Archive | October, 2010

Eagles fall to Conroe in season finale

Atascocita lost its season finale to Conroe Friday night 28-21, bringing to an end a disappointing season for the Eagles, who finished at the bottom of the District 14-5A standings.

Atascocita (3-7, 1-5) outgained Conroe in total yards 227-171, but it wasn’t enough.

The Eagles showed plenty of fight. Trailing 28-7 after a Conroe touchdown with less than 11 minutes left in the game, Atascocita put up 14 points down the stretch to get back into the ballgame.

Senior quarterback Earnest Carrington connected with Tyrone Roberson for a 14-yard score and with Nick Brooks on a 26-yarder, and sophomore Daniel Higdon added the extra points to cut the Conroe lead to seven points with 4:14 remaining.

The Eagles would get no closer. They advanced inside the Tigers’ 5-yard line in the final minute, but could not score the game-tying touchdown.

It was that kind of a year for Atascocita, whose three victories this season came over Pasadena South Houston, Galveston Ball and The Woodlands College Park.

After a difficult stretch in which they lost five straight games by at least 27 points, including three shutout defeats, the Eagles played well in their last three games. Though the young Eagles managed just one victory in the final three weeks, the two most recent losses were by three points to rival Kingwood and the seven-point loss on the road at Conroe.

Elijah Merchant, who scored the game’s first touchdown against Conroe on a four-yard run, led the team in rushing with 511 yards, edging out Kyle Tate (464 yards). The two tied for the team lead with six touchdowns on the season.

 A year ago, Atascocita won 10 games and advanced to the area round of the playoffs for the first time, before losing to eventual state champion Katy. Roberson was the team’s leading receiver with 18 receptions for 182 yards.

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Power in pink

AHS celebrated Pink Month in October as a way to raise awareness of breast cancer. The month culminated with Wear Pink Day, when staff and students donned the color in a show of support.

Here are some images from the day.

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The J-Line is here

Welcome to the AHS J-Line.

The online multimedia publication, produced by Atascocita High School’s Journalism I students,  will present stories, videos and photo galleries highlighting the people, events and issues important to the 3,200-student campus. 

Regular features will include the J1-on-One page, featuring Q-and-A’s with AHS people; the J-Sizzle page, showcasing the work of J-1 students; and the J-Tube page, offering multimedia video, audio, and slideshow reports.

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Pretty in pink

Pink was the color of the day at Atascocita High School on October 28.

The hue could be seen in t-shirts and tops, in banners and ribbons, on hands and even in pens. The rosy display was part of a breast cancer awareness campaign at the school.

Everyone seemed eager to jump on board and show support.

The usual in-between-bell swarm of students was transformed into a sea of pink. Teachers and staff, all garbed in the color that has come to symbolize the fight against breast cancer, gathered outside for a group photo. And tiny hand-painted pink ribbons adorned hands and faces.

Click on the J-Tube page to see a slide show of images from the day.

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AHS Theatre visits the dark side

In all of us, there is good. In all of us, there is evil.

Those simple statements and a poster bearing the image of a blood-spattered door are the first indications that the latest production from the AHS Theatre Department is not just an ordinary high school play. Then there’s the PG-13 rating, due to “theatrically intense” scenes.

Isn’t that enough to bring you to the Performing Arts Center this week to see Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde?

The AHS staging of the novella by Robert Louis Stevenson involves 100 students and will feature a Victorian London setting.  Starring in the title roles are Drew Carr as Dr. Henry Jekyll and Cris Sosa as Mr. Edward Hyde.

The gothic story explores the duality of human nature, examining the presence of a dark side in all of us.

The AHS Theatre Department, which has garnered a reputation as one of the state’s top programs, has competed in the State Championship Contest the past three years. Last year, AHS won First Runner Up in the UIL One-Act Play State Contest.

The shows begin at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 28, 29, and 30 in the AHS Performing Arts Center. Advance tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens, and can be be purchased from company members or at AHS from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door.

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Volleyball, everyone?

What do you get when you mix the Atascocita varsity volleyball team and the All-Marine pro-level team?

A match worth watching.

The two teams came together Tuesday evening for an exhibition game to benefit the AHS volleyball program. The All-Marine team, which consists of players who have competed on the collegiate, international and Olympic levels, stayed after the match to sign autographs and answer questions.

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Eagles prevail

The Atascocita Eagles scored their first district win Saturday, when they edged out The Woodlands College Park by a one-point margin in a hotly-fought overtime game.

The 28-27 victory at Turner Stadium helped the Eagles break a six-week losing streak and makes them a 1-4 record in District 14-5A.

Sophomore halfback Elijah Merchant, still recovering from a hip injury, shone in the match-up, rushing 16 times for 145 yards and two touchdowns.

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Robo-students rule

The AHS Robotics team cruised to the finals of  the 5-Star BEST Robotics competition, where they went up against some of the region’s best teams.

The AHS team also scored a fourth place finish at the event held October 16 at Lone Star College-Kingwood.

This year’s competition marked the fourth time the AHS team has participated and the second time it has qualified for the contest, but the first year the team made the finals.

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The colors of AHS

Dress up, Atascocita.
Dig into the closet, rifle through the drawers and pull out some wild socks and rainbow-colored clothes. All for a good cause.
This week, AHS observes “Dress Up Days” — a week honoring the school’s breast cancer awareness clubs and celebrating upcoming holidays.
The week kicks off on Monday, when black will be the color of the day for “Black Out Breast Cancer.”  On Tuesday, it’s orange for “Pumpkin Day,” while Wednesday is the day to sport some crazy socks for “Crazy Sock Day.”
Dress pink on Thursday to show support for the French Club’s “Breast Cancer Awareness” Day, then wrap the week up with some traditional AHS red-and-white for “Spirit Day.”

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Sound of Music

The halls will be alive with the sounds of music next week, as the AHS Choir Department hosts the TMEA Region 19 Choir auditions.

The auditions, which take place on Monday, are expected to draw more than 400 students from participating schools. Participants will begin arriving during 7th period, with auditions scheduled to start around 4 p.m.

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Up next, College Park

The Atascocita Eagles will try to break a four-game losing streak this weekend when they face up against The Woodlands College Park.

Despite the tough stretch, the Eagles still have a chance to make the playoffs.

The College Park Cavaliers have a mixed record so far this year, with victories over Oak Ridge and Conroe and a loss to Kingwood.

Saturday’s game kicks off at 6 p.m. at Turner Stadium.

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Four down, but not out

The Atascocita Eagles are 0-4 this season after a heartbreaking 30-27 loss Saturday to the Kingwood Mustangs.

The Eagles did not go down easily. A 54-yard run by Kyle Tate tied the game at 27 with less than six minutes to play.  But the Mustangs snatched the victory in the final minute of the game with a 41-yard field goal.

The Eagles are not yet out of contention for playoffs. With this defeat, however, the road there just got that much harder.

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