When the season began, Humble was looking to once again dominate competition in District 21-5A. Knowing that Kingwood would be a force to reckon with, the Wildcats hoped to pounce on all others and make a statement in the district. That would prove to be a tougher assignment with the emergence of Channelview, Baytown Sterling, Beaumont West Brook and newcomer, Atascocita High School.
The season did not start off like they wanted with losses to local powerhouses Kingwood, Bellaire and Northshore. Ties to Katy Taylor and a win over Memorial, 2-1, brought confidence back to the Wildcat team. Opening district play, Humble tied Sterling and would claim their first district victory over Atascocita, 3-1. The result of that game would serve as notice to the community that a new rivalry had begun and it was going to be a fierce one.
Losses to Kingwood and Baytown Lee put the Wildcats up against the wall in district but they fought like a wildcat does when it is cornered and claimed victory over Port Arthur Memorial, twice, and Channelview.
A second duel with the AHS Eagles was a heated contest as both teams played a more physical game and locked up in a 1-1 tie. A few heated words from fans on both sides after the game stoked the fire of this new rivalry and set the tone for next year.
Rounding out the year with another loss to Kingwood forced them to beat Baytown Lee to earn their spot in the playoffs. Earn that spot they did, and entered the Bi-district round as the third place team out of District 21-5A.
A first round match-up with District 22-5A runner-up Pasadena awaited them. A hard fought first half ended in a tie, but David Torres of Pasadena broke the tie in the second half. The lone goal of the game would be the undoing of the Wildcats as they walked away, losing 1-0.
Senior Bruno Miauro led the way for the Wildcats in scoring this season hitting the back of the net in over half of the games this year.
Photo: Wildcat teammates walk off the field after a win against Atascocita. Photograph by Kathy Parks
In preparation for the Shell Houston Open golf tournament at Redstone Golf Club, Dr. Travis Fox arrived in town to offer golfers a few last minute techniques designed to help them play their best game.
“Hypnotherapy won’t make a great golfer out of someone who is not,” said Fox, “But it will help a golfer to play his best game.”
Fox said he has been golfing since he was five years old. He said he played collegiate golf and even tried his hand at professional golf.
“That lasted about six weeks,” said Fox. “Then my father told me it was time to return to school.”
Fox said that he knew golf was, in large part, a mental game and that in the end, his interest in the conscious and the unconscious brain led him to study clinical hypnotherapy.
“I then spent 15 years working with hypnosis. I worked with smokers, those who had phobias and those who wanted weight loss.”
“I believe that 95 percent of golf is mental,” said Fox. “Yet, most golfers spend 95 percent of their time working on the physical aspects of golf.”
Fox said that he has filed for an intellectual property patent for his method of teaching a person to consistently play his best game.
“I believe that those who follow these methods can improve their game three to five strokes within 30 days without physical practice,” said Fox.
Fox described the process as refining a person’s automatic processes, allowing his subconscious to play the game rather than his conscious mind.
“The technique is not magic,” he said. “It works with natural brain processes which make performance a habit similar to the way a person drives a car without being consciously focused on the act of driving.
Fox, whose motto is, “changing golf one mind at a time,” said that he has launched the “Beat The Gogey Man Tour,” a two-year challenge to help one million “head” cases across the United States improve their mental game.
To do this, Fox offers a four CD and four DVD instructional-package for the price of $149 on his Web site www.beatthebogeyman.com.
Internet notes on Fox are not difficult to find. A quick Google of “Dr. Travis Fox” reveals 2,190,000 hits and interest in the area of mental golf in general is even more widespread. Googling “mental golf” produces 11,900,000 hits indicating that controversial or not, the idea of mental golf draws a crowd.
Photo: Dr. Travis Fox teaches golfers how to control the mental part of their golf game. Fox was in town to help golfers prepare to play their best game for the Houston Shell Open.
The Kingwood Mustangs boys soccer team advanced to the next round of the playoffs with a 5-0 defeat over the Dobie Longhorns last Tues., March 27. Kingwood ended their season as 21-5A District champions. In the first round of the playoffs they showed why they were division champs by controlling the flow of the game. The Longhorns were in defensive mode the whole game, with Kingwood getting most of the looks at the goal and took far more shots than Dobie. The first score occurred at the 1:10 mark of the first half, with senior forward Colin Crosby getting the goal. The first half ended with the score at 1-0 in favor of Kingwood. It was a very good defensive game for both sides in the first half. The second half was another story for Kingwood. The mustangs came out in the second half a lot more aggressive and seemed determined to put the game away. With 27:03 left, Senior Forward Ricky Gannaway increased the score to 2-0. Midfielder Blake Shannon throughout the game seemed to control the ball and keep it on Dobie's side for most of the game. At the 8:58 mark senior midfielder Tim Hord added another score to make it a 3-0 game. Thirty seconds later, at the 8:28 mark, junior midfielder Trenton Gay added yet another score. The fifth and final score came at the 4:14 mark by senior midfielder Scott Lindsay to solidify Kingwood's dominance in the game. The mustangs showed great ball handling skills and patience with the ball to take advantage of all of their scoring opportunities.
Next up for the Mustagns was Clear Brook high school and it proved to be another warm-up for Kingwood. Three goals in the first half all but put the game out of reach, but two more would be added in the second half as Kingwood walks into the Regional Quarterfinal after another 5-0 win. Luis Castillo led the way scoring three goals. Colin Crosby and Rick Gannaway each scored a goal to round out the attack. The Mustangs will next face a tough Clements high school opponent. Clements enters the quarterfinal with a 20-1-1 record after beating Pasadena in a shootout for their area playoff win. Check for updates on location and time of game at www.kingwoodmustangsoccer.com.
Photo: Blake Shannon breaks through the Longhorn defense en route to a rousing 5-0 victory.
The Mustangs improved to 12-5 overall and 2-1 in district with a decisive win over the Port Arthur Titans March 20. The starting pitcher, senior Chris Churchwell, had a good showing with five strikeouts and strong overall pitching.
The Mustangs finally got on the board with Churchwell hitting for a double and getting two RBIs to put Kingwood ahead 2-0. Kingwood's defense was in high gear, catching two players off guard between first and second base.
The bottom of the fourth inning was the nail in the coffin for Port Arthur. Churchwell started the action with a triple and a RBI; then senior outfielder Matt Brown hit a two-run home run.
Two batters later, senior Brad Evans hit another two-run homerun. Senior Mike Pierce and junior Jordan Raney each added a double, bringing in another run each. Port Arthur then pulled their pitcher after an eight-run, (two home runs, one triple, two doubles, one single and six RBI fourth inning.
The score at the end of the fourth was 10-0. Senior Mike Pierce came into the game in relief of Churchwell at the top of the fifth. The game was over four batters later with the final score 10-0.
“We are going to have to play good as a team. After two runs into the fourth inning, we did better. One hour and a half is pretty good for a victory," said coach David Denny.
Photo - Senior Chris Churchwell powers the Mustangs with his pitching and hitting against Port Arthur. Photo by Randy Botbyl
The Lady Wildcats of Humble High School came up short last Tuesday, falling to West Brook 9-1. At first, the outcome of the game looked bright for the Wildcats. The girls began strong with a run in the first inning by third baseman Heather Schwalbach, giving Humble an early lead over the Westbrook Bruins.
That lead would only hold for one inning. Unfortunately, the Wildcats would struggle to gain the lead the remainder of the game, emphasizing one of their challenges this year.
“We lost a bunch of girls this year, but we have a bunch of talent,” said coach Carol Sullivan.
By the fourth inning, Westbrook was up by five runs over the Wildcats. Schwalbach made a successful block at third base to end any chance of Westbrook adding to their lead. Humble pitcher, Dara Palms, continued to work to give Humble the advantage.
Palms pitched a quick fifth inning for the Wildcats, thanks in large part to great defensive plays by centerfielder Jill Gardner and shortstop Kirby Cott. However, the Bruins’ lead was too much to overcome.
By the end of the game, the girls were discouraged, yet looking optimistically to growing from past experiences.
Perhaps the greatest challenge to date for the team is projecting confidence while on the field.
“Our lack of confidence is a hurdle the girls are working to overcome through working hard in practices,” Sullivan said.
It is her hope that each of the girls reflects on each game and looks for ways to improve her personal performance.
“My proudest moment of the season was when we trailed in the district game against Channelview. We were behind by five but ended up winning the game,” said Sullivan.
“The future plans of our team include working on becoming better offensively as well as defensively and working to have fewer errors over time. If you have fewer mistakes, you will generally win the game,” Sullivan said.
For more information about Humble High School, the Wildcats or any of the athletic programs, visit http://www.humble.k12.tx.us/HHS_profile.htm.
Photo: Dara Palms, pitches in the third inning against Westbook. Photo by Beverly Reynolds
The Humble Wildcats rolled into town with an already rough season weighing heavy on their shoulders. Determined to put that behind them and start anew in district play, they came out swinging, hoping to leave AHS with a statistical and moral victory. They were one inning away from doing just that.
Clay Shrader took the mound for the Eagles and was well on his way to pitching a great game. When he wasn’t striking out Wildcat batters, he was supported by stellar defense in the field. An early humble threat in the first inning was snubbed out by an inning-ending double play.
After allowing a single in the third inning, Shrader and first baseman Conn McWilliams teamed up to pick the Humble runner off first base, once again ending any hopes of a Wildcat rally.
The Eagle defense and pitching was matched through much of the game by Humble. It took three hard fought innings before AHS could manage a hit of their own. Grant Clyde led off the fourth inning with a double and was brought home on a Shrader double staking the Eagles to a 1–0 lead. Base running mistakes cost the Eagles any hope of adding runs in the inning as Shrader was tagged out in a rundown and later Kevin Semien was doubled off of first on a routine fly ball to right field.
The fifth inning started off with an everyday groundball out to shortstop Thomas Dougherty. Humble followed that with a single through the left side of the infield and another hard hit shot gave the Wildcat runners first and second with two outs in the inning. A wild pitch allowed the runners to move up to second and third just a few feet away from tying up the game. Good pitching to the next batter resulted in an easy groundball back to the mound and an inning-ending third out.
With the way Shrader was pitching, the Eagle faithful had to be thinking that one run would be enough to secure their victory. Humble, however, had other plans.
The first Humble batter of the sixth inning would take a hanging curveball off the left field fence for a standup double. One pitch later, another hanging curve would find itself emphatically deposited over the left center fence, giving Humble a 2–1 lead and even bigger emotional edge over the Eagles. Shrader settled down and struck out the next three batters to end the top of the sixth.
Clyde started the bottom of the sixth with a walk and Shrader followed with a redeeming single to give the Eagles two men on and no outs. Semiens' sacrifice bunt moved up both Eagle runners and bases were loaded when McWilliams walked with two outs. Knowing he had nowhere to put another runner, the Wildcat pitcher crumbled under pressure and walked in the tying run.
AHS would not be satisfied with only one run as Chris Martinez stepped up to the plate and smashed a two run single up the middle pushing the Eagle lead to 4–2. Another run crossed the plate on a wild pitch and the inning ended 5–2 in favor of the Eagles.
Renewed with an even bigger lead than before, Shrader gallantly took the mound in the seventh inning, striking out the final two batters of the inning, giving him seven strikeouts on the night and securing a third straight district victory for AHS, who sits alone at the top of District 21-5A at 13–5, 3–0 in district play.
If the stars remain aligned the way they are now, March 30 will be a clash of the titans when Kingwood comes to visit the Eagles for the first time this year and first place in the district hanging in the balance.
Photo: AHS pitcher, Clay Shrader, struck out seven Wildcat batters and knocked in the first run of the game in the Eagles 5-2 victory.