Story Archive 10/4/2022 - 2/8j/2023

From the Cluttered Desk . . .

If Only

"It is now or never -- and you will never have that moment back."

Dawson vs Pearland boys soccer  Photos Included

The Oilers took a fast 2-0 lead but the Eagles clawed their way back to finish the game with a 2-2 draw.

Pearland/Dawson girls soccer  Photos Included

The game featured excellent defense from both teams, but the Lady Oilers would get the tight 1-0 victory in the end.

Shadow Creek runs past Alvin 72-47  Photos Included

A balanced scoring attack by Shadow Creek gave the Sharks a convincing win over the Alvin Yellowjackets in a District 23-6A contest that kept the Sharks a game back of league-leading Dawson.

Friendswood girls and boys capture 5A Region V swim titles  Photos Included

The top two places from the region championship automatically advance to the state championship on Friday-Saturday, February 17-18 at Lee & Joe Jamail Swim Center on the University of Texas campus in Austin.

No. 8 state-ranked Lady Oilers take out Lady Eagles 62-41  Photos Included

While Dawson gave a 100 percent effort against Pearland, the Lady Eagles fell to 15-16 on the season and 5-6 in district which eliminated them from the post-season.

National Signing Day  Photos Included

Now that the papers have been signed and delivered, student-athletes can focus on the rest of their senior year - to concentrate on their studies and spring sports before it will be time to head to their respective schools to begin their educational and athletic careers at the collegiate level. It certainly is a dream come true for all.


From the Cluttered Desk . . .

My cup runneth over

Do you remember when it was all right to fill your cup with coffee -add all the ingredients, then to tip the cup at an angle so the coffee could spiII over into the saucer and slurp your coffee?

Pearland runs past Alief Elsik 53-31  

The battle in District 23-6A is a little half over and the Oilers are trying to stay in playoff contention, but youth and inexperience seems to be the biggest hurdle for head coach Steve Buckelew and his hardcourt warriors.

Lady Lions edge Lady Eagles 37-35 in district contest  Photos Included

Unfortunately, Dawson (16-16, 5-5) must face Pearland and Shadow Creek in the final two district games which will make it difficult for them to extend their season. But there is still that chance for the Lady Eagles.

Shadow Creek girls edge Hastings 38-26  Photos Included

Shadow Creek improved to 19-12 overall and 6-3 in league action which places them in second place behind league-leading Pearland (9-0).

Area high schools named finalist for Sportsmanship Award  Photos Included

For the sixth time in the past ten years, the Friendswood Mustangs were selected as a finalist for the Sportsmanship Award by the Touchdown Club of Houston. Joining them this year was Pearland, Shadow Creek, and Manvel from our area schools which is a great honor and tribute to the players and coaching staffs for each school.

No. 8 Lady Oiler roundballers remain undefeated in district  Photos Included

Pearland (27-3, 9-0) and Shadow Creek (19-12, 6-3) have punched their tickets to the post-season while the Lady Oilers have clinched the District 23-6A title and the No. 1 seed entering the playoffs.

Friendswood swimmers crowned district champions  Photos Included

The Mustangs have 30 swimmers who will advance to the Region V-5A swim meet on February 3-4 at the Don Cook Natatorium in Sugarland. The top six places in each event will advance to the regional meet.


All-Greater Houston First-Team Defense  Photos Included

The four-star edge rusher was a unanimous All-District 10-5A Division I selection.

Lady Sharks take out Alief Taylor 54-46  Photos Included

The Lady Sharks withstood Taylor's final offensive flurry 16-14 to post the 54-46 district win.

Second half effort gives Pearland 52-28 win over Hastings  Photos Included

Pearland is 10-13 overall and 3-4 in the league standings.

Dawson boys get wins over Alief Elsik and Alvin  Photos Included

"We fouled way too much," said Dawson head coach Mark Barre.

Team of the Week  Photos Included

The No. 9 state-ranked Pearland Lady Oilers were named the Allegiance Bank Team of the Week.


From the Cluttered Desk . . .

Life is measured by what you have learned

A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.

Dawson girls capture District 23-6A swim title  Photos Included

The Dawson Lady Eagles scored 170 points to edge the Shadow Creek Lady Sharks who scored 153 points for second place. Pearland came in third with 128 points.


From the Cluttered Desk . . .

Our conversations are going to the dogs

"Remember that most people's bark is worse than their bite. Especially the big dog you work for. As Jeb of the Beverly Hillbillies would say, "By doggies - that's something!"

All-State honorable mention  Photos Included

Dawson volleyball - Kennedy Jones.

Friendswood gets 61-54 win over Santa Fe  Photos Included

Friendswood used an 8-1 run to begin the third period thanks to a 3-pointer from senior guard Benjamin Burke, a putback from junior post Luke Ballard and another 3-pointer from Baker for a 40-34 lead. Santa Fe was not able to get closer than five points for the remainder of the game.

No. 11 state-ranked Lady Oilers remain unbeaten in district play  Photos Included

The Lady Oilers were only challenged by Shadow Creek who pressed the Lady Oilers to double overtime before Pearland pulled out the win.

Friendswood wins the Clear Creek Mardi Gras Invitational  Photos Included

The Friendswood girls scored 293 points to edge Clear Creek who scored 281 points. The Friendswood boys scored 328 points to finish ahead of Clear Springs (188).

Dawson stays atop 23-6A standings with perfect mark  Photos Included

Dawson passed their toughest test of the opening round of District 23-6A by picking up wins over cross-town cousin Pearland (47-34) and Shadow Creek (44-36) last week to remain unbeaten in league play with a 5-0 record while improving to 22-4 overall.


From the Cluttered Desk . . .

Lessons we must learn in life

Perhaps today's young people have a little different perspective on life . . .

VYPE Magazine girls runner of the year  Photos Included

Award presented by Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine.

Pearland boys and girls soccer  Photos Included

Tournament play.

State-ranked Lady Oilers continue dominance in district  

The No. 11 state-ranked Lady Oilers have a sparkling 22-3 overall mark while carving out a 4-0 district record so far this season.

Shadow Creek thumps Alief Hastings 84-37  Photos Included

The Shadow Creek Sharks improved 15-7 overall and 3-0 in District 23-6A with a convincing win over the Alief Hastings Bears.

Late rally sends Dawson past Alief Taylor in district clash  Photos Included

With only 17 seconds remaining in the game between Dawson and Alief Taylor, things didn't look so good for the Eagles, who are the top-ranked team in the Houston area. But a lot of things can happen with so little time as Dawson proved against the Lions.

Friendswood captures Mustang Holiday Splash swim meet  Photos Included

The Friendswood girls scored 255 points followed by Clear Lake (139), Angleton (90), North Shore (20), and Barbers Hill (12). The Friendswood boys scored 133 points followed by Angleton (88), Clear Lake (82), North Shore (79), Barbers Hill (44), and Galena Park (6).

Pearland roundballers run past Alvin and Alief Elsik  Photos Included

Pearland is a pre-season pick to make the playoffs with state-ranked Dawson, Shadow Creek, and Strake Jesuit.


From the Cluttered Desk . . .

We need to be kinder in 2023

"Treat everyone with kindness, even those who are rude to you — not because they are nice, but because you are."

2022: A Year in Sports  Photos Included

FRIENDSWOOD girls soccer, baseball, girls swimming, football; DAWSON boys and girls swimming, boys and girls basketball, football; PEARLAND boys and girls basketball, girls soccer, football, girls golf, softball, volleyball; SHADOW CREEK boys basketball, girls track, football.


From the Cluttered Desk . . .

Time for New Year's Resolutions

I have listened to those who are believers about exercise and diets. Have you ever noticed the first three letters of the word "diet?" DIE!!!!

No. 2 Lady Oilers edge Lady Sharks 40-36 in double OT  Photos Included

Pearland is an overwhelming favorite to win the league title, but the Lady Sharks put the Lady Oilers to the ultimate test in a hard-fought battle.


From the Cluttered Desk . . .

A time to reflect and be thankful

We all should maintain the Christmas spirit every day of the year because our paths cross those who have needs.

Pearland falls to Cypress Falls 58-37  

The Oilers came up short but it was another game to give his players the experience they need at the varsity level.

Area Girls Basketball Report  

Pearland, Dawson and Shadow Creek.


From the Cluttered Desk . . .

Life isn't a dress rehearsal

Old friend Robert said, "Put your prints in cement, where they'll last, not in sand where they will disappear."

Lady Eagles show marked improvement this season  Photos Included

The Lady Eagles return two starters back in Kennedy Ford, Dawson's all-time leading scorer, and Sarah Allison. Joining these players include lettermen Ziara James, Kennedy Smith, and Miracle Gibson with Kendall Ford added to the lineup.

Pearland comes up short against Clear Creek 47-39  

"This is the youngest team I've ever coached in my 28 years at Pearland," said head coach Steve Buckelew ."The Oilers have some challenges rebounding as the game is moving very fast for some of the players."

Friendswood wins four-team swim meet  Photos Included

The Friendswood girls won with a total of 295 points followed by Foster (160), Ball High (20, and La Porte (17). The Friendswood boys won with a total of 205 points followed by Foster (187), La Porte (55), and Ball High (42).

No. 2 Lady Oilers roll past Clear Creek and Clear Falls  Photos Included

One glaring weakness for Pearland against Clear Creek as the Lady O's were a meager 4-for-14 from the charity stripe which has to improve as Pearland gets ready to enter District 23-6A action.


From the Cluttered Desk . . .

The effects of social media

Unfortunately, today people spend time with each other 'scrolling' through posts instead of enjoying our time together face to face.

The Houston Texans' Jalen Pitre  Photos Included

Pitre ended the day with the interception, 16 tackles and another pass defended.


From the Cluttered Desk . . .

Poor is a matter of perspective

Sometimes when I am joking around, I tell people I had to wear hand-me-downs when I was growing up . . .

Shadow Creek, Dawson players headline All-District 23-6A picks  Photos Included

It is not surprising that Shadow Creek and Dawson had the most selections for the All-District 23-6A teams after the Sharks captured the 23-6A crown with a 7-0 record and the Eagles finished in second place with a 6-1 mark.


From the Cluttered Desk . . .

Thanksgiving is a blessed time of the year

Old friend Robert said, "I am too blessed to be stressed!"

Smithson-Valley outlasts Manvel 38-28 in area round  Photos Included

Manvel ends the 2022 football season with an 8-4 mark while Smithson-Valley continues their playoff journey with an 11-1 record.

Summer Creek ends season for Shadow Creek  Photos Included

The Sharks had too many miscues at the wrong times against the Bulldogs that would end up taking them out of the game.

Lady Oilers win Gold Division of McDonald's Texas Invitational  Photos Included

The Lady Oilers are currently ranked No.6 in the state with a 12-1 record.


Lady Eagles basketball  Photos Included

The Dawson Lady Eagles finished in 1st Place in the Silver Bracket in the CCISD Peggy Whitley Classic Basketball Tournament.

Clear Falls ends season for Dawson 35-14  

The District 24-6A co-champions used a suffocating defense to hold the Eagles scoreless in the first half while the Knights were able to generate enough offense to win the game.

Pearland falls to Dickinson 35-21 in bi-district  Photos Included

For the past 23 years, the Pearland Oilers have advanced to the post-season and new head coach B.J. Gotte certainly kept that tradition intact this season.

Manvel powers way past Waltrip 42-3  Photos Included

It took only one play to score for Manvel that would quickly set the tone for the outcome.

No. 12 state-ranked Shadow Creek thrashes Brazoswood 77-7  Photos Included

Brazoswood snapped a 10-year playoff drought and ended the season with a 7-4 mark -- their first winning record since 2012.


Dawson advances to 6A Region III volleyball semifinals  Photos Included

For the fifth straight year the Dawson Lady Eagles have advanced to the 6A Region III volleyball tournament.

Shadow Creek 10-0  Photos Included

The Sharks will now advance to the Class 6A Region III Div II playoffs where they will host the Brazoswood Buccaneers

Magnolia West edges Friendswood in Koopmann's final game  Photos Included

The Mustangs were competing in one of the toughest 5A districts in the state. They finished 4-6 this year and will miss the post-season.

Dawson takes care of Alvin to advance to post-season  Photos Included

Dawson will face the Clear Falls Knights (8-2) on Friday, November 11 at 7:00 p.m. at CCISD Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Volleyball update  Photos Included

Pearland and Dawson advance to region quarterfinals.

Pearland routs Hastings 59-7, playoffs next  Photos Included

Pearland will face the Dickinson Gators on Friday, November 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the 6A Region III Div I playoffs at The Rig.


Dawson advances to volleyball playoffs  Photos Included

The Lady Eagles will face the Brazoswood Lady Buccaneers in the bi-district round.

District 23-6A Champions  Photos Included

Pearland will face Clear Falls in the first round of the Class 6A Region III bi-district round.

Shadow Creek shuts out Alief Taylor 45-0  Photos Included

Shadow Creek will close out the season by hosting the Strake Jesuit Crusaders on Friday, November 4 at 7:00 p.m. at Freedom Field.

Dawson slides past Alief Elsik 23-16  Photos Included

Dawson improves to 5-4 on the season and they have clinched their place in the playoffs behind District 23-6A champion Shadow Creek.

Pearland solidifies playoff spot with win over Strake Jesuit  Photos Included

The Oilers overcame some turnovers to get a 24-14 district win to improve to 5-4 overall and 4-2 in district.


Area Volleyball Report  Photos Included

Pearland and Dawson upldates.

Angleton moves past Friendswood 35-21  

After the new two-year realignment for Friendswood was announced back in February, the Mustangs found themselves in the toughest 5A district in Houston area and maybe the state.

Pearland gets crucial win over Alief Taylor 27-16  Photos Included

The Oilers all but clinched their spot in the playoffs with their 27-16 win over Taylor.

Shadow Creek edges Dawson in battle of district unbeatens  Photos Included

The loss snaps the four-game winning streak for the Eagles who are now 4-4 overall and 4-1 in district.


Manvel over Foster 28-23  Photos Included

Manvel and Foster are two top 10 Houston area-ranked teams.

Shadow Creek pounds Alvin 52-0  Photos Included

The Sharks are tied with Dawson atop the league standings and the winner will more than likely win the District 23-6A crown.

Friendswood takes out Terry 30-6 on Homecoming night  Photos Included

The Mustangs evened their season at 4-4 overall and 3-3 in district with two league games remaining to play in the regular season.

Dawson wins 9th Annual Bayway Chevrolet PearBowl 21-14  Photos Included

"You got to give Coach Allison and his team credit. They played a clean game and made the plays necessary on both offense and defense when they needed to," Pearland head coach B.J. Gotte said.

PearBowl This Week  Photos Included

The Bayway Chevrolet Parachute Team will be making their entrance into the Pearland ISD Stadium this Friday, October 14 at 6:45pm.


Dawson outlasts Strake Jesuit in offensive slugfest 52-44  

Dawson will face Pearland for the annual Bayway Chevrolet PearBowl on Friday, October 14 at The Rig at 7:00 p.m.

Shadow Creek thrashes Alief Elsik 62-7  Photos Included

The Shadow Creek Sharks gave their Homecoming crowd something to celebrate with a 62-7 thrashing of the Alief Elsik Rams to remain undefeated for the 2022 football season.

Pearland dominates Alvin for 40-7 Homecoming win  Photos Included

The Oilers have shown improvement with every game this season and that was evident in the game against Alvin.

Fulshear blows past Friendswood 46-14  Photos Included

"I still say five (wins) is the magic number (to make the playoffs), and we have two district wins with three games left," Friendswood head coach Robert Koopmann said.


Shadow Creek thumps Alief Hastings 49-7  Photos Included

The Sharks were just too much for a hapless Alief Hastings team that is winless on the 2022 football season while Shadow Creek improves to 5-0.

Pearland rolls past Alief Elsik 44-13  Photos Included

The Oilers are making positive steps each game of the season and it shows as the season progresses under new head coach B.J. Gotte.

Dawson blanks Alief Taylor 24-0 for Homecoming victory  Photos Included

Dawson will travel to face Strake Jesuit at Crusader Stadium on Friday, October 7 at 7:00 p.m.

Friendswood rallies to beat Magnolia 41-37  Photos Included

Friendswood will travel to Fulshear to face the Chargers on Saturday, October 8 at 11:00 a.m.


Area Volleyball Report  Photos Included

The Pearland Lady Oilers did something they haven't done since September 11, 2018, and that's beat the Dawson Lady Eagles in volleyball.

Former Pearland Oiler  Photos Included

Houston Cougar defensive end Derek Parish was named AAC defensive Player of the Week.

Dawson thumps Alief Hastings 64-0  Photos Included

The real season began last week for the Eagles and they started it off with a 64-0 thrashing of the Alief Hastings Bears for a 1-0 league mark.

Shadow Creek edges Pearland 24-20 with late rally  Photos Included

Shadow Creek trailed for most of the game until sophomore quarterback Jacorey Watson got loose on a sensational 59-yard scoring run.

Foster rushes past Friendswood 41-0  Photos Included

There probably isn't a tougher district in the state than the one Friendswood is in this year.


From the Cluttered Desk . . .

Made it another year

Here are some old and new ways that you know when you are getting older . . .

Peters wins Texas A&M Invitational Cross-Country Meet  Photos Included

Peters set a new course record in 17:52.3 to break the previous mark by 30 seconds.

Area Volleyball Report  Photos Included

Friendswood, Dawson and Pearland.

Former Friendswood head coach Van Meter reaches milestone  Photos Included

Former Friendswood head coach Steve Van Meter roamed the sidelines for almost 30 years as an assistant and head coach for the Mustangs.

Friendswood mistakes prove costly in loss to Manvel 24-14  Photos Included

Friendswood had 270 yards and 14 first downs but committed three turnovers and had eight penalties for 75 yards.