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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.

NORTH SHORE ADVANCES IN PLAYOFF OVER CLEAR BROOK

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.

Lady Mustangs Senior Night Runaway Game – NS 60, C.E. King 14

By Allan Jamail

February 2, 2022 at the GPISD North Shore gymnasium, the East Side’s Lady Mustangs made their season’s last home game before a full-house home crowd a scoring exhibition. It was never a contest: the East Side girls of North Shore scored at will over their C. E. King Panther district opponent.

Being it was Senior Night, more than a usual amount of the Lady Mustangs’ family members were present to watch the stampeding Lady Mustangs.

There was a special halftime ceremony where Coach Allison Campbell announced the nine seniors’ names while their family members joined them on center court for photos. Gifts and flower bouquets were given to the seniors.

Linda Jamail statistician, allanj211@aol.com.

NS MUSTANGS WIN ONE – LOSE ONE

#13 Mustang Senior Marcel Dalcourt
leaps high for a 2-point lay-up. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

NS 61 – C.E. King 59 / NS 42 – Summer Creek 58

By Allan Jamail

February 2, 2022 at the Sheldon ISD home court of the C. E. King Panthers, the North Shore Mustangs pulled out a 4th quarter win. After trailing as much as 19 points in the game, the never-die Mustangs won at the clock’s final buzzer.

To start the 4th quarter, the Mustangs were down 30-44. They outscored the Panthers 31-15 in the fourth quarter.

NORTH SHORE MUSTANGS CHAMPIONSHIP PARADE

Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia congratulates the team at the parade assembly point. She said, “Congratulations to the North Shore Mustangs on a FIFTH state championship. Your dedication and ferocity on the field is so impressive. Thanks for all the hard work you put in to making Galena Park and the North Channel Community so proud. Special thanks to all your coaches, teachers, parents and guardians for making this success possible. We are all so proud of you! On to number six!”

North Shore Mustangs Head Coach Jon Kay.

NS Lady Mustangs Stampede over Beaumont Bruins 52-39

Leading scorer #32 Atria Dumas 6’1” Lady Mustang Forward lays up a basket over Beaumont Bruins and games leading re-bounder. (Photo A. Jamail)

North Shore HS Basketball Stadium — January 18, 2022 — The Lady Mustangs, under Head Coach Allison Campbell, hosted Beaumont Bruins in a district game. Lady Mustangs never let the Bruins get close enough to make a serious threat to their victory, winning 52-39.

The game was all Lady Mustangs on both offense and defense. They lead by double digits throughout the game.

NS Mustangs over C.E. King Panthers 52–48

Coach Sam Benitez (center) rallies his Mustangs moments before they secured their victory over rival C. E. King. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

North Shore High School Basketball Stadium – January 7, 2022, in front of a packed house, the Mustangs under Head Coach Sam Benitez hosted the C.E. King Panthers, their district rival, and in the last two minutes, came from behind with a 4 point win.

The game began with the Mustangs exploding on offense and defense. They lead by double digits midway into the second quarter. By halftime the Panthers had fought back and closed the gap, trailing only by four, 27-23.

At the end of the third quarter the Panthers trailed only by a point, 40- 39. In the fourth quarter the game was tied numerous times, both teams swapped the lead back and forth. With under a minute Coach Benitez tighten his defense, the Mustangs went ahead by four and held on for the win.

NORTH SHORE’S KAY NAMED COACH OF YEAR

Coach Jon Kay, North Shore head football coach, has been selected as the 2020-2021 Southwest Section Boys Football (11-player) Coach of the Year.

Head Coach Jon Kay as he gets on the bus taking him to Arlington’s AT&T stadium to play for his 4th State Championship Title. North Shore Mustangs won the title 17-10 over Duncanville (12-18-21).(Jamail photo)

The National Federation of State High School Association (NFHS) Coaches Association selected Coach Kay based upon his performance during the 2020-2021 school year, lifetime community involvement, school involvement, philosophy of coaching and his contribution to the students of the North Shore community.

Congratulations, Coach Kay! Galena Park ISD and North Shore are lucky to have you as an outstanding coach in the District.