After coming close to taking the Kingwood Holiday Classic a couple of times (most recently in 2014) the Atascocita Eagles basketball team finally climbed the mountain in 2017.

While attending an offense-defense football camp this summer, Christian Whitley, a 12-yearold 7th grader, was named an Offense-Defense All-American and invited to participate in the 12th annual Offense-Defense Bowl Week festivities taking place this month in New Orleans, La.

The start of the 2017-18 high school basketball season has brought a lot of similarities between both boys and girls teams at Kingwood.
For starters, both begin the season with relatively new coaches and a new era in each of the programs. Monte Cole takes over the boys’ program. A highly successful assistant coach at Atascocita High School, Cole moves over to Kingwood to take over for Royce Huseman, who retired at the end of the last school year. Huseman coached 32 years at Kingwood, including 26 as head coach. He compiled 632 victories with the Mustangs.

It was in last year’s bowl game that Kingwood graduate Sewo Olonilua made his first start for TCU. It was his freshman year with the Horned Frogs and capped an interesting season that found the former Mustangs standout playing in all 13 games while rushing for 122 yards on 15 carries. Olonilua scored one touchdown as a freshman. It came in a 62-22 victory at Baylor.

Humble ISD will hold its 9th Annual Golf Classic Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, at The Clubs of Kingwood, 1700 Lake Kingwood Trail, to support its high schools’ athletic golfing programs. Proceeds from this event will help offset costs of tournament fees, travel and hosting expenses for more than 170 student golfers in the district. The tournament has become the premier golf fundraising event in the area. Course activities will include raffles and a silent auction. The team entry fee is $400; individual entry is $100 (fee includes lunch and awards dinner reception). Dinner only tickets are $10. For information and to register, visit humbleisdgolf.com.

Jordan Cooper, the New Caney High School quarterback, was honored at a school assembly Dec. 5. He was named the Ford Tough Texas 5A Football Player of the Week.

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