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Posts published in “Day: February 8, 2018

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.

Former JC Little League President arrested

By Allan Jamail

JACINTO CITY – Tuesday, February 6, 2018 Jacinto City police arrested Christopher Vasquez the former Jacinto City Little League president and charged him with felony theft of baseball league funds.

Police said the new league’s officials had tried to get the money from Vasquez for months by sending him letters, so after hearing nothing they decided to file a police report.

Vasquez was surprised by police at Hobby Airport as they took him into custody moments after he arrived on a flight from California.

Chief Joe Ayala said Vasquez is accused of cashing a check in September of last year for almost $17,000 that was supposed to fund new scoreboards. The check from Coca-Cola to the league was endorsed by Vasquez and cashed but never deposited into the league’s bank account according to records.

Commissioner Morman details status of Precinct 2 at Chamber

Speaking last week at the North Channel Chamber luncheon, Pct. 2 Commissioner Jack Morman discussed the ravages resulting from the floods after Hurricane Harvey, and a large range of projects that will be built in the next few years in East Harris County to keep pace with the population growth.

Morman called it an Historic Flood, noting that in the past five years there have been three flood events in the county that exceeded the 100 year flood plans. In the county, over 30,000 homes were flooded, he said. Resources to help people were overwhelmed, and the county had to ask for the help of the general public for boats and evacuation rescues. He noted that Pct. 2 dump trucks were used as first responder emergency vehicles due to their high ground clearance.

Pct.2 is now in the recovery phase. A total of 260,000 cubic yards of debris have been picked up and hauled away. The Lynchburg Ferry, closed due to damage to both landings, is being repaired and scheduled to re-open in March.

To alleviate future damage from floods, the county is implementing new regulations calling for buildings to be elevated higher. Home buyouts have also occurred, and will continue. So far $20,000,000 has been allocated for this, and 21 homes have been purchased to date.

The county has requested funds from the federal government of $10 Billion dollars for new projects, but so far the money has not been appropriated. The county is planning on a bond issue in the fall, asking voters for 1 or 2 Billion dollars for Flood Control projects.

Channelview HS student surprised with KPRC Scholarship

With the camera rolling, KPRC morning anchor Owen Conflenti congratulates Channelview High School senior Kennedi Henderson of being the winner of the KPRC Senior Scholarship.

It was just another normal day for Channelview High School senior Kennedi Henderson. All of the sudden, in the middle of class, some visitors known to Houston area television viewers entered the room with a welcome surprise.

Henderson’s face lit up with a wide grin as morning news anchor Owen Conflenti called her to the front of the classroom and presented her with KPRC’s $2,500 Senior Scholarship. She is the first recipient out of 20 Houston area students to receive the award, sponsored by Texas Mattress Makers.

“This is amazing,” Henderson said. “This was such an unexpected surprise, but I am excited that my family is here to share it with me.”

Several of Henderson’s family members, including her grandmother, whose home was affected by Hurricane Harvey were in attendance. Her parents, who are both Channelview educators, were also there to support their daughter, along with her brother, who is a junior at CHS.

Henderson is an outstanding student, ranked sixth in her class. She plans to attend Prairie View A&M University in the fall, where she will major in Chemical Engineering. Her involvement at CHS includes serving as a member of the National Honor Society and participating in the Modified Early College Program (MECA) at San Jacinto College. Through her success in MECA, Henderson will receive her Associate’s Degree in May, along with her high school diploma.