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    UIL CLASS 5A BASKETBALL: North Shore Mustangs are STATE CHAMPIONS!

    GALENA PARK NORTH SHORE MUSTANG team members gather for a ceremonial photo, with their UIL Championship Trophies, after the 57-45 win over Converse Judson last Saturday, in the Final Playoff game of the series at Frank Erwin Center in Austin. (Photo Courtesy of Jonathan Frey/GPISD)

    GALENA PARK NORTH SHORE MUSTANG team members gather for a ceremonial photo, with their UIL Championship Trophies, after the 57-45 win over Converse Judson last Saturday, in the Final Playoff game of the series at Frank Erwin Center in Austin. (Photo Courtesy of Jonathan Frey/GPISD)

    AUSTIN – Coach David Green’s North Shore Mustangs easily defeated the Converse Judson team 57-45 in the final playoff game to take the State Title in Class 5A basketball. This is the first time North Shore has won the title, but they competed in 1991 and 1997.

    The Mustangs won their two tournament games with defensive pressure and controlling the tempo of the game. Although they were outsized by the taller Judson team, they forced 18 turnovers and managed almost as many rebounds.

    North Shore’s season record is now 35-3. Outstanding play was spread among the team, with Jarrey Foster with 16 points, Kerwin Roach 15 points, and the coach’s son Brandon Green with 11 points.

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    Three bodies found after house fire on Westmont

    Arson investigators and firefighters search through the debris of the house for two more bodies last Friday morning in the 500 block of Westmont. The house was once a two-story A-Frame. Now only the front staircase is intact. (North Channel Star Photo/Hoffman)

    Arson investigators and firefighters search through the debris of the house for two more bodies last Friday morning in the 500 block of Westmont. The house was once a two-story A-Frame. Now only the front staircase is intact. (North Channel Star Photo/Hoffman)

    HOUSTON – A house fire took the lives of 3 people last Thursday, March 6, 2014 in east Houston.

    Firefighters were dispatched around 4 pm to a house located in the 500 block of Westmont at Redondo. According to the Houston Fire Department, when firemen arrived, the flames had covered the house completely. It took firefighters about two hours to extinguish the flames; the damage to the house made it difficult for arson investigators and firefighters to go inside the house and search for any victims. After inspecting the scene, the bodies of 25-year-old Slade Feige, his mother, 63-year-old Gwen Feige and Slade’s mother-in-law, Gina Mims were found inside the house.

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    SERVICE ABOVE SELF: Mattress Mack talks about service at North Shore Rotary

    JIM McINGVALE, often known as “Mattress Mack” from Gallery Furniture, talks about people he has known that epitomize the Rotary idea of “Service Above Self.” Looking on is North Shore Rotary president Matt Davis. The club is known throughout the district for its outstanding service to its community.

    JIM McINGVALE, often known as “Mattress Mack” from Gallery Furniture, talks about people he has known that epitomize the Rotary idea of “Service Above Self.” Looking on is North Shore Rotary president Matt Davis. The club is known throughout the district for its outstanding service to its community.

    Jim McIngvale often speaks at public functions, and tells the story about his early years starting a furniture business, and relating the concepts of customer service and hard work that have made his business so successful.

    But last Thursday, March 6th he was speaking to the North Shore Rotary club about their motto, “Service Above Self.” Expanding on this theme, McIngvale illustrated the concept with four stories from people in his own life experiences.

    The first story he told was about two heart surgeons, Dr. Billie Combs, and noted heart surgeon Dr. Bud Frasier, chief of heart surgery at St. Luke’s Hospital. Mack first met Combs when he was an intern and needed some furniture for an overworked and under-equipped staff. He came to Gallery Furniture, and asked for mattresses and chairs, which Mack donated. The next time Mack saw Combs was almost 30 years later, when his brother was in St. Luke’s with heart problems. Frasier and Combs were his physicians, and Mack said he saw how hard Frasier worked, and how dedicated he was to his patients, giving all his time and attention to their care. “Why do you work so hard?” queried McIngvale, and Frasier answered “We work for the Patient.” Frasier is 74 years old, and has not slowed down.

    Mack sees this as a great example of the Rotary motto, “A Life Built for Others – Service Above Self.”

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    COMMUNITY PROFILE: Local artist Abby Gough to sing at Houston Rodeo March 13

    Abby Gough will perform at Houston Rodeo

    Abby Gough will perform at Houston Rodeo

    Houston Country pop singer-songwriter, Abby Gough, will be performing at Rodeo Houston on March 13 with her band, Southern Fire. The 2 hour show will kick off at 7:30pm on the Statoil Stars Over Texas Stage.

    Abby, a native of the North Channel area, started performing at age nine. At 17 years old, she is already a veteran of country music. She has had well over 100 performances at over 75 different venues. She has performed at local venues such as Kemah Boardwalk, Warehouse Live and Moody Gardens to Hard Rock Café, Tootsies Orchid Lounge and Coyote Ugly in Nashville, Tn. She has performed on KHOU’S Great Day Houston twice and recorded several music television segments including her most recent filming in February, 2014, with her band, for Houston’s Own Country Television Showcase.

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    North Shore basketball Mustangs play in finals in Austin this week

    Pictured: North Shore Mustangs Jarrey Foster #25, left, and Marion Roy #15, right. (Submitted photos)

    Pictured: North Shore Mustangs Jarrey Foster #25, left, and Marion Roy #15, right. (Submitted photos)

    The District Champion North Shore Mustangs boys basketball team defeated Cy-Lakes High School 75-52 in the 5A Boys Basketball Regional Semi-Finals on Friday, February 28, 2014.

    The following day, the Mustangs defeated Fort Bend Bush 60-58 in a hard fought regional final game. The state championship title is now only two victories away.

    North Shore will battle the DeSoto Eagles in the semi-final round at 3:00 pm on Friday, March 7th at the University of Texas, Frank Erwin Center.

    The winner of that game will move on to play the winner of Converse Judson and Allen on Saturday, 8:30 pm in the Frank Erwin Center.

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    Trail Ride goes through North Shore, Sheldon

    TRAIL BOSS Anthony Bruno expresses his grief to an interviewer, after one of the founders of the Northeastern Trail died of a heart attack the morning before they camped in Houston. Northeastern Trail Ride included 12 wagons and almost 300 riders from the area.

    TRAIL BOSS Anthony Bruno expresses his grief to an interviewer, after one of the founders of the Northeastern Trail died of a heart attack the morning before they camped in Houston. Northeastern Trail Ride included 12 wagons and almost 300 riders from the area.

    Tragedy befalls group as one of founders dies

    ON THE TRAIL – Thirteen Trail Ride groups started toward Houston and the big Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo last week. One of these ride groups was the Northeastern Trail Riders, starting in Cheek, Texas on February 23rd. The group consists of 12 wagons, about 300 riders, and lots of support vehicles and campers.

    The Trail Riders covered 108 miles in their ride, stopping in Cheeks, Devers, Raywood, Dayton, Crosby, and North Forest in Houston. Thursday they travelled down old US90, Beaumont Highway, stopping at Sheldeon Ag barn and greeting the North Shore public along the way.

    In Crosby they had camped overnight at the Fairgrounds on Wednesday night, Feb. 26th. The next morning, Thursday, they broke camp and headed for their next to last stop in Houston. However, they received word that one of their group, Robert Joe, 79 had suffered an apparent heart attack that morning at the campgrounds on Parker, and was taken to LBJ hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Joe was one of the last two founders of this trail ride group, who with eight friends has started it in 1982. Association secretary Barbara Williams said that Joe told his son and wife he was hurting, and they called an ambulance.

    In honor of Joe, the trail ride continued with his wagon as part of the parade. Coincidentally it was styled to resemble an old hearse, painted in black. Later in the day current trail boss Anthony Bruno recalled Joe’s contributions, and how he was an important part of the Northeaster Trail Ride association.

    RIDERS from the Northeastern Trail Ride near their last stop, at the Triangle 7 Arena on Parker Road in Houston. They spent the previous night camped at the Fairgrounds in Crosby, Texas.

    RIDERS from the Northeastern Trail Ride near their last stop, at the Triangle 7 Arena on Parker Road in Houston. They spent the previous night camped at the Fairgrounds in Crosby, Texas.

    THE WAGON HEARSE of Robert Joe continued in the Trail Ride, after the untimely death of Mr. Joe.

    THE WAGON HEARSE of Robert Joe continued in the Trail Ride, after the untimely death of Mr. Joe.

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    COMMUNITY PROFILE: Cowboy Poet appears on TV’s “Great Day Houston” show

    RON GANN, Debra Duncan, and the old “Saturday nite tub” on TV.

    RON GANN, Debra Duncan, and the old “Saturday nite tub” on TV.

    Chamber events are great for networking, as one local “cowboy” Ron Gann found out recently.

    Gann is a retired postal worker, who is now a freelance photographer, poet, and author of a self-published book of photos and western poems entitled “Cowboy & Western.” Although not a cowboy himself, he claims a long family history of involvement with Texas and ranching. He is a Galena Park native.

    At the Chamber Gala last month, he was able to talk with TV personality Debra Duncan about his book, and she asked him to appear on her Channel 11 TV show, “Great Day Houston.” Since the Houston Rodeo was about to start, she wanted a western theme, and Ron’s work fit. He appeared on her show of Wednesday, Feb. 26 and was able to read three of his poems during the hour- long show. He also brought along his favorite photo prop, an old horse-watering trough he uses as a bathtub in his studio. He promoted his book, too, which you can buy. Contact him at 713-494-6591, or his website: www.sites.google.com/site/newworldphotos2.

    Aymond steps into new leadership role for Galena Park ISD

    David Aymond

    David Aymond

    The Galena Park Independent School District is proud to announce that long-time, record setting North Shore Senior High School Head Football Coach, David Aymond, will be stepping into a new role for the 2014-2015 school year.

    “Making the decision to promote Coach Aymond into a position which will assist us in strengthening and sustaining our programs across the entire district was a simple one. His winning record speaks for itself, and we felt we couldn’t have found anyone who knows our students and community better than Aymond. Because of this, we stayed here in our own district when deciding to fill the new position of Boys’ Athletic Coordinator. With athletic participation and student involvement in GPISD at an all-time high, sustaining and improving the success of our athletic programs for our young athletes is imperative. We pride ourselves in being the extended family for our youth, and I can’t think of a better model and mentor to help us continue providing stellar programs to our students than David Aymond,” stated Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Angi Williams.

    During his tenure as Head Football Coach at North Shore Senior High School, Aymond has racked up quite an impressive list of accomplishments which include, but are not limited to, 187 college scholarship signees, five U.S. Army All-American Bowl participants, five NFL players, thirteen District Championships, twenty straight play-off seasons and, of course, a State Football Championship in 2003. This last season also marked a milestone for Aymond as he and his team celebrated their 200th win, in addition to other records of his such as the state record for 78 regular wins in 2008, ten perfect regular seasons over a twenty year period, and eight consecutive undefeated regular seasons from 2001-2008.

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    Galena Park ISD observes National Signing Day

    On February 5, 2014, high school football players across the U.S. signed letters of intent to the college of their choice. Sixteen athletes from Galena Park ISD made these official commitments one from Galena Park High School and fifteen from North Shore Senior High School.

    Student Athletes left to right are Jordan Wright; Trevon Tate; Austin Smith; Eric Quezada; J.T. Matthews; Chris Leger and John Joseph sign letters of intent.

    Student Athletes left to right are Jordan Wright; Trevon Tate; Austin Smith; Eric Quezada; J.T. Matthews; Chris Leger and John Joseph sign letters of intent. (Submitted photo)

    Students Athletes Anthony Jammer; Christian Jacobs; Isaiah Freeman; Kevian DeLeon; Brandon Darjean; and Bryce Alley sign letters of intent. (Submitted photo)

    Students Athletes Anthony Jammer; Christian Jacobs; Isaiah Freeman; Kevian DeLeon; Brandon Darjean; and Bryce Alley sign letters of intent. (Submitted photo)

    GPISD is extremely proud of the young men who have shown superior talent on the football field and academic excellence in the classroom, paving the way for them as they successfully transition to college. The athletes and the universities they will attend are…

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    Rotary Clubs attend city-wide All-Club Meeting

    HIGHLANDS ROTARY CLUB was well represented at the Rotary District 5890 All-Club Banquet, held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel ballroom at Reliant Center. Attending in the photo were Denise and Jerry Smith, Andy and Tricia Scott, Raymond Gonzalez, Weston Cotten, and Gilbert and Mei (let me take the picture) Hoffman. They were joined by an outgoing exchange student from Willowridge HS, who will spend the summer in Brazil as a Rotary ambassador.

    HIGHLANDS ROTARY CLUB was well represented at the Rotary District 5890 All-Club Banquet, held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel ballroom at Reliant Center. Attending in the photo were Denise and Jerry Smith, Andy and Tricia Scott, Raymond Gonzalez, Weston Cotten, and Gilbert and Mei (let me take the picture) Hoffman. They were joined by an outgoing exchange student from Willowridge HS, who will spend the summer in Brazil as a Rotary ambassador.

    HIGHLANDS ROTARY CLUB was well represented at the Rotary District 5890 All-Club Banquet, held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel ballroom at Reliant Center. Attending in the photo were Denise and Jerry Smith, Andy and Tricia Scott, Raymond Gonzalez, Weston Cotten, and Gilbert and Mei (let me take the picture) Hoffman. They were joined by an outgoing exchange student from Willowridge HS, who will spend the summer in Brazil as a Rotary ambassador.

    HIGHLANDS ROTARY CLUB was well represented at the Rotary District 5890 All-Club Banquet, held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel ballroom at Reliant Center. Attending in the photo were Denise and Jerry Smith, Andy and Tricia Scott, Raymond Gonzalez, Weston Cotten, and Gilbert and Mei (let me take the picture) Hoffman. They were joined by an outgoing exchange student from Willowridge HS, who will spend the summer in Brazil as a Rotary ambassador.

    HIGHLANDS ROTARY CLUB was well represented at the Rotary District 5890 All-Club Banquet, held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel ballroom at Reliant Center. Attending in the photo were Denise and Jerry Smith, Andy and Tricia Scott, Raymond Gonzalez, Weston Cotten, and Gilbert and Mei (let me take the picture) Hoffman. They were joined by an outgoing exchange student from Willowridge HS, who will spend the summer in Brazil as a Rotary ambassador.

    HIGHLANDS ROTARY CLUB was well represented at the Rotary District 5890 All-Club Banquet, held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel ballroom at Reliant Center. Attending in the photo were Denise and Jerry Smith, Andy and Tricia Scott, Raymond Gonzalez, Weston Cotten, and Gilbert and Mei (let me take the picture) Hoffman. They were joined by an outgoing exchange student from Willowridge HS, who will spend the summer in Brazil as a Rotary ambassador.