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Lady Eagles end their season 18 April 2008

Posted by ccolunga in New Caney, Updates.
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The New Caney softball team had an emotional night. It was the last home game, senior night and an extremely crucial win for the Lady Eagles. One they couldn’t pull off. The sad thing was they lost in the first inning on rookie mistakes. They walk away, though, hopeful for next year, because next year they begin fresh. New district, new class. Only time will tell if the Lady Eagles are ready for the big 5A. (more…)

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Lady Mustangs end their playoff run 5 April 2008

Posted by ccolunga in Kingwood, Updates.
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The Kingwood girls met their match Saturday afternoon. The times I’ve seen the Lady Mustangs play, they dominate thier oppenent, leaving little room to allow any team to shine like they do. Therefore, I often wondered what it would look like for Kingwood to get a taste of thier own medicine. Clear Lake had the same athleticism and aggression the Lady Mustangs have shown all year. It got the best of Kingwood as they fell to the Lady Falcons in the Region III Championship 2-1. (more…)

Kingwood boys, girls fall in region finals 5 April 2008

Posted by Observer Sports in Kingwood, Updates.
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It was a tough day for both the boys and girls Kingwood soccer teams as the girls fell 2-1 to Clear Lake earlier in the day while the boys lost to Cinco Ranch 3-2 in the afternoon.

In the boys game, Cinco Ranch jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first half, but the Mustangs showed some incredible effort by battling back even after a late overtime win the night before when Pat McLean scored right out of the gate in the second half to close the game to one.

Cinco answered back quickly to extend their lead to 3-1, but once again Kingwood battled back when McLean scored his second of the day with under three minutes to play to make the score 3-2. The Mustangs mustered one final chance to score, but forward Cale Haas’ shot missed just inches high of the Cinco Ranch goal with under a minute to go.

Another great season for both teams, and hats off to the boys team for playing such a hard fought game only hours after a long and physical battle the night before.

Carmen will be on later to give us some more info on the girls game.

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.

Kingwood girls win again 4 April 2008

Posted by Observer Sports in Atascocita, Humble, Kingwood, Updates.
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The Kingwood girls soccer team took a 1-0 win today over Katy Taylor , making it the second straight year Taylor has fallen to the Lady Mustangs in regional semifinals.

Carmen made it out to the game and will be on here a bit later to tell you amore about the game so check back later this evening.

The girls advance to take on Clear Lake tomorrow at 11:30 at Abshier Stadium in what should be an outstanding match-up. Against Atascocita in the area round, Clear Lake showed some pretty incredible speed and athleticism on their way to a 4-0 victory. In addition, the Lady Falcons took a 2-0 win today over defending Region champs Deer Park today.

We’ll see if Kingwood’s D will have the answer.

In other news in prep sports, the Atascocita vs. Humble softball game was postponed due to rain until tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m. The Kingwood baseball team on the other hand, will go ahead with their game against Baytown Lee as scheduled at 6:30.

Splendora sinks Shepherd 12-0 2 April 2008

Posted by ccolunga in Splendora, Updates.
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Some things never change. Even though I haven’t been covering this area’s sports for that long, it’s long enough to learn about Splendora softball. They dominate, and things didn’t change tonight. I really appreciate how they carry themselves, always striving for more, always looking to improve. Most likely, they’ll keep it up, and then we’ll see what they’re made of as they try for a state championship. (more…)

New Caney survives Crosby 31 March 2008

Posted by ccolunga in New Caney, Updates.
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The Eagles escaped with a vital 3-2 win Tuesday night versus Crosby.

Since New Caney has improved tremendously since the start of the season, I was expecting a crisp game. The Eagles left much to be desired baseball wise, but played with a lot of guts to come up with such an important win. If they are able to put the two together, a legitimate playoff team may be the product.

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Tuesday night soccer playoff update 25 March 2008

Posted by Observer Sports in Analysis, Atascocita, Humble, Kingwood, Kingwood Park, Updates.
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Tonight, I headed down to Galena Park ISD Stadium to catch the Humble boys in action against District 22-5A champs North Shore.

If it had not been for three North Shore goals in the first 15 minutes, this one might have been much different.

Humble appeared to be a bit gun shy early on, and an experienced and athletic North Shore squad made them pay for some early mistakes. In addition, the absence of senior goal keeper Jose Orozco, who was injured in a club game two weeks ago, clearly hurt the team.

In the second half, Humble made a couple of adjustments and managed to pull the game to within two when Alberto Padilla scored five minutes in off of a strange rebound. The play developed when Michael Rus-Vid penetrated the defense and fired a close range shot in the box that was blocked directly in front of the goal. It appeared that North Shore’s keeper had fallen on and safely secured the ball, but instead the ball squirted out allowing a Padilla to make the heads up play.

North Shore would add another goal to make the final tally 4-1, but the young Wildcats still managed to make some impressive plays. Not too bad for a team with seven freshman on the field, lacking their all district keeper.

For those of you don’t already know, we had a special guest reporter make an appearance at the Atascocita boys game tonight. as our previous fearless sports leader Jonathan Yardley returned to his Observer roots handle some game coverage for us.

You can also check out full coverage from Jonathan, and Carmen’s coverage of the girls game (here).

Here are all the local scores from this week’s playoff action so far:

Atascocita

BOYS – Atascocita 6, Deer Park 1
GIRLS – Atascocita 4, La Porte 0

Humble

BOYS – North Shore 4, Humble 1
Kingwood Park

GIRLS – Henderson 3, Kingwood Park 0

Kingwood

GIRLS – Kingwood 8, Pasadena Memorial 0, March 24
BOYS – Kingwood 2, Pasadena Memorial 1

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.

K-Park does it again 17 March 2008

Posted by Observer Sports in Kingwood Park, Updates.
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Once again, Kingwood Park has landed both its girls and boys teams in the playoffs, this time in soccer.

While the girls had already clinched a playoff spot, they locked up second place in District 22-3A thanks to Jamie Luis goal in the 51′ on an assist from Nicole DiSevo to put the Lady Panthers over Willis 1-0.

The girls will see either Port Neches-Groves or Nederland in the first round. The game is tentatively scheduled for Thursday at 6 p.m. at Deer Park’s Abshier Stadium, a real nice venue.

The boys needed a win to help lock up the third and final playoff spot, sealing the deal with a 6-0 thrashing of Willis. Juan Castillo led the way with three goals, while John Drew, Lance Draper and Casen Hunger each added goals of their own.

The boys will match-up with Nederland, tentatively scheduled for Friday at 8 p.m. at Crosby High School. I’ll be posting soccer playoff updates all week, so stay tuned.