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Houston Dynamo Fall to Columbus Crew 2-0

By Robert H Kelly

Copyright 2011 TexSport Publications

HOUSTON, TEXAS (June 18, 2011) Coming off a successful trip to the west coast by defeating Chivas USA 2-1 on June 12, the Houston Dynamo were looking to begin a winning streak as they faced the Columbus Crew in a Saturday evening MLS game before 13,039 fans at Houston’s Robertson Stadium.

The Crew’s Bernado Anor saw to it that the Dynamo got their sixth loss of the season, falling to a 4-6-6 record.

Anor, in his first professional start, scored a goal and added an assist to give the Crew a 2-0 win and raise their record to of 5-4-6.

With the win, the Crew takes sole possession of third place in the Eastern Division while the Dynamo falls to fourth place.

The Crew got on the scoreboard in the 41st minute when forward Andres Mendoza got a pass from Anor at the top of the penalty area and kicked it in for the score and his fifth goal of the season.

The assist was Anor’s first of the season.

The Crew came back with their second score of the night, in the 77th minute, when Anor got the ball from forward Justin Meram at the right side of the end line.

Anor fired the ball at the goal, which was deflected by Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall. Anor got the rebound and fired it back into the goal for his first professional goal.

The Dynamo had a few bright moments but failed to connect with the goal on 12 tries.

Midfielder Brad Davis made his 200th start of his MLS career while forward Brian Ching played in his 150th career game for the Dynamo.

The Dynamo will next face D.C United (4-5-5, 17 pts) on the road on June 26. They are currently in fifth place in the Eastern Division after their 1-1 tie with Real Salt Lake on Saturday night.

Houston Cougars Down NWOSU 81-58; Maurice McNeil Gets Third Double-Double

By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2010 TexSport Publications

HOUSTON, TEXAS (November 20, 2010) The Houston Cougars jumped out to a 17 point lead at halftime in route to a 81-58 win over the Northwestern Oklahoma State Rangers at Hofheinz Pavilion.

The Cougars had a balanced game with 11 players getting playing minutes with nine scoring points.

Maurice McNeil led the Cougars with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Darian Thibodeaux chipped in 15 while Kendrick Washington came off the bench to score 13.

Kirk Van Slyke added 11 points with five rebounds in the win.

Zamal Nixon continued his solid all-around play, scoring 10 points with a game-high eight assists, five rebounds and two steals.

The Rangers led early in the game, 7-4 with 17 minutes left in the half. Houston tied it up at the 16:10 mark on a 3-pointer by Van Slyke. From that point on, it was Houston’s game.

Houston scored 24 of 31 field goals in the first half but could manage only 16 of 39 in the second.

Head coach James Dickey emptied his bench midway through the second half to give some much needed playing time to all his players while the season is still young.

While leading the Cougars to the win, McNeil got his third double-double (16 points, 10 rebounds) of the season.

With the win, the Cougars improved to 3-1 overall, while the Rangers dropped to 4-1.

San Jacinto College won its sixth-straight Region XIV volleyball championship with a 3-1 win over Laredo Community College to advance to the NJCAA National Championships. Photo credit: Jeannie Peng-Armao, San Jacinto College marketing department. San Jacinto College Volleyball Advances To NJCAA Championship Match
WEST PLAINS, MUSSOURI (November 20, 2010) With a straight-set win over Western Wyoming College Friday night, the San Jacinto College volleyball team advances to the championship match of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) volleyball tournament.

Third seed San Jac defeated No. 2 Western Wyoming College 25-21, 25-21, 25-21 to advance to the national title match against Western Nebraska Community College (WNCC). Fourth-ranked WNCC defeated No. 8 Salt Lake City Community College in four sets to advance to Saturday’s championship game.

With the win, SJC moves to 29-9 overall on the season. San Jac last won the volleyball national title in 1987. The highest national finish under Head Coach Sharon Nelson is fifth, in 2008.

San Jac is led by sophomore Alyssa Dibbern (Bay City / Bay City HS) who ranks 19th in the nation with 404 kills. She was named the Region XIV player of the year, and is a first-team all-conference selection. Dibbern also leads the team in blocks with 116 total. Leading the offense is first-year setter Chelsey Harding (Houston / Cypress Springs HS). She ranks in the top 25 in assists per set with an 8.48 average.

The 2010 NJCAA volleyball national championship concludes on Saturday at the Civic Center in West Plains, Mo. Complete tournament information, including a full bracket, live video streaming, and tournament schedule can be found at

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