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Voice of Community-Minded People since 1976 May 2, 2013 Joe Craddock dies Joe Craddock, owner of C&D Burger, died Wednesday evening after a long illness. Craddock, who was well-known for his hamburgers and his strong interest in the community, has been a South Belt resident and businessman since at least the 1970s. Craddock use to manage a Dairy Queen on Fuqua. He later bought the building and opened it up as C&D Burger. Check the Leader facebook page for funeral arrangements. Information should be available by late Thursday.


Annual South Belt cookoff set for May 2-4 Haulbrooks honored Les and Donna Haulbrook will be recognized at this year’s South Belt Spectacular Cookoff by having a street at the annual event named in their honor. The couple, who formerly lived in Sagemeadow before relocating to Green Tee, are responsible for starting the cookoff in 1996 as a way to raise funds for the annual fireworks show. The fireworks show was originally funded by the South Belt-Ellington Chamber of Commerce, where Les Haulbrook once served as executive director. The Haulbrooks organized the event for five years before handing control over to the motherdaughter team of Linda and Shelley Arnone, who ran the event for the next nine years. The Southeast Volunteer Fire Department has organized the event the past three years. Photo by Marie Flickinger

Fire evacuates Dobie

Dobie students were dismissed Wednesday, May 1, after a brush fire broke out behind the campus. There was no damage to the school.

Tree waste pickup set Tree waste for most Houston residents south of Fuqua will be picked up Thursday, May 9. Most residents north of Fuqua will have theirs collected the following day.

Morris choir sets fundraiser Morris Middle School Choir will hold a fundraiser at Almeda Skate Center, 10750 Almeda Genoa, Thursday. May 2, from 5 to 9 p.m. The choir will perform a brief concert at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 and will benefit the Morris Middle School choir. For information, call choir director James Goan at 713-7400672 or visit

The 17th annual South Belt Spectacular Cookoff is set to take place Thursday, May 2, to Saturday, May 4, at El Franco Lee Park, 9400 Hall Road. Thursday will be open to participants and volunteers only, while Friday and Saturday will be open to the public. The event is the sole fundraiser for the annual South Belt fireworks show, also held at the area park. Begun in 1988, the fireworks show was originally funded by the South Belt-Ellington Chamber of Commerce through a beauty contest, the annual Fourth of July parade, a dance and a community fair. At the time, the fireworks show cost roughly $3,000 to produce. After around five years, the chamber relinquished control of the fireworks show to the Leader, which solicited funds from members of the community. The third year into this arrange-

Kindergarten Roundups set Moore Elementary Moore Elementary invites students who will be kindergartners at Moore for the new school year and their parents on Monday, May 6, from 6 to 7 p.m., to learn about the school and the kindergarten program. They will visit kindergarten classrooms and participate in kindergarten activities. Parents will learn about the kindergarten program while students partake in an activity. Parents and students will take a selfguided technology tour through the school. South Belt Elementary South Belt Elementary will hold Kindergarten Round-Up for the new school year Friday, May 3, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Parents who live in the South Belt attendance zone are invited. For questions, call 713-740-5276.

The stretch of Blackhawk between Kirkville and Kirkfair is now a lot cleaner thanks to the work of volunteers who recently pitched in to help mow and clean up the unkempt esplanades in the Kirkmont subdivision. Many who are not even from the subdivision showed interest in helping clean up the area. Shown to the left are Chad Tremont and his mother Beverly Swaim. While Swaim is a Kirkmont resident, Tremont lives in Green Tee. Tremont’s wife Jaclyn Tremont’s parents also live in Kirkmont. A second esplanade was cleaned by residents of Clear Brook Meadows. Photo by Marie Flickinger

KWS scholarship offered The deadline for high school seniors to apply for a 2013 Kirkwood South Committee Scholarship is May 8, 2013. Applications are available at the J. Frank Dobie High School Scholarship Counselor’s Office. Applicants must reside in KWS and plan to attend a Texas public university or college.

Cokesbury Spring Fling set Cokesbury United Methodist Church will celebrate its Spring Fling Friday, May 3, from noon to 5 p.m., and Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free classes and demonstrations will include basic necklace making, scrapbooking, Origami, basic cupcake decorating and more. There will also be a Basic Photoshop seminar and Facebook 101. Art and crafts will available as well as food and games.

Faith Formation at St. Luke’s St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church, 11011 Hall, will register families for the 20132014 faith formation year Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5, in the social hall after all Masses. The faith formation process is designed to assist parents in sharing the faith with their children. Forms will also be accepted in the Faith Formation office on Fridays from 3 to 5 p.m. Call 281-481-4251 to make an appointment to register on another day. Class space is limited – register early.

Highland Meadow meets The Highland Meadow Homeowners Association board meeting is set for Wednesday, May 8, at 7 p.m. in Meeting Room F at Parker Williams Library, 10851 Scarsdale Blvd. For information, visit

Dobie Cheer Clinic May 11 The Dobie cheerleaders will hold a spring cheer clinic Saturday, May 11, from 1 to 4 p.m. for grades K-8th. The cost is $25 for early registration, and $30 at the door., which includes pizza, a drink, a certificate and a cheer T-shirt. For more information, email Deborah Cook at

International festival set Gulfhaven S.D.A. Church will host an public international festival Saturday, May 4, at 11 a.m. at 10716 Sabo Road. Food sampling from more than 20 countries will be available.

Woman kidnapped, raped, robbed Houston police are investigating a report of a woman who says she was abducted at gunpoint early Monday, April 29, from the Walmart parking lot in the 9500 block of Rowlett near Almeda Mall, then taken to a separate location and sexually assaulted and robbed. According to police, a man approached the 31-year-old woman around 1 a.m. and pulled a gun on her and forced her into her own vehicle. Police said the man then forced the woman to drive to another location where he raped and

robbed her in her vehicle. Following the alleged assault, the woman drove herself to Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and called police. Police said they don’t have a description of the attacker, but they are investigating the incident and viewing surveillance footage. Anyone with information about this case is urged to call HPD’s Special Crimes Unit at 713308-1180 or Crime Stoppers at 713 222- TIPS (8477).

Early MUD, CCISD voting continues Early voting for the May 11 municipal utility district and school elections has begun and will continue through Tuesday, May 7. Bond elections will be held in both the Sagemeadow and Kirkmont municipal utility districts and the Clear Creek Independent School District. CCISD will also hold a board election. The Sagemeadow and Kirkmont municipal utility districts will each hold bond elections to address their aging water and sewer lines that were damaged by recent droughts. Voters in the Sagemeadow MUD’s bond will decide on a $15 million proposal, while Kirkmont residents will vote on a $10 million bond. The two MUDs will hold the bond elections jointly at the Kirkmont MUD building located at 10102 Blackhawk. Early voting hours are 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

on May 2 and on May 6 and May 7 and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 3. Election Day voting hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Voters in CCISD will vote on a $367 million bond that officials say is necessary to address the district’s aging facilities and to promote extracurricular programs. Contents of the bond package were prioritized last year by a 30-member committee consisting of parents, local citizens, business leaders and educators and can be found by visiting www. Board positions up for grabs in CCISD are the District 1 seat currently held by Robert Davee and the At-Large Position B seat currently held by Ann Hammond. Vying to replace Davee, who is not seeking. Continued on Page 6A

Sharma murder remembered Publisher’s note: This story continues the series in which the Leader will re-examine unsolved area crimes, particularly homicides. It is hoped by bringing light to these incidents, new information may be gained to help solve them.

Dr. Baldev Sharma By Barbara Gibson On Oct. 10, 2007, Dr. Baldev Sharma, 72, and his wife, Perveen, dropped by the Food Town grocery store at the corner of Scarsdale and Beamer on their way home to Clear Lake. The couple had enjoyed dinner at their favorite restaurant, Darbar, which they frequented on a routine basis. While Perveen shopped inside, Sharma parked his 2002 Nissan Maxima along the more

secluded west side of the grocery store that faces Beamer and waited. At approximately 9 p.m., two black men approached Sharma and demanded his car. Witnesses said one of the men opened fire and drove off in Sharma’s car while the other fled on foot toward Astoria. One witness told the Leader he saw the suspect laughing as he drove off. Bystanders attempted to revive Sharma, but were unsuccessful. Investigators with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office described the suspects as being between the ages of 16 and 20 with short hair, thin builds and about six feet tall. Investigators also believed the suspects may have been involved in a robbery at McDonalds located in the 14000 block of the Gulf Freeway, which had occurred after the alleged carjacking. Sharma’s car was found torched two hours later at the Zollie Scales Park located at Corder and Springhill, off 288, 24 miles away. The case remains unsolved. It would appear that Sharma was a victim of a random act of violence had he not been one of Continued on Page 3A

Multiple area cars broken into The Harris County Precinct 2 Constable’s office is searching for a suspect(s) wanted for breaking into at least two separate vehicles Monday, April 29. The first incident took place around noon at the Wells Fargo Bank in the 11100 block of Scarsdale. After a customer entered the bank, a black male wearing a glove allegedly punched through the victim’s window to gain entry. The suspect was then chased off by a witness before taking anything from the car. The suspect was thought to be driving either a Honda Civic or a Honda Accord. Later that day, a second vehicle was broken

into at the Clear Brook City Municipal Utility District office in the 11900 block of Blackhawk at roughly 4 p.m. Again, the suspect was a black male wearing a glove to punch through the vehicle’s window. The thief made off with the purse of the victim, who had been in the office for only a couple of minutes. The suspect in this case was driving a black sport utility vehicle. It is unclear if the two incidents are related. Anyone with information on these cases is urged to call the constable’s office at 281-4819189.

ment the donations dried up, forcing Leader publisher Marie Flickinger to finance the event. The fireworks show was canceled the following year when it looked like, once again, there would be insufficient funds, which was estimated at $9,000 by this time. Unaware the event had been canceled, many residents still went to the park expecting to see the show. In an effort to keep the fireworks show alive, the Leader ran a story asking for help from the community. South Belt resident Donna Haulbrook, with assistance from her husband Les, stepped up to the plate with the idea of organizing a cookoff. While the couple had never even attended such an event, they knew that there wasn’t one in the community at the time. The first cookoff in 1996 had only 12 teams Continued on Page 6A

Residents clean up Kirkmont

Sageglen holds garage sale The Sageglen subdivision will hold a communitywide garage sale on Friday and Saturday, May 3 and May 4.

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Marks IDd as lifelong resident The body found dead Tuesday, April 23, next to the Beamer ditch between Kirkfair and Beltway 8 has been identified as Bill Robert Marks. Contrary to police reports issued last week stating he was a Montgomery County resident, Marks, 50, was actually a lifelong South Belt resident, attending Stuchbery, Thompson, Dobie and San Jacinto College.

Marks’ body was discovered at roughly 4:20 p.m. by students who were walking home from school. At press time, the cause of death had not beendetermined. His family says, however, that he suffered from heart problems. See related obituary on Page 2A.

Suspect shot fleeing South Houston Houston police are investigating an incident in which a Harris County Sheriff’s narcotics officer shot a suspect alleged to have fled from South Houston High School in a stolen vehicle Tuesday, April 30. According to police, the officer, along with a South Houston police officer, were conducting surveillance in an unmarked truck around 2:40 p.m. when they reportedly spotted someone break into a black Chevy truck and drive off from the school’s parking lot. The officers pursued the driver, who struck a curb in the 2100 block of Parakeet Road near

Marleen Street. The suspect ran from the stolen vehicle, then turned toward the officers, while reportedly holding a metallic object. Fearing for his life, the narcotics officer fired his duty weapon at the suspect, striking him in the buttocks. The injured man was taken to Ben Taub Hospital in stable condition and is expected to face criminal charges. As is customary in officer-involved shooting incidents in the city limits, this case is being investigated by the HPD Homicide Division and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.

South Belt area hit by heavy rain The South Belt area received some muchneeded rainfall Saturday, April 27. According to the Harris County Flood Control District, the rain gauge at the Beamer ditch

at Hughes Road recorded 3.16 inches of rain. While much of the Greater Houston area experienced extensive flooding, most of the South Belt area was spared high water.

SJC’s Tate celebrates 45 years San Jacinto College South math professor Jerry Tate was honored for his 45 years of service to the area school at its annual service awards banquet Friday, April 26. Tate, a Sageglen resident, is the longest-serving teacher in the district. Shown with Tate is San Jacinto College Chancellor Brenda Hellyer. Photo by SJC’s Rob Vanya

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Readers’ Opinions Rising Stars track team seeks support The Rising Stars Track Club has been in existence for over twenty five years. We believe that if you train hard and compete with all your heart, you are a winner regardless of where you cross the finish line. The skills we teach our athletes - determination, discipline, learning how to win and lose, overcoming adversity and cultivating camaraderie – can be applied in the classroom as well. The strongest measure of our team’s success is the high percentage of athletes who have received scholarships and graduated from institutions of higher learning. Last year several of our athletes participated in the AAU National Junior Olympics held right here in the city of Houston, where competed against several thousand athletes from across the country. To our credit, we have many All-Americans and Honorable Mention All-Americans that have excelled under our leadership and coaching. We were fortunate to have this event held locally which helped us to keep our operating cost down. We are in need of your help. Since we are a non-profit organization, our athletes pay a registration fee at the beginning of the season which covers uniforms, AAU registration and entry fee paid for the National Qualifiers meet. We have fund raisers throughout the year and will continue to do so to help offset some of the costs involved with having an “elite” track club for both boys and girls ages 5-19 years of age in the South Belt area. All of our coaches are non-paid volunteers with families of their own but they find time in their busy schedule to work with our athletes Sunday-Thursday and attend track meets on every Saturday throughout the city of Houston (all day!). We represent the South Belt area very well as you can see from our results that are being posted in the South Belt Leader every week. Our athletes are working very hard every day to be able to end the season with 2 major events: The Team Club Champion-ship in Orlando, Fl from July 8-13 where the entire team will have an opportunity to go and compete against other youth track teams from across the country. We will also be sending some of our athletes to the AAU National Junior Olympics held at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI from July 27-August 3, 2013. It would be a disgrace to us, the community, to have our kids work this hard and not be able to be a part of the biggest stage in their particular sport. As I stated earlier we are actively doing fundraisers but we are still in need of your help. We are asking you to help sponsor an athlete for their trip to Orlando, Fl with a contribution of $300 which will cover 1 athletes travel, room and board. Your contribution will be greatly appreciated with a plaque showing your support as well as the ability to have this serve as a tax deduction. In all of our years of existence we have never reached out to the community for help but together we can do so much more. Thank you in advance for your support and for being a partner in the South Belt Area. Rgds Chancellor Dickson Rising Stars Track Club, President 832-340-8269

Sandra Mossman supports CCISD As a former superintendent, parent of three successful graduates, a grandparent of one current student, and a long-time educator and taxpayer in the Clear Creek Independent School District, I treasure the quality of education this school district offers nearly 40,000 students. The prominent reason CCISD is strong is because people like you believe creating a world-class education doesn’t happen by chance, it happens by choice. On May 11th, we have a choice to make. The choice is whether we want to improve CCISD for generations to come or ignore the needs identified by a group of diverse citizens. Yes, the list of needs is long but so has been the wait to address the aging conditions, safety hazards, overcrowding, and lack of technology in our schools. When I was superintendent, I had the great opportunity to witness this community support bonds in 2004 and 2007 to build new schools for a growing population. This bond is different but equally just as important. It guarantees that no matter where you live, your neighborhood school is the hub of 21st century learning. It ensures that every child in CCISD attends a school with a secure entrance and updated fire and safety systems. It replaces portables with permanent structures to defer the cost of building new schools. It ensures the extracurricular programs that now support five high schools have the appropriate facilities and equipment, such as musical instruments, to match the talents of our children. The CCISD Bond is the right investment at the right time for all the right reasons. Vote “For” your local school district on May 11th. Sandra Mossman Former CCISD Superintendent

Haywood decision upsets Brewer I found the April 25 article on the termination of Haywood Management as manager of Highland Meadows Association to be factual but incomplete. I have attended the board meetings since the 3 board members voting in favor of this action to control of the association and I have found these 3 board members to be both arrogant and uninformative. Although other actions they have taken are of concern, none are as expensive as this latest action. I have read the contract between Haywood Management and our association; it appears


Date: Friday, May 17

Ellington breaks ground on new hangar

that we are in breach. Although the 3 board members claim they are terminating the contract with cause, they did not follow the procedures outlined in the contract. The potential liability to our association is over $70,000. The time to raise questions and voice objections is now. If you wait until the bill comes due and every homeowner has to write a check for a couple of hundred dollars to cover this folly then it will be too late. Greg Brewer Publisher’s note: I appreciate Greg’s acknowledgement that the article is “factual.” In response to it was “incomplete,” I do not disagree. But the full story has not been told since there are concerns of legal action, possibly on both sides. The new board members are following the advice of their lawyer. I doubt the residents have any concerns about having to pay out additional funding due to the contract. – Marie Flickinger

Spring festival, garage sale set Gulf Meadows Church, 8012 Fuqua, will hold a spring festival and huge garage sale on Saturday, May 18, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fun for the family will include live music, children’s activities, moonwalks, games and food. Spaces are available for rent to sell crafts, promote a business or get rid of garage sale items. The public is invited to this free event. For information, call 713-991-5683 or visit Face

Hats For Hope at Frazier Frazier Elementary will host its fifth Hats For Hope project benefiting M.D. Anderson Cancer Hospital. The school will collect new hats with tags still attached or monetary donations through May 10. Since cancer patients have weakened immune systems, only hats with the tags attached will be accepted. Help with the making or knitting of hats will be appreciated. For infomation, contact Rhonda Jacobs at 713-740-0560 or rjacobs@

Volper regarding elected officials It will Never happen as he, Obama is being protected by the Brotherhood of Corrupt Senators and Representatives who have sold the souls for the blood stained 30 pieces of Silver. Just like Reid will never be thrown out of office on Bribery Charges for he is being protected by the Brotherhood of Corrupt Senators. I would be happy to add my signature of a petition for impeachment, to have him impeached but, really who would start the process of impeachment?! There’s NO one in the government today that has the foritude that’s being polite for you fill in the ____. No one does. After all, look at all the impeachable offenses Obama and Holder have committed and no one has done a thing. So, we Americans just stay madder than hell and that’s it. We don’t have a government for the people……we have a bunch of people wearing suits and ties, women wearing dresses and pant suits collecting a paycheck and going to meetings for their own agenda and that’s all. This is NOT the government we had when I was younger. I believe it started the change at the start of Kennedy and has been steadily going down hill ever since. Reagan tried to change it’s course and he was a good President but he failed to repond or react with military mite when 272 OF or finest were murdered in their sleep while serving in the capacity of peace keepers in Lebanon. Remember those famous words.. “read my lips” even then, there was trouble from the right and today you can’t tell the two parties apart. Good example is John McCain and Lindsey Graham. Time to support a party that’s here and keeps on keeping on with the same idelogy and DOES follow the most important document in America….. the Constitution. That’s the Constitution Party. It’s long over due to get rid of these anti Americans and their direct attempts of ignoring the Constitution at the cost of our rights being taken from us. A.C. Volper

A groundbreaking ceremony was recently held to celebrate the start of construction for a new hangar at Ellington Airport. The 37,000-square-foot facility will be utilized by Southwest Airport Services. Once complete, the hangar will hold between nine and 15 large airplanes, according to company President William King. Construction is expected to be

Meador fourth-grader Jocelyn Ramsahai recently won an art contest held in honor of the City of Houston’s annual WaterWeek. For her efforts, Ramsahai and her classmates received T-shirts and free bus transportation to

I have received word from District E Councilman Dave Martin’s office that Mr. Krueger, Director of the Houston Public Works dept, has taken another look at Frey road and the condition that it is in. It has been determined that the condition of the roadway is in very poor condition and that it will be added to the current overlay program. Remember, this would not have happened had not so many of you taken the time and made the effort to contact the Councilman’s office and complained. Remember last July when 65 people showed up at the HCFCD/County Commissions flood meeting. Things then started moving. See it does work when you speak up. We will now not only have a better and smoother roadway to drive on, but it will be a much safer place for people to walk, especially the school children. Thank you Mr. Martin and Mr. Krueger. James E. Muecke

and Saturday, May 18


(Rainout dates, May 24th & 25th)

Time: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Place: YOUR Garage! It’s that time of year again*! Clean out your drawers, closets and your garage! A great way to get organized and make money is to participate in the community garage sale! Your unused items could be someone else’s treasure. A volunteer form the community will be placing ads in the local paper and putting signs up at the front entrance of the community. *Garage sales are only allowed in the community twice a year on specified dates by the HOA.

the WaterWeek Festival, which began in Humble April 29 and will continue through May 3. The five-day educational event is aimed at exposing students to careers in the water profession. The festival coincides with

UHCL’s Mercury to perform Beethoven’s 4th, 5th symphonies

BAHEP supports CCISD bond election

What happens when people speak up?

complete by fall. Shown above at the event are, left to right, Dan Seal (Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership), Craig Miller (Memorial City Bank), Jim McCutchen (Memorial City Bank), Ian Wadsworth (Houston Airport Systems), William King (Southwest Airport Services), Dick Clark (NASA) and Bob Rada (Southwest Airport Services).

City recognizes Meador’s Ramsahai

Experience classical music a new way as University of Houston-Clear Lake offers Mercury’s performance of Beethoven’s underappreciated Symphony No. 4 and the mammoth and iconic Symphony No. 5, on Thursday, May 9, at 8 p.m. in the university’s Bayou Theater, 2700 Bay Area Blvd. Presale tickets are Investment guru Warren Buffett once com- available in the Office of

mented, “Price is what you pay; value is what you get.” Similarly, we know that the Clear Creek ISD bond will cost something; so, my question is, “What is the value?” My conclusion: The value far outweighs the price. We should all vote for this bond on May 11. To assure that we continue to have a vibrant, competitive economy, we must have an excellent educational system. Our property taxes pay for that excellence. CCISD has proven itself a national leader in education and remains one of Texas’ most respected districts academically, operationally, and fiscally. CCISD has earned our trust by managing its primary source of funds very effectively. Passage of the proposed bond, which provides the district’s second main source of funds, pays for needed building repairs, safety systems, facilities to accommodate growth, and educational equipment. The needs are real; the process to arrive at the bond’s $367M price tag was open and transparent; and the value to each of us – our return on our investment – is high. I admit that I had questions about certain aspects of the bond. I asked those questions; I received sound, factual responses. CCISD has made its case persuasively. Now it is time for us to vote to support our community, our district and our 40,000 children. This is an investment we must make in ourselves and for our future. Bob Mitchell, President Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership

PW Library events set The following events are set for the Parker Williams Library, May 2 through May 8. Preschool storytime is at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, and toddler storytime is at 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

Student Life for $12 general admission and $8 with UHCL ID. Tickets at the door will be $15 for the general public and $10 with UHCL ID. For information, visit turalarts or contact Associate Director of Student Life Andrew Reitberger at 281-283-2560 or Reit

National Public Service Recognition Week, which highlights the broad range of services provided by public servants and introduces students to a variety of career options. During the festival, students interact with engineers, water treatment plant operators, chemists, environmental inspectors and utility maintenance and wastewater professionals. The WaterWorks Education Center provides an environment for students to learn how lake water is transformed into drinking water and distributed to homes and businesses. Educational demonstrations instruct students on ways that their personal actions can reduce water pollution and can protect their drinking water resources. The mission of the Water-

Deaths his pet children, Dot and Weiner. He is survived by his wife, Joanna Christine Tate-Marks; his pet children, Peanut and Oscar; his sister, Barbara “Jennie” Marks-Glasgow, her spouse, Daniel Glasgow, and children Adam, Steve, Tim, Julia, Ben and Kellie of Manvel; his sister, Suzanne Marks, and her children, Sam Marks, Tyler, Brian and Bradley Cook, and her partner William Jason Poole of Sagemont; more than 40 nieces, nephews; and cousins; and many lifelong friends. A memorial and celebration of Marks’ life will be held at a future date on the beaches of Galveston where Bill Robert Marks, 50, he loved to fish, dream and died Tuesday, April 23, 2013. pray. Further announcements He was born on Dec. 22, as to dates and times are 1962. forthcoming. He was a lifelong resident of the South Belt community and attended Stuchbery Elementary, Thompson Intermediate and Dobie High School. He graduated from San Jacinto College and held a certification as an LVN, working as a nurse for his entire professional life. Marks was married for 24 years to Joanna Christene Tate-Marks. When his wife’s mother became ill, he moved to Montgomery County to care for his mother-in-law for the year prior to her death. When his father became ill, he returned to the South Belt community to be closer to his family. Marks was an avid fisherman and cherished time spent on the lake, bay or ocean with Clifford Xavier Jackson, a fishing pole in his hand. He 81, died on April 28, 2013. was a talented musician and He was born in Cincinnati, learned to play guitar by ear Ohio, on Feb. 9, 1932. at the age of 13, composing Jackson graduated from many songs and spending Deer Park High School and many hours playing. joined the Navy where he Marks was preceded in served as a chief petty ofdeath by his mother, Kathryn ficer for four years. He was Jan Marks; his father, Robert a salesman at Western and Adam Marks; grandparents Southern Life Insurance Ethell and Leo Marks; and Company for 25 years where

Bill Robert Marks

Clifford Xavier Jackson

Leader obituary policy Obituaries submitted to the Leader are published free of charge. There must be a South Belt connection. Obituaries are edited to conform to the Leader style.

he retired. He attended seminary and became a deacon in the first class of Galveston/ Houston established in 1972 and served as a deacon at his home parish of St. Francis Cabrini where he was a member for 45 years. He was also a member of the Men’s Club where he had many friends. Jackson loved music and enjoyed playing the organ and ukulele. One of his favorite pasttimes was being a member of the King Strings Ukulele Band, and he enjoyed playing with them at nursing homes and hospitals. He also enjoyed old westerns and World War II movies. He is preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Marjorie Jackson. Jackson is survived by five daughters: Teresa Mueller (Randy), Julia Sudela (Joe), Linda Sudela (Mark), Laura Cornman (Terry) and Lisa Hamilton (Conrad); 15 grandchildren; and six greatgrandchildren. A funeral Mass was held Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at St. Francis Cabrini Parish at 10727 Hartsook. A private burial will be on Friday, May 3, at Houston National Cemetery. The Jackson were longtime South Belt residents living in the Beverly Hills subdivision.

Works Education Center is to promote water education, conservation and stewardship. Festival attendees can explore interactive exhibit booths hosted by city, state and federal water professionals and local environmental educators. WaterWeek Festival is located at 12121 N. Sam Houston Parkway East. Admission is free.

Riverstone Ranch holds sale Riverstone Ranch will hold a community garage sale on Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Rainout dates are May 24 and 25) Each resident will hold his or her own sale at own residence.

St. Frances Cabrini bazaar St. Frances Cabrini will hold its 39th annual bazaar on Sunday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the church grounds at 10727 Hartsook Street. The bazaar will feature a barbecue dinner, Mexican food, arts and crafts, trash and treasure, entertainment, kiddie land, bingo, a raffle with a $2,500 first prize, four $500 gift cards, a 42-inch TV, and more. The trash and treasure, considered one of southeast Houston’s largest garage sales, will open on Saturday, May 4. Proceeds from the bazaar will support the parish’s outreach programs and operations. Admission is free.

Genealogy group meets May 6 The Parker Williams Genealogy Group will meet Monday, May 6, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Parker Williams Library, Scarsdale and Beamer. Meetings are free and anyone interested in researching family history is invited to attend.

HCFCD offers flood tips Harris County Flood Control District officials have developed a series of articles on flood preparation. This is the third in a series. The Harris County Flood Control District shares Flood Safety Topic #3 – Flood Insurance: When most people think of flooding, they picture a river overtopping its banks and flowing into nearby towns and neighborhoods. But that’s only part of the problem. Flooding can occur wherever precipitation falls. You don’t have to live in a flood plain or near a bayou or creek. Heavy rain that doesn’t soak into the

ground – because the ground is covered by asphalt or is already saturated – can back up into streets and houses. And even an inch of water inside a home can cause thousands of dollars in damage. The Harris County Flood Control District urges everybody in Harris County to get flood insurance. Most people don’t realize that standard home insurance policies do not cover flooding. And compared to the cost of replacing a home and its contents, a separate flood insurance policy doesn’t cost that much. Visit for more information about flood insurance and how to get it.

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Sharma murder reminder of questions on crime laboratory Continued from Page 1A the central figures in the Houston Police Department’s Crime Lab scandal that was under investigation for faulty DNA and serology work that led to the wrongful conviction of several men. George Rodriguez served 17 years, Josiah Sutton served four years, and Ronald Gene Taylor served 14 years, along with Lynn Jones who languished in jail for nine months awaiting the test results that cleared him. The undisputed independent investigation report that cost taxpayers $5.3 million was released in its final form on June 13, 2007. The report cited Sharma as being incompetent, difficult to work with, lazy and unprofessional and the sole person punished for the nine-month delay in processing lab tests in the Lynn Jones case that came to light in October 1996. With the exception of Jones’ case, none of the Internal Affairs Division investigations involving Sharma, during his 16-year career, were sustained. According to the report, Sharma held a Ph.D. in chemistry from the Delhi University’s All India Institute for Medical Sciences and was hired to work in the crime lab’s newly created DNA section in 1989. He retired in February 2005, one month before the independent investigation began. The DNA section of the lab was created in 1989, after the Houston-Galveston Area Council approved a $300,000 five-year grant to fund the unit, of which the City of Houston was to assume an increasing proportion each

year. It was also noted in the report that the Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office was developing a DNA section during the same period. After Sharma was hired, he attended the FBI Academy’s Laboratory Application of DNA Typing Methods School, which covered Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphisms DNA analysis. The manual for this method was adopted into the Standard Operation Procedures for the DNA Section. By 1991, the infrastructure was in place for the lab to begin DNA testing. According to the investigation report, Sharma “had a reputation in the crime lab for being unable to obtain RFLP results,” and that the investigators had reviewed at least one case of Sharma’s that confirmed his inability. Without citing any other cases, the investigators concluded that Sharma “appears to have been technically incompetent.” However, in a report obtained by the Leader dated Dec. 2, 1991, Sharma had conducted DNA tests using the RFLP method on four cases provided by the Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office. The test involved comparing bone samples obtained from unidentified skeletal remains with a blood sample obtained from the possible parents in hopes of a match. One of the bone samples in particular came from the unidentified remains of a victim (case number ML733355) presumed by the ME’s office to be Mark Scott, who was a known victim killed in the Houston mass murders

that came to light in 1973. The parents, Walter and Mary Scott, donated blood for comparison. Although Sharma’s test results came back inconclusive, he wasn’t wrong. Investigators made mention of having extensive discussions with Dr. Elizabeth Johnson, who was described as playing a prominent role in bringing problems in the HPD DNA section to light in 2002. According to the report, Johnson and a colleague determined a list of problems including deficient documentation of procedures and results; errors in calculating statistical probabilities; and mischaracterization of DNA results in testimony. Johnson’s resume indicates that she was hired by the Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office in November 1991 as a toxicologist in the DNA laboratory and then became the director in 1993 and held this position until 1996. After Sharma failed to obtain a positive result on any of the four cases submitted by the Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office, Johnson obtained another blood sample from Mary Scott in October 1992 to compare with a different bone sample from the remains of case number ML73-3355, presumed to be Mary’s son, Mark, for the purpose of mitochondrial DNA comparison. Also in October 1992, Johnson stated in her resume that she attended the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology DNA Indentification Laboratory, “as a visiting scientist to

learn methods of mitochondrial DNA sequencing on the aged remains.” Johnson’s final report on the Scott case, dated Dec. 27, 1993, which thoroughly documents her procedures and results, reflects that the extracted DNA from the samples was PCR amplified. According to the investigator’s report that chided Sharma, “PCR-based (Polymerase Chain Reaction) testing is more sensitive than RFLP (test used by Sharma) in that the amplification process enabled analysts using early PCR-based testing systems to detect alleles in samples containing very little DNA or in samples that were degraded. However, the very same amplification process that made early PCR-based testing more sensitive (test used by Johnson) also made it more susceptible to contamination and errors due to poor analyst technique.” On Jan. 4, 1994, the chief medical examiner, Joseph Jachimczyk, M.D., included Johnson’s calculated statistical probabilities assessment within his Supplemental and Final Diagnosis and Opinion report which states “that the DNA from the blood donated by Mary Scott when compared with the DNA extracted from the bony remains of ML73-3355 is the same based on a 98.5 percent probability.” This was a substantial result in the eyes of the Scott family who knew their son Mark was one of the victims in the Houston mass murders, but had refused for 20 years to accept any of the remains

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without being 100 percent certain they belonged to their son. The problem that hampered Scott’s identification was the fact that he’d never had any dental work performed, including extractions, and had no broken bones with the exception of his thumb. The skeletal remains selected by Jachimczyk for DNA comparison shouldn’t have even been a candidate for consideration. The victim’s remains had dark brown hair, two molars extracted, and was buried in the boat shed. Scott had blond hair, no dental work or extractions, and was said by the killer to be buried at High Island. Apparently, the problem was that the victims found at High Island were already identified which would mean one was misidentified by the ME’s office or simply not found. Although common sense didn’t prevail, the DNA test should have ruled it out, but it didn’t, and as a consequence it validated all errors in the report. The investigators of HPD’s DNA lab denounced the leadership as being unqualified to create and lead a DNA program, thus the implementation of its capacity was flawed from the beginning. If that’s true, what’s the capacity of a DNA program that is led by highly qualified leadership that builds its program, perhaps unknowingly, on flawed results? Do they continue to produce the same flawed results on other cases or do they continue to learn, evolve and catch and correct their mistakes? In Scott’s case, it wasn’t caught until the killer, Elmer Wayne Henley Jr., was interviewed in prison in 2010, and who was adamant that Scott was buried at High Island, fetal position, in the sand, head up and strangled. He further stated that he’d repeatedly argued that point with Jachimczyk. New DNA tests were performed in 2011, which proved that Johnson’s DNA test, that showed a 98.5 percent probability that it was Scott, was in fact 100 percent

wrong. The remains were correctly identified as Steve Sickman, 17, whose family had searched for him since 1972. Scott’s remains haven’t been found, and requests to re-examine victims found at High Island have been rebuffed by the ME’s office. Johnson’s casework did come under fire by the Harris County District Attorney’s Office in 1995 when her test results excluded a suspect in a double homicide. In 1996, five of her cases were sent to outside labs for review, but even though her work was vindicated, she was terminated in December 1996 for working too much. Another analyst who worked on the case was Charles Linch who’d been hired in 1989 by the ME’s office. Jachimczyk cited Linch’s results as being a confirmation that the (dark brown) hair of the unknown victim matched the (blond) hair sample, provided by the family, that belonged to Scott. Linch’s expert testimony in regard to a hair comparison test used in a 1994 case that sent a man to death row was discredited by new DNA tests in 2008, which resulted in an appeals court overturning the conviction. Even though the dueling experts will never agree, it doesn’t excuse them from using the public as human guinea pigs to advance their science or careers. The investigators of HPD’s DNA lab surprisingly found only the same cases reported by the local media as being wrongfully convicted. The exonerated victims are George Rodriguez, who served 17 years for a rape he didn’t commit. He sued the city and won a $5 million verdict; Josiah Sutton served four years for a rape he didn’t commit; and Ronald Gene Taylor served 14 years for a rape he didn’t commit. The final June 2007 report also did a thorough job in placing the blame on a handful of analysts, especially naming Sharma as the sole one responsible for the

South Belt Graphics & Printing GRADUATION ANNOUNCEMENTS! Let us make your occasion special with custom invitations and announcements to commemorate your achievement! Stuchbery Elementary held its Box Top Contest for the month of March. Robin Salinas’ fourthgrade class won, collecting 1,428 box tops. The school collected a total of 9,441 box tops in just one month. Pictured are, left to right, (front row) Aaron Knighton, Lorenzo Jones, Vinh Diep, Jayden Miller,

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San Jac board cancels May election The San Jacinto College District has canceled the election scheduled for May 11, 2013, after the filing deadline passed with no contested races. Board of Trustees Positions 3 and 4 were to be filled in the May election. The incumbents, Marie Flickinger and Larry Wilson, respectively, will be sworn in following the statemandated canvassing in May. Flickinger was the first woman elected to the San Jacinto College Board of Trustees and has been a mem-

ber since 1995. She serves as the board chair and also chairs the board of the Community College Association of Texas Trustees. She has been a major force in the development of the South Belt community in southeast Harris County. Flickinger is longtime owner and publisher of the South Belt-Ellington Leader newspaper, as well as South Belt Graphics and Printing. She was the chief organizer and founding president of the South Belt-Ellington Chamber of

Commerce. Her mother was born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, and came to the United States immediately after birth. Flickinger was born and raised in Council Bluffs, Iowa. She and her husband of 51 years, David, are parents to Fred and Davy and have three granddaughters as well as a great-grandson and greatgranddaughter. Wilson was first elected to the San Jacinto College Board of Trustees in 2007. He has worked in the Pasadena and

East Harris County area since 1965. Wilson has been an attorney for 42 years, currently also serves as Deer Park Municipal Judge, and has served on the Pasadena City Council and as an East Harris County Justice of the Peace. His daughter, Cari, has practiced law with him for the past six years. His son, Ty, is an attorney in Hilton Head, S.C. Active in the community, Wilson has served as a member of Rotary since 1973 and has been active in numerous other service organizations. He is a member of the San Jacinto College Foundation Board of Directors. Wilson holds an Associate of Arts from Blinn College, a Bachelor of Business Administration from Sam Houston State University, and a Juris Doctor from South Texas College of Law. He and his wife, Carol, have been married for 42 years. Carol and Larry are members of the First Methodist Church of Pasadena. “We are fortunate to have Marie and Larry continue their service to the San Jacinto College community,” said Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer. “Their leadership, along with the entire board of trustees, has made San Jacinto College a leader in higher education and workforce training. I look forward to working with them as we continue to help students achieve their dreams, passions, and goals.” The cancellation of the election will save San Jacinto College from approximately $100,000 to $150,000. Elections for the San Jacinto College Board of Trustees occur every two years. Members of the San Jacinto College Board of Trustees are elected in atlarge positions, 1 through 7, and serve six-year terms.

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nine-month delay in processing the tests that would ultimately clear Lynn Jones, who sat in jail the entire time, of a rape charge. Jones sued the city in 2000, but lost his case, as his counsel couldn’t yet prove that the crime lab had a pattern of mishandling cases.

On Oct. 9, 2007, Taylor was released from prison and made his first stop at City Hall to address the City Council – urging members to take steps to help others in his predicament. The following night, Sharma was murdered, and his torched car was found in

Jones’ ZIP code. Some might say it’s a case of poetic justice, and others would say it’s just another unsolved case caught in the cobwebs of a cold case unit that lacks resources and is understaffed. The family stopped following up years ago.

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San Jac dance concert May 2-3 San Jacinto College will present its annual spring dance concert, SPECTRUM, May 2 and 3 at the Central campus, 8060 Spencer Highway in Pasadena. This is the first annual show under the direction of dance instructor Taylor Elliott, a former San Jacinto College student and University of Houston graduate. It will also serve as a tribute to the late Jeremy Choate, a nationally recognized Houston artist who once served as theater manager and lighting designer for San Jacinto College. The show will feature contemporary, traditional jazz, lyrical, hip-hop and character/comedy dance styles to music ranging from the Dixie

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Bush Elementary lists third 9-weeks rolls Laura Bush Elementary recently announced its honor, merit and perfect attendance rolls for the third nine-weeks grading period of 2012-2013. Students earning status are: Perfect attendance Kindergarten Alicia Garcia’s class Gregorio Jaimes, Ivan Rodriguez and Brandon Vigil. Maria Alvarado’s class Antonio Cruz-Moores, Emmanuel Ealy, Paul Hernandez, Roberto Nunez, Monica Ramos, Elin Svensson and JoAnna Williams. Stefanie Cockrell’s class Bruce Nguyen, Michelle Pham, Rig Quinney and Mathew Trevino. Carol Landolt’s class Eric Escamilla, Marcus Garcia, Dominick Leija, Aiden Sanchez and Morgan Williams. Marie Marler’s class Diego Bonilla, Mark Chase, Melany Morris, Sophi Ontiveros, Timmy Pham, Isaiah Pineda, Lorena Villafana and Joseph Wright. Cristy Smith’s class Clarissa Diaz and Addison Idele. Vanessa Garcia’s class Daniel Estrada, Heidi Pereira, Samantha Pulido, Mariangela Silva and Daniell Velazquez. Marielly Vazquez’s class Casey Aleman, Annette Mendez and Kylie Ward. First grade Derenda DeHoyos’ class Honor roll Olivia Duron, Tyler Vo, Kasie Hoang and Sean Tatum. Merit roll Jaydon Bonilla, Malachi Hobbs and Carolina Ponce. Perfect attendance Isaac Garcia. Melisa Evans’ class Honor roll Justin Nguyen and Richmond Thompson. Merit roll Trevor Barnes and Ricardo Trevino. Perfect attendance Trevor Barnes, Joriaun Caldwell, Angel Chavez, Justin Nguyen, Maryssa Rodriguez and Thomas Tran. Jennifer Galvan’s class Honor roll Tyler Burge, Christian Davis, Jocelyn Guerra, Thy Ho, Nkeiruka Okoro and Sara Vitela. Perfect attendance Nylah Banks, Catherine Chinchilla-Orellana, Christian Davis, Thy Ho, Cathy Kaisler and Nkerika Okoro. Jackie Herrera’s class Honor roll Manlio Arango, Angel Limachi, Gisselly Garza, Itzel Romero and Jadyn Johnson. Merit roll Savannah Smith and Ashton Bishop.

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San Jacinto College Chancellor, Dr. Brenda Hellyer, is one of 21 community college presidents to earn the prestigious Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction. Hellyer accepted the award at the Phi Theta Kappa convention in San Jose, Calif., recently. College presidents and campus CEOs are selected for this award on the basis of outstanding efforts given toward promoting the goals of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. The award is named for the late Dr. Shirley B. Gordon, Phi Theta Kappa’s longest serving board of director’s chair and president emeritus of Highline Community College in Des Moines, Wash. Gordon was named Phi Theta Kappa’s Most Distinguished College President in 1984. “I am most honored to receive this award, but the recognition goes to the outstanding work of our PTK faculty sponsors and students,” said Hellyer. “I share this honor with the entire San Jacinto College community. Our faculty and staff work diligently every day to ensure our stu-

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Ronald and Joanne Juren of Friendswood announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their son, Jason Juren, to Melissa Gardner, daughter of Randy and Yolanda Gardner of Sagemont. A Blackstone Scholar, the prospective groom will graduate in May from the University of Houston Law Center with plans to pursue a career in space law. He has an A.A. from San Jacinto College; a BBA and an MBA from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. The bride-to-be graduated from Bay Area Christian High School. She plans to graduate from the University of Houston this summer with a degree in computer science. After a late-May wedding at Golfcrest Country Club and a honeymoon in Hawaii, the couple will reside in Pearland.

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Horns draw Deer Park in one-game playoff Dobie varsity baseball head coach Miguel Torres has gotten his way, and now it’s time for his team to go out and have its way against Deer Park. The Longhorns, looking to pull off a playoff upset for the second straight year, will face District 21-5A champion Deer Park in a one-game, bidistrict playoff scenario May 3 at Clear Lake High School. First pitch is at 7:30 p.m. Deer Park enters the game heavily favored. Josh Pettitte, son of longtime New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte, will start on the mound for the Deer, who finished unbeaten in 21-5A play at 12-0. Meanwhile, Dobie fell

5-0 to Pearland March 26 in the regular season finale and wound up at 8-6 for fourth place. During that 2012 season, Deer Park defeated Dobie three times in convincing fashion, but the rosters are much different. “When we play our game, we know we can beat anybody out there,” Torres said. “Deer Park is clearly a great team, but we feel like we are, too. We don’t care ehat anybody else thinks. We know we can win.” A season ago, Dobie used a deep pitching staff to help eliminate 21-5A champion North Shore in three games. This time around, the Continued on Page 6B

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Fort Bend Austin in the bidistrict round. Junior pitcher Laura Napoli had one of her best outings of the season, and the Continued on Page 2B

Area Playoff Round Brook Lady Wolverines vs. Manvel Lady Mavs Friday, May 3 Dawson High School, 7:30 p.m.

Arnett gets eighth-place tie at state golf A final round 70 was good enough to earn Dobie junior golfer Ben Arnett an eighth-place tie at the Class 5A varsity boys’ golf tournament in Austin. After firing a 18-hole total of 72 in the first round at the Morris Williams Golf Club April 29, Arnett spent the second round chasing the leaders the next day. Starting his second round on the back nine, Arnett sank three birdies to make the turn at 33. He was

in contention for a top-5 finish before bogeying two of his last four holes for a 70. His two-round total of 142 tied two others for eighth. Arnett was the secondbest player from the Houston area at the state tournament. Belton High School’s Andrew Paysse got out of the gate quickly and never really lost his momentum. Paysse led after a firstround 67, followed by a 71 to win the overall individual

medalist crown. Three others, including The Woodlands’ Brad Able, finished tied for second, a shot back at 139. Two other players tied for fifth at 140, with one player sixth at 141. Over the two days, Arnett made seven birdies to go with three bogeys and one double bogey. Eighth at state, Arnett is now the top-finishing golfer in Dobie High School history. He won both the Dis-

trict 22-5A and Region III championships en route to the state tournament. Already verbally committed to play golf at the University of Houston, Arnett will return in the 20132014 school year at Dobie with his focus clearly on the Class 5A state title. The Leader will have more on Arnett’s memorable season in the May 9 issue. His state results can be viewed at under the golf tab.

The track and field season will continue for a pair of Clear Brook High School athletes who have qualified for the state meet in Austin.

Sophomore girls’ hurdler Raygen Smith will be joined by senior shot putter Julian Gay at the state meet, set for Friday and Saturday, May 10-11 at Mike A. My-

ers Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. Smith punched her ticket for the state meet by Continued on Page 2B

San Jacinto College softball opens at regional tournament The San Jacinto College softball team is headed to the Region XIV tournament this week at Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas. San Jacinto College enters the tournament as the number two seed from the South, and will face Northeast Texas Community College (21-30), the third seed from the East, May 2, at 10 a.m. The winner will face either Paris Junior College or Alvin College, May 3, at 3 p.m. The Region XIV tournament winner earns an automatic bid to the National Junior College Athletic As-

sociation tournament May 15-18, in St. George, Utah. In 2008, San Jacinto College earned its first-ever berth in the national tournament, finishing that season fourth in the nation. San Jacinto College finished the 2013 regular season with a 39-25 overall record, 18-6 in conference play. Freshman Courtney Sams leads the team with a .438 average behind 74 hits, including two doubles, a triple, and 20 runs driven in. Sophomore Brooke DuBois is the team’s top pitcher, posting a 2.46 earned run average.

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DP softball powers past Dobie 13-3 Defending state champion Deer Park has delivered a loud message after the finish of the first round of the playoffs. There may be other contenders for the Region III crown later this month, but the Deer remain the team to beat moving forward. Proof of the point came as the Deer, now 31-4 this season, handed Dobie a 13-3 setback in the bidistrict playoffs March 26 at San Jacinto College South. The Deer turned a 2-1 game after 2 1/2 innings into a rout by plating 11 runs over the final four innings. Lexi Fryar led off the bottom of the third inning with a solo homer to left field for a 3-1 Deer Park lead. Later in the inning, starting pitcher Payton McBride singled ahead of Devann Hebert’s two-run blast that extended the Deer Park lead to 5-1 through three frames. Deer Park added three more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Alexis At right, shortstop Sady Olguin fires over to first base during Dobie’s 13-3 loss to Deer Park in the varsity softball bidistrict playoff game between the two teams April 26 at San Jacinto College South. Dobie’s season ends at 18-15, while the 31-4 Deer advance to the area round to face Fort Bend Bush. Photo by John Bechtle

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Dobie’s Palma named MVP of 22-5A At right, Dobie senior forward Jonathan Palma was named the Most Valuable Player after leading the Longhorns to the 22-5A varsity boys’ soccer championship this season. A three-year starter for Dobie, Palma was joined by several teammates among the selections. Fellow senior forward Carlos Ibarra earned Offensive Player of the Year honors. For more information, see Page 3B. Photo by Gary Williams

Garcia came up with the big blow, a two-run single to give her team an 8-1 advantage. A pair of Deer Park errors helped Dobie’s effort in the top of the fifth inning. Emily Wolfe, who had an RBI triple for the Lady

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Tracksters complete regional meet; Area softball playoff round two Brook standouts going to state Clear Brook to meet Williams’ Manvel

Continued from Page 1B winning the Region III 300-meter hurdling crown in a time of 42.51 seconds. Smith also made her way to the final race in the 100-meter hurdles. There, Smith clocked in at 14.39 for fourth place overall. Gay, a regional qualifier a season ago, reached the state tournament in his final chance at it. In the boys’ shot put, Gay’s best throw of 54 feet, 4 inches was second in the event, allowing for his advancement to state. Deer Park’s Cameron Cornelius was the winner with a heave of 58’0”. Athletes in each of the state’s four regions were bidding to advance to state in a variety of track and field events. To do so, individuals or relay teams must have placed either first or second at regionals. Smith and Gay are in, but several others just missed the cut. Clear Brook boys’

400-meter runner Jemarco Stephen, a senior, made a bid for Austin as well before taking fourth in the event at 48.87. Lady Wolverines’ sophomore pole vaulter Hannah Schillaci cleared 10’3” for fourth place in the event. Junior Furqani Al-Amin was fifth in the girls’ shot put with her throw of 40’1 1/2”, and Gay was fifth in the discus after his best throw traveled 151’3”. Jared Roberson, a sophomore pole vaulter at Clear Brook, was sixth in the event at 13’0”. Maygen Smith, the twin sister of Raygen Smith, also made a strong effort to reach the state meet. Competing in the 400-meter dash, Maygen Smith reached the final (eight competitors) and wound up sixth at 57.26. Dobie freshman speedster Justice Henderson also enjoyed a great performance at the meet in her first-ever appearance. Henderson placed seventh

at 17’8 1/2” in the long jump and timed at 12.40 for 12th overall in the 100-meter dash. Raygen Smith took 10th place in the long jump competition, making her way to the 17-0 1/2” mark. Maygen Smith’s time of 26.03 was 12thbest in the 200-meter dash. Dobie’s Kennedy Igbowke was 12th in the 200-meter dash at 22.53 and also placed 14th in the 100-meter dash at 11.04. Chase Cyprien of Clear Brook was just ahead of Igbowke in the 100-meter dash, taking 13th at 10.99. Kieran Cupples finished his career 12th in the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 15.81. The Dobie girls’ 4x100- and 4x200-meter relay teams, both featuring Henderson along with Mikaila Singleton, Jayla Joulevette and Essence Gilbert, were 16th (4x100) and 15th (4x200), respectively.

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Continued from Page 1B results showed. Napoli went the distance, allowing just two singles. Seniors Taylor Nickell and Alexa Anzaldua set the tone offensively, with Nickell doubling twice and Anzaldua slashing a tworun triple to lock away the win. Brook got the job done by scoring first and never looking back. Jackie Molenaar singled with two outs and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Nickell delivered Molenaar home with double down the left field line. In the fourth inning, Nickell got things going again with her second double before Alissa Chavez smacked an RBI single. At that point, Brook had doubled its lead at 2-0. Anzaldua came up big in the fifth inning, driving home Kennedy Torres and Taylor Blaskow with a tworun triple. At 4-0, Napoli handled the rest.

Dobie tennis to host faculty play At left, Dobie tennis players Kim Dinh and John Le will be involved in the action as the tennis program hosts the annual faculty/student tournament May 20-21 at the school’s courts. May 20 is a practice day for the faculty members, and match play comes the following day.

The past is the past, but there’s no doubting the success of Manvel High School varsity softball coach Christa Williams (above) and Clear Brook head coach Shelly Bollin (right). Williams pitched Dobie to state championships in 1993 and 1997 and also won a pair of gold medals as a member of Team USA at the 1996 Olympic Games. Bollin, meanwhile, led Brazoswood to the state championship in 2000.

Those feats, however, will mean little as Williams’ Manvel team faces Clear Brook in the area playoff round Friday, May 3, at Dawson High School in Pearland. The winner will advance to the Region III quarterfinal round. Manvel made its way to this point by beating Baytown Sterling 8-4 in the bidistrict round. Clear Brook’s bidistrict win came in 4-0 fashion over Fort Bend Austin. Photos by John Bechtle

Rising Stars tracksters continue fast start 13-under Hoopstarz win local tournament

The Bay Area Hoopstarz 13-under girls’ basketball team took first place in the Pearland Hardwood Warm-Up Tournament April 13. Along the way, the locals defeated the Pearland Elite, Pearland Thunder and League City Chargers. Members of the Hoopstarz are, left to right, (front row) Jada Castro,

Taylar Balque, Jazmin Pina, Treasure McGee, Kyah Barlow, (back row) Na’Kayla Bell, Deyona Gaston, Haley Bridges and Celeste Clement. Not pictured is Miranda Bishop. The team is coached by Dobie varsity girls’ basketball assistant coach Alex Bowman and Terry Tennard.

The Rising Stars Track Club and its foes managed to beat most of the rain during the South Eagles Track Club meet April 27. During the meet, many of the local athletes were able to improve their times and distances in various events. Primary results: Elijah Jackson – 100-meter dash (16.08 for fourth place), 400-meter dash (1:27.2), 800-meter run (3:22.85); Jesse Shelton – 800-meter run (3:16.16), 100-meter dash (18.76), 400-meter dash (1:27.69); Chardel Terrell – 800-meter run (3:26.94), 400-meter dash (1:34.59), 100-meter dash (20.18). Subbantam results: Camryn Dickson – 100-meter dash (15.14 for second place), 400-meter dash (1:13.16 for first place); JaNyla Tucker – 400-meter dash (1:14.69 for second place). John Ross – 400-meter dash (1:34.59); Kendall Brown – 100-meter dash (16.9), 400-meter dash (1:25.44), 800-meter run (3:17.30); Kevin Taulton – 800-meter run (3:06.56), 400-meter dash (1:18.40), 100-meter dash (15.4); Tanaeja Plattenburg – 800-meter run (3:16.34), 400-meter dash (1:31.33). Bantam results: Christian Ross – 800-me-

SJC’s Holden to play men’s soccer at St. Thomas A pair of San Jacinto College men’s soccer player have signed letters of intent to continue their education and playing careers at four-year universities. Seated center, Rodrigo Holden will play at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, while Daniel Porlán (right), also a sophomore defender, has signed to continue his education and soccer career at Belhaven University in Jackson, Miss. At left is SJC interim head coach Ian Spooner. During the 2012 season, Porlán was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America all-Region second team and was the San Jacinto College men’s soccer Most Valuable Player of the Year. He scored one goal for two points. Both Holden and Porlán were San Jacinto College team captains this past season.

The regular season will ter run (3:14.52), 400-meter 400-meter dash (56.03); Ju- Lawson Fortner – 400-medash (1:25.64); Christi- lia Heymach – 3,000-meter ter dash (59.42), long jump continue in the coming weeks for the team. Anne Ross – 800-meter run run (10:22 for first place); (15’7”). (3:10.89), 400-meter dash (1:20.62); Jailey Shelton – 800-meter run (2:55.77 for second place), 100-meter dash (15.07 for second), 400-meter dash (1:11.76 for Dobie High School varsity baseball head coach and his staff will host Mickey first place). Gabrielle Johnson – Mantle summer league baseball tryouts at Longhorn Field, Tuesday, May 14, at 100-meter dash (16.93), 4:30 p.m. Those who will be incoming Dobie High School freshman students as 400-meter dash (1:21.57), of the 2013-2014 school year are eligible to try out. All participants must be academically eligible per University Interscholastic League guidelines at the time of 800-meter run (3:21.45). Zaire Walker – 800-me- the tryout. ter run (2:44.09 for fifth place); Jhalia Matthews – 100-meter dash (15.47), The Dobie High School Golf Tournament will be held Saturday, May 11, at 800-meter run (3:06.07), Country Place Golf Club in Pearland. The four-person scramble will tee off at 1 400-meter dash (1:19.03). Kelby Williams – p.m. and will include dinner, giveaways and a silent auction following play. Individuals may register for $75 per player, and the cost is $300 for four-per100-meter dash (14:34), 800-meter run (2:44.65), son teams. Payments made on the day of the tournament may only be done so 400-meter dash (1:05.78 for via cash. For more information or payment arrangement, direct email to JFD golf coach Chris Ferguson at fourth place). Submidget results: Amari Singleton – 400-meter dash (fourth The Dobie girls’ basketball program will host its second annual alumnae basplace); Jasmine Peralta – shot put (16 feet, 8 inches); ketball game Friday, May 17, at the school’s Scott E. Talton Court. Varsity girls’ Mikey Ramirez – 400-me- assistant coach Alex Bowman is seeking former JFD varsity girls’ players to play/ attend the game. The event is a fundraiser for the basketball program. All monies ter dash (1:18.13). raised will go toward new equipment and apparel. The cost to play is $10, and Midget results: Cameron Devereaux – each player will receive a T-shirt. The community is welcome to attend and enjoy 400-meter dash (1:05.63); a night of basketball action mixed with plenty of fun. Admission at the door is Clifford Moshay – $3. Children under 10 will be admitted free. For more information or to reserve a 3,000-meter run (11:58 for spot to play, direct email to Bowman at or call her at third place); Kellin Mc- 713-740-0370, ext. 04271. Gowan – 400-meter run (1:13.13). Subyouth results: The South Belt Youth Soccer Club will host tryouts for an age under-11 girls’ Alana Moshay – 3,000-meter run (12:48 for select soccer team for the fall season. Those wishing to play must have been born first place); Devin Childs between Aug. 1, 2002 and July 31, 2003. The tryouts will be held May 6-7 and – 200-meter dash (32.63), May 20-21 at El Franco Lee Park from 6:30 to 8 p.m. For more information, call shot put (25 feet, 4 inches); coach Mark Embrey at 832-757-6139. Jadyn Brown – shot put (32’7”). Jack Heymach – The Dobie football program and its booster club are planning an afternoon 3,000-meter run (12:03 for first place); Luis Figueroa of fun Tuesday, May, 28, as spring workouts conclude with scrimmage games. 3,000-meter run (12:96 Vendor booths will be available for $25 per space. The activities will begin at for second place); Shelby 2:30 p.m. Junior varsity play is at 4 p.m., followed by the varsity game at 5 p.m. Devereaux – 400-meter Those wishing to take part may call Anna Flores 281-221-5602 or Caron Cantu dash (1:07.44); Sydney De- at 832-434-9770. Email may also be directed to Club vereaux – 400-meter dash members will be selling barbecue plates for $5 each. The community is invited to (1:04.63 for fourth place). attend. Youth results: Camille Singleton – 400-meter dash (1:01.09 for Clear Brook High School varsity girls’ softball coach Shelly Bollin and her fifth place), 200-meter dash (26.57 for second place); staff will host the 2013 Lady Wolverines’ summer camp June 10-13 at Lady WolCody Turner – 400-me- verine Field. Youths age 6 through those entering the ninth-grade as of the 2013ter dash (57.89 for fourth 2014 school year are eligible to attend. There will be an all-skills session in adplace), 200-meter dash dition to one involving skills for pitchers, catchers and slap hitters. The all-skills session will run from 9 a.m. to noon each day, and the pitcher/catcher/slap hitting (24.09 for first place); Donovan Johnson – session is June 10-12 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Cost of the all skills camp is $70 until 110-meter hurdles (15.32 May 15 and $80 thereafter. Cost of the pitcher/catcher/slap hitting session is $40 for third place), 400-meter until May 15 and $50 thereafter. Participants should wear a T-shirt, shorts and dash (59.05); Jacoby Davis softball shoes and bring water, sunscreen, catching gear (if applicable), bat, glove, – 400-meter dash (1:04.84); visor and batting helmet. For more information, including payment options, diJeremy Davis – 110-meter rect email to Bollin at hurdles (15.03 for second place), shot put (46’1” for first place). The Beverly Hills Intermediate boys’ coaching staff will host the 2013 Speed Intermediate results: Caleb Devereaux – Camp at the school during the summer break. Students age 8 to 15 are eligible to 400-meter dash (55.19); take part in the weekly sessions (Monday through Thursday) that will run from DeAndre Childs – shot put June 10 through July 11 from 10 a.m. to noon, with a short break for the July 4 (31’3” for first place); Di- holiday. Students will receive instruction in a variety of fitness categories, includonte Smith – 400-meter ing agility, directionality, muscle strength and endurance. The cost is $60 cash per dash (1:02.89). student, which includes a T-shirt. Parents may register their students for the event D’vaughn Pennamon – now through May 29 in the school’s front office. 400-meter dash (51.32 for first place); Earl Newton –

Local sports news, activities, sign-ups JFD Mantle summer baseball tryout May 14

Dobie Longhorn Golf Tournament

Dobie girls’ hoops alumnae game May 17

SBYSC girls’ U-11 soccer tryouts

Dobie spring game festival May 28

Clear Brook summer softball camp June 10-13

Beverly Hills sets summer speed camp

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Region III semifinalists honored

Forwards Palma, Ibarra lead Longhorns all-district soccer picks Varsity Boys’ Soccer All-District 22-5A Selections Co-Most Valuable Players Jonathan Palma, Dobie, Sr. Jefry Hernandez, Memorial, Sr.

Offensive Player of the Year

The memorable Dobie varsity boys’ soccer season resulted in several top players receiving special accolade from the district’s coaches. Dobie went 11-1-2 during the regular season to win the 22-5A crown for the second time in three years. Senior forwards Jonathan Palma and Carlos Ibarra delivered one of the top 1-2 scoring punches in the area, with Palma (see Page 1B) being named the league’s Most Valuable Player and Ibarra grabbing Offensive Player of the Year honors. Four other Longhorns made their way to the first team, and five more were either second team or honorable mention nominees. Photos by Gary Williams

Carlos Ibarra, Dobie, Sr.

Carlos Ibarra, Sr.

Defensive Player of the Year

Offensive Player of the Year

Nixon Urrutia, Soph. First Team Defender

Javier Acosta, Memorial, Sr.

Goalkeeper of the Year Matthew Gutierrez, Memorial, Jr.

Seniors of the Year Franklin Rosales, Memorial, Sr. Sabu Soliz, South Houston, Sr.

Co-Newcomer of the Year Luis Guevara, Pasadena, Soph. Chris Rodriguez, Pasadena, Fresh.

Coach of the Year Scott Macneish, Memorial

The Dobie defense simply got tougher and tougher as the season progressed as players such as sophomore Nixon Urrutia (2) stepped up in a big way. His play earned him a spot on the 22-5A first team.

First Team Forwards

Marvin Solis, Jr.

Franklin Rosales, Pasadena, Sr. Christian Gallegos, Alvin, Sr. Ediberto Garza, South Houston, Sr. Juan Henriquez, Manvel, Jr.

First Team Defender

First Team Midfielders

Despite being limited to six games played during the District 22-5A portion of the schedule, Carlos Ibarra did plenty of damage during his time on the field. Scoring 13 goals over those six games, Ibarra, a three-year starter for the Longhorns and member of two Region III Final Four teams, was named the league’s Offensive Player of the Year.

Gerardo Martinez, Sr. First Team Defender

Noe Ochoa, Memorial, Soph. Derreck Gonzalez, Sam Rayburn, Sr. Gerardo Martinez, Dobie, Sr. Christian Young, Pearland, Jr. Blane Nauck, Alvin, Jr. Julio Montano, Pasadena, Jr.

At left, Dobie senior midfielder Gerardo Martinez was arguably the Longhorns’ most consistent player throughout the season. His ability to control the game from his midfield slot enabled the Longhorns to easily transition from a defensive posture to an offensive strike, and he effectively allowed the Longhorns to control the middle of the field. For his efforts, Martinez was named to the District 22-5A first team, one of six defenders on that elite unit.

First Team Defenders Nixon Urrutia, Dobie, Soph. Marvin Solis, Dobie, Jr. Curren Daniel, Pearland, Sr. Travis Hoff, Manvel, Sr. Alexis Garza, Sam Rayburn, Jr. Oscar Cabello, Pasadena, Jr.

A junior playing a big role on the defensive end for the Longhorns, Dobie’s Marvin Solis kept the pressure on the opposition during the season. In the end, Solis found himself on the 22-5A first team at his position.

Other Dobie nominations Edgar Gomez, Sr. – Second team midfielder Kevin Padilla Hernandez, Sr. – Second team defender

First Team Goalkeepers

Adrian Trancozo, Sr. – Second team midfielder

Kevin Zavala, Memorial, Sr. Sabu Soliz, South Houston,

Josue Villalta, Fr. – Honorable mention defender Rigoberto Fuentes, Fr. – Honorable mention keeper

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CALENDAR Continued from Page 3B TUESDAY, MAY 7 7 a.m. AA Meeting – “Breakfast With Bill” each Tuesday through Friday at 7 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church Pasadena, 1062 Fairmont Parkway, in the Cornell Conference Room. Call 281-487-8787 for information, or just drop in. 11:30 a.m. Local NARFE Meeting – The National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Chapter 1321, meets the first Tuesday of each month in the Clear Lake Community Center, 5001 NASA Parkway. A meal will be available for $6. For more information, call Bob Mitchell at 281-333-2881. 1 p.m. Trailmixers – Meets the first Tuesday of the month at the Luby’s Cafeteria on Fuqua. Former and current employees of J. Frank Dobie High School are welcome for lunch and conversation. Pasadena Heritage Park and Museum – Exhibits include dioramas, an old-time kitchen and a turn-of-the-century doctor’s office. Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 204 S. Main. For information, call 713-472-0565. 1:30 p.m. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) – TOPS #1530 meets at the Sagemont Park Community Center, 11507 Hughes Road, at 1:30 p.m. For information, call Jeanette Sumrall at 713-946-3713. Houston Area Parkinson Society – Free exercise and speech therapy from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Bayshore Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Center, 4021 Brookhaven, Pasadena. Visit www. for a complete list of services offered. 6 p.m. Un Dia a la Vez Alanon Group (Spanish speaking) – Provides support for family and friends of alcoholics or addicts. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 6 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, Pasadena, 1062 Fairmont Parkway, Room 232. Call 281-487-8787, or just drop in. 8 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous – Alcohol problems? AA meetings are held Tuesday and Sunday from 8 to 9 p.m. and Thursdays from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. at St. Stephen Presbyterian Church, 2217 Theta Street. For information, call 713-204-2481. WEDNESDAY, MAY 8 7 a.m. AA Meeting – “Breakfast With Bill” each Tuesday through Friday at 7 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church Pasadena, 1062 Fairmont Parkway, in the Cornell Conference Room. Call 281-487-8787 for information, or just drop in. 9:30 a.m. Young at Heart Club – Meets the second and fourth week of each month at Covenant United Methodist Church, 7900 Fuqua. Lots of activities, trips, etc. Call Nellie Galney at 713991-3517 for more information. 10 a.m. Un Dia a la Vez Alanon Group (Spanish speaking) – Provides support for family and friends of alcoholics or addicts. Wednesday at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, Pasadena, 1062 Fairmont Parkway, Room 232. Call 281-4878787, or just drop in. 11:30 a.m. American Business Women’s Association Bay Area Vision Chapter – Now meets at Perry’s Italian Grill, 1001 Pineloch in Houston on the second Wednesday of every month. For more information or to R.S.V.P., call Lorilyn Wynn at 281-388-5202. 4 p.m. Houston Area Parkinson Society – Free exercise held from 4 to 5 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Pearland, 3005 Pearland Parkway, Pearland. Visit for a complete

list of services offered. 6 p.m. Un Dia a la Vez Alanon Group (Spanish speaking) – Provides support for family and friends of alcoholics or addicts. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 6 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, Pasadena, 1062 Fairmont Parkway, Room 232. Call 281-487-8787, or just drop in. Alzheimer’s Support Group – The free group meets the second Wednesday of each month at Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital. For more information, call Steven Williams at 281-929-4199 or 713-266-6400. 6:30 p.m. Bay Area Turning Point Crisis Intervention Center – Domestic violence support group for male survivors meets each Wednesday at 210 S. Walnut off NASA Parkway. Call 281-338-7600 for information. Participants may join at any time as this is an open group. 7 p.m. Bay Area Turning Point Crisis Intervention Center – Confidential domestic violence support group for women meets every week. For information, call 281-338-7600 or visit www.bayareaturn ing BATP is located at 210 S. Walnut off NASA Parkway between Interstate 45 South and Highway 3. The 24-hour crisis hotline is 281-286-2525. Bay Area New Democrats – Meet at the Clear Lake Court House at 16603 Buccaneer Drive, across from the new Clear Lake Library. For more information, contact John Cobarruvias at or visit www. THURSDAY, MAY 9 7 a.m. AA Meeting – “Breakfast With Bill” each Tuesday through Friday at 7 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church Pasadena, 1062 Fairmont Parkway, in the Cornell Conference Room. Call 281-487-8787 for information, or just drop in. 9:30 a.m. NASA Aglow Community Lighthouse – meets the second Thursday of the month at 9:30 a.m. at the Lighthouse Fellowship of Friends, 144 Park Avenue in League City. The public is welcome and encouraged to bring others to the interdenominational meeting. 11:30 a.m. ABWA - Southeast Express Network – American Business Women’s Association-South meets on the second Thursday of each month at MiMi’s Cafe in the Pearland Town Center, 11200 Broadway Street, #1600. Lunch is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $20 and includes networking with professional business women, lunch and guest speaker. Women of all ages and occupations are invited. Bring plenty of business cards. Reservations are appreciated. Contact Monica Perez at for reservations, or visit the Web site at Noon Houston Area Parkinson Society – Free water exercise from noon to 1 p.m. at Clear Lake Rehabilitation Hospital, 655 E. Medical Center Blvd. in Webster. Visit for a complete list of services offered. 6:30 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous – Sunday, Thursday and Friday at 6:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 1062 Fairmont Parkway, Pasadena, Fellowship Hall 4. Call 281-487-8787, or just drop in. 8:30 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous – Alcohol problems? AA meetings are held Thursdays from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., and Sundays and Tuesdays from 8 to 9 p.m. at St. Stephen Presbyterian Church, 2217 Theta Street. For information, call 713-204-2481.

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There’s a new sheriff in town within Pasadena ISD intermediate school athletics. Beginning with a big year on the football field and ending with a dominating track and field performance, Bondy Intermediate captured the PISD Cup for the 2012-2013 school year. The Patriots, getting solid overall team and individual performances in each of the sports during the school year, stole the cup away from two-time defending champion Beverly Hills. The cup contest, designed to reward respective

schools and their athletes for both team and individual performances in each of the athletics duirng the school year, has been ruled by Beverly Hills at the intermediate level and Dobie among the high schools in recent years. No more. Not this year. Already in the lead, Bondy won both girls’ track and field titles and the seventhgrade boys’ track and field crown to add to the total. Bondy easily won the PISD Cup with 220.75 points. South Houston was second with 172 points, with Thompson and Bev-

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Two South Belt area players helped the Pasadena Thunder Dragons’ 10-under softball team win the Houston Amateur Softball Association’s Rec tournament, held at El Franco Lee Park. Along the way, the Thunder Dragons went 7-0 to take the top spot among 15 teams. Above, catcher Sophia Colmenares (left) is shown with her father, Javier

Colmenares, and cousin Andrew Ullman. Pitcher Kayla Guajardo (also above) pitched several games to help her team, coached by her father, Art Guajardo, to the tournament win. The Leader incorrectly identified the parties involved in the photo at left in the April 25 issue and apologizes for the error. Submitted photos

Longhorns set to face talented DP baseball Continued from Page 1B series will be decided in one game. Torres said his team will start left-hander Travarus Ansley on the mound against Deer Park. Ansley, the team’s lead-off hitter, will also be asked to ignite the offense. Dobie will be the home team in the game and wants to start fast. “Travarus has earned this chance to be the guy

for us in this game,” Torres said. “He has been our most consistent pitcher all season and has really thrown the ball better than his record shows. “Offensively, he and Jose Cabreja have done a great job, especially over the second half of the season, at getting on base and making things happen. “Travarus has really turned it up with the bat, so we feel good going into it.”

With the weather expected to take a turn for the cold by game time, Torres also expects a low-scoring game. He also believes possible high wind gusts forecast could come into play. “It could change things for both teams,” Torres said. “We played Clements in a 2-1 game (loss in area round) last season, and I expect the same thing. “With cooler weather,

Right fielder Leomana Martinez stepped into the outfield mix for Dobie late in the season after an injury and will likely be called on to help in the Longhorns’ effort to down Deer Park. Photos by Gary Williams

Dobie senior left-hander Taylor Finney got in on the action in a late-season contest against Sam Rayburn. As the team moves into the playoffs, Finney and several of his relief pitching teammates could prove valuable.

maybe you pitch inside more and challenge hitters inside. “Our goal has always been to not only make the playoffs but to make a deep run once we get there.” Over the past two seasons, Dobie has advanced to the area round with wins in the opening series. The locals do not want that trend to end anytime soon.

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