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Rotary hears of Greater Houston Senior Football Showcase

Chris Vaughan of the Houston Touchdown Club, Coach Phil Camp of Milby High School and the Senior Football Showcase, North Shore Rotary President Matt Davis, and Rotarian Scott Stephens and head of the Cody Stephens Foundation, learned about the opportunities for scholarships to small colleges for senior football players that were not drafted and signed in the first round of athletic scholarships from the larger colleges. Stephens also won the endorsement of the Showcase for his program of screening athletes for serious heart defects.
Chris Vaughan of the Houston Touchdown Club, Coach Phil Camp of Milby High School and the Senior Football Showcase, North Shore Rotary President Matt Davis, and Rotarian Scott Stephens and head of the Cody Stephens Foundation, learned about the opportunities for scholarships to small colleges for senior football players that were not drafted and signed in the first round of athletic scholarships from the larger colleges. Stephens also won the endorsement of the Showcase for his program of screening athletes for serious heart defects.

North Shore Rotarians heard two speakers at their luncheon last Thursday, explain how the five year old program known as the Greater Houston Senior Football Showcase, gave graduating athletes a second chance to win a college scholarship, based on their academic standing first and their athletic abilities.

The annual trials took place in February, and over 300 players showed up at the Texans/Methodist training field to get the attention and approval of at least 43 coaches from smaller colleges.

Since the program was started by Milby Coach Phil Camp in 2009, over 500 kids have won another chance, with over $50 million given to them for college expenses.

Touch of Life: Yard Work

don springer headshotBy Don Springer

I’ve been home a month today and I’m right back where I am every year at this time — behind. At least the grass has been cut twice since returning and trimmed almost all the way around the house at least once, mostly twice.

Every year I think I’m returning earlier so I will be in step with my neighbors on outside house and lawn care but it never happens. I think of the colder temperatures here in March and decide the Houston area is more appealing to me. Now, everything is nice and warm here and Dave tells me you have had some really hot and humid weather there already.

Saw in the paper where the temp. hit 106 in Brownsville a few days ago. Hottest April day in history I read. I’m ready to submit to the gods when it gets that hot and humid. Experienced a lot of those hot temperatures the two years we were in Saudi, but never the humidity.

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North Shore Mustangs, Coach Green at NS Rotary

(l/r): David Green - Head Coach, Jarrey Foster, Kerwin Roach, Brandon Etienne, Dr. Angi Williams - Super- intendent of Schools, Brandon Green, Jalin Hart, Kenneth Coleman - Assistant Coach, Dr. Joe Coleman - Principal North Shore Senior High School. (Photo Courtesy Jonathan Frey/GPISD)
(l/r): David Green – Head Coach, Jarrey Foster, Kerwin Roach, Brandon Etienne, Dr. Angi Williams – Super- intendent of Schools, Brandon Green, Jalin Hart, Kenneth Coleman – Assistant Coach, Dr. Joe Coleman – Principal North Shore Senior High School. (Photo Courtesy Jonathan Frey/GPISD)

NORTH CHANNEL – Rotarians feted the coaches and team of the North Shore High School at their luncheon on Thursday, April 17 at the Holiday Inn on I-10. The Mustang basketball team won the State 5A championship this year.

Present at the celebration were all the team members, coaches, staff, North Shore High School principal Dr. Joe Coleman, Athletic Director Vince Sebo, and Galena Park ISD superintendent Angi Williams, who is also a Rotarian.

AD Sebo opened the program, talking about the success that GPISD has had across all their sports teams. He said that the main quality a player and a team needs to win is “attitude, know that you are going to win.”

He said that you must be passionate about your sport, and “Act with character-don’t be the character.”

Head Coach David Green inspired the members of Rotary by detailing stories from the North Shore Mustangs path to the state championship.

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GP Candidates Forum April 25 at Baggett Center

Public invited to attend

A Municipal Election will take place in Galena Park on May 10th, for the offices of Mayor and City Council.

The North Channel Star in cooperation with the Galena Park-Jacinto City Rotary Club, will host a Candidates Forum on Friday night, April 25 at 6 pm. in the Baggett Center, to introduce the candidates to the public, who are invited to attend.

All candidates have been invited, but to date not all have accepted and indicated they would attend. They will have an opportunity to speak on whatever they wish, and to present their history and qualifications. There will be a panel, made up of Bob Bartel, Ernesto Parades, and Gilbert Hoffman, to pose questions to each candidate. In addition questions from the audience will be written on cards, and asked of the candidates.

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COMMUNITY PROFILE: Single parents have a resource in Tyra Chapa

tyra chapaSHELDON – She has come a long way since they days when she and her kids were homeless. This single mother of four now has a substantial job and career, a good home for her kids, and heads an organization that offers help to others that have had similar difficult paths in their lives.

Mothers Raising Children Alone is an organization Tyra Chapa founded, and now has about fifty members. They meet at First Baptist Church of Sheldon now, and previously at the Harris County Pct. 2 Grayson Center in Channelview. They meet every 1st and 3rd Saturday, from noon to 2 p.m. and invite anyone interested to attend.

In spite of the name, members include dads, moms, and grandparents. They are encouraged to bring their kids.

The organization is a support group, and helps in many ways. Working with the Lighthouse of Houston and Pasadena, they have provided over 500 turkey dinners to families at Thanksgiving.

They also provide education with GED tutoring, and help single parents with food, clothing, an emergency pantry, and job searches and resumes.

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Easter observed with Egg hunts, Church Services

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The Easter Egg Hunt and photos with the Easter Bunny last Saturday in Jacinto City were typical of Easter celebrations for all ages, taking place from last Saturday through Easter Sunday.

At left, Mayor Ana Diaz and Constable Chris Diaz hand out candy and gifts to some of the children waiting in line for the egg hunt. At right, kids scramble to pick up the 5000 eggs provided by the city. Four of them had special prizes inside.

Religious services and Sunrise Services were also planned for this weekend.

Jacinto City Police foil gas station’s ATM burglary

The burglary was at this convenience store on Mercury Drive.
The burglary was at this convenience store on Mercury Drive.

JACINTO CITY – Police were called to the Come & Save food store and gas station at 1509 Mercury Drive last Thursday morning, when a would-be thief broke a storefront window, tied a rope around an ATM machine inside, and pulled it out into the parking area with his car.

The crime happened early in the morning, according to Jacinto City Police Chief Joe Ayala, but an alarm and video equipment brought a quick response from the Jacinto City police patrols.

The broken ATM machine.
The broken ATM machine.

On the surveillance video, the thief can be seen breaking open the ATM, and attempting to pull the cash out. Almost immediately one police cruiser arrives on the scene, and the thief enters his car and flees south on Mercury Drive. At that time, two other cruisers arrive and give chase, apprehending the thief a few blocks away. He has been identified as Gustavo Barriga, a 22 year old Hispanic male. He is currently in the Harris County jail, awaiting arraignment.

Assisting in the arrests were Jacinto City Police officers Cpl. Nieto, Sgt. S. Flores, and Officer D. Reyes. They were commended by Chief Ayala for their quick action and apprehension of the suspect.

Channelview’s student grabs spotlight, prize calf at Houston Rodeo Scramble

Channelview High School sophomore Yvette Leos hangs on tight to a calf during the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s Calf Scram- ble at Reliant Stadium recently. Leos wasn’t able to hang on to this calf, but ended up grabbing another one to take to the winner’s circle.
Channelview High School sophomore Yvette Leos hangs on tight to a calf during the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s Calf Scramble at Reliant Stadium recently. Leos wasn’t able to hang on to this calf, but ended up grabbing another one to take to the winner’s circle.

As she stepped into the dirt arena at Reliant Stadium, Yvette Leos looked up in amazement at the thousands of spectators and bright lights of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

She and 30 others took their place in the spotlight – a 3-acre spotlight, that is. Their objective: catch one of 15 calves and bring it back to the center of the arena. Her eyes watched carefully at the starter’s hat. As his hat dropped, she took off in a full sprint with her sights on catching a calf.

It was a task she truly took by the tail. However, the elusive calves had other ideas.

“On my first few attempts, I grabbed them by the tail and got dragged a good 10 yards. Then, on another attempt, I got kicked in the head to the point my ear was bleeding. I never felt a real headache until that moment,” said Leos, a Channelview High School sophomore and first-year Future Farmers of America member.

Calf scramble committee members tried to convince her to go to seek first aid, but Leos said, “I kept running away from them because I was determined I was going to catch a calf – nothing was going to stop me.”

In what Leos described as the “longest field ever,” she grabbed hold of the neck of a calf, fastened a halter on, and guided the animal into the square. “I was exhausted, but it was exciting to see the committee member’s flag go up as I pulled the calf across the line, she said. “Words cannot really explain how amazing it felt.”

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Motorcyclist killed on Market St.

Houston Fire Department cleans up the accident scene on eastbound Market Street, near the intersection with I-10 and Uvalde. A 44 year old male died when he lost control of his motorcycle after striking the curb.
Houston Fire Department cleans up the accident scene on eastbound Market Street, near the intersection with I-10 and Uvalde. A 44 year old male died when he lost control of his motorcycle after striking the curb.

NORTH SHORE – A motorcyclist died in a fatal traffic accident in North Shore.

The accident happened at 13400 Market Street, near I10 about 11:45 a.m. last Thursday morning, April 10, 2014.

According to the Houston Police Department, a 44-year-old man was driving a Honda motorcycle eastbound on Market Street when he failed to maintain a single lane and struck a curb. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

It was reported that a pickup truck may have been involved in the accident; however, there are some discrepancies, and a HPD report states that no other vehicles or individuals were involved in the accident.

North Shore boys and girls track team runs up the point total, clinch district championship

north shore track girls

On Thursday, April 10, 2014, the District 23-5A boys and girls track meet was held at the North Shore Senior High Ninth Grade Center track. Seven teams competed in the meet: Baytown Sterling; Beaumont West Brook; Channelview; Deer Park; La Porte; Port Arthur Memorial; and North Shore. The North Shore boys and girls track teams both won the district meet with astonishing point totals. This is the tenth year in a row for the boys’ team to win the district title.

Points are earned by placing in track and field events. In an individual event, point totals are as follows: 1st place – 10 points; 2nd place – 8 points; 3rd place – 6 points; 4th place 4 points; 5th place – 2 points; and 6th place – 1 point. In relay events, the point totals double. The boys’ team earned 248 points, 98 points more than the second place team. The girls’ team earned 221 points, defeating their closest opponent by 102 points! Multiple North Shore athletes finished in the top four in numerous events.

north shore track boys

The top four event qualifiers will compete in the area track meet, which will be held at Pearland High School on April 16. An astounding 19 boys and 16 girls will represent North Shore at the area meet, many in multiple events.

These athletes and their events are:

GIRLS

Aysha Anderson 300m hurdles, 100m hurdles, pole vault

Caylan Barnes – 4×100, 4×200

Teshaye Berry – 4×100, 200m dash, 4×200

Taylor Crouch – 4×400, 400m dash, high jump, triple jump

Zavier Fields – 4×400, 400m

Taelor Hanney – discus

Jukendrial Harvey – 100m

Desiree Horn – 4×100, 100m, 4×200, long jump

Deja Hughes – 4×400, 400m

Adriiana Jackson – 4×400, 800m dash

TyDesha Lewis – 4×100, 200m dash, 4×200, triple jump

Chardon Mucker – triple jump

Khala Scott – pole vault

Timara Simmons – 200m dash

Taryn Smith – 3200m run

Tarryn Surratt – 1600m run

BOYS

Bryce Alley – 4×100, 4×400, 4×200

Rasheed Corner – 4×400, 4×200 Eduardo Garcia – 1600m run, 800m run

Carl Guillory – 300m hurdles, 100m hurdles

Arno Hamilton – 4×100, 100m hurdles, long jump

Dashon Hamilton – 300m hurdles, 100m hurdles

Jalen Hart – high jump, long jump

Tristan Houston – 4×100, 100m, 4×200

John Joseph – 300m hurdles, 4×400

Robert Lewis – 4×400, 400m

Geren Mills – high jump

Zafir Murphy – pole vault

Enrique Perez – 3200m run

Kerwin Roach – triple jump

Daniel Skelton – 1600m run, 800m run

Austin Smith – discus

Keenan Sneed – 4×100, 200m, 4×200

Daven Steen – pole vault

Dionte Williams – 800m, 400m