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21
Aug

Fourth Houston-area IHOP robbed in less than a month

1408453813001-ihop-rob-02Another Houston-area IHOP restaurant was robbed overnight, and like many before it, the latest occurred on the north side.

Houston police said around 2 a.m. Tuesday, three armed men with their faces covered entered the restaurant along Greens Road just east of I-45. They demanded money from the cash register and then fled northbound on the interstate. Police said a fourth suspect was waiting in the getaway vehicle, a pickup truck.

Unlike other IHOP robberies, no customers were robbed. click here for video and complete story

21
Aug

Cross Country: Highlanders motivated by lackluster state finish

Junior Michael Butero, left, and senior Eric Kroon will be two of the top runners for The Woodlands this season.

Junior Michael Butero, left, and senior Eric Kroon will be two of the top runners for The Woodlands this season.

Junior Michael Butero, left, and senior Eric Kroon will be two of the top runners for The Woodlands this season.

Motivated by a string of injuries and a less-than-desirable finish at the state meet last year, The Woodlands has been working hard this offseason to storm back and claim supremacy over the local cross-country scene.

 

Coach Juris Green knows his team will be facing quite the challenge at the district, regional and state levels, but with the proud tradition of Highlanders’ program lingering through the school’s athletic halls, this year’s expectations will not be tapered.

“Our expectations are high — they always are,” Green said. “They’re maybe higher than some people around us think they should be, but we have always, historically, over-produced at times when people didn’t think we could.”

Junior Michael Butero is the top returner for The Woodlands after finishing ninth at the District 14-5A meet and 11th at the Region II-5A meet last season. He returns alongside Matt Henderson, who took 16th at the district meet. Seniors Eric Kroon and Javier Arana, who won the junior varsity district title last year, will also be called upon to contribute. click here for complete story

21
Aug

Baseball: Oak Ridge’s Baker shows off prodigious power

Oak Ridge’s Luken Baker continued his remarkable summer on Saturday.

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Baker won the Under Armour All-America Game Home Run Derby at the Chicago Cubs’ Wrigley Field, and also helped the American team win the seventh annual high school showcase.

A month ago, Baker won the Junior Home Run Derby before the Major League Baseball All-Star Game at the Minnesota Twins’ Target Field.

Saturday, he smacked five home runs in the final round to defeat Starling Heredia of the Dominican Republic. Baker hit seven dingers in the first round. click here for complete story

21
Aug

Baseball: (video) Luken Baker RHP, Under Armour Game 2014

20
Aug

As school begins, growth continues for Conroe ISD

The Conroe Independent School District is bracing for continued population growth and development that is expected to follow on the heels of the opening of the new Exxon Mobil Corp. campus next year.

“Exxon Mobil is having a tremendous impact on this whole region,” Superintendent Don Stockton said. “But I don’t expect a big jump for us over the next couple years. I think we will continue to see steady growth.”

Rising numbers of students in Conroe ISD classrooms is nothing new, Stockton said.

“We’re used to growth,” he said. “In the last 10 years, we’ve added 16,000 students. Growth is just what we do.”

The new Exxon Mobil complex just west of Interstate 45 and the Hardy Toll Road will house 10,000 employees. The company’s new corporate home will be located within the master-planned community of Springwoods Village. The residential component of the community could have as many as 15,000 residents and a workforce reaching as high as 50,000. click here for complete story

20
Aug

Maryland announces life-time scholarship guarantee for student-athletes

Athletes in all sports will receive multi-year scholarship commitments and will be able to return to school on scholarship at any time to complete their degree.

The University of Maryland made an historic announcement Tuesday, becoming one of the first Division I schools to offer a “lifetime degree guarantee” for student-athletes. The guarantee is being dubbed “The Maryland Way Guarantee,” and marks an historic step in protecting athletes’ rights — particularly those who suffer serious injury. From the official school release: click here for complete story

20
Aug

Football: (video) What Will You Do with Your Opportunity? | Huddle Up with Cam Newton Episode 1 (Official)

20
Aug

(video) ‘Purge night’ threats concern Woodlands residents

1408508025000-The-PurgeThieves and murderers running the streets for one night of violence with no one stopping them, that’s the premise of the movie “The Purge.” But now posts circulating on social media are calling to bring the big screen to life, threatening a “purge night” in Texas on August 29th.

“That there were some cities being called out for the purge and that it was gonna be in The Woodlands,” said The Woodlands Resident Iliana Sotiriou, describing the posts she’s seen. click here for complete story

20
Aug

Volleyball: Oak Ridge stays steady to sweep Tomball Memorial

Brooke Clark and Victoria Harris led Oak Ridge to its seventh win of the season, chipping in 17 and 15 kills, respectively, against Tomball Memorial on Tuesday night.

 

Oak Ridge (7-2) extended its winning streak to four matches, downing Tomball Memorial (1-8) in three sets, 25-18, 25-23, 25-15.

“I feel like we came out very aggressive,” Oak Ridge head coach Tommie Lynn Sledge said. “We really pushed some of the things we’ve been working on. We need to work on our serves a little bit — we struggled with that. Other than that, again, I was very proud of their aggressiveness, their steadiness on the court not getting razzled or frazzled. They played very consistent.”

Every set began with Oak Ridge and Tomball Memorial trading off points before the Lady War Eagles were able to piece together a run en route to winning the sets.

20
Aug

Volleyball: College Park takes down Cy Fair in non-district tilt

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Kennedi Smith had 16 kills and 16 digs to lead College Park to a 25-14, 23-25, 25-23, 25-19 road victory over Cy Fair Tuesday night.The Lady Cavaliers improved to 7-2 on the season. Emily Thorson had 16 kills and 13 digs for College Park. Macey Rabson finished with 11 kills and four blocks, and Haley Sobosle added 11 kills. click here for complete story

20
Aug

Volleyball: Kingwood Park fights past Conroe

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Conroe was three points away from winning its first two sets against Kingwood Park, but the Lady Panthers’ strength r the net proved to be too much to overcome. Then, in the third set of Tuesday night’s non-district match, the Tigerettes fell behind 20-9 after Kingwood Park reeled off 12 consecutive points.

That’s when Conroe prlayed its best volleyball of the match, getting back into it before Kingwood Park prevailed 25-22, 25-22, 25-22. Kingwood Park improved to 5-3 on the season while Conroe fell to 7-4. click here for complete story

19
Aug

Cross Country: The Woodlands girls led by experienced senior trio

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It’s difficult to replace an athlete like Madi McLellan. The Woodlands coach Noel Hansen knows that. But the loss of one of the school’s most accomplished runners — now racing for the Rice University Owls — won’t disparage the Lady Highlanders’ high expectations.

 

Instead, The Woodlands will return to the courses with a fresh outlook and an adversity-shattering team mentality that could have them competing for the podium at the district, regional and state levels.

“We lost some great runners and some seniors from last year that provided a lot of leadership, and we’re trying to see how these groups step up,” Hansen said. “These seniors are a very, very capable group, and we’re going to have to get a lot of good work from our sophomores, who ran varsity some last year, but they’re really going to have to step up and be able to help us run at a different level this year.”

The Lady Highlanders lost a tie breaker to College Park in the District 14-5A meet last fall, but bounced back to claim the Region II-5A title the very next week. McLellan, the regional champion, did not compete at the UIL State Meet, and The Woodlands took seventh after a runner-up finish in 2012. click here for complete story

19
Aug

Football: Bonaguidi takes reigns of The Woodlands offense

The Woodlands will have a new player under center this season.

Chris Andritsos, a 6-4, 220-pound senior who quarterbacked the Highlanders last year, is foregoing his final year of football to focus on baseball, where he’s potentially a high draft pick next summer. That means senior Matt Bonaguidi is the next man up – and his teammates are behind him. click here for complete story

19
Aug

Volleyball: Local high school teams start season with a bang

Local high school volleyball teams kicked off the 2014 season last week with non-district tournament games. The Woodlands, College Park, Oak Ridge, Cooper and The Woodlands Christian all hit the courts in search a strong start. Here is a recap of all the action: click here for complete story

The Woodlands

The defending state champions picked up where they left off in their season opener against College Station on Tuesday, Aug. 12, at The Woodlands High School. The Lady Highlanders completed a quick 3-0 sweep of the Cougars, taking a 25-14, 25-15, 25-10 victory.

College Park

College Park also opened the season with a victory on Tuesday, Aug. 12, successfully defending its home court against Klein Collins with a 24-26, 25-22, 25-18, 25-13 victory.

Kennedi Smith recorded 16 kills and five aces for the Lady Cavaliers, while Emily Thorson added 16 kills and 13 digs. Hannah Erwin paced the offense with 36 assists and led College Park with 14 digs.

Oak Ridge

The Lady War Eagles kicked off the season with a sweep of The John Cooper School on Tuesday, Aug. 12, defeating the Dragons 25-16, 25-23, 25-20.

Victoria Harris led Oak Ridge with 14 kills while also recording 14 digs. Jackie Ward paced the offense with 25 assists to go along with 16 digs. Carly Graham tallied 20 assists and 11 digs, and Brooke Clarke added 11 kills. Reagan Ciancuilli recorded a team-high 23 digs.

The John Cooper School

The John Cooper School opened its season with a victory over Conroe (20-25, 25-9, 25-14, 25-18) on Monday, Aug. 11.

The Woodlands Christian

The Woodlands Christian Academy got its season started over the weekend at the Baytown Christian Tournament.

19
Aug

College Park High School: Blitz Day

18
Aug

Volleyball: How The Woodlands and College Park ended their weekend

_DSC1932 (1)After an up and down day at the Pearland Texas Invitational yesterday, play concluded today for both College Park and The Woodlands volleyball programs, seeing success for both sides. Both teams were playing in consolation brackets within the gold division, which hosted the top teams in the tournament after pool play finished Thursday.

For the Lady Highlanders (7-2), a late loss yesterday meant an early turnaround today, playing in the 8 A.M. slot against a Granbury team that upset College Park earlier in the tournament. The Woodlands responded well after their first loss in 50 matches, making quick work of Granbury 25-16; 25-16. click here for complete story

18
Aug

Baseball: Former Highlander pitcher promoted to Big Leagues

4f7ce969ac75f.imageThe Toronto Blue Jays announced Saturday that former The Woodlands star pitcher Kyle Drabek has been called up from the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons. click here for complete story

18
Aug

Baseball: Luken Baker shine at Wrigley Field Under Armour Game

Right-hander Luken Baker (Oak Ridge High, Conroe, Texas) pitched a scoreless third inning for the Americans, throwing 13 of 18 pitches for strikes and fanning catcher Wyatt Cross (Legacy High, Broomfield, Colo.) and Plummer on 93- and 91-mph fastballs. Baker also sparked the winning rally by hitting a first-pitch curveball for a pinch single in the eighth, but he’ll be best remembered for what he did before the game.

Baker won the home run derby, beating Starling Heredia (Santo Domingo, D.R.) 5-4 in the finals. Baker hit 12 homers in 26 swings, seven of which landed on Waveland Avenue behind the left-field stands and an eighth that struck the Toyota sign atop the bleachers in left-center.

Though scouts consider Baker a better prospect as a pitcher, it’s hard to ignore the strength in his 6-4, 245-pound frame. More than just a masher, he has some feel for hitting to go with his right-handed pop and has made a name for himself in home run derbies this summer. He won the junior event at the big league All-Star Game and reached the finals at the Perfect Game All-American Classic at Petco Park last Sunday.

Baker, who will be a two-way player if he attends Texas Christian rather than turning pro, hopes he doesn’t have to give up hitting anytime soon.

“I’m a pitcher, but getting to hit in this game is what I really wanted to do,” Baker said. “I like to do both and I’m going to try to do both as long as I can.”

click here for complete story

18
Aug

Cheryl Najafi to appear at Fall Home & Garden Show The Woodlands

MDD_Cover_FinalOn August 23 and 24, the 12th Annual Fall Home & Garden Show The Woodlands is coming once again to the master-planned community, complete with all of the resources, services and products to turn a house into a dream home. From interior design, kitchens, contractors, flooring, outdoor living products and much more, there is a category for everyone at this year’s show. Turn an idea into a reality with a “one-stop” shop destination for the newest and finest products, resources and companies from North Houston and The Woodlands. A unique part of the two-day event that will have mouths watering is the outdoor cooking show. Cheryl Najafi, bestselling author and lifestyle/entertaining expert will be gracing the stage to demonstrate and share some of her recipes from her brand new cookbook, Mother Daughter Dishes. click here for complete story

16
Aug

Volleyball: College Park, The Woodlands go 1-1 in Pearland

College Park split its two matches in the Texas Volleyball Invitational on Thursday in Pearland. The Lady Cavaliers (5-1) dropped a 25-23, 23-25, 25-23 decision to Granbury. Hannah Erwin had 14 kills, 20 assists and 10 digs for College Park.

Emily Thorson finished with 15 kills and 11 digs and Kennedi Smith added 19 digs. College Park then defeated Clear Falls 25-22, 25-21. Thorson led the Lady Cavs with 14 kills while Smith finished with eight kills and eight digs. Erwin had 15 assists and 10 digs. click here for complete story

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