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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.


girls playoff basketball schedule 8 February 2008

Posted by Observer Sports in Humble, Kingwood, Kingwood Park, Updates.
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The girls basketball playoffs start next week. We’re still getting schedules for some of our teams, and District 21-5A is one of the few districts on the ball enough to submit its certification to the UIL. But here’s the 5A bracket, which will presumably be updated soonish, and the 3A bracket for Kingwood Park.

5A Bi-District
Monday, Humble vs. La Porte, 6 p.m., Crosby
Tuesday, Kingwood Park vs. Silsbee, 6 p.m., Barbers Hill
Tuesday, Kingwood vs. Pasadena Dobie, 7 p.m., San Jac North

National Signing Day 6 February 2008

Posted by Observer Sports in Humble, Kingwood, Updates.
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Happy National Signing Day, everybody!

I was at Kingwood this morning to see Austin Ebow and Beau Beathard make their commitments for college football. Hulking offensive lineman Ebow will play at Texas Southern, while bruising middle linebacker Beathard will play at Division II Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla. (the RiverHawks, by the way).

Speaking of Kingwood, here are the girls soccer signings, per the team website: Hope Ward – Rice; Rachel Turpin – North Texas; Shannon MacNaughton – Evansville; Taylor Padia – UTSA; Kirsten Dorsey – Adams State (there’s already a bio page up for Kirsten.)

At Humble this morning, a crowd of about 50 fellow students and family members watched as five Humble football players announced their intentions for college football: Malcolm Hendrix – Henderson State (D-II); Jarret Malone – Kilgore J.C.; Jonah Lavatai – Tyler J.C.; Jesse HernandezNorthwestern State (D-I-AA); Robert Parker – SMU (D-I). Great to see. Another commitment was Thaxton Francis, who will also attend Kilgore J.C.

More to come from area schools throughout the day.

soccer schedule changes 5 February 2008

Posted by Observer Sports in Atascocita, Humble, Kingwood, Updates.
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There have been a few changes to the local soccer schedule, both for tonight and for Friday.

Tuesday, Feb. 5
6 p.m. Turner Stadium Boys Atascocita vs. P.A. Memorial
8 p.m. Turner Stadium Boys Kingwood vs. Bmnt. West Brook

Friday, Feb. 8
6 p.m. Charles Street Girls Atascocita at Humble
8 p.m. Charles Street Boys Atascocita at Humble
(on March 7, both games will be played at Atascocita.)

Other Tuesday home games
5:30 p.m. girls basketball Kingwood Park vs. Cleveland – K-Park can tie for district title with win
5:30 p.m. girls basketball Splendora vs. Liberty
6 p.m. girls soccer Humble vs. Channelview
7 p.m. girls basketball Atascocita vs. Channelview
7 p.m. boys basketball Humble vs. Kingwood
7 p.m. girls basketball Kingwood vs. Humble – district championship game
7 p.m. boys basketball Westfield vs. Spring – winner could get last playoff spot
7 p.m. girls basketball Spring vs. Westfield
7 p.m. boys soccer Kingwood Park vs. Willis
7 p.m. girls soccer New Caney vs. Navasota (Don Ford Stadium)
7:30 p.m. boys basketball Kingwood Park vs. Cleveland
7:30 p.m. boys basketball Splendora vs. Liberty
7:30 p.m. girls basketball New Caney vs. Galena Park (Senior Night)

football schedules 1 February 2008

Posted by Observer Sports in Atascocita, Humble, Kingwood, Kingwood Park, New Caney, Updates.
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Here’s what we’ve pieced together for non-district football schedules. More to come as the day progresses.

New Caney
Week 0 – Spring Woods
Week 1 – Magnolia
Week 2 – Willis
Week 3 – Houston Chavez
Week 5 – Baytown Sterling

Week 0 – The Woodlands College Park
Week 1 – Clear Creek
Week 2 – Klein
Week 3 – The Woodlands

Kingwood Park
Week 0 – Montgomery
Week 1 – Magnolia West

Week 0 – Cy Ridge
Week 1 – Spring
Week 2 – Jersey Village
Week 3 – Klein

Atascocita (tentative)
Week 0 – Alief Hastings
Week 1 – Channelview
Week 2 – Conroe Oak Ridge
Week 3 – South Houston

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.


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.

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.

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

Posted by Observer Sports in Analysis, Game recaps, Kingwood, Updates.
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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.

Mustangs win Governor’s Cup games 21 January 2008

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The Kingwood boys varsity soccer team traveled to Georgetown to participate in the 2008 Governor’s Cup last weekend and came away with a 2-0-1 mark to run its season record to 6-0-1.


Kingwood took an early lead in the first game, scoring against A&M Consolidated when senior midfielder Trenton Gay found Bryan Jones open to put the Mustangs up 1-0. Strong defensive play led by juniors Michael Micheletti and Keith Kozad shut down Consolidated throughout the game. Jones added his second goal with just minutes left in the game as midfielder Luis Castillo assisted, giving Kingwood a 2-0 win. Jones, who had the ridiculous total of 27 goals as a junior last year, leads the team with eight on the young season.

On Friday, the Mustangs matched up against El Paso Franklin in a game that ended in a 1-1 tie. Kingwood’s lone goal came early in the game, as Gay scored after junior defender Blake Shannon took a shot from the left side that rebounded off the framework. Franklin tied the game 10 minutes into the second half on a direct kick from just outside the box. Kingwood had almost 20 shots on goal, but Franklin managed to hold off the Mustang attack.

In the final game of the rain-shortened tournament, four different players scored goals to overpower Round Rock Westwood 5-0. After an unassisted goal by Cale Haas to open the game, Pat McLean, Gay and Jones assisted on goals to each other to bring home the sixth victory of the short season. Goalkeepers Sean Fox and Dusty Pate combined for the shutout.

Kingwood will host the Kingwood Tournament this weekend at Turner Stadium, with four games each on Thursday and Friday and six on Saturday. Full schedule.

The Atascocita boys also played in the Governor’s Cup and went 2-1, beating Abilene and Deer Park but losing to Round Rock. The Eagles, now 2-4, will play in the Aldine Tournament this weekend.