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East Houston United wins National Basketball League-United States Championship

The East Houston United (EHU) 2020 champion professional basketball team. Head Coach Kevin Williams Sr. (photo center with trophy) was named NBL-US Coach of the year.

By Allan Jamail

San Antonio, TX. – Saturday, August 8, 2020 – The East Houston United (EHU) Professional Basketball Team made history by capping off an undefeated season with a Championship win. East Houston United’s Head Coach Kevin Williams Sr. was named NBL-US Coach of the year. Williams played basketball for the North Shore High School Mustangs in 2000.

Heading into the 2020 season, East Houston United didn’t want to repeat its heartbreaking 2018 season by losing another championship as they did in 2018. After going undefeated 20-0 into the playoffs, they lost the 2018 championship game to Louisiana in the UBA playoffs.

United took the 2019 season off to evaluate other professional league options. They were impressed with the new National Basketball League – United States (NBL-US). It’s the official feeder league to the NBL-Philipinas and the NBL-Jamaica. By joining the new league the competition would be much better so the team had to improve in order win the championship and a chance to make history.

The NBL-US kicked off its season February 2020, and through 5 weeks, East Houston United was a perfect 5-0 and was on its way to a 2nd undefeated season.

Due to Covid-19, East Houston United did not have a chance to finish the regular season, but held out hope the playoffs would still be played. Five months later, the NBL-US league last weekend opened back up to complete their playoffs.


North Shore Football opens Aug. 29 vs. De La Salle

NORTH SHORE – Current plans are for the Mustangs to open the football season with a first, a game against a nationally recognized top team. The game will take place on Saturday, August 29 at Galena Park ISD field, unless the pandemic forces a change in the schedule or venue.

The game between two national Powerhouse teams would be telecast on ESPN network. The two teams have won 10 state championships, 6 for De La Salle in California, and 4 for North Shore.

The game would be part of a double-header, which would include Shadow Creek vs. Philadelphia’s St. Joseph Prep.

Coach Jon Kay

Coach Jon Kay told the North Channel Star, at a recent appearance at North Shore Rotary, the significance of this matchup is national attention to the North Shore team, and the increased possibility that the team’s players would be recruited by the NFL scouts.

If the California team is unable to make the trip to Houston, due to restrictions from the virus concerns, then the opening game would see North Shore play Shadow Creek at the GPISD stadium.


Lady Mustangs Playoff win over Dobie Longhorns 50 – 40

#10 Makayla Patterson, senior Lady Mustangs leading scorer makes a 2 point fade-away-shot. She made 20 points in the game with 15 of them in the final period to seal the win. She made 90 percent of her free throws. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Pasadena, TX. – February 17, 2020, on a neutral court, the GPISD North Shore Mustangs girls’ varsity basketball team won Monday’s playoff game against Dobie (Houston, TX) by a score of 50-40. The games are a part of the “2020 Girls State Basketball Championships – 6A Regions 1 & 3” tournament.

Mustangs Head Coach Allison Campbell brought her team out after trailing at halftime to outscore the Longhorns in the second half 28 to 17. By pulling out a victory they will now advance to play Clear Springs (League City, TX) on Thursday, February 20th, at 6 pm. The results will be in the next issue of the North Channel Star.


Mustang’s Football Fan Appreciation Day

Government officials and or representatives recognizing North Shore Mustang’s Coach Jon Kay, assistant coaches and team for their UIL Class 6A Division I successful history making 2018 – 2019 back to back State Football Championships. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Galena Park ISD Stadium – Saturday, February 1, 2020, the North Shore Mustangs Fan Nation came out in the thousands to cheer and applaud their team for their historical successful season. The team has given a sense of pride to the east side community. In a rematch game with the Duncanville Panthers — who the Mustangs defeated in 2018 — they once again won 31 to17 in 2019. For the first time in the University Interscholastic League (UIL) Class 6A Division I has a team won back to back consecutive state championships games.

While the Eastside Team watched and listened to local governmental officials and or their representatives, each gave their remarks praising Coach Jon Kay, assistant coaches, Athletic Director Vivian Dancy, and all those in the GPISD who had a part in the accomplishment.


North Shore Mustangs defeat Channelview Falcons 55-26

FIRST PHOTO: The game’s leading scorer #2 Kose Egbule Mustang guard outruns Falcon defenders for a 2 point layup shot. SECOND PHOTO: The game’s 2nd highest scorer #22 Jakari Marshall out-leaps Falcon defenders for a score. (Photos by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Channelview, TX — January 24, 2020 at the Channelview Falcons basketball court the visiting North Shore Mustangs easily defeated them 55 – 26. However after the first two quarters the Falcons kept within reach only 9 points behind.

Coach Sam Benitiz after seeing his Mustang team having a comfortable lead began putting in his bench to get those players more experience and to rest his starters. In the final two quarters and at game’s end they ended up 29 points ahead.


North Shore crushes Baytown Sterling 82 – 32

#11 Trelyn Ross makes a 2 point basket for the Mustangs over a Sterling defender. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

January 14, 2020, at the Galena Park ISD Mustang basketball court located at 353 N. Castlegory Road, Houston, TX, Head Coach Sam Benitez and his Mustang basketball team crushed the Baytown Sterling Rangers 82 – 32.

Mustang scorers: Kose Egbule (Sr) leading scorer with 17 points, Devon Taylor (Jr) 13 points, Joshua Cooper (Sr) had 10 points, Jaron Jefferson (Sr) 9 points, Trelyn Ross (Sr) 10 points, Randy Woodard (Sr) 8 points, Kevin Anderson (Sr) 5 points, Colton Price (Jr) 4 points, Joseph Richard (Sr) 4 points, Jakari Marshall 2 points.


North Shore Mustangs honored at January’s Board of Trustees Meeting

The Galena Park I.S.D Board of Trustees recognized the North Shore Senior High Football team at the January Board Meeting. The North Shore Mustangs defeated the Duncanville Panthers 31-17 to be named the UIL Class 6A Division I State Champions. North Shore won its fourth state championship and have earned back-to-back state titles.

The Mustangs were represented at the Board meeting by the senior team members, senior trainers, senior managers/video crew and the coaching staff. Galena Park I.S.D. will be hosting a community pep rally honoring the North Shore Mustangs on Saturday, February 1 at 3 p.m. at the Galena Park I.S.D. Stadium.

North Shore Mustang Basketball defeats C. E. King Panthers 63-50

#22 Jakari Marshall, Mustang 3 point shooter makes six 3 point shots in 63 – 50 win over C. E. King. (PHOTO BY ALLAN JAMAIL)

By Allan Jamail

Houston, TX. — Tuesday, January 7, 2020, the GPISD North Shore Mustangs basketball team went to the Sheldon ISD C. E. King court, defeating them 63 to 50 in their second district game.

The Mustangs opened their district season by beating the LaPorte Bulldogs 68 – 42.

North Shore’s coach is Sam Benitez, who last year took his team to the state’s final four championship contest, only to lose in a close game, one game away from playing in the final championship game. This year he has built a team that will once again be a strong force in the state.

North Shore (2-0) travels to Deer Park to play the Deer (1- 1) Friday, January 10 at 7 PM.

Galena Park Youngster wins Houston Texans Contest

Tristan Chavez of Galena Park runs off the field at NRG Stadium after picking up the tee from the opening kick off of the Houston Texans recent home playoff game against the Buffalo Bills. Tristan’s name was drawn as a winner of the Ashley HomeStore Kickoff Kid program. Visit any Houston-area Ashley HomeStore to enter for a chance to win.


Jon Kay, Mustangs head coach passing the championship trophy to John Gentry. (Photo by Allan and Linda Jamail)

North Shore 31 – Duncanville 17

By Allan Jamail

Arlington, Texas — On Saturday, December 21, 2019 at the AT&T Stadium, in front of 47,818 spectators, the North Shore Mustangs — rated number one in the state — became the first team in University Interscholastic League (UIL) Class 6A Division I history to win consecutive state championship games. In a rematch game with the Duncanville Panthers, who the Mustangs defeated in 2018, they once again won 31 to 17.

Since the beginning of the UIL Class 6A Division I in 2014, Coach Kay and the Mustangs made history by being the first to win three state championships.

North Shore won despite being without three of their starters. Zach Evans and Jermond Batiste were grounded because of not complying with the team’s cell phone policy. This made three games Evans has had to sit out due to disciplinary reasons. Shadrach Banks has been unable to play in several games due to an injury.