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Kingwood pulls out thriller over Strake 5 April 2008

Posted by Observer Sports in Analysis, Game recaps, Kingwood, Updates.
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The Kingwood boys pulled out an outstanding 3-2 overtime win tonight against a strong and aggressive Strake Jesuit team who threw everything they had at the Mustangs.

Blake Shannon scored the game winnner on a phenomenal cross from forward Luis Castillo in the fifth minute of the first overtime period, but it was far from the game’s only fireworks.

What made the win even more impressive for the Mustangs was the fact they got the win despite playing a man down for not only overtime, but a decent chunk of the second half as well

Cale Haas got things started for the Mustangs early, hitting an outstanding shot that slipped past the Strake keeper Jorge Ibarra on a roller just to the inside of the right post in the 22nd minute.

Strake answered back quickly, tying the game in the 28th minute, to take back some the momentum Kingwood grabbed after the early dagger.

The Mustangs managed four more shots on goal in the remainder of the first half, but were unable to connect.

In the second half, the game turned from aggressive to physical and down right ugly at times, as practically no penalties were called in the first 60 minutes.

Haas connected with his second goal of the night in the 58th minute, but once again, Strake found their way back into it in the 65th after a loose ball hung in front of the Kingwood goal just a second too long.

Minutes after the goal, a Kingwood player was sent to the sidelines with a red card after stepping on a Strake defender after a small scuffle.

Kingwood made a seamless transition into playing with a man down, and played phenomenal defense for the remainder of the game to prevent any further Strake scoring.


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.

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).

Humble ISD takes two out of four 20 February 2008

Posted by Observer Sports in Analysis, Atascocita, Game recaps, Humble, Kingwood, Kingwood Park, Updates.
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Tried something a little different tonight…with the recent update to the Observer’s five websites, I posted an area boys basketball playoff roundup to each site. Check it out for your community: Humble, Atascocita and Kingwood.

Also, don’t forget to check back for updates on Atascocita and Kingwood’s playoff.

We also have a recap of the Kingwood vs. Atascocita boys soccer game online as well.

Boys Basketball (bidistrict)

Atascocita 63, La Porte 54
North Shore 56, Humble 51
Kingwood 44, Dobie 33
Deer Park 62, Bmnt. West Brook 55
FB Dulles 64, Clear Brook 52 (advances to play Kingwood)
Silsbee 65, Kingwood Park 55
TW College Park 78, Spring 57
Klein Forest 83, The Woodlands 60
Klein Collins 71, Klein Oak 45
Girls Basketball (regional quarterfinals)
Westfield 57, Georgetown
Boys Soccer
Kingwood 2, Atascocita 0
Baytown Lee 3, Channelview 2
Klein Oak 4, Westfield 2
Klein Collins 2, Tomball 1
Klein 5, Spring 0
Girls Soccer
Kingwood 5, Atascocita 2
Baytown Sterling 10, P.A. Memorial 0
Tomball 2, Klein Collins 1
Klein 4, Spring 0
Klein Oak 3, Westfield 0
Kingwood 10, Klein Collins 2 (Feb. 18)
Spring 8, Atascocita 5 (Feb. 18)
Splendora 8, C.E. King 3
Clear Brook 9, Atascocita 1
Westfield 6, Houston Reagan 2
Dobie 4, Spring 1
Splendora 3, Willis 0
Pasadena Memorial 11, Kingwood Park 0
New Caney 8, Oak Ridge 3

My oh my, Eagles still alive 15 February 2008

Posted by Observer Sports in Analysis, Atascocita, Game recaps, Updates.
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Atascocita came out fired up tonight to keep their playoff hopes alive with a huge 72-59 win over Baytown Sterling tonight. You can check out the full recap on the Atascocita Observer site (here).

The Eagles were led by some unsung heroes and two alley-oop dunks by freshman Everett Pleasant (fed by some brilliant passes that literally faked me out of my lens while I was shooting) only helped fuel Atascocita’s fire.

Seniors Mick Hoffman and Cristian Driver had huge impacts on the game that wont show up in the stats column. Hoffman came out and managed the game masterfully, and helped the Eagles snatch the momentum by serving up the first Pleasant alley-oop and draining a clutch three just before the half. Driver was all over the court on defense and came down with about every crucial defensive rebound in the third quarter to help thwart any chance of a Sterling comeback.

Huge night for Humble ISD basketball teams 12 February 2008

Posted by Joe Musarra in Analysis, Atascocita, Game recaps, Humble, Kingwood, Kingwood Park, Updates.
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Humble pulled off a dramatic 63-62 overtime win (full recap here) at home over the Bruins tonight, while Kingwood slipped out of Atascocita with a 57-52 win in the final seconds (full recap here). This means we have a tie for first place in District 21-5A between the two schools. Looks like the district has decided to determine the No. 1 seed by way of coin flip.

With the loss to Kingwood, it looked like Atascocita was going to miss the playoffs, but P.A. Memorial did them a favor tonight by losing to Baytown Sterling, leaving a three-way tie for fourth place. This madness will be decided by a three-way playoff Friday and Saturday, with a coin flip to decide seeding.

Things did not go as well for the Kingwood girls, as the Lady Mustangs ended up losing a heart breaker to Pasadena Dobie 40-37 in OT.

Boys Basketball

Kingwood 57, Atascocita 52
Humble 63, Bmnt. West Brook 62
Baytown Sterling 68, P.A. Memorial 55
Crosby 92, New Caney 62
Splendora 51, Kingwood Park 44,  Feb. 11
Tomball 77, Spring 70
Klein Forest 76, Klein 49
Klein Collins 56, Klein Oak 39
Westfield, bye
Girls Basketball (Playoffs)
Pasadena Dobie 40, Kingwood 37, OT
Deer Park 52, P.A. Memorial 48
North Shore 53, Baytown Sterling 42
Kingwood Park vs. Silsbee, late
Westfield 51, Oak Ridge 29
Boys Soccer
Atascocita 3, Channelview 0
Kingwood vs. Humble, late
Girls Soccer
Kingwood 10, Humble 0
Atascocita vs. Channelview, late

Humble girls eliminated 11 February 2008

Posted by Observer Sports in Game recaps, Humble, Updates.
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The Humble girls basketball team saw its season come to a heartbreaking end Monday night, losing 46-43 to La Porte in a bi-district playoff game at Crosby High School.

The Lady Wildcats twice rallied from double-digit deficits and had the ball with a 44-43 deficit in the game’s final minute but could not hit the decisive shot.

The loss ended a terrific season that saw Humble, despite the loss of seven players from last year’s district champion, defend its title with an 11-3 mark.

We’ll have a full recap at humbleobserver.com shortly. And here it is – a recap of tonight’s game.

Region VI-5A swim results 10 February 2008

Posted by Observer Sports in Atascocita, Game recaps, Kingwood, Kingwood Park, Updates.
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As you may have heard by now, the Kingwood swim teams swept the Region VI-5A championships Saturday in Katy and had a ton of swimmers advance to the state meet in Austin Feb. 22-23.

In 4A action, Kingwood Park finished sixth on the boys side and seventh on the girls side in the Region V-4A meet.

The Region VI-5A results can be found here. The Region V-4A results are here.

Atascocita rallies for 3-2 boys soccer win 8 February 2008

Posted by Observer Sports in Atascocita, Game recaps, Humble, Updates.
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In what is quickly becoming one of the area’s can’t-miss rivalries, the Atascocita boys soccer team rallied for a 3-2 win over rival Humble with three goals in the final 16 minutes, including the game-winner with 56 seconds remaining.

Pablo DiRocco scored the final two goals for Atascocita after Nic Pulis had pulled the Eagles back on the scoreboard. Humble senior Juan Murillo scored the game’s first two goals, and Wildcats goalkeeper Jose Orozco had a huge game by making 16 saves.

In earlier girls action, Atascocita used two goals each from Division I signees Julie Lackey and Kayla King en route to an easy 9-0 win over Humble.

Boys Basketball

Baytown Sterling 56, Atascocita 55, OT
Kingwood 53, Channelview 29
Humble 55, Baytown Lee 48
Bmnt. West Brook 42, P.A. Memorial 38
New Caney 67, Forest Brook 65, 2 OT
Barbers Hill 71, C.E. King 53
Crosby 51, Huffman Hargrave 45
Smiley 113, Galena Park 67
Kingwood Park 44, Liberty 41 – clinches a playoff spot
Cleveland 92, Shepherd 31
Coldspring 42, Tarkington 28
Klein Collins 60, Westfield 38
Spring 59, Klein Oak 43
Klein Forest 77, Tomball 59
Girls Basketball
District 16-5A fourth place playoff: Klein 30, Klein Oak 23
Boys Soccer
Atascocita 3, Humble 2 – ONLINE RECAP
Kingwood 3, P.A. Memorial 2
Baytown Sterling 5, Channelview 1
Bmnt. West Brook 5, Baytown Lee 1
Kingwood Park 1, Waller 0
New Caney 1, Caney Creek 0, OT
Brenham 3, Huntsville 2, OT
Willis 4, Navasota 0
Spring 2, Westfield 2
Klein 3, Tomball 0
Klein Oak 1, Klein Forest 0
Girls Soccer
Atascocita 9, Humble 0
Baytown Sterling 5, Channelview 0
Kingwood 11, P.A. Memorial 0
Kingwood Park 5, Waller 1
New Caney 1, Caney Creek 0
Brenham 6, Huntsville 2
Willis 3, Navasota 1
Klein Oak 3, Klein Forest 0
Klein 6, Tomball 2
Westfield 3, Spring 1