For some people, running is just a quick calorie burn to stay in shape...for others like Kirby Middle School 6th grader it seems to be much more...it's an enjoyment. Abram Galdeano recently participated in the School Rock Challenge Marathon. The program is a 6-week challenge to run 25 miles...spreading out the mileage over that time period. After that is accomplished, the last 1.2 miles is run later as kind of an event capper in a pseudo sprint. Abram actually ran the first 25 miles in only 3 weeks and later at the final race at Sea World, he competed against 200 other runners and finished 14th with a time of 7:32. Way to go Abram!
Abram with Coach Rangel, Coach Derington and Principal Mary Duhart-Toppen
It's been well documented on the district website that the Thunder Rockets are a well coached and talented team. That was confirmed as the Special Olympics flag football team tested themselves in the state tournament at Baylor University in Waco and they came out not only winners, but UNDEFEATED!! On their way to their 4-0 tournament streak, the defense allowed only an average of 9.5 points per game forcing 10 interceptions and 5 safeties. Meanwhile, the Thunder Rocket offense averaged 24 points a game. These athletes were far and away the class of the state tournament never trailing in any of their games and earning their first Gold Medal and State Championship in their division. Congratulations everyone to a great season.
The Team: Kenneth Aguilera, Elijah Alvarado, Raul De La Cruz, Nathan Derouen, Freddie De Luna, Ke’Anthony Gooden, Darius Hunt, Earl Riley, Steven Rodriguez, Jordan Rowan, Luis Solis, Aaron Strickland, Sammy Ybarra. COACHES: Head of Delegation: Edward Waring, Head Coach: Johnny Gonzales, Assistant Coaches: Edward Burkely, Mike Barkster, Corey Hunter. Team Dad: Steven Rodriguez Team Mom: Marshelle Barkster
It was a great football season for the Judson Rockets. For Head Coach Sean McAuliffe...his first year as head coach...it was a season to remember in many ways. From injuries that plagued the team at quarterback, revealing a tremendously talented freshman quarterback in Julon Williams, to a defense that really came into its own causing turnovers that the offense rarely wasted. It finally ended in the semifinal game 38-31 against Cypress Ranch. The Rockets left it all on the field and that's the way you want to end it whichever direction the score ends up going. Congratulations Rockets for a tremendous ride this year.
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(Mi'kel Jackson breaks away from Cy-Ranch defender)
The Judson Rockets took care of business against Reagan High School in a 34-24 win. The next game is against Houston area Cypress Ranch. The Mustangs staged a come from behind win against Dickinson 31-28 reeling off 31 unanswered points, so the Rocket defense will have its work cut out. It should be an exciting game in the Alamodome, so let's get there early and make some noise for the Rockets.
Fans at Rutledge stadium saw a great mix of aggressive defense that produced 4 turnovers and an offense that pilled up yards and points on the scoreboard. The Rockets beat Reagan 34-24 to advance in the state football playoffs. They will now face either Cypress Ranch or Dickinson at 3:30 pm at the Alamodome next Saturday, December 13th. Judson now is one of four teams with a shot at a state title.