Eagles Join 6A Ranks, Begin Rivalry with Pearland

Dawson's Brett Winnegan (4), show in a scrimmage against Santa Fe, should be one of the premier running backs in the Greater Houston area. (Photo: Kirk Sides)

Dawson’s Brett Winnegan (4), show in a scrimmage against Santa Fe, should be one of the premier running backs in the Greater Houston area. (Photo: Kirk Sides)

Eric Wells knew this day, eventually, would come.

Wells just hoped that when it happened that he would have 22 returning starters to deal with Dawson High School’s promotion to Class 6A football from the 4A ranks.

“Here’s the hand we’re dealt, and we’ll play this hand,” the Dawson head football coach said.

Dawson’s jump to 6A football is met with as much enthusiasm as it is with guarded optimism.

There are the obvious powers – Pearland and Manvel – to play in District 22-6A. But there’s also the opportunity to reach the playoffs.

“There’s a lot we, as a coaching staff, don’t know about this district,” Wells said. “What we do know are our players, and that we’ll do our best to get into the playoffs.

“We know it’s going to be tough, but I think we’ve been playing teams that are very tough. At one time or another, we’ve had Texas City, Manvel, Angleton, La Marque and Texas City in our old district. Those are some pretty good football teams.”

This year’s Dawson squad isn’t unlike the 2010 team, which was decimated by graduation.

“We lost 44 seniors this past year, and many of those guys were two- and three-year starters,” Wells said. “But I’m excited about this young group.

“They don’t have the Friday night experience those other guys have, but it’ll be a fun year, even though it’s a transition year.”

Dawson’s offensive line features a mixture of veterans and newcomers.

At left tackle is Sam Tripp,a 6-3, 220-pounder, who played on the junior varsity last year. Next to him is guard Tyler Guenther, a 5-11, 260-pounder. Returning at center is Austin Bush, a 255-pound scrappy veteran.

At right tackle is Wells’ son, Tucker, who is 6-5 and 295 pounds. Cameron Wilson (6-4, 275) returns at right tackle. Also back on the offensive line is tight end Derry Ruth, a 6-2, 210-pounder.

Dawson’s receiving corps includes Antoine Cannady, Brailon Mouton, Drake Rainer, Jamarcus Mattox-Williams and C.J. Simmons.

“Antoine came up on varsity for the playoffs,” Wells said. “He’s a big kid (6-3, 215). Brailon Mouton is 6-2, 175 and had a real good spring and 7-on-7 season.

“Rainer was a backup quarterback for us last year, and we feel we’ve got him in the right spot now. C.J. has only played basketball, but if he can catch the ball, he could do good things for us. Jamarcus had a good spring, also.”

In the backfield, Dawson returns talented Brett Winnegan, who rushed for 2,290 yards and 26 touchdowns last year. To alleviate defenses from concentrating on him, Wells may have Saevion Johnson (6-0, 190) share the ball-carrying duties.

“We’re real excited about our Saevion can help us,” Wells said. “We know what Brett can do.”

The Dawson quarterback job is up for grabs between senior Vance Galloway and sophomore Zach Smith.

“Both of them are runners and throwers,” Wells said. “Coming out of spring, Vance understood more of what we were doing because he’s been there before.”

Smith started at shortstop as a freshman on the Dawson baseball team this past spring.

“The both bring good things to our offense,” Wells said. “We’ll just see if one steps ahead of the other in our scrimmages.”

Defensively, the Eagles are starting with pretty much of a clean slate.

In the secondary, the lone starter returning is senior cornerback Jordan Wilson. The other cornerback slot may be manned by Mykul Mitchell, who started on the junior varsity. Safeties are likely to be Brandon Guzman and Carl Isaac.

Travonte Moody (5-9, 180) returns for his third year at an outside linebacker. Kevin Lambert and Kareem Jones will battle for the other OLB position. At inside linebacker are John Alexander and Ethan Arthur.

“John played behind Ryan Woods last year, and Ethan was our starter at middle linebacker on JV,” Wells said.

“We’re trying to put as much speed out there as we can to overcome inexperience. Hopefully, if we make a bad read, we can still get there because we’re fast.”

In the three-man defensive line, Richard Picking (6-0, 280) will be at noseguard.

“He’s not as big as Eric England, but he’s a good athlete,” Wells said. “He had a great game against Magnolia West last year. I think he’ll be fine.”

Tyler Davis will likely play at one defensive end, but the other is up for grabs.

“There are a handful of guys that are trying for that spot,” Wells said.

Tyler Day returns to provide Dawson with quality kicking and punting.

Dawson opens district play against Alvin and then takes on Pasadena Rayburn and Pasadena Memorial before its showdown with Pearland on Oct. 3.

“To only have two games with a young team to get ready for district isn’t ideal, but a lot of other teams are in the same boat as us,” Wells said. “The goal is to make the playoffs.

“Yeah, you’d like to win district, but our goal is to go as far in the playoffs as we can. Our kids know they can win.

“We had more holes to fill on defense than offense this year, but I actually think we’re better at some places.

“It’s group of good, hard-working kids. They aren’t D1 guys, but just a lot of really good players who are committed to what we’re doing here.”

No Refusal This Labor Day Weekend

District Attorney Devon Anderson announced Friday that her office is launching a no refusal initiative through the Labor Day Weekend. There will be extra prosecutors on duty to assist law enforcement agencies in filing cases on arrested intoxicated drivers throughout the weekend. Under the no refusal law, a search warrant will be issued to draw the blood of any suspected intoxicated driver who refuses to take a Breathalyzer test or to give a blood sample. The no refusal initiative will begin on the evening of Friday, August 29th and lasts through the morning of Monday, September 1st.

“No refusal is 24/7 in Harris County. However, a no refusal initiative allows us to have more prosecutors on duty, throughout the weekend, to help take intoxicated drivers off the roads more quickly,” said DA Anderson. “Drinking and driving is never an acceptable combination. Have a plan in place before you decide to drink an alcoholic beverage: Designate a sober driver, call a taxi or make other arrangements that don’t require you to get behind the wheel. Any of those options could save a life.”

This announcement comes after last week’s sentencing of Joseph Fiedor (case#:1415457). Fiedor was convicted of intoxication assault after he crashed into Precinct 1 Constable’s Deputy Jeff Wooten on January 23rd. Deputy Wooten remains in the hospital today fighting for his life. Fiedor was sentenced to 20 years in prison, which is the maximum penalty for intoxication assault on a peace officer.

DA Anderson held a news conference with Adrian Garcia, Harris County Sheriff, Alan Rosen, Constable Precinct 1 and the Patel family, who lost four of their loved ones to a drunk driver, Million Zeghergis (case#:1435309) on June 23rd. Zeghergis is facing four counts of intoxication manslaughter and one count of intoxication assault. He will appear in the 182nd District Court on September 11th.

Harris County continues to top the list of counties nationwide with the most DWI-related fatalities. The goal of the no refusal initiatives is to reduce the number of impaired drivers on the road, to lower the number of DWI-related crimes, and to save lives.

Source: The Pearland Journal

San Jacinto College Volleyball to Host Patriot Day Classic

The 10th ranked San Jacinto College volleyball team will host the San Jac Patriot Day Classic, Sept. 5 and 6, while recognizing military veterans in observance of the Patriot Day holiday.

On Saturday, Sept. 6, a Bell UH-1V Iroquois “Huey” helicopter will land on the Central Campus courtyard in front of Anders Gymnasium at 8 a.m., and will be on display all day before departing at 5 p.m. At 9 a.m., free T-shirts will be handed out to the first 100 people in attendance for the tournament. From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., a reception will be held for all military veterans, and they will be recognized during an intermission at 3 p.m.

Donations collected throughout the day will go toward support of local veteran organizations.

The Patriot Day Classic will be the home opener for San Jac (0-4), which opened the season last weekend at the Holiday Inn Classic in Rock Springs, Wyo. The team will head to Baytown this weekend for the 26th Annual Lee College Invitational, where they will face Lamar State – Port Arthur on Friday at 4:30 p.m., Cisco College on Saturday at 11 a.m., and host Lee College on Saturday at 3 p.m.

Head Coach Sharon Nelson, now in her 13th year at the helm of the San Jacinto College volleyball program, has four players returning from last year’s squad that finished the regular season ranked 13th in the nation with a 22-10 overall record. Included in that mix is the Region XIV player of the year, 6-1 middle blocker Ana Helena Ribeiro (Villa Nova de Gaia, Portugal / Escola Secundária António Sérgio); 5-8 outside hitter Delaney Driver (Wichita Falls / Christ Academy); and 5-9 outside hitter Rachel Warner (Burton / Burton HS). The trio combined for 427 kills last season. Also in the mix is second-year libero Kacey LeBlanc. The Orange (Orangefield HS) native recorded a 3.57 digs per set mark last season.

Nelson also added two sophomore transfers and a slew of freshman to complete this year’s squad. The additional sophomores are 5-10 middle blocker JaLesa Beaver (Katy / Morton Ranch HS / Carson Newman University) and Hannah McRee, a 6-3 middle from Uvalde (Uvalde HS / Arkansas State University).

All San Jacinto College home volleyball games are played in Anders Gymnasium on the Central Campus, located at 8060 Spencer Highway in Pasadena. For more information about San Jacinto College athletics visit www.sanjacsports.com.

Source: Pearland Journal

Dawson High School Presents “Into the Woods”


Dawson High School presents “Into the Woods.” The play runs Aug. 28 and 30 and Sept. 4 and 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Dawson High School auditorium (2050 Cullen Boulevard). Both Saturdays also feature matinee performances at 2 p.m. Advance tickets are $5 for students and senior citizens and $7 for adults. Tickets are $7 for everyone at the door. For tickets, call 281.412.8827 or e-mail brownam@pearlandisd.org.

Parental Involvement: Elevated and Re-Defined

From PISD Superintendent Dr. John Kelly:

National/state newspaper editorials from business interests rightly complain about  the unpreparedness of many high school graduates for occupational and higher education success. TED Talk experts on the web speak to the “crisis” in public education and offer highbrow solutions.

But from my point of view, most editorials/experts either omit or barely mention the most important and OBVIOUS variable affecting student achievement: PARENTS! In the absence of good parenting, very few students achieve.

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Newmark to Begin Sales in Pearland’s Shadow Ridge


The 3,595-square-foot San Germain design is one of two model homes Newmark plans for Shadow Ridge, a 22-acre neighborhood that will open in September.

The 3,595-square-foot San Germain design is one of two model homes Newmark plans for Shadow Ridge, a 22-acre neighborhood that will open in September.

Newmark Homes will open for pre-sales in September in Shadow Ridge, a 22-acre development that is adjacent to Shadow Creek Ranch in Pearland.

Although developed by Michael Doyle with DCI, the neighborhood will be marketed as part of Shadow Creek Ranch and is included in the community’s homeowners’ association, allowing residents access to amenities in Shadow Creek Ranch. Newmark Homes will be the exclusive builder in the neighborhood, offering home designs for 50-, 55- and 60-foot homesites priced from the $250,000s. Shadow Ridge will encompass 115 homes.

“This is one of the few remaining opportunities for a new home in Shadow Creek Ranch that is zoned to Alvin ISD,” said Jeff Dye, Newmark vice president. “Based on the chance for new homes in Alvin ISD, the generous amenity package in Shadow Creek Ranch and the diversity of properties and homes that will be offered, this is a tremendous opportunity for Newmark to once again establish itself in the Pearland area.”

Shadow Ridge fronts FM 518 and is minutes from shopping and entertainment in Pearland. Easy access to Highway 288, Beltway 8 and Interstate 610 promises quick commutes to Houston’s major employment corridors, including the Texas Medical Center and downtown Houston.

Shadow Creek Ranch boasts more than 150 acres dedicated to amenities, which include the Diamond Bay Water Park, Reflection Bay Diving Pool, Emerald Bay Lap Pool, Biscayne Bay Splash Pad, more than 25 miles of hike and bike trails, tennis and basketball courts, soccer fields and an array of community parks and playgrounds.

Newmark Homes builds in nine Houston-area developments with prices from the $250,000s. Newmark Homes ended its building program in Southern Trails in 2013, the builder’s most recent Pearland community. For more information, visit www.newmarkhomes.com.

Source: The Pearland Journal

Brazoria County Head Start and Local Volunteer Professionals Help Low-Income Kids

As part of the Brazoria County Head Start/Early Head Start Program, the Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures Mobile Dental Van came to Pearland and Alvin August 26. Children in this program are required to get two dental screenings and one vision screening per year.

In order to get this done, volunteer dentists and optometrists, as well as paid professionals, man the Van. Pearland residents and Lions Dr. Lee Smith, with Pearland Vision Center, and Dr. Hugh Patton, with Silver Creek Dental, volunteered their time to screen approximately 35 children.

About the Programs:


CDC Brazoria County Head Start, a comprehensive birth-to-five Early Childhood Program, exists to provide case management and school readiness for families and children to foster family self-sufficiency and family stability while simultaneously ensuring social, emotional, cognitive, physical and moral mastery for each child.

The Child Development Council of Brazoria County is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and is the sponsoring agency for the Brazoria County Head Start/Early Head Start Programs. The CDC has sponsored the Head Start program since 1975.

Brazoria County Head Start operates seven centers in seven cities throughout Brazoria County. All seven of the centers are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.


Every day, Colgate is making a difference by helping to create healthy smiles for children around the world.

In the U.S., Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures® provides free dental screenings and oral health education to children through its fleet of mobile dental vans. These vans travel to under-served rural and urban communities, reaching over 1,000 towns and more than 10 million children each year.

Pearland Livestock Show & Expo Now Offering Scholarships

Exciting news! Thanks to the generosity of the Wagoner, O’Day, and Ordeneaux families, we have 6 scholarship opportunities! THE DEADLINE IS APPROACHING, SO APPLY TODAY!