Saturday, October 03, 2015

Crosby continues dominance in UIL District 21-5A with 43-21 win over Kingwood Park

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By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2015 TexSport Publications

CROSBY, TEXAS (October 3, 2015) Racking up 525 yards of total offense, the No. 2 Crosby Cougars downed Humble Kingwood Park by the score of 43-21 on Friday, October 2, 2015 at Cougar Stadium in the Houston suburb of Crosby,Texas. With the win, the Cougars raised their season record to 6-0 with five weeks to go in the regular season.

Junior running back Mannie Netherly continued his record breaking season, catching eight passes for 102 yards and two touchdowns. He also added a two-point conversion to his scoring total on the Cougars’ third touchdown of the evening. Quarterback Tristan Cotton added two rushing touchdowns for the Cougars to contribute to Crosby’s win.

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Crosby scored 36 points before the Panthers managed to score on a Zach Purcell two-yard run and a Matthew Flaherly kicking conversion at the 3:56 mark in the third quarter. Crosby responded with Netherly’s second score two minutes later. Kingwood Park added two additional touchdowns by Garrett Sweeney’s rushes of 12 and 25 yards.

Cotton was 23-of-30 in the air for 281 yards and two touchdowns, while Craig Williams carried the ball five times for 147 yards and one touchdown. Seven Crosby players caught passes during the game for 295 total yards, while six players rushed for 230 yards.

Kingwood Park was paced by Sweeney’s 66 yards in the air and Aaron Hurd’s 79 yards on the ground. They accumulated 270 yards of total yards, with 162 of those yards in the air. With the loss, Kingwood Park dropped to 1-4 for the season and 1-2 in district play, while Crosby improved to 4-0 in district.

Crosby will next face Dayton at home on Friday, October 16, 2015, while Kingwood Park faces Dayton on October 8, 2015 at Turner Stadium.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Crosby Cougars down Barbers Hill Eagles 40-21 on Manny Netherly's three TD effort

Junior wide receiver Manny Netherly's (16) three touchdowns
helped the Crosby Cougars to a 40-21 win over the
Barbers Hill Eagles on Friday night.
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By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2015 TexSport Publications

MONT BELVEAU, TEXAS (September 11, 2015) Paced by three touchdowns by wide receiver Manny Netherly, the No. 2 Crosby Cougars quickly outpaced Barbers Hill and downed the Eagles by the score of 40-21 at Eagle Stadium in the Houston suburb of Mont Belvieu, Texas on Friday, September 11, 2015. With the win, the Cougars go to 3-0 on the season and 1-0 in District 21-5A play while the Eagles fall to 1-2.

Netherly caught five passes for 138 yards in route to his three touchdown game, the best of the season for the 6-1 junior, and raises his count to six TDs for the 2015 season. He first reached the end zone at the 3:44 mark in the first quarter on a four-yard pass reception from quarterback Tristan Cotton. He added his second score of the game with 5:45 remaining in the first half as a result of a 65-yard pass from Cotton. He rounded out his scoring onslaught with a 50-yard pass, again from Cotton two minutes later. Cotton finished the game competing 21-of-32 passes for 360 yards and four touchdowns. He was intercepted once.

The Cougars got on the scoreboard first after four minutes, 46 seconds of play when senior running back Sherman McGee carried the ball the final six yards into the end zone for the score. Jesse Vargas added the kicking extra point, as he did for all the Crosby touchdowns of the night. Barbers Hill quickly answered the McGee score with a touchdown of their own, on a one-yard run by senior running back Hunter Gobert. Marco Castillo tied the score at seven-all with the first of his three extra-point kicks.

Crosby senior quarterback Tristan Cotton (12) threw for
360 yards against the Barbers Hill Eagles.
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Crosby followed up with two of Netherly’s scores before Barbers Hill again found the end zone for their second score of the game; a two yard run by junior running back Cameron Hendricks. Netherly’s third TD follow before the Eagles scored on another Hendricks run, a five-yard romp with 37 seconds remaining in the first half. Both teams headed to the locker room at halftime with Crosby holding a 28-21 lead.

The Cougars added two insurance scores in the third quarter on a 54-yard run by junior wide receiver Terryl Wiley at the 10:45 mark in the third quarter and a five yard pass from Cotton to senior wide receiver Shane Hudson. Crosby opted from the two-point conversion and failed on the attempt.

Crosby accounted for 532 yards of total offense against the Eagles, with 360 if the yards coming from Cotton’s aerial attack. The Eagles posted 248 yards of total offense, with 186 yards coming on the ground. The physicality of the game was evident with the officials throwing their flags 14 times with 118 penalty yards assessed to both teams.

Barbers Hill will next face the 1-2 Dayton Broncos on Friday, September 18, 2015 with a 7 p.m. CDT kickoff at Bronco Stadium in Dayton. Crosby will face the Humble Wildcats at Cougar Stadium on Friday, September 18, 2015 in a 7 p.m. CDT contest.

Monday, September 07, 2015

Houston Texans falter against Dallas Cowboys in final pre-season game of 2015

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By Robert H Kelly
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DALLAS, TEXAS (September 7, 2015) In their final pre-season game of 2015, the Houston Texans came up short against in-state rival Dallas and fell to the Cowboys by the score of 21 -14 at Cowboy Stadium in Irving, Texas on Thursday, 3, 2015. The game saw mostly unknown and last chance players on the field vying for a sport on the final roster for both teams.

The Texans went up 7-0 in the second quarter when quarterback Tom Savage threw a short right pass to Chris Polk for 16-yard touchdown. Randy Bullock added his obligatory extra point to close out the first half scoring. Polk caught four passes for 37 yards and carried the ball 10 times for 24 yards.

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The Cowboys answered the Texans score at the 11:39 mark of the third quarter when Savage was picked off by cornerback Corey White. Savage’s pass was intended for Jaelen Strong and was returned three yards for the Cowboy score. Dan Bailey split the uprights to tie the score. Dallas added seven more points 46 seconds later on a Gus Johnson 21-yard touchdown run. The score was bittersweet for Johnson as he was cut by the Cowboys on Sunday, September 6.

The Texans added a 16-yard touchdown pass from Savage to Keshawn Martin and a Bullock extra point with 11:49 remaining in the game. Seven minutes later, Savage was attempting a short pass to the right side to Kenny Hillard. The pass was incomplete and Savage was hit by Cowboy defensive tackle Davon Coleman, suffering a shoulder sprain. He will be out for several week.

The Cowboys added another seven points in the fourth quarter. The win was the only victory of their pre-season while the Texans posted a 2-2 mark. The Texans will kick off their 2015 regular season schedule on Sunday, September 13 with a 12 noon CDT match-up against the Kansas City Chiefs at NRG Stadium in Houston.

Sunday, September 06, 2015

Texas A&M downs Arizona State 38-17 at NRG Stadium

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By Mike Stockman
Copyright 2015 Phoenix Area Sports
Feature Corespondent for TexSport Publications

HOUSTON, TEXAS (September 5, 2015) The Arizona State University Sun Devils began the 2015 football season at NRG Stadium, formerly Reliant Stadium,  in Houston, Texas against the Texas A&M Aggies. This was the first meeting between these teams, ending in a victory for the Aggies by a score of 38 - 17 on Saturday, September 5 in front of 66,308 screaming fans.

Scottsdale natives Kyle Allen (sophomore quarterback) and Christian Kirk (freshman wide receiver / punt returner) contributed to four of the five touchdowns for the Aggies in the win over the Devils.

Allen put the Aggies on the board first when he threw a nine yard touchdown pass to Tra Carson, senior running back from Texarkana, Texas, in the first quarter for his first touchdown of the year. In the 4th quarter, he scrambled for a 12 yard touchdown. With less than four minutes left in the game, he connected with Kirk on a 66 yard touchdown to put the Aggies up 31-17. Allen finished the night with a 139.4 rating - completing 15 of 26 passes for 198 yards, two touchdown passes, one interception, and one rushing touchdown.

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Kirk was electrifying as he darted through the Devils' special team on a punt return for a 79 yard touchdown in the second quarter. Kirk ended the night with 106 yards receiving and 82 yards in punt returns. His two touchdowns were the longest plays of the game.

Devils' senior quarterback Mike Bercovici threw a four yard touchdown to tight-end Kody Kohl for the Devils' first score of the night. In the third quarter, Bercovici ran for a 19 yard touchdown bringing the Devils' within three for a score of 17-14. Bercovici would finish with a 109.8 rating, completing 25 of 41 passes for a total of 199 yards, one touchdown pass, and a rushing touchdown.

The Devil's only other points came from field goal kicker Zane Gonzalez, from 23 yards out with 4:16 left in the game.  He finished the night with two extra points for a total of five points for the Devils.

Aggies’ kicker Taylor Bertolet connected for a field goal in the third quarter from 19 yards out. He finished the evening making every extra point bringing his total to eight points.

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The Aggies' defense was able to get to Bercovici for a total of nine sacks on the night, four coming from defensive end Daeshon Hall, a junior from Lancaster, Texas.The final score of the game occurred with 1:38 left when Carson ran 10 yards for a touchdown giving them a 38-17 lead.

 The Aggies, who are now 16-0 against non-conference teams since Kevin Sumlin became head coach, will be hosting Ball State in College Station for their home opener on September 12, 2015 at 6 p.m. MST. The game will be televised on ESPNU and radio coverage can be heard on TAMUSN.

The Devils, who have had back to back ten win seasons under Coach Todd Graham, will host Cal Poly in their home opener in Tempe, AZ at 8 p.m. PST. This game will be televised on Pac-12 Networks.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Houston Texans cheerleaders add to the excitement of the game against the Denver Broncos

By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2015 TexSport Publications

HOUSTON, TEXAS (August 22, 2015) As any die hard fan knows, cheerleaders go hand-in-hand with football. It does not matter the level of play. In the NFL, and more specifically, the Houston Texans, the cheerleaders contribute to the excitement of the game. The Houston Texans Cheerleaders are a group of 34 young ladies who put their heart, soul, and sweat into their preparation for everything they do.

Enclosed in this article is a photo montage by Darla Tamulitis of La Vita Loca Photography of the actions and appearances of the cheerleaders during the Houston Texans game against the Denver broncos on Saturday, August 22, 2015. All photos are the property of Darla Tamulitis-La Vita Loca Photography, Copyright 2015, All Rights Reserved. They are used here with permission.

The only way to close out this article and accompanying photos is to ask "Did you enjoy it?" 

Friday, August 21, 2015

Gabby Rodriguez’s First Collegiate Goal Lifts HBU Women’s Soccer Past TSU, 1-0

HOUSTON, TEXAS (August 21, 2015)  HBU women’s soccer began the 2015 season the same way it ended the 2014 Southland Conference Tournament: with a shutout win. The Huskies christened the new season with a 1-0 victory over Texas Southern Friday evening at Awty International School.

“I was pleased with our tenacity,” said HBU head coach Misty Jones. “The ladies battled hard and Gabby had a great goal.”

Gabby Rodriguez scored her first collegiate goal, while Allison Abendschein registered an assist and had a match-high six shots. Katie Turner earned her first-collegiate shutout as she made two saves.

Four different Lady Tigers had a shot, while Marlyn Campa and Paige Hayward each registered a shot on goal. Liliana Hernandez took the loss despite making seven saves.

The match was delayed an hour and 40 minutes due to rain and lightning, but once the match started, HBU took offensive control, outshooting the Lady Tigers, 8-1, and 5-1 in shots on goal. But despite the offensive pressure, the match was scoreless entering halftime.

HBU got on the board in the 62nd minute, as Abendschein fed Rodriguez, who streaked up the left side and beat Hernandez far side for a 1-0 Huskies lead.

About 15 minutes later, Turner made a spectacular save, as, despite facing two Lady Tigers alone in front, she challenged the ball dribbler and TSU was not able to get a shot off.

HBU outshot TSU, 9-3, in the second half and 17-4 in the match. The Huskies also had a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks.

HBU hosts Texas State Sunday, Aug. 23 at 7 pm, tentatively scheduled to be played at Sorrels Field. Check back to to site location updates.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Houston Cougars drop game two of China trip in shortened match

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By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2015 TexSport Publications

THIHU, CHINA (August 15, 2015) The Houston Cougars dropped the second game in their 10-day, four-game trip to China by the score of 77-66 against the Chinese Basketball Association’s Qingdao Doublestars on Saturday, August 15, 2015. The game was played at the Taihu County Sports Center in Taihu, China and was ended with 85 second remaining due to a series of minor altercations between players from both teams.

The leading scorer for the Cougars was redshirt junior Bertrand Nkali with 11 points, hitting four field goals and going 3-of-4 from the free throw line. The 6-8 forward sat out the 2014-2015 season after surgery for a sports hernia. He played the 2012-2013 season for Harcum Junior College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, following up with the
2013-2014 season at Lee College in Baytown, Texas.

Entering the fourth quarter with the score tied at 54, the Doublestars went on a 21-4 run to take the lead that remained until the game was called. Fouls had a definite outcome on the game with the Cougars whistled 31 times, while their Chinese opponents were called a mire 12 times. The Cougars were 7-of-12 from the free throw line while Qingdao connected 33 times on 47 attempts.

Also aiding in the scoring was junior guard Damyean Dotson and senior forward LeRon Barnes, both with nine points. Senior forward Devonte Pollard chipped in eight points in the effort.

The Cougars will next hit the court on Sunday, August 16, 2015 in Taihi, China against a to-be-determined opponent. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. China Standard Time, which is 13 hours ahead of Houston time.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Houston Cougars win first game of China trip

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By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2015 TexSport Publications

HEFEI, CHINA (August 14, 2-015) The Houston Cougars jumped out to a 51-49 lead at halftime and came back hard in the second half to down the Chinese Junior National Team by the score of 93-83 at Golden Seed Arena in Hefei, China on Friday, August 14, 2015. The game was the first contest in the Cougars’ 10-day, four-game trip to China.

Houston was led by junior guard Damyean Dotson, who scored 21 points and pulled down eight rebounds; seven of which were on the defensive end of the court.  Nine of Dotson’s 21 points were from beyond the three-point line.

Dotson, a 2012 graduate of Houston’s Jack Yates High School, played his first two college seasons at Oregon prior to transferring to Houston. He sat out the 2014-2015 season as a red-shirt sophomore while attending Houston Community College.

Teammates Galen Robinson, Jr., a 6-10 freshman from Westbury Christian High School, and Robert Gray, Jr. also scored in double-digits. Both guards scored 14 points in the Houston effort. In addition, junior center Kyle Meyer chipped in 14 points, along with pulling down seven rebounds.  

The Chinese Junior National Team held a 30-28 lead at the end of the first quarter and rallied to tie the score in the fourth quarter at 67. At that point, Gray, Jr. and Robinson, Jr. combined to score 12 points to give Houston the lead, of which they would not relinquish the rest of the contest.

The Cougars will play three more games on their China trip. They will again face the Chinese Junior National Team on Saturday, August 15 in Wangiiang, Sunday, August 16 in Taihu, and Monday, August 17 in Tongling. They will return to Houston on Thursday, August 20. At games are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. China Standard Time, which is thirteen hours ahead of Houston time. 

Thursday, August 06, 2015

LA Galaxy obliterate Central FC 5-1 in Champions League action

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By Robert H Kelly
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CARSON, CALIFORNIA (August 6, 2015) In a game that looked like the Pittsburgh Steelers taking on a junior college football team, the LA Galaxy scored two goals in the first half and added three more in the second to down Central FC of Trinidad and Tobago by the score of 5-1 in front of 13,625 screaming fans at the StubHub Center in Carson, California on Thursday, August 6, 2015. The game was a Group D match of the 2015-16 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League.

The Galaxy wasted no time in getting on the scoreboard, when captain Alan Gordon took a pass at the top right of the box and headed it past Central goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams in the fourth minute. The Sharks came back two minutes later and scored an equalizer when Galaxy goalkeeper Brain Rowe was called for a hard takedown of Kelon Goodridge.  Central’s Ataulla Guerra took the kick and sailed it past Rowe.

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The action stayed fast and furious for the next 24 minutes, until Gyasi Zardes gets the ball on a great offensive run and feeds it to Gordon. The Captain aptly dribbled the ball past the Central defenders and passes it to Raul Mendiola, who skillfully puts the ball into the goal to again put Los Angeles up by one.

Galaxy fans were on their feet with their attention directed at the field when Williams takes out Mendiola in front of the net. No foul was given by the referees and after a few minutes of lying on the grass, Mendiola left the field with medical staff and was quickly replaced on the field by Sebastian Lletget. At the halfway mark, the Galaxy took a 2-1 lead into the locker room.

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Ten minutes into the second half, Central gets called for a penalty, which allows the Galaxy a chance to go up by two. Zardes calmly and coolly strode to the ball for the penalty kick, and in true galaxy fashion, put the ball into the goal past Williams to give Los Angeles a 3-1 lead.

In the 76th minute, Galaxy newcomer Giovani DosSantos scored his first goal for Los Galácticos. Lletget took the ball and with a very nice touch, flicked it to Rafael Garcia, who in turn, squared it to Dos Santos for the simple tap-in to give the Galaxy a 4-1 lead.

Los Angeles added an insurance goal in the 85th minute when Ignacio Maganto found himself in the right place at the right time and knocked the ball into the net for the Galaxy’s fifth score of the game.

The Galaxy will next face Communicciones FC from Guatemala on August 18 at the the StubHub Center.

Monday, August 03, 2015

Swimmers bring gold medal haul back to Texas from State Games of America

James Sephton, Carson Howard, and Landon Howard
brought a gold-medal haul back to Texas from the
State Games of America.
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By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2015 TexSport Publications

LINCOLN, NEBRASKA (August 3, 2015) Three members of the South Belt Area “All Stars” Swimming Team competed in the State Games of America national championships on August 1-2, 2015 in Lincoln, Nebraska and bought back a pot full of gold medals to the Houston area. Brothers Landon and Carson Howard, along with James Sephton competed in the two-day event in a total of 16 individual and two relay events and won a total of 16 medals.

Landon Howard, competing in the men’s 25-29 age group, stepped on the starting blocks seven times and won a total of seven individual medals. Brother Carson raced in five events, winning two gold and two silver medals in the men’s 19-24 age group. Fellow Texan James Sephton, competing in the men’s 40-44 age group raced to three gold medals.

The competition was held over two days, with Saturday’s events held at Bob Devaney Sports Center on the campus of the University of Nebraska. The Saturday events were contested in the campus 25-yard pool, while Sunday’s events were held at Woods Memorial Pool and were contested in a 50-meter pool.

On Saturday, August 1, Landon competed in four events; 50-yard backstroke (:28.01), 50-yard freestyle (:23.50), 100-yard freestyle (:53.26) and 200-yard butterfly (2:45.20), and raced to the gold medal in all four events. Carson competed in the 50-yard breaststroke, where he won the gold medal with the time of  :29.54. He also swam to the silver medal in the 50-yard butterfly (:25.73). Sephton won gold medals in the 50-yard breaststroke (:32.21) and the 200-yard breaststroke (2:55.52).

The Texas threesome hooked up with another Texan, Sherdon Powell, to win the gold medal in the 18 and over 200-yard freestyle relay.

In the Sunday, August 2 events, Landon swam to three gold medals in the 100-meter backstroke (1:18:01), 200-meter individual medley (2:43.10), and the 100-meter butterfly (1:13.21). Carson won the gold medal in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:18.42) and the silver medal in the 200-meter individual medley (2:40.29). In addition, James won the gold emdal in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:28.41).

Landon, Carson, and James again team up to take the gold medal in the 200-meter medley relay, with fellow swimmer Bam Meeks.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sugar Land Skeeters drop fourth game in a row to Lancaster Barnstormers

Starter Tim Stauffer threw seven complete
innings in Sugar Land's loss to Lancaster.
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By Robert H Kelly
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SUGAR LAND, TEXAS (July 26, 2015) The Sugar Land Skeeters got on the scoreboard first, but could not hold on to the lead, dropping their fourth game in a row to the Lancaster Barnstormers by the score of 2-1 on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at Constellation Field in the Houston suburb of Sugar Land, Texas. With the loss, the Barnstormers now lead the Skeeters 37-36 in all-time games and hold a 7-6 advantage in 2015.

The game was scoreless through the first four and a half innings, when the Skeeters finally got on the scoreboard when shortstop PatrickPalmeiro slammed a double into the center field wall for a double. AllanDykstra, who was on first base as a result of being hit with a Bryan Morgado pitch, scored his sixth run of the season.

Brian Cavazos-Galvez (31) connected for a
two-run homer in Lancaster's 2-1 win over Sugar Land.
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Lancaster wasted no time in coming back; scoring two runs in the sixth inning on a Brian Cavazos-Galvez home run, with Yusuke Kajimoto scoring from first base. It was the Albuquerque, New Mexico native’s  twelfth round tripper of the season.

Sugar Land’s first baseman Delwyn Young snapped a 15-game hitting streak, going 0-for-4 in the loss and dropping his batting average to .258. He currently has 76 hits, 12 doubles, and seven home runs, and 24 RBI in 2015. Skeeter starter Tim Stauffer completed seven full innings; giving up five hits and two runs, both of them earned, in receiving the loss. Lancaster starter Morgado secured the win, his second of 2015. Pete Andrelczyk, pitching one inning in relief, received his fourth save of the season. 

The Skeeters managed only three hits in the loss and have dropped their last four games, heading into a seven-game road trip. They will face the Camden Riversharks in a three-game series. July 29-30 before heading to Regency Furniture Stadium to play Southern Maryland on July 31 to August 3. They will return to Constellation Field on Wednesday, August 5 for a four-game series against the Long Island Ducks.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Lancaster Barnstormers down Sugar Land Skeeters, 3-0

Fans of all sizes were on hand to support the
Sugar Land Skeeters at Constellation Field.
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By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2015 TexSport Publications

SUGAR LAND, TEXAS (July 24, 2015) The Sugar Land Skeeters could not get the hits to turn into runs and as a result, dropped a 3-0 decision to the Lancaster Barnstormers at Constellation Field in the Houston suburb of Sugar Land, Texas on Friday, July 24, 2015. The loss was their second straight to Lancaster and dropped the Skeeters’ record to 7-8 for the second half of the Atlantic League season. They are currently 36-35 overall for the season and will face the Barnstormers two more times on the current home stand.

Lancaster struck first with a solo home run by shortstop Lance Zawadzki in the second inning. He connected on a 3-1 pitch for his second round tripper of the season. They added two additional run in the fourth inning. First baseman Brian Cavazos-Galvez send left fielder Kent Matthes home from third base. Later in the inning, designated hitter Mike McDade scored on an error by Skeeter shortstop Amadeo Zazueta.

Sugar Land connected for six hits, but could not get anyone home and with the loss, gave Lancaster starting pitcher Shunsuke Watanabe his fifth win of the season. Roy Merritt received the loss for the Skeeters, dropping his record to 3-3.  Barnstormer relief pitcher was credited with the save, his third in 2015.

Sugar Land second baseman Renny Osuna went 2-of-4 at the plate while left fielder Kevin Russo was 2-for-5. Both teams committed two errors in the match. The Skeeters left 11 runners on base, while Lancaster stranded four.

Their Saturday, July 25 matchup is scheduled for a 6:05 p.m. CDT start with right-hander Matt Wright (5-3 3.97 ERA) scheduled to take the mount for Sugar Land. The Barnstormers have listed right-hander Ray Hanson (1-0, 1.80 ERA) as their starter. 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

HBU Women's Golf Team posts one of the highest GPA’s in country

Photo courtesy of HBU Athletic Media Relations Department
From HBU Athletic Media Relations Department

CORAL SPRINGS, FLORIDA (July 23, 2015) The HBU women's golf team finished tied for eighth in the country for the 2014-15 season with a 3.731 combined GPA, the Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) announced on Thursday afternoon.

The Huskies shared the classroom mark with East Tennessee State, while New Mexico posted the top GPA of 3.799 and was the recipient of the WGCA All-Scholar Team Award.

"We are extremely excited about ladies' top-eight finish for the WGCA All-Scholar GPA Award, separated from the top by just 0.068 of a point," head coach David Shuster said. "It's something that they have been working for over the last few years, after just missing out the last couple seasons. It takes a lot of commitment of their personal time, from them all, to accomplish this, especially considering how many hours they also put into their golf practice. We are very proud of them all."

Four HBU golfers; seniors Rachel Mulkey and Caitlyn Cassity, junior Brook Johnston and sophomore Charlotte Hartshorn; were named WGCA All-American Scholars on July 6.

The Women's Golf Coaches Association, founded in 1983, is a non-profit organization representing women's collegiate golf coaches. The WGCA was formed to encourage the playing of college golf for women in correlation with a general objective of education and in accordance with the highest tradition of intercollegiate competition. Today, the WGCA represents over 500 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Sugar Land Skeeters down Lancaster Barnstormers 7-1 off two three-run homers

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By Robert H Kelly
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SUGAR LAND, TEXAS (July 22, 2015) Powered by a pair of three-run home runs, the SugarLand Skeeters slugged their way to a 7-1 win over the Lancaster Barnstormers at Constellation Field in the Houston suburb of Sugar Land on Wednesday, July 22, 2015. With the victory, the Skeeters raise their season record to 42-40 and their second half record to 6-6 in the Atlantic League.

The 3,325 baseball fans in attendance saw starting pitcher Joss Geer throw seven complete innings, giving up nine hits and the single run. He raised his season record to 4-2. The right-hander struck out five batters, walked two and raised his ERA to 3.21 for the season.

At the plate, catcher Chris Wallace collected his twelfth home run of the season with his three RBI blast. That moves him into the lead in the home run race in the Atlantic League. Left fielder Johan Limonta received his first home run while playing for the Skeeters in his three-run shot. 

The Skeeters will continue their current series against Lancaster with a double-header on Thursday, June 23, 2015. The first game has an 11 a.m. CDT first pitch with the second game scheduled for 7:05 p.m. The series will continue on Friday, July 24 with a 7:05 p.m. CDT first pitch. The Saturday, July 25 game will begin at 6:05 p.m. CDT with the Sunday, July 26 match up begining at 5:05 p.m. CDT. 

HBU's Isaiah Huerta Named Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar

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From HBU Athletic Media Relations Press Release

NORMAN, OKLAHOMA (July 22, 2015) Houston Baptist University junior golfer Isaiah Huerta was named a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar by the Golf Coaches Association of America, the organization announced on Wednesday afternoon.

Huerta, a native of Duncanville, Texas, was one of two Huskies to compete in all 11 tournaments on the year finishing third on the team with a 74.77 stroke average across 30 rounds. Huetra placed inside the top 20 two times. He recorded six par and two under-par rounds.

Huerta is one of eight golfers named from members the Southland Conference and one of 11 named from schools in state of Texas.

To be eligible for Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar status an individual must be a junior or senior academically, compete in at least three full years at the collegiate level, participate in 50-percent of his team’s competitive rounds, have a stroke-average under 76.0 in Division I, 78.0 in Division II, 77.0 in NAIA and 79.0 in Division III, and maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.2. A recipient must also be of high moral character and be in good standing at his college or university.

In all, 206 players in Division I, 91 in Division II and 17 in NAIA earned the honor. Additionally, 34 honorees were added to the previously released Division III Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Sugar Land Skeeters fall to Southern Maryland to kickoff second half of season

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By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2015 TexSport Publications

HOUSTON, TEXAS (July 10, 2015) After giving up three runs in the first inning, the SugarLand Skeeters tried to keep the Southern Maryland in check, but could not  contain the bats of the Blue Crabs; falling by the score of 6-0 at Constellation Field in the Houston suburb of Sugar Land on Friday, July 10, 2015. With the loss, the Skeeters fall to 4-10 against Southern Maryland in 2015.

The Blue Crabs added two runs in the fifth inning along with an insurance run in the seventh to secure the win. The Skeeters are on track to score 512 runs this season, which would be the lower in team history. The Skeeters have been known as a second-half team in their first three years of existence; posting 136-94 combined record in the months of July, August, and September.

Sugar Land connected for two hits, but could not get the bats to advance any runner home. On the contrary, the Blue Crabs scored their six runs off 10 hits, while taking advantage of two Skeeters errors.

This current series against Southern Maryland will continue on Saturday, July 11 with a 6:05 p.m. first pitch and conclude on Sunday, July 12 at 5:05 p.m. Right-hander Sean Gallagher is schedules to take the mount on Saturday while left-hander Roy Merritt slated for Sunday.

Friday, July 03, 2015

Houston rapper Bun B performs at Houston Dynamo vs. Chicago Fire soccer game on July 4th weekend

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By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2015 TexSport Publications

HOUSTON, TEXAS (July 3, 2015) Houston rapper Bun B preformed at the Bud Light Beer Garden prior to the Houston Dynamo playing the Chicago Fire at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston on Friday, July 3, 2015. DJ Charlee got the performance started before Bun B took the stage and got the soccer fans hopping to his fast beat rap and musical stylings.

Bun B, whose given name is Bernard Freeman in one half of the southern rap duo UGK, also known as UnderGround Kingz. He performed hits from his various albums to soccer and rap fans alike who were in attendance for the Dynamo-Fire Major League Soccer game.

The 42-year old Port Arthur, Texas native has released four albums since 2005; Trill, II Trill, Trill OG and Trill OG: The Epilogue; and has over one million followers on Twitter. He has appeared in three films since 2010; Ghetto Stories (2010), Video Girl (2011), and Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap (2012).

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Freeman taught as a Distinguished Lecturer at Rice University beginning in 2011, focusing on the topics of Religion and Hip-Hop. He has been married to his wife Angela Walls since 2003 and his step-son is Young-B, an American rapper who is a member of the group “Youngest N Charge.”

BBVA Compass Stadium is becoming a hot-bed for musical performances in the Houston area; previously hosting county-music performers Kenny Chesney, Jake Owen, and Chase Rice on May 22. They are scheduled to host six-time Grammy nominated singer and songwriter Ed Sheeran on Thursday, September 3, 2015.

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