Lady Wildcats pitcher Dara Palms proved once again that she can hit as well as pitch in Friday night's victory over the Channelview Falcons. Photo by Patsy Oliver
Heather Schwalbach, number 13, takes a look as she readies to run home in the Wildcats' win over the Channelview Falcons on March 2. Coming into home, the Falcons' catcher was ready for a tag and Schwalbach slid in and knocked the ball from her glove for a run.
At 38 – 2, the Kingwood Mustangs boys basketball team was well on their way to a third straight regional championship.
“This is our fifth year in a row at the regional championship,” said Assistant Coach Dominic Amorosa.
Five seniors made up the starting lineup for the March 2 game. The Mustangs faced off against the Houston Madison team at the M.O. Campbell Educational Center on Aldine Bender.
“We’ve got a pretty good group of guys,” said Amorosa. “We haven’t lost to a team in Texas yet this season.”
From the opening buzzer, both teams gave it their all and scores ran ran neck and neck until the buzzer at halftime. Kingwood was ahead by one point at the break. The final score for the Kingwood win over Madison was 82-66.
The Mustangs followed with another win against Clear Lake High School on Saturday, advancing the team to state. The final score in the Clear Lake game was 59-51. State semifinals will be played in Austin at the Frank Erwin Center at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, March 9, and winners will play for the championship Saturday, March 10, at 8:30 p.m.
Photo #1 Player number 21, Trevin Harris, puts the ball back into play at the district playoff game at Campbell Arena. Photo by Alicia Angst
Trumaine Johnson , number 11 for the Mustangs, shoots his free throw. Photo by Alicia Angst
Last Tuesday’s soccer match against the Baytown Sterling Rangers proved to be a tough battle for the Wildcats, but a shift in defensive strategies cinched the victory.
“In the first 20 minutes of the first half, we were pushing too hard,” said Wildcat head coach Lanny Morton. “We were playing up the middle and their team had more speed.”
The Wildcat strategies shifted and the plan worked. Coming from the corners made a positive difference. The Wildcats moved four players to the back and four to the middle, surrounding the Ranger with the ball and giving him nowhere to pass.
“We were able to control the mid-field,” said Morton.
Senior Morgan Parker was the first to score for the Wildcats in the first half. After their recent 5-0 victory over Channelview, the team was set to claim another win.
Fans looked to each other in dismay when senior Nick Gebhart was rotated out with an injury. Gebhart is a mainstay in the Wildcat defense.
The Wildcats remained focused on the game and continued to close down on the player with the ball so he was unable to shoot.
It proved to be a hard-fought, fast-paced game with the two teams vying for control of the ball. There were several notable saves by goalie Jose Orozco.
Morton gave credit to player number 10 on the opposing team. Morton said that he was a strong player and called him “dangerous.” The coach said he suspects the Baytown player will become an all-district player at the end of season.
“The last time we played this team, they were the first to score,” said Morton. “In the end, we tied the game with a single goal of our own.” But in this game, the Wildcats scored first and stayed in the lead. They received a couple of free kicks off fouls and Bruno Miauro scored three of the team’s goals.
“With his three goals, Bruno pulled the first ‘hat trick’ of the season,” said Morton. Miauro is player number nine for the Wildcats and a senior.
In the redistricting for the new school, Morgan got a full complement of seniors for his varsity team. Many of his junior varsity players became the varsity team at the new Atascocita High School, leaving Humble’s junior varsity with a team comprised primarily of freshmen and sophomores.
“Next year, we will have several returning lettermen for varsity,” said Morton. “The younger players will have to grow quickly athletically. I am very proud of the work they’ve done.”
The final score of the game was 4-2, which is the fourth district game victory for the Wildcats. On March 6, both the men’s and ladyies’ varsity soccer teams will participate in senior night recognitions and ceremonies on the field. For more information on Humble High School soccer, www.humble.k12.tx.us
Photo # 1 The Humble Wildcats celebrate their fourth district win. The final score of the Humble versus Baytown Sterling game was 4-2. Photo by Kathy Parks
Photo #2 Senior Morgan Parker scores the first goal for the Humble Wildcats. Morgan is a senior and a midfielder. Photo by Kathy Parks
The district game standing for Baytown Sterling is one win, two ties and five losses.
The district game standing for Humble is four wins, two ties and two losses.
The Kingwood Green soccer team ended pre-season scrimmages without a loss. They will precede into regular season with a record of 2-0-1, beating Magnolia West freshman 9-1, Atascocita H.S. freshman 1-0 and tying Caney Creek varsity/junior varsity
They also placed second in the Tomball High School tournament held last weekend, soundly beating Magnolia West Freshmen, Deer Park freshmen, Fort Bend Elkins sophomores and Fort Bend Elkins junior varsity.
They lost in the final game 1-0 to a tough Aldine team to place second in the tournament over all. Kingwood Green out-scored their opponents 17 goals for and only six against.
The offensive attack was lead soundly by Juan Castillo, who contributed four goals and provided six assists, other leading offensive players were Jared Gillisepie with four goals and two assists and Kyle Trimm with three goals and one assist.
Defensively, the team held their opponents to only six goals throughout the tournament. The outstanding defense was provided by Ryan Nolan, Zane Hancock, Matt Durr and Casen Hunger.
Kingwood Green boys soccer begins their regular season on January 25th against Deer Park.
Photo: Athlete Matt Durr takes the ball. Durr plays for the Kingwood Green soccer team.