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Grapevine-Colleyville ISD revises football schedule; teams will not play home games in the redesigned stadium

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A rendering of Mustang-Panther Stadium was released by Grapevine-Colleyville ISD last fall. (Rendering courtesy GCISD)

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD has reversed its earlier decision to host its home games at the redesigned Mustang-Panther Stadium, according to a news release sent out Tuesday.

Previously, it was announced the Colleyville Heritage and Grapevine football teams were scheduled to play their first official home games of the season on Sept. 28 and Oct. 5, respectively, at Mustang-Panther Stadium as renovations continued; however, excessive rainfall in recent weeks—coupled with the possibility of more in the forecast—has caused additional delays.

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Grapevine Police Officer Throws First Pitch for Rangers Game on Law Enforcement Appreciation Night

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On Saturday, September 1, 2018, the Grapevine Police motorcycle officer critically injured in an on-duty crash last year will throw the first pitch at the Texas Rangers game in Globe Life Park. Senior Officer RJ Hudson will be available for media interviews prior to the event.

WHAT: Media Availability with Senior Officer RJ Hudson

WHEN: 6:00 p.m., Saturday, September 1, 2018

WHERE: On the field at Globe Life Park

Senior Officer RJ Hudson spent more than a month in the hospital following his crash on October 19, 2017. Since his hospital release on November 22, 2017, Senior Officer Hudson has shown incredible strength, courage and perseverance. Officer Hudson has completed multiple surgeries and is working his way back to serving full duty.

The Peace Officers’ Angels Foundation arranged the opportunity for Senior Officer Hudson to throw the pitch as part of their presentation to honor all law enforcement officers injured in the line of duty.

Dallas PD turns down breakfast, donation from Mavericks CEO after email sparks outrage

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DALLAS — The Dallas Mavericks’ new CEO attempted to bring breakfast to Dallas police but was turned away after some officers were upset with the message from a movement she promoted.

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Marshall (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

On Wednesday, Dallas Mavericks CEO Cynthia Marshall encouraged people to wear black and blue as part of a movement to promote unity between local communities and police, CBS DFW reported. Marshall’s grassroots movement, BB725, recognizes the five officers killed in the July 7, 2016 ambush in downtown Dallas.

But the movement also recognizes Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, two men who died in officer-involved shootings during the same week as the ambush.

While Dallas officers said they supported Marshall’s effort to bring the community together, a number of them said they were outraged from a mass email from the Mavericks that explained the purpose of the movement. The email, which notified the department of Marshall’s plan to bring breakfast to police, said in part that “BB725 7/25 represents the 7 who died July 5, 6, 7 2016 – 2 died because they were black, 5 died because they wore blue,” according to WFAA.

Several officers reportedly found the description offensive and were upset that the movement highlighted the Sterling and Castile shootings. Some wondered why Marshall’s movement doesn’t recognize the three Baton Rouge officers killed in an ambush a week after the Dallas ambush.

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Tarrant County Community Facebook page to give away Rangers tickets

36281320_930075827192202_2464474091533369344_nWould you like to win tickets to a Texas Rangers game? Like, share, comment AND like this page (Facebook) to be added into a live drawing for (2) Texas Rangers Tickets!! The drawing will be held in July.

Access the Tarrant County Community Facebook Page here

Local school districts to incorporate new UIL football rules

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Sports injuries are the second leading cause of concussions for individuals ages 15-24

As medical revelations shine a spotlight on the lasting effects traumatic brain injuries have had on professional athletes, the University Interscholastic League is implementing new rules for all Texas coaches to help reduce the effects of student concussions.

The UIL is an organization that creates rules for and administers almost all athletic, music and academic contests for public schools in Texas. Through a collaboration of the UIL and the Texas High School Coaches Association, every Texas high school and junior high school football coach is now required to become certified in teaching tackling as a part of the official UIL Coaches Certification Program.

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The ‘Blobfish’ takes the trophy in Kimmel vs. Cruz Charity Basketball game

By Chris Daigle

The much anticipated charity basketball face-off between late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel and Texas senator Ted Cruz has come and gone. Cruz was the victor with a score of 11 to 9.

Trash talk was thick between Kimmel and Cruz before their game in Houston on Saturday June 16 at Texas Southern University’s Athletic Education Arena.

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The idea for this charity game resulted from Houston-based senator Ted Cruz tweeting a picture of himself court side for Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals. His hometown Houston Rockets were trying to keep the Golden State Warriors from getting to the NBA Finals. The Rockets lost, which prompted talk show host Jimmy Kimmel to mock the senator on Twitter, saying he looked like, well, a Blobfish.

Cruz, a basketball benchwarmer in high school, was nonetheless swooshing the hoops playing Varsity about the same time Kimmel was tooting around on his clarinet. Cruz said in a recent interview that he wasn’t taking this insult lying down. “And so I sent a tweet,” Cruz said. “All right big guy, you talk a good game! You have besmirched my support for the Houston Rockets. Let’s settle this man-to-man, one-on-one hoops.”

During a broadcast of Jimmy Kimmel Live, Kimmel said he was in.

“I immediately went online and Googled how to guard a blobfish. I’ll accept on one condition: We both wear short shorts, right?” Kimmel asked.

Wrong, said Cruz.

So it was settled. The late night talk show host and the Texas senator squared off in the gym on the campus of Texas Southern University. The contest benefitted two charities: Generation One, based in the Third Ward in Houston (Cruz’s choice). Its mission is to, “Be a catalyst for systemic change in the education system, by creating an equitable educational landscape across the city.”  Kimmel chose Texas Children’s Hospital, because his one-year-old son Billy has had three heart surgeries, and is waiting on a fourth.

The choice of an arena was a little more challenging. The advance team first considered a middle school gymnasium, and they even looked at using the George R. Brown Convention Center. Texas Southern University stepped up and offered its Athletics Education Arena, which fit perfectly. There, the challenge would commence: The American versus the Canadian; the baller versus the blobfish. It would turn out to be the Blobfish Basketball Classic.

Cruz wasn’t guaranteeing victory going in, but he made one promise: “Under no circumstances will Kimmel dunk on me. I’ll pull his shorts down to the ground rather than let him get to the rim.”

Fanfare is something Kimmel knows about, and his arrival came amidst lights and smoke, and with him was, naturally, a mascot: A blobfish mascot named “Blobby.” Kimmel said he carbo-loaded to get ready for the game. He practiced a little last week, but after 25 years of not playing basketball regularly, “I decided to wing it,” he said.

During the game, Kimmel and Cruz had brief discussions about detention centers and Cruz’s support for President Donald Trump. “This won’t be the first time you lose to a TV host,” Kimmel said. He also asked Cruz why he didn’t support covering pre-existing conditions. Booing from the decidedly pro-Kimmel crowd drowned out the Senator’s answer.

Senator Cruz had his fan base out there, and they had their cut-outs of his face to wave. The Kimmel fans had theirs as well, and a noticeable mixture of boos from the Kimmel fans upon each Cruz basket was heard, but no boos from the Cruz camp were noticeable.

Cruz and Kimmel proved they should each keep their day jobs, missing more than 100 shots between the two of them during the game. Cruz joked that they also set the Guinness World Record for fouls.

The pace of the game, however, became a matter of Kimmel keeping up with Cruz. Lead scoring was by Cruz, then Kimmel would rally for a tie game three times. But he just couldn’t pass Cruz. The original plan was that the first 15 points would win on this half court, one basket, one-on-one challenge, but early on, both decided to shorten the game to an 11-point winner.

At half time, the score was Kimmel 6, Cruz 5, and the blobfish decided to hold a dance competition. Blobby showed his style by doing three backflips in a fish costume. That took some practice!

Cruz and Kimmel kept the defense tight, but both got lucky on long shot baskets. Kimmel had a better cheering section. Oddsmakers were watching the game too. The Texas senator was favored to beat Kimmel by sports book Bouada. And Las Vegas was begging fans to take the talk show host at 8/5 odds. Cruz was listed at -220 , or 5/11, which basically meant to win $100, fans had to plunk down $220, and hope that Cruz would prevail. At a height of 5’10” to Kimmel’s six feet, perhaps that is not a good enough payout for low stakes prop betting. Cruz, who is three years younger than Kimmel, appeared to have the girth advantage, which helped out in the paint. Plus, some high school basketball time came in very handy.

Things heated up as the score tied, then Cruz was ahead. It was 10 to 8, then 10 to 9 (Cruz). It was a cliffhanger, folks! The crowd was on its feet! Cruz needed one more basket! Kimmel pressed his defense, but Cruz broke to the outside and took a shot…IT’S GOOD!

Ted Cruz won the Blobfish Basketball Classic! No more boos were heard as the arena erupted, confetti was fired, and Kimmel looked astonished. It took almost two hours, but Ted Cruz made the oddsmakers drop their cigars.

“Is that the ugliest game winning shot you’ve ever seen?” Cruz asked. Kimmel said, “I know I’m not a great basketball player, but I’m at least as good at the game as Senator Cruz is at being a senator.”

The real winners in this tournament were the charities. Generation One in the Third Ward received $30,000 and Texas Children’s Hospital received $10,000.

When complimented on his winning shot from the outside, Cruz said, “Next time I’ll try to open my eyes.” Rematch, anyone?

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Chris Daigle is a Houston Historian and a regular contributor to The Grapevine Source. He may be contacted at blue69@att.net.

7-on-7 HS Football Tourney Scheduled for June 6

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pca-logo-webOn Monday June 6, the Positive Coaching Alliance will host the 8th Annual PCA-Houston 7-on-7 High School Football Tournament at Rogers Middle School, located at 3121 Manvel Road in Pearland.

The tournament is comprised of 16 Houston-area schools. Previous schools have included Aldine, Episcopal, Furr, Kashmere, KIPP Houston, KIPP Northeast, Brazoswood, Brazosport, Madison (2010 Champion), Marshall (2009 Champion), Reagan (’12,’13, and ‘14 Champion), St. John’s, Sterling, Westbury, Westside (2011 Champion) and Eisenhower.

Over the past seven years, nearly 2,500 student athletes have participated in the Tournament. The tournament will also feature a Linemen Challenge hosted by Former Texans player Fred Weary.

This 7-on-7 tournament is unique in that public, private and charter schools get a chance to compete with one another.  Besides the great football and top-notch competition, prior to the tournament, we talk to the student athletes about Honoring the Game and respecting their opponents and the officials.

Tournament sponsors include the Jacob Green Foundation, NFL Foundation, Just Her Sports, Frost Bank, Silver Creek Dental, Farmers Insurance, Kohl’s, Chick-Fil-A Pearland, Kona Ice Houston, AMBIT Energy, ID Life, PearlandSports.com and H-E-B Pearland.

Tentative Schedule:

Monday, June 6th (June 8th for rain-out):

  • 9am-12pm: Pool Play
  • 12-1pm Linemen Challenge
  • 2-4pm: Championship Rounds

For more information, contact Executive Director A.J. Johnson at 281-733-9936.

About Positive Coaching Alliance

Since its founding within the Stanford University Athletic Department in 1998, Positive Coaching Alliance has helped develop “Better Athletes, Better People” primarily through live group workshops, online courses and books by PCA Founder Jim Thompson for youth and high school sports coaches, parents, student-athletes and school/organizational leaders.

In partnership with nearly 2,000 schools and youth sports organizations nationwide, PCA has conducted more than 13,000 live group workshops and impacted more than 6 million youth.

PCA workshops and courses strive to transform high school and youth sports into a Development ZoneTM where the goal is to develop Better Athletes, Better People and the following become the prevailing models in youth and high school sports:

  • The Double-Goal Coach®, who strives to win while also pursuing the more important goal of teaching life lessons through sports
  • The Second-Goal Parent®, who concentrates on life lessons, while letting coaches and athletes focus on competing
  • The Triple-Impact Competitor®, who strives to impact sport on three levels by improving oneself, teammates and the game as a whole.

PCA gains support from a National Advisory Board, including National Spokesperson and 11-time NBA Champion Coach Phil Jackson, and many other top coaches, athletes, organization leaders and academics who share PCA’s mission.

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The Pearland Pear Run celebrates its twelfth year

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Runners line up at the Starting Line at the 10th Annual Pear Run

The Pearland Pear Run, which includes a 10K and 5K run, a 5K walk and a 1K Kids’ Fun Run, will be celebrating its 12th year on Saturday May 7.

Runners from all over Texas and Louisiana travel to the Pearland Town Center, located at 11200 Broadway St., to earn points for the larger marathons, run or walk for fun and sample vendors’ wares.

There is also a kids’ area, featuring bounce houses, Mr. Pear and yummy treats to try.

CPAAA BADGE FINALProceeds from the Run benefit the Pearland Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association (PCPAAA), which raises money to provide the Pearland Police Department with equipment and other essentials that are not in the City budget.

The Police Department holds two Citizen Police Academy (CPA) classes per year. Class 42 will graduate this month, and Class 43 will begin in August. For more information, visit PCPAAA.com.

The Police Department has also started a Teen CPA (TCPA). This class also meets twice per year, with the next class forming in September. This class is open to teens that are in the 10th, 11th or 12th grades and live in Pearland. For more information, visit http://www.pcpaaa.com/about-pcpaaa/teen-cpa/.

The Pear Run is actively looking for Sponsors. For information about registration, volunteering or becoming a Sponsor, visit PearRun.com.

Local boxing gym produces two professional fighters

Pearland has produced many athletes to be proud of. Just last year, the Little League All Stars went to the World Series for the second year in a row. Pearland High School graduate Fozzie Whitaker played with the Carolina Panthers in this year’s Super Bowl. However, one sport that produces stars, yet is often overlooked, is boxing and its “brother,” Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).

Submission Boxing Academy (SBA) and Pearland Boxing, located at 3705 Halik Rd. #7, focuses on training professional Mixed Martial Arts fighters to compete in the Houston MMA Circuit and throughout the Southern United States. They also train professional fighters as well as up-and-coming amateurs.

Frank Flores and Gary Pena are the coaches at the Academy. “After getting injured in the Marine Corps, I could no longer compete in combat sports,” said Flores. “So I did the next best thing and started coaching fighters.”

The gym got its start in 2005 and is an affiliate of Puro Azteca Boxing Gym in Houston that Flores’ brother, Robert “El Jefe,” owns. “We were the starting the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) side of the boxing gym at Puro Azteca,” Flores said.

Flores’ brother introduced Flores to Gary Pena. “My brother brought Gary Pena in to start training boxers to fight professionally,” Flores said. “We have two pro fighters that Gary has worked with for many hours to make them top prospects in the Houston boxing arena.”

Pena got an early start in boxing. “My uncle was a pro fighter, and he never had a son,” Pena said. “My mom had three sons. My uncle left some gloves with us and it all began there. I was five years old. I’ve been coaching for 16 years. I have trained three national champions prior to coming to Submission Boxing Academy.”

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Franke with Coaches Flores and Pena (Photo by Adriana Lopez)

One of the two pro fighters trained by Pena and Flores is William “Alex” Franke, 20, a Pearland resident who recently won all three of his fights in the Golden Gloves Senior Division for newcomers.

“Alex trained hard for a month and a half before the tournament, but he’s been boxing for three months,” Pena said. “Alex looked very strong in the first fight, stopping his opponent by Total Knock Out (TKO). He won his second fight by the judges’ unanimous decision, and in his final fight, he looked awesome.”

Franke gave some insight into his wins. “My opponent was little shorter than me, but he looked like a brick wall. This was my first fight ever, and it was his as well. I just overpowered him and ended up knocking him out,” Franke said. “In my second fight, we went all three rounds, and it was probably my worst fight. I had nothing in my stomach, but I won all three rounds.

“My third fight was probably the best fight that I had because I was doing exactly what Coach Gary was telling me to do. I was stepping to my right and rocking back in with my right, connecting my body shots. I probably did that 20 times. He just kept running into my jab and I kept hitting hard,” Franke added.

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Ledet (Photo by Adriana Lopez)

On Saturday (Feb. 27), Alvin resident Justin “El Blanco” Ledet, 27, the second pro fighter training with Pena at the Academy, had his 6th professional MMA fight in Oklahoma City. Ledet’s professional record is 6-0; he has never lost a fight.

“I’ve been fighting professionally for seven years now,” said Ledet. “My fight in Oklahoma City went well. I ended up tapping the guy out in one minute and 40 seconds with a guillotine choke.”

While Franke and Ledet are pro fighters, anyone can train at the Academy. Whether it is for moving forward as a pro athlete or just to get a great workout, SBA can assist.

Submission Boxing Academy is open on weekdays from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. For more information, stop by 3705 Halik Rd. #7 or call Coach Frank Flores at (832) 651-7118. The gym is the last unit in the second row of buildings in the back of the complex. SBA’s Facebook page may be found at https://www.facebook.com/SubmissionBoxingAcademy/.