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Cory Benavidas named new Friendswood head baseball coach

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By DR. DAVID DAVIS Former Friendswood athletic standout Cory Benavidas was named as the new Friendswood head baseball coach after former coach Steve Hecker resigned earlier last month. Benavidas is a 2006 FHS graduate where he was an exciting football and baseball player in his own right. And now he …

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Friendswood boys compete at state water polo tournament

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By DR. DAVID DAVIS Photo by Cassie Nagle The Friendswood Mustangs boys water polo team made history this season as they qualified for the state water polo tournament. No Friendswood team had ever advanced to state, but this year’s squad set a new standard for others to achieve. The Mustangs …

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FHS Wranglerettes named National Champions

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The Friendswood High School Wranglerettes attended the MA National Dance Competition in Fort Worth on the weekend of March 23 and came home with the title of National Champions Best in Class as well as many other top awards. The team was awarded 1st place in the Extra-Large team division …

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Freedom Field making progress

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By DR. DAVID DAVIS Photos by Lloyd Hendricks The Alvin ISD Board of Trustees voted to name the new football stadium “Freedom Field.” Located at Iowa Colony Boulevard and County Road 65 in the Meridiana development, the $41.4 million structure is slated to open in the summer of 2018. The …

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Strike Out Cancer Tournament successful

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By DR. DAVID DAVIS The Pearland Lady Oilers recently hosted the annual “Jennifer Haynie Strike Out Cancer” Softball Tournament in honor of former Lady Oiler Jennifer Haynie and others who were presently fighting cancer or those who were cancer survivors. Haynie graduated from PHS in 2007 and was accepted and …

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SOTX Basketball Competition

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More than 400 Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) athletes participated in individual skills and team competitions on March 3 in Alvin. The individual skills competition had athletes show their proficiency in dribbling and shooting. Basketball teams that competed in the Gulf Coast Area tournament are eligible to participate in the state …

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FHS Cheer wins Silver at State UIL, named Fight Song Champ

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By KAROLYN GEPHART Three is a charm for the Friendswood High School Cheerleaders who competed at the UIL Spirit State Championships in Fort Worth Jan. 11-13. Their goal was to make the Top Five. They did, coming in second place and winning a 2018 6A Division 2 State Silver Medal. …

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Astros trophy arrives in Alvin for photo ops

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By KAROLYN GEPHART Works of art often travel to allow audiences a chance to take in the beauty of the work. For Astros fans in Alvin and throughout Texas, art is the Commissioners Trophy won by the Astros in their first World Series championship beating the Dodgers. Son of Hall …

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Koopman named Galveston County Coach of the Year

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Robert Koopmann has learned two valuable lessons over the course of a 33-year coaching career. Patience is a virtue and life is good in Friendswood. Patience became a reality when Hurricane Harvey hit the Houston area in late August/early September. Friendswood was one of the hardest areas hit by Harvey …

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So close, yet so far away as Manvel falls in state finals

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By DR. DAVID DAVIS How close was it? Some said two yards, others said a yard. A mere 12 inches from getting the first football state title in Manvel’s young history. The Mavs have had close opportunities in the past, but none that would come within a foot of becoming …