Saturday, November 30, 2019

No. 9 Atascocita downs No. 19 Katy Tompkins, 42-24 in UIL football playoff action.

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HOUSTON, TEXAS (November 30, 2019) In a battle of 11-1 teams, the No. 9 Atascocita Eagles defeated the No. 10 Katy Tompkins Falcons by the score of 42-24 at NRG Stadium on Saturday. The win set up a UIL Region 3 final, pitting the Eagles against the No 3 North Shore Mustangs.

Atascocita got on the scoreboard first, at the 6:41 mark of the first quarter, with a Brice Matthews to Keith Wheeler four-yard pass to complete a 15-play, 70-yard drive. On the following drive, Tompkins marched the ball 60 yards in 13 plays, but could only manage a 32-yard field goal by Hunter Huckaby. The first quarter ended with the Eagles leading the Falcons 7-3.

With 6:19 remaining in the first half, Matthews again connected with Wheeler with a 14-yard pass to give the Eagles a 14-3 lead. They followed that TD up four minutes later when T.J. Thomas carried the ball the final five yards for Atascocita's third touchdown of the game. After the Eagles intercepted a Tompkins pass in the final minutes of the first half, Matthews carried the ball into the end zone to post a 28-3 with 2:27 to go in the half. However, the Eagles were not done as Matthews again connected, this time with Landen King for another six points. With the extra point, the Eagles head to the locker room after 24 minutes of play with a 35-3 lead.

Tompkins finally found some offense when they came onto the field for the third quarter. After driving down the field, Jalen Milroe found Marquis Shoulders open and flicked him a three-yard pass for the score at the 6:35 mark of the quarter Huckaby added the kicking conversion to cut Atascocita's lead to 35-10.

Early in the fourth quarter, with 11:32 remaining in the game, the Eagles added seven more points on a TJ Thomas four-yard run and a Sean Nesemeier kicking conversion. the junior kicked also converted the previous five extra points to add to Atascocita' total. Thirty-seven seconds later, Tompkins added seven points to their total on a Jalen Milroe to Marquis Shoulders 77-yard pass and another Huckaby extra point. After Atascocita fumbles on their own seven-yard-line, the Eagles pull a halfback pass oout of the playbook. Gabe Atkin hits Milroe with a seven-yard pass for the TD. Huckaby added the extra point to put the score at 42-24 with 10:48 to play. After a great deal of give-and-take for the reamined of the game, Alascocita pulled out the win and are headed to a Region 3 match-up against the No. 5 North Shore Mustangs on Saturday, December 7, 2019 with a 2 p.m. kickoff at Sheldon ISD Stadium in Houston.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

McNeese falls to Rice 81-50 in women's basketball

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LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA (November 27, 2019) The McNeese State Cowgirls jumped out to a 19-12 lead after the first quarter, but could not contain the Rice Owls' comeback in the final three periods as the dropped a 81-50 non-conference match up to the Owls at the H&HP Complex in Lake Charles. McNeese took control of the game in the first period, with 10 of the points coming in the paint. It was a different matter in the second quarter with Rice outscoring McNeese 21-8, lead to the Owls' 33-27 lead at the half. Rice increased their lead in the third quarter, 25-7 in route to their third win of the season. The Cowgirls shot 53.3% (8-of-15) from the field in the first quarter, but could only manage 34.7% by the end of the game. They scored a scant eight points in the second quarter and seven in the third, as opposed to 21 and 25 for the Owls, respectively. They picked up their scoring with 16 points in the fourth quarter.

The Cowgirls were led by starting guard Regan Bolton (St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Hammond, Louisiana) with 11 points and Damilota Balogun (Bossier Parish CC, Lagos, Nigeria) with nine rebounds. Rive had four players in double-figures; Erica Ogwumike (Cypress Woods HS, Cypress, Texas) and Haylee Swayze (Purcell HS, Purcell, Oklahoma)with 12 points and Lauren Schwartz (Larry A. Ryle HS, Union, Kentucky) and India Bellamy (Eagles Landing Christian Academy, McDonough, Georgia)  with 10 reach.

Last season, the Owls downed McNeese 93-65 at Tudor Fieldhouse in Houston on November 11. Rice holds a 8-4 all-time series record against the Cowgirls. The last time McNeese downed Rice was a 61-53 victory an Lake Charles on November 25, 2015.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Iowa Wild fall to hot-sticks of Texas Stars, 7-3

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CEDAR PARK, TEXAS (November 26, 2019) In a game that saw a great deal of offense and not much defense, the Texas Stars (5-13-0-2) got their second win in a row, and fifth of the season as they downed the Iowa Wild by the score of 7-3 at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Tuesday evening.

The Stars got off to a good start, scoring two goals in the first 3:36 of play. Left wing Michael Mersch scored at the 2:04 mark with fellow left wing Anthony Louis finding the net with 92 seconds later. The Wild cut the Stars lead to one when right wing Gerald Mayhew final got Iowa on the scoreboard. Centers Rhett Gardner and Joel L'Esperance added to more for the home team, pushing score to 4-1 in favor of the Stars. Mayhew added a second goal for the Wild with 6:32 remaining in the first period to take the score to 4-2 after 20 minutes of play. In the first period, Robinson served two minutes in the penalty box for high-sticking while Mayhew sat out for two minutes for hooking.

In the second period, the Stars increased their lead to 5-2 on a goal by left wing Joel Kiviranta. They also added penalty minutes when right wing Nick Caamano was given two minutes for goaltender interference and a minor bench penalty for too many players on the ice. Robinson served the two-minute penalty for Texas.

One-minute, four seconds into the third period, Wild forward Brandon Duhaime cut the Stars' lead to two with a goal, taking the score to 5-3. Texas responded 18 seconds late when Caamano scored his second goal of the game. He got the hat-trick five minutes later on a break-a-way for his fifth goal of the season, to close out the game. In the final period, L'Esperance served two minutes in the box for for holding. In addition, Wild left wing Mike Liambas, with 8:05 remaining in the game, was assessed two minutes for charging (major) and 10 minutes for game misconduct as related to the charging call/

Monday, November 25, 2019

Texas State rallies to down Abilene Christian 61-56

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SAN MARCOS, TEXAS (November 25, 2019) The Abilene Christian Wildcats jumped out to a 34-30 lead at the half, but Texas State rallied in the second half to give the Bobcats a 61-56 win at the Strahan Center in San Marcos. The Wildcats dropped to 2-4 on the season while Texas State raised their record to 5-2. 

Abilene Christian, who were the 2019 Southland Conference tournament champions, have faced a very tough schedule to begin the 2019-2020 season. They began the season with a  90-39 win over Arlington Baptist at home, followed by a 86-83 loss on the road to Drexel in Philadelphia. They then came up on a losing side of a 73-69 decision against a strong Pepperdine team in Abilene. Next on the schedule was a 72-58 loss to UNLV on the road along with a 90-59 win versus Champion Christian College at home.

Againt the Bobcats, Payton Ricks tallied 13 points, followed by Koltom Kohl with 11. Ricks pulled down eight rebounds with Kohl adding seven. For the Bobcats, Nijal Pearson led the way with 16 points.

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Sunday, November 24, 2019

Incarnate Word falls to Eastern Illinois 72-63

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SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (November 24, 2019) The Incarnate Word Cardinals held a 33-30 lead at the half, but a 42-30 surge in the second half powered Eastern Illinois to a 72-63 win in the final game of the UIW Basketball Tournament at the McDermott Center in San Marcos.

Cardinals' head coach Dr. Carson Cunningham stated after the game,

"We played well for a good 36 minutes. We need to keep plugging and working on closing games. The fellas are working hard. Eastern Illinois found a way and they deserve credit. We're going to keep battling. We're grateful to have hosted this event and for the teams that came."
Drew Lutz (Penn HS, Granger, IL) tallied a career-high 20 points, hitting four three-pointers and all four of his free-throw attempts with five assists and a steal. 

Keaston Willis (Sulpher Springs HS, Sulpher Springs, TX) finished with 13 points, tying his season-high for three-pointers made with four. He also pulled down a career-high five rebounds.

In addition, freshman forward Vincent Miszkiewicz (South Elgin HS, South Elgin, IL) had another well-rounded game, scoring eight points with nine rebounds and two blocks. Also, forward Bryce Davis (Deer Valley HS, Glendale, AZ) added eight points, four rebounds, three assists and one steal.

Bethune-Cookman downs St. Francis-Illinois 74-70 in San Antonio

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SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (November 24, 2019) Bethune-Cookman came from behind to down St. Francis-Illinois by the score of 74-70 in the first game of the third day of the University of Incarnate Word Basketball Tournament, sponsored by Denny's.

Earlier in the tournament, the Wildcats downed Incarnate Word 83-58 on Friday, November 22 and Eastern Illinois 66-63 on Saturday, November 23. to finish the tournament with a 3-0 record. The Fighting Saints dropped both their Friday and Saturday games. On Friday, they lost to Eastern Illinois 87-47. Saturday, they fell to Incarnate Word by the score of 68-44.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

HBU falls to SHSU in final game of season

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HOUSTON, TEXAS (November 23, 2019) Wide receiver Ben Ratzlaff (shown right) scored two touchdowns but it was not enough to overcome an early 27-0 of the Sam Houston State Bearkats, as the HBU Huskies dropped a 37-14 decision in the final game of the 2019 season for both teams.

The Bearkats jumped out to a 20-0 lead in the first quarter and extended their lead in the second quarter before Ratzlaff (Westview HS, San Diego, CA) could get the Huskies on the scoreboard. At the 6:39 mark, he covered the final 17 yards of a 78-yard drive when Bailey Zappe (Victoria East HS, Victoria, Texas) connected with the junior wide receiver for his first touchdown. The Huskies added their second TD with the Zappe-Ratzlaff connection scoring on a 25-yard pass to complete a nine-play, 87-yard drive.

Zappe, who completed 29-of-64 passes for 367 yards, had trouble with the Bearkat defense; throwing two interceptions while being sacked three times. Ratzlaff caught 13 passes for 178 yards while Ean Beek (Taylor HS, Katy, Texas) carried the ball eight times for 33 yards. Defensively, Tra Fluellen (Gilmer HS, Gilmer, Texas) recorded 14 tackles with Philip Ossai (Oak Ridge HS, Conroe, Texas) and Cotton Manning (Allen HS, Allen, TX) accounting for eight.

The Huskies finished the season with a 5-7 record, with a 2-6 record in Southland Conference action. They will kickoff the 2020 season on September 5 against North Texas in Denton.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Monterrey outlasts Club America 2-1 in Tour Aguila

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HOUSTON, TEXAS (November 16, 2019) Scoring two goals in the first half,  C.F. Monterrey held on for a 2-1 win against Club America in an exhibition friendly game as a part Tour Aguila at BBVA Stadium in Houston, Texas. America took an early 1-0 lead in the 7th minute off a penalty kick by defender Emanuel Aguilera.

Monterrey responded with a goal from Daniel Parra, with an assist credited to Alfonso Gonzalez, in the 16th minute. They score the game-winner five minutes later on a Vincent Janessen goal. Dorian Paboni provided the assist.

Tour Aguila is the official United States tour of Club America dating back to July 3, 2016.

Friday, November 01, 2019

North Shore football continues to roll.

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HOUSTON, TEXAS (November 1, 2019) The No. 5 North Shore Mustangs did not start out as strong as they have in past games, but why should they? Bringing a 5-0 district record into their Friday evening game against Beaumont United, the Mustangs jumped out to a 28-0 lead at the half in route to a 42-14 over the Timberwolves at Galena Park ISD Stadium. The Mustangs seemed to cruise to the win, in so much as not breaking a sweat in the unseasonable cooler weather on the nippy Friday evening.

The Mustangs are going to the UIL playoffs, just as they have, time and time again, in previous season. Making the playoffs in football is like getting up in the morning for the players of North Shore Senior High School. Their only loss of the season, a 24-21 defeat at the hands of the Katy Tigers. In the nationally televised game, the two Texas powerhouses battled in front of a sellout crowd at Galena Park ISD Stadium. It was the only defeat for the Mustangs up to their match up against United, and with one game to go in the regular season, they are just getting the engine revved up. The final game of the regular season is against the Channelview Falcons at Maddry Stadium in Channelview.

Washington Nationals are Baseball Champions

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HOUSTON, TEXAS (November 1, 2019) Take It Back!  From rally cry to near reality, the Houston Astros fell a game shy dropping game seven 6-2 to the 2019 World Series champion Washington Nationals. It was the first World Series championshipfor the nation’s capital since 1924. In a win, the Nationals became the first team to win a World Series without winning a home game. The long and winding journey that began in 1869 as the Washington Nationals baseball franchise later to evolve into the Washington Senators before morphing into the Minnesota Twins and then restarted in 2005 when Major League Baseball forced the Montreal Expos to leave the empty confines of Olympic Stadium and relocate to the District of Columbia, the D.C. “Boys of Summer” are now the world champions of baseball. In the end it was Washington and not Houston that took it back.

The title game though was not without its moments and reminders of history. Yuli Gurriel took Nats starter Max Scherzer deep in the opening frame sending a packed Minute Maid Park into a frenzy. Houston would touch up right-hander for another run in the fifth on a two out hit by Carlos Correa. In between those two tallies was what spelled the difference in the series. Houston left eight runners on the basepaths through the first five innings.  Scherzer,who could not lift his right arm above his head a week ago, gutted out five innings, scattering seven hits and allowing just two runs.

Living by the mantra “Finish The Fight”, the 2019 Nationals resembled the 1924 Washington Senators storming back to win games six and seven. Ninety five years ago, the Senators dropped game five by a score of 6-2. Fast forward and the next team from the District of Columbia to claim the title baseball champion wins by a score of 6-2. In game seven, the Senators came from behind in the eighth  to tie the game and on this night the Nationals came back and took the lead late.

This year’s Nationals could not solve Houston starter Zach Greinke getting just two hits and a run through 6 1/3 innings. They did however solve the Astros bullpen which mysteriously kept Gerrit Cole under wraps. Trailing 2-1, enter Will Harris who promptly surrendered a Howie Kendrick two run shot off the right field foul pole turning a one run deficit into a one run lead. Washington never looked back tagging on two more in the eighth and one more in the ninth.

Meanwhile Patrick Corbin on in relief of Scherzerr was doing his best baseball Hall of Famer Walter Johnson imitation. Johnson, for the Senators in the 1924 Game 7 pitched four scoreless innings as his team rebounded for the win and the last DC title. Corbin hurled three innings of two hit ball with three strikeouts shutting the door on Houston. Daniel Hudson acquired at the trade deadline hurled a perfect ninth including strikeouts of Jose Altuve and Michael Brantley.

It was the most unlikely of all unlikely’s happening at Minute Maid Park against the team with most home wins in the major league this season. The Nationals left for dead at 19-31 in late May fought back to not only make the playoffs but win the wild card game, survive two NLDS elimination games, sweep the NLCS, and lose three World Series home games by a count of 19-3 and yet at the end of it were the veterans Max Scherzer (12yrs), Ryan Zimmerman (15 yrs), Fernando Rodney (17yrs) released in May by the A’s andseveral more with seven plus years including Houston native Anthony Rendon. Together the veterans finished the fight for their owner Ted Lerner born nearly one year to the day after the Senators won D.C.’s last World Series.
That's the reason we're here – scouting and player development," Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo told MLB Network Radio after the game. "They sign 'em, we develop 'em. They get to the big leagues and they win championships."

Monday, October 28, 2019

USA Bobsled/Skeleton Team Trials rescheduled

LAKE PLACID, NEW YORK (October 28, 2019)  The 2002 Olympic track in Park City, Utah has been temporarily closed, leading to the cancellation of the Park City USA Bobsled/Skeleton Team Trials races. The series has been rescheduled to take place at Mount Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid, N.Y.
The Utah Olympic Park issued the following statement regarding the closure:
"The Utah Olympic Park is examining a mechanical malfunction with the refrigeration system at the sliding track. Until the engineering team can fully assess and diagnose the issue and implement a solution, the track will remain closed. The timeline on the repair remains unclear until the faulty pump can be removed from the system, and inspected, however expert resources are being deployed to make sure this process is both fast and meets best practice on engineering standards."
The USA Skeleton Team Trials races three and four are now scheduled to take place on Saturday, Nov. 2 and Sunday, Nov. 3 in Lake Placid. 
The USA Bobsled Team Trials will take place in conjunction with the Lake Placid North American Cup. Two-man bobsled will race Nov. 18 and 19. Women's bobsled is scheduled for Nov. 19- 20, while four-man bobsled will compete from Nov. 20-21. 

Sunday, October 27, 2019

HBU Huskies fall to Southeastern Louisiana 52-13

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HOUSTON, TEXAS (October 26, 2019) The Southeastern Louisiana Lions scored two touchdowns in the first quarter and the HBU Huskies were unable to catch up in the Lions 52-13 win at Husky Stadium on Saturday evening. The Huskies scored two field goals in the first quarter and added a touchdown and extra point in the second quarter to highlight the game scoring for HBU.

The field goals by Gino Garcia, 43 yards and 31 yards, and the six-yard TD run by Jerreth Sterns, were the only scoring drives the Huskies could muster in route to their fourth straight loss of the season. The Huskies stand at a 4-5 record with three games to go in their 2019 campaign. The two programs have met five times prior to 2019, with the Lions winning four of the five contests. The lone HBU win came on October 26, 2014, were the Huskies downed the Lions by the score of 31-21 at Husky Stadium.

In their next three games, HBU will face Nicholls State on Saturday, November 8 in Thibodaux, Louisiana. They will follow that up on November 16 as they host the Lamar Cardinals. They will follow with a November 23 trip to Beaumont, Texas to face the Lamar Cardinals. They will close out the regular season with a trip to Huntsville, Texas to take on Sam Houston State.

Nicholls (4-4, 3-2 SLC) is coming off a 37-31 loss to Abilene Christian. Earlier this season, HBU fell to the Wildcats 45-20 in Abilene on October 12. Nicholls is ranked No. 15 in the current FCS Football Rankings, with SHSU ranked No. 25.

Houston Dynamo "Tab" Ramos as new head coach

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HOUSTON, TEXAS (October 27, 2019) The Houston Dynamo has named Tab Ramos as their fourth official head coach in program history. The 53-year-old former professional player will bring eleven years of coaching  experience to the posistion; having spend the past eight years as the head coach of the United States men's national under-20 soccer team.

Over this thirteen-year professional career, Ramos played as a midfielder in Spain, Mexico, and the United States. He was the first player to sign with Major League Soccer, andspent the last seven years of his career with the New York/New Jersey MetroStars, now known as the New York Red Bulls. He appeared in three FIFA World Cups for the United States and was elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2005.

As a coach, Ramos led the under-20 age group team to the final of the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship where they lost to Mexico. The team qualified for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup, however they failed to make it out of the group stage, finishing bottom with 1 point.

In November 2013, he signed a contract to remain in the position. He won the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship with the United States, with assistant coaches Omid Namazi and Brad Friedel.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Houston Astros “Take It Back” claiming 2019 AL Pennant

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HOUSTON, TEXAS (October 20, 2019)  Long before the first pitch was thrown in spring training, the Houston Astros had a mantra “Take It Back.” Those three words came after the presumed 2019 regular season MVP Alex Bregman sat down with Houston president Reid Ryan and the marketing staff. On Saturday night, October 19, 2019, the Astros seized back the American League pennant after being knocked out last season by the Boston Red Sox. The 6-4 defeat of the New York Yankees leaves Houston only four games from seizing back the title of world champions. Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, the ALCS MVP, saw to that with a walk-off two run homerun at Minute Maid Park.

Houston jumped on Yankees starter Chad Green in the opening frame. With two on, first baseman Yuli Gurriel launched a sinking liner into the Crawford Boxes in left field and Minute Maid went into a frenzy. The atmosphere began to intensify the closer New York drew. In the second, the Bronx Bombers answered back plating Did Gregorious on a cutting the deficit to two. Two innings later, the deficit was one as Gio Urshela, the Cartagena, Columbia native, took Houston reliever Jose Urquidy deep to centerfield.

The game would stay that way utill Houston got the insurance run back on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Bregman. The chess match between Astros manager AJ Hinch and Yankees skipper Aaron Boone continued unabated as each side squandered scoring opportunities till the ninth. Houston brought in their closer Roberto Osuna to seal the victory instead he allowed New York back in. Leadoff hitter DJ LeMahieu dropped one over the outstretched glove of George Springer into the seats in right setting the stage for Altuve.

Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman appeared to have the Astros number throwing 12 straight strikes in retiring the first two Astros hitters before the wheels fell off. Springer drew a walk on five pitches as Altuve stepped to the plate.
“It’s going out to left,” ace Gerrit Cole, as later recounted to Fox Sports, predicted on the Astros’ bench when Altuve came to the plate in the ninth. “And it’s going deep.”

With what would be the last pitch of the ALCS, Altuve crushed the 324th pitch of the game deep into the night (407ft) sending Houston to its second World Series in three years sending the more then 43,000 in attendance into not just a frenzy but a rabid frenzy.

“This is one of the best places to play,” manager A.J. Hinch said. “To reward [the fans] with that experience of the walk-off homer, give them a chance to just go crazy at close to midnight and know that we’ve got more baseball to be played. We still have home-field for the World Series. It’s why we worked our tail off to get as many wins as we could. It is for them. We want to hang another flag for them, and we’re four wins away.”

In its quest to “take it back,” Houston posted a record 107 win season. They went a perfect 50-0 at home when leading by three in a game. The Houston ‘Boys of Summer” were a league leading 60-21. Only the Washington Nationals stand in the way of completing the quest. 

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Deer Park 10U Cougars go 1-0-1 in Co-op games

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SOUTH HOUSTON, TEXAS (October 12, 2019) The Deer Park 10U Cougars won their first game and tied their second game in their third weekend of fall co-op play at the South Houston girl's softball fields. In their first game, they downed the Pasadena Lady Texans by the score of 4-3. In the second game of the Saturday afternoon double-header, the "Ladies in Red" tied the Deepwater Sharks 2-2.

Against Pasadena, the Cougars were led by catcher Kirstin Kelly, scoring two runs and going 1-for-1 at the plate with a double in her second at-bat. Starting pitcher Maddie Farmer connected for a single at the plate and struck out three from the mound. First baseman Elizabeth Posada got on base with two singles and scored the second run for Deer Park. Second baseman Jordyn Halik also hit a single, along with shortstop Sesslee Shreffler, who also scored.

In the second game, head coach Larry King switched up the players' position and use a different lineup against the Sharks. The defensive skills of Mikaela Provost, Paige Taylor, Brooklyn Smith, Aliyah Zavaleta, and Ava Sarratt by allowing only two batters to get to on base via two singles. Posada pitched against the Deepwater, striking out three and scored the game tying run with a double with two extra base for the score. In addition, Taylor connected for a single with Farmer getting on base with a single and scoring the first run of the game for the Cougars.

With the win and the tie, the Cougars now post a 4-1-1 record in co-op play, The final games of the 2019 Fall Co-op Season will be Saturday, October 19 at the South Houston softball fields.

The Cougars are coached by Larry King, Hillary Williams, Dale Yurt, and Cory Provost. 


Texas Southern Tigers drop hard-fought contest to Missouri S&T

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HOUSTON, TEXAS (October 12, 2019) Playing in the closest game they have all season, the Texas Southern Tigers dropped a 23-20 decision to the Missouri S&T Miners in their 2019 Homecoming Game at Alexander Durley Stadium on Saturday. The Tigers trailed by the score of 10-7 after 15 minutes of play, and battled to a 17-17 score at halftime (see photo right). The second half saw both teams defenses shine with the Miners managing two fields goals in the third quarter to give them 23-17 lead at the 3:51 mark. The Tigers fought tooth-and-nail in the fourth quarter, but could only manage a 24-yard field goal by Richard Garcia III with 9:36 remaining in the game.

Garcia, who played his high school ball at Mesquite Horn High School, also tallied a 45-yarder in the second quarter, along with two extra points. Running back Dominic Franklin (Chavez HS, Houston) capped a five-play, 60-yard drive with a six-yard run for the Tigers' first score. The fleet-footed sophomore added TSU's second TD of the game with 6:42 remaining in the first half. He carried the ball the final one-yard for the score, after the Tigers moved the ball 74 yards in eight plays. Franklin carried the ball 22 times for 144 yards, with a game-longest rush of 22 yards. TSU accounted for 446 yards of total offense, while the Miners tallied 397 yards. On defense, Mene Khepera (Bishop Dunne HS, Dallas) led the game with 11 tackles, with six solos, and one tackle for a loss.

With the loss, the Tigers fall to 0-6 for the season, with an 0-2 record in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). They will next hit the road to face Southern University in the State Fair Showdown at the historic Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas. The game is scheduled for a 2 p.m. kickoff on Saturday, October 19.

Readers can access the box score and statistics from the game by clicking here.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Deer Park falls to No. 5 North Shore 49-7

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HOUSTON, TEXAS  (October 11, 2019) The No. 5 North Shore Mustangs continued its streamrolling of opponents in their 49-7 win over the Deer Park Deer on Friday evening at Abshire Stadium in Deer Park. The Mustangs raised their season record to 5-1 while the Deer dropped to 3-3 in Week 7 action.

The Mustags have outscored their opponents 140-66  through six games, and have already assured themselves of a playoff berth. The Deer, who have four games to play in District 21-6A action, must face C.E. King (Oct 18), Sterling (Oct 25), No. 2 West Brook (Nov 1), and Beaumont United (Nov 7). On the other hand, North Shore rounds out their final four regular season games facing No. 8 Beaumont Westbrook (Oct 24) and Channelview (Nov 8) on the road, and hosting Sterling (Oct 18) and Beaumont United (Nov 1).

In other UIL District 21-6A action, Westbrook downed Channelview 40-30, La Porte best Sterling 24-21, and Beaumont United lost to C.E. King 30-13.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Houston Dynamo drop hard-fought match to Real Salt Lake

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SANDY, UTAH (September 29, 2019) The Houston Dynamo evened the score at one in the 32nd minute, but Real Salt Lake punched in the go-ahead goal late in the games they dropped a 2-1 match in their next-to-last game of the 2019 season. Houston fell to 11-4-18 (W-D-L) for the season as they go into their final game of the season against the LA Galaxy, scheduled for a 3 p.m. CDT start at BBVA Stadium on Sunday, October 6. 

RSL got on the scoreboard early in the game when Corey Baird broke away from the Dynamo defenders and got the ball past goalkeeper Tyler Deric 37 seconds into the match. Houston evened the match when Tomas Martinez scored, however Jefferson Savarino found the back of the goal in the 75th minute.

With the win, Salt Lake advances to the 2019 MLS playoffs; their third appearance in the past four years.

Three inducted into National Soccer Hall of Fame

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FRISCO, TEXAS (September 29, 2019)  The National Soccer Hall of Fame inducted its three newest members in front of a packed house in Frisco, Texas. Former USA star Abby Wamback and Sunil Gulati, the face of U.S.A. soccer for nearly two decades joined the elite of the elite of the Greatest Game on Grass along with photographer Tony Quinn who earned induction for his ability to tell the game through pictures.

The order was of induction was telling as well. It went from the architect Gulati to the star, Wambach, who took it upon her shoulders to lift the US Women’s team and the essence of national team soccer to new heights while Quinn told the story through the lens of a camera.

Gulati was the face of soccer for 12 years but before that he was even more. 
Introduced by Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber, the words used to describe Gulati were family, loyalty, honor and integrity. Four words that define the growing of a sport that was struggling to say the least when he was told by then US Soccer President Alan Rothenberg “to fix the mess.” Gulati’s life from his earliest upbringing in India has been one of service. Whether it’s serving the global soccer community or in the classroom at Columbia University, his goal is to make life better for each person he comes in contact.

For U.S. Soccer, there can be no greater accolade then to be called “the single most important person in the development of soccer in this country.” Before he was a known entity,  Gulati was seen doing the most menial of tasks and quickly became what Garber described as ”the suit that was as comfortable in the locker room as in the boardroom.” He developed relationships on and off the pitch turning as afterthought U.S. Soccer Federation into a decision maker at the table in 2019. His genius, expertise and relationship building led the three nation triumvirate that for the first time ever will host a World Cup in 2026. He serves on the FIFA Council and was named to the Independence Governance Committee, a group which provides recommendations for grievance changes within the FIFA structure ensuring that the United States will have a voice that the highest level of soccer.  

As Gulati grew soccer, opportunities blossomed for a player like Abby Wambach to take women’s soccer and more importantly U.S. Soccer to new heights on the pitch. Wambach came onto the national scene as she was invited to the senior side in 2001. Soaking in all she could from women’s legend Mia Hamm, the Rochester, New York native became the most prolific goal scorer (184) on the international scene scoring more goals then Messi and Ronaldo as she rippled the net 184 times. 

Throw in another 73 assists and you have the best all around star for women’s soccer. Despite her success, Wambach has never been comfortable with the praise directed her way. On Saturday night, her brother sent her a message to for once just accept it and she did with the grace and style that made her player and an even better teammate. Wambach said she most treasured the team bus rides and the relationships built over her career. Christie Pearce, who began the play that was finished by Wambach’s header to save the 2011 World Cup,introduced the superstar for induction with the words “If there was something to be done, Abby would see it through to the end.” Selfless devotion to team was the message, Wambach continues to espouse even  o this day.

“So the thing that I am most proud of is to be a part of that building , to be a part of the growth of this game, so that the millions of kids, girls especially have somewhere to look and actually see themselves potentially being part of.”

If Gulati was the architect off the pitch and Wambach the builder on the pitch, then Tony Quinn was the storyteller who brought it all to life. For decades, his phots told the story of Gulati, Wambach and countless others. Receiving the 2019 Colin Jose Media Award as just the second photojournalist of 12 honorees puts him in a unique class. His assignments have taken him to 54 different countries and territories capturing some of the greatest moments of soccer history. He was with Gulati for countless moments. He was there as Wambach joined the WUSA league. He was there for four World Cups, three Olympics, and countless Gold Cups and College Cups. His name is synonymous with soccer.

“I was flabbergasted and over the moon, two nice British expressions,” said Quinn about hearing the news of his selection. “And I’ve never been flabbergasted and over the moon at the same time before. I’ve been doing it so long, I just didn’t think it was that long and that I’ve been involved for all those years.”

Gukati, Wambach and Quinn, three honorees who will forever be remembered as the best of the Best.

USABS statement regarding BCS's release of Kaillie Humphries

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International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation
LAKE PLACID, NEW YORK (September 28, 2019) It was announced today that Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton (BCS) released Kaillie Humphries (shown right), making her eligible to compete for a spot on the USA Bobsled/Skeleton (USABS) team.

Please find a statement from USABS Chairman Emeritus and Interim CEO John Rosen below:

"Today, USA Bobsled/Skeleton learned of the decision by Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton to release Kaillie Humphries. With this release, Kaillie is now eligible to become a member of USABS and compete on equal standing with our athletes for a position on the USA National Team. USABS is honored by her desire to continue her sliding career with the USA.  USABS recognizes this was not an easy decision for BCS. We believe, however, that ultimately they made the correct decision to honor the desires of this athlete over the interests of the federation. USABS has, on multiple occasions, faced similar decisions in dealing with athletes who have requested release from our program.  In each and every case we reached the same conclusion as BCS did with Kaillie. We wish Kaillie, and BCS, continued success in the finest traditions of Olympic sport."