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Area property values surpass rest of county by Michael Sudhalter michael@theleadernews.com Property values in the Heights, Garden Oaks and Oak Forest are up 10-12 percent, compared with 4.5 percent for Harris County, according to Harris County Appraisal District assistant chief appraiser Guy Griscom, conducting Tuesday’s annual HCAD Property Tax Summit, designed for those who base their budgets largely on property taxes to take a peek at where they stand. That news means a larger base for taxing entities such as the city of Houston, Houston ISD, Houston Community College and Harris County - but final figures won’t be known until after protests are factored in, sometime in summer. Meantime, most government agencies are left to devise budgets – and calculate potential tax increases – with their best-guess estimates. During the summit, Griscom delivered a thorough presentation that proved to be good news

for single family homeowners, since multi-unit housing, commercial and office properties are rising in value, too, creating a more balanced tax base. He pointed to the growth of the energy sector and its job growth. The addition of the onemillion acre Exxon Mobil world headquarters in Spring, in Harris County – just south of the Montgomery County line – will benefit county residents. In addition, Griscom cited a report that there are 17 planned office projects at six million square feet in the Energy Corridor, which he said should more than offset the business lost to Chicago when Continental Airlines merged with United and moved its headquarters out of Houston. Multifamily homes and apartments have experienced an increase in business, and foreclosure volume is down 24 percent between December 2011 and December 2012. Also, rent

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concessions are down. New home development is up 27 percent since 2011, which is the highest year-end total since before the recession. Homes are being built and selling more, and there is an increased number of subdivisions and condos being built, Griscom said. Of homes that are valued at $1 million, 72.4 percent of them have increased in value. For homes valued between $500,000 and $999,999, 69.2 percent have increased in value. It’s 64.6 percent for homes valued between $250,000 and $499,999. Businesses and residents often challenge and win legal challenges of their tax appraisal, but HCAD chief appraiser Jim Robinson said the district is better equipped to handle those challenges. Still, he said he believes that the existing state law allowing those challenges should be adjusted.

HCAD assistant chief appraiser Guy Griscom speaks to the audience at Tuesday’s HCAD Property Tax Summit at the Harris County Department of Education. (Photo by Michael Sudhalter)

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Each month, we ask a panel of Realtors and business people in the area for an opinion on a specific topic. Here was the question this month, and their answers below. Property tax assessments have recently been released, and this is the season to challenge appraisals. Is there a downside to challenging the appraisal and lowering it if you plan to market and sell your home in the next few years? What should your strategy be?

Patsy Bushart Houston City Living

I do not believe that challenging a property tax assessment has a downside. A tax appraisal is not a valid figure for the value of a home. The property tax appraisal is used to tax your property and does not follow market value. Market value is what a buyer is willing to pay and a seller is willing to accept. It is the price you could expect to get in the current market. When you are planning to sell your home, the strategy should be to contact a Realtor to provide you with a comparative market analysis, which will indicate what similar homes in your area have been selling for in the recent market. You could also have your house appraised by a qualified Appraiser. Keep in mind that a buyer who is financing their purchase will also have an appraisal done on behalf of the lender.

Barbara Raines Keller Williams Realty

As a home owner and a Realtor, I always take the challenge to fight my property taxes. The taxing authority can raise a homestead tax up to 10 percent of last year’s evaluation, if they wish for no exact reason. To challenge the appraisal is often a task, but one that each owner has the right to do. In the past,after reviewing appraisal, often there are mistakes that cost the home owner more taxes that could have been avoided, if the owner had just reviewed the document. One has the choice of going to the appraisal district on his own or hiring an agent to represent him and his property before a hearing with the appraisal board. Who wants to pay more taxes than needed? When selling a home, the taxes are passed to the new owner at a pro-rated rate minus any exemption that the new owner does not qualify for, for that selling year.The new owner will apply for a homestead exemption that would begin the next January. The appraisal of a home is based upon the sales of homes in that area for the past six months. These are two different things. I would encourage each and every homeowner to review their appraisal carefully to make sure all the facts that are given are true and then make a decision to go before the appraisal board.

Terry Tompkins Keller-Williams Realty

Taxable value of a home and market value are two entirely different numbers. The taxable value of your home is the value the city/county has given the home to generate income for the county/city/school/MUD district etc. When those entities increase their budget, the rates typically go up, which caused the tax increase on your annual tax bill. In addition, when the appraisal district reassesses the value of your home each year, the appraised value can be increased. As a homeowner you need to make sure you take advantage of any exemptions you are entitled to have on the property. Most common is the “Residential Homestead,” if this is your primary residence. The next most common is “Over 65” exemption, if you’re the primary owner of the residence and over the age of 65. Your accountant should be able to assist with any specific details of qualifications for tax purposes. The market value of your home is the price of homes sold, of similar type in your neighborhood. This means there is a “market” for your home at a specific price. Currently that price in most of Houston is increasing at a record pace.

Woodland Heights resident Kristin Skarbovig recently opened a company that helps sellers better stage their homes for presentation to potential buyers. (Submitted Photo)

Home decorating niche business helps spur sales by Michael Sudhalter michael@theleadernews.com Woodland Heights resident Kristin Skarbovig is an entrepreneur who’s excited about the future of her new company, Reveal Home Staging. Staging is a relatively new profession that involves “decorating a home so it will appeal to

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Page 2B • The Leader • April 27, 2013 • @heightsleader

Trends: Inventory at lowest level since 1999 March was another strong month both for sales and increasing value for single family homes in Leader neighborhoods, according to figures provided by the Houston Association of Realtors. Sales continued to soar in the 77009 ZIP code, up 43.6 percent over March 2012, with 89 homes changing hands at an average sales price increase of 11 percent. The 77007 ZIP posted a 34 percent gain in sales, up to 182 from 136 last March, and an average price of $457,000, a hike of nearly 17 percent in one year. While the Heights’ 77008 ZIP showed a 6.4 percent gain, with 166 homes sold, average price was up about 14 percent, at $393,000. Some 114 homes sold in the 77018 ZIP, a 4.6 percent increase, but the average price rose by one-fifth, to $345,000. Prices in the 77091 ZIP continued to rise, with 21 homes selling for an average price of $118,000 – a 45 percent hike over March 2012. The only ZIP posting a decline in sales was 77092, down 12 percent with 37 home sales, but value there increased by more than 10 percent, to $148,000. In the Greater Houston housing market, HAR reported activity never slowed during the traditionally quieter winter months. The addition of nearly 119,000 jobs over the past 12 months and the resulting need for housing, combined with continued low interest rates, helped make March Houston’s 22nd consecutive month of positive home sales. According to its latest monthly data, home sales jumped 17.0 percent compared to last March. Housing inventory, which had been at a 13-year low of 3.6 months during the first two months of the year, shrank slightly in March to 3.5 months. The lower supply of homes and added demand sent prices higher. The median price of a single-family home—the figure at which half the homes sold for more and half for less—rose 6.5 percent to $172,000, an all-time record high for Houston. The average price rose 4.6 percent year-over-year to $236,195, the second highest level ever. Contracts closed on 5,779 single-family homes. That is the largest one-month sales volume since August 2012. All housing segments experienced gains except for those priced under $80,000. Homes selling between $80,000 and $250,000 registered the greatest sales volume increase. “REALTORS® continue to see multiple offers on single-family homes and condos throughout the Houston market, which suggests that our local economy is growing stronger by the day,” said HAR Chairman Danny Frank with Prudential Anderson Properties. “Governor Rick Perry recently stated that Texas

Single-family homes aren’t the only properties selling at a swift pace. Year over year, townhomes and condominiums increased from 374 sold last March to 550 units sold in March 2013. is the fastest growing state in the country, and most of those people seem to be coming to the Greater Houston area because our job market is better than that of Dallas, Austin and San Antonio.” In reporting the addition of 118,700 net jobs during the past year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ranked Houston No. 1 for job growth among the 20 most populous U.S. cities. The 4.5 percent hiring increase returns Houston to its previous job peak of the fall of 2011. Foreclosure property sales reported in the HAR Multiple Listing Service (MLS) declined 27.2 percent compared to March 2012. Foreclosures currently make up 12.3 percent of all property sales, down from 15.8 percent one month earlier. The median price of foreclosures climbed 5.8 percent to $86,000. March sales of all property types in Houston totaled 7,006, a 19.4 percent increase over the same month last year and the largest one-month volume since last August. Total dollar volume for properties sold leapt 23.6 percent to $1.6 billion versus $1.3 billion a year earlier.

March Monthly Market Comparison

March brought positive results to Houston’s overall real estate market when all sales categories are compared to March 2012. On a yearover-year basis, total property sales, total dollar volume and average and median pricing all rose. Month-end pending sales totaled 4,433. That is up 6.5 percent from last year and portends the likelihood of another month of positive sales when the April figures are tallied. Active listings, or the number of available properties, at the end of March declined 22.1 percent from March 2012 to 32,704. Housing inventory in Houston held at 3.6 months in January and February, but slipped slightly in March to 3.5 months. That remains the lowest level recorded since 1999. Inventory first fell below a five-month supply in August 2012 and then dropped below a four-month supply last December. The inventory of singlefamily homes across the United States stands at 4.7 months, according to the latest report from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).

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Houston’s lease property market saw generally positive results in March. Rentals of singlefamily homes increased 7.8 percent compared to March 2012 and year-over-year townhouse/ condominium rentals were flat. The average rent for single-family lease homes was $1,552 while it was $1,393 for townhouses/condominiums – representing increases of 4.3 percent and 5.0 percent respectively.

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Owner learns steps not to skip in Do-Over by Cynthia Lescalleet For The Leader A case of “French door envy” led a Shepherd Forest homeowner to improve the aesthetics and ease of access into her back yard’s patio, pergola and pond areas. Swapping out a set of standardissue windows for more dramatic doors – a relatively simple redo – quickly expanded into a far more involved remodeling project that also opened up – and updated – the nearby kitchen and dining area. Homeowner Jennifer W. is no stranger to building sites; she works for a commercial and industrial construction A monthly look at a company. And renovation project in she’d had to our neighborhoods. substantially repair parts of the 936-sq.-ft. home “compliments of Hurricane Ike,” which toppled a tree into the master bedroom, wrecked the roof and caused water damage. Ready for a simple project, she regrouped, deciding “if I were going to go through the renovation process again, I might as well get everything I wanted.” Ideas had been perking in her head ever since moving a decade ago into the ‘50s-vintage neighborhood of a thousand homes known for its residents’ civic pride and core of active, original homeowners.

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The three-week construction phase went smoothly, but was not without “moments” and work-site epiphanies, especially since she remained in the home. Not having a kitchen was “grueling,” she recalled. Ever-so-briefly she relied on a makeshift kitchen with a hot plate and microwave in the master bedroom. “Not a good idea.” Cooking in the same room as her slumber and clothes “was

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Page 4B • The Leader • April 27, 2013 • www.theleadernews.com

Houston painter creates curb appeal by Michael Sudhalter michael@theleadernews.com Every homeowner has a different story – they may be a proud alum of a school, a dedicated fan of a professional sports team or passionate about dogs, cats – or even iguanas. Houston resident Harry Millirons is a businessman who has made a living painting curbs in front of people’s homes. While some curbs simply have the number painted in black and white, others have everything from sports logos to the Texas flag to things that indicate hobbies; or even memorials, such as a butterfly that Millirons painted in Oak Forest for a woman who lost her son to cancer and wanted to commemorate him. Millirons – widely known as Harry The Curb Painter – travels around Houston via Metro bus with a backpack that includes all of his painting supplies.

Harry “The Curb Painter” Millirons touches up the paint on an Oak Forest curb that he painted earlier this year. (Photo by Michael Sudhalter) The 46-year-old Virginia native obtained a city permit to paint curbs and has done so for the past 20 years. He enjoys “meeting all of the interesting folks” he encounters through his work. “Oak Forest

is one of the nicest areas,” he said. “I like working there.” Millirons finds clients through word-of-mouth and by going door-to-door. But the most effective form of

building new business, he says, comes from working with homeowners associations. He also is astute in the use of social media, such as Facebook, announcing when he plans to be in a certain neighborhood. Sometimes, homeowners will request that Millirons paint a graphic on their driveway, or inside their home. He prefers this niche form of house painting to working in the car rental business, which Millirons did when he graduated from Sam Houston State in the late 1980s. “Every day is an adventure,” Millirons said. “You get to meet different people and hear their stories.” Beyond the aesthetic reasons for painting a curb, it also serves a public safety purpose. “A lot of police officers and firemen have told me it makes it easier to find the address at night,” Millirons said.

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Area schools get kudos in Children at Risk school rankings Three Leader-area schools received shout-outs in the annual Children at Risk ranking of public and charter schools in Greater Houston released this week, but overall, Houston ISD’s performance was mixed – boasting the most A-graded schools at 44, and also the most failing schools with 22. And close examination of the Children at Risk placement of Leader neighborhood campuses showed overall slippage in the rankings of many. Reagan High School was named the region’s best urban comprehensive high school, while Waltrip High – which HISD

announced last week is being proposed for the Apollo 20 turnaround program for low performing schools – finished fourth. Oak Forest Elementary School cracked the top 10 in its category, surpassing traditional high achieving West University and Barbara Bush elementaries to be ranked at No. 6. Garden Oaks Elementary skyrocketed up the rankings, as well. While Reagan and Waltrip climbed slightly in the ranking of 150 regional high schools and 1,171 in the state - Reagan from 75th to 66th locally and 740 to 622 statewide – Scarborough High dropped from 119th to 125th in the region and

from 1,058 to 1,066 in Texas. Hogg was the only Leader-area middle school to move up in the rankings - going from 219th to 209th place out of nearly 300 local campuses, and moving up from 1,380 to 1,340 out of 1,840 statewide campuses this year. Hamilton, Clifton and Frank Black all slipped. Hamilton went from 44th to 52nd place, Clifton a whopping 71st to 197th and Black from 228th last year to 280th this year out of 283 regional middle schools, with similar drops in state rankings. All Leader-area elementary schools, except for Stevens, were bright spots in

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the Children at Risk evaluations, moving up through the ranks. In addition to Oak Forest, which moved into the 6th spot from 18th place last year, Garden Oaks rose more than 600 spots from 721st in 2012 to 107th this year. Other movements were Harvard from 108th to 83rd, Love from 636th to 382nd, Durham from 649th to 584th and Helms from 256th to 172nd. Stevens fell from 121st place last year to 428th this year. There were 775 elementary schools ranked in the Houston region. Children at Risk’s formula for high schools takes into consideration perfor-

mance on reading and math exams as well as graduation rates and college readiness, as evidenced by scores on Advanced Placement end-of-course tests and SAT and ACT college entrance exams. Socioeconomic factors are considered at all levels with consideration given to schools with high poverty-level populations, and at the elementary and middle school levels, percentages of students being held back at the end of the year are considered. For all the results, go to www.childrenatrisk.org

HISD fair highlights your options From Montessori and magnet programs to preschool programs and early college high schools, representatives from more than 70 different Houston ISD schools will be on-hand at the third annual HISD School Choice Fair from 9 a.m.-noon April 27, at the district headquarters, 4400 W. 18th St. ��������������������������� Schools that have space for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year will be available at the fair to answer questions and provide more detailed information about their campuses, answer ques������������������������ tions about the application and student transfer process, and assist parents with making the best �������������������������������������������������������� school choice for their children. 306 E. 15th Street in the Heights Information will be provided about HISD’s magnet schools, 713-861-8787 charter schools, early colleges, w w w. i m m a n u e l h o u s t o n . c o m vanguard programs, preschool programs, multilingual programs and other specialty pro- Before You Send Them To Summer Day Camp grams designed to meet the You’ve got to check out ������������ unique needs, talents and interests of every child. These schools �������� are open to all potential students, ������������������������� including those who live outside ���������������������� HISD. ������������������������������� “When it comes to your child’s education, the Houston �������������������������������� www.KidCamCamp.com/texas ������������������ Independent School District has an amazing array of schools and ������������������������ programming designed to meet � ������������������������������ your child’s needs, challenge their thinking, develop their skills and talents, but most importantly prepare them for success in college, their careers, and in life,” said Assistant SuperinA ministry of Hope Episcopal Church tendent of School Choice Dave �������������������������������������������� Wheat. Two of the schools on display �������������������������������������������������� at the fair will be the district’s newest additions to its portfolio, �������������� the Baylor College of Medicine ��������� Academy at Ryan and The Ener���������������������� gy Institute High School, which may be located in the Heights. ������������������������ Parents and students have un������������������� til May 16 to apply for the new magnet schools that will feature ���������������������������������� a highly rigorous curriculum emphasizing science, technology, ������������������������������ engineering and mathematics. �����������������������������������

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Area JROTC cadets ranked tops in HISD Four of Houston ISD’s top six JROTC cadets for the Class of 2013 are from Leader-area high schools. They were chosen from the ranks of all graduating seniors in HISD’s 25 JROTC programs and all were promoted to Cadet Colonel, which is the highest rank attainable in the JROTC program. A selection board made up of cadets from Texas A&M University and the University of Houston judged this year’s competition. Cadets received points based upon their scholastic standing and participation in extracurricular activities. They were also awarded points for their proficiency on a military qualification test, an oral presentation, a personal evaluation (consisting of military courtesy, knowledge of current events and geography, and personal appearance) and practical examinations involving first-aid demonstrations. Cadet Colonel Jesus Del Rio is a graduating senior from Scarborough High School and the cadet commander for HISD’s 17th Army JROTC Battalion. He is a distinguished diploma candidate and the valedictorian of his class. Del Rio serves as president of both the National Honor Society and the Student Council. He is also a member of the Scarborough Leadership Advisory Team. Del Rio has been awarded the Superior Cadet medal and placed in the Cadet Leader Evaluation Board competition in each of his four years in high school. He serves as captain of the 3-A District Champion varsity crosscountry team and he is a member of varsity soccer and tennis teams. He attended Texas Boys State, is a delegate for the World Affairs Council, and a member the CloseUp Program. After graduation, he plans to attend the University of

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nandez is a graduating senior from Waltrip High School who serves as the commander of HISD’s 9th Army JROTC Battalion. Hernandez has a 3.58 grade point average and is ranked 37 out of 362 graduating seniors. She is a member of the National Honor Society and a volunteer at both Benbrook Elementary School and the Treemont Retirement Community. After graduation, Hernandez plans to attend Sam Houston State University and study biology, in preparation for a career as a pediatrician. Cadet Colonel Kristin Gerhart is a graduating senior from the High School for Law Enforcement Enroll Today SOW_TheLeader2013paths.indd 1 4/21/13 8:07 PM NCI Accepted and Criminal Justice (LECJ). She serves as the cadet commander for HISD’s 15th Army JROTC Battalion and is the salutatorian for the Space Is Limited Class of 2013. Gerhart is a member of the National Honor Society, June 10 - July 31, 2013 and she is taking Advanced Placement classes in English, calculus, Fee Includes environmental science, psycholo• Transportation to gy, U.S. history, physics and world & from camp history. • Breakfast • Lunch She has placed all four years of • Snacks high school in the HISD JROTC Cadet Leadership Selection com- Lots of Summer Activities • Street Olympics petition, twice finishing at number one. Gerhart served as a member • Bowling of the Unarmed Drill Team and • Children’s also the Battalion Color Guard. At Museum her church, Kristin is a member of • Houston Zoo the HUB Student Ministry and the • Reading Club Character, Respect, Wisdom, Team and Humility Leadership Group. Thelma Cares Academy After graduation, she plans to at7343 Albonson tend Texas A&M University and Phone: 713-983-9000 Fax: 713-983-9010 study education, with a focus on E-mail: thelmacaresacademy@sbcglobal.net Special Education.

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Texas in Austin to study business/ finance. He received a full scholarship from the POSSE Foundation as a member of HISD’s inaugural class of POSSE Scholars. Cadet Colonel Rosendo López is a graduating senior from Reagan High School who serves as the cadet commander for HISD’s 2nd Army JROTC Battalion. López is ranked fourth out of 420 graduating seniors and serves as vice president of the Class of 2013 and captain of the Physical Fitness Team. He is also a member of the Primary Color Guard and the Marksmanship team. López has been active in the Ro-

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Reaching new heights St. Pius X sophomore third baseman Jeremy Jones is making an impact for the Panthers this season. (Photo by KJWESPHOTOS.COM)

Pius third baseman makes an early impact by Michael Sudhalter michael@theleadernews.com

Above: The Reagan High softball team swept Waltrip for the first time in school history. The Lady Bulldogs celebrated their first district championship in eight years on April 19. Below: Reagan senior pitcher Victoria Herrera struck out 10 in a 4-1 win over Waltrip on April 19. (Photos by Michael Sudhalter)

Lady ’Dogs sweep Waltrip, win 4A-21 title Celebrated softball pitchers don’t come around very often, but Reagan High has been fortunate to have two of them. Julian Kujawa g r a duate d from Reagan in 1943, and fastpitch softball took him all over the world. MICHAEL Now 88 S UDHALTER years old, the Timbergrove resident is proud of his accomplishments. Fast-forward 70 years, and the RHS softball team has a pitcher – senior Victoria Herrera – who would make

Kujawa stand up and applaud. Herrera, an Austin College signee, struck out 10 batters in a 4-1 win over Waltrip on April 19, marking the first time that the Lady Bulldogs have swept the Lady Rams in a season. “It’s great to beat Waltrip,” RHS head softball coach Daniel Perez said. “Waltrip has been a dynasty for a long time.” When Reagan defeated Waltrip 13-5 on March 19, it marked the first time they’d done so in 16 years. So, last week’s celebration was a little more subdued. Kind of an “act like you’ve been there” type of thing. But the Reagan team was extremely excited when it was presented with the Class 4A-District 21 trophy, which represents its first district title in eight years.

The alarm clock rings at 5:15 a.m., and Jeremy Jones begins his crosstown journey to St. Pius X. Most of his friends are still getting a few more ZZZs in or watching re-runs of the previous night’s SportsCenter. The Panthers sophomore third baseman lives in Pearland, but it didn’t deter him from playing the sport he loved at the North Shepherd school. “When I was in eighth grade, I’d heard that Kohl Stewart threw 98 miles per hour as a sophomore,” Jones said. “Baseball is my thing. I wanted to join the club.” Jones, 15, had originally planned to attend Episcopal High in Bellaire, but he changed his path to Pius, debuting on the junior varsity as a shortstop last season. He made the jump to varsity

this season, moving to third base. “I was driven,” Jones said. “to make varsity this year. You have to keep a lot of confidence and get all of the negative stuff out of your mind.” And he’s the youngest player on the team and its only sophomore. Jones delivered the game-winning hit in the defending state champions’ season-opening victory at Second Baptist. “He’s been able to come up big in some situations,” SPX head

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through the silent auction and other contributions. The Scholarship Committee will meet on Tuesday to interview 12 candidates. They’ll award four $10,000 scholarships and a $5,000 scholarship. The rest of the money will go to covering tournament expenses and seed money for next year’s tournament. The winners will be announced during Reagan’s graduation next month. To put that in perspective, in past years, the tournament had usually awarded $4,000 and $5,000 scholar- Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia ships. spoke to the audience at the Reagan Of the $10,000 scholarships, one will be honoring the Reagan Red Coats Drum & Bugle Corps Pastor Alumni Golf Tournament on Monday. John Hagee (Class of 1958) and the late Harold Wiesenthal, who owned Harolds in the Heights on 19th Street in the Heights. The fourth $10,000 scholar-

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Softball • from Page 9B “This is,” Perez told the team and its fans. “our year.” Reagan faced Tomball High in the opening round of the UIL Class 4A playoffs, and district runner-up Waltrip met Tomball Memorial; results were not available at press time. For the second straight time, Reagan overcame a deficit to defeat its rivals from Waltrip. Herrera has been the Lady Bulldogs’ dominant player, but it was senior right fielder Marlenne Martinez, who proved to be the difference offensively. Martinez finished with three RBI in the pivotal victory. Last season, Martinez didn’t play on the

team but not because she didn’t want to be on the field. “I didn’t have a ride to practice or games,” Martinez said. “This year I got a car, and I’m here.” She was previously the second baseman as a freshman and sophomore, but adapted to the outfield upon return to the program. Martinez is considering walking on to the softball team at Angelo State in San Angelo. She enjoyed the memorable season, playing alongside the dynamic Herrera. “I’ll always remember her,” Martinez said. “When she becomes famous, I’ll say I played

with her.” The Reagan-Waltrip softball game, which was followed by the Waltrip baseball team’s 6-3 victory over Reagan, showcased the competitiveness of the rivalry and the importance of team and community spirit. On the morning of April 19, there was some graffiti, of which contents included deplorable language, on the Waltrip campus. It’s important for the students and community to remember that this will not be tolerated. Competition is a beautiful thing, and rivalries can be lots of fun. But let’s keep it in perspective and have a good time.

Michael Wiesenthal had been around his father’s store his entire life. He knew that Reagan students made up a strong portion of the business. “It’s a real honor to be here,” Michael said. “I know my dad would have been really proud. If it wasn’t for these Reagan people, the store would have never survived the ’50s.” Former Houston ISD athletic director Joe Tusa, a 1945 Reagan alum and a former coach at the school, attended the event. “I think it’s great because of the purpose,” Tusa said. “It’s a scholarship for kids, many of whom would not be able to go to college.” Marmion Dambrino, the current HISD athletic director, was there, too. “It was awesome,” Dambrino said. “I try to participate in the tournament as many times as I’m able to. The Reagan Alumni are absolutely

incredible in supporting the student body at Reagan High School. This is what it’s all about, supporting kids.” Former Houston Astros shortstop Craig Reynolds, a 1971 RHS graduate who’s now a pastor at Second Baptist Church, delivered the prayer before the meal. Roland Chavez, a 1975 RHS graduate and Houston City Council candidate, also attend event. Marmion said next year, the tournament plans on creating a scholarship for a Reagan ROTC student in honor of Ray Knight, a 1940 Reagan alum who was serving in the Army Air Corps in 1945 when his plane crashed in the mountains of Italy. Knight was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor and is believed to be the only RHS alum to have earned that honor.

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Golf • from Page 9B ship is unnamed, and the $5,000 scholarship is named in honor of the late J.C. Burnham, an automobile dealership owner who graduated from Reagan in 1956. On Monday, the Tournament honored Wiesenthal, who passed away last year. Wiesenthal’s son, Michael, and Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia, who considered Wiesenthal a mentor, spoke to the audience of 115 golfers about the legacy of the longtime Houston businessman. “It was an honor to be able to to be a witness to a legacy,” Garcia said. Garcia said Wiesenthal shaped the Heights community and is “why the Heights is one of the premier places to live, work, start a business or spend some time.” When Garcia decided to run for Harris County Sheriff in the 2008 election, he said Wiesenthal was very supportive of his efforts.

Scarborough High’s Jorge Martinez qualified for the UIL Class 3A, Region III Meet on Friday and Saturday in Humble by placing second in the 3200 and fourth in the 1600 last week at the area meet, at Barnett Stadium.

ball, and junior, Kelly, verbally committed to Auburn for volleyball. The younger Stewart is making an impact on the golf course, becoming the lone SPX golfer to qualify for the 5A State Tournament on April 29-30 at Wildflower Country Club in Temple.

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