By Laurie Bettis
The Hempstead Bobcats have a lot to be proud of after capturing the district championship and twenty-eight All-District spots for football in District 14-3A. In addition to twenty-eight all-district honors, two players were selected as honorable mention athletes. Seniors Will Smith and Fredarian Tompkins captured two of the top spots for District 14-3A. Smith was selected as the MVP of the Year for the third year in a row while Defensive Player of the Year went to Tompkins this year. Coach Ricky Sargent was selected for Coach of the Year. Adam Banks, a senior, was named as the Return Specialist and Mario Malagon, a junior, was selected as a Kick Specialist.
Waller County residents have been allied in a grassroots movement to stop the creation of the Pintail Landfill on Kelley Road north of Hempstead on Highway 6. The group, Citizens Against the Landfill in Hempstead had been working to raise money to pay attorney fees accrued in their attempts to stop the location of the landfill in Waller County.
Falcon Soccer, under the leadership of Head Coach Anderson and Coaches Stamps and Perez has gotten off to a great start. January 6. The team took down Smithville in
its first game 7-1, The Falcons participated in the first part of the Ginddings tourney that was cancelled due to inclement weather. With over 20 teams in the tournament,
they tied El Campo 2-2 but lost 8-7 in a heart-breaking shoot-out. Jason Rivas led the Falcons with five goals. Other STAR Falcons included: Jose Perez with 2 goals, Mario Garcia, Pranav Kalyani and JOnathan Martinez who scored 1 goal each. With such a great start, the coaches are optimistic for the 2015 District season.
The Royal High School academic team traveled to Alief Elisk High School to participate in their first invitational meet of the season on Saturday, January 10. The RHS Science team composed of Jesus Hernandez, Pranav Kalyani, Francisco Longoria, Tracy Garcia, Leslie Perez, Yash Kalyani, Kimberly Castillo, and Andrea Govea placed second behind
Clements High School. Jesus was sixth overall and Pranav followed finishing in seventh. Jesus was the meet’s Chemistry champion.
KILLEEN, Texas— The Army Marathon has announced its third annual marathon, half-marathon, and 5K races which will take place on March 1 in Bell County, Texas. The races will celebrate the armed forces and others who serve, including police, firefighters and other first responders. This year’s marathon also commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, as well as the Texans who served in it. Approximately 500,000 Texans served in Vietnam, according to the Texas Capitol Veterans Monument Coalition.
The Waller ISD School Board of Trustees was one of the highlights of the January 12 School Board Meeting. The Board was showered with words of appreciation, a homemade quilt made from an assortment of school t-shirts, and thank you artwork and posters created from the hearts of the Waller ISD students. Pictured from the left: President Bryan Lowe, Vice President Gary Buchanan, Secretary Ronald Campbell, Trustees Kim Parmer, Dr. Michael W. Prince, David Kaminski, and Joe Landin. Waller ISD Public Information