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Posts published in November 2020

Mustangs Stampede over Humble Wildcats 55-6

Mustangs score on their first play of the game on a 35 yard pass from Dematrius Davis to sophomore #8 David Amador at the goal line. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Humble, TX. – Thursday, October 29th at Turner Stadium, the North Shore Mustangs easily defeated the Humble ISD Wildcats 55 to 6.

Once again Coach Jon Kay’s Mustangs scored at will against another weak appearing 21-6A district team. His team in only 6 games has racked up 275 points and that’s using his bench a lot. His defense including backup players has only allowed 99 points to be scored on them.

No fault to Coach Kay, he plays the schedule given him, but while these runaway one-sided victories are good for the fans, is it good for the team? Is it possible players will become too over confident and get upset when they’re matched up with an equal powerful team in the playoffs?

Commissioner Garcia’s “Turkey Thursday”

At Grayson Community Center, Pct. 2 Staff posed with turkeys as they got ready to give them to local families.

By Jada Mier

Harris County Precinct 2 — THURSDAY, November 19, 2020, Commissioner Garcia hosted “Turkey Thursday,” where he distributed turkeys to registered families. Each of 10 locations gave out 140 turkeys. This is the first time in Harris County history a precinct distributed a total of 1,400 turkeys in one day. “Turkey Thursday” was a project in prior years held exclusively at Irvington Park, but this year spread out across ten community sites.

Grayson Community Center was one of 10 Harris County Precinct 2 Community Centers to host this event. Staff members of Precinct 2’s Lean Grayson Community center worked distributing turkeys from 5-7 pm. Mario Anzaldua said this accommodation was made among the staff due to the heightening COVID-19 risks. He explained that there is always “fluff,” meaning extras, ten people who registered after the original 140 slots had been taken would also be receiving a turkey. Harris Health, also stationed at the location, gave out small bags of health products. Masks and hand sanitizer were given to all participants. After only an hour, 105 turkeys had been successfully given out.

Pct. 2 delivers 1400 Thanksgiving dinners

Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia, at center, poses with workers and volunteers that gave out these food boxes and Turkeys for Thanksgiving to 1400 families that registered their need.

Harris County Precinct 2 — Commissioner Adrian Garcia hosted “Turkey Thursday” last Thursday, where he distributed turkeys to families at 10 Harris County Precinct 2 Community Centers.

Each location gave out 140 turkeys to registered families. This is the first time in Harris County history a precinct distributes a total of 1,400 turkeys in one day.

“Turkey Thursday” was possible thanks to partnership with non-profit Precinct2Gether, HEB Grocery Stores, and Partners in Primary Care.

Homecoming Court at Galena Park HS

2020 Galena Park High School Homecoming Queen & King

L – R: Principal Dr. Kimberly Martin, Queen Giovanna Morales and Brice Hernandez, both seniors. Giovanna is a member of the school band and Brice is a defensive lineman.

High-Flying Mustangs extend win streak, declaw CE King Panthers 47-21

With only 2 minutes into the game, #18 Ta’Von Griffin, Mustang junior defensive back intercepts Panthers Kameron Kincheon’s pass for a 60 yard pick-6 touchdown. (Allan Jamail Photo)

By Allan Jamail

Houston, TX – Thursday, November 19, 2020 at the GPISD stadium, the high flying Mustangs took off like a jet, scoring 47 points in the first half. The C. E. King Panthers were helpless until North Shore head coach Jon Kay pulled his starters, allowing the Panthers to end up with 21 points. With this win, they’ve clinched a playoff game in District 21-6A.

Coach Kay is the winningest 6A state championship coach in Texas football history. His teams have won three 6A state championships — in 2015, and the back-to-back repeats in 2018 and 2019. If his high-flying team can keep their foot on the pedal and land in a fourth state championship game this year, they’ll have a chance to be a three-peat reigning state championship team, a 6A Texas high school history-making feat never accomplished before.

GP Yellowjackets clinch playoffs at Homecoming game 64-0

#3 Jackets Arturo Garcia crosses the goal on a 39 yard run for the game’s first score, he made 3 TD’s in the game. (Allan Jamail Photo)

By Allan Jamail

Houston, TX. – Thursday, November 20, 2020 at the GPISD stadium, Head Football Coach Spiro Amarantos’s fighting Yellowjackets ended a decade long playoff drought on homecoming night, shutting out Houston’s Sharpstown Apollos 64 – 0.

The Jackets’ steel curtain defense held the Apollos to a mere net two yards running and zero yards passing. The swarming defense has allowed only 6 points to be scored on them in the past four weeks with shutouts in three of those contests. The Apollos tried only 2 passes and those were intercepted, and they coughed up the ball with 3 fumbles.

The Jackets’ offense made 387 yards with 7 touchdowns (TD’s) with a two point conversion and their defense made 2 TD’s, one on a fumble recovery in the end zone and another on a pass interception.

State of the County focuses on COVID-19

HEB president Scott McClelland and Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo presented the annual State of the County address in the style of a “Fireside Chat.”

Judge Lina Hidalgo’s discusses her ideal pandemic re-opening strategy

By Jada Mier

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and H.E.B.’s President Scott McClelland discussed some important topics at the Annual State of the County “Fireside Chat” held over Livestream. In a 33- minute conversation, the issues discussed were the pandemic, racial justice, and the Ike Dike coastal barrier.

Harris County has a total of 170,835 confirmed virus cases and 2,322 deaths; Judge Lina Hidalgo thinks it’s time for a “necessary pullback.” The number of new cases has increased by 40 percent, Hidalgo says. She feels that Harris county would benefit more from a gradual re-opening plan. Stating that she no longer has the authority to enforce this, she thinks what the country needs is a threshold re-opening strategy with scientifically based parameters. Addressing our suffering economy, Hidalgo says Covid-19 safety measures and the economy’s health are synonymous. “When folks know it’s safe out there, they’ll have the confidence to go out and engage in the activities that are going to improve our economy.”

McClelland pointed out the ongoing struggle students have to adapt to their new online school environment due to the global pandemic. In response to Harris County’s lack of connectivity, the county has invested more money to bridge this digital divide. People are noticing the lack of broadband and cellphone towers in more impoverished areas, which leads to an inability to access the internet, Hidalgo said.

Mustangs shutout Summer Creek 58 – 0, have a 22 game win streak

#14 Mustang Charles King crosses the goal on a 75 yard pass play from Dematrius Davis. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Friday, November 13, 2020 at the GPISD stadium, the fairytale myth of Friday the 13th being a sign of bad luck didn’t affect the undefeated two-time defending Class 6A Division I champion North Shore Mustangs.

The Mustangs protected their 22 consecutive game winning streak by shutting out their district opponent the Humble ISD Summer Creek Bulldogs, 58-0.

The Bulldogs offense couldn’t penetrate the Mustangs brick wall defense and were kept to just 97 yards for four quarters.

JC enjoys live music and vendor displays at Market by Night

Walking through the market people were talking and shopping sellers explaining how they made their products.

Photos & Story by Jada Mier

On Saturday at 3 pm local sellers arrived at the town center’s courtyard to set up lights and canopies to display their items. Market by night included 19 vendors selling artisan handcrafted goods from 5- 9 pm.

The Jacinto City community gathered to enjoy food from Trompo Loco and live music performed by Vianey Torres. The director of the market, Rebecca Mier, says their mission is to provide the community with direct access to local producers. As well as offering support to local consumers, artists, and entrepreneurs. Mier and her team, Christal Rodriguez and Geri Burkett, created a fun and family friendly atmosphere while helping consumers become more conscious of who they buy from.

GPHS Yellowjackets’ Steel Curtain Shutout Waltrip Rams 49 – 0

#4 A’marion Kelly, Jackets running back/quarterback crosses the goal for one of his four touchdowns.. (Allan Jamail photos)

By Allan Jamail

Thursday, November 12, 2020 at Houston’s HISD Delmar Stadium, the visiting GPISD Yellowjackets defense, under head coach Spiro Amarantos, continue to play a crucial role in their winning season. The Steel Curtain shutout the Waltrip Rams 49 – 0.

GP’s offense made 7 touchdowns (TD’s) with 343 yards. The defense kept the Rams off the scoreboard allowing only 143 yards, causing 3 fumbles and one pass interception.

Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia donates vital PPE to First Responders

Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia with HFD Station 44 senior officers and first responders holding a N95 mask. The N95 mask is specially made for first responders to fit to their face tight to not allow contagious germs to enter the mouth or nose. First responders are frequently exposed to victims of the deadly and highly contagious COVID 19 virus. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Houston, TX. – Friday, October 30, 2020 at the Houston Fire Department (HFD) – Station 44 at 675 Maxey Road, Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia donated 4,000 N95 masks to the Houston Fire Department. This is a part of her ongoing effort to make sure that frontline workers have the PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) to stay healthy and safe while they work to save lives during the ongoing pandemic. She has donated more than 50,000 face masks to community health centers, the police department, the fire department, and senior centers.

Congresswoman Garcia understands that if we are to crush this virus we must all have access to the protective equipment we need to secure the well-being of our communities. That’s why she also co-introduced the PPE for Safe Schools Act.