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September 15, 2011 Tree waste pickup set

Tree waste only will be picked up Thursday, Sept. 15, for city of Houston (77089) residents living north of Beltway 8. Residents south of the beltway are scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 22. For more information, call 3-1-1.

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Vol. 36, No. 32

CCISD teacher arrested on drug charges

By James Bolen A former Clear Brook teacher and current Clear Springs High School teacher and volleyball coach was arrested on drug charges Wednesday, Sept. 7, during a police raid on his League City home. Timothy Todd Porter, 45, is suspected of selling steroids and cocaine to students and others. His arrest was the result of a three-month investigation involving Friendswood police and Drug Enforcement Administration agents in Houston and DalTimothy Todd Porter las. The investigation began when Friendswood police were tipped off that Porter, a 22-year veteran of the Clear Creek Independent School District, was selling steroids. Police stepped up their efforts when it was determined he was a teacher. The search of Porter's home uncovered 98 grams of Stanozolol and 35 grams of Anabar ­ both oral steroids. He was charged in Galveston County with possession of a controlled substance Penalty Group 3, a third-degree felony. He was also charged with two felony counts of delivery of a controlled substance (cocaine and steroids) in Harris County, as he was reportedly witnessed making transactions during the investigation. Also arrested during the raid were Geoffrey Winlock Taunton, 45, and Joshua Todd Decker, 21. Police said both men were Porter's roommates. Taunton was charged with possession of hydrocodone, while Decker was charged with possession of marijuana. An 18-year-old Clear Springs High student, who showed up at the house in Porter's car, was released without charges. Following the raid, DEA agents in Dallas executed a search warrant on a pharmacy suspected of being connected to the case. Porter was suspended Wednesday, Sept. 7, and later terminated Monday, Sept. 12, CCISD officials said. Friendswood police are urging parents to talk with their children to determine if any improper student-educator relationships exist. Parents should contact Officer Lisa Price at 281-996-3313.

PIP meeting Sept. 20

The Positive Interaction Program will meet Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. at Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, 11800 Astoria in the staff meeting room on the first floor. The guest speaker will be Houston Police Department Sgt. Steve Wick with the Homeless Outreach Team. PIP consists of police and citizens working for safer neighborhoods. For information, call Officer Randy Derr at 281218-3900.

Soccer player dies in accident

The San Jacinto College section when the light changed. men's soccer team, based on Perez, one of two backseat pasthe South campus, is mourn- senger in the teammates' BMW, was ing the death of player Jose pronounced dead at the scene. Perez. Perez, a freshman midfielder from Euless, Texas, was one of four SJC players en route to a morning practice session Tuesday, Sept. 13, when a two-car collision at Beamer and Astoria resulted in Perez's death. Investigators said the car Perez was riding in, driven by a soccer teammate, was traveling south on Beamer from Cimarron Landing Apartments when the driver ran a red light at Astoria and collided with a Honda that had been stopped at a red light and started across the interJose Perez The other two passengers and the driver, as well as the other vehicle's occupant, suffered minor injuries. One soccer player was transported to Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, where he was treated and later released. The driver of the Honda, a South Belt resident, was returning home from dropping her brother and sister off at Clear Brook High School. Police do not believe drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash. At press time, the accident was still under investigation, and no tickets had been issued. See additional information on Pages 2A and 1B.

SBYSC hosts carnival

The South Belt Youth Soccer Club will celebrate the start of the 2011 season with a party Sunday, Sept. 18, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at El Franco Lee Park. SBYSC board members will sell activity wristbands for $20 each at the pavilion at El Franco Lee Park on Thursday, Sept. 15, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The wristbands will allow carnival-goers to enjoy a variety of activities, rides and games at a one-time cost. On the day of the event, only single ride/activity tickets will be available for 50 cents each. Participants are advised that many of the activities will require the use of multiple tickets. The public is urged to attend.

Perez benefit set

San Jacinto College athletics will host a fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 17, for the family of Jose Perez, a SJC soccer student-athlete who died Tuesday in a fatal car accident near the South campus (See related story on this page). Barbecue brisket plates can be purchased for $10. The fundraiser will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the South campus athletic fields located at 13735 Beamer Road. Donations will also be accepted. All proceeds will benefit the Perez family.

Spaghetti at Cokesbury

Cokesbury United Methodist Church, 10030 Scarsdale, will hold a spaghetti dinner on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 5 to 8 p.m.The fundraiser is open to the community, and cost is $7 a plate, with students at $5 ­ dine in or carry out. Tickets are available at the door or from the church at 281-484-9243/

NASA plans new deep-space rocket

On Wednesday, Sept. 14, NASA unveiled the design of a new rocket for human exploration beyond low-Earth orbit. Called the Space Launch System (SLS), the new heavy-lift launch vehicle will cost roughly $18 billion, and its first developmental flight is planned for 2017. "The vehicle concept and design being formally announced today is consistent with the design and development approach that was directed by the NASA Authorization Act," said Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, ranking member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. "Because of the delays in announcing this design, it is imperative that we work with NASA to assure that the new Space Launch System is pursued without further losses of time and efficiency, while relying on NASA's world-class engineers and designers to continue U.S. leadership in space exploration." Rep. Pete Olson views the announcement as being late. "(The) SLS announcement is long overdue, reflecting this administration's lack of commitment to ensure the next generation of American human space exploration," Olson said. "Nearly a year ago, Congress ordered NASA by law to decide on a new SLS. America and the aerospace industry have been in a holding pattern waiting for NASA and this administration to display the leadership required by the law. Their failure to act forced unnecessary layoffs and a longer gap in America's ability to get our own astronauts to low Earth orbit and beyond, making us further dependent on the Russians for access to space. While I am pleased that the new system has been announced, it was long past due, and I will continue to push this White House to comply with the law of the land and get America back into space."

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Fundraiser set for Boyes

A benefit for Gail Boyes will be held Sunday, Sept. 18, at Walter Hall Park on Highway 3 from 1 to 5 p.m. A former PISD teacher and assistant principal and wife of Thompson Intermediate coach Bob Boyes, she has been diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer. The event will include barbecue plates at $10 each, a silent auction, a golf cart raffle for $10, various games, a volleyball tournament and live entertainment. For barbecue or raffle tickets, call Wanda Reyna at 281-827-7061, or donations can be made to the Giving Gail Hope Donation Fund at any Wells Fargo location. For more information, visit

Edgebrook study nears completion

By Matt Griesmyer After more than 40 years of meetings, commentary and more, the wheels are finally getting rolling on a project that will help out with flooding in the Freeway Manor and surrounding subdivisions. In 1975, a gentleman by the name of Coles Stringer was carrying the torch and trying to get flooding problems around the Edgebrook area solved. Water was coming from the area around Almeda Mall and traveling down a water channel dubbed C-106-03, along the Gulf Freeway and into the Edgebrook area and through to Berry Bayou. Stringer, an Edgebrook resident and businessman, met with a representative of the Harris County Flood Control District to see how the issues might be resolved. The representative told Stringer that the problem was not coming from the mall and was instead coming from elsewhere. Stringer refused to believe this story, and in a subsequent act of sleuthing, poured yellow paint into the water coming off of the mall one particularly rainy day. The tracks were there for the HCFCD representative to see for himself. The color left behind after the rain showed a very traceable path from the mall all the way through Edgebrook and into Berry Bayou. Now, nearly half a decade later, the torch has been passed to another resident affected by floodwaters that are still coming from Almeda Mall. James Muecke, longtime Freeway Manor resident, now tilts at this particular windmill, trying to get the flooding issue around Edgebrook resolved. The ditch, which was originally built when the Gulf Freeway was installed, was only intended to carry water away from the roadway. The ditch now handles the flooding around the area neighborhoods. Under heavy rain conditions, the ditch only exacerbates the area's tendency to flood. While it has taken a considerable amount of time, Muecke has been consistently trying to get something done to alleviate flooding for the area residents. From fall of 2005 through 2009, six meetings were held to discuss the possible solutions to the flooding problem. Through these meetings several solutions were devised, but not much regarding C-106-03. This changed, however, during the last meeting in 2009, in which the County Commissioners Court approved a study of the Berry Bayou floodplain to see how the area would best be helped. After more than two years of waiting, Muecke is finally seeing some results. On Sept. 30, Commissioner Jack Morman met with Muecke to discuss the results and potential solutions for flood relief. "I was advised that the study is basically complete, but certain technicalities have to be reviewed before the project can proceed," Muecke said. The timeline for the project is not known, as the aforementioned technicalities can cause the project to be either short or drawn out. As for what these technicalities are or why residents cannot have even an estimated time of completion, sources are being very tight-lipped.

Burnett festival seeks vendors

Burnett Elementary will host its first fall carnival on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be festival games, refreshments, music and a silent auction. Funds raised from this event will be used to enhance student and teacher programs by providing resources and materials. The festival is also seeking vendors to sell their crafts/items. To reserve a booth for $25, call Teresa Abel at 713-740-0536.

LSA cheer, dance camp set

The Lutheran South Academy Strutters and cheerleaders will host their annual cheer and dance camp Saturday, Oct. 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Girls in Pre-K3 through eighth grade are invited. No experience is required. Participants return Friday, Oct. 7, to cheer and dance during halftime on the LSA field. The cost is $65 if preregistered by Tuesday, Sept. 27, and includes dance and cheer instruction, a performance T-shirt, lunch, snack, photo, a hair bow and certificate. Same day registration is $75 and begins at 9 a.m. in the gym. For information, contact Jean at 281-486-1144.

What this traffic sign is trying to relay is "expect delays" for all motorists using Dixie Farm Road east of the Gulf Freeway. The Texas Department of Transportation is currently resurfacing Dixie Farm Road (FM-1959) from the Gulf Freeway to Old Galveston Road (SH-3). Alternating lanes of this stretch will be closed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday, Sept. 30. The construction is separate from the ongoing project to widen the Gulf Freeway from Beltway 8 to El Dorado. The four-year endeavor will increase the freeway from three to five lanes in each direction and the frontage roads from two to three lanes in each direction. The project will require the complete closure of east-west traffic on Dixie Farm Road, as the overpass will be demolished, while the freeway will be reconstructed to go over the area street. Demolition of the Dixie Farm Road overpass is tentatively scheduled to take place later this year.

Bond meetings set

A public forum to disuss the Pasadena Independent School District's $270.1 million bond proposal will be held Thursday, Sept. 15, at South Houston High School, beginning at 6:30 p.m. An election on the bond proposal has been called for on Nov. 8. This bond would provide a new career/tech high school, three new middle schools, four replacement campuses and renovations to Veterans Memorial Stadium and Phillips Field House. The bond would not require a tax rate increase. Other public forums will be held at Dobie High on Sept. 19 at 6:30 p.m., Pasadena High on Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. and Memorial High on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. Early voting will run from Oct. 24 through Nov. 4. See related story on Page 3A.

Pasadena rodeo to begin Sept. 16

Now in its 62nd year of entertaining southeast Harris County, the Pasadena Livestock Show and Rodeo continues to please crowds and provide scholarships to area students. According to a 2010 economic study performed by the Economic Alliance Port Region, submitted by the Alliance's president and CEO, Chad Burke, the event attracted more than 90,000 people in a two-week period, with a financial impact of around $8.4 million to the Pasadena area. It also helped generate 74 new jobs. Last year's rodeo also saw record-breaking attendance, according to rodeo President Rex Davis. It was "probably the largest attendance we've had, maybe in the history of the rodeo." Davis said. With the lineup of performers and events for this year's rodeo, and provided Mother Nature cooperates, organizers hope to top last year's numbers. Sept. 17 will start things off via the rodeo parade, fun run, little wranglers rodeo and a trail ride. The parade starts at 10 a.m. and traverses part of Spencer Highway, starting at Shaver Street. Each September, the parade draws in thousands who gather along Spencer to watch decorated cars, floats and trucks, along with horseback riders and marching bands. On Sept. 18, there will be a cowboy church service held in the covered arena at the rodeo grounds. Longtime fans of the rodeo will note that traditionally, the cook-off was held prior to the livestock show and rodeo events. This year's cook-off ­ an annual outing for many in the area Continued on Page 3A

SJC offers discount pet vaccines

San Jacinto College South campus will host its fourth annual World Rabies Day pet vaccination event on Saturday, Sept. 24. Texas-licensed veterinarians Adam Eiler, SJC science lead faculty, and Dr. Susan Pickle of the Alvin-Friendswood Veterinary Clinic, will provide several pet vaccinations at reduced rates to the community. "Rabies takes multiple forms, and people may not recognize that an animal can be infected even though it doesn't display aggressive behavior," said Eiler. "It is our goal to alter the `It can't happen to me' mentality; otherwise, rabies in the United States will reflect the global situation of domesticated pets being unvaccinated and transmitting the disease to the human population." Early detection is also a benefit of these annual vaccination events. "This allows the pet to be examined, perhaps picking up early signs of illness that can be managed, contributing to a lengthened life for the pet which furthers the human-animal bond," Eiler said. As a veterinarian, Eiler believes that promoting animal health, safety, and responsible pet ownership in turn benefits the human population by minimizing disease transmission. By continuing disease prevention awareness, both veterinarians and physicians can work together for the safety of pets and their owners. The World Rabies Day pet vaccination event will be held Saturday, Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. to noon, in rooms SNAD 1114 and SNAD 1117 of the North Wing Administration Building, across from the W.L. Smallwood Health and Physical Education Building, located at the South campus on 13735 Beamer. Owners can check their pets in at the registration desk located in the north parking lot directly outside the vaccination rooms. Vaccination prices are as follows: dogs ­ rabies, $10; distemper/ parvo, $15; bordetella, $10; microchip, $30. Cats ­ rabies, $10; distemper (FVRCP), $15; distemper/leukemia, $20; microchip, $30. Only cash will be accepted. All proceeds will benefit the Aurora's Pet Rescue and Alvin-Friendswood Veterinary Clinic Adoption Pets.

Wildfire relief drive set

Desiree Green and Kimberly Snook, along with the Southeast Volunteer Fire Department, are organizing a drive to help those affected by the wildfires in Central Texas. Donations of toiletries, sleeping bags, baby formula, batteries, diapers, medical supplies, bottled water, sports drinks, pet food and work gloves may be dropped off at the station at 10510 Scarsdale. For information, call Green at 832-552-0140.

Sheriff launches crime tip app

Sheriff Adrian Garcia and the Harris County Sheriff's Office, in collaboration with iThinQware, Inc., held a news conference on Friday, Sept. 9, 2011, to announce the launch of a free mobile application that will allow citizens to turn in crime tips using their mobile device. iWatchHarrisCounty is a virtual crime watch program that empowers citizens across the county to report suspicious behaviors or activities by turning in tips, images and videos directly to the sheriff's office from almost any mobile phone or personal computer. Citizens can remain anonymous or may choose to disclose their identity. The HCSO is the first sheriff's office in the country to use the iWatch mobile app.

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Readers' Opinions

Anderson seeks name of old church

I'm trying to find out the name of a church that was on the corner of Kingspoint and Fuqua back in the 60s. It would have been about where the Chevron is now. My grandfather remarried there in about 1968. I believe it was a southern Baptist. Matthew Anderson will be having a charity garage sale as our major fundraiser on Friday October 7th and Saturday Oct. 8. We would like to request donations for the garage sale. The garage sale will be at my home which is located in the South Belt area. We are available to pick-up donations. For donation pick-up or questions, please call Heather DeRousse at 832-689-3901, or email: [email protected] Turner syndrome is a chromosomal condition that describes girls and women with common features that are caused by complete or partial absence of the second X chromosome. TS occurs in approximately 1 of every 2,000 female births. Several medical problems occur more frequently in individuals with Turner syndrome than in the general population. These include heart, kidney and thyroid as well as hearing issues. This is the national TS website:www. Also here is a PSA regarding TS: JtR E8. Thank you! Heather DeRousse Turner Syndrome Society

Brook debate team earns multiple wins at Dobie HS

The Clear Brook High School Speech & Debate Team kicked off the year with multiple wins at the J. Frank Dobie High School tournament recently. In the speaking events, Hunter Bodiford and Rishi Suresh earned second place in domestic extemporaneous and foreign extemporaneous, respectively. They each received 6 points out of 10 required for their qualification to the state tournament. Adriel Rivera also placed sixth (1 state point) in foreign extemporaneous. Impromptu speaking was another area in which the team excelled, with Suresh winning first and Rivera winning third. In the debate events, Suresh advanced to the quarterfinals, thereby earning 2 points towards his state qualification goal. All in all, the team fared well at the first tournament.


Tommy Lee Thurman

Beatrice Thurman. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Faye; daughters and sons-in-law, Debra and Tom Czajkowski and Dena and Bob Baier; grandchildren, D'Anna and Chris Schmidt and Darrin Mastin; great-grandchildren, Ella, Jacob and Serenity; sister-inlaw Jo Mitchell and husband Bob; brother-in-law Rex Barton and wife Anita; cousins and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service was conducted Friday, Sept. 9, 2011, at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Friendswood with the Rev. James Kinman officiating. Interment will be held at a later date. In lieu of usual remembrances, donations in Thurman's name can be made to the charity of choice. Condolences may be sent to the Thurman family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneral

play in the bell choir. The funeral Mass was celebrated Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011, at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, and a private burial was held at Houston National Cemetery.

Robert Martin McPhail

Weld: Missing George, Deno's

I was sorry to see that Deno's was forced to close because of this economy. Didn't get to eat there often, but always enjoyed both the food and the service when I did. Loved the Greek salad with gyro meat. Even more than that, I've missed the letters from George in this publication. You were usually pretty right on in your opinions, George. Don't know if you're still in the area or not. I hope so. If so, please don't be a stranger here. Good luck and God bless. To Larry Reams, (The Ugly American. 9-08-11), well said. That is exactly the liberal position. They are all for equality and free speech as long as you agree with them. What about being sensitive to Christians? What about the right of conservatives to voice their opinions? A little hypocritical? Hmm? David R. Weld

Charity garage sale requests donations

I am the President of the Turner Syndrome Society Houston Chapter. I am writing to request if you could please place an announcement that our chapter

Tommy Lee Thurman, 78, of Friendswood, died peacefully Monday, Sept. 5, 2011. He was raised in Lamesa, Texas, graduated from Lamesa High School, and attended Hardin Simmons University. Thurman served in the Army during the Korean conflict. He lived in the South Belt area for 28 years before moving to Friendswood in 2000. He was employed by Navistar Inc. for 51 years in cities nationwide. He was an avid square dancer, loved to Once again we have had a traffic accitravel and visited numerous Members of the Clear Brook Speech High School are, left to right, Hunter countries. dent on Beamer. We must all remember and to talk to our young people to slow & Debate Team pictured with their Bodiford, Rishi Suresh and Adriel RiThurman was preceded in down. trophies after the tournament at Dobie vera. death by his parents, S.L. and We all drive way too fast and try to beat red lights. It is so scary to try to get out of my Subdivision in Sageglen, to get on Scarsdale . . . people are driving so fast. Beamer and Scarsdale as well as other parts of our community should be patrolled and tickets given out. It is just not the people from South Belt driving down Scarsdale. Many live in Pearland also and they think that Scarsdale is I-45. Toni Muse

Muse urges drivers to slow down

Marjorie T. Jackson

SJC soccer player killed in crash

Guest Editorial

Their Future, Our Fight

by Linda Bridges, president of Texas AFT

In the wake of a state legislative session that produced unprecedented cuts of more than $5 billion from public education, the back-to-school verdict is already in: 75 percent of Texans say our state lawmakers should not have cut funding for public schools at all (Texas Poll, July 2011). In fact, 90 percent agree that our schools need more money from the state, not cuts. The folks in charge in the state Capitol have unquestionably defaulted on their commitment to the schoolchildren of Texas. For at least the next two years, our students will be caught in the undertow of a grossly inequitable and inadequate system of school funding, just when high-need, economically disadvantaged children are becoming the supermajority in our schools. Our schoolchildren will have fewer teachers and educational aides to help meet rising state graduation requirements. Fullday pre-kindergarten classes simply will not be there for many thousands of eligible students. Nor will the extra services from reading specialists and academic coaches that have been making a difference for so many academically at-risk pupils. And that's just a partial damage inventory. Together, the governor, lieutenant governor, and House speaker have led a shameful retreat from the state's constitutional duty to give all our students a fair chance to succeed in school. They refuse to acknowledge that revenue needed for education is down because the Texas economy is not growing nearly as fast as they confidently assumed back in 2006, when they "reformed" school funding. Their refusal to admit their mistake and make up for lost education revenue is a perfect example of penny-wise, poundfoolish policy that will continue to hold back economic growth. Instead of fixing this selfinflicted structural deficit, this year they chose to dismantle already-modest contract and compensation safeguards for teachers, inviting school districts to economize at the expense of their employees to make up for state cuts. Is laying off teachers, cutting their pay, and cramming more kids into their classrooms in the face of rising academic challenges a good way to prepare our students for college and careers? Note the sad irony: The state's leaders and their lieutenants in the legislature have put this drag on our state's economic competitiveness at the very same time they tout the Texas approach as a model for the nation. So what can be done when the state defaults on something as fundamental to our future as public education? Well, for one thing, school districts any day now are surely going to sue the state for violating the state constitution's mandate to provide for an effective system of public education, and they are going to have a good case. But it will take a long time to reach a final court decision. Some 69 percent of Texans in the poll mentioned above say they would support a local tax increase to support their public schools. For those districts that have not already hit the state-imposed cap on their local tax rate, that is an option. Meanwhile, though, the kids can't wait. You're only 5 years old once. Parents, teachers, and friends of public education in the wider community are joining together to fill the gap, doing our best with what we have to give these students the education they deserve. As we head back to school, we urge all concerned citizens to enlist in this cause. Please get involved in advocacy and service through Their Future: Our Fight, Save Texas Schools, Parents Across America, Friends of Texas Public Schools, Raise Your Hand Texas, the Texas Organizing Project, Texas Parent PAC, your local PTA or PTO, or other groups that have sprung up to support public education. (Fellow teachers, that goes especially for you!) But we all need to do something more, reaching beyond the comfort zone of the schoolhouse and into the polling place to change the status quo. The kids are worth it. Their future is our fight. As the folks from Save Texas Schools like to say: We're watching, we remember, and we vote! AFT represents 65,000 school em-ployees across the state. Find out more about the organization's efforts at

Marjorie Theresa "Marge" Jackson, 80, longtime South Belt resident, died Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011. She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Dec. 17, 1930. Jackson is survived by her husband of 58 years, Clifford X. Jackson; five daughters, Teresa Mueller and husband Randy, Julia Sudela and husband Joe, Linda Sudela and husband Mark, Laura Cornman and husband Terry, Lisa Hamilton and husband Conrad; 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Jackson worked for many years in marketing research. She was an active member of St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church for 44 years. Of her many services to the church, she loved to practice and

Former South Belt resident Robert Martin McPhail, 60, died on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011, at his home in Hartselle, Ala. The cause of death was a heart attack. He was born on July 23, 1951, in Tomball. A 1970 graduate of South Houston High School, McPhail worked in the carpet and flooring business in the South Belt area for many years as a representative for Crutchfield Carpet Co. He later moved to the Clear Lake area where he was active in coaching youth sports and in sports officiating. His officiating credentials included an invitation to umpire at the State Little League Tournament in Waco. McPhail moved to various locations in the Deep South to help with rebuilding needs following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and eventually relocated to northern Alabama. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Susan Millet McPhail; and four grown children, son Gary Allison and wife Lana of Bradford, Ark.; daughter Natalie Lester and husband Jerry of Yellville, Ark.; son Robert McPhail Jr. and wife Dahlia of Yuma, Ariz.; and son Seth McPhail, a student at Sam Houston State University. He also leaves behind six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, many cousins and dozens of friends in the Houston area and in Alabama. A memorial service was held on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011, at the high-school baseball field in Hartselle where McPhail often umpired baseball games.

A San Jacinto College soccer player was killed the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 13, when the vehicle he was traveling in was involved in a traffic collision at Beamer and Astoria. According to police, Jose

Perez, 18, was a rear passenger of the BMW shown above that allegedly ran a red light at the intersection, causing it to strike another vehicle and then flip over. Photo by Marie Flickinger

CCISD forming boundary committee

The Clear Creek Independent School District is forming the 2011-2012 School Boundary Advisory Committee. The mission of SBAC is to develop and present new boundary recommendations to the district's board of trustees for elementary and intermediate attendance zones for the 2012-2013 school year. Employees of the district are not eligible to serve on the committee. All members shall be selected by random drawing. Anyone interested in volunteering their time may submit information online at or can request an application from the Office of Communications at 281-284-0020. Completed forms must be received by 4:30 p.m., Sept. 27, 2011. Those interested in serving on the SBAC may mail the form to: Clear Creek I.S.D., c/o Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, P.O. Box 799, League City, TX 77573.

Pre-K tuition openings at CCISD campuses

Tuition-based pre-kindergarten is an optional program for children whose parents want to them attend pre-kindergarten in Clear Creek Independent School District to prepare them for kindergarten. CCISD offers tuitionbased pre-kindergarten to children who are 3 or 4 years old on or before Sept. 1 based on space available. Currently, there are openings for tuition-based Pre-K. Tuition for the half-day program for the school year will be $400 per month. Tuition for the extendedday program will be $600 per month. Tuition-based pre-kindergarten in Clear Creek ISD offers quality early learning: · Child-centered curriculum based on the Texas prekindergarten guidelines · Comprehensive early language and literacy program designed to prepare children for success in kindergarten · Integrated technology with opportunities throughout the day for children to use computers and interactive boards to increase their learning · Highly qualified and certified teachers in every classroom. Early Childhood teachers in Clear Creek ISD are certified to teach Early Childhood, English as a Second Language and Special Education. · Both half-day and extended day programs available · Accredited by the Texas Education Agency For more information, call 281-284-0330 or email [email protected]

Hispanic Heritage Month includes movie screening

Enjoy a movie and learn about the Mirabel sisters during a Hispanic Heritage Month movie screening of In the Time of Butterflies, which chronicles the lives of the sisters who died in 1960 fighting for freedom in the Dominican Republic. The film is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 21, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the university's Student Services and Classroom Building, Lecture Room, 2700 Bay Area Blvd. Based on the historical novel by Julia Alvarez, this film tells the story of the Mirabel sisters and their courageous efforts to overthrow the Trujillo regime. A facilitated discussion, led by UH-Clear Lake visiting lecturer in anthropology, Charlotte Haney, will follow the film. The event is sponsored by the Office of Intercultural and International Student Services. The film is one event scheduled in recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, observed from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 to honor the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. For more information about the film and discussion, contact Susana Hernandez, coordinator of Educational Programming and Outreach, at 281-283-2565, or email [email protected]

Library events scheduled

The following events are set for the week of Sept. 15 through Sept. 21 at Parker Williams Library, 10851 Scarsdale Blvd.: The Friends of the Parker Williams Branch Library will hold their monthly meeting on Monday, Sept. 19, at 9 a.m. Preschool storytime is at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, and toddler storytime is at 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

MHSH hosts men's night out

Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital will have a night out for men Wednesday, Sept. 21, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Cullen's Upscale American Grille, 11500 Space Center Blvd. A discussion on men's health topics will include panel guests Dr. David Crumbie, orthopedic surgeon; Dr. Matthew Hoggatt, urological surgeon; and Dr. Michael Byrd, otorhinolaryngologist, discussing ways for men to feel stronger and better as they age. Vendor booths will be set up for attendees to learn about proper nutrition, sports performance, smoking awareness and more. Door prizes, a small gift, and free blood pressure screenings will also be available. The event is free, but space is limited. To register, call 713-222-2273.

Cornyn: After dismal jobs report, president should halt all new regulations

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, responded recently to President Obama's decision to ask the Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw new proposed smog standards: "The president's decision is welcome news and a step in the right direction, but in reality, smog standards are just the tip of the regulatory iceberg from this administration. "As Americans read yet another dismal unemployment report, the president should take this a step further and place a moratorium on all new regulations until the nation's unemployed are put back to work." Cornyn is an original cosponsor of S. 1438, the Regulation Moratorium and Job Preservation Act. The bill calls for a moratorium on burdensome federal regulations until the national unemployment rate falls to 7.7 percent ­ below where it was when Obama was sworn into office. Cornyn serves on the Finance, Judiciary, Armed Services and Budget committees. He serves as the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee's Immigration, Refugees and Border Security subcommittee. He served previously as Texas Attorney General, Texas Supreme Court Justice, and Bexar County District Judge.

High school reunions set

Dobie 20-year reunion

The J. Frank Dobie Class of 1991 reunion will be held Saturday, Oct 8, from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Trevisio Restaurant & Ballroom, 6550 Bertner Ave. All 1991 graduates and former classmates are welcome ­ "after 5" attire. For ticket information, visit The reunion mixer will be on Friday, Oct. 7, from 6:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Hughes Hangar Bar & Grille, 2811 Washington Ave. Dobie senior classes of 1988 to 1994 are all welcome.

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Dobie 40-year reunion

The J. Frank Dobie Class of 1971 will hold its 40th reunion on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. at Villa Capri on Clear Lake. More information is available on Facebook Events and the J. Frank Dobie website (alumni), or email [email protected], [email protected] or keen [email protected] Hotel blocks are available for Oct. 14-15.

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Olson statement on Justice Department intervention on AT&T/T-Mobile merger

Rep. Pete Olson, R-Sugar Land, recently issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Justice announcement of their intent to block a proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile: "On the very same day AT&T announced plans to bring 5,000 American jobs back to American soil, the largest such repatriation of overseas jobs by any company since the Bush administration in 2008, the Justice Department filed an antitrust lawsuit to block AT&T's merger with T-Mobile. At a time when our nation's economy is struggling to grow jobs, this announcement comes as an unneeded blow. "With this latest move, it's hard to figure out who this Justice Department is working for. If they are not trying to stop the closure of the terrorist prisons at Guantanamo Bay, then they are helping Mexican gangsters acquire weapons through their imbecilic "Fast and Furious" program. "Congress has found no reason why this merger should not go through. Blocking an American company from acquiring a foreign-owned company, which will bring back thousands of American jobs as well as pump many billions into the economy doesn't make sense."

SoHo 25-year reunion

The South Houston High School Class of 1986 Reunion is set for Oct. 14-16. Activities include: Friday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. - South Houston versus Sam Rayburn (homecoming) football game at Pasadena Memorial Stadium, followed by a mixer at Hugh and Jeff's Carwash and Grill, 1232 FM 646 Road W. in Dickinson. Saturday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. - Reunion at the Doubletree Hotel, Downtown Houston, 400 Dallas St. Buy tickets at Sunday, Oct. 16, from noon to 6 p.m. - All-class picnic hosted by the Class of 1986 at Walter Hall Park, 807 Highway 3 N. in League City (1.4 miles south of the NASA Parkway bypass).

Team Gabby fundraiser

Team Gabby will start its annual fundraiser for the Gabby Romero Memorial Scholarship Fund at Dobie High School and for Renal Cell Carcinoma Cancer Research Center at the University of Texas Medical School in honor of the late Gabby Romero. Orders are being placed for long-sleeved T-shirts, hoodies, sweats for the winMilby 50th reunion ter, caps and visors. To purchase an item, The Milby Class of 1961 will hold its 50th reunion Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7 and 8, at the South Shore Harbor Resort contact Jesse Romero at & Conference Center. For more information, call Vicki 832-876-0502 or email [email protected] Buckner Reber at 713-789-8144.

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Pasadena livestock show, rodeo . . .

Continued from Page 1A looking to sink their teeth into some of the best barbecue around ­ features more than 100 cooking teams, with a waiting list for entrants. Davis says it is typical for the cookoff to be filled to capacity with a waiting list. "We are probably the second largest cook-off in the area, second to Houston (Livestock Show and Rodeo)," said Davis. This year's rodeo takes place Sept. 16-24. The cook-off will be held Sept. 29, 30 and Oct. 1. One of the reasons for the switch was to entice more rodeo professionals to visit the Pasadena Rodeo to earn valuable rodeo circuit points. "We're on the tail end of the PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association) circuit, which makes anybody wanting to go to Las Vegas for the finals, pretty much have to come to the Pasadena Rodeo," said Davis. "We are the largest PRCA rodeo in this part of Texas." The Championship Pasadena Livestock Auction will be Thursday, Sept. 22, inside the spacious Pasadena Convention Center, located near the intersection of Red Bluff and Fairmont Parkway. The auction will feature livestock raised by students from Pasadena and Deer Park ISDs, along with students from the Boys and Girls Harbor. Pasadena Rodeo has over the years, paid out more than $4 million in scholarships to area students. Last year, it gave out 50 scholarships for a total of about $50,000. Davis said San Jacinto College is now also a recipient of the rodeo's scholarship fund. On what draws residents to the rodeo year after year, Davis said it's everything the rodeo offers its patrons. "You can go to a movie theater, or you can go to a sporting event in Houston. Really, this is the attraction in our community. We're the single largest event in southeast Harris County. It's something different." Davis said the rodeo wouldn't enjoy the growth and popularity it has over the years without the support of both local businesses and city of Pasadena officials. "We couldn't do what we do out here for the kids without the support of the entire community, the city and our sponsors and volunteers." Davis said there are more than 1,600 who help in making sure the event is a success year in and year out. He says preparing for the rodeo is a yearround effort. For those looking for a family-friendly outing, Davis said the rodeo offers many different things for family including the parade, a carnival, plenty of animals for kids to see and "mouton busting," along with many other events. "It's a very up close and personal rodeo," said Davis. The rodeo will also run despite any potential rain, Davis said. With a covered arena that can seat about 5,000 people, that has fans, and is well-ventilated and has emergency backup generators, Davis said the show will go on. This year's entertainers: Sept. 16: PRCA rodeo, Randy Houser, Swingler Car Act and Jason Cassidy (Silver Spur entertainer). Sept. 17: PRCA rodeo, Kevin Fowler, Swingler Car Act and Jeff Woolsey (Silver Spur entertainer). Sept. 18: PRCA rodeo, Cowboy Church at 10 a.m. (Rodeo Arena) and Rodeo Slack. Sept. 19: PRCA rodeo, Pink night, family pack (4 tickets for $16), rodeo entertainment: Pasadena High School band; Swingler Car Act, D.J. Calvin Cash (Silver Spur entertainer). Sept. 20: PRCA rodeo, rodeo entertainer: Dobie High School band, Dobie FFA calf scramble Team Ghost Riders/Tim Lepard, Silver Spur entertainer: Justin Grant. Sept. 21: PRCA rodeo, rodeo entertainment: San Jacinto night, Team Ghost Riders/Tim Lepard, Silver Spur Entertainer: Jamie Talbert. Sept. 22: PRCA rodeo, rodeo entertainment: KILT campfire, Jack Ingram, Wade Bowen and The Josh Abbott Band, Team Ghost Riders/Tim Lepard. Silver Spur Entertainer: Country Road 101. Sept. 23: Bull riding, rodeo entertainment: James Otto, Rockin' Robbie Hodges, Silver Spur entertainer: Driftwood. Sept. 24: Military night, bull riding, rodeo entertainment: Mark Chesnutt, Rockin' Robbie Hodges, Silver Spur Entertainer: Junior Gordon. Tickets can be purchased online at or at any area H-E-B grocery store. General admittance tickets are $15 each and are sold on a first come first serve basis. Tickets will get fans into the rodeo grounds and arena for nightly performances, seating is limited to above the first five rows. The bottom five rows are reserved for box seat holders.

Fishing in Alaska

Darren Lajaunie, 1984 Dobie graduate and former Lockheed Martin hardware operations manager for the Cargo Mission Contract at Johnson Space Center, was recently honored with a posthumous Exceptional Public Service Medal award by NASA. Lajaunie received the award for his exceptional public service to NASA and exemplary leadership of Cargo Mission Contract engineering in sup-

port of the International Space Station Program prior to his death in May. His wife, Camille, and son Andrew accepted the award on his behalf. Pictured are, left to right, former astronaut and Johnson Space Center Deputy Director Dr. Ellen Ochoa, Kelly Lajaunie (Darren's brother), Camille, Andrew, and former astronaut and JSC Center Director Michael Coats. Photo subnmitted

Laytons attend son's return home

Former South Belt resident Ken DeWitt (left) and his friend, Jim Lindsay, struggle to hold up the 50-pound halibut that DeWitt caught in Alaska on 14-pound test line on a trout rod. DeWitt currently resides in Fort Mill, S.C., and Lindsay is from Clear Lake. The two were on Prince of Wales Island along with other friends during the week of Aug. 14. They also caught plenty of silver and pink salmon during the week and enjoyed staying in the cabin shown in the background.

Bond would complete middle school implementation, relieve overcrowding

The Pasadena Independent School District's proposed bond of $270.1 million, with no tax rate increase, would provide for major renovations throughout the district and three new middle schools. Last fall, a group of 50 community members and parents from across the district formed the Future Facilities Committee. This committee looked at enrollment projections, analyzed the needs of the district and recommended that the Pasadena ISD Board of Trustees call for a bond election. The committee recommended three new middle schools to be built to complete the Middle School Concept started in the 2004 Bond Program and to reduce crowding. Two of the middle schools would, if the bond is approved, serve the Park View and Queens intermediate feeder schools. The third would be built in the Melillo and Lomax middle school areas to reduce overcrowding at those schools and provide for future growth. The new schools would be similar in design to the Lomax and Shaw middle school campuses. The Middle School Concept from 2004 has already significantly relieved crowding at the intermediate and elementary campuses that were impacted. In addition, academic performance and student socialization have improved. Middle schools serve students in the fifth and sixth grades. Curriculum and programming are tailored specifically for these age groups. Fifth-graders are no longer housed in the same building as first-graders, and sixthgraders are no longer with eighth-graders. Given the vast developmental differences in students at those ages, middle schools provide a positive transition and eliminate negative peer pressure from older students. Campus goals and expectations can be clearly defined and targeted for a narrower age range, giving teachers a stronger focus on what they teach and how they teach it. Middle schools also strengthen beginning band, orchestra and choir programs and can serve as an intramural training ground for students interested in athletic programs. Middle schools under the Pasadena ISD's plan would serve the same attendance zones as the district's current intermediate schools. For example, most of the students in kindergarten would be with the same students through eighth grade if they remain in the same attendance zone. The majority of students would then feed into the same high schools. The new schools with feeder patterns are as follows: · Middle School 1 (serving Park View Intermediate): Bailey, Jensen and Fisher elementary schools. · Middle School 2 (serving Queens Intermediate): South Shaver, L.F. Smith and Williams elementary schools. · Middle School 3: Melillo and Lomax middle schools. The election has been called for Nov. 8. Early voting will be held Oct. 24 through Nov. 4. Public forums have been scheduled for each of the district's five high schools. The schedule for those forums is: * South Houston High Thursday, Sept. 15, 6:30 p.m. * Dobie High - Monday, Sept. 19, 6:30 p.m. * Pasadena High - Wednesday, Sept. 21, 7 p.m. * Memorial High - Tuesday, Oct. 11, 7 p.m. For more information on Pasadena ISD Bond 2011, call 713-740-0247 or visit olbond2011.

Sharon and John Layton recently traveled to Norfolk, Va., to watch their son, Bruce, come in from deployment on the USS Enterprise. They were able to visit Pigeon Forge, Tenn., Virginia Beach, several NASCAR tracks, and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Bruce was able to come home on leave at that time and was suprised at a welcome home party held in his honor with friends and neighbors. Top photos: Sharon and Bruce and John and Bruce share hugs after Bruce's return to the States at Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach. Left center: Sailors stand on deck as the Enterprise comes in to dock at Norfolk Naval Base. Bottom left: Bruce and John at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Below: Bruce stands in front of the FA18AF Super Hornet that bears his name.

GRE prep course set

Register for the GRE Review course offered through University of Houston-Clear Lake's Center for Advanced Management Programs set for four consecutive Saturdays, Sept. 17 and 24, and Oct. 1 and 8, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Bayou Building, 2700 Bay Area Blvd. This updated GRE Review provides one additional review session for the threesession price and provides a comprehensive overview of the exam, test-taking strategies, reading comprehension, writing assessment and more. All participants receive a copy of the Princeton Review's Cracking the GRE used in the course. Course fee is $349 per person. For more information or to register, visit http://www., call 281-2833133 or 281-283-3121, or email [email protected]


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SCHOOL DAZE The following personnel and staff members of the Pasadena Independent School District celebrate birthdays Sept. 15 through Sept. 21. Atkinson Elementary Wishes for a wonderful birthday are sent to Andrea Fox Sept. 20. Burnett Elementary A special birthday greeting is sent to Gina Petrash Sept. 19. Laura Bush Elementary Triple birthday wishes are sent to Patti Johnson, Erica Ordogne and Susan Everett Sept. 21. Frazier Elementary The day for a party for Mary Tran is Sept. 15. Sharing a birthday Sept. 17 are Candice Cato and Sandy Geary. Meador Elementary On Sept. 19, Michelle Carlos enjoys a birthday. South Belt Elementary Blow out the birthday candles for Martha Galvan Sept. 16. Sept. 20 is the date for a cake for Stacie Ball. Melillo Middle School A birthday is shared by Guy Mitchell and Rosa Nunez Sept. 15. The day for a party for Angelica Ribeiro is Sept. 17. Marking a birthday Sept. 18 is Randy Rendon. Morris Middle School On Sept. 18, Stephanie Hewitt is wished a happy birthday. Beverly Hills Intermediate Sept. 20 is the day for a birthday party for E. Delgado. Dobie High On Sept. 15, birthday wishes are sent to Susan Fontanilla. Celebrating a birthday Sept. 16 is Richard Hokanson. On Sept. 20, James Golden marks a birthday. A double birthday is enjoyed by Manuel Moreno and Zaira Tamez Sept. 21. DOBIE TRAILMIXERS MEET The Dobie Trailmixers recently met at Luby's for their monthly meeting. Topics included: The first PARSE meeting took place recently, and all enjoyed the informal talks by Pasadena Independent School District Superintendent Kirk Lewis and Deer Park Superintendent Arnold Adair. PISD will dedicate the Frank Braden Building at the corner of Beltway 8 and Red Bluff on Tuesday, Oct. 11. The public is asked to attend the event that will honor the former Dobie principal. Frank continues to serve on the school board and stays active in support of education. It is said that Frank and his wife, Pat, are also outstanding bridge players. Another PISD board member, Nelda Sullivan, had surgery on her left arm a while ago and is currently undergoing physical and water therapy three times a week at St. John's Hospital. She is set to undergo a new medical evaluation soon, and it is hoped that she can be relieved of more pain and regain more use of her left arm. Roxanna Calley, former Dobie English teacher who moved to Fayette County with husband L.J. a few years back, died last month at age 65. Their daughter, Lisa, is a Dobie grad. Jane Alexander, a well-liked PISD administration staffer, died last month. Her sweet smile hid a killer bridge-playing expertise and

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lots of "PISD gossip" knowledge. Dennis Shippey, PISD swim coach who has had a hard struggle with Alzheimer's, died recently. Jon Rascoe, the fishingest Dobie retiree ever, recently enjoyed a trip to Alaska. From the pictures he shared, he must fill the freezers of everyone he knows with the fish he catches. Helen Kainer joined friends on a trip to Durango, Colo., to seek some much-needed relief from the heat. Jean and L.N. Boudreaux are enjoying their home in the woods of Montgomery County. She sent pictures of deer she sees on her early morning walks. Donna Chamblin Smith is spending lots of time in Nacogdoches these days, caring for her family there. Dobie friend and current PISD administrative leader Tom Swan is drawing kudos, even nationally, for his leadership in the new PISD Credit Recovery Program. This program helps dropouts complete requirements for their high school diplomas. He recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to speak at a conference on dropout recovery hosted by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. They sought him out for his knowledge in this vital program. The Dobie Trailmixers meet for lunch at 1 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the Luby's Cafeteria on Fuqua. LEADER WANTS YOU IN THE NEWS Email birthday, anniversary, vacation, congratulations, etc., to [email protected] with OTBF in the subject line. Items must be submitted by Friday noon for the next week's publication.

The Lariaette Escort of the Week for Aug. 29 through Sept. 2 is junior David Mena.

CRAZY Mamas hold cupcake social

CRAZY Mamas invites all mamas (and dads) to drop by the E.A. Smith YMCA on Thursday, Sept. 15, between 10:30 and noon to find out more about the new Not in My Backyard campaign. CRAZY (Creating Resilient Aware Zealous Youth) Mamas is a campaign designed to strengthen parents' response to the pressures put on kids today, especially when it comes to alcohol and drug use. Not in My Backyard is a campaign designed to help all families in the community to designate their homes as drug and alcohol-free youth zones. This means that they will not allow underage persons to consume alcohol, and they will also monitor their medicine cabinets to keep an eye on the possible misuse or abuse of over-the-counter and prescription medications. The E.A. Smith YMCA is located at 14650 Highway 3 in Webster. For more information, call the Bay Area Alliance at 281-284-0370 or visit the website at www.

The Lariaette of the Week for Aug. 29 through Sept. 2 is Jennifer Acero. She is the daughter of Celedonia DeLeon and Jose Acero and is a junior and a first-year member of the team.

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Care Partners gathering at St. Francis Cabrini

A Care Partners gathering for persons with Alzheimer's, dementia, Parkinson's, strokes and similar disabilities and their caretakers will be held on Friday, Sept. 16, in the Mother Cabrini Center at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 10727 Hartsook St. Those who have a family member or know of someone with these challenges may contact Claudia Rojas, Interfaith Care Partners, at 713682-5995 for more information. All are welcome. Visit the website at www. for information about Interfaith Care Partners.

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that the Green Tee Terrace subdivision be allowed to detach from the Clear Creek school district and be annexed by the Pearland school district. 20 years ago (1991) A man reported to be in his mid-20s removed a window pane in a Rainbow Valley home. He then entered the room, put his hand over a 10-year-old girl's mouth, grabbed her and carried her from her bed. She fought him as he took her outside. She managed to slip out of her nightshirt and get away from the man and seek help from her father. The arrest of two men in a rent-by-the-week motel in the 6700 block of Telephone Road was expected to clear up as many as 60 burglaries, 14 of them in the South Belt area. 15 years ago (1996) At the annual South BeltEllington Chamber of Commerce banquet, Billy Burge of the Ayrshire Corporation was named Citizen of the Year. No Brio contaminants showed up in underground water which was tested up to 2 miles from the Superfund site. 10 years ago (2001) Due to the terrorist attacks on Tuesday, Sept. 11, between one-fourth and onehalf of students were taken out of local schools before the end of the day. An F-16, similar to those which left Ellington Field to accompany President George W. Bush's flight on Sept. 11, was on display at the entrance to the Texas Air National Guard section of Ellington Field. The 147th guarded Air Force One as it was thought to be a target of terrorists. A total of three shootings were reported in the South Belt community over a four-

day period. 5 years ago (2006) Deputies from Constable Gary Freeman's office received several calls regarding family disturbances and assaults. Michelle Reynolds was named assistant principal at Thompson Intermediate. The Lockheed Martin Corporation was awarded the contract to develop and design the next space vehicle to succeed the shuttle ­ the Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV). 1 year ago (2010) Two South Belt residents died from injuries sustained in traffic accidents that occurred on the Gulf Freeway near Beltway 8. Gary Brian Pearson, 56, was killed on the Gulf Freeway near Fuqua. According to police, Pearson was traveling south on the freeway on a black Harley Davidson motorcycle and made an unsafe lane change in front of a green Lexus sport utility vehicle. The Lexus then struck the motorcycle from behind, and Pearson lost control. He died at the scene. The driver of the Lexus was not injured. No charges were filed. Just two days later, Ricardo Plasencia, 52, died from injuries he incurred from a traffic accident on the Gulf Freeway near Scarsdale. Police records indicate Plasencia was driving a green Jeep Wrangler on the freeway when he failed to maintain a single lane of traffic and struck a street light and freeway pillar. Blood test results determined Plasencia was under the influence of alcohol. No other vehicles or persons were involved in this accident. There had been at least 12 fatal traffic accidents in the previous three years on the stretch of the Gulf Freeway from Fuqua to Scarsdale. Pearson's death marked

at least the third motorcycle fatality. The intersection of Beltway 8 and Interstate 45 had also been the site of two suicides in the previous three years.

Dobie debate team successful at Clear Springs Tournament

The J. Frank Dobie Speech and Debate Team had an outstanding opening weekend for its 2011-2012 season. Nine students competed at the Clear Springs Tournament, and Dobie won 10 awards. Each student who participated in individual events advanced to semifinals. Highlighting the results include four Longhorns who were finalists in impromptu speaking, with Brianna Herman finishing first; Thomas Ray Trevino, third; Michael Baez, fourth; and Jekale Williams, sixth. In poetry interpretation, Ariel Herbert placed fourth overall. Dobie led the charge in prose interpretation, with finalists Jekale Williams placing third; Daisy Dinh, fourth; and Dana Nguyen, sixth. In domestic extemporaneous speaking, Thomas Ray Trevino and Michael Baez advanced to semifinals, with Michael Baez placing second in finals, earning him four state points. Brianna Herman also earned four state points for her second-place finish in dramatic interpretation. Once a student earns 10 points in an event, they are automatically qualified for the state tournament. While not advancing, Anh Pham and Ashley Ramirez represented Dobie well in Lincoln-Douglas and congressional debate, respectively.

Members of the Dobie High School Speech and Debate team pictured are, left to right, Daisy Dinh, Annie Pham, Brianna Herman, Jerale Williams and T-Ray Trevino. Photo submitted

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Elizondos enjoy fishing camp

Jason Elizondo and sons, 4-yearold Jesse and 11-year-old Jazon, spent their summer fishing and crabbing at the San Luis Pass fishing camp. At right: Jesse and Jazon prepare for some crabbing and fishing. Bottom left: Jesse snags a fish. Bottom right: Jesse shows off his huge catch.

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Bella Vita resident Anne Maher has completed and donated 100 dresses to the organization, Little Dresses for Africa. She has also made britches for boys and skirts for older girls. Little Dresses for Africa is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to distribute dresses to little girls in remote villages of 19 countries in Africa. Dresses are also sent in crisis situations to Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Cambodia, South Dakota Indian Reservations and the Appalachian area children. Simple dresses are donated through orphanages, churches and schools to plant in the hearts of little girls that they are worthy. Maher recently joined Bella Vita Sewing Club. She displayed her most recent completed dresses and demonstrated to the sewing club how to make the dresses. The simple dresses can even be made of pillowcases. They are a great way to make use of scrap fabric. The Sewing Club was so impressed with Maher's work that they decided to adopt Little Dresses for Africa as one of their service projects. The women who sew will supply fabric, thread and shipping costs, such as boxes, tape and postage. The sewing club appreciates donated cotton fabric, bias tape and trims to make the little dresses. The sewing club meets on Wednesdays at the Bella Vita Clubhouse to work on various service projects. The Bella Vita Sewing Club will be selling raffle tickets for two quilts, Valiant Eagle and Holiday Gifts, at the Mistletoe Market. For more information, contact Helen Ortiz at 281-484-4653.

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Fine arts events at SJC South

The San Jacinto College South campus fine arts department recently announced its fall performance and gallery schedule. This semester includes musical performances by the guitar ensemble and choir, dance showcases, theater performances and gallery exhibitions. All events are in the Marie Spence Flickinger Fine Arts Building located on the South campus at 13735 Beamer Road. For ticket pricing, seat reservations and general information, call 281-484-1900 or visit The fall 2011 arts schedule is as follows with more event dates to come. · Through Oct. 3 - Marty Kaminsky, Photography and Wood Turning, Gallery Room 12114 · Oct. 6 through Nov. 3 Gulf Coast Intercollegiate Consortium Art Faculty Exhibition, Gallery Room 12114 · Oct. 12-15 - Woyzeck, 8 p.m., Proscenium Theatre · Oct. 16 - Woyzeck, 2 p.m., Proscenium Theatre · Oct. 19-22 - Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (ticket prices and South campus performance schedule TBD) · Nov. 10 through Dec. 7 - Art student exhibition (faculty selections), Gallery Room 12114 · Nov. 17-18 - Winter Works dance concert, 7:30 p.m., Proscenium Theatre · Dec. 2-3 - Christmas variety show, 8 p.m., Black Box Theatre · Dec. 4 - Christmas variety show, 2 p.m., Black Box Theatre · Dec. 6 - Guitar Ensemble performance, 7:30 p.m., Proscenium Theatre · Dec. 8 - Dance showcase, 7:30 p.m., dance studio · Dec. 8-10 - Christmas variety show, 8 p.m., Black Box Theatre · Dec. 9-10 - Choir Christmas concert, 7:30 p.m., Proscenium Theatre · Dec. 11 - Christmas variety show, 2 p.m., Black Box Theatre.

Author inspires students to `Master' academic and personal success

As part of San Jacinto College's Welcome Week, the South Campus hosted nationally recognized author, Andy Masters, who spoke to numerous first-time college students on mastering academic success, enjoying the college social experience, and finding their dream career path. "One of the most important things to remember about college success is that whatever you did in high school doesn't matter ­ this is when the world starts keeping score," said Masters. For many students entering college right after high school, the new atmosphere and academic responsibilities can either be motivating or overwhelming. According to Masters, only 53 percent of students who begin taking college courses will actually graduate with degrees. He encourages students to get involved with campus organizations not only to build social circles, but to be surrounded by other motivated individuals who want to accomplish their goals as well. "If you join at least one club or organization, you have a better chance of getting a higher GPA and graduating with a degree." Masters also urged students to research their dream careers. He gave several examples of students across the nation who incorporated their degree with something that they loved to do. "For every awesome job out there, there's a career path to get there. Go online and research these careers or go to your campus career center. You have to push the process along and do the legwork. Find your dream job and do what you have to do to get there," said Masters. The overall message Masters stressed when it comes to student success and achieving goals is "It's not how smart you are, it's how bad you want it."


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Bradleys, others serve in east Africa

The Bradleys, Gary, Kathi, Torri and Shelby, traveled to east Africa on a mission trip this summer with a group from Sagemont Church. This was a return to the Bradleys' work area where they served as Southern Baptist missionaries at the Baptist Seminary in Arusha, Tanzania, from 1989 to 1992. This summer, the group spent time in Kenya and Tanzania conducting Vacation Bible School, Sunday School and street evangelism. Top left photo: Shelby, Gary, Torri and Kathi pose with village children from the Kiberra slum area in Nairobi. Top right photo: Gary, Kathi, Torri and Shelby stand in front of a baobab tree, also kown as the Tree of Life, at Terengeire Game Park in Tanzania.

Kirkwood South residents Danny and Debbie Sales, along with their two grandchildren, Tyson and Jocelyn Thompson, headed to Galveston for some last minute summer fun before school started. They rented a beachhouse and spent a day at Schlitterbahn Waterpark. Coming down to visit for the day and joining in the fun were Tami Sales, Jerry Carpenter and his daughter, Allison Crosby, and her two children, Reagan and Reilly, and Eddy and Pam Carpenter. Top left: Tyson and his grandfather could not catch a wave that day on their surfboards, so Tyson decided to skim along the water on his skim board. Top right: Left to right, Danny, Tyson and Jocelyn try out their new surfboards. Center: Tyson rides the Boogie Bahn, his favorite ride at Schlitterbahn. Middle left: Jocelyn also rides the Boogie Bahn. Bottom left: Tyson, Debbie, Jocelyn and Danny spend time at Schlitterbahn before the summer comes to an end. Below: Jocelyn was the only one who was able to catch a wave.

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The Beverly Hills Bears and Thompson Lions, the two dominating football programs in the Pasadena Independent School District, are set to renew their rivalry Sept. 20-21. The two programs combined to win all four district championship games last season. And the Bears used their momentum on the football field to help the school win its second straight PISD Cup, recognizing the district's top performing athContinued on Page 3B

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SJC soccer forges on amid team tragedy

While players continue to deal with the death of a teammate, the San Jacinto College's men's soccer team will suspend its season for now but will likely continue the season beginning Sept. 23 at Tyler Junior College. Jose Perez, a freshman midfield from Euless, Texas, was killed in a two-car accident near the South campus on the morning of Sept. 13 (see Page 1A for those details). Perez's stay on the South campus was brief. Most of the players reported for preseason workouts July 31, and the team has played just five games. Still, Perez's loss will likely linger for a long while. Amid the tragedy, the Coyotes will take the neccesary time to grieve before resuming play. In a statement to the media several hours after Perez's death, San Jacinto head coach David Santesteban said the team will suspend its season for the next week or so but plans to honor its Region XIV schedule. To read Santesteban's statement in its entireity, see page 6B. So Santesteban, who also serves as the South campus athletic director, will lead his team back onto the field Sept. 23 at Tyler, the defending national champion. San Jacinto College, building strength this season with a large group of first-year players including Perez, began the season on an 0-2-1 slide. The team has since rebounded in back-to-back victories Sept. 9 against Lon Morris College (7-0) and Sept. 10 against Northeast Texas Community College (6-0). Perez played and contributed greatly to both victories. San Jacinto College was to have played home games Sept. 18 against Hill College and Sept. 20 against Richland, but those games have been cancelled. Instead, the Coyote soccer and women's softball teams will host a fundraiser for the Perez family Saturday, Sept. 20. Continued on Page 6B

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Gaining an easy 17-0 victory over Pasadena Sept. 13 at Dobie, the Longhorns' varsity tennis team will now turn its attention to facing Memorial Sept. 20, as the two teams jockey for positioning in the 22-5A standings. Dobie, Memorial (versus Sam Rayburn) and Deer Park (versus South Houston) each gained 19-0 victories to open District 22-5A action. Longhorns' head coach Manuel Moreno Jr. concedes that, at least on paper, Deer Park (6-2 overall) appears to be the team to beat within league play. But the veteran coach isn't willing to give an inch as the struggle for 22-5A supremacy marches on. A season ago, Dobie defeated Memorial in the regular season, but the Mavericks then turned the tables at the 22-5A tournament to reach the Region III tournament while Dobie stayed home. This time around, Moreno wants a different outcome. Continued on Page 6B


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Season-ending injury fells Dobie QB Jackson

Dobie was defeated by the Dickinson Gators for the second time in two seasons Sept. 9 at Sam Vitanza Stadium, but the final result on the scoreboard has nothing to do with the loss the Longhorns are feeling. Horns' senior quarterback Blake Jackson, the reigning District 22-5A first-team signal caller, is out for the season after suffering an ankle injury late in the first half. Jackson, the team's starter since late in his sophomore season, underwent surgery Sept. 14 and has played his final snap as a Longhorn. Injury breakdown Jackson's mother, Tracy Washington, discussed her son's injury in an email to the Leader. The quarterback suffered what is essentially a high ankle sprain. But at least one ligament was separated from the shin bone, which brought about the need for surgery. Washington said a respected Houston area surgeon performed the surgery. It will be as long as eight weeks before Jackson may begin rehabbing his right ankle. Gators edge JFD As for the game, the Longhorns turned the ball over five times in a 21-14 defeat to the Gators as both teams saw their seasonal records go to 2-1. The Longhorns will take on the Humble Wildcats Friday, Sept. 17, at Veteran's Memorial Stadium. Dobie head coach Jim Phillips said either junior Tyler Wolfe or senior Deandre Bolden, or a combination of both, will be under center. "Losing a player the caliber of Blake Jackson is certainly tough," Phillips said. "We obviously are looking forward to seeing him make a complete recovery. "With that said, he is out for the season, and we have to move forward. No teams are going to feel sorry for us. "It's always tough when you have to move forward with one of your top players out, but that's where we are. "Blake is a main cog for us, but we still have a great group, and we still have the same goals for the season." The Longhorns will take on Humble and then finish the nondistrict schedule Saturday, Sept. 24, against Channelview. Continued on Page 6B

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JFD subvarsity FB faces Gators

Dobie's junior varsity and sophomore football teams came up with big wins to give the school the edge over Dickinson in the subvarsity series Sept. 8. Dobie JV 26 Dickinson 12 Three different players found the end zone as the Longhorns' junior varsity teams defeated Dickinson 26-12. Daryl Edwards scored twice, and Ray Maturey and Frankie Guzman also raced to the end zone as the Longhorns went on to win for the second time in three games. Dobie sophomores 36 Dickinson 0 Delivering a dominating performance in all phases of the game, the Longhorns' sophomore squad blasted the Gators 36-0 Kevin Caballero continued his fine play at quarterback early this season as he tossed a touchdown pass and ran for two others. Rommel Garcia sparked the defensive effort as he intercepted a Dickinson pass and dashed 80 yards for a touchdown. Rodolfo Rodulfo and Scott Benjamin also ran for scores offensively as the Longhorns won for the second straight week. Defensively, Lazaro Galvan registered a quarterback sack and a fumble recovery, and Mauricio Rivera also recovered a Dickinson fumble.

Dickinson freshmen 32 Dobie freshman Orange 21

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Dobie's freshman Orange team ran into a tough Dickinson opponent dropping a 32-21 decision. Gregory Hodge returned a kickoff 80 yards for a score. Later, Cedric Horton raced 37 yards for a touchdown, and Ryan Williams also had a 60-yard touchdown reception. Despite the three touchdowns, the Dickinson offense was able to hold on as the Longhorns saw their record slip to 1-2 this season.

BAFL hits midway point; Cowboys outgun Alvin; Canes handle Rams

The Sagemont Cowboys and the Elliongton Rams reached the midway point of the Bay Area Football League season, and the respective clubs witnessed vastly different results. The Cowboys' senior team was defeated in yet another heartbreaking loss for the 1-4 team, but the other three Sagemont teams came up with great wins against the Alvin Raiders. The Rams did not fare as well against the hard-tohandle Pearland Hurricanes program, losing three of the four games in the series. Southbelt's Dolphins, meanwhile, had a bye week in the schedule and will play game No. 5 Sept. 17 at the Pearland Dad's Club against the Pearland Patriots. Alvin seniors 13 Cowboys 12 A conversion point was the difference as Alvin's senior team stayed atop the American Conference standings with a 13-12 victory over the Cowboys, who slipped to 1-4 this season. Esteban Telles scored both touchdowns for the Cowboys in the game. Others who played well for the Cowboys included Nathaniel Gonzalez, Kobe McMahon, Zachary Carter, Kaylen Harris, Ahmed Harris, Matthew Monks, Colin Averre, Isaiah Jackson, George Villarreal, Mark Moorman, Manuel Miller, Hunter Cripple, Jamisson Wilson, Jordan White, Ajani Sanni, Paulo Serna, William Michon, Jeremy Hernandez, Marcus Torres, Jacob Kuhn, Alex Gonzalez, Nathaniel Dominguez and Grant Lasley. Cowboys juniors 12 Raiders 0 The Cowboys' junior team staked its claim to a second-place tie midway through the season after shutting out the Raiders 120. Now 3-2, the Cowboys are riding a wave of momentum after the big win. Those who helped in the win included Eli MazzochetteSeidel, Zaid Harris, Jacob Hinojosa, Dominic Tamez, Ramon Ortega, Elijah Dorsey, Dimitri Giannakopoulos, Ian Lowrey, Nicholas Gonzalez, Reece Dawson, Gavin Garcia, Max Garcia, Braelon Hill, Ajare Sanni, Arturo-Ludek Garcia, Seth Barber, Jacob Sulak, Tony Agirre, Joshua Burgess, Hayden Broussard, Jacob McMurrough, Kendrick Christian, Seth Gutierrez, Dustin Dominguez and Keandre Green. Cowboys sophomores 18 Raiders 6 Sagemont's sophomore team came up with a great defensive effort and found the end zone three times to defeat Alvin 18-6. The Cowboys' win sent the team to 2-3 this season as the program reached the halfway point. Players who came through in a big way for the Cowboys included Nathan Barnett, Patric Serna, Shawn Krivik, Matthew Moron, Joseph Reyes, Bryant Brown, Matthew Olivares, Julius Wells, Zion Crawford, Alaja Sanni, Jayden Robinson, Xavier Cantu, Dylan White, Logan Campos, Ross Lowrey, Marcello Merced, Jartis Solomon, Kobe Ruiz, Anthony Arellano, Ryan Correa, Justin Kuhn, Kyune Jeffery, Deon Blacknell, Mason Banhart and Jacob Martinez. Cowboys freshmen 21 Raiders 12 The Cowboys' freshman team claimed a 21-12 victory over the Alvin Raiders to give the locals a 3-1 series victory. The biggest news was that the Cowboys improved to 2-3 this season with the key win. Those helping in the win included Kyle Redmon, Kaden Fernandez, Jayden Balderas, Richard Gary, Joshua Carter, Kyle McDonald, Xavier Elias, Adrian Valdez, Christopher Pineda, Grant Gamble, Dominic Serna, Matthew Castellano, Gage Lecourias, Ray Garcia, Jorge Olvera, Devin Molina, Kaden Arnold, Kadin Bahman, Hector Valdez, Luke Giron, Neftaly Juarez, Marcus Lind, Jalyune Jeffery and Jonathan Jean. Pee wee Cowboys excel There are no scores kept in the pee wee division, but that didn't keep the Cowboys from putting on a great show against the Alvin Raiders. Players who stood out for the Cowboys included Donovan Balderas, Bryan Bailey, Charles Holt, Justin Lucadou, Jacob Roppolo, Juan Estrada, Logan Sorsby, Ethan Beltran, Gabriel Preciado, Marcus Izaguirre, Jordan Peralez, Vernon Glover, Brycen Summerfelt, Alejandro Rivera, Diego Gonzalez, Eden Diaz, Ricardo Trevino, Houston Banda, Day'lan Boone, Dominic Sanchez, Daniel Moreno and Tyler Deel. Hurricanes seniors 36 Rams 6 The Pearland Hurricanes' senior team dropped the Rams 36-6, leaving the Rams at 2-3 midway through the season. Dezmond Carter, Bradley Greene, Fernando Bertrand, Micah Dixson, Josue Aldape, Elcee Ray, Isaiah Vasquez, Rosbel Chavez, Dreze McCoy, Blake Greene, Alejandro Pena, Malcolm Weston, Adrian Fonseca, Luke Gilliam, Te'Von Mercadel, Frank Arrendondo, Jordan Marcum, Rayvon Sims, Devonte Edwards, DeJarrion Andrus, Marc Anthony Quiroz, Joseph Silguero and Marc Anthony Rivera all played well for the Rams despite Thompson, Joshua Santee, nell, Walter Alexander and the loss. Jaime Garcia, Swazi Gur- Bryce Alexander. Hurricanes juniors 30 Rams 6 The Hurricanes' junior team had little trouble against Ellington, dropping Cowboys at League City Wildcats the Rams to 3-2 after a 30-6 decision. Despite the loss, the Countryside Park, 100 Alderwood Rams got a great effort from Xion DeLaGarza, Rams host Bayou City Gators Ivan Tagle, Anthony Gracia, Matthew Lopez, David Dobie High School Hernandez, Joseph Holbert, Stephen Molinar, Jacob Wise, Sebastian Lopez, SaDolphins at Pearland Patriots bian Smith, Jadyn Brown, Noah Resendez, Gabriel Dad's Club, 6612 Fite, Pearland Fonseca, Christopher Jones, Jacob Martinez, Cameron Dorsey, Nakia Johnson, Mark Milton, Mark Barrow, Pee Wee games at 8 a.m., others follow with Ian Butler, DeJuan Dixson, senior play at 9 a.m., junior play at 10:45 Trai Scott and Joshua Sora.m., sophomore play at 12:30 p.m. and dia.

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Ahmed Harris (79), a senior player for the Sagmeont Cowboys, picks up a big chunck of yardage for the locals during the team's 13-12 loss to the Alvin Raiders Sept. 10 at El Franco Lee Park. The Cowboys, now 1-4, have lost three games by less than a touchdown each. Photo by Jaime Hickman

BHI Bears' FB sweeps Jackson

The Beverly Hills Bears, bidding to make a strong opening statement, did so with a four-game sweep over the Jackson Wildcats as the Pasadena Independent School District's football season began Sept. 6-7. BHI 8A 47 Jackson 0 The Bears' eighth-grade A team made quick work of the Wildcats, getting out of the gate quickly in a 47-0 rout. In the first quarter, D'Vaughn Pennamon put the Bears on the board with a 38-yard pass reception from Isaiah Chaney. Josue Villalta kicked the extra point for an 8-0 lead. Walter Martinez then recovered a Wildcat fumble to set up Kevin Simms` 19-yard touchdown run. Michael Arneson, Manuel Mendez and Roy Molina provided the blocking, and the Bears' lead went to 140. James Washington intercepted a Wildcat pass on their next possession. Isaiah Myers found Terrance Lambert all alone for a 10-yard touchdown pass, and Villalta added the extra point for a 22-0 lead. The Bears' defense stepped up again as Jared Cinco came up with an interception. Juwaun Bracy then found the end zone from 33 yards out for a 28-0 lead. Just before the half, the Bears' defense came up with its fourth turnover when Johnathan Batalla intercepted a pass. Isaiah Myers scooted into the end zone from 25 yards out behind the blocking of Vincent Gutierrez and Jay Turner. Villalta kicked the extra point to put the Bears up 36-0 at the half. In the third quarter, Villalta booted a 31-yard field goal for a 39-0 lead. Kevin Brown then capped off the Beverly Hills scoring with a blast up the middle from 49 yards out. Villalta added the extra point to make the final score 47-0. BHI 8B 25 Jackson 0 In eighth-grade B action, the Bears started off slow and struggled with fumbles the entire game. In the end, however, the team's defense paved the way to a 25-0 victory. The defense played exceptionally, allowing minimal gains by the Jackson offense. Michael Teran grabbed an interception, and Tony Continued on Page 3B

Rams 8 The Rams' sophomore team gave it everything it had but came away on the short end of a 48-8 game against the Pearland Hurricanes. Those playing well for the Rams included Alejandro Duenez, Murt Marshall Jr., Jabari Simon, Anthony Gonzalez, Marco Sanchez, Julian Calvillo, Devin Mercadel, Mario Barajas, Devin Childs, Marquice Scott, Kennedy Pena-Howard, Fernando Sifuentes, Justin Vega, Cedric Dorsey, Dominic Caballero, Sebastian Comabella-Paredes, Steven Trevino, Jaylen Beverley, Michael Powell Jr., Robert Ernest, Javian Castaneda, Neiman Lewis-Wells and Matthew Gilliam. Rams freshmen 6 Hurricanes 6 The Rams' freshman defense was exceptional while forcing a 6-6 tie against the Hurricanes. Ellington was led by the strong play of Lewis Zamira, Joseph Hinojosa, Ryan Wyatt, Manuel Frias, Giovanni Rubio, Adrian Tamez, Angel Cano, Charvis Jones, Matthew Balderas, Jordan Stanford, Francisco Garza, Eric Davis, John Bermea, Zaire Walker, Ryan Saxton, Kevin Taulton, Kelby Williams, Izaac Garcia, Devin Caballero, Christopher Seretti, Cleveland Tucker, Algel Javier Silva, Dylan Dixson and Demontre Carr. Rams' pee wees strong The Rams' pee wee team played very well against the Hurricanes. Those standing out for the Rams were Ethan Bishop, Elisha Carrizales, Jaedin Higgins, Dylan Castillo, Jer'Keithric Moore, Michael Alvarez, Ian Johnson, Isaiah Correa, Deckkota Pham, Alexander Powell, Logan Vanek, Keshaud Conaway, Alejandro Cazares, Jeremiah Beverley, Torik Ougrah, Ronnie

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Beverly Hills Intermediate football sweeps Jackson to open season

Continued from Page 2B Lozano and De'Quinton Dorsey led the defense with tackles. But coaches said all players on the field contributed to the stellar performance. Offensively the Bears scored 4 times; Randy Jackson caught a touchdown pass from Tyler Myers and also scored via the ground game from 45 yards out. Al Auguste and Johnny Gallardo scored on the ground, with Tyler Myers running for a conversion. Michael Olguin hauled in a nice, diving catch on fourth down to keep a drive alive. Bears 7A 40 Jackson 0 Beverly Hills' seventhgrade A team debuted with an easy 40-0 victory over Jackson. On the first offensive play of the game, Jeremy Davis raced 53 yards for a touchdown behind the blocking of Chris Gutierrez and Jay Armstead. Kyle Saunders ran in the extra point for a 7-0 lead. Saunders increased the Bears' lead with a 25-yard run as Jacob Arneson and Camron Hunter provided the blocking. Davis scored the extra point for a 14-0 lead. Saunders then returned a Wildcat punt 48 yards for a touchdown and a 20-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. D'Ondre Dykes got in on the act as he intercepted a pass to set up the Bears' next score. London Jenkins found the end zone from 35 yards out as he picked his way through the Wildcat defense. Armstead caught the extra point pass for a 27-0 lead at the half. In the third quarter, Jenkins dashed into the end zone once again to increase the Bears' lead to 33-0. The Bears' next score was set up when Saunders intercepted an errant Wildcat pass. D.J. Williams rambled 21 yards behind the blocking of Roland Wilkins, Jeremy Marcum, Sincere Crear and Hunter Garcia for the score. LaJohn Smith ran in the extra point to make the final score 40-0. Bears 7B 21 B game came through with Jackson. Those results will appear Jackson 7 a 21-7 victory to help the loBeverly Hills faced the in the Sept. 22 issue of the The Bears' seventh-grade cals deliver the sweep over Bondy Patriots Sept. 13-14. Leader.

Ravens add assistants Gernander, Talley

Scott Robert Gernander and Albert Talley Jr. have been named San Jacinto College men's basketball assistant coaches. Gernander, of Pearland, is a SJC alumnus who has served as a volunteer assistant coach for the past three years; he has also taught physical education courses as an adjunct instructor. Gernander holds a bachelor's and a master's degree in kinesiology from Sam Houston State University, where he served as both a student and graduate assistant men's basketball coach. He will continue to teach a variety of physical education courses. "I really have been a Raven my entire life," said Gernander, whose father, Scott Gernander, served as SJC men's basketball head coach for 24 seasons. "There is no place I The San Jacinto College men's basketball program rounded out its coaching staff for the 2011-2012 season by hiring Scott Robert Gernander (left) and Robert Talley Jr. as assistant coaches alongside first-year head coach Jacob Wonders (not shown). Gernander had been a volunteer assistant for the previous three seasons, while Talley is on board after spending last season at Paris College.

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Thompson, Beverly Hills FB clash

Continued from Page 1B letic program. This year's regular season matchups figure to be as competitive as any before. Both schools possess extremely talented eighthgrade programs, and the seventh-grade teams have performed well early this season as well. The eighth-grade games will be played Sept. 20, with the seventh-grade games to come Sept. 21. 2010 results recalled Last season, the Beverly Hills teams took the cake, winning three district championship games. In the seventh-grade A game, the Bears held off Thompson 14-0 for the title, avenging a loss during the regular season in the process. The Bears also defeated Thompson 14-12 in the seventh-grade B title games and Southmore 16-0 for the eighth-grade B crown. Thompson won the eighth-grade A crown, 168, over the Bears.

All-time great doesn't forget roots

SoHo's Elliott credited in aiding Hoffman's career

Like all major-league rookies, Donnie Elliott often wondered what his place would be in baseball history. His legacy turned out to be far greater than his 31 mound appearances over two seasons. Now the head baseball coach at South Houston High School, Elliott returned to his former bigleague home in San Diego last month to take part in a ceremony for a likely Hall of Fame pitcher. In a pre-game observance on Aug. 21, the Padres retired the No. 51 jersey worn by Trevor Hoffman, the major-league record-holder for career saves. Back in 1994, it was Elliott, the rookie, who taught Hoffman his signature pitch ­ a pinch-finger changeup. When Hoffman retired last season, he owned a record 601 saves. And he owed a debt of gratitude to Elliott. "Whenever someone asks him about his changeup," Elliott says, "he always mentions my name. He always gives me credit." The fateful discussion took place while the two right-handers were playing catch before a game in Philadelphia midway through the 1994 season. Hoffman, in his second big-league season, wanted to know how Elliott threw his changeup. "He had a great fastball," Elliott recalls. "He just needed another pitch." Elliott showed him the grip ­ ball in the middle of right hand, his thumb and index finger squeezing the outside of the ball. At the moment of release, Elliott would snap his thumb and finger together, forcing the ball to fly off the outer part of his hand, reducing the velocity of the pitch on what would otherwise look to the hitter as a fastball delivery. "For me, it was a decent pitch," Elliott says. "But he threw it 10 times better." Elliott used the pitch effectively against left-handed hitters, but found that an imperfect changeup to a righthander could prove costly. Hoffman's movement on the pitch was so good, he used it against right-handers and left-handers. For his career, Hoffman recorded 1,133 strikeouts in 1,089 innings. Two years after teaching Hoffman the pitch, Elliott saw his days in the major leagues come to an end. One night in 1996, he was flipping channels and caught an interview with Hoffman, who was on his way to 42 saves and a career-best nine wins. "The changeup," Hoffman told the interviewer, "is something I learned from Donnie Elliott." Hoffman, who earned 552 of his 601 saves with the Padres, is considered a likely first-ballot choice for the Hall of Fame in five years. Which will mean another cross-country trip for Elliott ­ this time to Cooperstown, N.Y. "When he makes it," Elliott says, "I'll be up there."

would rather be. This really is a dream job for me, and I'm happy to have had the chance to work with my dad, but I'm also looking forward to building on the success that he's had here at San Jac." Gernander is a member of the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches. His past experience includes playing for the SHSU and SJC men's basketball teams. During his time as a SJC student-athlete, he was named honorable mention All-conference for the 2002-2003 season, the year the SJC team also earned a spot in the national championship. Talley, of Cleburne, served as assistant men's basketball coach at Paris Junior College, following his time in the same position with Panola College. He holds a bachelor's degree in exercise science from Texas Wesleyan University and is working to-

ward his master's degree in coaching and athletic administration at Concordia University. "San Jac has always set the bar by being one of the top programs in the league as well as in the country," said Talley, who will also serve as physical education instructor and dorm supervisor. "I'm excited for the opportunity to join the San Jac family and have the opportunity to work with head coach Jacob Wonders and his staff, and look forward to carrying on the winning tradition." Talley's experience includes playing basketball for Texas Wesleyan University, where he was a member of the 2006 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics national championship team. That same year, Talley was selected as one of four recipients of the NAIA Champions of Character

Award for his contributions on the court, in the classroom, and in the community. He also served as the university's student assistant coach. He begins his sixth year coaching in Region XIV this fall. "I am excited about our basketball staff with the hiring of Coach Gernander and Coach Talley," said Wonders, who enters his first season as the San Jacinto College men's basketball head coach. "They are two people I watched closely as college players, and I have had the opportunity to keep in contact with them as they transitioned into coaching. "Both have solid backgrounds in college basketball. They will be an asset to our basketball program and San Jacinto College." San Jac opens the season Tuesday, Nov. 1, against LS-Cy-Fair.

South Houston High School varsity baseball coach Donnie Elliott (above) taught current major league baseball saves leader Trevor Hoffman his change-up grip when the two were teammates with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1984. Hoffman went on to record the majority of his 601 saves using the change-up in combination with a power fastball, has since often credited Elliott with teaching him the grip. When Hoffman's jersey No. 51 was retired by the San Diego Padres, he invited Elliott.

SB's Chelsea FC U-14 wins Labor Day soccer

Former Lions show support at scrimmage, fundraiser

The South Belt Youth Soccer Club Select Boys Chelsea FC U-14 soccer team was crowned champions of the 2011 Houston Labor Day tournament at Bear Creek Park.Although the locals endured several injuries along the way, the team went undefeated after beating Beaumont in the final in an edgy penalty kick shootout. Members of the team are, left to right,

(bottom row) Giovanni Carranza, Matt Howard, cocaptain Sabino Lozano Jr., Connor Mason. (middle row) Jared Bouslog, Emanuel Gurrusquieta, Miguel Berrondo Jr., coach Bijan Timijani. (top row) Rodrigo Gurrusquieta, Zach Bouslog, co-captain Samson Timijani, Christopher Graves and Conner Stewart.

Several former Thompson Intermediate student athletes and current Dobie High School students came out to watch the Lions' Red versus White football scrimmage Sept. 3 not only to cheer on their former school but also to show support for Gail Boyes, the wife of Thompson Intermediate football coach Bob Boyes, who is battling breast cancer. Those students in attendance included, left to right, Terrence Patterson, Jalmale Patterson (Thompson

student), Jarvis Lester, Ty Lozano (holding a Giving Gail Hope Tshirt), Keion Patterson, Nathaniel Flores and Collyn Davis. There is a fundraiser planned for Sunday, Sept. 18, at Walter Hall Park in League City. The event, complete with barbecue plates, raffles, auctions and more, will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, visit


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Call 281-481-1238 for more information. 6:30 p.m. St. Luke's Catholic Church ­ St. Luke the Evangelist Church, 11011 Hall Road, offers free tutoring on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tutoring is held in Room 2 of the Education Building. Contact Joe Pavlicek at 281-484-1397 or by e-mail at [email protected] 8 p.m. Pasadena Little Theatre ­ Special two-for-one performance of Once Upon a Mattress by Rodgers, Barer, Thompson and Fuller at 8 p.m. at Pasadena Little Theatre, 4318 Allen-Genoa Road. Geoffrey Geiger is the director. Buy one ticket for $14 and get another person in free. To make reservations, call 713-941-1758 or online 8:30 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous ­ Alcohol problems? AA meetings are held Thursdays from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., and Sundays and Tuesdays from 8 to 9 p.m. at St. Stephen Presbyterian Church, 2217 Theta Street. For information, call 713-204-2481. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 7 a.m. AA Meeting ­ "Breakfast With Bill" each Monday through Friday. from 7 to 8 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church Pasadena, 1062 Fairmont Parkway, Room 114. Call 281-487-8787 for information, or just drop in. Noon Moving Forward Women's Adult Children Anonymous ­ The ACA group meets Fridays at noon at the Up The Street Club in Webster, 508 Nasa Parkway, in room 4. ACA is a 12-step program of hope, healing and recovery for people who grew up in alcoholic or dysfunctional homes. For more information, call 281-286-1431. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 6 p.m. Frontier Squares ­ Meets to square dance at the Westminster Academy at 670 E. Medical Center Blvd. in Webster. Refreshments provided. For more information, contact Gina Sherman at 281-5545675 or visit 7 p.m. Bay Area Bluegrass Association ­ Produces a bluegrass music show and jam session the third Saturday of each month, May and December are exceptions. The stage show begins at 7 p.m., but pickers are welcome to bring their instruments and come earlier. Admission is free. The show is held at the Johnny Arolfo Civic Center, 300 Walker in League City. For more information, visit SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 2 p.m. Grief Support Group ­ For any adult who has lost a loved one. Meets every Sunday, except Mother's Day, Easter and Christmas from 2 to 3:15 p.m. at First United Methodist Church Pasadena, 1062 Fairmont Parkway. For more information, call 281-487-8787. 3 p.m. Pasadena Little Theatre ­ Closing performance for Once Upon a Mattress, by Rodgers, Barer, Thompson and Fuller, at 3 p.m. at Pasadena Little Theatre, 4318 Allen-Genoa Road. Geoffrey Geiger is the director. For reservations, call 713-941-1758 or visit online at 8 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous ­ Alcohol problems? AA meetings are held Sundays and Tuesdays from 8 to 9 p.m. and Thursdays from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. at St. Stephen Presbyterian Church, 2217 Theta Street. For information, call 713-204-2481. MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 7 a.m. AA Meeting ­ "Breakfast With Bill" each Monday through Friday. from 7 to 8 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church Pasadena, 1062 Fairmont Parkway, Room 114. Call 281-487-8787 for information, or just drop in. 9 a.m. Houston Area Parkinson Society ­ Free exercise and speech therapy from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Clear Lake Rehabilitation Hospital, 655 E. Medical Center Blvd., Webster. Visit for a complete list of services offered. 10:30 a.m. Seniors and Law Enforcement Together ­ SALT holds monthly meetings at 10:30 a.m. at Madison Jobe Senior Citizens Center, 1700 East Thomas St. in Pasadena, on the third Monday of each month except December. The meetings teach seniors how to avoid identity theft, scams, fraud, etc. Police officers and sheriffs are normally in attendance. There is no charge to attend, and refreshments are served. Meetings start on time and last one hour or less. For more information, call the center at 713-477-0175. 6 p.m. Scrabble Club #511 ­ Meets every Monday at the IHOP on Fuqua from 6 to 9 p.m. All who enjoy the game or want to learn to play are invited to join. For more information, call 281-488-2923. 6:30 p.m. New Directions Singles Club ­ New Directions Singles support meetings are held each Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Webster Presbyterian Church, 201 W. NASA Parkway. For further information, call Susan at 832-494-5098 or Carolynn 281-340-2354. Civil Air Patrol Meeting ­ Weekly at Ellington Field in the Civil Air Patrol Building. Call 281-484-1352 and leave a message for more information. 7 p.m. Grief Support Group ­ "Friends Helping Friends" meets every Monday from 7 to 8:15 p.m. at Clear Lake Rehab Hospital, 655 E. Medical Center Blvd. in Webster. Those who have lost a spouse or other loved one are invited to participate. For information, call Betty Flynn at 281-474-3430 or Diana Kawalec at 281-334-1033. 7:30 p.m. The Clear Lake Gem and Mineral Society ­ Meets the third week of each month at the Clear Lake Park Building, 5001 NASA Parkway in Seabrook. Guests are welcome. Presenters for the educational program explore a variety of subjects such as fossils, planetary geology, mineralogy, lapidary, jewelry making, rock, fossil and mineral collecting, and field trips to various collecting sites throughout Texas and surrounding states. All persons with an interest in these topics are welcome to attend. Door prizes. Free parking. For more information, visit TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 7 a.m. AA Meeting ­ "Breakfast With Bill" each Monday through Friday. from 7 to 8 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church Pasadena, 1062 Fairmont Parkway, Room 114. Call 281-487-8787 for information, or just drop in.

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For more information, call 281-485-4140 or 281-485-1431. 7 p.m. St. Luke's Catholic Church ­ St. Luke the Evangelist Church, 11011 Hall Road, offers free tutoring on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tutoring is held in Room 2 of the Education Building. Contact Joe Pavlicek at 281-484-1397 or by e-mail at [email protected] The Compassionate Friends ­ TCF meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Friendswood United Methodist Church, 110 N. Friendswood Drive, behind the sanctuary in the Education Building ­ 2nd floor. TCF is a nondenominational, self-help organization offering friendship, emotional support and understanding to bereaved parents after the death of a child of any age. Grandparents and adult siblings are welcome as well. For information, call Nita at 713-412-4883 or Nancy at 713-941-2583. Positive Interaction Program ­ meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, 11800 Astoria, in the staff meeting room 1st floor. Bring a friend or neighbor and work together to make PIP the best in the city. PIP consists of police and citizens working together to help make neighborhoods safer. For more information, call Officer Randy Derr at 281-218-3900. Bay Area Turning Point Crisis Intervention Center ­ Weekly sexual assault support group offers a confidential self-help support group for victim/survivors of rape and sexual abuse. To attend or for more information, call 281-286-2525. 8 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous ­ Alcohol problems? AA meetings are held Tuesdays and Sundays from 8 to 9 p.m. and Thursdays from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. at St. Stephen Presbyterian Church, 2217 Theta Street. For information, call 713-204-2481. 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For information, call Monica Montoya at 281-794-5531. 4 p.m. Houston Area Parkinson Society ­ Free exercise held from 4 to 5 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Pearland, 3005 Pearland Parkway, Pearland. Visit for a complete list of services offered. 6:30 p.m. Bay Area Turning Point Crisis Intervention Center ­ Domestic violence support group for male survivors meets each Wednesday at 210 S. Walnut off NASA Parkway. Call 281-338-7600 for information. Participants may join at any time as this is an open group. 7 p.m. Survivors of Suicide Support Group ­ The Southeast Houston group meets the first and third Wednesday of each month. The group offers support and coping skills in a non-threatening environment to adult individuals who have lost a loved one to suicide. For information on registration or to obtain a physical address for a location, call 713-533-4500 or visit Bay Area Turning Point Crisis Intervention Center ­ Confidential domestic violence support group for women meets every week. For information, call 281338-7600 or visit BATP is located at 210 S. Walnut off NASA Parkway between Interstate 45 South and Highway 3. The 24-hour crisis hotline is 281-286-2525. THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 7 a.m. AA Meeting ­ "Breakfast With Bill" each Monday through Friday. from 7 to 8 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church Pasadena, 1062 Fairmont Parkway, Room 114. Call 281-487-8787 for information, or just drop in. Noon Houston Area Parkinson Society ­ Free water exercise from noon to 1 p.m. at Clear Lake Rehabilitation Hospital, 655 E. Medical Center Blvd. in Webster. Visit for a complete list of services offered. Al-Anon - Meets every Thursday from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church Pasadena, 1062 Fairmont Parkway, Room 111. 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Clear Creek outlasts Brook in 24-5A volleyball Dobie tennis easily tops Eagles

In a critical District 245A volleyball matchup, Clear Brook won the first game against Clear Creek but then could not hold on as the Lady Wildcats took the win Sept. 13, at Clear Brook. Brook jumped out to an early lead after winning a marathon first game 27-25, but senior Ashley Smith carried Clear Creek the rest of the way as she smashed 32 kills as the Lady Wildcats went on to win 25-12, 25-22, 25-23. Clear Brook senior outside hitter Anita Permenter had 18 kills for the Lady Wolverines, who slipped to 1-1 in District 24-5A play. The Lady Wolverines, now 15-8 overall, will take on Clear Springs in another big district matchup Friday, Sept. 16, at Brook. The varsity match is at 6:30 p.m.

Continued from Page 1B goal of being in position to win a little more decisively

Since Memorial joined the ranks in 2004, there has been a distinct rivalry on the tennis courts. The competition has been fierce, and a couple of other issues have often fanned the competitive fires. Suffice to say, Dobie wants to beat Memorial Sept. 22, with the eventual play Deer Park for the 225A crown and, eventually, the 22-5A tournament title. "I think regardless of what happens next week, we are going to see Memorial again in the postseason tournament," Moreno said. "Last year we won the regular season match 10-9, and I would like to see us this time around. "Our record may not be what we would like, but these kids have improved greatly. I want to see them gain more and more confidence as we go down the stretch. Beating Memorial with 12 or 13 or more wins would really help out the cause."

Lady Longhorns' VB splits two matches

Dobie's varsity volleyball team scored a big comeback win over Alief Hastings Sept. 7, fighting back from a game down to take the victory. Host Hastings came out the gate quickly to win the first game 25-21, but Dobie sophomore Bre'shaun Franklin guided her team to the win with 19 kills as the Lady Longhorns went on to win 25-19, 25-15, 25-20. The outcome was a little different Sept. 13 at La Porte as the Lady Longhorns were swept 25-16, 25-20, 25-19, with Franklin limited to six kills. Dobie will play at North Shore Sept. 16 and then play at Channelview Sept. 20. The Lady Longhorns' Sept. 16 matchup will have a special 4:30 start, while the Channelview match wll begin at 6:30 p.m. Dobie opens District 225A action Friday, Sept. 23, at Pasadena, at 6:30 p.m.

Dobie 19, Pasadena 0

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Coming off player of the week honors in the Houston area, Clear Brook outside hitter Anita Permenter hammered down 18 kills Sept. 13, against Clear Creek. However, Clear Creek won the match in four games.

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Continued from Page 1B After those two games, the Longhorns will have a bye week before facing the Pasadena Eagles Oct. 6 to open District 22-5A. With that schedule in mind, Wolfe and Bolden will have a solid three-week period to prepare for district play. When all players were healthy, including Jackson, Wolfe was the team's backup quarterback. Pressed into action, Wolfe made some great plays against Dickinson but also showed the inexperience that comes with being on a varsity football field for the first time. Phillips said Wolfe will be given the chance to show what he can do as the starter. As for Bolden, who was the second-team running back behind Andrew Robinson, he brings the team a different look should he step under center. "We have seen what Bolden can do in the offseason running the option, and we like what we see," Phillips said. "In the end, we have to put our team in the best possible position to win." One thing seems certain. Robinson, who rushed for 164 yards and two touchdowns against Dickinson, is likely to become a bigger piece of the team's offensive puzzle. Oops we goofed ­ In the Sept. 8 Leader, Dobie defensive lineman Kerry Henderson was incorrectly identified as Kerry Robinson in credit for his 77-yard fumble return against Alvin. The Leader sincerely regrets the error. The Dobie High School softball and baseball booster clubs will host the second annual fundraising golf tournament Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Country Place Golf Club in Pearland. The event will tee off at 1 p.m. The softball booster club is handling most of the pre-tournament activities, including registration. To sign up for the event or to gain more information, visit the softball website at

Girls' singles

Melanie Thompson (D) def. Mariela Barajas 6-0, 6-1 Osaka Heng (D) def. Carolina Medina 6-2, 6-2 Alexa Nguyen (D) def. Ketsy Resendez 7-6, 7-5 Vanessa Vu (D) def. Christina Perales 6-4, 6-2 Kim Dinh (D) def. Shelly Guerra 6-1, 6-2 Jackelyn Salinas (D) def. Wenisse Perez 6-1, 6-2 Phillip Nguyen played a big role in the Longhorns' sweep over the Pasadena Eagles in the 22-5A opener. He won a boys' doubles match with partner Kevin Nguyen and then won a singles match.

Club South youth volleyball

Club South, a new volleyball club in the Bay Area will host a free volleyball clinic at Clear Springs High School on Sunday, Sept. 25, from 1 to 3 p.m. Those wishing to attend free of charge must preregister online at or pay $25 at the door for the clinic. The club is also looking to fill roster spots for the upcoming season. The club will also host a developmental league for fourth- and fifth-grade girls as well as teams for sixth- through eighth-grade students. For more information, call Nicole Westerterp at 713-422-3633.

Dobie girls' soccer boosters

Dobie varsity girls' soccer head coach Bryan McDonald has announced the first date for the team's booster club meeting, which will take place Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. in the school's annex. Booster club elections will also be held.

Elkins downs Brook

The Clear Brook varsity football team ended its nondistrict schedule with a 21-7 home loss to the Elkins Knights Sept. 8, at Veteran's Memorial Stadium in League City. The loss dropped the Wolverines, who enjoyed a bye week in the schedule Sept. 15-17, to 1-2 this season. Timothy East had a 15yard touchdown run as the Wolverines took a 7-0 lead to halftime. The Knights, now 2-1 this season, went on to score 21 second-half points to win. East led Brook with 120 yards rushing on 22 carries. The locals will play at Alvin Thursday, Sept. 22.

SBHLL offers Challenger BB

The Sagemont-Beverly Hills Little League is continuing plans to host a Challenger Baseball program for children with physical or mental handicaps for the spring 2012 season. The program will follow the competition and safety guidelines as determined by Little League Baseball. SBHLL board member Chrystal Sulak is handling the offseason plans for the program. Those wishing to get involved with the program to learn more may contact Sulak at [email protected]

Dobie's Brian WIlliams plays a volley during a boys' doubles match against Pasadena Sept. 13. Williams and his partner, Shaun Bui, easily won the match in the No. 3 slot.

Osaka Heng was one of the many Dobie players to continue to show improvement against the Pasadena Eagles. Heng joined teammate Shannon Veal for a No. 1 girls' doubles win and then went on to win a girls' singles match while playing in the No. 2 position. Photos by John Bechtle

While mourning Perez's death, San Jac soccer program to take break, will face Tyler Sept. 23

Continued from Page 1B with no wins in three match- Morris as six different play- Northeast Texas in a 7-0

San Jacinto's stoppage in play comes at a time when the Coyotes were playingbetter soccer. The team started slowly es, but then got healthy while winning a pair of games. Santesteban's team earned its first win of the season Sept. 9 over Lon ers, including Dobie graduate Jose Gonzalez, netted goals. Against Lon Morris, Guillermo Vigil, Martin Castillo, Gonzalez, Javier Amaya, Leo Guia and Jaime Rodriguez netted goals. The offense did not stop coming Sept. 10 against victory for the locals. In that game, Guillermo Alvarez went wild with four goals and three other teammates found the goal for an easy win. Now the players, their coach and numerous families face a healing of a different sort.

Editor's Note: The following is a statement issued by San Jacinto College South men's soccer head coach and athletic director Dr. David Santesteban regarding the death of player Jose Perez and the continuation of his team's season.

"This morning we lost a friend and fellow athlete, José Perez. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and loved ones. We are all devastated by this accident. José is from the Dallas area and was a member of the FC Dallas Youth Academy. He was selected as a member of the U.S. under-17 national team and was part of the national team residency program. I worked for a little over a year to get him to play for San Jacinto College. I was ecstatic to have such a great player join our team. He was a quiet guy but someone you could joke with. His teammates respected him from the moment he stepped on the field. We all knew he would impact the team in a positive way... we had high hopes. "Although he had other offers, he chose to come here to play with a good team and get an education, with goals for a degree and to become a professional soccer player so he could provide for his family and future child. He was one of those kids who just loved soccer. If the ball was rolling, he wanted to be there with it... he was a playmaker. There's just no explaining this type of thing. "Our team is grieving, and for right now, we are suspending play. We will still honor our conference games, and our team is united in its passion to honor José, his memory, his competitive spirit, and his life. We will carry the torch of José, and this year will be in honor of him."

San Jacinto head coach David Santesteban and his team began the season with a 2-2-1 mark and will now suspend competition while dealing with the death of a teammate. The Coyotes are expected to return to action Sept. 23 at Tyler Junior College.

Federico Espinach, a sophomore midfielder from San Jose, Costa Rica, was one of the many players who stood out as the Coyotes won back-to-back games against Lon Morris and Northeast Texas Community College without surrendering a goal. When the team resumes the season, it will take on the nation's No. 1 ranked team, the Tyler Apaches.

Sweeper Daniel Porlan, a freshman from Madrid, Spain, went high to control a 50-50 ball during the team's most recent victory, a 7-0 defeat of Northeast Texas Community College Sept. 10 at Coyote Field. Photos by John Bechtle



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