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With her speech, “Goodbye Wi-Fi,” Missouri City’s Kelly Sargeant finished third in the world’s largest speech contest. last Saturday in Malaysia.

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You’d be hard-pressed to find an area with better football programs – from top to bottom – than Fort Bend County. Need proof of that? The seven Fort Bend ISD schools that reached the playoffs last season won their opener. And Stafford High did, too. The Star’s football preview is just the beginning of our comprehensive sports

coverage of 11 Fort Bend ISD schools, along with Fort Bend Christian and Stafford. The University Interscholastic League has created a 6A classification for the first time in its history, and Hightower, Austin, Clements, Travis, Kempner and Dulles will play in 6A23, along with the three Alief ISD schools. But 5A-23 will actually be the more competitive district with 5A state contenders Elkins and Ridge

Point leading the way. Bush, Marshall, and Texas City will contend for a playoff spot, while Willowridge is going to surprise some people. Stafford will look to duplicate its success under second-year head coach Ron Counter at the 4A level, and Fort Bend Christian hopes to build upon a 7-3 season. Blue chip prospects, talented teams and state titles hopes will define the 2014 season, and we’re glad you’ll be here to follow it with us.

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O P E N I N G W E E K E N D S C H E D U LE Thursday’s games Katy Seven Lakes at Travis (Mercer), 6 p.m. Brazosport at Willowridge (Hall), 7 p.m. Austin at Klein Forest, 7 p.m. Friday’s games Dulles at North Forest, 7 p.m. East Bernard at Stafford, 7 p.m. Marshall at Houston Madison, 7 p.m. Bellaire at Elkins (Mercer), 7 p.m. Ridge Point at Clear Creek, 7 p.m. Eisenhower at Hightower (Hall), 7 p.m. Fort Bend Christian at Danbury, 7:30 p.m.

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Saturday’s games Alief Taylor at Bush (Mercer), 6 p.m. Clements at Katy Taylor, 6 p.m. Kempner at Rayburn, 6 p.m.

This week’s story on the proposed Fort Bend ISD bond is the third in a series of stories. This story focuses on the district’s Career & Technical program plans

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Imagine saving a couple of hours, plus a few bucks in gas money, on that trip to The Woodlands to hear Michael Buble’s songs or George Lopez’s humor. That could become a reality the proposed Performing Arts Center comes to fruition in 2016. That development is dependant on whether the city passes its budget for the Fiscal Year 2015. City Manager Allen Bogard submitted the budget to the City on July 22. Last week , the City discussed the budget at a Thursday meeting and the proposed budget will be finalized in September, according to Bogard. Last December, Council approved a Construction Manager at Risk agreement

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Fort Bend ISD has $59.4 million allocated to Career & Technical improvements – approximately one-sixth of its proposed $484 million bond that will be presented before voters on Nov. 4. The district hasn’t decided whether to construct a new Career & Technical facility or to boost current facilities, but the $59.4 million is listed within the construction portion the bond. “The ($59.4 million) is a placeholder to address the needs of the students and the community to comply with House Bill 5,” said FBISD chief operating officer Max Cleaver said. “We were uncomfortable putting that off to Phase 2.” Career/Technical Education in FBISD encompasses a wide variety of studies including Health/Science, Business/ Finance, Marketing Education, Agricultural/Natural Resources, Architecture/Construction, Transportation, Distribution and Logistics, Welding, Engineering, Education Training, Automotive, Information Technology, Culinary and Firefighting. House Bill 5 is a bipartisan comprehensive educational reform bill that the state legislature passed last year. Among other things, HB5 emphasizes the importance of Career/Technical Education. The bill states that all students

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The Fort Bend Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a case last Wednesday where residents received a disconcerting phone call.  The resident said a caller claimed he was with the IRS office in Washington, D.C. and was doing an audit The caller tried to extract personal information from resident, who filed a report with Sheriff’s. No arrests were made

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e all care about children's safety, so any ideas or solutions to further that goal come from a good place. In a nation where politics can be often become bitter and divisive, it's important that we acknowledge and evaluate ideas that are presented before us. Missouri City resident/ business owner Kris Allfrey was an unsuccessful candidate for Position 5 on the Fort Bend ISD board of trustees earlier this year. Some people would have moved on to another endeavor after the election, but to Allfrey's credit, he has remained active in the democratic process as a frequent opponent of district policy. The participation of folks like Allfrey – whether you agree with them or not – is an important part of a free society.

On Saturday, Allfrey – on a Facebook page called FBISD Concerns – posted a link to a video from Fox & Friends about a news story in the state of Missouri where public school teachers are being trained to carry concealed weapons in the classroom. He prefaced the link by writing, "based on the amount of money FBISD is spending on security and our students are no safer, I now support arming teachers. I also support neutering the spending habits of the (administration) and the board!" Allfrey is hardly the first person to present such an idea, as it has been discussed through the United States, especially in the wake of senseless tragedies as Sandy Hook in December 2012. Later that month, National Rifle Association executive vice president Wayne LaPierre – whose organiza-

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HE MAILBOX – Here is more junk mail plus the usual ransom notices, threatening letters from debt collectors and former friends – I didn’t actually know my dog was rabid. What’s this? A letter from my Congressman, how nice, I guess, because it reminds me of a recent news article about Congress, specifically about the expenses of our U.S. senators. On a list of all 100 senators compiled by the Washington Post and listed by amount of office expense, Texas Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn take spots four and five, respectively, as most expensive. You read right. Our own two U.S. senators from Texas are among the biggest spenders of taxpayers’ dollars – on themselves and their helpers. Cruz's office spent $3.8 million from April 2013 through March 2014 on salaries, office equipment and travel to and from the state. Cornyn was close -- his Senate office spent more than $3.7 million in the same 12-month period. And get this: Cornyn's minority whip leadership office gave out more than $800,000 in salaries. How much are whips? Contrast these dollars with the average Senate office total: about $2.5 million. Only Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., spent more. OK, we can expect Feinstein and Boxer to top the list. Those liberals never saw a tax dollar they couldn’t spend. But Marco Rubio, that darling of conser-

vatives, that tea party pet, sworn to cut expenses? And then come our own spendthrifts. We sent them to Washington to cut taxes (ours especially), shrink the size of government (but not our post office, VA hospital or our National Guard paychecks) and cut government expenses (but not our contract with the CIA for putty noses), reduce fraud and waste. They are Watchdogs of the Treasury. Every speech they give, every press release – which we pay for – bemoans the feds’ profligate ways, and they are fighting for us! So let’s peer into this a bit more. The news stories say many of the expenses their offices incurred came from travel to and from Texas for both senators and their staffers. Do they fly first class or rent Air Force One? In that one-year period Cruz and his staff made 593 trips from Washington to the state. Cornyn and his staff made 344. Costs varied, ranging from as little as $100 to more than $6,000 for a trip Cornyn made through eight Texas cities in March. Here’s an eye-opener: Cruz spent around $18,000 on charter flights in Texas. Not all states have such wild spenders: 76 senators took commercial flights. Here’s another interesting item: “Just over a month before the federal government shut down in October, Sen. Ted Cruz's staff of 51 people attended a retreat in Austin. The hotel expenses, posted on Nov. 18,

tion represents millions of responsible gun owners across the country – called for armed officers (police officers or private security) in every American school. Providing that kind of security would be costly, and those concerned about outof-control spending may not think it's the right way to go. But I think it would be well worth it. Fort Bend ISD, like many districts in the Houston area, is fortunate to have a wellqualified, dedicated police force, but it doesn't have the resources to have an officer at every school at all times. Perhaps adding officers for every school, could involve contracting with area agencies – in the same manner that many private businesses or restaurants hire off duty officers for security purposes. We don't think twice about the fact that most

(from fortbendstar.com) As more and more apartments are built downtown the chances of rail to the suburbs becomes less and less likely. The renovations of houses inside loop 610 and their objection to light rail is also a factor to be considered in whether the entire area will support

This is excellent! I cannot begin to tell you how delighted I am that the Star is running Lynn Ashby. He was one of the main reasons that I kept a subscription to the old Houston Post nigh on to 40

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years ago. This is a great addition, and adds measurable heft to additional light rail. Even if all the Star’s profile. the funding were immediately obtained today it would take Best regards, more than 6 years to complete the rail which is another factor Jon Schwartz when considering whether this Sugar Land rail will ever be built. –Kris Allfrey

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could be trained to be security officers or reserve FBISD police officers, and after hundreds of hours of rigorous law enforcement training, they could assume the role of "School Marshal." if there aren’t enough existing officers to serve every campus. It would be similar to an airplane's "Air Marshal", where nobody except the campus administrators know the identity of the “School Marshal. Districts could offer extra salary – or a stipend – to those who have completed the required training. Whatever FBISD – and districts across the nation – decide with regards to this issue, it's important to calm the rhetoric on both sides. We must remember that the safety of our children – not partisan politics – is the reason we're having this discussion.

wait till he’s majority whip. most of us, as long as we don’t Bush? That IS the law. There goes our next submarine want to drive on the Interstate Down at the bottom of We must contrast these highways, let our children con- this blatant campaign literature forms of transportation with sume uninspected food and fly is type so small you need the another Texas Congressman: on planes with no air controlHubble telescope to read it: Speaker of the U.S. House lers down below to make sure “This mailing was prepared, Sam Rayburn, who served we don’t collide with Cruz’s published and mailed at taxin Congress 48 years – 17 as missile. But the Congressman payer expense. It is provided speaker, almost twice as long may have one problem. No as a service to constituents.” as second-place Tip O’Neill. Census Bureau means no Sam Rayburn never mailed out Back in Mister Sam’s days, census, which is what he and one news letterer in his 48 railroad companies would give others twist to gerrymander years in office. A last observafree tickets to members of Texas so they can keep their tion: For the first time in its Congress. Sam never took the jobs. He also wants to withhistory, Congress has a majortickets and usually rode coach. hold funds from the Dept. of ity of millionaires – a few more His mother once wrote him, Homeland Security until it can Democrats than Republicans. "We often wish for you to be prove “our immigration laws Some of you exhausted taxwith us, but we would rather are fully and equally enforced.” payers may observe that all of wait a little longer than for Doesn’t he understand the these doings by Texas’ current you to accept free passes." As law barring the immediate de- Congressmen are deep-fried LYNN ASHBY speaker, Rayburn had a staff portation of those children IS hypocrisy, and you demand a Columnist of six. being enforced – a law enacted change. Change can be made. Such frugality leads diwhen he was in Congress and It’s called “voting.” Like I said, rectly to this letter from my signed by President George W. here’s more junk mail. totaled $11,610 and were paid U.S. representative. He writes to the Intercontinental Stephen that he is pursuing “rigorous FORT BEND F. Austin Hotel.” fiscal discipline,” and “my job DRIVING SCHOOL Two points jump off the is to say ‘no’ to more federal ledger: 51 staffers? The junior spending, unless it is for law Serving the students of senator from Texas has that enforcement, national defense, Fort Bend for over 25 years army? Several must only book scientific research, or space www.fortbendstar.com FortBendDrivingSchool.com planes and hotels. And they exploration.” That’s fine with stayed, ate and drank, at one of the ritziest pads in Austin. A spokeswoman said the hotel offered a federal rate and was the best option for the staff's budget and needs. Fort Hood offers federal rates, so does Lackland. I suggest they bunk The Palmer Plantation Municipal Utility District #2 will hold a public hearing on at one of those warehouses a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2014 on Wednesday, September 17, 2014, used to stick displaced Central American kids. But those con4:00 p.m. at Lake Olympia Civic Association, 180 Island Boulevard, Missouri crete barns don’t have bars City, Texas 77459. Your individual taxes may increase or decrease, depending -- except on the windows. on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in Second point: Ted Cruz is the junior – repeat, junior – senataxable value of all other property and the tax rate that is adopted. tor from Texas, having been in office one year and eight FOR the proposal: James Wagner, Jim Gasper, months, low down in the senate’s pecking order. Just wait Larry Eaton, Bob Butzke till he is minority whip, then

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police or security officers defending students, instead of teachers. In the Fox & Friends article, it says the Missouri teachers will receive 40 hours of training over a period of five days. That type of training may be sufficient for individuals looking who are interested in obtaining a CHL for personal reasons, but law enforcement requires far more training. And if that type of responsibility is placed in the hands of teachers, their duties fall into something of a law enforcement capacity. Placing teachers in such a capacity would also be a huge legal liability for any school district. With that said, there may be some room for commonsense compromise behind the status quo, the NRA solution and the idea proposed by folks such as Allfrey. Perhaps some teachers

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Shay Shafie is a busy guy these days. Shafie, a long term residential development professional and former University of Texas offensive lineman, is the general manager for two Johnson Development projects in Fort Bend County – Imperial and Harvest Green. Both projects are vastly different – some of the 1,200 homes in Imperial (high $300s-$1 million plus) – at Hwy. 6, just north of Hwy. 90A in the Sugar Land city limits – will have residents by the end of this year. Harvest Green (high $200s to $600s), located in an unincorporated area of the county located next to Grand Parkway (Hwy. 99) across from Aliana, won’t have utilities put in until the end of this year. Residents aren’t expected to move into some of the planned 2,600 homes there until the end of 2015, Shafie said. While Imperial is being marketed toward empty nesters and local residents, Harvest Green is more of a traditional Johnson Development project for both local families and those relocating to the area for work. Although Johnson Development is based in the Galleria area of Houston, a lot of it’s development is in Fort Bend County with projects such as Sienna Plantation, Cross Creek Ranch and Riverstone. “It’s a function of the Fort Bend address,” Shafie said. “It’s a high location for residential development.” IMPERIAL PLANS According to Jennifer May, director of economic development for the City of Sugar Land, the city expects over $1 billion in investment in Imperial, which includes residential, retail, mixed use, and office/business space.

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON TAX RATE The Palmer Plantation Municipal Utility District #1 will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2014 on Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 3:00 p.m. at Quail Valley Utility District, 3134 Cartwright Road, Missouri City, Texas 77459. Your individual taxes may increase or decrease, depending on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value of all other property and the tax rate that is adopted. FOR the proposal:

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The following table compares taxes on an average residence homestead in this taxing unit last year to taxes proposed on the average residence homestead this year.

Shay Shafie, the general manager for Johnson Development’s projects at Imperial as well as Harvest Green, said last week that the plans are on schedule. (Photo by Michael Sudhalter) That’s expected to bring significant economic impact to the area, but there’s no exact figure to show how much at this point. Shafie said some retail businesses are in contract to open in Imperial, but that information is confidential at present time. Some possibilities in the area include a movie theater in the style of a Studio Movie Grill or an upscale bowling alley similar to Lucky Strike in downtown Houston. He expects that more businesses to express interest once residents begin moving into the area at the end of the year. Shafie said it was important to honor the history of the community by naming the development in honor of Imperial Sugar, which once owned much of the 720-acre project. Because Johnson doesn’t specialize in vertical development, it may look for a partner to develop the currently vacant Imperial Tower, which was built in 1925. Possibilities include a boutique hotel or office space, according to Shafie. The tower will be part of a redevelopment of the city’s historic district. The plans for Imperial

began around the same time that the city of Sugar Land planned Constellation Field. “It was an incentive for us,” Shafie said. “We thought the ballpark would help make the site more marketable.” Johnson developed a temporary bridge from the parking lot to the stadium as well as many of the roads around it. They also dug temporary lakes and built a linear hike/bike trail around Oyster Creek. Local residents and those attending Constellation Field events have become more familiar with traffic patterns in the stadium’s third season. That, combined with a formal traffic impact analysis study have shown that traffic between Imperial and Constellation Field shouldn’t be an issue with the possible exception of a sold-out event at the ballpark, said Shafie. Immediately adjacent to the ballpark will be upscale apartments catering toward single and young professional people. New schools, at least in the short term, won’t be necessary as Lakeview Elementary, Sugar Land Middle and Kempner High will be able to accommo-

date the students who reside in Imperial. HARVEST GREEN GROWTH The area near Grand Parkway is growing rapidly, and the 2,600 new homes in the 1,000 acre Harvest Green development will be part of that growth. About 600 of those homes will be multifamily units. Although most of the area has a Richmond address, it is unincorporated area that’s mostly in the city of Houston’s extraterritorial jurisdiction. That means only the city of Houston has the power to annex it, but Shafie said that’s unlikely. That could mean lower taxes for residents. “New residents are looking for a place, and it’s adding to the boom in the housing market,” Shafie said. Youth in Harvest Green will attend Bowie Middle and Travis High school, and Johnson will sell Fort Bend ISD some land for another elementary school site. Whether that would be one of the three elementary schools under the proposed 2014 bond is unclear at this point.

Nalco Champion announces major headquarters expansion The City of Sugar Land and the Sugar Land Development Corporation have approved an incentive package to support major new plans by Nalco Champion, an Ecolab company, to consolidate its Houston-area offices and centralize its headquarters in Sugar Land, a move that brings in more than $45 million in investments and over 860 new jobs. Nalco Champion will build a new approximately 133,500-square-foot facility with 1,000 parking spaces. Existing buildings will be reconfigured to maximize office space, accommodate supply chain needs and create additional space for the expan-

sion of the company’s research and development (R&D) facilities. The new building and parking lot will be located partially on the 18.5 acres Nalco Champion purchased from Johnson Development in 2013. Construction is expected to be completed by early 2016. Additionally, Nalco Champion will make substantial rail spur improvements to assist City of Sugar Land efforts to gain Union Pacific Railroad approval for the extension of University Boulevard north of U.S. Highway 90A. The company decided to centralize its headquarters in Sugar Land after a comprehensive evaluation of other regional opportunities.

“Nalco Champion is proud of its long history in Sugar Land and all that the city offers,” said Steve Taylor, EVP and president, Nalco Champion. “We very much look forward to making Sugar Land our home for Nalco Champion and are ecstatic to have the opportunity to welcome so many new employees to this incredible community.” The new centralized Nalco Champion headquarters and expanded research and development represents more than $45.4 million in new capital investment, creates more than 860 new jobs, recaptures nearly 250 jobs previously moved to Houston from Sugar Land .

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NOTICE OF TAXPAYERS’ RIGHT TO ROLLBACK ELECTION If taxes on the average residence homestead increase by more than eight percent, the qualified voters of the district by petition may require that an election be held to determine whether to reduce the operation and maintenance tax rate to the rollback tax rate under Section 49.236(d), Water Code. Should you have any questions concerning this notice, please contact the tax office at 281-482-0216.

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“The City partner, ACE Theatrical Group, was selected to bring the level of live entertainment experin San Antonio, Bill and tise and high standards of Margo Winspear Opera House in Dallas, and Nancy facility management that align with the City’s goals Lee and Perry R. Bass for a first class venue and Performance Hall in Fort entertainment experience,” Worth. In 2002, Linbeck opened Bogard said. “Ace has not yet announced specific perforone of their projects, Grand Prairie Verizon Theater. The mances. We are currently in the design phase.” venue has a 6,350 indoorACE Theatrical Group is seating venue, just short of based in Houston with officthe seating at the proposed es in New York, San Antonio performing arts center for and New Orleans. Sugar Land. According to Bogard said the goal to the Verizon Theatre website, the facility has hosted every- the project is to attract tourthing from Buble, Lopez, late ists and visitors who will not only attend events at the faRobin Williams, the Eagles, cility, but also spend money Alicia Keys, Sesame Street at nearby hotels, restaurants Live!, Justin Bieber, Celtic and various places around Woman, and Radio City town. “Making Sugar Land Christmas Spectacular. a destination for culture The City has partnered and entertainment has been with ACE Theatrical Group a long-held vision of our to bring in the entertainment to the venue. According citizens and City Council. A to their website, the business 2007 Citizen Visioning Task Force included a performing is a theatrical management arts center among its culturand development company formed by entertainment in- al and entertainment venue dustry veterans, specializing recommendations. The task force also identified a minor in the design, development, league baseball stadium, a construction and operation project that has already proof live performance venues duced tangible results.” throughout North America.

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H BOND, FROM PG 1 must have a personal graduation plan that promotes college and workforce readiness. HB5 also allows districts to partner with community colleges and industry in providing technical training and real world work experience. In order for FBISD to be able to offer industry certification in certain Career/Tech areas, some district Career/ Tech programs must be enhanced. The district currently has a Career & Technical facility behind Dulles High School, and many of the campuses have related programs on campus. FBISD director of Career & Technical Education Meredith Watassek said if the bond passes in November, the district will have several options in addressing Career & Technology needs. “The intent behind having the money allocated for the bond is that we can listen to what industry is telling us for the best way to utilize those funds,” Watassek said. “We can’t meet the industry where they need us to, if we don’t put the money in the bond.”

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The following table compares taxes on an average residence homestead in this taxing unit last year to taxes proposed on the average residence homestead this year. Last Year This Year Total tax rate (per $100 of value) $ 0.30000 /$100 $ 0.30000 /$100 Adopted Proposed Difference in rates per $100 of value $0.000

FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH • 281-499-3502 3900 Lexington Blvd., Missouri City, TX 77459 Sunday School all ages: 9:15 AM Worship Service: 10:30 AM www.fumcmc.org

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Percentage increase/decrease in rates(+/-) 0.00% Average appraised value

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NOTICE OF TAXPAYERS’ RIGHT TO ROLLBACK ELECTION If taxes on the average residence homestead increase by more than eight percent, the qualified voters of the district by petition may require that an election be held to determine whether to reduce the operation and maintenance tax rate to the rollback tax rate under Section 49.236(d), Water Code. Should you have any questions concerning this notice, please contact the tax office at 281-482-0216.

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ADMINISTRATIVE ASST BOOKKEEPER FT, AP/AR Payroll. General clerical duties. Assist youth ministry w/event planning, publicity materials prod, and communication w/students & parents. EMAIL RESUME TO: adminassistant@sugarlandbaptist.org

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ACCOUNTING CLERK Large, successful master-planned community in Missouri City, Texas is seeking an Accounting Clerk to work with our Finance Department. Duties will include, but are not limited to, Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, and property transfers. Candidates must enjoy a fast paced environment involving multi-tasking and a high level of interaction with community members. Prior bookkeeping experience is desired.

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Insurance Account Representatives Must be Bilingual in Spanish &/or Vietnamese Full Time State Farm office in Sugar Land.

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LEGAL NOTICES Bids will be accepted by Quail Valley Utility District for the following item at the Quail Valley U.D. office, Thursday, September 4, 2014 until 10:00 A.M., then publicly opened and read aloud. SLUDGE HAULING AND ULTIMATE DISPOSAL

PUBLIC NOTICE Notice of Initiation of the Section 106 ProcessPublic Participation in accordance with the FCC’s Program Comment for Positive Train Control and Infrastructure. BNSF Railway proposes to construct an approximately 50’ monopole communications pole at the following approximate locations in Fort Bend County, TX within the existing railroad right-ofway:

Specifications and additional information may be obtained at the Quail Valley U.D. office, 3134 Cartwright Road, Missouri City, Texas 77459 Phone: (281) 499-5539.

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Bids will be accepted by Quail Valley Utility District for the following item at the Quail Valley U.D. office, Thursday September 4, 2014, until 10:00 A.M., then publicly opened and read aloud. 120,000 lbs. Liquid Polyphosphate Specifications and additional information may be obtained at the Quail Valley U.D. office, 3134 Cartwright Road, Missouri City, Texas 77459 Phone: (281) 499-5539.

NOTICE TO BIDDERS Bids will be accepted by Quail Valley Utility District for the following items, including delivery, to Quail Valley Utility District Office, Thursday, September 4, 2014, until 10:00 AM, then publicly opened and read aloud: 36,000 lbs. liquid chlorine in 2,000 lb. containers

ORDINANCE NO. 1026 AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 102 “ZONING” OF THE CITY OF STAFFORD CODE OF ORDINANCES; AMENDING THE OFFICIAL ZONING DISTRICT MAP FROM MIXED USE (MU) TO SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL (SFR) PORTIONS OF TWO TRACTS OF LAND THE FIRST TRACT BEING A 28.668 ACRE TRACT OF LAND BEING ALL OF A CALL 9.99 ACRE TRACT OF LAND (VOLUME 509, PAGE 500 DEED RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS) ALONG WITH A PORTION OF A CALL 15.59 ACRE TRACT OF LAND (VOLUME 511, PAGE 401; DEED RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS) AND THE EASTERLY PORTION OF LOT NUMBER 30 OF STAFFORD OAKS SUBDIVISION (VOLUME 255, PAGES 484, 485 AND 486; DEED RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS) BEING IN THE WILLIAM STAFFORD SURVEY, ABSTRACT NUMBER 89, CITY OF STAFFORD, FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS; THE SECOND TRACT BEING A 2.444 ACRE TRACT OF LAND BEING A PORTION OF A CALL 2.661 ACRE TRACT OF LAND (VOLUME 650, PAGE526; DEED RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS) BEING A PORTION OF A CALL 15.59 ACRE TRACT OF LAND (VOLUME 511, PAGE 401; DEED RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS) BEING IN THE WILLIAM STAFFORD SURVEY, ABSTRACT NUMBER 89, CITY OF STAFFORD, FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS; PROVIDING A PENALTY IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $2,000 FOR EACH DAY OF VIOLATION OF ANY PROVISION HEREOF; REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES OR PARTS OF ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. PASSED, APPROVED, AND ADOPTED the 20th day of August 2014.

22,000 lbs. liquid chlorine in 150 lb. containers 1,000 lbs. granular calcium hypochlorite 20,000 lbs. liquid sulfur dioxide in 2,000 lb. containers Specifications and additional information may be obtained at the Quail Valley Utility District Office, 3134 Cartwright Road, Missouri City, Texas (281) 499-5539.

ORDINANCE NO. 1025 AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 102 “ZONING” OF THE CITY OF STAFFORD CODE OF ORDINANCES; AMENDING THE OFFICIAL ZONING DISTRICT MAP FROM PRIMARY CORRIDOR (PC) TO SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL (SFR) ON TWO TRACTS OF LAND THE FIRST TRACT BEING A 2.93 ACRE TRACT OF LAND PLATTED AS UNRESTRICTED RESERVE A WITHIN THE ESTATES AT PROMENADE SECTION 2; THE SECOND TRACT OF LAND BEING A 8.35 ACRE TRACT OF LAND OUT OF A 15.343 ACRE UNRESTRICTED RESERVE A-2 WITHIN THE PLAT ESTATES AT PROMENADE NORTH REPLAT OF RESERVE A-2 KNOWN AS UNRESTRICTED RESERVE C; PROVIDING A PENALTY IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $2,000 FOR EACH DAY OF VIOLATION OF ANY PROVISION HEREOF; REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES OR PARTS OF ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED the 20th day of August 2014.

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LEGAL NOTICES INVITATION TO BIDDERS Sealed Bids, in duplicate, addressed to Fort Bend County Water Control & Improvement District No. 2, Attention: Mr. Jason A Kirby, P.E., District Engineer for the District, will be received at the District’s office, 2331 South Main, Stafford, Texas 77477, until 10:00 a.m. Local Time, Thursday, September 11, 2014, and then publicly opened and read for “Construction of Lift Station Emergency Operations Improvements” for Fort Bend County Water Control & Improvement District No. 2, Fort Bend County, Texas. Scope of Work of the Contract consists of providing the necessary labor, materials, equipment, supervision, and plans to complete construction of eight (8) manual transfer switches, four (4) 100-125kW diesel generators & four (4) automatic transfer switches, one (1) 100kW portable diesel generator, miscellaneous site improvements and two (2) (alternate) auxiliary pump stations. Bids received after the closing time will be returned unopened. A MANDATORY pre-bid conference will be held on Thursday, September 4th, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. Local Time, at the District office, 2331 South Main, Stafford, Texas 77477. Attendance by each prospective bidder or its representative at the pre-bid conference is MANDATORY, and no Bid will be opened unless the bidder or representative was present at the pre-bid conference. Each Bid must be accompanied by a bid bond or a certified or cashier’s check, acceptable to the Owner, in an amount not less than 5 percent of the total amount bid, as a guarantee that the successful bidder will enter into the Contract and execute the Bonds on the forms provided and provide the required insurance certificates within 7 days after the date Contract Documents are received by the Contractor. Copies of the bidding documents may be obtained from www.CivcastUSA.com. Bidders must register on this website in order to view and/or download specifications and plans for this project. There is NO charge to view or download documents. The Owner reserves the right to reject any or all Bids and to waive all defects and irregularities in bidding or bidding process except time of submitting a Bid. The Successful Bidder, if any, will be the responsible Bidder which in the Board’s judgment will be most advantageous to the District and result in the best and most economical completion of the Project. FORT BEND COUNTY WC&ID NO. 2


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Announcing the Grand Opening of Houston Southwest Colon and Rectal Clinic

Dr. Konya Keeling-Johnson, MD, FACS opens a practice in Sugar Land D Dr. Konya KeelingJohnson would like to formally announce the opening of Houston Southwest Colon and Rectal Clinic in the Sugar Land area. Houston Southwest Colon and Rectal Clinic offers a comprehensive patient-first approach to colon and rectal healthcare. Dr. Keeling-Johnson earned a Medical Degree at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 2003. After her General Surgery Residency she completed a Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. Dr. Keeling-Johnson is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery,

and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Before returning to Houston, Dr. KeelingJohnson Dr. Konya Keelingpracticed Johnson colorectal surgery in Mesa, Arizona at Advanced Surgical Associates. Dr. Keeling-Johnson delivers the highest quality healthcare for benign and malignant diseases of the colon and rectum. Her expertise in colorectal surgery includes benign anorectal disorders, colorectal cancer, anal cancer and inflammatory bowel disease.

A few of the services offered by Dr. Keeling-Johnson are: Colonoscopy, Anal manometry, Endoanal ulstrasound, Laparoscopic colon and rectal surgery, Hemorrhoids, Transanal Hemorrhoidal De-arterialization (THD), Hemorrhoid rubber band ligation, Pilonidal cyst, Anal fistulas, Anal fissures, Pruritus ani, Hidradenitis, Anogenital condyloma (warts) and other sexually transmitted diseases, Diverticular disease, Bleeding diverticulosis, Colon polyps, Colon cancer, Rectal cancer, Anal caner, Fecal incontinence, Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis), Rectal prolapse and Constipation. Please visit www.houstonswcolon.com for

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Skeeters Outfielders Medchill says donating is a blessing By Christina Martinez Christina @ theleadernews.com Whether it’s the little girl who lives across the street, or your co-worker who sits across the way from you, many of us know someone who has been diagnosed with an ailment and needs a helping hand. In February, Skeeters outfielder, Neil Medchill, put his name on a donor list with Delete Blood Cancer and last week was called into action. With inspiration from his parents, Medchill says the lord put it on his heart to sign up to be a donor, and so he did. Delete Blood Cancer contacted Medchill about donating just a few months after signing up and says it’s a million to one odds that they called and that it is a blessing. “When I first signed up I thought it would be years from now and it happened in three months,” Medchill said. When you sign up to be a donor you are asked to either donate peripheral blood stem cells or marrow. The doctor chooses the donation method that is best for the patient. Based from Delete Blood Cancer’s website, every four minutes someone in the United States is diagnosed with blood cancer. Out of those people, only 30 percent of them can find compatible bone marrow donors in their own family. And six out of ten people can’t find a bone

marrow donor on the national registry. For Medchill and his donor recipient, they beat the odds and found each other. Last week Medchill traveled to his donation destination to donate bone marrow to someone he’s never met – to someone he doesn’t know their name – to someone who he wonders if they have a family. But what Medchill does know is that his recipient is a 40-year-old male that has aplastic anemia and needs a helping hand. Medchill and his recipient both had to prepare for this procedure to take place. “I found out in May that I was a match and I am just now ready to do the procedure,” Medchill said. “He had to go under Chemotherapy just to be able to take the transplant. I had to have a blood transfusion before the surgery so they can give me my own blood back after the procedure.” Medchill’s recipient called for 1.5 liters (the maximum amount) of bone marrow from his hips. The Skeeter outfielder is home now and on his way to a speedy recovery. As a part of the donation process, Delete Blood Cancer protects both parties of the donation with privacy legalities. Medchill is not allowed to know specifics of his recipient, other than medical literature, and the same for Medchill’s recipient. After six months, Medchill is allowed to submit

a letter to Delete Blood Cancer to review and send to his donor recipient, if both parties agree. Medchill isn’t allowed to tell his recipient where home base is or speak of any personal specifics, but the letter can speak of the procedure and how the two are doing. After a year has passed, and if the two agree, Medchill and his recipient can meet in person. Medchill says there are a number of things he would want to ask his recipient, but imagines he’d start with a hug. “It’s tough,” Medchill said. “I really want to meet this guy. I’d give him a big hug. I can

only imagine the process he had to go through just to even get to the donation part of the process.” Medchill said he would ask his recipient to talk about his life and about his family. With bone marrow transplants, you acquire allergies and other sensitivities that your donor has. Medchill jokingly says he would warn his recipient to stay away from bananas and calamari. In six months, Medchill plans to submit that letter to Delete Blood Cancer for his recipient and hopes in a year the two can share that hug.

Skeeters outfielder Neil Medchill, left, donated 1.5 liters of bone marrow last week to a 40-year-old male with aplastic anemia. Medchill is pictured with his mother, Jan Medchill (Submitted photo).

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 2 St. John Paul II and the Messages of Holy Love Paul Cranley of Richmond will give a presentation “St. John Paul II and the Messages of Holy Love” describing John Paul II’s influenced on the recent revelations of the United Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Two times are available: Tue. Sept. 2, 10:00-11:30 a.m., University Branch Library, 14010 University Blvd., Sugar Land and Thursday, Sept. 4 6:30-8 p.m., George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview Dr., Richmond. (Rm. 2C). Come hear how to experience a fresh outpouring of God’s power through daily devotion to the United Hearts. All people of all ages and faiths are welcome and can practice this devotion in the privacy of their own homes. SEPT. 2 & 3 Computers 101 Fort Bend County Libraries’ Adult Services staff at Missouri City Branch Library, 1530 Texas Parkway, will present a variety of free, introductory computer classes this month. The “Computers 101” class will take place on Tuesday, September 2, beginning at 7:00 pm, in the Conference Room. The class will be repeated on Wednesday, September 3, beginning at 10:00 am. This class presents a basic introduction to using computers. Participants may also register online, by calling the library at 281-2382100, or by visiting the library. Catch Me If You Can Cast Theatrical Company is holding auditions for the classic play “Catch Me If You Can” by Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert Directed by David Hymel. For character descriptions and Age ranges see Cast Theatrical Company Facebook page. Auditions are held at Cast’s Theatre 1909 Ave G Rosenberg, at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 2 and 3. For additional information contact David at Hymel@projectconsulting.com THURSDAY, SEPT. 4 Fort Bend Cares hosts two Volunteer Informational Socials Join Fort Bend Cares as it hosts two Volunteer Informational Socials where you can find out how to get involved with the organization, a local non-profit now in its 10th year serving disadvantaged children and youth. The first event will be Thursday, Aug. 21, 11:30am-1pm at the Fedrick Harris model home in Waterside, Riverstone Development, Sugar Land (5003 Water View Bend). Lunch will be provided by Riverstone. The second one is set for Thursday, Sept. 4, 5:30-7pm at Another Time Soda Fountain in Downtown Rosenberg (800 Third Street). Enjoy Another Time’s famous soda fountain drinks and more! Missouri City sponsors trip to Delta Downs Participants will meet at the Recreation & Tennis Center at 8:15 a.m., and the bus will leave for Delta Downs at 8:30 a.m. Limited spots are available for all senior residents ages 50 and up. Interested individuals can sign up now for $10 at the Recreation & Tennis Center, 2701 Cypress Point Dr. All participants are responsible for providing their own money for game play and lunch. ONGOING Al-Anon Support Group Does someone have a drinking problem? Weekly, 1 hour meetings every Saturday night, 8 p.m., Lamplighters, 2425 FM 1092, (Murphy Road) in the Baytown Seafood strip center. Last Saturday of month the meetings are held at Denny’s Hwy.6 near Murphy Rd. Call Jill 281-416-9005. Interested about breastfeeding? Mothers wishing to find out more about breastfeeding are invited to attend a meeting of La Leche League of Fort Bend every second Monday at 7 p.m. at Memorial Hermann Sugarland Hospital or every third Monday at 10:30am at St. Theresa Catholic Church Family Life Center. Babies are always welcome at meetings. For more info call Erin: 281-325-0618, Laura: 281-277-4989, Lisa: 281-710-7171, Briana: brianavalencia@gmail.com Oyster Creek Rotary Club meets The Oyster Creek Rotary Club meets every Friday at noon @ The Quail Valley Centre(Golf Club) , 2880 LaQuinta, Missouri City. All are welcome to come. For Information contact Ed Broussard, 512-738-2209 or eabroussard3@gmail.com. Fort Bend Business Network International Fort Bend Business Network International meets every Thursday, 7 am, Sweetwater Country Club. This is a great way to increase your business and f ind other small business resources. Please contact Jeanne Gregory, jeanne@jeannegregory.com or 713-854-0923. “Hot Summer Nights” SugarLand Art Center & Gallery, & Sugar Land Artist Guild, 104 Industrial Blvd., Suite Q, Sugar Land invites you to enjoy wine, savory hors d’oeuvres, live artist demos, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. every Friday night, through Aug. 8. Raffle tickets $20 or 5 for $80 for a demoed piece of that night. For more info 281-565-0957. The Mom’s Club of Sugar Land North Are you a stay at home mom? They would love to have you join their group. Playgroups, socials, mom’s night out, book clubs, and many more fun things planned! Any age children are welcome, or just come yourself if your children are in school. For more info, email momsclub_sln@yahoo.com. New Diabetic support group Mondays 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Memorial Hermann Sugar Land, 17500 West Grand Paryway South, hospital conference rooms B & C. Events are free RSVP to 713-2222273. Info? 281-725-5059. Morning Exchange Club of Sugar Land The morning Exchange Club of Sugar Land is an all-volunteer national service organization for men and women who want to serve their community, develop leadership skills, and enjoy new friendships. The Club meets every Wednesday morning at 7:00 a.m., Sweetwater Country Club, Palm Royale Blvd., Sugar Land. 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Travis High head football coach Randy Cunningham has coached high school football for nearly 30 years, but he’s only coached his son, senior quarterback Cody Cunnigham, for one. Together, the Cunninghams will look to put the Tigers back in the postseason. “Coaching my son been a pleasure,” Coach Cunningham said. “Watching him grow as a young man and quarterback has been a great experience.” Cody started seven games in 2013, passing for 1,000 yards and 17 touchdowns for the Tigers, who finished 3-6 last season. He’s received interest from schools such as Midwestern State and Texas Lutheran. Travis reached the third round of the playoffs in 2012, losing to eventual state runner-up, Lamar. “We want to play in December the way to get there is to (work at it) every day,” Coach Cunningham said. “This group is used to winning, and they work hard. This group is very unselfish, and they want to do whatever they can to help the team be successful.” The Tigers, now members of 6A-23, will be tested early on Thursday vs. Katy Seven Lakes at Mercer Stadium and Sept. 4 at Katy High, which finished as the state runnerup last fall. “I want to see where we are as a program,” Coach Cunningham said. “I respect Katy tremendously. We’ll see how we’ll react against the big boys.”

Travis will open district competition on Sept. 12 at Alief Taylor a team that’s widely predicted to win the 6A-23 crown. Senior wide receivers Stevens Sims, who has offers from McNeese State and Southern, and Spencer Griffin, who’s received offers from Utah State and Southern, are expected to be Cody’s top targets. D.J. Gauthier and Emmanuel Atoyabi will lead the Tigers’ rushing attack, and they have the good fortune of running behind an experience offensive line that includes returning starters Greg Kimpler, D.J. Gonzalez and Andrew Britten. Defensively, Travis will be strong in the secondary and defensive line with cornerback Darius Stokes and defensive lineman Jaylon Hodge leading the way. Coach Cunningham said some of the receivers will pull double duty in the secondary, while senior fullback Tyler Seymour will double as a linebacker corps, which is led by juniors Tyler Padgett and Cleo Amadi.

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TRAVIS High School Aug. 28 vs. Katy Seven Lakes (Mercer), 6 p.m. Sept. 4 at Katy, 6:30 p.m. (Televised Game) Sept. 12 at Alief Taylor, 7 p.m. Sept. 18 vs. Kempner (Mercer), 6 p.m. Sept. 26 at Hightower (Hall), 7 p.m. Oct. 4 vs. Austin (Mercer), 6 p.m. Oct. 10 vs. Clements (Mercer), 7 p.m. (Homecoming) Oct. 25 vs. Alief Elsik (Mercer), 6 p.m. Oct. 31 at Alief Hastings, 7 p.m. Nov. 8 vs. Dulles (Mercer), 1 p.m. Head coach: Randy Cunningham (33 years, 9 at Travis) Record last season: 3-6, missed the playoffs. Division I commits: none at the moment. Returning starters: 8 on offense, 6 on defense. Team strength: Senior leadership Question marks: staying injury-free. Three key players: Cody Cunningham (Quarterback), Steven Sims (Wide Receiver/ Defensive Back), Spencer Sims (Wide Receiver/Defensive Back) Top newcomer: William Farrar (Offensive Lineman) Toughest game: Sept. 4 at Katy Outlook: Travis went three rounds deep in the playoffs in 2012 and will look to return to that form.

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Oschlor Flemming didn’t move 300 miles south of his hometown to settle for mediocrity. The Dulles High first-year head football coach was part of two state championship teams (2012 and 2013) at Denton Guyer and another one that finished second (2010). “I saw the tradition that Dulles had, and I wanted to bring my expertise here and bring Dulles to where Guyer is,” said Flemming, who played running back at Texas A&M between 1999 and 2003.

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of those squads reached the playoffs last season. “We’ll have to play good, sound, mistake-free football (to be successful),” Flemming said. Flemming said the Vikings will run a multiple set offense, and they’ll base out of a 4-3 defensively. A.J. Rice is a senior quarterback who didn’t play last season, but he played as a sophomore after transferring in from Westbury Christian. “He’s a great athlete and leader,” Flemming said. Flemming said junior running back Brajon Fuqua is “probably the most explosive back I’ve coached in a while... he’s going to be fun to watch this year.” Rice and Fuqua will be protected by an offensive line with the returning experience of tackles Keith Domino and Garrett Kelly Reuben Muhammad, a former quarterback, will be the leading wide receiver among a group of young receivers. Derrick Jones and Ben Gansallo are expected to lead the Vikings on the defensive line.

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Elkins High senior quarterback Johnathan Giles is one of the top prep football players in the Houston area. But the Texas Tech commit hasn’t let his success – or the 48 touchdowns and nearly 4,000 yards last season ‚Äì change him. “He’s just the same old Johnathan,” Elkins head football coach Dennis Brantley said of Giles, who plans on playing wide receiver at Texas Tech. “He’s the first one to show up and the last one to leave. He leads by example, and the kids will follow him.” The Knights finished 10-3 last season, sharing a district title with Hightower. They lost to eventual state runner-up, Katy High, in the third round of the playoffs. While a 6A division was created, Elkins will stay in 5A, but it’s one of the toughest 5A districts around with fellow Fort Bend ISD schools Ridge Point, Marshall and Bush as well as perennial power, Texas City. Elkins will prepare for the tough district slate with a trio of non-district games that may be even more difficult. They’ll host Bellaire

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Dan Schreiber arrived at Austin High four years ago, inheriting a squad that hadn’t won a game the previous year. “We convinced the kids what we’re doing was the right thing and good things would

happen,” Schreiber said. As the school enters its 20th year, Schreiber has brought the Bulldogs to milestones, such as the program’s first postseason victory last season. Austin, which finished 6-6 last season, is poised to continue its success in Class 6A-District 23 this fall.

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HIGHTOWER High School Aug. 29 vs. Aldine Eisenhower (Hall), 7 p.m. Sept. 5 at Ridge Point (Hall), 7 p.m. Sept. 12 at Austin (Mercer), 7 p.m. Sept. 19 at Clements (Mercer), 7 p.m. Sept. 26 vs. Travis (Hall), 7 p.m. (Homecoming) Oct. 3 at Alief Elsik, 7 p.m. Oct. 9 vs. Alief Hastings (Mercer), 6 p.m. Oct. 17 at Dulles (Hall), 7 p.m. Oct. 25 vs. Alief Taylor (Hall), 6 p.m. Oct. 31 at Kempner (Mercer), 7 p.m.

"We have nine kids in our program who could be a starting running back at any 5A/6A school in the Houston area," McGinnis said. "We will spread the ball around and rotate." Cortland Boykins and Terrell Malone and Elpressley Pleasant are expected to be the leaders in that group. Receivers Keelan Johnson and Andre Lewis will likely be Hollins' favorite targets. Senior Terence Brigham, who was a part-time starter

in 2013, will anchor an otherwise young offensive line that includes sophomores Lester Blount and John Horn. Senior defensive back Christian Bertrand, a Rice University commit, broke his foot in the offseason and isn't expected to return until early October. "It's going to hurt – he's a quiet kid who leads by example," McGinnis said. "He's the first one in the weight room all summer. He was the leader, and he's still going to lead." Defensive lineman Darius Anderson, last season's district newcomer of the year, is expected to lead on the defensive line, along with defensive end Micah Johnson, who McGinnis compared to Texans rookie Jadeveon Clowney. "He's got the similar type of skill set," McGinnis said. Hightower won't be in the same district as nearby Ridge Point High – one of the top teams in Class 5A, but the neighbors will still play each other in the "Battle of the Fort Bend Tollway." The schools have created a trophy for the rivalry series, with this season's installment taking place ay 7 p.m. Sept. 5 at Hall Stadium. After the neighborhood matchup, the Hurricanes will open 6A-23 competition against Austin High on Sept. 12 at Mercer Stadium. "Austin High is going to be real tough," McGinnis said. "Their coaches do a great job preparing them. It's like a chess match when you play Austin High. Alief Taylor is so athletic, and Travis is a physical, well-coached team."

Head coach: Padriac McGinnis (15th year coaching, 9th year at Hightower, third as Hightower’s head coach) Division I commits: Christian Bertrand (Rice) Returning starters: 2 on offense, 2 on defense Team strength: Leadership Question mark: Inexperience at the varsity level Three key players: Bertrand (Safety), Darius Anderson (Defensive Lineman), Neiko Hollins (Quarterback) Top newcomer: Andre Lewis (Wide Receiver) Toughest game: Sept. 5 at Ridge Point Outlook: The Hurricanes have played in the state championship twice in the past six seasons, but they’ll face the rare situation of playing the underdog after graduating 18 senior starters.

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CLEMENTS RANGERS Coach: Harfield's an elite QB for the Rangers By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter @ fortbendstar.com

Clements High football coach Keith Knowles expects big things from senior quarterback Kolt Harfield this season. In fact, Knowles said Harfield is comparable to the last great Rangers quarterback Derek Carr, who was selected by the Oakland Raiders in the second round of last spring’s NFL Draft. Carr guided Clements to the 2007 state quarterfinals where they lost to Katy High and their quarterback Andy Dalton (who’s now the Cincinnati Bengals starting quarterback). That was the Rangers’ last trip to the postseason. “They’re pretty similar,” Knowles said. “Colt definitely has more size than Derek, but they both throw the ball real well.” Northwestern State has taken notice and offered Harfield a scholarship, while many other schools have expressed interest. Harfield, who passed for close to 2,400 yards and 24 touchdowns last fall, leads an

Spread Offense that returns six fellow starters, including senior wide receiver Luke Mayock, who had 800+ receiving yards last year. Mayock has offers from UNLV and Air Force among other schools. Alex Gifford will step into the running back role for Clements, while last season’s running back, Austin Saltmer, will move to linebacker for the most part. “We need a little more help on defense,” Knowles said. “Saltmer will still play some running back.” On the offensive line, Heath Lambert will anchor a young group of players. The Rangers, who finished 1-9 last fall, averaged 28 points per game. But they must improve defensively in order to contend for a playoff spot in the newly created 6A-23 district. Clements kicked off the 2013 season with a 16-4 win over Pasadena Memorial an eventual playoff team - but went on to lose nine straight games. They’ll look to end that streak when they visit Katy Taylor at 6 p.m. Saturday. The Rangers will host Alvin High in their home opener on

Aug. 30 at Katy Taylor, 6 p.m. Sept. 5 vs. Alvin (Mercer), 7 p.m. Sept. 11 at Kempner (Mercer), 6 p.m. Sept. 19 vs. Hightower (Mercer), 7 p.m. (Homecoming) Sept. 26 at Austin (Mercer), 7 p.m. Oct. 10 at Travis (Mercer), 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at Alief Elsik, 1 p.m. Oct. 24 at Alief Hastings, 7 p.m. Nov. 1 at Dulles (Mercer), 6 p.m. Nov. 8 vs. Alief Taylor (Hall), 6 p.m.

Sept. 5 at Mercer, before facing Kempner in the 6A-23 opener on Sept. 11 in a rematch of last season’s regular season finale. “Just having the Fort Bend schools was tough, but now we have the three Alief schools, too,” Knowles said. “I think it’s going to take six district wins to make the playoffs. The favorites are Alief Taylor and Hightower. Austin is in that mix, too.” Defensively, the Rangers have moved from a 4-2-5 to a 4-3. “We’re trying to re-emphasis some of our basic things,”

Knowles said. “Injuries played a big toll last year. The kids know the 4-2-5 from when they were younger, and they’ll become more confident with it as the season goes on.” Safety Lane Prado is the Rangers’ defensive leader, but senior defensive tackle Nick Galindo and senior linebacker Austin Stoltenberg expected to be major contributors. “We’re going to have a lot of our offensive skill kids playing in the secondary,” Knowles said. “Prado has the most experience of any of our players on defense.

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“Klein Forest has some good athletes, and Barry’s trying to change the culture there,” Schreiber said. “We hope he does that the week after we play them.” Austin will visit Katy Seven Lakes where Schreiber previously coached the offensive line on Sept. 5 before opening district competition on Sept. 12 in a Homecoming game against Hightower. The Bulldogs return 11 starters seven on defense and four on offense. The defensive line led by senior Bright Ihegworo will be key to Austin’s success. “Bright is nearly unblock able,” Schreiber said. “Our defensive line will be a real strength. They’re athletic and fairly good-sized.” Free safety Zach Davis anchors the secondary and is the team’s vocal leader on defense. Offensively, the Bulldogs must replace running back Vic Enwere, who’s a freshman at Cal-Berkeley, but Schreiber expects big things from senior running back Bryson Oglesby, who has received offers from Houston, Indiana and New

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RIDGE POINT PANTHERS Panthers have high expectations in 2014

Aug. 29 at Clear Creek, 7 p.m. Sept. 5 vs. Hightower (Hall), 7 p.m. Sept. 13 at Stratford, 6 p.m. Sept. 25 vs. Marshall (Hall), 7 p.m. (Homecoming) Oct. 2 at Bush (Mercer), 7 p.m. Oct. 10 vs. Santa Fe (Hall), 7 p.m. (Homecoming) Oct. 16 at Elkins (Hall), 7 p.m. (Televised Game) Oct. 25 vs. Galveston Ball (Mercer), 1 p.m. Oct. 31 at Willowridge (Hall), 7 p.m. Nov. 6 vs. Texas City (Hall), 7 p.m.

By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter @ fortbendnews.com

At some point in the notso-distant future, the Ridge Point High football team will probably be a UIL Class 6A program. “They’re still building houses like crazy in our area,” Panthers head coach Brett Sniffin said. But Ridge Point the newest high school in Fort Bend ISD will enjoy its position as one of the top teams in 5A in just its third season of varsity football. The Panthers return 15 starters eight on offense and seven on defense from a team that finished 9-3 and lost to Texas City in the second round of the playoffs. Now, Texas City is a 5A-23 opponent, and Ridge Point will host them on Nov. 6 at Hall Stadium. Ridge Point has a long way to go until the Texas City rematch. They’ll open at 7 p.m. Friday at Clear Creek in League City and then return to Hall to face Hightower on Sept. 5 in the Battle of the Fort Bend Tollway. “I know Clear Creek is picked to win their district in 6A they’re well-coached, they play tremendous defense and they have a good quarterback,” Sniffin said. “I think (the Hightower game) will be fun. They’re right across Highway 6 to us. The rivalry will add more to the game. People will fill the stadium, and it’ll be a good atmosphere for both teams.” After visiting Stratford a district rival the past two seasons on Sept. 13, the Panthers will meet Marshall in a game

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that will double as the 5A-23 opener and RP’s Homecoming. It will also match two of the top defensive backs in the area RP’s Jordan Tolbert (a Baylor commit) and Marshall’s Kendall Sheffield, who ESPN has rated among the top 10 prep players in the country. experience and size. “Tolbert runs a 4.3, and is an outstanding cover guy,” Sniffin said. “He’s best cover guy in Fort Bend County for sure.” With Tolbert and senior linebacker Cameron Townsend (being recruited by Oklahoma, Oregon and Texas), the Panthers’ defense is ahead of its offense at this point. Joining them among the elite ranks are safety Jameel Cook (a Maryland commit) and defensive end Torian Williams, a Sam Houston State commit. “By the time the season’s up, Williams will have some Division I offers on the table,” Sniffin said.

Sniffin, a former offensive coordinator at Clements before he started the RP program, is confident the offense will perform well, too. The Panthers have a two quarterback system that worked wonders last season, and both signal callers, TJ Alexander and Jesse Crebb, will return to take snaps in the Pistol offense. Alexander and Crebb will

have some reliable targets in BJ Langford and Cedric Horton. Running back Remus Bulmer rushed for nearly 2,000 yards, along with 20 touchdowns last season, and fellow running back KeShawn Ledet rushed for another 700. They’ll have a chance to return behind a young offense line that has two experienced returners in Jack Green and Marcus Montemayor.

Head coach: Brett Sniffin (20 years coaching, five at Ridge Point) Record last season: 9-3, lost to Texas City in the second round of the playoffs. Division I commits: Jameel Cook (Maryland), Jordan Tolbert (Baylor) Returning starters: 7 on offense, 8 on defense Team strength: speed and experience Question mark: offensive line Three key players: Cameron Townsend (Linebacker), Grant Carlson (Kicker), Marcus Montemayor (Offensive Lineman) Top newcomer: Cook (Offensive Lineman, and a transfer from Dulles) Toughest game: Aug. 29 at Clear Creek Outlook: In only their third varsity season, the Panthers could make a run at the 5A state championship.

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The Kempner High football team is going back to the basics. The Cougars, who finished 1-9 last season, never got completely got away from running the Triple Option, but this season, they’ll line up under center. Kempner fifth-year head coach Darrin Andrus is optimistic that the Cougars - who

have 18 starters (nine on each side of the ball) will bounce back this season and build on the victory they earned over Clements in last season’s finale. “We’ve had a lot of success with it, and you have to have the right personnel, which we do,” Andrus said. Kempner will open the season on Friday at Pasadena Rayburn, a squad that finished 1-9 last season, and then they’ll host Clear Falls a playoff team in 2013 - on Sept.

4 at Mercer. The Cougars will face Clements in both teams’ 6A-23 district opener on Sept. 11 at Mercer. “It’s huge, and that’s what we’ve been talking about since we beat Clements in the last game of the year,” Andrus said. “Anytime you play with sophomores and juniors, you’re going to struggle. Dave Campbell’s (Football Magazine) didn’t give us much of a chance this year, but I know these kids have worked hard. 6A-23 is going to be tough.

Hightower is always a good program, Travis will be back, and we’re getting the three Alief schools.” The Cougars will have a quarterback competition on their hands with incumbent senior Tanner Schuetz competing with Davin Scott, a Bellaire High transfer. Andrus said Schuetz, who’s also an all-district baseball player, will play in the defensive backfield if he’s not the starting quarterback, and Scott will be a starting receiver if he’s not the signalcaller. One player who will definitely benefit from the Triple Option is senior fullback Nick Anderson, who rushed for nearly 300 yards in the victory over Clements. Senior wide receiver Brenden Nagel, along with Colby Bryant, will be the team’s leading receivers. Andrus said the offensive line will make up for quickness, in what it lacks in size. Senior Brian Thorpe, Joseph Pernales and Warren Smith all have experience on the O-line. Jordan Ward, a receiver last season, has moved to the defensive backfield and is a Division I prospect. The defensive line has experienced some injuries, but they’ll be strong if they’re healthy. The linebackers will be led by Jonathan McKinney and Justice Brown. The Cougars have added two new coordinators ‚Äì defensive coordinator Ricky Stade from Houston Westside and co-offensive coordinator Bobby Irvin from Katy Morton Ranch.

KEMPNER High School Aug. 30 at Pasadena Rayburn, 6 p.m. Sept. 4 vs. Clear Falls (Mercer), 6 p.m. Sept. 11 vs. Clements (Mercer), 6 p.m. Sept. 18 at Travis (Mercer), 6 p.m. Sept. 27 vs. Alief Elsik (Mercer), 6 p.m. Oct. 2 at Alief Hastings, 6 p.m. Oct. 11 vs. Dulles (Mercer), 1 p.m. (Homecoming) Oct. 17 at Alief Taylor, 7 p.m. Oct. 31 vs. Hightower (Mercer), 7 p.m. Nov. 7 at Austin (Mercer), 7 p.m. Head coach: Darrin Andrus  (19 years coaching, 3 as head coach at Kempner) Record last season: 1-9, missed the playoffs Division I commits: none at present time. Returning starters: 9 on offense, 9 on defense. Team strength: Varsity experience Question mark: a young defensive line Three key players: Tanner Schuetz (Quarterback), Brenden Nagel (Wide Receiver), Nicholas Anderson (Running Back) Top newcomer: Billy Reagins (Running Back) Toughest game: All of the 6A-23 games Outlook: Andrus said the Cougars will put more emphasis on the running game, specifically the Triple Option.

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Stafford looks for an encore performance By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter @ fortbendstar.com

In just one season, Ron Counter turned the Stafford High football program into a winner. “It was no secret,” Counter said. “They put in hard work and effort. They just needed to get pointed in the right direction. They bought into the philosophy and gave a great effort.” Counter, who was a member of Oklahoma’s 1985 National Championship team, coached Strake Jesuit in southwest Houston for eight years. He arrived in Stafford last year with plans to make the Spartans competitive. Now, Stafford is focused on following up its 9-2 season (a four-game improvement from 2012) with an encore performance. The Spartans entered the 2013 regular season finale with a 9-0 record, but lost 42-35 at perennial power La Marque before losing to Silsbee in the second round of the playoffs. Stafford enters ultra-

competitive 4A-12 (Division I) where they’ll compete against the likes of El Campo, Bay City, West Columbia, Brazosport and Needville. The non-district schedule isn’t any easier. The Spartans open at 7 p.m. Friday at home against 3A powerhouse, East Bernard, before matchups at Bellville (Sept. 5), vs. 5A Willowridge on Sept. 12, vs. Wharton on Sept. 26 and at St. Pius X on Oct. 3. The Spartans return five starters on each side of the ball, and Counter said this may be the best team in school history - even if the final record isn’t as impressive as last season’s 9-2 mark. “We feel like we’re going to make the playoffs and compete for a district championship,” Counter said. ���We have a lot of good athletes and speed. The kids worked really hard in the offseason and did well at 7-on7 this summer.” Dylan Stewart, the Spartans’ Junior Varsity dual threat quarterback last season, has earned his promotion to varsity, and Brian Imarenezor will replace Adrian Seals

STAFFORD High School Aug. 29 vs. East Bernard, 7 p.m. Sept. 5 at Bellville, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12 vs. Willowridge, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26 vs. Wharton, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at St. Pius X, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at Bay City, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17 vs. El Campo, 7 p.m. (Homecoming) Oct. 24 at West Columbia, 7 p.m. Oct. 31 vs. Needville, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at Brazosport, 7:30 p.m.

(now at Division II Midwestern State) at running back. Counter said the offensive line, led by Darrion Edmundson and Anh Trinh should be strong. “As the year goes on, the offensive line will get better and better,” Counter said. Defensively, defensive

Head coach: Ron Counter (27 years, second at Stafford) Record last season: 9-2, lost to Silsbee in the second round Division I commits: None at the present time Returning starters: 4 on offense, 4 on defense Team strength: Defensive line Question mark: a tougher schedule than last year Three key players: Josh Uloucha (Defensive Lineman), Dylan Stewart (Quarterback), Brian Imarenzor (Running Back) Top newcomer: Stewart Toughest game: Aug. 29 vs. East Bernard Outlook: Stafford’s schedule is so difficult this year that the team may be better than last year, even if the record doesn’t show it.

lineman Josh Uloucha is the Spartans’ leader, and he’s received some interest from Army, UT-San Antonio and Texas State among others. “Upfront is our strength, and we’re young in the secondary,” Counter said. “We have some good linebackers but not a lot of depth.”

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Willowridge builds for 2014 season 11 high schools in FBISD. Lazarou, a Kempner msudhalter @ fortbendstar.com High alum, is the team’s fifth head coach in six years. Richard Lazarou is trying Last season, the Eagles to bring a playoff atmosphere went 3-0 in non-district comback to Willowridge High. petition, defeating Houston That’s why he scheduled Sterling, Spring Woods and non-district road games to Northbrook before losing El Campo and Stafford (both their final seven games of the playoff teams in 2013), reseason. spectively this season. The “We’re going to be a lot Eagles kick off the season at better and surprise every7 p.m. Thursday vs. Brazosbody the kids had a great port at Hall Stadium. summer core conditioning “We want to give the kids program,” Lazarou said. a little chance to travel ‚Äì An improved Eagles like we’re going to have to do squad with 10 returning when we make the playoffs,” starters (five on each side Lazarou said. “We want a of the ball) will face one of playoff mindset, and you the toughest 5A districts can’t have a playoff mindset in the state (5A-23) with unless you travel.” state-ranked opponents such Willowridge, the only as Elkins and Ridge Point, Fort Bend ISD to win a state along with Bush, Marshall championship (1982), has a and Texas City all competproud football tradition, but ing for four playoff spots. it is currently the smallest of “ Our secondary and

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Aug. 28 vs. Brazosport (Hall), 7 p.m. Sept. 5 at El Campo, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at Stafford, 7 p.m. Sept. 25 vs. Bush (Mercer), 7 p.m. Oct. 3 at Santa Fe, 7 p.m. Oct. 11 vs. Elkins (Hall), 7 p.m. Oct. 17 at Galveston Ball, 7 p.m. Oct. 23 vs. Texas City (Hall), 7 p.m. Oct. 31 vs. Ridge Point (Hall), 7 p.m. (Homecoming) Nov. 7 at Marshall (Hall), 7 p.m.

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linebackers are strongest part of the time they’re the most experienced, and they are really good athletes,” Lazarou said. Seniors Chad Zeno and Brandon Charles are the top linebackers, while sophomores Jacquell Jackson and Cedric Marshall are expect-

Head Coach: Richard Lazarou (15 years coaching, second as head coach at Willowridge) Record last season: 3-7, missed the playoffs Division I commits: none at this time Returning starters: 5 on offense, 5 on defense Team strength: Experience Question mark: a young offensive line Three key players: Donald Mitchell (Quarterback/Free Safety), Tirrell Hall (Offensive Line/Defensive Line), Ajay Vaughn (Wide Receiver/Defensive Back) Top newcomer: Jeremiah Sanders (Quarterback/Free Safety) Toughest game: Aug. 28 vs. Brazosport Outlook: Willowridge has had five coaches in six years, but Lazarou he’s dedicated to establishing consistency.

ed to lead the defensive line. Lazarou expects the offense, led by senior quarterback Donald Mitchell, to be balanced between the running and passing games. Willowridge will open 5A-23 competition on Sept. 25 vs. Bush at Mercer Stadium.

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WATER DISTRICT NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON TAX RATE

The Fort Bend Municipal Utility District No. 68 will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2014 on Thursday, September 11, 2014, 12:00 p.m. at the offices of Schwartz, Page & Harding, 1300 Post Oak Blvd, Suite 1400, Houston, TX 77056. Your individual taxes may increase or decrease, depending on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value of all other property and the tax rate that is adopted.

The Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District #42 will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2014 on Monday, September 8, 2014, 12:00 p.m., at the offices of Allen Boone Humphries Robinson LLP, 3200 Southwest Freeway, Suite 2400, Houston, Texas 77027. Your individual taxes may increase or decrease, depending on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value of all other property and the tax rate that is adopted.

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If taxes on the average residence homestead increase by more than eight percent, the qualified voters of the district by petition may require that an election be held to determine whether to reduce the operation and maintenance tax rate to the rollback tax rate under Section 49.236(d), Water Code.

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ALCORN BEND-FIRST COLONY - Fedrick Harris designed 2-story home features both formatls + family rm; rich hardwood flrs; cook’s kitchen w/gas cooktop, tile flrs, & his and her closets 2nd flr offers game rm + bonus rm, 4 bedrms, 2 baths, & computer area. Serene tropical backyard w/ ivy covered pergola. Zoned to EXCELLENT schools. $695,000. Call Arlene Rolsen (281)414-8400 (3314SE)

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FBCA sets sights on postseason of the Eagles, who are on a quest to win a playoff game for msudhalter@ fortbendstar.com the first time in school history. Of those three losses, one Winning 70 percent of your was a last second lost to arfootball game and missing the chival Second Baptist and the postseason isn’t easy for any other was a five-point setback player or coach. against Northland Christian. But the Fort Bend ChrisThe Eagles, who open the tian football team plans on season on Friday with a nonusing last season’s 7-3 season district game at Danbury, will (and playoff near-miss) into have a a chance to contend motivation for the 2014 camfor the TAPPS Division IIpaign. District 4 Championship. “It’s frustrating when “Danbury had a good you’re that close, but it made year last year,” Roberts said. the players hungry for this “They got a new coach, and year,” Fort Bend Christian we’ll know more about when head coach Dave Roberts said we get film. Our district will

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be a battle every week. There are three or four teams could win it.” Fort Bend Christian’s district slate will include Lutheran South, Northland Christian, Second Baptist, Westbury Christian and a new opponent, Cypress Christian. Fort Bend Christian returns 11 starters— seven on defense and four on offense— and promotes a strong crop of junior varsity and freshman players.

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Marshall's Sheffield is among nation's best By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter @ fortbendstar.com

If you attend a Marshall High football game this fall, don’t be surprised to dozens of college coaches in the stands. Every college in America seems to be interested in signing senior cornerback Kendall Sheffield, who ESPN has ranked the ninth best prep football player in the country. Opponents shy away from passing in the direction of Sheffield, who still managed to intercept three passes last

season. Sheffield also won the 110 and 300 hurdles in the district track & field championships last season. But the Buffaloes, who finished 8-3 last season and lost to George Ranch in the first round of the playoffs, are much more than Sheffield. In fact, they have two Division I commits on offense in running back Davon Crookshank (Wisconsin) and offensive lineman Sam Awolope (Rice). In total, the Buffaloes have 11 returning starters – six on defense and five on offense for the season opener

FORT BEND CHRISTIAN Aug. 29 at Danbury, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 5 vs. KIPP Collegiate, 7 p.m. Sept. 12 at KIPP Sunnyside, 7 p.m. Sept. 19 vs. Katy Pope John XXIII, 7 p.m. (Homecoming) Sept. 26 at The Woodlands John Cooper, 7 p.m. Oct. 10 vs. Cypress Christian, 7 p.m. Oct. 16 at Westbury Christian, 7 p.m. Oct. 24 vs. Lutheran South, 7 p.m. Oct. 31 at Northland Christian, 7 p.m. Nov. 7 vs. Second Baptist, 7 p.m. Head coach: David Roberts (28 years coaching, 13 as head coach, third year at FBCA) Record last season: 7-3, missed the playoffs. Division I commits: none at present time Returning starters: 4 on offense, 8 on defense. Team strength: Skill positions, chemistry, team unity Question mark: Depth Three key players: Ty Stubbs (Offensive Line/Defensive Line), Jake Bruns (Quarterback), Lynell Smith (Linebacker) Top newcomer: Steven Jackson (Running Back) Toughest game: Nov. 7 vs. Second Baptist Outlook: The Eagles have enough talent to contend for a district championship.

at 7 p.m. Friday at Houston Madison (the game will be played at Houston ISD’s Butler Stadium). “Our biggest strength is that we have quite a few guys who have played before, mainly at our skill positions,” Marshall head football coach James Williams said. The Buffaloes, who will compete in 5A-23, will wrap up their non-district competition on Sept. 4 vs. Alief Hastings at Hall Stadium and Foster on Sept. 19 (Hall) before meeting Ridge Point on Sept. 25 (Hall) in a televised game that will serve as both teams’ 5A-23 opener. Last season’s starting quarterback, J.W. Ketchum, has transferred to Houston Lamar, so former wide receiver Jeremy Smith who does have quarterback experience takes over in the pocket. “His leadership is being noticed, and he’s a vocal leader,” Williams said. Smith’s top receivers are expected to be Austin Ford and Jerrell Mills, and Crook-

H CHRISTIAN, FROM PG 9 Senior quarterback Jack Bruns returns to lead a balanced offense, and he’ll have a reliable No. 1 receiver in fellow senior Zach Richards (who’s also a leader in the defensive backfield) as well as juniors Colton and Tyler Cicavarra. “We run the spread - you always want to be 50-50,” Roberts said. “We’ll probably throw the ball 20-25 times per game.” Seniors Justin Wherry and Steve Jackson will split the running back duties, and returning all-state senior offensive lineman Ty Stubbs will anchor a young, but promising O-line. Former Heisman Trophy

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MARSHALL High School Aug. 29 at Houston Madison, 7 p.m. Sept. 4 vs. Alief Hastings (Hall), 7 p.m. Sept. 19 vs. Foster (Hall), 7 p.m. Sept. 25 at Ridge Point (Hall), 7 p.m. (Televised Game) Oct. 2 vs. Texas City (Hall), 7 p.m. Oct. 9 vs. Bush (Hall), 7 p.m. (Homecoming) Oct. 17 at Santa Fe, 7 p.m. Oct. 24 vs. Elkins (Hall), 7 p.m. Oct. 31 at Galveston Ball, 7 p.m. Nov. 7 vs. Willowridge (Hall), 7 p.m.

shank is one of the premier running backs in the Houston area. Williams is confident in the offensive line, which is young, but led by Awolope. “No matter how much you spread it out, the game is won at the line of scrimmage,” Williams said. In addition to Sheffield, the Buffaloes have a strong defensive line, led by Jeremy Bass, and Williams said linebacker Dominique Dukes is “an all-over-the-field type player.”

 Head Coach: James Williams (16 years in coaching, fifth year at Marshall) Record last season: 8-3, lost to George Ranch in the second round of the playoffs. Division I commits: Davon Crookshank (Wisconsin), Sam Awolope (Rice) Returning starters: 5 on offense, 6 on defense Team strength: skill positions Question mark: a young offensive line Three key players: Kendall Sheffield (Cornerback-ranked ninth best high school player in the country), Crookshank (Running Back), Awolope (Offensive Lineman) Top newcomer: Chukwudalu Ononenyi (Defensive End-transferred from Leander High, near Austin) Toughest game: Aug. 29 at Houston Madison Outlook: Marshall’s a talented team in a stacked district, and every college in the country would like to sign Sheffield.

BUSH High School finalist Don Trull, who was a quarterback at Baylor in the 1960s, is an assistant coach on offense, while former Notre Dame standout and NFL veteran Jordan Black coaches the offensive line. Roberts, who is 13-7 at Fort Bend Christian, previously coached at the college level for Howard Payne in Brownwood and MidAmerica Nazarene in Kansas. Defensively, the Eagles will run a 3-4, and Roberts expects big things from senior Ricky Lancios, who had close to 100 tackles last fall. Stubbs was also all-state on defense and leads the defense line, while senior Lynell Smith is the team’s top returning linebacker.

Aug. 30 vs. Alief Taylor (Mercer), 6 p.m. Sept. 6 vs. Houston Madison (Mercer), 1 p.m. Sept. 13 vs. Klein Oak (Mercer), 6 p.m. Sept. 25 at Willowridge (Mercer), 7 p.m. Oct. 2 vs. Ridge Point (Mercer), 7 p.m. (Homecoming) Oct. 9 at Marshall (Hall), 7 p.m. Oct. 17 at Texas City, 7 p.m. Oct. 24 vs. Santa Fe (Mercer), 7 p.m. Nov. 1 vs. Elkins (Hall), 6 p.m. Nov. 8 vs. Galveston Ball (Mercer), 6 p.m. Head Coach: Allen Aldridge (Seventh year as head coach Record last season: 9-3, lost to Manvel in the second round of the playoffs. Division I commits: Josh Jones (Oklahoma State), Mbi Tanyi (Maryland) Returning starters: 5 on offense, 5 on defense Team strength: offensive and defensive lines

Question mark: depth Three key players: Jones (Offensive Lineman), Tanyi (Defensive Lineman), Myles Rice (Defensive End) Top newcomer: Elijah Meyer (Linebacker) Toughest game: Oct. 2 vs. Ridge Point Outlook: It’d be difficult to find a team with better offensive and defensive line talent than the Broncos.

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