Panther Jake Powell (21) slices through the Manvel defense on his way to a score in Kingwood Park’s last- second loss to the Mavericks. Photo by Terry N. Teros Last-second shot lifts Manvel to win Despite a gritty, come-from-behind effort from the Kingwood Park boys basketball team on Dec. 11, the Panthers suffered a heartbreaking home-court loss to Alvin Manvel, 45 – 42. The Panthers found themselves down by as many as 10 points in the contest, but it took a Manvel 3-point basket with just 1.5 seconds left in regulation to topple the hard-fighting Panther squad. The Panthers began the game with nice scoring from Ryan Croy, Kolby Chandler and Jake Powell to stay with the Mavericks in the first period, as the teams were knotted at 7 – 7 with 3:56 left in the quarter. A rebound and put back by Powell in the final two minutes of the first helped Kingwood Park keep pace, and by the end of the quarter the game was still deadlocked at 12 – 12. Manvel used their speed to their advantage in the second by applying full-court pressure on the Panthers. Unable to break through, Kingwood Park turned the ball over and handed Manvel easy scoring opportunities. Despite some stingy defense of their own by Kingwood Park, the Mavericks got hot from behind the arc and began to build on their lead as the quarter wound down. With just over one minute left in the half, a Tyler Nichols’ shot fell for the Panthers and Kingwood Park went in at halftime down 27 – 19. The Panthers got a spark early in the second half, when Croy blocked a Maverick shot that lead to a fast- break hoop by Powell and Kingwood Park began to slowly chip away at the Manvel lead. Croy’s play on both ends of the court spurred a Panther rally and when teammate Alex Ritter stole a Manvel pass that led to a Nichols’ score at the 2:17 mark of the third, Kingwood Park found themselves within four of the Maverick lead. Jordan Quillian scored in the final minute for the Panthers and was also fouled on the play, sinking the free throw that allowed Kingwood Park to stay within striking distance going into the fourth at 36 – 32. Quillian’s rebounding and two scores to begin the fourth quarter had the game tied at 36 – 36 with 4:07 left in the contest. The scrappy Panther defense had all but shut down the once torrid Maverick outside shooting attack. Quillian also hit key free throws down the stretch to help the Panthers keep pace with Manvel, as each team answered each other’s scores until Quillian’s put back shot of his own missed foul shot tied the game 42 – 42 with just 24 seconds left in the contest. After a Maverick time out, Manvel ran much of the time off the clock before sinking the game-wining 3-point shot with just over one second left, leaving the Panthers just short of a great comeback win. Kingwood Park gave a valiant effort in the game and just fell short, but it was not at all from a lack of effort. The Panthers were led in scoring by Powell’s 14 points, while Quillian tossed in 12 to pace the tough Kingwood Park charge. The loss gives the Panthers a very impressive (5 – 4) overall mark, with upcoming games against Huffman and DeKaney on the horizon before District 22-3A play begins.
Coach Patricia Gutierrez works to inspire and rally her team during a timeout in the Eagles 58-47 loss. Photo by Clint Reynolds Lady Eagles fall to Mustangs 58-47 On a night when the girls from Atascocita High School flirted with comebacks on at least three different occasions, the team could not overcome the struggles of the first quarter against the Kingwood Lady Mustangs. The frustration and intensity revealed itself on the face of Eagles’ coach Patricia Gutierrez, who tried all night to find a combination that could build up enough force to take down the Mustangs. The Mustangs built a solid lead over the Eagles in the first quarter. While it took the AHS girls a while to get started, their high spirits came through all night. Especially in the play of Ashaunti Richardson whose aggressive style kept the girls fighting even after falling down 11-3 at the end of the first. After a couple of costly turnovers at the beginning of the second quarter, the lady Eagles began finding the hoop. Nadia Taylor stepped up the defense, and cut through the Mustang defenders to find the open shots. The rebounds also started coming the Eagles’ way as the deficit was cut to as few as two points near the end of the quarter. However, the ladies from Kingwood simply could not miss on this night. Quickly responding to the shift in momentum, KHS rattled off a couple of quick buckets before the half to send the Eagles down 26-20 going into the locker room at halftime. Atascocita was not yet out of comebacks or determination going into the third quarter. They busted out after halftime one step ahead of the Mustangs and brought the game back within two in a matter of minutes at 28-26. Clutch shooting by Kanisha Clark kept the Eagles in striking distance, but Kingwood would not let up. After working hard to come back, the Mustangs hit three big points, and Gutierrez called a 20-second time-out before her team felt a loss of drive. The time-out brought Katie Smith into the game and she quickly had an impact picking up a layup and a foul. At the end of the third, the Eagles could still see the light of a comeback victory only trailing 39-33. Kingwood brought the score to 42-33 to begin the fourth quarter, but the Eagles still had plenty left in the tank as the clawed their way back to within six with five minutes left to play. During the waning minutes of the game the Atascocita girls had many open shots that simply wouldn’t fall for them and eventually ran out of opportunities. All of this led to a final score of 58-47, Mustangs. The AHS girls’ basketball program is growing and improving with every game. Come check them out yourself on Jan. 2 as the lady Eagles battle Beaumont-Westbrook in another district game.
Members of The Tribune walking team at the Greater Lake Houston Heart Walk receive finishers medals provided by Kingwood College. From left to right are Kim Fuller, Robin and Stan Drake and Debbie Marvin. Stan celebrated his 88th birthday in September.
Royce Bobo of Humble, left, and Don Cooper proudly displays his medal won in the men’s 60 singles tennis competition at the Texas State Senior Olympics. Three Houston Tennis Association members captured medals at the Texas State Senior Olympics in Temple. Royce Bobo of Humble won a gold medal in men’s 60 singles and a gold in doubles with Don Cooper, Missouri City. Cooper won a bronze for men’s 65 singles. Tom Leatherwood, Missouri City, won a gold in the men’s 75 singles. The Houston Tennis Association promotes and supports the growth of tennis in the greater Houston metropolitan area, providing the city’s diverse population with educational opportunities and avenues to develop a healthy physical lifestyle, enjoy social interaction, to learn valuable life skills and to increase self esteem. More information is available at www.houstontennis.org or by calling 281-580-8313.
Members of the Humble-Kingwood Special Olympics Team who competed at the Special Olympics World Games in Shanghai, China, this fall recently showed off their medals to Humble ISD Superintendent Dr. Guy Sconzo and presented him with some Chinese souvenirs. Pictured are Kingwood High School student Adam Vasquez, who competed in bocci; Anders VanBrackle, a Kingwood High School and Kingwood College student who competed in tennis; Dr. Sconzo; and Timberwood Middle School volunteer Christine Victory, who competed in cycling. The local athletes were a part of Team Texas.
Blue Tide Aquatic’s Ben Decker has signed a letter of intent to attend Louisiana State University for the 2008-09 school year. Among those present for the signing were Blue Tide’s head coach Kevin Milak, parents Bishop and Kathy, brother Joe and his Gramie Phillips visiting from California. Doug & Tami Kuykendall were also present to offer their congratulations. LSU head coach, Adam Schmitt, expects Ben to step in and have an immediate impact in the Breaststroke and Individual Medley events as well as competing for a position on the medley relays. Ben has been a standout swimmer for both Kingwood HS and Blue Tide Aquatics since 2004. With Blue Tide, Ben set national age group records for both the 100 and 200 yard breaststroke events. While swimming for the KHS Mustangs Ben has been part of two UIL 5A State Championship teams as well as the mythical 2006 National Championship. Ben was the 2007 State Champion in the 100 yard breaststroke. He is currently coached by Blue Tide’s Head Coach, Kevin Milak. Ben joins several Houston area swimmers attending LSU including Blue Tide’s Lauren Grandy and The Woodlands swimmers Sean LeNeave and Chris Nat. Ben intends to pursue a degree in Business concentrating in Business Management and/or Finance. Ben is the second family member to attend LSU. His cousin, Sean Barker, attended LSU and played baseball during the 2001-02 seasons and now plays in the Rockies organization.

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