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New Caney survives Crosby 31 March 2008

Posted by ccolunga in New Caney, Updates.
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The Eagles escaped with a vital 3-2 win Tuesday night versus Crosby.

Since New Caney has improved tremendously since the start of the season, I was expecting a crisp game. The Eagles left much to be desired baseball wise, but played with a lot of guts to come up with such an important win. If they are able to put the two together, a legitimate playoff team may be the product.



Friday night roundup 27 March 2008

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Tonight I made a trip down to Galena Park ISD Stadium to catch the Atascocita vs. Clear Lake double header. Unfortunately for both Eagle teams, neither emerged with a win.

In the five o’clock boys game, Atascocita started a bit slowly against a big and athletic Clear Lake team, and After falling behind 1-0 relatively early, Alex Dixon knotted the game at one a piece shortly before the half.

In the second half, Eagle fans suffered a scary moment when play was stopped after a nasty collision between defender Kyle Sneed and goalkeeper Jose Villatoro. After remaining on the ground for several minutes, both players walked off the field but were unable to return.

Despite the teams best efforts, and a few very good opportunities, Atascocita was unable to score in the second half, while Clear Lake was content to go on the defensive. The game headed into overtime 1-1.

With just under two and a half minutes left of the first overtime period, Clear Lake found the back of the net on a slow roller as Atascocita’s starters, most who had played the entire game, began to wear down.

In an incredible effort, Atascocita came out attacking in the second overtime period, creating two very good chances in the final minutes.

With under thirty seconds remaining, the Eagles managed one last attempt at goal when a long pass from twenty yards out was inches to high for forward Pablo DiRocco. DiRocco rose above the defense, his head grazing the the ball that was promptly corralled by the Clear Lake keeper after being popped up into the air.

Even with the loss, it was a heck of a season for the Eagles, and the group should be proud of their 2008 efforts.

In the seven o’clock girls game, Clear Lake pulled out an early 2-0 lead and the Lady Eagles were never able to find an answer for the speedy and physical Lady Falcons.

While it would not have had a dramatic effect on the final 4-0 result, the game was marred by some poor calls. Too many girls spent way too much time picking themselves up off the turf and the officials could have down more to keep it in check.

There was some good news for Eagles fans tonight though as the Eagle’s baseball team kept their unbeaten district streak alive with a 6-3 win over Kingwood on the road.

Here are some scores from the rest of tonights local action:

Boys soccer
Kingwood 5, Pearland 0
Clear Lake 2, Atascocita 1, OT

Girls soccer
Kingwood 4, Clear Brook 0
Clear Lake 4, Atascocita 0

Atascocita 6, Kingwood 3
Humble at Bmnt. West Brook, late
P.A. Memorial vs. Baytown Sterling , late
Baytown Lee vs. Channelvie, late
Klein Oak 8, Spring 1
Westfield at Brenham, late
New Caney 15, Forest Brook 2
Splendora at Kingwood Park, late

Baytown Sterling 12, Humble 0
Bmnt. West Brook 7, Atascocita 5
Baytown Lee, Kingwood 0
Spring 11, St. Agnes 0
Westfield vs. Klein, late
New Caney 8, Galena Park 1
Splendora 15, Kingwood Park 0

Tuesday night soccer playoff update 25 March 2008

Posted by Observer Sports in Analysis, Atascocita, Humble, Kingwood, Kingwood Park, Updates.
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Tonight, I headed down to Galena Park ISD Stadium to catch the Humble boys in action against District 22-5A champs North Shore.

If it had not been for three North Shore goals in the first 15 minutes, this one might have been much different.

Humble appeared to be a bit gun shy early on, and an experienced and athletic North Shore squad made them pay for some early mistakes. In addition, the absence of senior goal keeper Jose Orozco, who was injured in a club game two weeks ago, clearly hurt the team.

In the second half, Humble made a couple of adjustments and managed to pull the game to within two when Alberto Padilla scored five minutes in off of a strange rebound. The play developed when Michael Rus-Vid penetrated the defense and fired a close range shot in the box that was blocked directly in front of the goal. It appeared that North Shore’s keeper had fallen on and safely secured the ball, but instead the ball squirted out allowing a Padilla to make the heads up play.

North Shore would add another goal to make the final tally 4-1, but the young Wildcats still managed to make some impressive plays. Not too bad for a team with seven freshman on the field, lacking their all district keeper.

For those of you don’t already know, we had a special guest reporter make an appearance at the Atascocita boys game tonight. as our previous fearless sports leader Jonathan Yardley returned to his Observer roots handle some game coverage for us.

You can also check out full coverage from Jonathan, and Carmen’s coverage of the girls game (here).

Here are all the local scores from this week’s playoff action so far:


BOYS – Atascocita 6, Deer Park 1
GIRLS – Atascocita 4, La Porte 0


BOYS – North Shore 4, Humble 1
Kingwood Park

GIRLS – Henderson 3, Kingwood Park 0


GIRLS – Kingwood 8, Pasadena Memorial 0, March 24
BOYS – Kingwood 2, Pasadena Memorial 1

Atascocita teams win 25 March 2008

Posted by Jonathan Yardley in Atascocita, Game recaps, Updates.
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Both Atascocita soccer teams wound up breezing to bi-district playoff wins tonight. The Lady Eagles beat La Porte in the opening round for the second straight year, winning 4-0 at Charles Street Stadium.

I was at Atascocita to see the boys team beat Deer Park 6-1. The game was closer than that, but the Eagles really stepped up their play in the final 25 minutes to break open a 2-1 game. I don’t like to give too much credit to one player, and Atascocita has really improved its team play a ton, but the addition of former U-17 national team player Alex Dixon, a senior who also plays for the Houston Dynamo Academy and was only in his fourth game with Atascocita, made a huge difference. We’ll have more details on the game later, but Dixon was on his own level in the second half, and he finished with two goals and an assist. Should give the Eagles a chance against District 24-5A champion Clear Lake on Friday.

K-Park boys fall in shootout 21 March 2008

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After regulation and two overtime periods, the Nederland Bulldogs overcame the K-Park boys 3-1 in a shootout. You can check out Carmen’s full recap (here). 

That’s a tough way for the boys to lose, but it should definitely be exciting to watch this team develop over the next two years.

Next season, the Panthers add another class and in 2010, they will have a team loaded with talented seniors and juiors who will have three and four years varsity experience.

Look out 4-A competition, if K-Park can continue to build on what they have now and stay hungry, we might see these guys in Austin before long. 

K-Park girls outlast Nederland 20 March 2008

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The Kingwood Park Lady Panthers pulled off a thrilling 4-3 victory tonight over Nederland to take the programs first ever playoff victory.

Forwards Brooke Harper and Jamie Luis, along with keeper Andrea Ivey were the difference makers for the Lady Panthers, while the rest of the team played tough and refused to back down when the going got tough.

Check out the full recap (here).

Panther fans hope their luck will continue tomorrow night when the boys take on Nederland at 7 p.m in Crosby.

Carmen Colunga made it out to the battle for District 21-5A softball supremacy tonight, as the Lady Mustangs retained their district lead over Atascocita in convincing fashion. You can check out the full recap (here).

K-Park does it again 17 March 2008

Posted by Observer Sports in Kingwood Park, Updates.
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Once again, Kingwood Park has landed both its girls and boys teams in the playoffs, this time in soccer.

While the girls had already clinched a playoff spot, they locked up second place in District 22-3A thanks to Jamie Luis goal in the 51′ on an assist from Nicole DiSevo to put the Lady Panthers over Willis 1-0.

The girls will see either Port Neches-Groves or Nederland in the first round. The game is tentatively scheduled for Thursday at 6 p.m. at Deer Park’s Abshier Stadium, a real nice venue.

The boys needed a win to help lock up the third and final playoff spot, sealing the deal with a 6-0 thrashing of Willis. Juan Castillo led the way with three goals, while John Drew, Lance Draper and Casen Hunger each added goals of their own.

The boys will match-up with Nederland, tentatively scheduled for Friday at 8 p.m. at Crosby High School. I’ll be posting soccer playoff updates all week, so stay tuned.

Kingwood sweeps Atascocita 15 March 2008

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Both the girls and boys Kingwood soccer team took big wins over Atascocita to pull of the season sweep of the Eagles.

The boys overcame an early Atascocita goal to take a 4-1 victory at Atascocita, while the girls cruised to an easy 5-0 win. Check out the full coverage from both games (here).

Waller pulls out win in second half 11 March 2008

Posted by Observer Sports in Analysis, Atascocita, Game recaps, Humble, Kingwood, Kingwood Park, Updates.
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A beautiful blast from K-Park forward Juan Castillo in the 28th minute knotted things 1-1 against Waller, but the Bulldogs took control in the second half to take a 3-1 win.  Check out the full recap from new Observer staffer Carmen Colunga (here).

In other soccer action tonight, Atascocita took care of Sterling 3-0, while Kingwood dominated Channelview in the four o’clock game, 9-0.

The Humble boys dropped an important match to Baytown Lee 6-1, while the girls lost a close one to the Lady Ganders at Charles Street 2-1.

The Kingwood girls trampled Channelview 11-0 on the road. Amanda Essay turned in an impressive performance, notching a hat trick on the night, while three others scored two goals a piece.

A Nicole DiSevo goal sealed the win for the K-Park girls against Waller on the road, 1-0.

K-Park takes care of business 8 March 2008

Posted by Observer Sports in Analysis, Game recaps, Kingwood, Kingwood Park, Updates.
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Got a chance to see the Kingwood Park girls soccer team take on Willis tonight in what was one of the most physical soccer matches I have seen in a while.

Willis tried their best to out-muscle the Panthers, but K-Park held strong and stuck to their game, pulling out a 3-0 lead at the half.

The second half was all K-Park. Brooke Harper scored on a penalty kick in the 55th minute to put the game out of reach, but Willis managed to prevent the shutout by scoring on a freekick in the 71st.

K-Park’s defense was impressive to say the least as Willis rarely possessed the ball in Panther territory. Most of Willis’ attempts to get the ball past midfield were shut down by Nausheen Merchant and the rest of the Panther defense.

With the win K-Park moves into a tie for second place in District 19-4A with Huntsville. If the Panthers can win out in their final three games against Waller, Montgomery and Caney Creek, they will lock up the second place spot behind Brenham. Pretty darn good for a team made up of freshman and sophomores.

New Observer staffer Carmen Colunga made it out to K-Park as well, but to catch the Kingwood softball game that had been moved. You can check out her recap of the Lady Mustangs extra innings win (here).