Eagle coach Donnie Bodron stared across the field at the team he used to call his own. Before the game, as the players were being announced, he reflected on his opponent with a sense of respect that a coach has for his former teammates.
“I know what their girls can do,” Bodron said, “I know how they play and what we must do to stop them.”
Deer Park came into the regional quarterfinal match-up with AHS sporting a 24-0-1 record and bragging rights from beating the Lady Eagles earlier in the season 7-0.
Deer Park pressured the Eagles from the opening kick and had their first scoring opportunity off a corner kick in the first minute of play. Much of the first half of the game was spent in the AHS zone with the Lady Eagles on their heels as they tried to fight off the Deer Park onslaught. Strong defense from the back four of AHS and three saves for goalkeeper, Liberty East, kept the game scoreless for the first 20 minutes of play.
Deer Park continued to dictate the action and pace of the game and finally broke through with 17 minutes left and took the lead 1-0 on a short kick inside the AHS box. That goal gave the Deer an emotional edge and let the air out of the AHS side, but the Lady Eagles continued to fight.
Forward Kayla King could never get free from the Deer defense and their double teams, so coach Bodron moved junior Julie Lackey to the front to help their offensive efforts.
“I wanted more people defending at the start of the game because of all their weapons,” Bodron said. “But when I saw that we could not get any attacks started up front, I moved Julie up to help Kayla.”
Help her she did and with just 30 seconds left in the half, the Eagles set up for a corner kick on the right side of the Deer Park zone. Lackey kicked the ball toward the box and bent the shot just enough to clear the defense and reach the back of the net, tying the game 1-1. Fans roared and the Lady Eagles gained momentum heading into the half knotted up with the two time defending regional champions.
The second half started differently than the first as AHS added some pressure of their own to the Deer and had their first scoring chance one minute into the half. Another shot was taken four minutes later, but just wide of the goal.
The tandem of King and Lackey threatened one more time on a beautiful pass through the Deer Park defense. Lackey took the pass and shot for the goal but had the ball deflected away by the goal keeper.
All the Lady Eagle pressure woke up the Deer and they countered with even more of their own. Twelve minutes into the second half, Deer Park forward Nations Jordan dribbled down the right unmarked and rocketed a shot just over the outstretched fingers of East, giving the Deer a 2-1 advantage.
There was plenty of time left for the Lady Eagles to mount a comeback, but the experience and power of Deer Park denied any attempt at tying the score. The best Eagle chance after the second Deer goal came off a free kick by Kelsi Brown. A bending shot toward the net was saved by the Deer, keeping the advantage for her team.
A turnover in their own box, late in the game, allowed Deer Park to tally another goal and seal the victory for their team.
No one was sure what to expect going into the first year of varsity level soccer without any seasoned veterans or senior classmen. They have to be excited to see this group of young women be within two victories of the state tournament in the toughest region of the state.
“How can you not be excited about the future when you see what we were able to do this year, knowing all these girls will be coming back,” Bodron said.
If this year is any indication, 2008 will indeed be exciting times for Lady Eagle soccer.
Photo: Junior Kayla King fights for the ball against the stingy Deer Park Defense. Photo by Wesley Orton
Humble Area Chamber of Commerce members took to the greens for the 2007 Chamber Golf Classic held at the Deerwood Golf Club in Kingwood. More than 250 golfers attended the Party on the Green the Saturday before the big day, raising more than $19,000 with live and silent auctions. Monday morning winners included the following teams: The Clubs of Kingwood, Rosewood Funeral Home, Members of the Atascocita Country Club, Colliers International, HEB, and Amegy Bank. Afternoon winners included: Golf Plus Gifts, Citizens Bank, Planet Dodge/Ford, D&D Collision, Delaware North Company, and Constable Ron Hickman’s team. The title sponsor was Kingwood Medical and more than 20 additional businesses participated as sponsors greeting golfers at various holes through out the course. James Coney Island provided food.
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