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High School Football PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

North Shore Mustangs vs Deer Park Deers – Thurs, Dec. 10th @ 7:00 PM @ GPISD Stadium.
This is 1st round of the 6A Div. 1 Region 3 Bi-district play.

Galena Park Yellowjackets vs Barber Hills Eagles – Fri, Dec. 11th @ 7:00 PM @ GPISD Stadium.
This is 1st round of the 5A Div. 2 Region 3 Bi-district play.

Channelview Falcons vs CE King Panthers Fri. Dec.11th @ 7:00 PM @ Panther Stadium. This is 1st round of the 6A Div. 2 Region 3 Bi-district play

One dead in car-train collision

Authorities view the wreckage of the car that drove around the crossing gates and was struck by an Amtrak passenger train. A passenger in the car was ejected and died. The driver, Brittinie Green, was charged by the D.A.’s office with Manslaughter.

Manslaughter charged on driver who drove around gates

CHANNELVIEW – The Harris County Sheriff’s Office reports a crash involving an SUV and a train on Sheldon Road.

A woman has been charged after a deadly crash involving an SUV and an Amtrak train in northeast Harris County on Wednesday afternoon.

Brittinie Green is charged with manslaughter, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

The crash occurred around 5 p.m. Wednesday in the 10500 block of Sheldon Road near Beaumont Highway.

Deputies say Green was driving a BMW X3 with a passenger, Rhonda Clay, in the front seat. The sheriff’s office says Green drove northbound in the southbound lane of Sheldon Road, went around two vehicles that were stopped for the railroad crossing arms and then drove around the railroad arm.

Deputies say the BMW then crossed over the railroad tracks and was struck by a westbound Amtrak train.


Mustangs pluck Eagles 63 – 14 to capture 21-6A District Championship Crown

Texas state ranked #1 quarterback #4 Dematrius Davis runs 19 yards for the games 1st touchdown. Davis ran for 3 touchdowns in the game (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Humble, TX. – Friday, November 27th at Turner Stadium, after an hour plus delay because of a lightning storm, the North Shore Mustangs galloped away with the 21-6A district championship crown.

The Eastside Boys (Mustangs) and the Atascocita Eagles weathered the storm and went onto the field to play, but then the Eagles got caught in another storm, or more like a tornado. They became the victim of Coach Jon Kay’s whirlwind team that swirled all over the field on offense and defense, winning 63 – 14.

The Eagles made only 9 first downs, while the Mustangs made 27; they made only 174 total offense yards to the Mustangs 718 yards. After making 9 touchdowns (TD’s) in three quarters, Coach Kay rested his starters. The only negative stat for the Eastside Boys was they gave up over 80 yards with 8 penalties.

This game closed out the Mustangs regular season; they’ve remained undefeated in their last 24 games. They don’t have a game this week but will be headed to the playoffs the following week. (more…)

Cultural Arts Center to hold Tree Lighting Ceremony

MIchelle L. Bonton

By Allan Jamail

Houston, TX – December 2, 2020 Michelle Bonton the Executive Director of the Harris County Cultural Arts Council (HCCAC) announced the Council is making an old tradition new again by inviting east side residents on Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 6:00 enjoy a free Community Christmas Tree Lighting. The event will take place at 13334 Wallisville Rd, Houston and will feature vocalists, instrumentals, dance, and poetry, all rounded off by the lighting of a 12 foot Christmas tree. It will be the first time for such an event on the east side and organizers hope it will be the start of a new tradition for area families.

The HCCAC is the managing organization for the Harris County Cultural Arts Center. Many of us may know the Christian Tabernacle – location of the facility as Christian Tabernacle Church or, more fondly, CTAB. The church is being repurposed as a cultural venue and gathering place. The old prayer hall has been converted to make way for an art gallery.

The tree lighting is the 3rd event of what Executive Director Michelle Bonton hopes will be a long list of signature events designed to bring the community together and enhance the quality of life for residents in unincorporated east Harris County.


NCA Chamber Foundation Casino Night….. Casino for a Cause

Bill Palko convinced others to play him at his first game of blackjack.

By Jada Mier

Jacinto City’s Town Center transformed into a casino for North Channel Chamber Foundation’s annual scholarship fundraiser. On Friday night, Local companies, North Shore Rotary, and Chamber members joined for a night of games and Chick-Fil-A. Poker, blackjack, and roulette were a few of the games played with funny money. A raffle took place with a chance to win a bucket of wine, a YMCA membership, and much more. Casino night scheduled to take place this August was postponed due to the coronavirus. Playing it safe, all attendees sported masks, and tables were set six feet apart. Bill Palko, the foundation’s chairman, explained that all the proceeds would be going to a 5,000-dollar scholarship. The scholarship is to be awarded to a local student studying in health care.


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.