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Mustangs defensive lineman #95 Jordan Revels tackles Katy’s running back Deondrick Glass for a loss of yards, Upton Stout assisted on the stop. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

NS Mustangs defeat Katy Tigers 49-38

By Allan Jamail

Friday, November 30, 2018, at NRG Stadium, the football game between two of the state’s topped ranked teams ended with the North Shore Mustangs knocking-out the Katy Tigers 49 to 38 in the regional semifinal showdown. This makes twice this season Katy lost to North Shore in their annual rivalry.

A year ago on December 9, 2017, at NRG Stadium, it was the Katy Tigers who prevailed 31 – 3 in the playoffs to payback the North Shore Mustangs for having defeated the Tigers the previous year on November 25, 2016, in a 20-17 regional final showdown.

Jon Kay, North Shore’s coach, had the Mustangs sharply focused both offensively and defensively, so the Tigers could never gain the upper hand or momentum. There were star performances on both sides of the ball, as it has been all season, which explains their 13-0 undefeated season.

The Tigers team ran threw a huge banner on the field which read, “You laughed at our setback, but you’re not ready for our comeback.” The Mustangs made sure there’d be no Katy comeback, and it fired up the Mustangs more than it did the intended Tigers.

On the first play of the game Mustangs quarterback Dematrius Davis threw a 61 yard laser pass to Shadrach Banks rattling the Tigers and shutting down their chanting fans. That wasn’t the end for the Davis and Banks combination; Davis hits Banks again for a 29 yard touchdown strike with 6 minutes still in the first quarter, making it a 14-0 Mustang lead, and again for a third touchdown pass before halftime.

Another Katy banner read, “Challenges, everyone has them, but Katy CONQUERS them.” The Mustangs made the banner’s author regret having made that boast by scoring more points on the Tigers in a playoff game in 13 years. The Mustangs offense made 7 touchdowns from, Shadrach Banks (3), Chance Pillar, Jordan Revels, Zach Evans and Upton Stout. They had made 500 yards, 341 passing yards, 159 running yards. Kicker John Villalobos again was flawless making all 7 extra points.

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Christmas arrives at Jacinto City

Christmas Parade Marks the Holiday Season start 

Jacinto City Pre-School Gingerbread House, one of the many participants at the Jacinto City’s annual Christmas parade held last Saturday, December 1, 2018.

Elected officials hayride in the annual Jacinto City Christmas Parade L – R seated: Senator Sylvia Garcia, Tara Dennis, (Congresswoman Lee’s District Director) Helen Green, Mayor Ana Diaz. L – R standing: City Council Maria Gonzales, Allen Lee, Carmela Garcia, State Rep. Ana Hernandez, City Councilmen Gregg Robinson, Jimmy “ JJ “ Rivas, Congressman Gene Green and Pct. 2 Constable Chris Diaz.

Photos by Allan Jamail

Early voting set for Senate candidates

Early voting has started in Harris County, for a candidate to replace Sylvia Garcia in the state Senate, District 6. Candidates include Democratic State Representatives Ana Hernandez and Carol Alvarado, Democrat Mia Mundy, and Republican Martha Fierro.

The County Clerk has posted the following times and locations for Early Voting:

Hours of Operation
Unofficial – Pending Approval

November 26th – November 30th
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

December 1st
7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

December 2nd
1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

December 3rd – December 7th
7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m

VOTING LOCATIONS:

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Sheldon ISD breaks ground for new elementary school

Pictured (from left) are Sheldon ISD Board President Fred Rivas, Board Vice President Latricia Archie, Board Member Debbie Kolacny, Board Member Angela Cormier and Superintendent King Davis at the groundbreaking site for the new Sheldon ISD elementary school which took place last month.

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN OF NEW SCHOOL

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Mustangs crush Gators 65 – 21

Mustangs Dematrius Davis goes airborne, leaping across the goal line on a 59 yard quarterback keeper play for the game’s first score. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

PLAYOFF GAME NORTHSHORE vs KATY on Nov. 30

By Allan Jamail

On Friday, November 23, 2018, at 1 PM at the Galena Park ISD football stadium, the North Shore Mustangs took the bite out of the Dickinson Gators, eliminating them from the state football playoffs 65 to 21.

Mustang Coach Jon Kay’s offense and defense played like a team hungry for another State Championship title.

Kay’s offense compiled 549 yards for 9 touchdowns, completing 7 of 13 passes for 144 yards and running 38 times for 405 yards.

The Gators posted stadium signs reading, “Gators Chomp on Mustangs” but as it ended up the Gators appeared toothless and no match for the high level of playing the Mustangs repeat weekly.

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Competition for vacated Senate seat

After Sylvia Garcia won a seat in the U.S. Congress in the Nov. 6 general election, she resigned from the Texas Senate District 6. She will now represent TX29 in Congress, Gene Green’s old seat.

To replace Garcia in the Texas Senate, Governor Greg Abbott has called a Special Election, to be held on Tuesday, December 11. Early voting will start on Monday, November 26. Four candidates are running for the position, including two well-known state representatives, Ana Hernandez and Carol Alvarado. The other two candidates are Martha Fierro, a Republican, and Mia Mundy. The latter are relatively unknown to voters.

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Judge Joe Stephens donates 1300 Turkeys to needy families

Judge Stephens ready for turkeys’ distribution.

Judge Joe Stephens continues his tradition of generosity by donating turkeys to needy families in the area. Judge Stephens collaborated with Ronny Dwairy, Constable Sherman Eagleton and Christian Tabernacle to purchase and distribute 1300 turkeys to those in need in 5 different communities.

The turkey giveaway was a weekend long event starting on Friday, November 16th with 450 turkeys given out in the North Shore Area. The donations continued on Saturday when Judge Stephens and volunteers set up in North East Houston, Barrett Station, Baytown and Sheldon.

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North Shore eliminates Dobie from Playoffs 56-19

Mustangs’ junior running back #3 Zach Evans shakes loose a Longhorn defender to score one of his 3 touchdowns. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Friday, November 16, 2018, at the Galena Park ISD football stadium, the North Shore Mustangs chased the Dobie Longhorns back to Pasadena, eliminating them from the state football playoffs 56 to 19.

Coach Jon Kay’s aggressive and heavily starred defense early in the game rounded up, dehorned and closed the gate on the Longhorns offense keeping them to only 7 points in the first half. The defense helped with the score-making in the first quarter when senior defensive back Keyoon Stewart scooped up a loose ball and trotted 30 yards for a touchdown.

Kay’s Mustang offense compiled 434 yards for 8 touchdowns, completing 15 of 21 passes for 203 yards, and running 24 times for 231 yards. Kicker’s John Villalobos made 6 extra points and Kevin Flores made 2 extra point kicks.

Touchdowns were made by Zach Evans (3), Shadrach Banks (2), John Gentry, Ismael Villafuerte and Keeyon Stewart.

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Neighborhood questions plans for Wood Shadows II Hike and Bike Trail

Concerned Wood Shadows II resident’s and Lisa Kasianowitz, Houston Parks Board Outreach Manager (foreground) conducted the meeting and Chip Place (hand raised), Managing Director of Capital Projects for the Houston Parks Board together explained the intentions of the Parks Boards trail. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Houston, TX. – Friday, October 26, 2018 — Members of the Houston Parks Board met with citizens of the Wood Shadows II Subdivision, where a proposed hike and bike trail is in the pre-construction stage. The trail, if completed, will be placed on the northern side of the Kinder Morgan pipeline right-of-way easement, beginning at Maxey Road, going westward approximately two or three hundred feet behind the homes along the 11600 block of Lafferty Oaks Street.

Lisa Kasianowitz, Outreach Manager (in photo foreground), conducted the meeting and Chip Place (hand raised), Managing Director of Capital Projects for the Houston Parks Board, together explained the intentions of the Parks Boards trail and answered questions of the concerned citizens present.

Kasianowitz and Place explained it as part of Bayou Greenways 2020. The Houston Parks Board is working on a new greenway segment for the Hunting Bayou Greenway, which will ultimately connect from Manitou Drive near 610, through Herman Brown Park, to Maxey Park along Maxey Road, with the trail connecting into the existing trail network in Herman Brown Park in the middle. Construction is tentatively set for spring/summer of 2019.

Citizens were concerned about an increase in walking and vehicular traffic in their neighborhood, which could then bring an increase in crime, as well as crowded street parking in front of their homes from people driving there to use the trail. Police surveillance for security to prevent thefts and break-ins of their homes, and maintenance of the trail to prevent littering issues, were raised.

Iris Jones, a nearby homeowner, said, “For 30 years we have lived peacefully in Wood Shadows II subdivision. Since Hurricane Harvey we’ve had an increase in crime in our neighborhood, making it unsafe to use our front yards, so our backyards are now our safe havens. To erect an unlit walking trail so close behind our homes is dangerous, unwise, and totally unacceptable!”

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Mustangs gallop over Falcons 70-7

Mustangs #16 John Gentry breaks through the Falcons defense and dashes for a touchdown. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Friday, November 9, 2018 — At the Galena Park ISD football stadium the North Shore Mustangs crushed the visiting Channelview Falcons 70 to 7.

Coach Jon Kay’s high powered offense scored 10 touchdowns with 531 total yards. The passing game completed 8 out of 11 passes for 172 yards while the running game made 359 yards. Kicker John Villalobos made 7 extra points and Kevin Flores made 3 extra point kicks.

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Chamber EXPO salutes Veterans, First Responders

PRESENTATION OF THE COLORS is performed by the C.E. King High School Air Force Junior ROTC at the North Channel Chamber EXPO and Salute. On the stage are members of the area service clubs, including the Pilot Club, North Shore Rotary, and Galena Park/Jacinto City Rotary, who held their club meetings as part of the event.

Channelview Education Foundation was the major sponsor of the event. Superintendent Greg Ollis poses with Channelview members.

Bill Palko, at right, was the emcee for the event. Bill, a veteran himself, poses with the North Shore Rotary where he is a member.