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


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


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.”


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.


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/.

Save the date for Peace Church’s Peace for Pearland Golf Tournament


titleJoin Peace Church for the Peace for Pearland Golf Tournament on Friday, April 8 at 1:30 p.m. for a shot gun start and four-man scramble play at the Pearland Golf Club at Country Place.

The tournament benefits Christian Helping Hands, Pearland Neighborhood Center, and Peace Church’s local ministries for the community, which does not include salaries, building or regular expenses.

The Pearland Golf Club at Country Place is located at 3123 Flower Field Rd. in Pearland.

For more information or to find out how to Sponsor this event, visit PeacePres.net/golf_tournament. Sponsorships are available for $250 – $5,000.

Pearland grad heads to Super Bowl


Photo courtesy of the Carolina Panthers

Pearland has produced yet another athlete that has snagged the spotlight. Fozzy Whittaker, 26, a graduate of Pearland High School, is going to Super Bowl 50 with the Carolina Panthers to face the Denver Broncos on Feb. 7 in San Francisco.

The Carolina Panthers signed Whittaker on July 27, 2014 as a Running Back. Performing well in preseason, he made the initial 53-man roster, which was announced in August 2014.

On January 3 of this year, Whittaker scored a 39-yard touchdown in the third quarter of the Wild Card playoff game against the Arizona Cardinals, which helped the Panthers win that game 27-16, advancing them to the Divisional Playoffs.

Whittaker is 5’10” tall and weighs 205 lbs., making him a force to be reckoned with. After graduating from PHS, he attended the University of Texas at Austin, graduating with a degree in Corporate Communications. He played 38 games for the UT Longhorn football franchise.

The Pear Run Needs YOU to Sponsor!

The 12th Annual Pear Run is scheduled for Saturday, May 7, 2016 at the Pearland Town Center. Attendance has been 1,000+ for the last two years, with runners coming from all over Texas and Louisiana!

Your Sponsorship is not only the backbone to a successful event, but can help you advertise your business to a different demographic at a reasonable price.

If you’re interested in sponsoring at one of the levels outlined below, please email us or print the form, fill it out and mail it to: PCPAAA, 2555 Cullen Parkway, Pearland, TX 77581.

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Download the 2016 Sponsor Registration Form (.pdf)

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at (281) 997-4183 or email info@pcpaaa.com. More information may also be found at PearRun.com. Registration will be opening soon!

Thank you in advance for your support of the PCPAAA and the Pearland Police Department!

Pearland resident and ex-NFL player invites community to ‘Dugout Dialogue with A.J. Hinch’


AJPearland insurance agent and ex-NFL player Albert “A.J.” Johnson is part of the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) in the greater Houston area. PCA is a national non-profit developing “Better Athletes, Better People” by working to provide all youth and high school athletes a positive, character-building youth sports experience.

Johnson invites all interested parties to participate in “Dugout Dialogue with [Houston Astros Manager] A.J. Hinch” on Wednesday Feb. 10 at the Diamond Club in Minute Maid Park, located at 501 Crawford St. in Houston, from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Hinch will be discussing coaching, sportsmanship, character and more regarding today’s athletics.

Sponsorships are available, ranging in price from $200 – $7,500, and all proceeds will benefit Positive Coaching Alliance – Houston.

For more information or to sign up for a sponsorship, visit HoustonPositiveCoach.com or contact Johnson at albert_johnson@positivecoach.org or call (281) 733-9936.

Pearland Girls’ Softball now registering


Register for Pearland Girls Softball AssociationSpring 2016 season. For more information, visit pearlandsoftball.org.

Pearland Golf Club celebrates Grand Opening

Mayor Reid stands by Sandra Eliason, co-chair of the Grand Opening Committee.

Mayor Reid stands by Sandra Eliason, co-chair of the Grand Opening Committee.

The Pearland Golf Club at Country Place has finished renovations and held its Grand Opening on Monday, Oct. 26.

Over 300 people came out for the celebration. Brazoria County Judge Matt Sebesta, State Representative Ed Thompson and Pearland Mayor Tom Reid said a few words before Mayor Reid cut the ribbon, along with Pearland City Councilmen Tony Carbone, Greg Hill, Gary Moore and Derrick Reed and ambassadors from the Pearland Chamber of Commerce.

Kroger Foods, B.J.’s Restaurant, Faust Distributing and Dionisio Winery provided food and beverages. There were displays by many sponsors including Great Clips, Sports Authority, Costco, Smart Financial, Don Pico’s, Bankers Life and Walk on the Wild Side Pet Service. Resident Oscar Flores won the putting contest. A raffle, silent auction ansd door prizes enhanced the fun and music by vocalists Brian Holland, Kathy Hayden, Adrien La Bombarde and Merv Eliason.

The 18-hole golf course is officially open for public play. The course had been closed for a multimillion-dollar renovation in two phases in 2014 and 2015. The redesign, under the direction of noted Texas golf course architect Jeffrey Blume, features new greens, five tee boxes, new sand bunkers and smooth fairways. In addition to the 18-hole golf course, the Club features a driving range, a full service grill, a Pro Shop and a meeting room.

Pearland Golf Club is located just east of Highway 288 off of McHard Road at 3123 Flower Field Lane in the Country Place Subdivision.

For more information, call 713-773-9603 or visit www.pearlandgolfclub.com. The Pro Shop and Tee Box Grill open at 7:00 a.m. daily. The Grill offers a Sunday Brunch from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and a Happy Hour on Fridays.