, sophomore shooting guard Branden Jenkins and sophomore forward Duop Reath. All three players rank in the Top 12 Junior College prospects in the country and are being recruited by the Power Six conferences of NCAA men’s basketball.

The Runnin’ Rebels will kick off the regular season Saturday, Oct. 31, in Plano, against Odessa College as part of the East v. West Texas Challenge. The first home game is Friday, Nov. 6, against Collin County Community College. For a full schedule, visit www.lee.edu/athletics.

St. Thomas signs two Lady Rebels

As the five most recent graduates from the Lady Rebel Volleyball Team prepare to embark on the next phase of their educational journeys, two student-athletes have signed on to continue playing the sport they love at the university level.

Lady Rebels
Lady Rebels Volleyball Head Coach Tracie Johnson (top left), Assistant Coach Paige Jenkins Sorge (top right), Candace Grosjean (bottom left) and Alyzabeth Vincent (bottom right).

Candace Grosjean and Alyzabeth Vincent will join the volleyball team at the University of St. Thomas in Houston after receiving their associate degrees from Lee College last weekend at spring commencement. Grosjean is a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School in Baytown, while Vincent graduated from Deer Park High School.

“We are really proud of this group — not only for what they’ve done in athletics, but also for all they have done in school,” said Head Coach Tracie Johnson, who became acquainted with Grosjean and Vincent when both girls were in the seventh grade and beginning to build their volleyball skills. “I will miss these ladies a lot.”

Grosjean and Vincent counted the exceptional athletic facilities at Lee College among the things they would miss most about the Lady Rebel volleyball program, along with their teammates and coaches and the feeling of playing in the Sports Arena. Both are looking forward to what the next chapter holds.

“It’s so exciting to be able to finish college and get to play volleyball while we’re doing it,” Grosjean said. “We’ll have a lot of chemistry on the court, and I’m happy that we will be able to play another 2 years together.”

Vincent agreed, adding, “We’re excited to play again and thankful for this opportunity.”