Kingwood College youth program, Discovery College offers a summer program for children ages 6 – 14. Discovery College’s tennis camp welcomes players of all abilities, to develop both on and off court skills, and passion for the game. Summer Tennis instruction serves as a point of entry into the game of tennis for hundreds of community kids. Kingwood College’s tennis camp promotes team work, sportsmanship, self esteem and determination, and they have fun doing it! Instructor Jeffrey Black has over 35 years experience coaching tennis. Jeff has been the head tennis pro in Minnesota, Michigan, Iowa and Texas, including 11 years at Kingwood Athletic Club. He teaches tennis at both Kingwood and Montgomery College and coaches the teams at both schools. He started the youth tennis camp through Discovery College over three years ago. “My goal is for students to develop a solid foundation in tennis skills,” Black said. “I’d like them to learn to enjoy the game and all that goes with competition.” The cost of the eight hour program is $45. Classes and registration run throughout the summer and are offered Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. and 10:30 am – 12:30 p.m. It’s not too late to sign up for the innovative array of week-long education courses offered by Kingwood College this summer for youth ages 6–14. Weekly classes run through August 10 and registration is ongoing. For more information on the 2007 Discovery College, call 281-312-1660 or visit discoverycollege. Photo: Discovery College offers area youth the chance to get a step up on the competition during the summer
Outside where cars are usually parked, first-rate fishing boats and four wheelers lined the lot. Just beyond the parking lot in the field, you could hear the words “Pull!” followed by a loud shot and an exploding clay pigeon. Step inside and you would think you were walking through a monument of some of the biggest and most feared wild animals that roam the earth. No, the Humble Civic Center was not having an Outdoor Sports Convention. Northeast Houston Baptist Church kicked off their first Men’s Wild Game Dinner with a bang, literally. Located in Atascocita, 300 men and their young boys stood in lines to test their skills at skeet shooting and the archery and BB range. Exhibits from Academy, Gander Mountain, Holeshot and more added to the flair. Bass fishing professionals held mini-tutorials and men fired up the grill featuring a feast fit for a manly-man that ranged from your basic beef brisket, to grilled elk and kangaroo. All this with the hope of drawing in men and their boys from the community for a night out built around their interests. “We wanted to reach out to the men of their area and create an experience for them and their boys” Wade Smith said. After perusing the exhibits and trying out their shooting skills, all the men sat down at the exotic buffet and readied themselves to hear from the keynote speaker. Dr. Paige Patterson is an internationally recognized wild game hunter and honored the guests with tales of his many hunts, accompanied by a slide show. Patterson is in the record books for many of his trophy kills, and eyes widen as he delivered pictures of them featuring a lion, black bear, leopard, hippo and more. Patterson is also known for his position as president of the Southwestern Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, but big game hunting is his hobby and he loves sharing stories. “I have had some close calls, but I would do it all over again,” Patterson remarked. With the night being about dads and their children, Patterson emphasized the need to teach our young ones responsibility, the importance of life and the need for fathers to be involved in the lives of their kids. “You can trace gangs, drug abuse, alcohol abuse and more to the lack of a father figure in the lives of our kids,” said Patterson. Local businesses pitched in with door prizes and the evening ended with six lucky participants walking away with guided fishing trips, hunting trips and a leather recliner that was donated by Skero’s Furniture in Kingwood. Bonds were made and good times had as the place was lined with laughter and smiles looking forward to next year’s event. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Photo: President of SW Baptist Theological Seminary and international wild game hunter, Dr. Paige Patterson relives some his greatest hunts with the men and boys at the Men’s Wild Game Dinner. Photo by Wesley Orton
Going into any season, the players realize that it has to end at some point. Just like any sport, you fight through the regular season hoping to make it to the playoffs where anything goes. Once in the playoffs, a little grit here and some magic there and you could find yourself on the brink of a magical season. Such was the case for Kingwood, who had some magic of their own finishing district tied for second place and making a run deep into the playoffs. After a tense, three-game series against nationally-ranked Langham Creek, the Mustangs stampeded into the regional final against the Bobcats. After giving up the early lead in game one of the best-of-three series, Kingwood fought hard to get back in the game. David Tittle singled in Kingwood’s first run after a sacrifice bunt by Jordan Brewster moved the runner into scoring position. Down 3-1 headed into the bottom of the third inning, a couple of errors by the Bobcats allowed the Mustangs to load the bases, but they were only able to bring run home, making the score 3-2. Cy-Fair star Robbie Grossman struck again two innings later as he knocked in the fourth Bobcat run and added some insurance to their small lead. Kingwood scored one more run in the bottom of the seventh inning, but Brewster struck out to the end the game 4-3, giving the edge to Cy-Fair. “We didn’t execute when we had the chance,” coach David Denny said. “We can’t leave the bases loaded, miss bunts and get picked off the bases and expect to win a game against a team that is this good.” The emotional loss of game one didn’t seem to phase the Mustangs as they came out swinging and attacked the Bobcats early. Consecutive singles by Brewster, Tittle, Brad Evans and Mike Pierce paved the way as an error and RBI single by Ryan Grundy gave the Mustangs a 4-0 lead before Cy-Fair even came to the plate. The Bobcats came through with a big inning of their own and actually took a one run lead after sending 10 men to the plate in the bottom of the first. A big inning like that can take the air out of any team and that is what happened to the Mustangs. Kingwood tied the game in the second, 5-5, but helplessly watched Cy-Fair explode in the third inning and seal their fate, one series win away from their third trip to state in the last four years. Cy-Fair scored their 16th run in the bottom of the fifth, ending Kingwood’s season on a run-rule, 16-6. The Mustangs' senior-laden team fought valiantly all season and came up just short, but can still hold their heads high and focus on the 2008 season. Photo: Kingwood players and coaches gather together as their season ended at the hands of the Cy-Fair Bobcats. Photo by Wesley Orton
When the final bell rings at all the schools this year, one thing will be a constant: outdoor activity and a hot summer sun. With temperatures hitting the mid 80’s in April, we are in for a hot and sticky summer. Throw in non-stop activity during the heat of the day and you have a potential recipe for disaster. Young ones thrive on playing as hard and fast as they can and are not always aware of how the environment is affecting them until it is too late. Parents and coaches also need to be aware that pushing their athletes too hard in our summer conditions can add a critical cost to victory. Preparation is paramount, but proper maintenance is also key to surviving our summer activities. Follow these few principles and you will find yourself claiming victory in more ways than one. 1.Fluid intake is critical. Prepared athletes begin hydrating themselves before they begin the activity. 2.Watch how you sweat. If you have stopped sweating but not stopped playing, you are dehydrated and danger is right around the corner. Sweating is how the body cools itself during the heat of the activity. 3.Fuel up before going out. Amidst all the fad diets that tell us to scrap this and cutout that, athletes must be aware that their body needs proper nourishment in order to sustain high levels of summer activity. Carbohydrates and proteins are great sources of fuel for the body. 4.Take breaks and keep hydrating throughout the activity. Maintenance is critical and a short rest followed by a water break will keep you going into overtime. 5.Don’t pour water over your head to cool off. Ever wonder why all the garden shows tell us not to water our yard during the hottest part of the day? It is because the high levels of heat evaporate the water more quickly and burn up the grass. The same goes for water on your head. The sun will cook your scalp as it evaporates the water at a quicker pace actually pushing you towards heat exhaustion instead of away from it. In the event you see someone succumb to the heat, act quickly or they could suffer the worst consequences. Have them lie down and put a cool wet towel on their forehead. If you cannot get them to sip some cold water, try rubbing ice on their lips. Prop up their feat and call authorities for assistance. Adhering to these simple principles and learning how to properly equip yourself will insure that we are all victorious during this summer season. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
In their first year of varsity sports, Atascocita High School had four members of their baseball team named to all-district. Pictured(l-r): Conn McWilliams (second team pitcher), Grant Clyde (second team pitcher), Johnathan Dziedzic (first team pitcher) and Clay Schrader (second team outfielder). Congrats to the Eagles on being the first boys team to represent AHS in the playoffs! Photo by Heather Orton
Your eyes are not deceiving you. Everywhere you turn, there is a new school being built in this exploding area of Harris County. Community school bonds are paving the way for this expansion and students in the area are reaping the benefits. “By opening up additional schools our Humble ISD administration and school board is now providing more opportunities to allow student achievement and growth,” said Kingwood Park dance and drill team teacher Cyndi Vaughn. Residing in such a competitive district can sometimes alienate those who are not capable to compete at the highest levels, as well as, prevent proper training opportunities to help those reach new heights. “Our Humble High School student body now has more opportunities to be a part of athletics, various clubs and organizations. This will only lead to the sculpting and molding of better leaders for our future,” Vaughn said. Some would disagree and say that the talent pool is actually being diluted, but competition always proves to be a tool to strengthen teams and players. Besides competitive benefits, more extra-curricular activities offered by new schools afford more students the chance to become more well-rounded as they prepare for higher education and future opportunities. “Students are now given the chance to go out for things again which will only result in adding things to their high school resume for college admissions, scholarships, state recognition, and the list goes on,” Vaughn admits. One of those opportunities presented itself to Vaughn as the new teacher for the charter dance and drill squad at Kingwood Park High School. A dance veteran of 16 years, Vaughn jumped at the chance to build a program from the ground up. “Once the team was set I sat them down and we talked about this ground breaking "thing" we are starting. They got goose bumps as I told them their names will forever go down in Kingwood Park history,” beams Vaughn. Clearly, the chance at making a long list of “firsts” and creating a slice of history would not have been possible if not for the new experiences offered by the school bonds and the growing population of our community. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Photo: Welcome the charter members of the Kingwood Park Drill Team. Front Row (l-r): Corinne Besch, Amanda Brown, Kelli Blayney Second Row (l-r): Hannah Cousins, Shannon Cole, Tori McLeish, Crystal Martinez, Gabby Martinez, Angelia Rambally, Adrienne Ortega Third Row(l-r): Hannah Rice, Emily Thomasson, Hannah Guel, Monica Garcia, Brianna Jones, Kat McKee, Diane Murphy, Camila Palma, Sham Tisdom Fourth Row(l-r): Director Cyndi Vaughn, Emily Allen, Kim Flockton, Kirsten Hartman, Melanie Hooper, Jojo Stafford, Morgan Katz, Jessica Lasyone, and Sarah Lawless. Photo by Wesley Orton