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North Shore ends Westfield’s unbeaten streak

North Shore 55, Westfield 25

PHOTO TOP LEFT: Houston’s KPRC TV Channel 2 Sports selected the North Shore Mustangs verse the Spring Westfield Mustangs as their Football Frenzy’s top high school game of the week. Seated: TV Sports Reporter Randy McIlvoy interviews #2 Christopher Barnes, NS Mustang junior wide receiver and his offense teammates. Back row – L – R: #64 Zach Chavanne, #9 Kaleb Bailey, #58 Omarion Dudley, #76
Tyler Edwards, #4 Terrence Guillory and #89 Kaleb Thomas (Photo by Linda Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

GPISD stadium – Friday, September 9, 2022 – It was a classic Texas Friday Night Football contest. The Galena Park (GP) ISD North Shore Mustangs hosted the Spring ISD Spring Westfield Mustangs (SWM) in a battle of the unbeaten. With both teams ranked high in the state each brought their Mustang Nation fans and filled the stadium to capacity leaving standing room only viewing.

GPISD’s Superintendent Dr. John Moore said when it was decided to close the gates because of reaching the safe capacity limits people still tried to get inside through other entrances. He said some fans even went and got on the sidelines without authorized field passes, so security and school officials had to have them removed.

The two Mustang nations turned out but only one went home happy… it was the Eastside Boys who spoiled Westfield’s night, romping 55 -25.

NS Mustangs take Lions bite away

NS #8 David Amador catches 55 yard Kaleb Bailey pass and scores. . (Photo by Allan Jamail)

North Shore 42 – Spring 0

By Allan Jamail

Spring, TX. September 3, 2022 at Planet Ford Stadium the GPISD North Shore Mustangs pulled the teeth from the Spring Lions. The toothless Lions were kept scoreless by the Eastside Boys new defensive line. Mustangs 42 – Lions 0.

After losing their talented and experienced line who helped win the 2021 State Championship title Coach Jon Kay and his assistant coaches rebuilt their defensive line. So far with exceptions to their penalties this “D” line appears speedy and prepared to tangle.

NS Mustangs Cake-Walk Football Opener

# 3 Evan Jackson, NS special team player runs 80 yards on a punt return TD. (Photo by Allan Jamail) (left) # 9 Kaleb Bailey, NS quarterback
avoids a tackle leaping across the goal for a TD. (Photo by Allan Jamail) (right)

Mustangs 49 – Woodlands Highlanders 21

By Allan Jamail

GPISD stadium – Thursday, August 25, 2022 the Defending 6A State Champion North Shore Mustangs trampled the visiting Woodlands Highlanders (WH). It was a “cakewalk” from the opening kickoff.

The Eastside Boys (NS) scored 28 points in the first quarter. They kept a double digit lead from start to finish in the non-district game. Ending the first half 42 – 7. Head Coach Jon Kay pulled his starters in the final quarter and then the Highlanders managed to score. The final score; NS 49 – WH 21(See touchdown photos scoring details)

HS FOOTBALL SEASON OPENER: GP Yellowjackets defeat GCM Patriots in OT 37-36

LEFT: #24 Jonathan Gutierrez, Jacket’s senior running back scoring 1 of his 4 touchdowns accounting for 24 points. // RIGHT: #12 Daniel Gomez, Jacket’s sophomore quarterback drives over three Patriot defenders for the overtime winning score. (Photos by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

GPISD Stadium – Houston, TX. ~ In their first game of the season, the home team Galena Park Yellowjackets (GP) (5AD2) and Goose Creek Memorial Patriots (GCMP) (5A-D1) battled back and forth with lead changes. Both teams are in 5A. The 4th quarter ended in a 29- 29 tie, putting the non-district contest into overtime.

Head Coach Spiro Amarantos’ Yellowjackets got the opening kickoff and scored early on their first drive. GCM followed with a TD, ending the 1st quarter tied, 7 – 7.

In the 2nd quarter the Jackets senior running back Jonathan Gutierrez scored again for his 2nd touchdown (TD). GP’s kicker Oswaldo Flores had his extra point kick blocked. Before the 1st half ended with 5 seconds on the clock, Flores kicked a 20-plus yard 3-point field goal, ending the 1st half with a 16 – 7 Jackets lead.

East Houston United wins 3rd national title

East Houston United 2022 National Basketball Champions and their former high schools. L – R: CJ Calhoun (Furr) Josh Anderson (CE King), Coach Kevin Williams Sr., Corey Alpough (Channelview) Brandon Taylor (Galena Park), Carl Corman (Atlanta Georgia), Xavier Howard (Jack Yates), Zack Strong (Atlanta Georgia) & Maurice Redmond III (Channelview).

Undefeated EHU Wins 3rd Consecutive Title

By Allan Jamail

Pasadena, Texas – June 12, 2022 at the Pal Gymnasium, the East Houston United (EHU) basketball team won their 3rd consecutive United States National Basketball League’s (NBL) Championship in a row. Most of the team’s players are from the North Channel area. (See photo.)

Head Coach Kevin Williams Sr. said his team went 10 – 0 this season and is 30 – 0 in the NBL and 49 – 1 overall. They are undefeated on their home court.

The NBL named Kevin Williams Sr. as Coach of the Year, and Maurice Redmond III (Channelview High School) was league MVP.

NS Mustangs State Championship Ring Day

North Shore Eastside Boys team and football program’s associates displaying their championship rings. Coach Jon Kay 2nd from right. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

HOUSTON – Wednesday, May 18, 2022, in the mid-afternoon at the GPISD football stadium, the Eastside 2021 varsity team received their championship rings. Also getting rings were others who contributed to the program’s winning season.

Players, coaches, trainers, and other associates of the football program lined up next to tables spread out over 150 feet. They were waiting with eager anticipation of opening the sealed ring boxes on the tables. No one was allowed to see their ring until Head Coach Jon Kay gave the go-ahead to open the boxes. And when he gave the word to open, loud sounds of excitement could be heard from the recipients by the crowd of spectators gathered to watch the event.

Mustang’s Coach Jon Kay receives GEICO Game Day Trophy from Dave Nelson, Owner | GEICO Local Office for their state championship victory over Duncanville, December 18, 2021, assisting Van Malone, Producer, Gameday Productions. (Photo by Allan Jamail) MORE photos page 3.

NS Mustang’s Championship Dynasty Banquet

North Shore Head Coach Jon Kay delivers his remarks to the thousand plus attendees at the Mustangs championship banquet. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

April 7, 2022 – Houston, Texas – At the Bayou City Center, some 20 miles away from the Eastside Boys’ home turf, the GPISD’s Championship Mustang football team was given an awesome celebration banquet. Over a thousand family members and fans attended to witness a recap video titled, “The Eastside Dynasty,” of the team’s 3rd state championship title in 4 years.

On December 18, 2021, the North Shore Mustangs beat the Duncanville Panthers 17 – 10 in a thriller to capture the UIL 6A Div. 1 Texas High School Football State Championship in front of 43,000 plus spectators. The game was a brutal defensive struggle; Head Coach Kay called it a “slugfest,” rightly so. Only 3 touchdowns were made, and a pair of field goals.

At the banquet, Superintendent Dr. John Moore welcomed everyone, followed by graduating senior Kris Ross’ invocation. North Shore’s Senior High School AF JROTC presented the colors prior to the Pledge of Allegiance.

Terri Moore, Associate Superintendent, kept the program’s agenda moving in an orderly fashion. She introduced the Special Guests and gave the following points of information about the team’s season.

She said, “Now, you all may know the season officially started on January 11, 2021. That’s a total of 337 days devoted to making this championship dream come true. During that time our champions have had:

GP Soccer Twins Sign Together at Trinity Valley

Head Coach Alejandra Cruz, Leslie Vasquez, Dr. Kimberly D. Martin, Larisa Vasquez & Assistant Coach Brittany Bray. (Photo by Linda Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Galena Park, TX. – April 1, 2022 – Galena Park High School celebrated “The Twins,” two senior Lady Yellowjacket soccer team players, signing for full college scholarships with Trinity Valley Community College. Leslie and Larisa Vasquez are twin sisters and were born in Houston, Texas, but were raised in El Salvador until the age of 9. They returned to the US and enrolled into Galena Park ISD where they began to participate in athletics.

The Twins played volleyball, basketball, and ran track in middle school, but also played soccer outside of school. When they made it to high school Leslie played JV volleyball and basketball, and lettered in soccer; Larisa played freshman volleyball, and lettered in basketball and soccer as a sophomore. At the beginning of their junior year they decided to dedicate their time to soccer with the hopes of earning an athletic soccer scholarship. During their varsity soccer career, Leslie played defense and had 70 game appearances; Larisa played center midfield and had 52 game appearances. Leslie received 2nd Team All District and an Honorable Mention during the 2021 season. Larisa received 2nd Team all district and academic all district during the 2021 season. Through consistent hard-work, perseverance, and commitment, the sisters were both offered a full ride athletic scholarship to Trinity Valley Community College to join the Women’s Cardinal Soccer program.

Galena Park Boys Soccer wins District & Bi-District Playoff

Galena Park Boys Soccer Team with family & fans celebrating their shutout victory after the game. (Photo by Linda Jamail) MORE PHOTOS PAGE 5

GP Yellowjackets 2 – LaPorte Bulldogs 0

By Allan Jamail

Friday, March 25, 2022 at Clear Creek ISD Challenger Columbia Stadium, the Galena Park High School Boys soccer varsity Yellowjackets shut out the LaPorte Bulldogs 2 – 0.

Head Coach Shannon Summers with assistant coaches Steven Botello and Dalton Strouse had the Jackets who won their district title playing outstanding defense and offense.

The 2 goals were made by senior Fernando Mendoza. Critical to winning the game was their good defense and senior Goal Keeper Bernardo Vazquez made several outstanding blocked goal attempts to shutout the Bulldogs.

NS Lady Mustangs playoff eliminated

Shalayne Morgan the Lady Mustangs junior guard goes airborne as she led the team with 17 points making nearly half of their total points. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

North Shore 37 – Pearland Lady Oilers 38

By Allan Jamail

February 22, 2022 – At the Pasadena Sam Rayburn High School gym, the Pearland Lady Oilers brought GPISD North Shore Lady Mustangs’ playoff hopes to a close, winning 38 to 37. As this low score tells, the game was a defensive battle and, as usual when this happens in a close game, it was the team with the ball in their possession in the final seconds who won.

The game many thought would be an easy win for the Eastside girls ended up as a shock and surprise when Pearland won by one point in the final couple seconds. The shock and surprise was because earlier in the season, North Shore won against Pearland by 24 points, 54 – 30.

North Shore’s coach Allison Campbell said the first time they played the Lady Oilers, they didn’t have all their starters, as they did in this game. Plus they added a new player to their team that the UIL recently cleared to play.

The North Shore team had more turnovers than normal, and this was because Pearland’s defense was so aggressive. Atria “Tree” Dumas, the Mustangs’ leading rebounder and a double digit scorer, was held to only 3 points, where she usually gets near 20 points a game. She was double-teamed most of the time when she played. Coach Campbell took her out of the game for half of the first quarter and all of the 2nd quarter, because Campbell said Dumas had 2 early fouls and she didn’t want her to foul out.


Leading scorer #1 junior guard Shalayne Morgan makes one of her 18 points. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

Lady Mustangs 68 – Wolverines 64

By Allan Jamail

February 17, 2022 at 6 pm on the neutral court at the Pasadena Memorial Gym, the GPISD North Shore Lady Mustangs edged out the Clear Brook Wolverines in overtime for the Area Finals Round (2nd playoff game).

This game from the beginning tip-off was a barnburner till the final second in overtime. The Wolverines looked early on as the winner, having led by 12 points at one time. The Eastside Lady Mustangs never gave up, and clawed back several times to tie the game, and sometimes have a 2 or 3 point lead.

The lead in the game changed back and forth all the way into the final minutes of regulation play. Clear Brook had a 2 point lead, 60 – 58, with 4 seconds on the clock. The Lady Mustangs quickly got the ball down court and tied the game, sending it into a 4 minute overtime period, 60 – 60.