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Which Mustangs will show up next week? 15 September 2007

Posted by Sarah Parker in Analysis, Editorial, Spring, Westfield.
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I didn’t get to see last week’s heart-breaker against Cy Falls. Joe had the tough job of writing that up while I got to gush about the Lions’ strong performance against Smithson Valley. That means that the last time I saw Westfield play was in their emotional season opener against Clear Brook.

I am so excited with the progress in both Denerick Demby and Jacoby Walker. A couple of hours before Westfield’s game against Cy Falls, I was railing to the Sports Guys about how Westfield might beat up on their district, but wouldn’t go much further without any semblance of a passing game. I am happy to report that I no longer feel that way. And it’s always a treat to watch Bo Walker. He’s only getting quicker and is surveying the field better. (more…)

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The first ever Joe Musarra Sometimes Weekly Community Sports Atta Boy Award 10 September 2007

Posted by Joe Musarra in Editorial, Kingwood, Updates.
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I’m a little late on this one, but better late than never, I guess. This past week I spent some time at the Kingwood Volleyball Tournament and then spent most of the day there on Saturday as I watched to see how our local teams would fare. Little did I know what I saw would prompt me to create an award, which makes me wonder if I even have grounds to do that, but anyway…

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Well played, Lions 8 September 2007

Posted by Sarah Parker in Analysis, Editorial, Spring.
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The Spring-Smithson Valley game was a spectacular battle. I hate to repeat Joe, but he’s right: The score never tells the whole story. 26-14 can’t fully relate just how determined Spring was to stay in that game. The Lions never gave up. They kept making plays against a precise team which rarely made mistakes.

As head coach Sonny Karas pointed out in the opener against Deer Park, the Lions showed a tremendous focus that was a major contributor to their rain-delayed win. That focus was definitely on display against Smithson Valley. A weaker team would have let that early Rios touchdown break its mental game. The Lions didn’t, and that’s what made the entire game so special.

Kenric McNeal is exciting to watch. When he connected with Kurtis Shaw, you knew they were going to make something happen.

And what about that defense? It only gave up 26 points against one of the top teams in the state. That’s huge.

It was an emotional night, and despite trailing the entire game, nobody believed that the Lions were ever fully out of it – not me, not the crowd, but most importantly, not the team itself.

A score never tells the whole story 8 September 2007

Posted by Joe Musarra in Analysis, Editorial, Westfield.
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I just finished my article for hcnfootball.com about tonight’s showdown between Westfield and Cy Falls. Despite losing 47-45 tonight, the Mustangs played one of the most valiant and courageous games I have ever seen in what was definitely the most exciting high school football game I have ever witnessed.

To all the players, parents and coaches of the Westfield football program, be proud of your winning attitude tonight. My hat goes off to you for fighting it out to the bitter end.

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.