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North Shore Mustangs remain undefeated

Shadrach Banks, North Shore’s six-foot sophomore wide receiver goes airborne to pull down a touchdown pass in the end zone from sophomore quarterback Dematrius Davis. Later Banks ran for a 94 yard touchdown. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Beaumont, TX. — On Saturday, November 3, 2018, the visiting North Shore Mustangs had their usual run-away victory by scoring 9 touchdowns, and stopped the Beaumont United Wolverines from making a single point.

The lopsided score 63 – 0 is because the Mustangs has an awesome offense and a tough defense with a roster full of talented players. Even when Coach Jon Kay puts into the game his non-starting offensive and defensive players, they continue to dominate over the other teams best players. In the season’s 9 games, the explosive offense has made 484 points and the scrappy defense has only allowed 47 points scored on them. Mustangs kicker John Villalobos was perfect with 9 extra point kicks.

With the win, North Shore remains undefeated and improves its record to 9-0 on the season. The Mustangs host their last district game at 7 pm, Friday, November 9th. in the IH-10 Showdown against their arch-rival Channelview Falcons, with 4 wins and 5 loses in a 6A Region III District 21 game.

Undefeated Mustangs crush West Brook in 55-7 win

Mustang junior running back Zach Evans races 74 yards for his first of three touch downs in the game’s first score as he outruns the West Brook Bruin’s defensive team. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Friday, October 26, 2018 – Houston, TX — At Galena Park ISD Stadium, the undefeated number one state ranked North Shore Mustangs scored eight touchdowns against the visiting Beaumont West Brook Bruins, ending in another lopsided victory with a score of 55 to 7.

The Mustangs stingy defense kept the Bruins scoreless until late in the game when Coach Jon Kay pulled his starting defense players from the game, the Bruins lone touchdown came with 40 seconds remaining in the game. In the eight games played, the defense has only allowed 47 points to be scored on their team.

North Shore’s offense has scored 421 points in 8 games, averaging 53 points a game. They moved up to number one in the state with the Maxpreps computerized tabulations that utilize the huge number of game results stored in the MaxPreps database. Generally, the more a team wins the higher the ranking, but the system also takes into account quality wins (against other highly ranked opponents) and strength of schedule.

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A close win 58-54 for Channelview vs. C.E. King in Homecoming game

Channelview High School named its Homecoming King and Queen during the halftime of the football game against C. E. King at Ray Maddry Memorial Stadium. Julian Sanchez was named Homecoming King and Hailey Walker was selected as Homecoming Queen. (Photo submitted by Channelview ISD)

By Allan Jamail

Channelview, TX. – On Friday, October 26th, time ran out on the hosting Channelview Falcons as the visiting C. E. King Panthers squeaked out a victory 58 to 54.

In the back-and-forth scoring contest, both teams accumulated 1,109 offensive yards and 16 touchdowns, scoring together 112 points to provide the fans of the two neighboring communities lots of excitement.

The close-call victory gives King 6 wins and 2 losses, with 2 games remaining in their regular season schedule. Channelview moves to 3 wins and 5 losses, with 2 games remaining.

The Panthers host the Baytown Sterling Rangers Friday, November 2nd at 7 PM. The Falcons will host the La Porte Bulldogs Friday, November 2nd at 7 PM.

Channelview will end their regular season playing in the IH-10 Showdown against their arch-rival North Shore at the Mustangs’ stadium Friday, November 9th at 7 PM. The Mustangs have already played and shutout C. E. King 58-0. Coach Jon Kay’s undefeated Mustangs ranked number one in the state is averaging 55 points per game.

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North Shore defeats Baytown Sterling 63-3

Mustangs junior defensive back Marcus Cockrell out leaps a Sterling Ranger receiver to intercept a pass, the turnover led to another Mustang score. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Friday, October 19, 2018 – Baytown, TX – At the Goose Creek ISD Stallworth Stadium, the North Shore Mustangs scored 5 touchdowns in the first quarter. By the end of the game they had made 9 touchdowns. Kicker John Villalobos made all 9 extra point kicks. To keep from being shut-out the Sterling Rangers kicked a field goal, the final score was 63 to 3.

The undefeated 7-0 Mustangs have only had one serious challenge this season when they opened the season 7 weeks ago by beating the Katy Tigers 35 to 21.

North Shore and the Beaumont West Brook Bruins are tied for first place with 4 wins each in District 21 – 6-A Region III. In order to reach the playoffs Coach Jon Kay’s Mustangs must pull off a win against the visiting Bruins Friday, October 26th.

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North Shore Mustangs win 75-13 in Homecoming

North Shore 2018 Homecoming King and Queen. North Shore High School at halftime announced Senior Malcom Montgomery as King and Senior Diamond Simon as Queen of the Homecoming King and Queen contest. The North Shore Mustangs beat the Deer Park Deer 75 to 13.

By Allan Jamail

Friday, October 12, 2018 at the Galena Park ISD football stadium the home team North Shore Mustangs once again proved why they’re number 2 ranked in the state and 13th in the nation. The Deer Park Deer ran for lots of yards but not while carrying the football, they ran chasing the Mustangs who had the ball and scored 10 touchdowns for 75 points to the Deer’s 13.

Coach Jon Kay’s undefeated Mustangs haven’t had any strong competition yet in district play which could end up hurting them when they get into playoffs. One loss in the playoffs ends the season and the chances of a state title. Normally teams have enough serious district competition that’ll prepare them for the tougher playoff teams they’ll be challenging.

The district title showdown will probably be when the Beaumont West Brook Bruins come to play North Shore Friday, October 26th. (more…)

North Channel Little League District 17 All Star Champs

The North Channel Little League 9 Year Old Live Arm team went undefeated to take the District 17 All Star Tournament. Players: from bottom left to right Daniel Correa, Kevin Guerra, Daniel Olivas, Ivan Espino, Juan Sias, Josue Rebollar, Adrian Olivas, Ethan Bonilla, Damian Correa, Athan Castillo, Fabian Beltran and Alex Rodriguez. Coaches: from top left to right Robert Rodriguez, David Rodriguez and Roland Rodriguez.

Grand Texas Theme Park opens June 30

The BIG RIVERS WATERPARK, and the GATOR BAYOU ADVENTURE PARK are two of the seven activity areas that will open in June. ABOVE: The RV Resort and SpeedSportz Racing Park are now open.

Tickets now on sale

NEW CANEY – The new theme park is set to open two more sections, on June 29th. When all seven activity areas are open, the theme park will be comparable to Astroworld, according to publicity sources.

Big Rivers Waterpark, and Gator Bayou Adventure Park are the next two sections scheduled to open in June.

Currently daily passes for future attendance are selling for $29.99, and an annual pass is available for $59.95. Tickets are on sale at bigriverswaterpark.com/admission/#prices, or at the RV resort.

Big Rivers area will include a lazy river, a wave pool, waterslides, and a large interactive play structure. Gator Bayou will include Wild Isle, an Alligator Exhibit, and Big Al’s Fishing hole. It will also have zip lines, nature trails, a seven story free fall tower, pony rides, and a petting zoo.

The theme park is located on 630 acres at US59 and Highway 292.

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Domecoming: Public parties in the Astrodome

25,000 Fans gathered for the Dome tour.

HOUSTON – Fans of the Astrodome brought their memories to a large party Monday night, inside the famed Dome.

The Astrodome Conservancy held the party, and at least 25,000 fans showed up, to hear music, eat some food truck grub, and mostly just stare at the cavernous space and relive their memories of the last time they saw a game or event there.

It was the 53rd Anniversary of this so-called Eighth Wonder of the World, which is about to gain a new life as an indoor park and event space for the County.

Commissioner’s Court in February approved a $105 million plan to renovate the Dome, and work will start in the fall, so this is the last time the Dome would be available to see it the way it was when it opened in 1965.

Some new, some old fans gazed up at the space.

Phoebe Tudor, chair of the Astrodome Conservancy, said that this event was so popular that the 25,000 tickets sold out in less than two hours. Tickets were free, too.

Fans remembered when the Dome was the home of the Astros, from 1965 to 1999, and the Oilers from 1968 to 1996. In 2009 building inspectors ruled the building unsafe, and it has been closed since then.

The revitalization plan calls for an underground parking garage, with 9 acres of park space above at street level.

The new Dome will be available for festivals, conferences, and commercial space, according to County Judge Ed Emmett. It will also be a passive and recreational park, under an air-conditioned dome, another first for the city and the country. Emmett also envisions that the space can be used as an adjunct to NRG center, for boat shows, auto shows, and the Rodeo. Construction will start in October, and last for 17 months.

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.

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San Jac Baseball opens 2018 season atop the PerfectGame Preseason Top 25

HOUSTON – The San Jacinto College baseball team is no doubt one of the best teams in the country year in and year out.

Brian Sakowski, PerfectGame’s National Scouting Supervisor, says this year’s San Jacinto College baseball team has pitching depth and “looks impressive,” making it the PerfectGame preseason pick to win the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) World Series. He notes that at least five San Jac players are among the top 60 PerfectGame Junior College top prospect list. That includes INF/RHP Sergio Macias (Laredo, Texas / Alexander HS), C/1B Herbert Iser (Kissimmee, Florida / Osceola HS), LHP Jacob Cantleberry (Greenwood, Indiana / Center Grove HS), OF/INF Alerick Soularie (Humble, Texas / Atascocita HS) and OF/IF Matt Goodheart (Magnolia, Arkansas / Magnolia HS).

San Jac opened the 2018 season last weekend on the road against Panola College and Baton Rouge College in Louisiana. The first home game of the season will be Friday, Feb. 2 against Bossier Parish Community College in a doubleheader. In total, San Jac will play 18 home games this season at JR Harrison Field at Andy Pettitte Park.

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North Shore Mustangs advance to State 6A Quarterfinals

The North Shore Mustangs football team defeated the Lamar High School Texans this past Friday and has advanced to the State 6A Quarterfinals!

They will take on the Katy Tigers on Saturday, December 9 at NRG Stadium. Game time is 2 p.m. Pre-sale tickets, which are $6 for students and $11 for adults, are available at the GPISD Athletic Office through Friday, December 8 at 6 p.m. All tickets at the gate will be $15. Parking at NRG will be $12. Go Mustangs!