On Monday, April 23, 2007 Connie and Larry Jones will host the Zach Jones Memorial Fund Golf Tournament. The tournament honoring the memory of their son will be held at Walden on Lake Houston Golf and Country Club, located at 18100 Walden Forest Drive in Humble. In the spring of 2006, the couple lost their son, Zach, who had contracted rabies from a bat while napping in his room by an open window. “He was a wonderful teenager,” said his mother. “He was an excellent student and always gave 150 percent.” She said that at the time, she knew nothing about rabies. The Joneses did not think that Zach was bitten so they trapped the bat in a dish towel and tossed it out the window. “If I knew then what I know now, I would have been more careful,” she said. She was not aware that it could take four to six weeks before a person who contracts rabies shows symptoms and that it is critical that they begin treatment immediately. She and her husband are trying to use the tournament to help raise awareness about the disease as well as honor their son's life. Jones said that 144 golfers have already committed to slots, which will be the maximum to golf at Walden. Supporters continue to sign up and 72 additional slots have been filled in Atascocita. The golf tournament offers a day of sport, celebration and giving. Registration and a putting contest begin at 11 a.m. At 1 p.m., there will be a box lunch and a shotgun start. Dinner and the auction will begin at 5:30 p.m. Zack is described as a teenager who demonstrated a strong sense of dedication to his studies and athletics. The money raised through the tournament will go to a scholarship fund that will benefit a 2007 senior. Had Zack's life not been cut short, 2007 would have been the year of his graduation. Winners of the scholarship will be nominated by Humble ISD teachers and counselors and applicants will be judged on an essay. The topic of the essay has not been selected at this time. Those interested in remembering Zach can sign up to be a player, sign up as a sponsor, donate items for the auction or make a contribution at the Web site at www.zachjonesmemorial.com. For more information call 281-548-2449.
It has been an up and down year for the Lady Wildcats, and last week was no exception. Surprising the Eagles and claiming victory made for a great start to the week. Getting shut out by a tough Kingwood team ended the week on a sour note. Dara Palms went head-to-head with AHS pitcher Tori Wachel Tuesday night at Humble, with the game going down to the wire. Humble took the early lead in the first inning on timely hitting and smart base-running. Dara helped her own cause by hitting a double and adding to the score. With the score tied 1-1 going into the fourth inning, the Lady Wildcats got their bats going again, scoring two more runs and stretching their lead to 3-1. One more run in the fifth countered the Eagles' run, making it 4-2 heading into the final two innings. A late rally was be denied as Dara and her teammates walked off the field victorious, 4-3. That win moved the Lady ‘Cats into sole possession of fourth place in District 21-5A. Playing Thursday night in observance of Good Friday was anything but good for Humble as Kingwood stepped up to the plate. With six girls hitting .300 or better, beating Kingwood is a tough task for any pitcher. Kingwood entered the game as the leader in District 21-5A and continued to show why shutting down the Lady Wildcats and shutting them out, 8-0. Next up for the 'Cats will be a very winnable game against Baytown Lee and then another tough match-up with Beaumont West Brook. Photo: Senior LaTrece Shello furthers the Wildcat cause against AHS Tuesday night. Photo by Wesley Orton
The Kingwood Mustang boys and girls soccer teams traveled to Pasadena Memorial Stadium to face the Clements Rangers Tuesday, April 3 in the quarter-finals of the playoffs. Both teams came home with a pass to the next round, with the girls winning 2-0 and the boys 1-0. The girls played first and started as a defensive battle. Both teams were doing everything they could to keep the ball out of their side of the field. Kingwood was maintaining a slight advantage as they were getting more opportunities at shots toward the Rangers goal. After a handful of goodlooking shots, junior Laura Philipp scored the first goal of the game at the 7:58 mark. The half ended with the score in favor of Kingwood, 1-0. The second half was dominated by Kingwood, who applied suffocating pressure, keeping the ball on Clements' side for most of the half. Senior goalkeeper Jenny Pence kept Clements out of the net with stellar goalkeeping. Clements threatened a few times in the second half, but Pence denied their shots as she had the whole game. Kingwood continued with their aggressive tactics and broke through again at the 19:40 mark of the second half. Senior forward Lauren Trappey rocketed a shot toward the net and scored the second and final goal for the Mustangs, sealing the victory and earning the team a spot in the regional semifinal against defending state champ, Katy Taylor. The boys game was a tense, close battle throughout the whole game. Both teams came out with a physical game plan. Clements has proven to be the toughest opponent Kingwood has seen all season. Unlike previous games, the first half put Kingwood on the defensive for most of the time. Clements was a bigger team physically and used their size to muscle the ball away from Mustang players. The Kingwood defense held and refused to let the Rangers score a goal. Senior goalie Eric Sease pulled off some great saves for the Mustangs and the first half ended in a scoreless tie. The second half started just as aggressively as the first, but both teams accelerated the play, knowing this half would decide their fates. Frustration grew as neither team could get a good look for a goal. The mounting frustration, coupled with the already physical play, resulted in a total of seven yellow cards being handed out to Mustang and Ranger players. The fans had to be thinking about overtime as neither team yielded to the other. At the 13:17 mark, the Rangers’ goalie was bending over to cradle the ball from a Mustang shot. The ball slipped in between his legs where Junior Trent Gay pounced on it and shot it into the back of the net to give the Mustangs the 1-0 lead. The stands and sidelines went crazy as that turnover proved to be Clements' undoing, giving Kingwood the victory and a semifinal matchup with Langham Creek. Photo: Junior Lindsay Hemingway looks on as the Mustangs defeat Clements. Photo by Randal Botbyl
Riding high off a big win over rival Atascocita, the Kingwood Mustang baseball team had to prepare for a head on collision with District 21-5A leader, Baytown Sterling. Finishing off their first leg of district with a victory over the Rangers gave the Mustangs the lead in district and in momentum as they began their second leg of games. The usually sure hands and timely hitting that has characterized the Mustangs all season failed them in this contest, as Sterling took the win 9-2. Tied 1-1 after the first inning, Sterling exploded for five runs off of two Kingwood errors, punctuated by a grand slam off the bat of Sterling’s Chase Dempsay. The Mustangs managed only one more run when Geoff Perrot scored on a wild pitch. The Kingwood bullpen kept the game in check until Sterling added three more runs in the seventh inning to seal the game for good, solidifying their lead in District 21-5A. Thursday night the Mustangs visited the Ganders from Baytown Lee and that was just what the doctor ordered. In their first match-up, Kingwood squeaked by Lee 2-1, but a tight game was not in the cards the second time around. Kingwood pitching shut down the Gander bats and the Mustang offense took care of the rest. Timely hitting traveled with the team as they pounded out six runs and won the game 6-2. The win, coupled with an Atascocita loss to West Brook, has both teams at 5-3 in district. Winning the first head-to-head game gives the Mustangs the rights to second place and a showdown of their own with Beaumont West Brook Tuesday at Kingwood. Photo: Chris Churchwell has been a defensive anchor for the Mustangs, as well as an impressive bat at the plate. Photo by Wesley Orton
For weeks all eyes have been on March 30. To some it would be just any other day, but to Atascocita High School it was the day they faced Kingwood in a District 21-5A baseball match-up. The Eagles came into the game with a 4-1 district record, sitting in first place tied with Baytown Sterling. Kingwood was just a game behind, waiting for a time to pounce on the young squad from AHS. That time was now. Fans knew it was a big game as they crowded the stands and stood three and four deep at the fences. Kingwood faithful showed their support, as well, and the Mustangs did not disappoint. Clay Shrader took the mound for the Eagles and sailed through the first two innings facing only seven batters. A strong defensive play by third baseman Grant Clyde in the second inning pumped up the crowd and appeared to confirm that fans were in for a showdown. Things would change in the third inning. Shrader appeared to mirror the tentative attitude of the entire team and Kingwood jumped on it. Five runs later, capped off by a three-run home run off the bat of Brad Evans, Shrader was chased from the mound. “Our kids came out and played scared today. They were intimidated from the first pitch and did nothing to overcome it,” Eagle Coach Eric Matthews confirmed. The five-run third inning appeared to shell-shock the Eagles even more as Kingwood would add nine more runs over the next two innings off Eagle pitchers Stephen Davis and Chris Madden. Home runs by Geoff Perrot and David Tittle fueled the run explosion adding insult to an already emotionally injured AHS team. “Tonight was the worst show of pitching I have seen from our team all year and, when you let that happen, nothing is going to go your way,” Matthews said. Nothing went the Eagles way, but they did manage to scratch out one run in the fifth inning off a line drive double up the middle from the bat of Grant Clyde. Too little too late as Shrader would follow up with a line drive to the third baseman ending the game due to a run rule. CUTLINE: The fans lined the stands hoping for a win but left disappointed after Kingwood handed the Eagles their second district loss.
BY Sports Reporter Riding high on emotion as they entered their first ever playoff game, the AHS Lady Eagles wanted to prove early that they belonged on the field with the big dogs. Up first for them was a real big dog in the form of the La Porte Bulldogs. Finishing third in District 22-5A, La Porte traveled to Charles Street in Humble with upset on their minds. Entering the playoffs with a 12-2 district record, the Lady Eagles were favored to win, but La Porte made them work for it for the first half of the March 27 game. Atascocita put pressure on the Bulldog defense right out of the gate, attempting their first shot two minutes into the game. Freshman Kelsi Brown was the first to hit the back of the net with a hard shot through the legs of the La Porte goalie in the fourth minute of action. La Porte shook off the early deficit with a matching goal off of a header from a corner kick just five minutes later. A turnover deep in the Eagles' own zone almost gave the Bulldogs the lead two minutes later as a shot went wide left and kept the score knotted at 1-1. Accurate passing through the midfield by Lyndsey Gnatzig got the ball to an open Kayla King who dribbled across the top of the box and shot left-footed into the net for another AHS goal. Blowing their horn from the stands, the AHS boys soccer team and the fans’ celebration was short lived after watching La Porte score again just minutes later, tying the game at two goals apiece going into halftime. At the half, Coach Donnie Bodron urged his girls to push the issue and initiate the action, “Our plan coming into the game was pressure and I felt we could get to them early. I told them in the playoffs anything can happen, and we have to make the most of our early chances and put the game away,” Bodron said. His girls must have heard the message loud and clear as they controlled the midfield and did not allow any Bulldog possession into their zone until the last 10 minutes of the game. Early in the second half, Bodron subbed in junior Frauke Schibilla and she immediately had an impact in the result of the game. With the score still tied 2-2, King stole the ball from the Bulldog defense and rocketed a shot at the goal. La Porte goalkeeper MacKenzie Montalvo was able to deflect the shot away. That deflection was right to Schibilla who kicked it in for an easy goal giving the Lady Eagles the lead for good. Ten minutes later, Gnatzig kicked a long cross into the box where once again Schibilla’s foot was waiting and she quickly scored her second goal of the night off the outstretched fingertips of Motalvo. La Porte got some pressure late in the second half but the stout defense of Brown, Gnatzig and Nicole Williams denied any Bulldog attempt at a shot until thirty-three minutes into the half. After a short break, King subbed back in to the game looking to add to her one goal and assist on the night. After a missed Bulldog shot, AHS goalkeeper Liberty East rocketed a long goal kick into La Porte territory. Speed kills in soccer and King proved it as she out-ran two defenders to meet the ball and break away toward the goal, easily scoring her second goal of the game. “I knew Kelsi could kick it far, so I took off running hoping to catch the defense off-guard”, King said. Apparently the Lady Eagle offense caught the entire La Porte team off-guard as they cruise into the next round of the playoffs. Photo: Kelsi Brown steals the ball on her way to scoring the first goal of the game.