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not quite super Tuesday 29 January 2008

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I’ve got the Kingwood Park-New Caney hook-up on this Tuesday night leading up to Super Sunday.

In the first game I saw, the Kingwood Park girls basketball team clinched a playoff spot in its first year of varsity play with a 58-32 win over Tarkington that was not quite as easy as the score indicated. The Lady Panthers were impatient in the first half and only led 22-17 at the break. Head coach Angela Gober was very encouraged by the dominant second-half performance, as Kingwood Park scored almost as many points in the third quarter (19) as it did in the first half (22) on its way to outscoring Tarkington 36-15 in the second half.

Larla Brown scored 27 points on the night, but one of the keys for Kingwood Park was a 15-point effort from guard Aly DioGuardi. All eight Lady Panthers, including JV call-up Jessica Hedges, scored. Kingwood Park faces third-place Coldspring on Friday and hosts first-place Cleveland next Tuesday in a huge game.

I moved over to the second half of the boys soccer game between Kingwood Park and New Caney, where the Panthers improved to 3-1 in District 19-4A play with a 4-2 win behind two goals from Juan Castillo (pictured). New Caney had the wind in the first half and took an early lead through sophomore Paul Olascoaga, but Kingwood Park answered back to lead 2-1 at the half.

The Panthers went ahead 3-1 early in the second half with their second goal from a corner kick, as stopper Kyle Trimm got forward to head in a Cody Lofgren cross. New Caney got back to within a goal in the 50th minute when a deflected free kick fell to Franco Olascoaga, who finished into an empty net to make it 3-2. New Caney goalkeeper Luis Ramirez, just a sophomore, made some sparkling second-half saves but failed to control a through ball in the 56th minute, and Castillo tapped into an empty net for his second goal of the game. K-Park held on from there for the win.

Over at Don Ford Stadium, I got some good reporting help that the Kingwood Park girls soccer team (aided by Kristi Murphy and Hannah Clegg after their basketball game ended) beat New Caney 3-1. Brooke Harper led the way by scoring from a free kick and setting up Jamie Luis for the other two goals. Goalkeeper Andrea Ivey and the K-Park defense held firm, although New Caney did grab a late goal from Cassie Nelson.

Back to boys basketball; Kingwood Park wrapped up a 45-32 win over Tarkington to keep the Panthers moving toward third place, with Splendora close behind. Jordan Quillian led the way with 19 points.

The New Caney girls basketball team could not come through against second-place Barbers Hill, falling 64-44 to all but kill the Lady Eagles’ playoff hopes.

Boys Basketball
Humble 62, Channelview 53 – Rogers 28
Atascocita 60, P.A. Memorial 53 – Pleasant 14; huge win for the Cita
Kingwood 52, Bmnt. West Brook 46 (OT) – McGowen 16
Baytown Sterling 62, Baytown Lee 34
Barbers Hill 75, New Caney 47
Smiley 81, Huffman Hargrave 45
C.E. King 62, Crosby 60
Galena Park 66, Forest Brook 53
Kingwood Park 45, Tarkington 32 – Quillian 19
Coldspring 46, Splendora 45 (OT) – Usher 14; crushing loss for Splendora helps K-Park
Cleveland 73, Liberty 56
Westfield 57, Klein 48 – Brooks 21
Klein Collins 54, Klein Forest 47
Tomball 52, Klein Oak 46

Girls Basketball
Humble 49, Channelview 42 – Hines 17
Kingwood 39, Bmnt. West Brook 36 – Price 22
P.A. Memorial 52, Atascocita 40 – Taylor 12
Barbers Hill 64, New Caney 44 – Sarver 12
Forest Brook 68, Galena Park 21
C.E. King 50, Crosby 44
Kingwood Park 58, Tarkington 32 – Brown 27
Coldspring 77, Splendora 45
Cleveland 69, Liberty 34
Westfield 64, Klein 34 – Carter 20
Klein Collins 66, Klein Forest 51
Tomball 54, Klein Oak 38
Boys Soccer
Kingwood Park 4, New Caney 2 – Castillo (KPrk) 2g; Trimm (KPrk) 1g; P.Olascoaga, F.Olascoaga (NC) 1g each
Waller 5, Caney Creek 0
Girls Soccer
Humble 2, Galena Park 1 – Menchaca, Dvorak (Hmbl) 1g each – RECAP
Kingwood Park 3, New Caney 1 – Luis (KPrk) 2g; Harper (KPrk) 1g; Nelson (NC) 1g
Montgomery 8, Navasota 0


Kingwood girls hold off West Brook 29 January 2008

Posted by Joe Musarra in Game recaps, Kingwood, Updates.
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The Kingwood Lady Mustangs held on to take a 39-36 victory over West Brook tonight to move to 9-3 in District 21-5A competition.

Michelle Price led Kingwood in scoring on the night with 22 points, but it was team defense and Price’s presence on the boards that helped Kingwood hold off the upset-minded Bruins.

Clinging to a one point lead with 26 seconds left, Price hit back-to-back free throws to give the Lady Mustangs a three point cushion before solid defense forced a West Brook travel on the ensuing possession.

West Brook would have one last chance to tie the score, but were unable to find an open look through the Kingwood defense.

Kingwood will travel to Port Arthur to take on Memorial Friday, and will face Humble to close out the season at home Feb. 5. The outcome of both games should determine a district champ as all three teams entered tonights games tied at 8-3 in district play.

K-Park 2, Huntsville 1 29 January 2008

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The Kingwood Park boys soccer team earned its second consecutive District 19-4A win by defeating the Huntsville Hornets 2-1 Monday night in Huntsville. The Panthers pounded the goal in the first half with 11 shots on goals and finally broke through in the 32nd minute. Luis Ramos tapped the ball to Juan Castillo, who scored with a low, hard shot into the left-hand corner of the net for the Panthers’ first score. The game soon became very physical, but Kingwood kept the Hornets to a scoreless first half.

Kingwood Park doubled its lead in the 50th minute with a quick throw from Castillo to Casen Hunger, who fired a rocket into the lower right corner of the net. At the other end of the field, Colby Sias made six saves to hold the Hornets to only one score, which came late in the game.

“The boys played extremely well and played with a lot of heart tonight,” head coach Ryan Smith said. “Huntsville was a very hostile environment for my young team, but in the end they fought and fought and fought and came out winners.“

The next game for the Panthers is at home against New Caney Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

Kingwood Park swimmers finish second in District 20-4A 28 January 2008

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We weren’t able to fit all this information in the print edition of the paper due to deadlines, but the Kingwood Park swim teams both placed second in last Friday’s District 20-4A meet, trailing only perennial power Montgomery.

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Congratulations to the girls and boys teams for finishing 2nd at district meet Friday night.  Kara Raney became K-Park’s first girls district champion by winning the 50 free. Barrett Johannsen became the boys first district champion by winning the 200 IM and the 100 back.

On the girls side, Rebecca Byrne, Amber Oaks, Lena Lindgren, Caraline Golson, Jade Bennett, Julie Lindgren, Michelle McGee, Kara Raney, Alli Bradshaw (pictured), Rachael Doyle, Alex Aalund and all three relays qualifed for regionals.  Amiee Jette, Taylor Guy and Becky Dalpe also scored points for the team.

On the boys side, Chris Amoruso, Colin Banhagel, Barrett Johannsen, Mikey Sullivan, Simon Ball, John Dalpe, Garrett Stewart and all three relays qualified for regionals. Hank Holcomb, Gabe Williams and Nick Garic also scored points for the team.

Saturday soccer 26 January 2008

Posted by Observer Sports in Atascocita, Game recaps, Kingwood, Updates.
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Saturday was a busy day for area soccer. The biggest game of the night was at Turner Stadium, where Kingwood (last year’s Region III runner-up) and The Woodlands (last year’s Region II runner-up) met for the Kingwood Tournament title. Kingwood beat The Woodlands 2-0 Jan. 12 to take the championship at The Woodlands’ tournament, but the Highlanders got revenge with a 2-0 win over their own Saturday.

Junior goalkeeper Keaton Laden made the difference. He made seven saves that I counted in the second half, including several on close-range headers. Kingwood head coach Kevin Johnson called Laden “unconscious” after the game. The Woodlands tried a little psyche-out early in the game, starting its backups and making an 11-man substitution, Kingwood-style, 10 minutes into the game.

Scoreless at halftime, you thought that maybe The Woodlands would have a second-half advantage because it did not have to play a pool play game this morning. Instead, Kingwood dominated the second half. I don’t know if Kingwood goalkeeper Sean Fox had to make a single save. Unfortunately for him, The Woodlands scored with its only shot – a technical half-volley from the top of the box on a counterattack – in the 59th minute to take the lead. Kingwood pressed forward but could not find the net, and The Woodlands added an essential empty-net goal with the last kick of the match.

Elsewhere, the Atascocita girls and Atascocita boys both posted 3-0 wins, the girls over Marble Falls at the Lady Governor’s Cup (3 goals for, 2 goals against in three games … did the Lady Eagles find a goalkeeper!?) and the boys over Oak Ridge at the Aldine Tournament. The boys went on to tie Houston Reagan 0-0 in the consolation final and won the shootout, 1-0. The Kingwood girls also won 3-0, beating Waco Midway at the Lady Governor’s Cup.

That’s all I’ve got. See you Monday or Tuesday.

Eagles lose heartbreaker to West Brook 25 January 2008

Posted by Joe Musarra in Atascocita, Game recaps, Updates.
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The Atascocita Eagles boys team lost a tough overtime matchup with Beaumont West Brook tonight, 67-56.

In what has to be the most physical game I have seen all season, the two teams traded blows in the first half with both teams playing some ferocious defense.

Atascocita took a 26-23 lead into the half and looked poised and hungry to take control of the game when they responded to a Bruins 3-pointer that tied the the game by battling to an eight-point lead midway through the third quarter.

West Brook fought back hard in the fourth, as a slew of turnovers plagued Atascocita, which allowed West Brook to take the lead with a little more than two minutes left in the game.

Down three with 33 seconds left, Shawn Torran buried a clutch three to tie the game at 51. Following a steal that led to T.J. Shaw hitting two free throws, the Eagles appeared to have the game locked up with only five seconds left, but a coast-to-coast drive to the basket by West Brook’s Lanard Wittington tied the game at 53 as time expired.

West Brook pulled away in the overtime period, as the Eagles’ Jamal Branch scored their only points of the period, a 3-pointer with less than one minute left that brought the score to within four at 60-56 before West Brook pulled away at the free-throw line.

Branch and Torran lead the Eagles in scoring on the night with 13 and 12 points, respectively.

cold, wintry Friday night 25 January 2008

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The winter weather certainly hasn’t kept our local teams down. At Humble High School tonight, the Humble girls basketball team pulled out a nailbiting 45-44 win over Baytown Sterling to improve to 8-3 in District 21-5A play with three games remaining. Humble remains in a tie for first place with either one or two other teams.

I snuck over to Turner Stadium before the basketball game and at halftime and was lucky enough to see the first goal in the Kingwood Park girls soccer team’s 3-0 win over Huntsville. It was a pretty combination from Brooke Harper to Kacie Black that set the tone, and the Lady Panthers put their second consecutive District 19-4A win away with a pair of second-half goals from Harper.

New Caney lost a couple games tonight … Smiley beat the Eagles in boys basketball, 95-61, and Waller beat New Caney in girls soccer, 3-2.

I just got off the phone with Splendora boys basketball head coach Jason Vela, and was he ever excited after the Wildcats’ 30-23 win over Tarkington. I know, I know, a 30-23 win doesn’t sound that exciting, but this keeps Splendora in the thick of the playoff race, battling with Kingwood Park for the No. 3 spot in District 22-3A. Splendora got a big game from junior Bryan Wade, who made his first varsity start and dropped in a team-high 12 points while holding Ryan Brewer, Tarkington’s leading scorer, to seven points.

Boys Basketball
Humble 73, Baytown Sterling 59
Beaumont West Brook 67, Atascocita 56, OT
Kingwood 60, Baytown Lee 33
Smiley 95, New Caney 61
Kingwood Park 55, Shepherd 47
Splendora 30, Tarkington 23
Klein Forest 74, Spring 71
Tomball 77, Westfield 68
Girls Basketball
Humble 45, Baytown Sterling 44
Atascocita vs. Beaumont West Brook, NO SCORE
Kingwood vs. Baytown Lee, NO SCORE
New Caney 47, Smiley 46
Kingwood Park at Shepherd, NO SCORE
Tarkington 46, Splendora 31
Spring vs. Klein Forest, NO SCORE
Westfield 77, Tomball 59
Boys Soccer
Kingwood 4, Pasadena Dobie 0
Girls Soccer
Kingwood Park 3, Huntsville 0
Waller 3, New Caney 2
Round Rock Westwood 1, Atascocita 0
Kingwood 1, Round Rock McNeil 1

Mustangs breeze to second straight 4-0 triumph 25 January 2008

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The Kingwood boys soccer team rolled to a 4-0 win over Pasadena Dobie in frigid conditions at Turner Stadium Friday, the Mustangs’ second consecutive 4-0 win in the Kingwood Tournament.

It was my first chance to see Kingwood play, and I could not help but be impressed. The first half was sloppy, but head coach Kevin Johnson’s second unit got on the board when defender Michael Schwarz headed in the rebound of a Kyle Meller free kick that hit the crossbar.

Kingwood turned on the style in the second half but did not wrap up the game until the final 15 minutes. Senior forward Pat McLean started the barrage with an instinctive left-footed half-volley from 20 yards away. With seven minutes remaining, a left-wing cross from dangerous left back Blake Shannon found the head of senior midfielder Luis Castillo for a third Mustang goal. One minute later, a foul in the box led to a penalty kick, which McLean converted consummately into the top left corner.

Kingwood won its tournament opener yesterday, 4-0 over Cedar Park, so the Mustangs are in the driver’s seat in Group A. Their toughest test comes tomorrow at 11 a.m. against The Woodlands College Park, with the winner advancing to the 7:30 p.m. championship game.

Kingwood’s formation reminded me of the United States at the U-20 World Cup last summer – it was an attacking 4-2-3-1 of sorts, with McLean as the only true forward, supported by wings Cale Haas and Trent Gay and attacking midfielder Bryan Jones. Defensive midfielder Castillo and Chris Deaville also got forward on plenty of occasions.

Here’s how the attacking portions of the lineups compare:


United States

Johnson certainly has plenty of variables in his lineup, but that’s just what it seemed like to me.

Humble boys pull out another one 22 January 2008

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What a game at Humble tonight! The boys basketball team trailed Port Arthur Memorial 38-28 in the second half but rallied for an improbable 53-52 overtime win on two free throws from guard Carlos Naylor with one second remaining. Here’s Joey’s recap.

Here’s some of my perspective: Vincent Cavalier nailed a clutch 3-pointer with 14.1 seconds remaining to tie the game 45-45. The celebrating in the stands was so crazy that I saw somebody get accidentally clotheslined while running around cheering. True story. On the court, Cavalier then drew a charge at the other end of the floor that forced Port Arthur Memorial’s best active player, Harry Brown, to foul out.

In overtime, with Terry Hines injured and Darius Tubbs on the bench, Humble’s Jadeverret Mayhorn and John Walker filled the No. 5 and No. 4 spots on the floor. Most of the scoring came on free throws, and neither team led by more than two. Memorial led 52-51 when Naylor drove the lane and was fouled as time expired. After one second was restored to the clock, Naylor hit one free throw to tie the game. Then, after a Memorial time out and with the assembled crowd going crazy, he swished the second free throw. Memorial’s desperation heave missed, and Humble improved to 7-1 in district play with quite the nailbiter.

On the soccer field tonight, both Kingwood Park teams cruised to wins over overmatched Navasota opponents. At Turner Stadium, the K-Park boys won 9-0 and got goals from nine different players. In the interest of inclusion, we’ll list them here: Lance Draper (2′); Zack Gibson (7′); Casen Hunger (10′); Chase Colvin (23′); Juan Castillo (34′); Cody Lofgren (45′); Luis Ramos (65′); Jared Gillespie (68′); and Ryan Nolan (79′). Special thanks to the press box crew for keeping things rolling when Joe and I made a quick Sonic run at halftime.

On the girls side, special thanks to K-Park head coach Dean Herbst for calling in his score straight to my cell phone. I love instant news! The Lady Panthers won 6-0 behind a hat trick from Brooke Harper and goals from Jamie Luis, Madison Harvey and Kacie Black (a cross country athlete who I am embarrassed to admit I left out of my soccer preview). I’m pretty sure Andrea Ivey got the shutout. To quote Herbst, “It was a real pretty thing.” Gotta love it. The K-Park soccer teams face Huntsville, which is solid in both genders, on Friday night, with the girls at home and the boys away.

I also watched the first half of the Humble-Nimitz girls game. Humble was down 3-0 at halftime and probably lost, but the Lady Wildcats looked much improved over the first tournament of the year (albeit against weaker opposition). They got increasingly aggressive when Jamie Dvorak moved up to forward.

Boys Basketball
53, Port Arthur Memorial 52, OT – Cavalier (Hmbl) 24
Atascocita 56, Baytown Lee 48 – Pleasant (Atsc) 14
Kingwood 49, Baytown Sterling 44 – Svihovec (Kwd) 18
Beaumont West Brook 65, Channelview 51
Huffman Hargrave 72, New Caney 70, OT
Smiley 83, Crosby 65
Barbers Hill 59, Forest Brook 50
C.E. King 65, Galena Park 58
Kingwood Park 47, Pearland Dawson 41 (non-district JV game)
Splendora 55, Shepherd 39 – Gill (Splndr) 26
Cleveland 72, Coldspring 52
Liberty 56, Tarkington 46
Westfield 67, Klein Oak 62, OT – Baines (West) 22; Brooks (West) 21
Spring 59, Klein 51 – C.Lewis (Sprng) 17; D.Lewis (Sprng) 15
Klein Collins 58, Tomball 51
Girls Basketball
Port Arthur Memorial 57, Humble 43 – Hines (Hmbl) 11
Atascocita 58, Baytown Lee 40
Kingwood 48, Baytown Sterling 41 – Price (Kwd) 18
Channelview 53, Beaumont West Brook 42
New Caney 58, Huffman Hargrave 40 – Sarver (NC) 17; Strother (NC) 16
Crosby 70, Smiley 36
Barbers Hill 62, Forest Brook 46
C.E. King 65, Galena Park 26
Shepherd 51, Splendora 44 – McClure (Splndr) 14
Cleveland 63, Coldspring 46
Tarkington 42, Liberty 34
Westfield 69, Klein Oak 47 – Hopes (West) 15
Spring at Klein
Klein Collins 45, Tomball 35
Boys Soccer
Kingwood Park 9, Navasota 0
New Caney 1, Montgomery 0 – Felix Valencia (NC) 1g
Waller 3, Huntsville 2, OT
Brenham 2, Willis 2, OT – Brenham wins shootout
Girls Soccer
Kingwood Park 6, Navasota 0
Montgomery 6, New Caney 1 – Bonilla (NC) 1g
Waller vs. Huntsville
Willis vs. Brenham

K-Park playing at Turner again 22 January 2008

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This just in! Looks like we will have a nice little double header tonight at Turner Stadium.

The Kingwood Park boys soccer team’s Tuesday game has been moved to Turner Stadium for the second straight week. This week, the Panthers will play perennial dormat Navasota at 5 p.m.

Thanks to head coach Ryan Smith for keeping us updated on the schedule change!

Following the Panthers at 7 p.m., the Humble girls look to take their first win of the season against Aldine Nimitz.

Check back later this evening for results from tonight’s basketball and soccer action.