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From the Cluttered Desk . . .

The 'Pause Button' of Life

. . . I think of the song by Simon and Garfunkel when they sang, "Slow down, you move too fast. You gotta make the morning last."

Barre, Dixon, Matthews headline All-District 23-6A teams  Photos Included

It came as no surprise that Dawson head coach Mark Barre would be named 23-6A "Coach of the Year."

Dawson boys and girls tracksters win Alief Relays  

The Dawson boys scored 109 points and the girls scored 103 points to sweep first place at the Alief Relays.

Lady Eagles nip Lady Oilers 1-0 in district showdown  Photos Included

"This puts us in a good position to possibly go 5-1 heading into the second round," (Dawson head coach Katelyn) Welch said.


Local Baseball & Softball Seniors and Game Schedules  Photos Included

Team pictures and schedules.


From the Cluttered Desk . . .

She fought til the very end

. . . happiness is an inside job.

Lady Oilers blank Dawson in soccer win  Photos Included

The Lady Oilers have a bye next week.

Pearland drops heartbreaker to Alief Taylor in 2OT  Photos Included

. . . things changed in the second half as Pearland was able to score only 11 points in the third (3) and fourth (8) quarters which allowed the Lions to, not only get back into the game, but take the lead down the stretch.

Jennifer Haynie Strike Out Cancer Tournament successful  Photos Included

In March of 2008, PHS Softball hosted the first-ever Strike Out Cancer night. Jennifer was the guest of honor and threw out the first pitch.


Braswell, Gaston, Martens head District 23-6A picks  Photos Included

Pearland sophomore De'Yona Gaston was selected "Most Valuable Player" in voting on the All-District 23-6A girls' basketball team selected by the league's coaches.


From the Cluttered Desk . . .

Sharing our lives with others makes all the difference

Man is the only creature who has knowledge that he can expect to die and he is trying to forget it.

Lady Oilers beat Taylor (Soccer)  Photos Included

The Lady Oilers will travel to George Ranch on Friday, March 2and then host Brazoswood at The Rig on Tuesday, March 6 that could decide the District 23-6A title.

Dawson takes out Clear Springs; falls to Deer Park  Photos Included

The Eagles have shared or won outright the district title for seven straight years under the guidance of head coach Mark Barre who has been at the helm of the Eagles since the school opened in 2007.

Pearland gets past Clear Creek, Channelview to advance to quarterfinals  Photos Included

Pearland renewed an old rivalry when they faced former district nemesis Clear Creek in the Class 6A Region III bi-district contest.


Texas Sports Writers select Friendswood's Yurachek and Redding as All-Staters  Photos Included

It is an always exciting when student-athletes receive local recognition, but it is extremely special when those athletes are honored at a state-wide level . . .


Lady Jackets upset Lady Oilers 49-42  Photos Included

"You don't stop De'Yona Gaston," (Alvin coach Justin) Walker said. "We just tried to make it difficult for her in spots."

Buck, Chavarria named to All-Greater Houston pre-season team  Photos Included

Pearland head coach Laneigh Clark will be looking to these two players to lead the Lady Oilers to defend their District 23-6A title.

Area swimmers compete at state swim meet  Photos Included

Swimmers from Dawson, Friendswood, and Pearland High Schools gathered in Austin at the UT Lee and Joe Jamail Swim Center to compete in the Class 6A state swim meet.

Friendswood's John Little leaves quite a legacy  Photos Included

For 17 years, Little has roamed the pool side at Friendswood with multiple trips to the state swim meet.


Area student-athletes make college commitments  Photos Included

It is a time of relief for student-athletes who have gone through the rigorous recruiting process and hearing the pitch of various recruiters regarding their particular educational and athletic programs.

Dawson captures 7th straight title with win over Taylor  Photos Included

"We can do all the work as a staff, but if you don't have guys that can play and are committed to being successful every day, then that success doesn't happen," (said head coach Mark Barre).

Texas Sports Writers select Friendswood's Yurachek and Redding as All-Staters  Photos Included

Both players helped the Mustangs to a 9-4 overall season record while advancing three rounds in the post-season.

Manvel players named to Class 5A TSWA All-State teams  Photos Included

It came as no surprise that the Manvel Mavericks would be well represented after winning the District 23-5A championship, Region III Division I crown while advancing to the 5A Division I state finals . . .

National signing day celebrated by Manvel student-athletes  Photos Included

Manvel head coach Kirk Martin saw 11 of his football players sign national letters-of-intent to continue their education and football careers on, Wednesday, Feb. 7 on National Signing Day.


Pearland-Dawson Soccer  Photos Included

The Lady Oilers face George Ranch on Tuesday at The Rig while Dawson travels to Alief to take on Elsik.

Realignment by UIL brings a few surprises for area schools  

Every two years, schools report how many students are enrolled at their school. The University Interscholastic League then takes those numbers, subdivides them into relatively equal classes, and – based largely on geography – determines which district each team will play in.

Washington's buzzer beater nips Dawson 54-51 in OT  Photos Included

Pearland will take their four-game winning streak to face George Ranch and Brazoswood to close out the regular season. The Eagles will close out their season with all three Alief schools -- Elsik, Taylor, and Hastings.

Lady Oilers repeat as District 23-6A champions  Photos Included

The Pearland girls won the District 23-6A title last season to snap a 26-year drought, but head coach Lauren Martens saw her girls defend their title this year to make it two in a row with a 61-48 win over Dawson.

Area swimmers headed to state swim meet  Photos Included

Friendswood, Dawson, and Pearland High Schools will be sending talented swimmers to the Lee and Joe Jamail Swim Center on the University of Texas campus on February 16-18, 2018.

Manvel survives late Ball High rally 46-44  

It looked like Manvel would run away with the game after jumping out to a 14-2 first quarter lead, but the Ball High Tors were not going to go down that easy as a fourth quarter rally gave Ball High a chance to pull out a last second win.

Lady Tors edge Lady Mavericks 47-38  Photos Included

Ball High edged Manvel 47-38 and all but clinched the District 23-5A which will be the first-ever outright district championship for the Lady Tors in the history of the school.

Martin leaving Manvel for position with Syracuse  Photos Included

Syracuse football officially hired Kirk Martin to coach quarterbacks. Martin, a longtime Texas high school coach, is in-laws with Syracuse University head coach Dino Babers as Babers' daughter, Jazzmin, married Martin's son, Koda, in July.

Tullos, Allison selected as new Pearland ISD head coaches  Photos Included

After several interviews of many qualified coaches, the selection committee and the PISD school board narrowed the choices to two very strong coaches that they believe will continue the great winning traditions that were established by (coach Tony) Heath and (coach Eric) Wells.


2018-2019 Realignment  

The University Interscholastic League has announced their new 2018-2019 Reclassification and Realignment . . .


Lady Oilers continue to lead the pack in district  Photos Included

The beginning of the season started out shaky as early season injuries hit Pearland hard, but head coach Lauren Martens saw her team get healthy at the start of league play and they have been on a roll ever since.

Pearland gets back on winning track with win over Elsik  Photos Included

Avenging their loss to Elsik in the first round was a good start toward the playoffs.

Dawson stays atop district leaderboard with win  Photos Included

Seeking a seventh straight district title, the Dawson Eagles improved to 6-1 in league play with a solid win over the George Ranch Longhorns 71-52.

Friendswood swimmers place second at 24-6A meet  Photos Included

Friendswood continues to produce outstanding swim teams and that's what they did at this year's District 24-6A meet.

From the Cluttered Desk . . .

Them bones, them bones

The late Duffy Daugherty, old and colorful Michigan State football coach, used to say that you needed only three bones to make a successful journey through life . . .


From the Cluttered Desk . . .

Forgiveness: A necessity of life

Pity the person who . . . thinks they have wronged no one or are above righting a wrong they may have created.

Friendswood gets first district win over Alvin  

In the final district game of the first round, the Friendswood Mustangs finally got their first win after going 0-6 to begin district.

Lady Eagles continue to battle in district  Photos Included

Dawson continues to improve as they got a 54-45 win over district foe Alief Taylor.

Pearland hits slump in district competition  Photos Included

The Oilers entered the season as the defending District 23-6A co-champions that they shared with Dawson, but now they are in jeopardy of missing the playoffs.

Shadow Creek slips past Manvel 71-65  Photos Included

The game between Shadow Creek and Manvel almost became a free throw shooting contest as there were a total of 69 free throws attempted between both teams which is way more than the average high school game.

Lady Mavericks run past Lady Sharks 65-48  Photos Included

Manvel has clinched their place in the post-season with the Lady Sharks still in contention to continue their season in the playoffs.


From the Cluttered Desk . . .

Making a difference in 2018

I am truly amazed at the world of texting. . . . "TTYL" normally means "Talk To You Later," but to a senior adult, it translates as "Talk To You Louder."

Lady Oilers cruise past Lady Eagles 71-49  Photos Included

The Pearland Lady Oilers are seeking to repeat as District 23-6A champions . . .

Pearland nips Dawson 57-56  Photos Included

". . . We executed our game plan to a T. We played hard man defense and just enough zone to try to keep them on their heels."

Koopmann named Galveston County "Coach of the Year"  Photos Included

Robert Koopmann has learned two valuable lessons over the course of a 33-year coaching career. Patience is a virtue and life is good in Friendswood.

Manvel dominates All-District selections  Photos Included

It came as no surprise that the Manvel Mavericks would dominate the 2017 All-District 23-5A picks after winning the district championship, the Class 5A Region III Div. I crown, and advancing to the 5A Div. I finals.


Clear Brook slips past Friendswood 55-43  

With 46-41 with 3:35 left, Clear Brook put together a 9-2 run down the stretch to earn the District 24-6A win on the Mustangs' hardwood court.

Lady Eagles continue to be a work in progress  Photos Included

No one can accuse the Dawson Lady Eagles of not giving their best effort for each game. Inexperience and being young makes them a work in progress.

Pearland girls win tourney; remain undefeated in district  Photos Included

The Lady Oilers reeled off five straight wins to bring home the championship trophy.

From the Cluttered Desk . . .

When our brains go into neutral

Ever have those moments when you wonder if you have the IQ of a chimpanzee???


Top 10 sports stories in 2017  Photos Included

From Pearland, Friendswood, Manvel.

From the Cluttered Desk . . .

Joy and happiness -- It's your choice

" . . . A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery while on a detour."


So close, yet so far away as Manvel falls in state finals  Photos Included

"That's a tough way to lose," Manvel head coach Kirk Martin said. "I thought our kids played their guts out, but it just wasn't meant to be, I guess."

Texas Sports Writers Association All-State Volleyball Teams for the 2017 season announced  


Gridiron standouts take advantage of early signing date  Photos Included

The majority of the area's other players will make their commitments in February.


Friendswood drops district opener to Dickinson 62-47  

The speed and athleticism of Dickinson ... proved to be a big difference in the game as the Gators were able to initiate several fast breaks that resulted in easy baskets.


From the Cluttered Desk . . .

Angels are around -- especially this time of the year

If you have a special experience this Christmas season - drop me a line and let me know.

Lady Oilers open up district with win over Brazoswood  Photos Included

Updated 12/21/17

"We are definitely missing some kids, but the kids I have work their tails off," (head coach Lauren) Martens said.

Friendswood roundballers ready to compete in district action  Photos Included

The Friendswood boys and girls basketball teams are already ahead of where they were a year ago at this time of the season . . .

Manvel settles Brazoria County dispute; advances to state title game  Photos Included

In a game that most thought was going to be whoever had the ball last to determine the winner never materialized as the Mavericks routed the Wildcats 35-10 and Manvel didn't even score in the second half.


Dawson Eagles  Photos Included

"I think that one of our strengths so far this season is the ability to shoot the ball," (head coach Mark) Barre said. "But we need to develop some mental defensive toughness as the season progress before we get into district action."

Dawson Lady Eagles  Photos Included

(Dawson head coach Isabel) Gomez is very optimistic as the non-district season is underway with the Lady Eagles presently looking to stay at the .500 mark as the 23-6A season begins this week.

Pearland Oilers  Photos Included

(Head coach Steve) Buckelew, who was named District 23-6A "Coach of the Year" last year, looks at this season with optimism, but also with stark reality as he sees Dawson as the team to win the district . . .

Pearland Lady Oilers  Photos Included

For the first time in 26 years, the Pearland Lady Oilers basketball team captured the District 23-6A championship under second-year coach Lauren Martens. The last time a Pearland girls team won a league title was in 1991.

Manvel advances with win over Temple 49-34  Photos Included

A win over Angleton would put them in the championship game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Friday, December 22 to face the winner of the Highland Park vs Denton Ryan semifinal match.


Dawson, Pearland gridiron players selected All-District  Photos Included

Dawson's Mason Pierce received one of the top All-District awards as he was named "All-Purpose Player of the Year."

Cy-Fair rolls past Friendswood 45-14  Photos Included

The effort was certainly there, as it is with every Friendswood team, but the size and speed of the Cy-Fair Bobcats was just too much to overcome as the Mustangs fell 45-14 in the Class 6A Region III Div. II semifinals.

Manvel rushes past Cedar Park 56-17 to advance to region finals  Photos Included

Manvel finds themselves in familiar territory as they will be in the Class 5A Region III Div. I finals after beating the Cedar Park Timberwolves 56-17.


Manvel tames the Nederland Bulldogs 51-26  Photos Included

The No. 2 Class 5A state-ranked Manvel Mavericks (11-0) continued their undefeated season with a 51-26 win over the Nederland Bulldogs

Friendswood escapes with win over Summer Creek 27-26  Photos Included

For the second time this season, the Friendswood Mustangs defeated the Summer Creek Bulldogs, but this time there was a lot more drama than the 26-19 Friendswood win in September.

From the Cluttered Desk . . .

The value of another

It is funny how age changes our perspective on life . . .


Proud to serve our country  Photos Included

Former Friendswood Mustang football standout graduated from the United States Coast Guard in order to serve our country.

Scholar-Athlete Finalist  Photos Included

Friendswood's Reid Nickerson was recently honored at the 19th annual Touchdown Club of Houston Scholar-Athlete Award Dinner

Clear Springs ends season for Pearland 54-29  Photos Included

The Chargers took care of both sides of the ball and that was the difference in the game.

Friendswood rolls past Dawson 35-14  Photos Included

. . . a young freshman signal-caller by the name of Luke Grden emerge(d) out of the pack to lead the 'Stangs to two consecutive victories with the last coming against a highly talented Dawson Eagles team . . .

No. 1 Manvel scorches Madison 49-6 in playoffs  Photos Included

Manvel's defense was as vital as the offense as they held the Marlins to only 93 total yards with including 6-of-15 passing for 43 yards with one interception.


Hastings dominates Dawson for 23-6A title 55-35  Photos Included

Hastings showed they were hungry and totally committed to winning the district title as they jumped on the Eagles in the first half to build a 31-0 lead.

Friendswood stings Alvin 40-16  Photos Included

The Mustangs close out the regular season at 7-3 overall and will advance to the Class 6A Region III Div. II bi-district round to face the Dawson Eagles (6-3) at The Rig on Friday, Nov. 17 at 7:00 p.m.

Friendswood HS signees  Photos Included

Friendswood student-athletes sign letters-of-intent.

Pearland HS signees  Photos Included

Pearland student-athletes sign athletic scholarships.

Manvel thrashes Galena Park to stay perfect on season  

The game was decided after the opening 12 minutes as the Mavs built a 35-0 lead.

From the Cluttered Desk . . .

Coach Mac will be missed

In the swim world, he was known as Coach George McMillion and he coached some of the best swimmers in the world.


Older Stories

Pearland      Dawson     

Firendswood      Manvel

From the Cluttered Desk . . .