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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.



Westfield sweeps Spring 12 January 2008

Posted by Joe Musarra in Analysis, Game recaps, Spring, Updates, Westfield.
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The Westfield Mustangs doubled up on the Spring Lions tonight, as the girls rolled to a 67-38 win at home, while the guys survived a slow start to take a 67-63 win at Spring thanks to a 28 point fourth quarter.

For the guys, guard Mark Brooks and big man Mike Brown shined. The duo combined for 40 of the teams 67 points, each kicking in 20 a piece.

Over at Westfield, I saw one of the best prep girls basketball teams I have ever seen in person as the Lady Mustangs dazzled the crowd and played exceptional in all phases of the game.

What amazed about this team was the way they moved the ball. Each player on the court seemed to know where each other were and gave Spring’s defense fits all night.

Guard Gevenia Carter was simply phenomenal. Carter lead the team with 22 points on the night, using a nasty crossover and some spectacular handles to free herself of the defense and open things up for her team in addition to connecting twice from beyond the arc.

Can’t wait to see this team in the playoffs!

TGIF 12 January 2008

Posted by Observer Sports in Analysis, Atascocita, Game recaps, Humble, Kingwood, Kingwood Park, New Caney, Spring, Updates.
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What a day. Countless scores to tell you about, and still plenty more action to come tomorrow.

The biggest news came in Kingwood tonight, where Humble knocked off the Mustangs 35-32 despite playing the game without senior guard Dwayne Rogers. In his absence, backcourt mate Vincent Cavalier stepped up as the unquestioned star of the game. Cavalier scored 12 points, spent most of the game dribbling away the clock, hit the go-ahead free throw with 15.2 seconds remaining, and knocked away a steal that clinched the game soon after. He did all this despite missing two crucial minutes of the fourth quarter due to cramps. Quite a performance.

Humble opened up a 14-2 lead in the first quarter thanks to terrific defense, including two steals and two blocks from big man Terry Hines, who also hit a 3-pointer. Denying Kingwood entry passes to Jordan McGowen (14 points) was key for Humble all night. After the first quarter, Humble spent most of its energy killing the clock and trying to make Kingwood chase the ball. Darius Tubbs had a big game, joining McGowen and Cavalier as the only players to score in each quarter.

In the final quarter, Kingwood made its charge with Cavalier out of the game and tied the game after a clutch 3-pointer from Derek McLea and a pair of Tevin Svihovec free throws with 26.2 seconds left. But Svihovec fouled Cavalier before the ball was even inbounded, and Cavalier’s late heroics followed to lift Humble to a 5-0 district record. Quite a win, witnessed by a loud, involved crowd that packed the gym 20 minutes before tip-off.

Other basketball scores
Atascocita 66, Channelview 59 – Toran (Atsc) 20
Bmnt. West Brook 66, Baytown Sterling 49
P.A. Memorial 53, Baytown Lee 43
Galena Park 83, New Caney 72 – Fernandez (NC) 26
Barbers Hill 63, Huffman Hargrave 37
Smiley 82, C.E. King 76
Crosby 63, Forest Brook 43
Cleveland 53, Kingwood Park 49 – Quillian (KPrk) 17
Splendora 43, Liberty 40 – Usher (Splndr) 18
Coldspring 70, Shepherd 45
Westfield 67, Spring 63 – Brown, Brooks (West) 20; Phillips (Sprng) 17
Tomball 51, Klein 42
Klein Forest 74, Klein Oak 44

Humble 67, Kingwood 49 – Hines (Hmbl) 21; Price (Kwd) 23 – wow. I can’t wait to hear about this one.
Channelview 50, Atascocita 48 – Jackson (Atsc) 13
Baytown Sterling 44, Bmnt. West Brook 34
P.A. Memorial 51, Baytown Lee 33
New Caney 58, Galena Park 41 – Thomas (NC) 20
Crosby 42, Forest Brook 32
C.E. King 68, Smiley 29
Barbers Hill vs. Huffman Hargrave, no score
Cleveland 49, Kingwood Park 45 – Brown (KPrk) 16
Splendora at Liberty, no score
Coldspring vs. Shepherd, no score
Westfield 67, Spring 37 – Carter (West) 22; Smith (Sprng) 11
Tomball 43, Klein 42
Klein Oak 49, Klein Forest 38

Soccer scores
Panther Challenge
Nederland 4, Santa Fe 0
Sharpstown 5, Kingwood Park 0
Kilt Cup
Kingwood 6, Westfield 0
Cy Ridge 4, New Caney 0
Cy-Fair ISD Tournament
Tomball 2, Atascocita 0

Humble ISD Cup
Kingwood 8, Houston Westside 0 – hat tricks for Taylor Padia and Amanda Essay
Cy-Fair 3, Burleson 1
Cy Woods 9, Humble 0
T.W. College Park 4, Atascocita 0
Panther Challenge
Lumberton 8, Houston Reagan 0
Santa Fe 4, Kingwood Park 1 – game was 1-1 until last 10 minutes; Madison Harvey with K-Park goal
New Caney Invitational
New Caney 3, Livingston 1 (mini-game)
New Caney 5, Galena Park 0 (mini-game) – Genesis Cepeda hat trick
Spring 1, Aldine Nimitz 1 (mini-game) – Candace Garceau goal
Henderson 1, Spring 0 (mini-game)

HISD tourney photos 27 December 2007

Posted by Joe Musarra in Spring, Updates, Westfield.
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Spring and Westfield basketball fans can relive some moments from the Houston Jaycees tourney this past weekend with our newly posted slide shows on the Spring Observer website. Link

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
Cleveland 69, Spring Dekaney (JV) 57
Nederland 59, Splendora 48 – Usher, Cherry (Splndr) 11.
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.
Kingwood Park 61, S.A. Christian 52 – Powell (KPrk) 25.
Second Baptist 50, Kingwood Park 33
Bellaire Episcopal 60, Kingwood Park 53 – 3rd place game

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

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

Conroe Tournament (boys)
Atascocita 71, Aldine MacArthur 45
Atascocita 77, Klein Oak 57
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
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.
St. Agnes 48, Kingwood Park 40
Willis 65, New Caney 50
Coldspring 64, Splendora 41

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

All-Star Invitational (girls)bracket
Houston Madison 53, Kingwood 50
Westfield 69, Corpus Christi Calallen 35
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

Spring and Westfield in action at HISD Jaycees Tourney 21 December 2007

Posted by Joe Musarra in Game recaps, Spring, Updates, Westfield.
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Both Spring and Westfield were in action today at the 68th Annual Houston ISD Jaycees Tournament after being sent to the consolation bracket due to first-round losses Thursday.

Spring began the day against Houston Furr but was unable to advance, dropping the game 37-33. The Lions will play their final match-up of the tourney tomorrow at Reagan High School (13th & Arlington, Houston TX) at 10:30 a.m. against Waco University.

Westfield began its day with a win over Houston Scarborough, advancing to the consolation quarterfinal to take on Houston Westside. In that game, the Mustangs ran away with a 92-67 win.

Westfield simply overwhelmed Westside in all phases of the game, storming to a 14-point halftime lead with a 27-point second quarter. Mike Brown and Mark Brooks led the way for Mustang scorers with 22 and 19 points, respectively. 18 of Brown’s points came in the first half alone (including a couple of spectacular dunks).

Westfield will play in the consolation semifinal Saturday morning at 9 a.m. at Delmar Fieldhouse (2020 Mangum, Houston, TX) and can play for the consolation championship at 5 p.m. at Delmar with a win.

Tuesday night scoreboard 11 December 2007

Posted by Observer Sports in Atascocita, Game recaps, Humble, Kingwood, Kingwood Park, New Caney, Splendora, Spring, Updates, Westfield.
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Sorry we’ve been a bit slow with the blog lately – a number of things have kept us otherwise occupied.

I saw a girls / boys doubleheader at Kingwood Park tonight, while Joey saw the Kingwood-Atascocita girls games. Here are the scores we’ve heard:

Kingwood 58, Atascocita 47 (recap) – Price (Kwd) 23; Taylor (Atsc) 21.
Kingwood Park 58, Splendora 22 – Brown (KPrk) 18; Ruderman (Splndr) 6
Beaumont West Brook 49, Humble 45
Forest Brook 53, New Caney 47
Klein Oak 52, Spring 48
Westfield 54, Klein Collins 37
Alvin Manvel 45, Kingwood Park 42 – Powell (KPrk) 14.
Atascocita 68, Crosby 50
New Caney 54, Caney Creek 50

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:


Kingwood, K-Park take girls cross country state titles! 10 November 2007

Posted by Observer Sports in Game recaps, Kingwood, Kingwood Park, Splendora, Spring, Updates, Westfield.
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The Kingwood and Kingwood Park girls cross country teams BOTH won state titles today in Round Rock. I’m so excited for both of them. I talked to both coaches and runners from both teams by phone today, since we couldn’t make it to Round Rock on a production day, and it just sounds like an awesome day.

“Awesome” and “exciting” were definitely the most common adjective from both teams, but Kingwood had another: “nerve-racking.” Kingwood and Southlake Carroll tied with 74 points apiece, but Kingwood won the tiebreaker (the place of each team’s sixth runner) by five seconds thanks to Hailey Nicholls in that No. 6 spot. What a dramatic, nail-biting finish. It is the Lady Mustangs’ seventh state title and fourth in the last seven years but first since 2004. Kristen Hanselka finished second in the entire state, the highest finish by a Kingwood girl since 2001.

Kingwood Park fairly breezed to the 3A championship, especially in comparison to Kingwood’s dramatic finish. The Lady Panthers dominated with 56 points, well ahead of second-place Cameron Yoe with 82. Bree Schrader, who won the District 22-3A and Region III-3A meets, placed 10th individually to lead the way, but the Lady Panthers had a terrific gap of only 15 seconds between their No. 2 and No. 5 runners. What a day for Kingwood cross country! Hard not to gush about this one.

The area’s other representatives at the meet all fared well. Spring Westfield’s Brintney Green placed third overall in the 5A girls race, just .05 behind Hanselka. Faith Sanders, from Spring, placed 14th. In the 3A meet, Splendora’s Jennifer Secrest placed 34th.

Joy in Splendora tonight 10 November 2007

Posted by Observer Sports in Analysis, Atascocita, Game recaps, Kingwood, Splendora, Spring, Updates, Westfield.
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Splendora won its second consecutive District 22-3A title tonight at Wildcat Stadium, holding off Coldspring 22-15 for a third consecutive victory by one touchdown or less. The Wildcats will enter the UIL Region III-3A Division I playoffs with a bi-district game tentatively slated for 1 p.m. next Saturday (Nov. 17) at Turner Stadium in Humble. I’m happy about the Splendora win, but I’m even happier that I’ll get to see that playoff game on Saturday.

Elsewhere, Kingwood lost in triple overtime against Baytown Sterling in a stunner, and Atascocita had a Senior Night to forget, losing to Lee at home. Westfield beat Spring 31-14, scoring twice on punt returns, and will face The Woodlands Friday night Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at Klein Memorial Stadium. New Caney was respectable in its loss to Crosby. More to come tomorrow; I’m tired.

Oh, by the way, Kingwood can still make the playoffs if Humble beats P.A. Memorial. Think Dougald McDougald is calling Walt Beasley and asking him to play Keith Baker?