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7th Police Chief fired, City Hall closed

GALENA PARK – About 3 dozen citizens of this community staged a noisy protest last Tuesday night, outside the City Hall Building. The regular bi-weekly Council meeting had been cancelled, which they said was typical of the problems with the current administration.

Protesters cited many issues, including the firing of the 7th police chief in the last 3 years, closed city hall, irregularities in the water department and water bills, and no public access to council meetings.

In addition, Councilwoman Maricela Serna said that she had been elected last year, but not allowed to join the meetings or speak, having access denied by Mayor Moya.

Galena Park to construct a new Churchill Community Center


A new Churchill Community Center will be constructed

Galena Park, the City of progress

Given her commitment to offering spaces that ensure the safety and overall well-being of the Galena Park community, Mayor Esmeralda Moya announced the construction of the new Churchill community center, which will create a space where families can participate in different activities that improve their quality of life.

Esmeralda Moya, Mayor of Galena Park said “It is essential for us that our residents, particularly children and the elderly, feel safe and protected in an environment where they can create memories as well as strengthen ties.” This venue is for all Galena Park citizens to enjoy; we know that one of the most important factors for a community’s optimal growth is the availability of programs that encourage physical and emotional development, which is why we are very pleased with the construction of this center.” said the mayor.

GP Yellowjackets Season Ends in Playoffs; Lose 70-20 to PN-G

Galena Park High School football Head Coach Spiro Amarantos (center) gives some inspirational words to the disappointed Yellowjackets after losing in the playoffs. Amarantos congratulated the team for their winning season of a 88% district win record. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

At Galena Park Stadium on November 12, 2021, the GP Fighting Yellowjackets’ successful season ended with a playoff loss to the powerhouse Port Neches-Groves Indians, 70-20.

Head Coach Spiro Amarantos’ has produced winning football teams consistently in his short period since becoming head coach in 2019. This year marks two consecutive seasons the Jackets reached the playoffs. Last season’s playoff bid was the first time in ten years for the team to qualify for the playoffs. This year’s team entered the playoffs with an impressive 7 wins and 1 loss record, 88% district win record.

Yellowjackets Burst Into Playoffs / 7-1 District Record

Jackets Bernardo Vazquez hauls in catches QB. Ivan Reyes TD pass. Vazquez also kicked a 3 point 30 yd. field goal (Allan Jamail photo) MORE PHOTOS P. 4

Jackets 44 – Austin Mustangs 0 / Oct. 28th

Jackets 30 – Willowridge Eagles 14 / Nov. 6th

By Allan Jamail

The GP Jackets’ steel curtain defense shut out 4 of their 5 most recent teams played.

Head Coach Spiro Amarantos and his coaching staff have developed a pass-run offense which they hope will defeat their Bi-District opponent the visiting Port Neches-Groves Indians. Until now they’ve mostly relied on their defense and the running game. Indians Coach Brandon Faircloth just celebrated his 100th victory and his 9th straight playoff season.

GP Yellowjackets Defense shuts down Waltrip Rams 28-0

#21 Joe Ayala Jacket Defensive Back intercepts a Ram pass, runs 33 yards for a TD. This was his 2nd TD interception in 2 weeks. Ayala was named Player of The Game. (Photo by Allan Jamail) (MORE PHOTOS ON PAGE 3)

By Allan Jamail

GALENA PARK, October 15, 2021 – Head Football Coach Spiro Amarantos’ Yellowjackets (Jackets) kept HISD’s Waltrip Rams scoreless for their 4th consecutive district win, 28-0. Jackets offense made 270 rushing yds. Sophomore Jordan Balderas was the leading rusher.

Their passing game isn’t where it needs to be for them to go deep into the playoffs, completing 2 out of 8 passes for 12 yds, a 25 percent completion average. Senior Joe Ayala was named player of the game scoring on a 33 yd pass interception in 2 consecutive games and leading the team in tackles with 7. Team Captains taking center field for the coin toss were Jacket seniors Leo Garcia, Raymond Quintanilla, Jose Barrientos, A’marion Kelly & Bryan Chavarria.

GP Yellowjackets swarm North Side Panthers 57 – 0

Joe C. Ayala, Yellowjackets defensive back sacks Panthers quarterback for a 2 point Safety. Later Ayala a senior also intercepted a pass and ran it back for a touchdown. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Houston, TX. – Saturday, October 9, 2021 at HISD Delmar Stadium, the Yellowjackets offense and defense, under Head Coach Spiro Amarantos, stung the Panthers with a barrage of touchdowns (TDs) and defensively shut them out.

As odd as it sounds, the Jackets this year have won two homecoming games, their own plus spoiling the Panthers’ homecoming by winning it.

Defensively they’ve been effective in stopping both the run and pass plays by keeping the Panthers to zero yards on their run game and only allowing 25 yards passing. The defense plays as a solid unit with many standouts. This week defensive back Joe Christian Ayala (Jacinto City’s Police Chief Joe Ayala’s grandson) scored twice. He sacked the Panther’s quarterback behind the goal for a 2 point safety and later intercepted a pass and made a 41 yard TD.

Amarantos’s team looks like they’re more balanced on offense than last season.


Leo Garcia, (260 lbs) #73 Yellowjacket defensive lineman standout in the game sacks Marlins quarterback #1 Damon Jones Jr. (156 lbs) for a loss of yards. He led the defense with 13 tackles and made several critical stops, but none as important at his tackle to stop the Marlins 2 point-conversion attempt at the end of the game with seconds left which gave GP their 1 point victory (42-41). (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

September 24, 2021, GPISD Stadium — Head Coach Spiro Amarantos, together with a talented group of assistant coaches, led the Yellowjackets (Jackets) football team to their second consecutive district win, besting the Houston Madison Marlins 42-41.

Galena Park (GP) is continuing to show noticeable gains in both offense and defense. The players are showing they have the discipline to be coached into another winning season and to reach the playoffs again.

Queens & Kings honored at Homecomings


Congratulations to King High School’s Homecoming King Jerson Lopez and our Homecoming Queen Sophia Flores. The 2021-22 king and queen are pictured with last year’s Homecoming Queen Lily Martinez, Superintendent of Schools Dr. King Davis and King High School Principal Dr. Raff Saeed.

Homecoming festivities took place during a pregame ceremony on the field. Congratulations to the King High School Panthers for defeating the Huntsville Hornets 49-6 making their record for the season so far 4-0.

(Photo by Linda Jamail)


L – R: Principal Dr. Kimberly Martin, Homecoming King A’marion Kelly & Queen Alexa Hernandez & Assoc. Principal Mr. Lemond Mitchell

GP Yellowjackets Homecoming Parade

Winner of best float theme and decorations was the volleyball team. (All photos by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Galena Park, TX. — Monday, September 20, 2021 — Galena Park High School had their homecoming parade and pep rally at Dement Field. The parade route was lined with hundreds of citizens, with kids scrambling to get as much of the tossed candy as possible from the parade participants.

The school’s JROTC carried the USA and Texas flags to lead the parade, followed by police cars, fire trucks and ambulances, followed by the School Band, Jacketeer Dancers, and Cheerleaders. Superintendent Dr. John Moore, School Principal Dr. Kimberly Martin and Trustees waved at onlookers as they drove by. Students decorated several dozen floats and vehicles competing to be one of the winners of the various entry classifications.

Paraders: Driving is Superintendent Dr. John Moore with Principal Dr. Kimberly Martin.

Teacher Brandi Couch was the Pep Rally’s Emcee, and what an outstanding job she did in keeping things well-organized and moving in a timely fashion at Dement Field Stadium. The stands had about a thousand attendees listening to speeches and band music. They watched the performances of the band, cheerleaders, and Jacketeer Dancers.

GP Yellowjackets 21; Fort Bend Marshall 48

SEE ARROW ON BALL – #10 Bernardo Vazquez (center) wrestles 2 defenders off the ball for a great pass reception, landing on the goal line. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Houston, TX. — September 9, 2021 — Coach Spiro Amarantos’ home team Yellowjackets couldn’t keep up with the high powered Fort Bend Marshall Buffaloes and lost 48 to 21.

The Buffaloes once again picked to win their district and to be in the State Championship title game. They showed why they should be.

Galena Park is showing they’ve made noticeable gains in offense and defense from last season, and will be a strong playoff contender with 7 games remaining.

North Shore Rotary hears area Coaches as High School Football season starts

At last week’s North Shore Rotary luncheon, held in the Monument Room of San Jacinto College North, the audience had the opportunity to meet and hear from the head football coaches at each of the high schools in the area.

ABOVE, Rotary president Shawn Silman, center, with coaches (L to R) Spiro Amarantos, GALENA PARK; Averion Hurts, CHANNELVIEW; Jon Kay, NORTH SHORE; and Derek Fitzhenry, C. E. KING/SHELDON.