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North Channel Little League District 17 All Star Champs

The North Channel Little League 9 Year Old Live Arm team went undefeated to take the District 17 All Star Tournament. Players: from bottom left to right Daniel Correa, Kevin Guerra, Daniel Olivas, Ivan Espino, Juan Sias, Josue Rebollar, Adrian Olivas, Ethan Bonilla, Damian Correa, Athan Castillo, Fabian Beltran and Alex Rodriguez. Coaches: from top left to right Robert Rodriguez, David Rodriguez and Roland Rodriguez.

Grand Texas Theme Park opens June 30

The BIG RIVERS WATERPARK, and the GATOR BAYOU ADVENTURE PARK are two of the seven activity areas that will open in June. ABOVE: The RV Resort and SpeedSportz Racing Park are now open.

Tickets now on sale

NEW CANEY – The new theme park is set to open two more sections, on June 29th. When all seven activity areas are open, the theme park will be comparable to Astroworld, according to publicity sources.

Big Rivers Waterpark, and Gator Bayou Adventure Park are the next two sections scheduled to open in June.

Currently daily passes for future attendance are selling for $29.99, and an annual pass is available for $59.95. Tickets are on sale at, or at the RV resort.

Big Rivers area will include a lazy river, a wave pool, waterslides, and a large interactive play structure. Gator Bayou will include Wild Isle, an Alligator Exhibit, and Big Al’s Fishing hole. It will also have zip lines, nature trails, a seven story free fall tower, pony rides, and a petting zoo.

The theme park is located on 630 acres at US59 and Highway 292.


Domecoming: Public parties in the Astrodome

25,000 Fans gathered for the Dome tour.

HOUSTON – Fans of the Astrodome brought their memories to a large party Monday night, inside the famed Dome.

The Astrodome Conservancy held the party, and at least 25,000 fans showed up, to hear music, eat some food truck grub, and mostly just stare at the cavernous space and relive their memories of the last time they saw a game or event there.

It was the 53rd Anniversary of this so-called Eighth Wonder of the World, which is about to gain a new life as an indoor park and event space for the County.

Commissioner’s Court in February approved a $105 million plan to renovate the Dome, and work will start in the fall, so this is the last time the Dome would be available to see it the way it was when it opened in 1965.

Some new, some old fans gazed up at the space.

Phoebe Tudor, chair of the Astrodome Conservancy, said that this event was so popular that the 25,000 tickets sold out in less than two hours. Tickets were free, too.

Fans remembered when the Dome was the home of the Astros, from 1965 to 1999, and the Oilers from 1968 to 1996. In 2009 building inspectors ruled the building unsafe, and it has been closed since then.

The revitalization plan calls for an underground parking garage, with 9 acres of park space above at street level.

The new Dome will be available for festivals, conferences, and commercial space, according to County Judge Ed Emmett. It will also be a passive and recreational park, under an air-conditioned dome, another first for the city and the country. Emmett also envisions that the space can be used as an adjunct to NRG center, for boat shows, auto shows, and the Rodeo. Construction will start in October, and last for 17 months.

Coach Arrington selected to NJCAA Hall of Fame

Head Coach Tom Arrington, middle, will enter the NJCAA Baseball Hall of Fame this summer.

San Jacinto College legend for 16 years

By Amanda Fenwick

HOUSTON – Tom Arrington can soon add “Hall of Fame” to his signature, as the veteran coach will enter the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Baseball Hall of Fame this year.

“I am shocked and surprised. It hasn’t really sunk in yet,” said Arrington, who enters his 18th year at the helm of the San Jacinto College program. “As a coach, my success starts with the players. They are the ones playing the game. It is my responsibility to guide them and transition them along their path. I am very blessed and thankful to have this opportunity.”

Arrington owns an overall record of 742-298 (.713) in his 17 years as head coach. He has guided San Jacinto College to 13 conference titles, 11 regional championships, six national runner-up finishes at the Junior College (JUCO) World Series, four third place national finishes and one fifth place national finish. His 37 wins at the JUCO World Series is an all-time record, as is his 59 total games played at the prestigious national tournament.

San Jacinto College Assistant Coach Kory Koehler made the nomination to the NJCAA Hall of Fame Selection Committee, and says that he views Arrington as a mentor, friend and family friend.

“In my 18 years with Tom, I have learned a great deal about relationships,” Koehler said. “He is a leader on many levels. He runs a very organized program and emphasizes to his players and staff a need to grow and develop into community leaders. He cares for his players and for his staff as if they were his own family.”

Arrington began his coaching career in 1991 at the College of Mateo before moving on to San Francisco State University and College of Marin. He came to San Jacinto College in 2000 as an assistant coach, focused on the pitchers, and was named head coach in 2001. In the Spring of 2011, Arrington was appointed athletic director for the San Jacinto College North Campus. He played professionally for the Triple A team of the Texas Rangers; in Guadalajara, Mexico; for the Salt Lake Trappers; and for a Single A farm team of the Montreal Expos.


San Jac Baseball opens 2018 season atop the PerfectGame Preseason Top 25

HOUSTON – The San Jacinto College baseball team is no doubt one of the best teams in the country year in and year out.

Brian Sakowski, PerfectGame’s National Scouting Supervisor, says this year’s San Jacinto College baseball team has pitching depth and “looks impressive,” making it the PerfectGame preseason pick to win the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) World Series. He notes that at least five San Jac players are among the top 60 PerfectGame Junior College top prospect list. That includes INF/RHP Sergio Macias (Laredo, Texas / Alexander HS), C/1B Herbert Iser (Kissimmee, Florida / Osceola HS), LHP Jacob Cantleberry (Greenwood, Indiana / Center Grove HS), OF/INF Alerick Soularie (Humble, Texas / Atascocita HS) and OF/IF Matt Goodheart (Magnolia, Arkansas / Magnolia HS).

San Jac opened the 2018 season last weekend on the road against Panola College and Baton Rouge College in Louisiana. The first home game of the season will be Friday, Feb. 2 against Bossier Parish Community College in a doubleheader. In total, San Jac will play 18 home games this season at JR Harrison Field at Andy Pettitte Park.


North Shore Mustangs advance to State 6A Quarterfinals

The North Shore Mustangs football team defeated the Lamar High School Texans this past Friday and has advanced to the State 6A Quarterfinals!

They will take on the Katy Tigers on Saturday, December 9 at NRG Stadium. Game time is 2 p.m. Pre-sale tickets, which are $6 for students and $11 for adults, are available at the GPISD Athletic Office through Friday, December 8 at 6 p.m. All tickets at the gate will be $15. Parking at NRG will be $12. Go Mustangs!

North Shore Mustangs advance to Regional Playoff Game

Sophomore Running Back, Zachary Evans

Galena Park ISD would like to congratulate the North Shore Mustang football team for their victory over Clear Springs this past weekend! The Mustangs will play Lamar High School in the 6A Regional Playoff Game at Rice Stadium on Friday, December 1 at 7 p.m. Pre-sale tickets will be available at the GPISD Athletic Office until Friday, December 1 at 3 p.m. Pre-sale tickets will be $5 for students and $7 for adults. Good luck, Mustangs!

SAN JACINTO COLLEGE Women’s basketball ends season with first-ever national tournament appearance

The San Jacinto College women’s basketball team takes a timeout during its game against Harford Community College at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) basketball national championship. (Photo by Joe Morales, Rapid Shotz Photography.)

Season concludes with overall 24-9 record and three letters of intent

PASADENA, Texas – The 2016-2017 season proved to be a significant year for the San Jacinto College women’s basketball team, as it ended the season with its first appearance at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I National Basketball Championship.

San Jac completed its season with an overall record of 24-9, including 15 conference wins, earning them a bid to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national championship tournament. The team went into the tournament as the No.16 seed and faced No. 17 Harford Community College (29-3). It also advanced to the semifinals of the Region XIV tournament, defeating Jacksonville College (10-15) in the quarterfinals before falling to Kilgore College (21-11) in the semifinals.

Sophomore guard/forward Ariona Gill (Las Vegas, Nevada/Arbor View HS) recently signed a National Letter of Intent with St. Mary’s University and sophomore forwardJasmine James (Innisfil, Ontario/ Nantyr Shores Secondary School) signed a National Letter of Intent with the The University of Memphis to continue their education and basketball careers. Amieya Jackson also signed a National Letter of Intent withArkansas Tech University.

“These past two years San Jac has made history and it was great to have experienced that and to have played under amazing coaches and with such talented people. My next step is to further my education and basketball career at the next level,” said James.


San Jac Men’s Baseball reaches JUCO national final, loses 15-6

The Alpine Bank Junior College World Series was played in Grand Junction, Colorado, with the title game on Saturday, June 3rd.

The Gators won the Thursday game, against Cowley College (Kansas) 14-3 a shortened game due to the run-rule. In the next game Friday night, against Chipola, they lost and moved to the title game on Saturday. But in the final game, against Chipola College (Florida) they lost 15-6. The Chipola Indians came away with the title victory for the second time in 10 years.

Coach Tom Arrington has taken the Gators to ten playoffs, but lost the title game six times.Gator right-fielder Ryan Johnson was voted an all-tournament player, and tied a tournament record with five doubles.

Channelview Falcon soccer completes stellar season

Channelview’s David Sorto launches the game-deciding goal in the Falcon’s Regional Semifinal victory against Cy-Ridge.

The Channelview Falcon Boys Soccer Team completed its best season in the history of the program finishing as Region 3 Finalists.

Last weekend at Deer Park’s Abshier Stadium, the Falcons outlasted CyRidge in a 6-5 shootout in the Regional Semi-Final game. Channelview then faced a down to the wire fight in its Regional Final match with Pasadena Dobie. After regulation play and two overtimes ended in a 2-2 tie, the Falcons season ended in 7-6 shootout.

The Falcons can take pride in their best season in the history of the program with a 21-2-5 overall record and finishing among the state’s “elite eight” teams.


Channelview soccer advances to Regional Semifinals

The Channelview Falcons force the ball upfield during their quarterfinal playoff game with C.E. King on Tuesday. The Falcons scored three goals in the second half to fuel their 3-2 victory, earning them a spot in the Regional Semifinals.

After a 3-2 victory over C.E. King on Tuesday, the Channelview Falcon Boys Soccer Team advanced to the Regional Semifinal round and will face CyRidge at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Deer Park ISD’s Abshier Stadium.

In the Falcons quarterfinal match-up, they scored three second half goals to defeat C.E. King. Previously, Channelview defeated Alief Hastings in the Area Round and Deer Park in the Bi-District round.

With the win, Channelview now has an 20-1-5 mark overall and is enjoying its best season in the history of the program. The Falcons are led by Head Coach Carlos Galuppo and assistant coaches Clyde Messiah and Stephen O’Sullivan.