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UIL announces new alignment 1 February 2008

Posted by Joe Musarra in Analysis, Atascocita, Dekaney, Humble, Kingwood, Kingwood Park, New Caney, Splendora, Spring, Updates, Westfield.
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The UIL just announced its 2008-10 reclassification and realignment information, and there were some pretty decent surprises. Check them out for yourselves here.

There were some big news for our Humble-area schools and New Caney, but for the rest of our coverage-area schools, things looked more or less the same.

Jonathan spent the morning side-by-side with our local coaches and managed to land most of our schools’ pre-district football schedules – see the post above for those.

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Tournament madness 27 December 2007

Posted by Observer Sports in Analysis, Atascocita, Dekaney, Game recaps, Humble, Kingwood, Kingwood Park, New Caney, Splendora, Spring, Updates, Westfield.
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If it’s the last weekend in December, it must be tournament time for Texas high school basketball teams, and almost all of our 16 area teams are playing this weekend. If you know any scores, please post them here, and we’ll add them to the list.

Here’s all the action, with links to tournament bracketes and websites, where applicable:

Gulf Coast Classic (boys)website
First Round
Barbers Hill 63, Splendora 34 – Gill (Splndr) 10.
Spring Dekaney (JV) 60, West Orange-Stark 47
Friday
Cleveland 69, Spring Dekaney (JV) 57
Nederland 59, Splendora 48 – Usher, Cherry (Splndr) 11.
Saturday
Huffman Hargrave 49, Splendora 47
Coldspring 61, Spring Dekaney 54

Eagle Holiday Classic (boys)
First Round
Kingwood Park 69, St. Joseph 67, OT – Powell (KPrk) 29.
Quarterfinals
Kingwood Park 61, S.A. Christian 52 – Powell (KPrk) 25.
Semifinals
Second Baptist 50, Kingwood Park 33
Saturday
Bellaire Episcopal 60, Kingwood Park 53 – 3rd place game

Houston vs. The Nation (boys)website
Thursday
7:30 p.m. Kingwood 41, DeLaSalle (Minn.) 30 – Svihovec (Kwd) 13.
Friday
St. Thomas 81, Westfield 78, 2 OT
Kingwood 47, Katy Seven Lakes 35 – McGowen (Kwd) 20.
Saturday
Kingwood 60, Smiley 55
Kingwood 47, Alief Hastings 38 – Texas Division Championship

Alvin Lions Club Holiday Classic (boys)website
Thursday
Humble 62, Pasadena Memorial 57 – Cavalier, Hines (Hmbl) 16.
Humble 49, Garland Lakeview Centennial 45 – Rogers (Hmbl) 11.
Friday
8:30 p.m. La Porte 51, Humble 49
Sunday
12:30 p.m. Deer Park 64, Humble 55

Conroe Tournament (boys)
Friday
Atascocita 71, Aldine MacArthur 45
Atascocita 77, Klein Oak 57
Saturday
Atascocita 77, Aldine Nimitz 56
Huntsville 68, Atascocita 61

Willis Holiday Classic (girls)website
First Round
Atascocita 73, Coldspring 38
Bmnt. Central 64, N.E. Christian 42
New Caney def. Goodrich, score not reported
Kingwood Park def. Texas City
Splendora vs. Klein
Second Round
T.W. College Park 84, Atascocita 38
N.E. Christian vs. Montgomery – 3 p.m. Thursday
St. Agnes 49, New Caney 34
Kingwood Park def. Willis
Friday
9 a.m. Atascocita def. Cleveland
Katy 56, New Caney 30
Katy Taylor 84, Kingwood Park 48
New Caney 57, Cleveland 56 – Sarver (NC) 28.
3 p.m. Katy def. Atascocita
Kingwood Park vs. TBD
Clear Lake 74, Splendora 37
Splendora 61, Aldine 56 – McClure, Ruderman (Splndr) 23.
Saturday
St. Agnes 48, Kingwood Park 40
Willis 65, New Caney 50
Coldspring 64, Splendora 41

Gulf Coast Classic (girls)website
Thursday
Humble 48, Vidor 15 – Jackson (Hmbl) 10.
LaMarque 56, Spring 37 – Williams (Sprng) 18.
Friday
LaMarque 39, Humble 37
Spring 33, Vidor 13
Crosby 40, Spring 33
Port Arthur Memorial 40, Humble 37
Saturday
consolation Katy Mayde Creek 42, Spring 40

All-Star Invitational (girls)bracket
Thursday
Houston Madison 53, Kingwood 50
Westfield 69, Corpus Christi Calallen 35
Friday
Bryan 54, Kingwood 43 – Price (Kwd) 13.
A&M Consolidated 77, Westfield 65 – Hopes (West) 19; Carter (West) 18.
Kingwood vs. Cleveland
Aldine Nimitz 55, Westfield 40

Not pretty, but a win 18 December 2007

Posted by Observer Sports in Atascocita, Dekaney, Game recaps, Kingwood, Kingwood Park, Updates.
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The Atascocita girls won their first district game of the year Monday night, pulling away with a 16-4 advantage in the fourth quarter for a 53-37 win against an overmatched Baytown Lee squad. Nadia Taylor scored a season-high 27 points for the Lady Eagles, most of them from about two feet away. Kayla Bogs added 9 points and showed the best outside shooting of the day for Atascocita.

Other than Taylor, however, Atascocita was pretty unimpressive. The Lady Eagles have more depth inside than they did at the beginning of the season, but their passing and free-throw shooting were erratic. To be fair, however, head coach Tricia Gutierrez used all 11 players at her disposal with regular frequency, trying to get everybody on her deep squad some minutes. With a 9-6 record, Atascocita faces Katy Seven Lakes on Friday and will play in the Willis Tournament Dec. 27-29.

The real tests will come in January. Early-season losses to Baytown Sterling and Kingwood, two of its main playoff competitors, have put Atascocita in a hole. The buzzwords around the team, like last year, have been “team chemistry.” With it, the Lady Eagles are competitive; without it, they struggle on the floor. Of course, the games when they lack team chemistry often just happen to coincide with the tougher games. Will the Lady Eagles be able to toughen up in district play? We’ll find out in 2008, with an opening stretch of three games in seven nights against Beaumont West Brook, Port Arthur Memorial and Humble.

OTHER GAMES
Joey went to see the Humble-P.A. Memorial girls game tonight, but the game appeared to be canceled. More on that later. The Kingwood girls, however, moved to 3-0 with a 45-39 win over Baytown Sterling.

On the boys side, Kingwood beat Clear Creek 59-49. Kingwood Park played Spring Dekaney in a JV game, and I’m not sure who won. In the same e-mail, I saw the score as Kingwood Park 51, Spring Dekaney 50 and Dekaney winning 60-51. I believe Dekaney did win, which is interesting to see. Sebastian Douglas and Darius Graves each had 15 points for the new Wildcats, while Jake Powell netted 21 and Kolby Chandler 11 for K-Park, which opens district play Friday night.

Kingwood Park wins at Dekaney; Spring overcome by Cy Springs 20 November 2007

Posted by Joe Musarra in Analysis, Dekaney, Game recaps, Kingwood Park, Spring, Updates.
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Here are a couple scores from tonight’s girls basketball action going on around the area:

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Thursday round-up 7 September 2007

Posted by Observer Sports in Atascocita, Dekaney, Humble, Kingwood, Kingwood Park, New Caney, Splendora, Spring, Updates, Westfield.
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Okay, now that I’m in the office on Friday, we can give you a bit of a wrap-up from Thursday and a schedule for tonight, which sees five area football teams in action and seven district volleyball matches.

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K-Park, Spring, Dekaney JV action from Thursday 6 September 2007

Posted by Observer Sports in Dekaney, Game recaps, Kingwood Park, Spring, Updates.
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We had a nice JV football doubleheader at Turner Stadium this afternoon. Although it would have been nice if the scoreboard had been ready to go, several of us enjoyed Spring vs. Kingwood Park Silver and Dekaney vs. Kingwood Park Black.

To make a long story short, Spring (I’m assuming it was the sophomore team) dominated K-Park’s No. 2 squad by a 42-6 margin. In the second game, the Panthers’ A-team made Dekaney’s first game a forgettable one with a 24-8 win.

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Tragedy at Westfield 25 August 2007

Posted by Observer Sports in Dekaney, Spring, Updates, Westfield.
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Mitchell

I am so stunned right now, that I’m just going to post this link and this link and pretty much leave it at that. Our hearts go out to the entire Spring community right now.

Westfield linebacker Herman Mitchell, who was 17 years old, was shot and killed yesterday on his way to the team bus for a scrimmage against Aldine, which was later canceled. Mitchell had given a verbal commitment to attend the University of Oklahoma.

announcing HCNfootball.com 22 August 2007

Posted by Observer Sports in Atascocita, Dekaney, Humble, Kingwood, Kingwood Park, New Caney, Splendora, Spring, Updates, Westfield.
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Our company, Houston Community Newspapers, today launched a new high school football Web site at HCNfootball.com.

We already have a Houston-area poll up and running (Westfield debuts at No. 2), and there will be features updated regularly. On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, you can expect recaps and pictures from games around the city to be updated regularly.

We at The Observers are pretty excited about this site. When our football previews come out next week, they will be linked to from the site, and we will also be providing some exclusive, Web-only content for HCNfootball.com. So check it out when you get the chance.

New kids on the block 8 August 2007

Posted by Joe Musarra in Dekaney, Updates.
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Yesterday I was able to make it out to a Dekaney football practice with Spring Editor and fellow sports blogger Sarah Parker. What we saw was very impressive.

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Kicking off the Observer sports blog 24 July 2007

Posted by Observer Sports in Atascocita, Dekaney, Editorial, Humble, Kingwood, Kingwood Park, New Caney, Splendora, Spring, Westfield.
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Welcome to the Observer‘s sports blog. The Observer Newspapers cover nine high schools in four school districts and other youth sports in our communities, and we strive to provide the best local sports coverage in the Houston area.

We will use this blog to highlight stories in our print editions, but more importantly, we will use this space to give up-to-date reports on games and stories involving our teams. We will provide stories that do not make it into the print edition and update stories we have already run. And, from time to time, Joe and I – and other staff writers – will sound off on whatever issues affect high school and community sports fans in the area.

Most importantly, we want to cover the topics our readers care about, so please e-mail us at observersports [at] hcnonline.com to start the ball rolling.