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Academy of Science and Technology Team Named Global Champions

World’s largest celebration of creativity hosts record-breaking attendance from teams worldwide

Andrew's global champsA team of seven seniors from College Park’s Academy of Science and Technology was awarded 1st place at DI Global Finals. Destination Imagination (DI), a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering students’ curiosity, courage and creativity through open-ended STEM, fine arts and service learning Challenges, boasted a record number of teams in Global Finals 2015, the world’s largest celebration of creativity, May 20-23 at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Seniors Andrew Cahill, Paulome Srivastava, Victoria Youngblood, Nicole Chin, Erik Young, Kayla Kelly and Sarah Mohamed have attended Global Finals for three years in a row, but felt like this year’s performance was something very special.

“I’m glad I got to wrap up the last 3 years of craziness with some of my best friends, a great trip, an amazing performance and no sleep. This is one of the lasts I will miss the most,” said Andrew Cahill.

The challenge they selected was called Feary Tales with the requirements to have a fairy tale type story with a character with a phobia, an optical illusion, and 2 types of art. Their pride and joy was the chameleon costume programmed with lights that changed as the animal’s moods changed which they said took over 100 hours of work to accomplish.

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Costco The Woodlands evacuated due to bomb threat

Costco_Woodlands_WOLCostco evacuated the premises Friday, May 22, at approximately 2:30 p.m., upon receiving a bomb threat. Shoppers were directed to the edge of the parking lot, instead of their cars, according to Facebook posts in the social media. Sarah Ann Bara and Marilyn Davenport were among those who mentioned it online.

The Costco located at 8185 SH 242 and I-45N is not the first location to receive a bomb threat. The Costco in the Green Oak Township of Michigan, was evacuated Thursday, April 30, when a wholesale vendor discovered the message scribbled on the wall in the men’s bathroom. The message was specific to the time the bomb would be detonated…the threat which was discovered at 1:30 p.m., and indicated that a bomb would go off at 2 p.m. click here for complete story

Baseball Playoffs: Lake Travis ousts College Park 6-3

College Park’s Parker Hudson reacts after walking in his second run of the seventh inning during a regional quarterfinal game in Mumford Saturday. Lake Travis defeated College Park 6-3.
College Park’s Parker Hudson reacts after walking in his second run of the seventh inning during a regional quarterfinal game in Mumford Saturday. Lake Travis defeated College Park 6-3.

With two innings remaining and a 3-1 lead, College Park needed just six more outs to complete its series comeback over Austin Lake Travis in the Region-II 6A quarterfinals.

The Cavaliers defense, however, didn’t respond well, as Lake Travis scored five runs combined in the sixth and seventh inning to steal the series away from College Park on Saturday, 6-3.

Back-to-back errors by the Cavaliers allowed two Lake Travis base runners to get on before College Park starter Chandler Morris was replaced by reliever Nate Fisbeck. The senior had just as difficult a time as his starting companion in the inning, allowing a runner to advance on a passed ball, and watching as another error allowed Lake Travis’ Hudson Fife to get home. click here for complete game

Langkamp, The Woodlands keep Belton down in series-ending win, 2-1

The Langkamp sisters, Abby and Emily, seem to thrive on dangerous situations on the softball field.

More importantly, they know how to get out of them, as was displayed in The Woodlands’ 2-1 series-clinching win over Belton in the Region II-6A semifinal playoffs on Saturday.

With the win, the Lady Highlanders move to 24-7 on the season, and advance to the Regional finals next week against Lake Travis. click here for compete story

Softball: The Lady Highlanders advance to the regional finals

The Woodlands Lady Highlanders advance to the regional finals by defeating the Belton Lady Tigers 3-2 and 2-1 in the first two games of a three game series on Friday and Saturday.

Senior Aubrey Leach high fives her teammates during Saturday's win over Belton
Senior Aubrey Leach high fives her teammates during Saturday’s win over Belton

Game one was highlighted by a great relief appearance by Emily Langkamp and two runs in the bottom of the fifth. The Woodlands was leading 1-0 going into the fifth inning. With two outs, Lady Tigers’ starting pitcher Sidney Holman would get on base with a walk, and would come around to score on an RBI single by Sydney Andrews, to tie the game. In the bottom of the fifth, the first two batters for the Lady Highlanders would get on base. A RBI single from Alayis Seneca would score Kerry Martinez, and Roma Thornton would put her team in the lead on a bunt by Kaitlyn Stavinoha. click here for complete story

Softball: Belton defeated in Game 1 vs. The Woodlands

Even though the cast has turned over completely since their last playoff series, the battle was much the same for Belton and The Woodlands in their Class 6A Region II softball semifinal as it was when they last met four years ago in the same round.

Thus far, unfortunately for the Lady Tigers, the result is pretty much the same.

Belton was unable to convert on critical scoring opportunities and came up short, 3-2, to the Lady Highlanders in the series opener at Mustang Stadium in Mumford. Game 2 will return to Mumford at 5 p.m. today with a third to follow if the Lady Tigers win. The series winner will get Lake Travis, which eliminated Waco Midway 3-2 in its one-game playoff. click here for complete story

Baseball: Baker, Oak Ridge sweep Bowie to advance

It was de-ja-vu all over again in Mumford as the Oak Ridge War Eagle (27-1) baseball team shut out the Bowie Bulldogs on one-hit pitching, 2-0 on Friday night to advance to the Region 2-6A semifinal against the Irving-Nimitz/Rockwall winner.

IMG_1901_storySenior, Luken Baker’s no hitter was ruined in the sixth inning by the same Bulldog that got the lone hit in Game 1, Kyle Gray. Not withstanding another good effort by Gray, Baker made quick work of Bowie as evidenced by the clock barely striking nine (9pm) by the time the game had concluded. click here for complete story

Baseball: Pflugerville baseball season comes to an end

Pflugerville head baseball coach, Dale Waggoner
Pflugerville head baseball coach, Dale Waggoner

The Pflugerville baseball team was a few outs away from forcing a Game 3 in its area round matchup against No.4-ranked Conroe Oak Ridge, but the War Eagle rallied, and Pflugerville lost the series and the game, 5-3 on Saturday.

It was an end to break through season for the Panthers.

“I’ve never been more privileged and (I’m) just lucky to coach the group that we had this year,” Pflugerville coach Dale Waggoner said. “They’ve been a great group and I couldn’t ask for a better group.”

After losing 10-0 in six innings the night before in Conroe – after the series had two location changes and evolved from a three game series over three days to a three game series over two—the Panthers struck first in Game 2 at Pflugerville. But each time the Panthers took a lead in the game, Oak Ridge responded with runs. click here for complete story

DPS Increases Patrols for Memorial Day Weekend

Trooper_Burse_WOLThe Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will increase trooper patrols this Memorial Day weekend to help ensure the safety of Texas roadways. During the increased patrols Friday, May 22, through Monday, May 25, troopers will be looking for drunk drivers, and speeding, seat belt and other traffic violators statewide.

In a Public Service Announcement (PSA) Trooper Erik Burse, Safety Education/Public Information Officer for the Department of Public Safety, discusses the consequences of ‘driving while intoxicated. click here for complete story

Baseball Playoffs: Oak Ridge blanks Bowie to take game 1 in Mumford

Durbin Feltman and the Oak Ridge high school baseball team took game one of the best of three UIL third round playoff series with Austin-Bowie Thursday night at neutral site Mumford, 4-0.

20150521_193159Feltman was lights out in going the distance for Oak Ridge (27-1) firing a one-hit gem striking out 13 while handing out just two free passes in throwing 115 total pitches. Junior shortstop Michael Lawson continues to solve opposing pitching in collecting a single and a double plating three War Eagles to include the first frame when he doubled in Luken Baker who had lead off the game with a walk. Lawson’s bat has been sizzling as he’s been above the 500 mark all season long. Read more…

Baseball: Walks help College Park roll past Lake Travis, even series

College Park’s Nate Fisbeck cheers as Noah Vaughan takes a third ball in the first inning of a Region II-6A regional quarterfinal game in Mumford Friday.
College Park’s Nate Fisbeck cheers as Noah Vaughan takes a third ball in the first inning of a Region II-6A regional quarterfinal game in Mumford Friday.

Following a rough offensive outing in the first of its best-of-three series with Lake Travis, College Park showed major patience at the plate in its 8-1 win Friday in Mumford in Game 2 of the Region-II 6A playoffs. The Cavaliers drew 11 walks, and half of their runs came from Lake Travis pitchers’ inability to throw strikes.

College Park starter Beau Ridgeway, meanwhile, took advantage of an early lead and never let his opponents back in the game. Read More…

Baseball Playoffs: Baker, Oak Ridge complete sweep of Bowie

The Oak Ridge War Eagles continue their roll through the Class 6A baseball playoffs.

Oak Ridge right-hander Luken Baker fired a one-hitter Friday night and the War Eagles claimed a 2-0 victory over Austin Bowie to claim a two-game sweep of the Bulldogs in a best-of-three Region II-6A series at Mumford High School.

“We played really good defense behind Luken tonight,” Oak Ridge coach Mike Pertile said.

Oak Ridge improved to 27-1 on the season and will next face Rockwall or Irving Nimitz in the playoffs. click here for complete story

Softball Playoffs: Langkamp, The Woodlands dig deep to take Game 1 over Belton, 3-2

The Woodlands first baseman Shelby Dublin celebrates after the final strikeout of the game pitcher Emily Langkamp in the seventh inning of a Region II-6A regional semifinal series in Mumford Friday. The Woodlands defeated Belton 3-2 in Game 1.
The Woodlands first baseman Shelby Dublin celebrates after the final strikeout of the game pitcher Emily Langkamp in the seventh inning of a Region II-6A regional semifinal series in Mumford Friday. The Woodlands defeated Belton 3-2 in Game 1.

There was a bit more drama in the game than coach Richard Jorgensen and The Woodlands would have wanted, but the Lady Highlanders will take the result.

Belton staged a late-inning rally, but The Woodlands held on to claim a 3-2 victory in the best-of-three Region II-6A softball series.

After gaining a two-run advantage in the bottom of the fifth thanks to two Belton errors, relief pitcher Emily Langkamp faced a seemingly impossible scenario the next frame. click here for complete story

TWHS Improv Troupe raises over $20,000 for various charities

The TWHS Improv Troupe
The TWHS Improv Troupe

On May 15th The Woodlands High School Improv Troupe wrapped up another successful year of being a comedic force of nature for charities. Twelve students make up a troupe that performs family friendly improv shows monthly in the style of “Who’s Line is it Anyway?”.

Each show raises money for a different charity, and this year alone the troupe raised over $20,000 for organizations such as Doctors without Borders, The Will Herndon Fund, Montgomery County Animal Shelter, Brooklyn Brumfield, and many more.

McCullough students sing to help girl with rare genetic disorder

Region Girls Choir members perform during the McCullough Junior High choir's pop concert at the Nancy Bock Center of the Performing Arts auditorium.
Region Girls Choir members perform during the McCullough Junior High choir’s pop concert at the Nancy Bock Center of the Performing Arts auditorium.

McCullough Junior High School choir students raised thousands of dollars during their third annual pop concert benefitting a Woodlands-area family in need.

About $6,300 was raised from ticket sales and the silent auction at the Nancy Bock Auditorium on May 19, and the choir itself donated an extra $875. Connie Horton, the choir director, conducted 240 students in front of a crowd of nearly 400 parents and community members. They performed a variety of solo and ensemble music from jazz to pop to classical. click here for complete story

Athletics: The John Cooper School honors more than 300 outstanding athletes

The John Cooper School’s Female Athlete of the Year Julianne Malek and Male Athlete of the Year Pedro Nasta
The John Cooper School’s Female Athlete of the Year Julianne Malek and Male Athlete of the Year Pedro Nasta

More than 300 athletes, family members, coaches and faculty gathered for the annual All Sports Banquet as The John Cooper School Athletic Department honored its 2014-15 athletes in the school’s Student Center and Performing Arts Center on May 15.

“I know I speak for all the coaches in saying, you are all exceptional student-athletes, and we would like to thank you for representing The John Cooper School with class and pride,” said Cooper Athletic Director Mike Cooper as he thanked athletes, parents and coaches for their support throughout the year and recognized the year’s individual and team accomplishments.

Seniors Julianne Malek and Pedro Nasta were named Outstanding Athletes of the Year, and seniors Muna Uzodike and Christian Jones were each presented with The John Cooper School Athletic Leadership Award. click here for complete story

Baseball Playoff: Feltman guides Oak Ridge to Game 1 win over Austin Bowie

554c2cc8e3b80.imageDurbin Feltman was on top of his game. And the Oak Ridge War Eagles followed him to victory.

Feltman fired a one-hitter on Thursday, leading Oak Ridge to a 4-0 victory over Austin Bowie in Game 1 of their Region II-6A baseball series at Mumford High School.

“Durbin was awesome,” Oak Ridge coach Mike Pirtle said. “He walked a couple guys, and struck out a lot.”

Feltman finished the game with 13 strikeouts and two walks. click here for complete story

Football: Starters look sharp in The Woodlands spring game

Although no score was being kept as offensive and defensive players were swapped in and out constantly, The Woodlands Highlander football team still looked sharp in its 39th annual spring game at Woodforest Bank Stadium Wednesday.

“I told the kids I was proud of their effort,” said The Woodlands coach Mark Schmid. “Execution can always be better, and with what we’ve dealt with the last few days with the weather… I didn’t come out here expecting anything to be perfect, but I was happy with the effort.

“We need to take this experience and build on it… because the next time we step out on this field, it’s for real.”

The white team (offense) starters, led by quarterback Craig Heiser and running back Carlos Ramos, quickly marched their side against the green team (defense) in the game’s opening drive from the 30-yard line inside their opponent’s 20-yard line. click here for complete story

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