Rosenberg, TX (May 18, 2017) – Fort Bend 4-H invites you to join us for two awesome summer camps, new this year! We’ll start off with Clover Kids Camp, an experience packed with hands-on fun for kiddos entering K-2nd grade. Youth will get an intro to 4-H yoga, robotics, animals and cooking on Friday, July 14, 2017 from 9am-12pm at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds (4310 TX-36, Rosenberg, TX 77471). The camp is FREE, just RSVP at

Next up will be our Music Camp, made possible through a partnership with Sound Foundation Academy. Learn music fundamentals and discover the world of 4-H performance arts on Monday, July 24 through Thursday, July 27, 2017 from 9am-12pm at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds. Entering 1st-5th graders will explore instruments, read music and develop rhythm through games, crafts, songs, dancing, and more! Register for $85 at

Every year the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension family supports Fort Bend County families with multiple themed camps for youth of various ages. Fort Bend 4-H is proud to offer summer camps for local youth to have fun, learn and make friends in a safe space. For more information, visit our website at or contact us at 281-342-3034.



4-H is a national youth development organization with local roots, present in every state of the U.S. and in every county of Texas. In 4-H, young kids develop leadership, communication, citizenship and responsibility, growing life skills through hands-on learning in clubs in their community.

Kids can sample water sports, horseback riding and more on May 21 

HOUSTON – On the banks of scenic Lake Livingston mounted to the tall pines is one of the longest dual zip lines in Texas. All summer long, children – secured in their harnesses – race each other down the cabled lines in what many have described as an “experience of a lifetime” on the 530 acres of YMCA’s Camp Cullen.

For those who have never experienced Camp Cullen in Trinity, Texas, the YMCA is opening its doors to the public free of charge on May 21 from 1 to 5 p.m. During this time, children will get to sample what this lakeside camp has to offer, specifically kayaking, horseback riding, archery and tours of the extra modern and air-conditioned cabins and a newly built dining hall that offers dramatic views of the lake at any time of day.

After attending Camp Cullen and climbing its 55-foot tall Alpine tower, going wake boarding, sailing, and playing sports, parachute games and paintball, kids often return home from this residential camp having gained much more than a week of fun.

“YMCA Camp Cullen is more than just a summer camp. It provides an opportunity for kids to have life-changing experiences. While each day is packed full of tubing, ropes courses, creative arts, drama, dancing and opportunities to learn about geology and environmental science, behind the scenes kids are building self-confidence and making lasting friendships,” said Andrew Hood, director of the camp. “Camp Cullen is a community that instills a sense of belonging and being a part of something.”

Camp Cullen has consistently garnered the highest ratings from camp participants and their parents. Hood believes this is because the camp is also designed to appeal to a kid’s heart and soul.

“No doubt our kids like the cool stuff, but at Camp Cullen, they feel at home. They are welcomed energetically from the minute they arrive and are embraced by a staff that takes caring of the children to more meaningful levels,” Hood said of the camp counselors, many of whom travel from as far away as Great Britain and Australia to be an instrumental part of the camp experience. “Every year, parents tell us that their children return home more confident than ever, and that they forged so many new and lasting friendships with kids they otherwise would never have met.”

Camp Cullen is open to kids ages 7-17 and operates in one-week sessions. It is located 90 miles north of Houston.

No registration is necessary to try Camp Cullen on May 21 from 1 to 5 p.m. for free. Simply drive up and have fun! Camp Cullen is located at 460 Cullen Loop in Trinity, Texas: Camp Map and Directions

Want to arrange a tour on another day? Please call 936-594-2274.

For more information, please visit:


Adventure Courses include: Challenge Course, Alpine Climbing Tower, Hamill High Ropes Course, Dual Zip Lines.

Special Tracks include: Horsemanship, Water Sports (water skiing, wakeboarding, knee boarding, tubing, canoeing, sailing), Teen Leadership and Kamp K’aana for children who struggle with weight issues.

Sports include: Basketball, Kickball, Soccer and Parachute Games.

Target Sports include: Archery, Paintball, and a .22 Rifle Range with a focus on safety.

Other Activities include: Creative Arts, Dance, Fishing, Outdoor Living Skills, Cookouts, Hiking, Nature Classes, Geology and Environmental Science.

Themed Weeks include: Aloha Summer, Teen Leadership Camp, Under the Big Top, Sci-Fi, Outdoor Leadership Development, Teen Adventure Camp, Superheroes, Passport to Another World, Wild Wild West, Planet Earth Safari and Time Traveler.

Fort Bend County Libraries’ Cinco Ranch Branch Library will present an introductory demonstration of Tai Chi techniques on Saturday, May 20, beginning at 2:30 p.m., in the meeting room of the library, located at 2620 Commercial Center Blvd in Katy.

YooSoo Shin, an instructor at Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi, will present a demonstration of Tai Chi-Qigong. After warming up, participants will learn simple forms of Tai Chi and Qigong. Those attending the class are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing.

YooSoo Shin has been teaching Tai Chi, Qigong, yoga, and meditation for more than 20 years.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Cinco Ranch Branch Library at 281-395-1311.

By: Tom Behrens

High hopes for several medals at the state championships

For Mayde Creek’s Javlyn Cameron, Katy’s Abby Brudnick, Morton Ranch’s Taila Fagan and Seven Lakes’ Cooper Campbell, it was one more shot at medals before beginning their college careers. Cameron, a hurdler, recently signed with Texas State University. Brudnick, a distance runner, signed with the University of Texas during the winter. Fagan, a sprinter, recently signed with the University of Houston. Campbell, a thrower, signed with the University of Oklahoma during the fall.

The boys high jump was an event of interest with Tompkins junior Mason Corbin and Seven Lakes senior Trey Angel among the favorites. Angel earned a bronze medal, with his 6-8 good enough for the state wild-card spot.

Tompkins boasts the top-ranked sprinter in the state as sophomore Kailei Collins carried an 11.31 into the state 100. She won an exceptional III-6A race that produced three of the fastest four times in the state.
Taylor junior Otito Ogbonnia emerged as one of the strongest throwers in the state, getting through a loaded regional field to advance to Austin in the shot put. Ogbonnia heaved 58-11 in the shot put and 172-9 ½ in the discus, taking bronze medals in both. He is ranked fifth in the shot put entering the state meet.


Danella Munoz, 4th, high jump, 5-6
Abby Brudnick, 2nd, 1600, 5:02.80
Michael Matus, 5th, discus, 166-4
Ryan Yerrow, 3rd, 3200, 9:44.00
Javlyn Cameron, 2nd, 100 hurdles, 13.72; 5th, 300 hurdles, 43.80
Taila Fagan, 2nd, 200, 24.81
Nic Hernandez, 6th, 200, 22.67
Boys 800 relay, 6th, 1:29.58 (Nic Hernandez, Telron Bradford, Dallas Ross, Westley Sellers)
Laura Broman, 6th, 3200, 11:36.65
Morgan Janda, 6th, high jump, 5-4
K.C. Nwadei, 6th, triple jump, 39-4; 6th, high jump, 5-4
Dana Pollack, 4th, pole vault, 11-0
Rachel Smith, 4th, discus, 127-11.5
Trey Angel, 3rd, high jump, 6-8
Cooper Campbell, 1st, shot put, 66-7
Zion Mpeye, 4th, 300 hurdles, 38.68
Boys 400 relay, 5th, 41.42 (Jahquan Bloomfield, Nonso Anyanti, Joshua Anadu, Chris Williams)
Boys 800 relay, 3rd, 1:26.97 (Jahquan Bloomfield, Nonso Anyanti, Joshua Anadu, Chris Williams)
Otito Ogbonnia, 3rd, shot put, 58-11; 3rd, discus, 172-9.5
Alyssa Balandran, 3rd, 1600, 5:04.90; 3rd, 3200, 11:18.69
Kailei Collins, 1st, 100, 11.31; 3rd, 200, 24.93
Mason Corbin, 1st, high jump, 6-9
Ben Perceful, 5th, pole vault, 14-6
Parker Powell, 6th, triple jump, 45-6

By Tom Behrens

And Now there is only one

The Katy Tigers are the remaining District 19-6A baseball team in UIL State Championship playoffs in Region 3.

Taylor Mustangs had to scratch and claw to earn the final seed in District 19-6A. Taylor prevailed 3-2 on the road, scoring twice in the seventh inning against Strake Jesuit; Matt Whelan worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom half. The senior right hander struck out the side to force a winner-take-all playoff for District 19-6A’s final postseason berth.

The Taylor Mustangs faced Travis in Bi-district losing in two games, 13-3 and 5-3, eliminating the Mustangs from the playoffs.

Tompkins, 19-6A’s three-seed, eliminated the Kempner Cougars in three games, winning Games 1 and 3 11-10 (10 innings) and 5-4, respectively. Kempner took Game 2, 5-1 to force a decisive game but, ultimately fell victim to the Falcons, whose baseball and softball teams recorded their first playoff series wins, another first for the Tompkins sports history books.

Tompkins was defeated by Cy Ranch, 8-5 and 2-0.

Seven Lakes lost to Ridge Point in three games to Ridge Point, 3-2, 3-6, 10-0 (five innings).

Katy edged out Bellaire, 2-1 and 7-1 to advance to the regional quarterfinals where they will meet Travis on May 20.

Softball …

Might be wise to place your order for tickets to the State Championship game

The Lady Tigers of Katy survived a scare by Travis in their Bi-district playoff game, winning 3-0. Travis in the seventh inning had two runners on base in scoring position with the game tying run at home place with one out before Katy pitcher, Alyssa LeBlanc stopped the Travis uprising

LeBlanc allowed six hits, striking out eight and walked three while pitching a complete game.

Katy found their old groove again defeating Cypress Lakes, 12-0 and 13-1. Cypress Lakes had previously eliminated Chaves 19-2 and 11-2. LeBlanc dominated in the 12-0 win, pitching a no-hitter while striking out seven in five innings. She also homered and drove in five at the plate.

Cait Calland was three for three with a home run and two RBIs. Kat Lopez homered in game one. McKay Boxham had five hits and three RBIs in the two games.

Kylie Redding and Chloe Cobb split the pitching in game two.

Next up for the Lady Tigers were the Ridge Point Panthers who the Tigers disposed of in one game, 3-0. Katy scored their first two runs on wild pitches.

The Panthers of Ridge Point had their chance to get back into the game after Tigers made two errors—a bad throw by Kat Lopez and a dropped ball by Chloe Cobb which allowed two Panther runners on base.

Never fear…Alyssa LeBlanc took care of the rest, pitching a complete game shutout.

Tompkins was eliminated from the playoffs after losing to Bellaire 4-2 and 8-0. This was the first ever playoff appearance for Tompkins.

Kilgore College Names Hall of Fame Inductees

Kilgore College Sports Information reports that Kilgore College will honor former standout athletes, coaches and contributors at its annual Hall of Fame Weekend Oct. 6-7.

Jorge Diaz played offensive tackle for the KC football team from 1992-93 under head coach Marion Turner. Born in New York, he grew up in Katy, playing football for Katy High School.

Following two years at KC, he played his remaining college football at Division II Texas A&M-Kingsville, where he was named an All-American. In 1996, he was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent where he played until 1999. He started six games as a rookie at left guard. The next year he became a regular starter at right guard. He was a part of a rushing attack that included running backs Mike Alstott and Warrick Dunn. Diaz also played one year for the Dallas Cowboys during the 2000 season.

Joshua Oglesby of Katy High School commits to BYU

More often than not in recruiting, there’s a decent amount of time between when a coaching staff sees a prospect for the first time and when they offer a scholarship, and then another chunk of time before that prospect commits to the school.

Such certainly wasn’t the case with the BYU football program’s newest commit for the 2018 class, running back Joshua Oglesby of Katy High School in Texas.

The 5-foot-9, 185-pound Oglesby was first contacted by Cougar running backs coach Reno Mahe on Twitter just last Friday, received a scholarship offer the next day at BYU’s Fanfest in Houston, and announced his commitment on Thursday.

A runner who has registered a time of 10.6 seconds in the 100 meters, Oglesby said Cougar coaches were first intrigued by his speed, and offered a scholarship after seeing his film. He has played at slot receiver and in the kick and punt return games in addition to running back.

“Just when I talked to the coaching staff, I felt very comfortable,” he said by phone Thursday night. “They seemed very interested in me. Coach Mahe and Coach (Ty) Detmer, they were really great. I just felt comfortable, like I was part of the family. I just felt like I had their trust, and that’s a big thing for me, the trust factor. I just felt like it was there and I just felt very comfortable and didn’t wait any longer.”

Oglesby, who holds one other scholarship offer from Montana State, said he’s open to more offers but is focused on attending BYU.

“They told me they really like me and they really wanted me, and no other school has told me that,” he said, adding that other schools have evaluated him but only the Bobcats had gone as far as to offer him before the Cougars did. “It was a big thing for me. BYU came the next day and offered, and I just felt like I was wanted there, and that was a big thing for me.”

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On Monday, June 26th, local Fireman Dustin Carter is chairing the 2nd Annual Golf Tournament at Willow Fork Country Club, located at 21055 Westheimer Parkway in Katy. All money raised will benefit the Katy Fire/EMS Association and Camp Hope.

“This is a great opportunity for the community to support those that have done so much for us,” says Chris Newton, local Realtor with Cross Property Group, who is helping to organize the event.
The Katy Fire Department provides primary fire and emergency medical services to the City of Katy and some surrounding areas on a daily basis.

Proceeds will also benefit Camp Hope, a non-profit organization that provides interim housing for veterans and their families suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). One in three returning troops are being diagnosed with serious symptoms of PTSD, and on average, five active-duty troops attempt suicide each day. Camp Hope strives to bring healing and raise awareness in a caring and positive environment.
“Camp Hope serves our veterans that have given so much,” Newton states.

Those who participate in the Golf Tournament will pay an entry fee of $100 per person or $400 per team. In addition to a putting contest, they will enjoy lunch, extra games, prize drawings and an award ceremony to follow. Participants must register and pay the entry fee by the June 21st deadline.

Local business owners can also support the cause by becoming a sponsor. You can sponsor a hole for as little as $250 or become a premium flag sponsor for $500.

Those who wish to register, sponsor the event or ask questions should contact Dustin Carter at 281-391-8583/, or Chris Newton at 281-770-7932/

Kelsey Wylie, a sophomore at Faith West Academy, took third place in State at the TAPPS 5A Golf Tournament held at Stone Tree Golf Club. Wylie shot a 78 on the first day of competition and a 74 on the second day for a total of 152. The two day tourney hosted 106 players from across the state of Texas.

Wylie was undefeated in TAPPS 5A District play with a current average of 74. Her low round of the season was 68. She will spend the summer playing tournaments on the East coast through the American Junior Golf Association.

Faith West Academy is an inter-denominational private Christian school offering preschool through 12th grade.

Javlyn Cameron pictured with Coach Ridenhour displaying her Bronze medal.

Senior Javlyn Cameron competed at her third and final UIL State Track and Field Meet at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin on Saturday, May 13. She had an outstanding performance in the 6A division of the 100 meter hurdles earning the bronze medal in the event. Javlyn ran a fast personal record time of 13.54.

Last year at State, she received the silver medal and her sophomore year she earned bronze. This is a huge feat to medal 3 years in a row in the same event against some of the toughest competition in the nation.
Javlyn has racked up many track accolades during her 4 year tenure at Mayde Creek. She has been a great leader and role model for her teammates and a major component for the Mayde Creek Girls Track Team. We will definitely miss her. Javlyn will continue her track career at Texas State University and we look forward to watching her compete collegiately. We wish Javlyn the best and know she will do great things.

This is a huge accomplishment at this level of competition. The hard work Javlyn has put in over the years really paid off. Please congratulate her when you see her.