News Archive

 

2011-12 Schedules Posted!

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The individual team schedules are available via the schedules menu.

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Click here for a consolidated schedule in PDF.

Summer League 2011!

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Here are the schedules. Come on out and take in some summer action!

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Varsity 1

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Photo gallery - Varsity I vs. New Caney, Varsity I vs. Woodlands

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Varsity 2

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Sub-Varsity

Panthers drop season finale to Dekaney 68-55.

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The Wildcats completed their undefeated run through district at the Panthers' expense. Congratulations to the district champions.

Panthers fall to Tomball 77-70.

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It was way too much like the first game. The Panthers took a ten point lead into the 4th quarter and then everything went bad. They played hard the whole way, perhaps too hard, trying to not let it happen to them again. But they just couldn't turn the tide.

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The other games were similar also with leads that slipped away at the end. At this point it's all about learning how to win, and expecting it to happen. Finish strong against Dekaney, Panthers!

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Pictures are coming but, on a personal note, I'll be travelling to Ohio on Saturday for my father's funeral on Monday. [He was 93 and enjoyed a good life.] So it will take some time before I can get to processing those pictures. Bear with me. Photo gallery - all levels posted except for JV. JV pics coming from Mrs. Wilkerson!

Panthers can't overcome deficit with rally in 4th quarter, fall to Klein 64-59.

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The Panthers trailed by 16 heading into the final period. They outscored the Bearkats 22-11 in the final period but it wasn't enough.

Golden Eagles outgun Panthers 68-47.

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Well, it was close for about 10 minutes of the first half but Klein Forest's defensive pressure forced turnovers that resulted in a 20 point halftime lead by the Golden Eagles. Both teams substituted heavily and KF Coach Cary Black (KO class of '87) turned off the pressure in the 2nd half, so it was mostly a matter of playing the time off the clock. Good luck to the Golden Eagles in the playoffs.

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Photo gallery - varsity only. Of course there were no sub-varsity games played this time after the weather delay.

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The Panthers travel to Klein on Tuesday and then play their final home game next Friday against Tomball. It will be Senior Night! Go get two wins this week, Panthers!

Panthers come from behind to beat Spring at the buzzer 65-63!

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Wow! The Panthers finally overcame the season's big hurdle - winning a close one with clutch play down the stretch. Congratulations, Panthers! We're really proud of you!

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The Panthers were behind in the final minute but sophomore Ellis Moore stepped up big time - as Coach Floyd has been begging him to do - put the Panthers on his back and - with some help from his friends - made this dream come true. Way to go, Ellis! It was his shot from the corner that tied the game, then a steal, a drive to the bucket as time was ticking away. The shot went up and the Lion defender slapped it away. Fortunately a college referee didn't hesitate to make the call - goaltending! And the Panthers had shocked the home team with an improbable win, this short handed team proving its mettle in the most difficult of circumstances. Amazing.

Panther comeback falls short in loss to Westfield 46-43.

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In what was a close game most of the way the Panthers found themselves facing a nine point deficit in the middle of the 4th quarter. They fought their way back and had the final possession trailing by a single point. A charge call on that possession decided things in favor of the Mustangs. It looked like a good call from your webmaster's position on the baseline, and pictures seem to confirm that. [A technical foul and last second intentional foul by the Panthers increased the final margin to three points.]

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The JV Panthers put up a valiant fight also against the Mustangs but also came up short in the end.

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Photo gallery - everything now posted.

Shorthanded Panthers can't hold on, fall to Collins 87-67.

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Decimated by injuries and illness, the Panthers still managed to battle to a tie at the half. The second half, though, was all Tigers as they pulled away to a 20 point win. No pictures of these games but note that the JV and Varsity pics from Tomball are here.

Panthers fall to Dekaney 107-60.

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Dekaney really is that good. The Panthers played well, played hard, and we are proud of them. But this is a Dekaney team that just effortlessly scores from everywhere, especially behind the 3-pt arc. That's why they are undefeated after the 1st half of the district season.

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The good - great! - news for Panther fans came in the Freshmen Black game where our guys really stepped it up. It took overtime, and the Panthers had to overcome an early five point deficit in the extra period, but they gutted it out to score an inspiring victory in a great game! Congratulations, Panthers! Photo gallery - all levels now posted. [More JV photos are coming from Karen Wilkerson also!]

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Hey, the booster club also scored a $100 check from Buffalo Wild Wings when a lady from the stands with the lucky ticket coolly drained a free throw at half time!

Panthers surrender to Tomball 52-47.

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The Panthers led 39-29 late in the 3rd quarter, then were out played and out scored 23-8 the rest of the way. The Cougars earned this one the old fashioned way - rebounds, steals, layups and free throws. Sometimes it is all about who wants it more. Photo gallery coming.

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The JV also surrendered a late lead to take a disappointing loss.

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Photo gallery - JV and Varsity.

Another routine victory. Panthers down Klein 75-60!

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It was a great, close game most of the way. Tied at the half. Then the Panthers jumped to an 11 point lead in the 3rd only to see Klein score nine unanswered. This time, though, the Panthers answered to take a nine point lead after three quarters. The Panthers were in control from that point, leading by as many as 18. Klein was forced to foul. And the Panthers stroked lots of free throws! Game over.

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Seriously, this was hardly routine. I think it was KO's 2nd victory over a Glenn Arnold coached Klein team - a great tribute to him because he's been there a while. So we need to appreciate the job Coach Floyd and his staff did. Well done, coaches! Congratulations, Panthers! We're really proud of you! Let's go get Tomball on Tuesday! One game at a time.

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How about those Sophomores? They let a lead slip away at the end, then Matt Holcomb nailed a three at the end of regulation to send the game into OT. The Panthers grabbed a lead, lost it, and were trailing by three as the clock wound toward zeroes. Matt Holcomb from the corner - another three for the Panther win! Congratulations, Panthers!

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Our other three teams lost competitive games to the Bearkats. Wait till next time!

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Photo gallery - all except JV are posted here. Thanks to Karen Wilkerson for again shooting the JV game! Her gallery is here.

Panthers fall to Klein Forest 67-41.

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The Panthers weren't in this one as the Golden Eagles jumped to a 22-12 lead after the 1st quarter and were in control.

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The Panthers will regroup to host Klein on Friday. Let's go Oak!

Panthers drop another close one, fall to Spring 60-55.

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It was yet another great game and the Panthers were better and much more competitive than anyone could have expected before the season started. So we are definitely proud of these guys.

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On the other hand the Panthers had a one point lead with a couple of minutes to play - albeit after trailing the whole game - and once again just couldn't convert in the end game. It's very frustrating. But there is great promise here. Hang in there, Panthers! Keep the faith.

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Things didn't turn out better for the other Panthers teams so it was a long night. Photo gallery - everything is now posted. Separate photo gallery for the JV - photos courtesy of Karen Wilkerson. Thanks, Karen!

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On behalf of the faculty, thanks to all the booster parents for the nice Teacher Appreciation Night buffet!

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Thanks especially to the folks at Shell for the generous $5,000 check presented to the Booster Club tonight!
Shell Check

Exam week practice schedule.

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Click here for the practice schedule for Monday, January 10 - Monday, January 17.

Panthers fall to Westfield 47-44.

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Another close loss. The Panthers trailed by two at the half and my six heading into the final quarter.

Missed free throws = 84-83 loss to Klein Collins.

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This was a great game and our Panthers proved that they can play with anyone in 13-5A. After digging themselves a hole early the Panthers turned it on and had the game tied at 42 at the half. With 2:45 left the Panthers led by 7. They lost that lead but still led by 4 with 45 seconds remaining. A clutch Tiger three cut it to one, then the Panthers missed two of the four free throws they missed in the final minute. The Tigers launched a three with on their final possession. A late whistle sent the Tiger to the line shooting three with 0:78 left; he made two and a last gasp Panther shot bounced off the backboard and the front of the rim.

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It was a good call, Panther fans. [The problem was that the clock was reset to the time it stopped after the late whistle. It should have been at the time of the shot and the foul. That almost certainly didn't make a difference.] Photo gallery - all levels.

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Congratulations to the Panther Freshmen Gold! Their 46-35 victory once again saved the Panthers from a sweep at the hands of the Tigers. The Black team also played well before falling at the end.

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The Panthers will regroup to travel to Westfield on Tuesday. Panthers, what we ask is for a level of confidence that matches your ability. Right now that's the only real problem we have.

List of KO Basketball Sponsors

Panthers fall to Crosby 69-60.

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The Panthers played well for 2 1/2 quarters, battling valiantly back from an early deficit to take the lead at the half. Once again, though, they seemed to lack the confidence needed to stay on the attack with the lead late in the game. The offense came to a screeching halt. Perhaps it was the result of fatigue. Photo gallery.

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The Panthers need to regroup fast as district starts Friday as the Panthers host the Tigers from Klein Collins. The holiday games start at 11 am and the varsity plays at 2 pm.

Panthers drop technical decision to MacArthur 58-54.

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It was a great game and our Panthers played well most of the way - very well, in the opinion of your webmaster. It was a back and forth game but the Panthers had a two point halftime lead and led by five mid way through the third. The last couple of minutes of the 3rd quarter were disastrous for the Panthers - the lead turned into a four point deficit.

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The game was even though going into the final few minutes. One of the Panthers slapped the backboard on the General's bucket and was called for a technical. Fair enough, that's the rule. Problem is that exactly the same thing happened in reverse a few possessions later and there was no call. Simply not fair and it marred an otherwise well officiated game.

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Of course the Panthers failed to score on their final three possessions of the game and it was really Panther miscues in that third quarter that made any of this relevant. Still, there was much more positive today than negative. Our Panthers have made tremendous progress thus far this season and this is now a good team. We're proud of you, Panthers! Kudos to Coach Floyd and his staff for a job well done. Photo gallery.

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The Panthers will play at 10:30 Wednesday morning in the "Porter" gym. Let's get a win, Panthers!

Panthers beat Conroe 72-62!

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The Panthers led for nearly all of this one, leading by about the winning margin for most of the second half. Nice work, Panthers! Pictures.

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The Panthers play again at noon on Tuesday against the winner of the game between Aldine Macarthur and Willis.

Merry Christmas everyone!

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Support our varsity at the Conroe Tournament starting December 27th!

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Panthers vs. Conroe at "The Pit" at Conroe HS at noon on December 27th!
Let's turn it on, Panthers, and get ready for a very competitive district race.

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All teams play Klein Collins at KO on News Years Eve - Friday 12/31.

KO Basketball Poster More photos posted and more coming.

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Dulles pictures are now posted. Click here!

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The poster at left is being printed and will be delivered this week. Click the thumbnail at left for a closer look. If you'd like a copy before Christmas, drop me a note.

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Freshmen Gold vs. Spring in Oak Ridge Tournament - December 10th.

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South Houston game pictures are here -everything, including lots of new 9th Black pictures.

Panthers drop a heartbreaker to Baytown Sterling in overtime 71-69.

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I don't have any details as your webmaster didn't make the trip to Baytown. Obviously, though, it was a tough loss.

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All teams except for the varsity have a game on Monday morning at KO versus Dulles. The varsity won't play again until the December 27th tip off of the Conroe Tournament.

Panthers lose shooting touch, fall to South Houston 79-65.

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The game was much closer than the score indicates. In fact the Panthers seemed to have things in hand with a nice lead midway through the 3rd quarter. Then the shots stopped falling and they just couldn't get them to start again.

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The problem wasn't limited to the varsity. The Freshmen Gold won easily but all the other Panthers teams just had a really hard time scoring this night. So all the other teams took a loss despite outstanding efforts in each case. Thanks to the Gold team for allowing us to avoid the sweep.

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Pictures are coming for Varsity, Freshmen Black and Sophomore games.

Panthers survive trip and beat Sam Rayburn 60-57!

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The bus died on the ship channel bridge. Not good. By all accounts it was scary. Players called parents for rides to the game. KISD transportation sent another bus to rescue Coach Harshaw.

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The Panthers were able to steady their nerves, clear their heads, and down the Texans 60-57! Nice work, gentlemen!

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Meanwhile our Freshmen Gold squad defeated New Caney to play for the Consolation Championship at Oak Ridge. Unfortunately a weak 3rd quarter - with Chess Lopez on the bench in foul trouble - handed the victory to Spring. Still, it was a nice effort by the Panthers. Chess - we need you on the floor young man.

Support the Panthers this weekend!

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Another schedule change: The varsity game has been moved to Sam Rayburn HS on Friday night at 7:30pm. [They are having electrical problems at Phillips Field House and it's not available this weekend.] Sam Rayburn is just down the street from Phillips, so it's not a major change. [Take 45 South to College St. - turn left - right on Spencer Hwy. - left on Burke (past Phillips Field House and Pasadena Memorial Stadium about a block) and the school is on the right.]

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The JV is at the Spring Tournament this weekend.

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The Sophomores and Freshmen Gold have tournaments at Oak Ridge.

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Come on out and support our teams! What makes it fun is that, across the program, we really have a bunch of really awesome young men wearing the Oak uniform. We appreciate all of them!

Panthers heroic comeback runs out of gas three minutes too soon as they fall to Kempner 73-62.

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Wow! What a great game. It's amazing to say that after a loss but the Panthers were facing a Cougar team that just beat district favorite Klein Forest and had our Panthers down by 25 early in the 3rd quarter. Game over? Not even close!

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Somehow the Panthers kept the faith and turned it up. With about three minutes to go it was 58-55. Great defense - lots of scoring off the defense, just what we needed against the much larger Cougars - and a nice mix of inside and outside attack gave the Panthers a chance at the end. Unfortunately the shots stopped falling and few turnovers were too much for the tired Panthers to overcome in those last few minutes. But, Panthers, we sure are proud of you! This team is growing up - together - quickly! Photo gallery.

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The JV won in a foul fest. It wasn't pretty or fun to watch but it certainly lasted a long time. The Panthers pulled away in the final seconds. Photo gallery.

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Both freshmen teams won in exciting games. Photo gallery for Black team. Unfortunately the sophomores came up short. So the Panthers took three out of five against Kempner - a good night for the program!

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Apologies for the Freshmen A - Sophomore schedule change. When the games were moved to KO due to a scheduling SNAFU at Kempner the order of these games was changed to our usual scheduling - Freshmen B and Sophs at 4 pm. That was made clear to the folks at Kempner. Nevertheless they sent both their freshmen teams to play at 4 pm rather than the sophomores. We really had no choice but to make the last minute change.

Panthers capture 3rd place, Bronze in Katy Tournament with 93-42 win over Davis!

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The Panthers recovered in impressive fashion in Saturday's game two. Finally the shots were dropping and the Panthers took it to Houston Davis 93-42! Nice work, Panthers!

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The Panthers took it on the chin in the morning game against Westside. The game was actually very competitive but the Panthers could never recover from giving the Wolves a 10 point margin in the middle of the 1st quarter. The game was back and forth after that with the Panthers struggling to overcome the rebounding advantage of the larger Wolves. Photo gallery.

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The varsity Panthers grabbed a win to advance to the bronze winners bracket in the Katy Tournament. The Panthers jumped out to a double digit lead and maintained that for most the game to secure the 19 point win.

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The Panthers return to Katy Taylor to face Westside at 10:30 am. Win or lose they will play a 2nd game at 3 pm. Good luck, Panthers!

Panthers take two tough losses in Katy - look forward to a better weekend.

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The Panthers faced two good teams in Katy on Thursday and took two tough losses, falling 61-49 to Langham Creek and 87-63 to Mayde Creek.

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Our guys will regroup to do battle at 3:30 on Friday at Katy Taylor. We don't know the opponent yet. We will be in the bronze bracket of the tournament on Friday and Saturday.

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Let's go Oak!

Panthers complete sweep of Montgomery with come-from-behind win by the varsity!

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Time seemed to have stood still as this was exactly the kind of KO-Montgomery battle that we always had back in the days when we were in the same district. All four games were very competitive as the Bears are always well coached and they play very hard. Fortunately the Panthers were able to pull off the wins!

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The varsity game was unique. The Panthers were on fire in the first quarter, racing to an 11-0 lead and a 31-20 lead after a quarter! But those jump shots are fickle and the Panthers went cold. Credit also a patient Montgomery attack against the Oak zone - a great shooting from the corners by the Bears. The lead was only 43-40 at the half.

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The Panthers found themselves in a six point hole midway through the 4th quarter. A defensive change by Coach Floyd allowed the Panthers to turn up the pressure and win the battle on the boards down the stretch. The Panthers executed almost flawlessly. They drained their free throws - including both ends of two 1&1s by Spencer Thevenin after he took two huge charges (He took six on the game!) to lead the Panthers in crunch time. Final score - Panthers 72, Montgomery 66. Impressive execution and poise by a bunch of Panthers who were very frustrated a few minutes earlier but didn't let that end their night. Thanks, guys!

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The JV and Freshmen Gold Panthers also were tough when they had to be. Special kudos to our Freshmen Black Panthers for their stellar defense tonight. Not many teams at any level play that well on the defensive end of the court.

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Pictures for all teams - Click here.

Congratulations to the JV Panthers - Consolation Champs at Willis Tournament!

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The Panthers dropped game one to Kingwood Park but then defeated Magnolia and Crosby to get the consolation trophy. Nice work, gentlemen! The photo gallery from the Crosby game (all pictures now) is here.

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The varsity dropped a heartbreaker in game one of the Magnolia Tournament, falling to Lamar Consolidated 51-47 after leading most of the way. The Panthers blasted Lufkin Hudson 72-54 to grab win #1! They'll play Oak Ridge again at 4:30 on Friday at Magnolia.

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The varsity Panthers fell to Oak Ridge for the 2nd time in week one. Final score: 73-36. The defense wasn't very effective and the Panthers were crushed on the boards by the bigger War Eagles. Photo gallery.

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The varsity lost another close game on Saturday to close out the tournament.

Panthers fall to Oak Ridge 76-53 in opener.

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The game was closer, and the Panthers much more impressive, than the final score would leave you to believe.

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Things didn't start well as the Panthers surrendered a 15-1 lead to the War Eagles before getting on track. But the Panthers cut the lead to ten at the half and trailed by only seven late in the 3rd quarter. Really great defense gave the Panthers a chance but it was forgone thanks to a series of missed layups. Eventually the Panthers just seemed to run out of gas.

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Still, it was really an impressive effort that showed the great promise of this young and inexperienced Panther team. We're proud of you guys! Go get some wins at Magnolia this weekend!

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Unfortunately things did not go better for the other Panther teams. So they will regroup and get back to work. Click here for pictures of all teams!

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Speaking of pictures, we took Varsity team pics on Tuesday. Kyle Vinton is ill and is not pictured. We'll fix that eventually but we needed team pics to send to people. You can see them here. Game pictures had to wait a bit to get these done.

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Also we still need volunteer photographers because I can't be everywhere. If you're will I have equipment to loan. Please contact the webmaster. Thank you!

Meet the Panthers! (And enjoy some chili!)

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Meet the Panthers Night is Tuesday, November 9th beginning at 7 pm in the KO commons.

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We will have our traditional Chili Cook-Off dinner. Each team will have it's own chili and other Klein Oak groups will also offer chili to sample. It's lots of fun and a great way to kick off an exciting new season!

Schedules Posted! - The season is almost here!

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Note change - The Kempner games (Dec. 7th) are now home games!

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They are under the schedules menu, of course. Note the links to maps in the site column.

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We have some special varsity schedules with a graphical design.
Schedule 1, Schedule 2, Schedule 3 

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We need volunteer parents to report scores to the webmaster. We also need volunteers to help with game photography. If you are willing to help, please click here.

Alodia Shootout - Saturday, September 11th

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The Panther team will play at 10am, noon, and 4 pm

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Click here for the schedule and gym locations! Note: the scheduled was changed on Friday so take another look!

Golf Tournament - Basketball Boosters Fundraiser!

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Sunday, October 24th at Gleannloch Pines

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1 pm shotgun start

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Please register as a player and/or a sponsor! Click here for the registration form.

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We need everyone's help to make it possible to buy the equipment our program needs!

Welcome New Head Coach Rashid Floyd!

Most recently the head coach at Waller High School, Coach Floyd is a veteran of Klein ISD. Many former Hildebrandt students remember him fondly!

Welcome to Klein Oak, Coach Floyd!

Summer League 2010!

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Congratulations to the Varsity I team for a gutsy come-from-behind win over College Park! We're really proud of you. Check out the pictures! Other pictures will be linked to the summer league schedule - see the link below.

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Support all 4 teams in the Spring summer league. Click here for schedules and rosters.

Congratulations, JohnPaul Wiechkoske

Brian Hoff Scholarship recipient!

The scholarship honors the team spirit and love for the game that Brian (Class of 2001) exemplified during his way too short life. It's hard to imagine anyone who more exemplifies these qualities than JohnPaul. We know Brian is pleased.
John Paul is pictured above with his mom, Brian's parents, and KO Athletic Director David Smith. Click image for a larger view.

All-District Awards!

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1st Team: Zack Price

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2nd Team: Colby Daniel and Terry Johnson

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Honorable Mention: Joe Loisel and Aaron Holley

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Academic All-district: JohnPaul Wiechkoske, Kenny Stover and Aaron Holley

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Congratulations to all these award winners!

 

Announcing the Awards Banquet!

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Wednesday, March 3rd at 6:30 pm in the Klein Oak commons.

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Click here for the banquet invitation.

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Please RSVP by February 28th. You can use the form that was previously posted by clicking here.

Seniors! Apply for the Brian Hoff Scholarship!

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This scholarship honors the memory of former Panther Basketball player Brian Hoff, his love for the game, and his legacy of hustle on the court.

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This is a $1,000 college scholarship. You must have made plans to attend college and detail your efforts to make that happen. Financial need will be considered as well as the applicants' dedication to the KO basketball program. Every effort will be made to choose the person whom Brian would choose if he were still with us.

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Click here to download the form (in Microsoft Word format). You need to fill in the form, provide the documentation requested, and submit your application in a large envelope to Mr. Nelson (who has envelopes!) in room 238A no later than Monday, March 1st.

Panthers fall to Spring in season finale 81-73.

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It was a valiant effort, and the Panthers led by one at the half, but ultimately the Lions showed why they are the champions of 13-5A.

Panthers surrender 4th quarter lead, fall to Dekaney 85-75.

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Things looked good when the Panthers grabbed a 63-59 lead with about 7:00 left. But then the shots stopped dropping and the Panther surrendered 15 unanswered points. It looked like they had just exhausted themselves in the process of coming back from a large 1st half deficit.

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JV and Varsity pictures are here.

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The season concludes Tuesday at Spring.

Panthers comeback against K.F. falls short in OT, 80-74.

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The Panthers dug themselves a 15 point hole in the first quarter, 20-5. Ouch! But they played the Golden Eagles even in the 2nd quarter and inched closer in the 3rd. Still the Panthers trailed by 11 after three quarters. But an amazing 29 point 4th quarter sent the game into overtime. You've got to like the tenacity!

Booster Club Meeting!

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Thursday, February 11th

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6:30 pm in the Athletic Meeting Room (across from the gym).

Panthers comeback falters in loss to Westfield 59-48.

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For a time in the 4th quarter it looked like the Panthers would seize another come-from-behind victory over Westfield. But the shots stopped dropping - a problem most of the night - and Westfield made theirs this time. But it was a good effort by the Panthers.

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The loss drops the Panthers to 4-7 in district and pretty much ends any hopes of the playoffs. So let's hope the Panthers can relax and go grab a win at Klein Forest on Tuesday.

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Senior Night, Varsity, Sophomore and Freshmen Black and Gold pictures are here.

Panthers fall to Tomball by four.

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The Panthers had a ten point lead in the middle of the 3rd quarter and then completely self-destructed. It was not good.

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Congratulations to the JV Panthers on a thrilling, hard fought victory over the Cougars. Well done, gentlemen! That was inspiring.

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JV pictures are here. Varsity is coming.

Panthers fall in heartbreaker at Klein 52-49.

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This was just a great game except for the final score. Two good teams, both playing hard, both playing great defense, close the whole way.

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Two Joe Loisel free throws put the Panthers in front 49-47 with about 30 seconds to go. But the Bearkats nailed a three with about 14 seconds left. The Panthers couldn't convert at the other end and the Bearkats grabbed the board and slammed it home at the buzzer to provide the three point margin.

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It was a great effort, Panthers, and we are very proud of you. But the Panthers find themselves at 4-5 and in need of wins to stay in the playoff hunt. Fortunately we have two home games next week; obviously we need both of those. Go get Tomball!

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Varsity and JV pictures are here.

Panthers grab 2nd win over Collins to start 2nd round!

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The Panthers raced to a 15 point halftime lead and coasted to a 76-66 victory. Nice work Panthers!

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The win evens the Panthers district record at 4-4 and puts them in a 4th place tie with Klein Forest. Go get the Bearcats on Friday!

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Pictures are here for Freshmen Gold and Freshmen Black. Sophomores coming.

Banquet headcount needed! Parents, please respond.

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We need a headcount for players and family members planning to attend the banquet.  We will announce details on the Date, Time, and Location soon.  In the meantime, please complete the form to provide a headcount for planning.

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Click here for the form. Thank you!

Panthers lose to #1 Spring 101-82.

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There's just no positive way to describe this. We don't consistently have five guys playing defense. 82 points should be enough to win.

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Kudos to our JV team. These are the hardest working bunch of Panthers in my 25 years with KO basketball. Once again they came up just short of a victory. But they sure will make you proud watching them play. Thanks, guys. Hang in there. It might not seem like it at the moment but hard work really will pay off.

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Pictures of the Varsity, JV  and Sophomore games are here. I didn't get freshmen team pics this night but they are coming from Tuesday's games against Collins.

Panthers fall to Dekaney on the road 92-76.

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You can't win without defense. The Panthers just didn't get it done on the defensive end. It was just about that simple.

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For three quarters they did match baskets with the Wildcats but then things stopped falling for the Panthers in the final period.

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Pictures of the Varsity and JV games are here.

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The Panthers will regroup and hopefully resolve to play some D when the Spring Lions come to Oak on Friday. Let's get it done, Panthers.

Panthers lose a heartbreaker to Klein Forest 66-60.

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It was closer than that score indicates. One point with one minute left. But KF had the possession and so that was the critical point. The Eagles #13 made his free throws and the Panthers couldn't get anything to fall in the closing minute.

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Panthers, understand that we are very proud of you. This was a whale of a 5A varsity basketball game between two excellent teams - there's a reason why KF was the pre-season pick. And you were right there with them all the way. You played hard, you played well, and we are very proud of you. We're disappointed for you, but we're sure not disappointed in you.

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Unfortunately the night went the same way for the other Panther teams. So everyone should have plenty of incentive to return the favor in a couple of weeks when the Panthers travel to KF.

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Pictures from all games are here.

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The loss drops the Panthers in to a three way tie for 2nd place with Westfield (51-41 winner over Collins) and Tomball (67-54 winner over Dekaney). Spring was a three point winner over Klein on Friday. The Panthers travel to Dekaney on Tuesday, so focus on getting the Wildcats!

Believe it! Panthers come way back, down Westfield 59-58!

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If anyone left in the middle of the 4th quarter with the Panthers trailing by double digits, it was a huge mistake. We might forgive them though. Overcoming a big lead on the road against a talented and athletic bunch of Mustangs didn't seem likely. The Mustang pressure had frustrated the Panthers all night - at one time we had five consecutive possessions without a shot.

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The Panthers had other ideas. Down the stretch it was the Panthers' defensive pressure that forced turnovers. That plus poise and determination, and hustle, and class. The Panthers cut the lead but still trailed by five with 2:00 left and the Mustangs playing keep away. The Panthers had to foul, rebound, and score. And with less than a minute left Colby Daniel calmly stroked a three from the corner to give the Panthers the 59-58 lead. Westfield went for the last shot, got it - well defensed - in the paint. The Panthers rebounded and secured the win. Awesome! And really almost beyond belief.

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The celebration was glorious, and well deserved by a bunch of Panthers who have overcome so much, proved so much, and earned this special night. Panthers, you've awed us and we are very, very proud of you. And that certainly includes Coach Newton and his staff. Well done, gentlemen!

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The game was broadcast by TSRNsports. Click here for the TSRN archive. Varsity and JV pictures are here. Sorry. That's all I got this time. Any parent want to take some pictures? I have a camera and lens you can use! Send me a note.

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So the Panthers are 3-1 and in first place (tied with Spring) but they face a stiff challenge at home on Friday against the pre-season district favorite Klein Forest Golden Eagles. Back in the glory days of KO Basketball - nearly a quarter century ago now - our slogan was "Expect to Win!" I think we've finally got another bunch of Panthers who do. Beat Forest!

Huge win! Panthers down Tomball 79-73 at Tomball and tie for 1st place in 13-5A!!!

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This was so big not only because they defeated Tomball on the road but also because of the way they did it. After enjoying a lead in the 2nd, the Panthers were in a 15 point hole in the 3rd quarter. The shots just weren't falling, especially for leading scorers Colby Daniel, Terry Johnson, and Zack Price. JohnPaul Wiechkoskie, Joe Loisel, and Aaron Holley led the way early. In the past the Panthers have imploded in similar situations. Not tonight!

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The Panthers turned up the pressure defensively and crashed the boards. Then the shots started falling. Led by determined efforts by Terry and Colby - and just an amazing defensive effort by Joe (who drew the toughest assignment) - the Panthers turned this around and tied the game at 59! Then they had to overcome another Cougar spurt as they grabbed a 65-59 lead. It was all Panthers the rest of the way - clutch threes by Terry, tough inside play by Colby, Joe and Zack. Calm playmaking by Zack and Brandon Harris (great game, Brandon!). It was a total team effort. Then the Cougars decided to foul Zack. It looked like a good strategy - his shots weren't falling. But Zack was just flawless as he toed the line time after time and slammed the door shut on the Cougars' evening.

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The Panthers look like a team that dug down deep inside and found themselves on a cold night in Tomball. Panthers, we are very proud of you. It hasn't been an easy road and you played like champions tonight! After the first week of district play the Panthers stand proudly at 2-1 and tied for first place! Congratulations, gentlemen! Go get Westfield - it's another road game but that's no problem for these guys - on Tuesday! Go Oak!!!

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The Freshmen Gold team grabbed another clutch district win at Tomball. Way to go, Panthers! Unfortunately the Black team had one of those nights when the shots weren't falling and - despite a valiant comeback attempt - fell to the Cougars. Your day is coming, Panthers! The JV played very well but also fell cold at the wrong time and lost a close one. The Sophomores also lost. Hang in there, guys. You are all hard workers and we believe in you! Beat Westfield! Pictures from all games are here.

Panthers fall to Klein 74-61.

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Once again it didn't have to end this way. The Panthers had an opportunity to defeat a very good Klein squad. They dominated the first quarter but the shots weren't falling. Klein put together a spurt and the Panthers panicked, resulting in a sudden deficit after a quarter.

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Overall there was way to much one-on-one play and too little of the team play that has made the Panthers successful in the past. The result was a disappointing home loss. But the mistakes are correctable and are probably the result over wanting a win so much that they didn't play the smart basketball they are capable of. Regroup guys and let's go get Tomball on Friday!

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Unfortunately the JV and Sophomore teams also suffered defeat on Tuesday.

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Congratulations, though, to both of our Freshmen teams. Both scored impressive wins over the Bearkats! The Gold squad had to overcome a big Klein lead but they didn't falter, turned it up on the defensive end and dominated the boards - Garrett Hardin was a force! - to turn the tide grab the win. Nice work, Panthers!

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The Black team put on a defensive clinic for most of the game. And there were some memorable assists offensively. Great team play by a bunch of guys who obviously enjoy playing the game the way it is intended to be played. You make us proud, Panthers!

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Pictures will all be here. Freshmen Black and Gold pics are posted; the others are coming. Beat Tomball!

Klein Oak 75, Klein Collins 59! Congratulations, Panthers!

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After a difficult couple of weeks for everyone, the Panthers showed their mettle with a strong performance on the road against the Tigers. They had to overcome another slow start with the Tigers grabbing an eight point lead and holding that for a time. But the Panthers got on track and grabbed a two point lead at the half.

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The Tigers regained the lead early in the 3rd quarter but after that it was all Panthers. Strong defense and a great effort on both boards were the difference as the Panthers built 14 point lead after three, and a comfortable 20 point margin midway through the 4th quarter.

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It was a great team win - just what the doctor ordered! Great rebounding by Terry Johnson, Max Stevenson, Andre Pitts, Colby Daniel and Joe Loisel. Great shooting by Terry, especially in the tough first half! And Andre just has to be the best put back guy around. Colby and Joe aren't bad either - very tough in the paint.

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There's no time to rest, though, as the Panthers host the surprising Klein Bearkats (who had a big win against Tomball) on Tuesday. Let's go Oak!

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Unfortunately the sub-varsity guys didn't fare as well on the scoreboard. Hang in there Panthers. We get to play again on Tuesday! Pictures of all the games can be found by clicking here.

Panthers beat Jersey Village then fall to Cy-Fair in finals.

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In the first Wednesday game the Panthers controlled the action and led most of the way against Jersey Village. The final score of 85-79 indicates that this was not a defensive struggle and the lack of defense is what prevented the Panthers from pulling away. The impressive thing was the Panthers sharpshooting - especially Colby Bates and Terry Johnson from three point range. Add some tough work on the boards and in the paint from Andre Pitts and some great passes by Zack Price and Brandon Harris and we have a winning combination! Nice work, Panthers! Pictures are here. [You'll have to overlook the fact that my lens was front focusing. That's what I get for using a different lens!]

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The Panthers had 90 minutes between games versus twice that for the Bobcats. The difference of lunch and rest showed in game two today. The good guys fought hard, cutting the game to two points in the 2nd half but couldn't overcome a very good Cy-Fair team. The final was 66-50. Congratulations to the Bobcats.

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Panthers, get ready for Collins on Saturday. This will be huge! All games are at KC, with the varsity at 2 pm. Let's go Oak!

Panthers down MacArthur 64-53 in 2nd round.

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The Panthers made good on the potential shown late in Monday's game to conquer the Generals.

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The Panthers will play on Wednesday at 10:30 am in "the pit" against Jersey Village. Let's go Oak!

Panthers slow start results in loss to Texas City.

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A slow start is a bit of an understatement. The Panthers dug themselves too big of a hole to climb out of. Part of the reason was the absence of several players as a result of the technicals against Katy last week.

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Those players returned in the 4th quarter and the Panthers were back to normal. It was great to have Zack Price back also. But it was way too late to mount a comeback. The final score was T.C. 75, Oak 56. Click here for pictures.

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One gets a feeling, though, that Tuesday is going to be a different story. The Panthers play at 4:30 in Porter gym against the loser of the Cy-Woods - MacArthur game. Let's get back on the winning track, Panthers!

Support the varsity in the Conroe Tournament!

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The Panthers face Texas City on Monday at 3 pm at Conroe High School's Porter gym. [Take I-45 north to 105, turn left. Conroe H.S. is on the right. "Porter" and "the pit" are side-by-side, with Porter on the east side.]

Panthers fall to Katy 64-61.

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This one didn't have to end this way. The Panthers trailed by two at the half and led by two after three periods. The score was tied with three minutes remaining. Then after an intentional foul call the Panthers were called for two technicals after an embarrassing display of belligerence and poor sportsmanship. Three Panthers were sent to the locker room as the Tigers shot six free throws to put the game out of reach. The five remaining Panthers fought valiantly down the stretch - we appreciate you five - but couldn't overcome the free throw points. It was a very sad ending to a great basketball game.

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Good news from all the other games - the Panthers swept the rest of them! JV won 65-53 in a great game! The Sophomores dominated more than the 59-44 score suggests - outstanding work, gentlemen! And both Freshmen teams won, although the games were moved to a Junior High and I don't know the scores. I do know we are very proud of all these teams!

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Pictures of the Varsity. JV and Sophomore games are here. The Varsity returns to action on Monday at the Conroe Tournament against Texas City. In the meantime, Merry Christmas, Panthers!

Panthers fall to The Woodlands 78-57.

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The Panthers come away from this game frustrated and disappointed at the loss, but with plenty of positives to build on. Playing without several key players - including Zack Price and Max Stevenson - our guys actually had a two point lead at the half against the powerful Highlanders. So we should know we can play with anyone. But we definitely missed Zack and Max.

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The first half featured impressive performances by everyone. Colby Daniel was terrific as usual, but your reporter was impressed by the strong play of Aaron Holley, Andre Pitts, and Terry Johnson. Great hustle - a few nice threes by Terry - and excellent work on the boards! And JohnPaul Wiechkoskie was strong in his first start despite coming off a serious illness the last couple of days.

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Unfortunately the Panthers suffered a lapse in the middle of the 3rd quarter that put them in a hole. And then they started pressing too much. It isn't easy learning to have the confidence to win, and it showed here.

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Fortunately the Panthers get another chance on Monday as they travel to Katy to tackle the Tigers. Let's get it done, gentlemen! We're proud of you!

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JV pictures are here. Varsity pictures are here, Sophomores are here and Freshmen Gold pictures are here. Pictures of the other games are coming. Stay tuned. Beat Katy!

Thanks to the parents who attended the booster club meeting on Wednesday!

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Coach Tommy Newton was introduced and discussed his philosophy and answered questions. Booster President Ernest Davis discussed the financial situation of the club, the upcoming free throw "shoot-a-thon" fundraiser, and plans for the banquet and AAU league teams.

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Several parents said they were not receiving e-mails from the booster club. So we have created a form for you to sign-up to receive e-mails. Just click here, fill in the form, and you will be added to the list!

Panthers can't overcome 1st quarter, fall 59-67 to South Houston.

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The Panthers surrendered 25 points in the 1st quarter and trailed by twelve. They cut the lead to seven heading into the final period but couldn't pull it out. Colby Daniel had 25 points for the Panthers and Zack Price 24.

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The JV and both freshmen teams grabbed wins at South Houston. Congratulations to all! [The Sophomore game was cancelled by South Houston.]

New pictures are posted.

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Freshmen Black vs. Collins in Woodlands Tournament 12/18

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More new pics! from Mrs. Wilkerson - Sophomores vs. Collins 12/11, Sophomores vs. Kempner 12/7 and Freshmen Gold vs. Kempner 12/7.

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J.V. vs. Westfield 12/12, Sophomores vs. Woodlands 12/10, & Freshmen Gold vs. Klein 12/10.

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We took team pictures on Wednesday (12/9) and Thursday (12/10) and those are now posted on the roster pages. You can click one of the pictures for a larger version for saving or printing purposes. [If someone is missing from the picture it is because they were absent on that day. Also, these are NOT the team pictures that students can buy picture packages for. Those will be taken by a professional photographer later in the season.]

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Kempner varsity, JV, and freshmen black pictures are posted. See the links below. Still to come are pictures from the sophomore and freshmen gold games

Parents: Order your yard signs and car decals online!

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Order by the deadline of December 18th and pick them up at the next home game (we hope). Click here to see the options and to submit your order!

Panthers down Kempner 57-47, run record to 6-4!

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The varsity Panthers picked up where they left off on Saturday night, jumping to an early lead and controlling the game. When Zack Price nailed two clutch threes - including a buzzer beater - in the final minute of the 3rd quarter to give the Panthers a 16 point lead after three there wasn't much doubt left. Way to go, Zack!

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Once again the Panthers were impressive with their team play. This time it was the Panther guards who led the way - Zack, Colby Daniel and Brandon Harris loosened things up with a nice shooting performance as the physical Cougars were clogging the middle of the paint. It was a very competitive game but the Panthers handled the pressure and competed strongly. It was another great team win! Photos!

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The Freshmen Black Panthers also were impressive in victory. Photos! Unfortunately the JV, Sophomore, and Freshmen Gold Panthers didn't fare as well, although all the games were very competitive and everyone has something positive to build on. Considering that this was only the 2nd game for these three teams, they are looking pretty good.

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Pictures of all these games are coming. J.V. pics now posted! Thanks again to Karen Wilkerson for shooting the Freshmen Gold and Sophomore games! And if anyone else is willing to help with photos, please contact the webmaster. I have a camera you can use!

Panthers control Livingston in 66-51 win!

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The Panthers grabbed a lead early and controlled the game in an impressive showing against Livingston. Everyone played well this night and what impressed was the selflessness of the Panther offense. Just lots of great assists leading to lots of points in the paint. Max Stevenson dominated in there against the smaller Lions and he and Aaron Holley did a nice job on the boards. Colby Daniel dazzled Panther fans with slick passes, moves to the bucket and outside shooting.

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I could really mention every Panther who saw the floor. It was a great team win. Nice work, Panthers! Click here for photos. Beat Kempner on Monday!

Weather causes cancellations.

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The Klein ISD Freshmen Tournament has been cancelled.

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The Yates JV Tournament games for Friday have been scrubbed. We're still awaiting word about Saturday games.

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Katy Varsity Tournament - All games for Friday have been cancelled. Due to travel restrictions also faced by most participating schools on Saturday - Klein ISD will not allow travel until 10 am, for example - the tournament brackets are history.

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Update - The varsity will play Livingston at 4:30 on Saturday at Cinco Ranch High School. [I-10 west to Grand Parkway - left/south on Grand Parkway - exit Cinco Ranch Blvd. - turn right and you're there.]

Panthers split a pair on first day of Katy Tournament.

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The Panthers pulled out a close one on Thursday morning, downing Rosenberg Terry 65-60. The game was tied at the half. Colby Daniel led the scoring with 27. Nice job, Colby!

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Unfortunately they didn't fare as well in the nightcap against defending tournament champion Seven Lakes, falling 81-47 despite 22 points from Zack Price and 17 from Colby Daniel.

Panthers grab Bronze division championship in Georgetown!

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The varsity travelled to Georgetown for the Thanksgiving tournament. The first game against Bastrop got away from them after leading until the 4th quarter. Final score - KO 72, Bastrop 75.

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The second contest was one the Panthers would like to forget. They just didn't play well and suffered a 54-74 loss to Austin Reagan.

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This put the Panthers in the "Bronze" division after pool play and they defeated Cigarroa 76-63 and then Houston Furr 69-40 to claim the championship of the "Bronze" division (and a really cool trophy!).
Varsity with Georgetown trophy

Meet the Panthers - Chili Cook-Off!

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The annual Meet the Panthers night and Chili Cook-Off was an immediate success. Thanks to Karen Wilkerson for taking these pictures! [Note: The link is fixed so you don't need a password.]

Panthers blast Cy-Ranch!

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The Panthers raced to a 21-8 first quarter lead and never looked back. Your webmaster missed this game (they obviously should pay me to stay away!) so I don't have any details. The Chronicle reports that Colby Daniel led the scoring with 29, Zack Price had 21, and Joe Loisel chipped in 10. (Don't bet on any of that being accurate, though.) Here's the box score:

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Cy-Ranch 8 13 11 17 49
Klein Oak 21 18 28 18 85

Panthers slow start proves costly in loss to Oak Ridge.

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The first couple of minutes were ugly for the Panthers at Oak Ridge tonight. When they got on track they had dug themselves a double digit hole. Then the game was very good. The Panthers cut it to three in the 4th quarter but couldn't execute consistently enough down the stretch to pull it out. The final was Oak Ridge 62, Panthers 50. Click here for pictures.

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Congratulations to the Sophomore Panthers - double overtime winners (click here for pictures) - and the Freshmen Black Panthers who grabbed a 54-26 halftime lead and coasted to an easy win. Nice work by both teams. Freshmen Black pictures.

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The Freshmen Gold Panthers suffered through a stretch of turnovers in the first half which put them in a big hole but then battled valiantly before falling 45-43 at the final seconds. Nice effort, guys! Click here for photos. [Click for some thoughts on our freshmen.]

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The JV game was pretty much like the varsity game - falling behind 11-1 and then getting things going. They made a game of it with their determination also but couldn't overcome the slow start. JV pictures.

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Photos of the non-varsity games are coming but your correspondent took over 2200 pictures and that will take many days of processing. So please be patient. Thanks to Mrs. Wilkerson for shooting the Sophomore game. Those pics will be coming also!

Photos from varsity scrimmages.

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KO Scrimmage

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Waller Scrimmage.

Golf Tournament!

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Sunday, November 15th

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Check in & putting contest at 11 am; shotgun start at 12:30 pm

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Windrose Golf & Country Club

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Click here for complete information, include how to enter!

Schedules Posted!

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The individual team schedules are now posted under the schedules menu. They are not finished. I still need to add links to some of our opponents and maps to locations. That will be coming before the season begins.

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The consolidated schedule - all teams but without links - is also posted. See the link at the left.

Fall League Action!

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Your webmaster went up to Legends to watch our Panthers play on Saturday morning. It turned out to be KO vs KO, which was quite interesting - and entertaining. This looks promising!

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Take a look at some pictures! [I was experimenting with my new camera - a Canon EOS 7D, so bear with me.]

Summer League 2009!

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Several sets of pictures are now posted. Click the link below for the schedules. Pictures are linked there. Note that you can order prints from the site, although you should contact the webmaster if you want a print larger than 4"x6".

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The action started on Wednesday, June 3rd with games at Spring High School and Bailey Middle School. [Bailey is an excellent facility off of Cypresswood Drive near the Cypresswood Country Club. Map.]

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Click here for schedules and rosters for the KO teams! [Also available is the (3 page) master schedule of all the teams and times for the summer league.]

Congratulation Jake Herr & Miles Fabian -
Brian Hoff Scholarship Recipients

Jake Herr & Miles Fabian

Parents & Players!

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Notice the new menu option above and check out the information available for our players and parents!

 

End of Season Banquet

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Banquet pictures, courtesy of Karen Wilkerson!

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Congratulations to 2nd Team All-District:

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Jordan Najvar!

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Congratulations to Honorable Mention All-District:

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DaVerick Hunt!

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Zack Price!

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Emond Franklin!

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Congratulations to Academic All-District Winners (Wow, this is impressive!):

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Miles Fabian!

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Jordan Najvar!

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Jake Herr!

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Amish Maknojia!

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Kevin Forsch!

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Zack Price!

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Nick Santoro!

 

Panthers fall to Spring 76-58

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The Senior Night ceremony went well but that's about where the good news ended for the Panthers. The varsity dug a hole in the 1st quarter, after which they battled the Lions even for most of the game. The Lions, however, put on a spurt midway through the final quarter to put the game out of reach.

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The other Panther teams also dropped the final game of the season. The JV and Freshmen Black games were nail biters but neither team could pull it out down the stretch.

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Varsity and Senior Night pictures are posted. The others are coming.

Tuesday is Senior Night at Klein Oak!

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SENIOR Night is February 17, 2009 prior to the Spring game.  Come on out and let’s send out Seniors with a roar……….  These young men have given four years to our program and have worked hard through thick and thin over this time.

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PARENTS:  We will have a section of stands reserved for you and your family.  Please arrive by 6:30 so that we can get you lined up for recognition with your son’s prior to the game.

Want some prints of pictures for free?

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I can't endorse this company because I haven't used it, but check out http://www.artscow.com/ and see what you think. They are offering 600 free 4"x6" prints and 600 free 5"x7" prints as an introductory offer. After that the prints are very reasonably priced, so this might be a good time to explore this option!

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As a reminder, you can save a picture from a gallery by changing the file extension in the gallery page from .html to .jpg (just type in the address bar of your browser), press "Enter," and then right-click the picture and save it to your computer.

Panthers fall to Dekaney 79-71

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This one got out of hand early. The Panthers continued to fight hard the entire night but the athleticism of the Wildcats was too much for the Panthers to overcome. Special kudos to Jordan Najvar for another strong performance in the post! We appreciate you, Jordan!

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Varsity and a few JV pictures posted at the "District Game Pictures" link at left.

Panthers fall to Klein Forest 65-57

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Once again the Panthers played hard and kept it close down to the wire but couldn't pull off the upset.

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Unfortunately the other Panther teams fared no better than the varsity. The JV and Freshmen Gold games were within reach but both slipped away by just a few points in the end.

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Pictures are posted for all games at the district game pictures link at left.

Panthers drop another heartbreaker to Westfield 67-63

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Our Panthers are really good at first halves against Westfield. In each of the last three contests we have had a lead. This time it was courtesy of a brilliant 22 point first half by Panther guard Zach Price. But the Mustangs clamped down on Zach in the 2nd half and several turnovers down the stretch cost them the game.

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The JV Panthers suffered a similar fate, falling by four in a back and forth contest. More great basketball. It was just the final scores that were disappointing.

Booster Club Accepting Nominations for Officers

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The Booster Club is now accepting nominations for officers for next year’s board.  If you are interested in running for one of the offices please contact Don Loisel.

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The club has four officers:

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President

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Vice-President

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Treasurer

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Secretary  

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We will also be in need of people to handle spirit items and the coordination of next year’s banquet.

Panthers fall to Tomball 73-34

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This one was never close as the Panthers dug themselves a 12-2 hole in the first quarter. Let's regroup and go get Westfield on Friday.

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Congratulations to the Panther JV team for another win on the road at Tomball!

PANTHERS BEAT KLEIN! 68-58 in O.T.!

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It was a come from behind win for the Panthers. All the frustrations - the close loses - evaporated for the Panthers as Amish Maknojia calmly dropped a floating 3 pointer in the bottom of the net as the buzzer sounded in regulation, tying the game at 49! Way to go, Amish!

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Amish came up big in the overtime period also, but so did all his Panther teammates as the Panthers scored on every single possession in the four minute overtime. The Panthers dropped their shots - mostly layups - and made nearly all their free throws. It was an amazing performance for a team that often didn't appear to know how to finish in the preceding weeks. Awesome job, guys! Build on it and let's grab some more wins down the stretch!

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The Panther JV once again came through with a clutch win down the stretch. It was exciting but the Panthers prevailed by two! Nice work, Panthers!

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That one was a landslide compare to the one point victory on two free throws with a fraction of a second left by the Freshmen Black Panthers. That avenged an earlier loss over at Klein. Way to go, Panthers!

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Varsity pictures are posted. Others are coming soon. Click the district game pictures link at left. Also posted are team pictures and rosters for the sophomore and both freshmen teams. Click the links above.

Panthers fall to Collins 86-59

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The Panthers dug themselves a 31-11 hole after the first quarter and couldn't climb out of it.

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Congratulations to the JV Panthers on a come-from-behind victory over the Tigers. You're awesome, Panthers!

Same story, Panthers fall to Spring 81-57

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If you think this is getting old, Panther fans, consider what it's like for our players. Unbelievably a team that was playing excellent basketball a month, with an 11-5 record, is now 11-12. As President Obama noted about the economy though, all the essentials are still there and success is still very possible, we've just got to get this thing turned around!

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This night the Panthers rallied to cut the Lion lead to 57-50 in the middle of the 4th quarter and it looked like it would be a thrilling finish. It wasn't, as the Lions outscored our guys 24-7 down the stretch. It wasn't pretty.

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The only bright spot of the evening for Panther fans was another excellent performance by the Freshmen Black squad. They soundly defeated Spring 73-57. Nice work, gentlemen!

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Pictures are posted. Click the district game pictures link at left.

JV and Sophomore game times reversed on Friday!

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To accommodate the NHS induction at Klein Oak, which happily involves many of our JV players, Spring has graciously allowed us to switch these game times. So the JV will play at 4 pm and the Sophomores at 5:30.

Panthers drop another close one, losing to Dekaney 80-77

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Most Panther fans would have been confident that if they could score 77 points the win was in the bag. But tonight they surrendered way too many uncontested layups. That was the difference.

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The other Panther teams fared no better as Dekaney got the sweep.

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Pictures are or will be posted in the District Games gallery (see link at left). [Note that some sophomore game pics were originally missing.]

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The Panthers will regroup to travel to Spring on Friday night.

Panthers can't pull the upset, fall to K.F. 65-54

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The Panthers had a lead after a quarter and trailed by just one at the half before falling by eleven.

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Other details to follow.

Schedule for exam week practices & games

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Panthers suffer another heartbreaker against Westfield 59-53.

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The Panthers just can't catch a break. It was an excellent game and the Panthers played hard, and well. Once again it wasn't enough down the stretch. The Panthers held a 4th quarter lead and the game was tied with about three minutes left but then things turned south. Nothing to do but regroup, get your heads up, and get determined to upset Klein Forest on the road Friday night. You can do it, Panthers!

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We got our JV warriors back, Panther fans. It was an awesome game all the way. Westfield is plenty good but the Panthers were not to be denied in the crucial final minutes and pulled away for the win! Way to go, Panthers!

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The Freshmen Black also got a great win against a good Westfield team! It was back and forth the whole game but the Panthers were strong down the stretch to claim the 66-60 win. Nice work, Panthers!

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The Freshmen Gold played really well but suffered a couple of scoring droughts which cost them the decision. This group is improving, though, so it's just a matter of time.

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Pictures are now all posted. Click the "District Game Pictures" link at left.

Panthers fall to Tomball 58-43

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It was just a tough night for the Panthers. It started well, 5-0, but then turnovers and a lack of rebounds resulted in the Panthers managing just 14 points at the half. The defense, though, was impressive and Tomball had just 20 at the half.

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The 2nd half saw Tomball jump to a 10 point lead before the Panthers rallied to close it to just one. But that lasted only seconds with Tomball hitting one of many threes. The Panthers could never mount another challenge.

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Sadly the JV's impressive run came to a close in a strange game in which our guys just appeared completely flat. Why? They still had a chance to win at the end but really appeared disinterested. That's not the team we have been treated to in these last weeks. We hope to get the real Panthers back on Tuesday!

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Congratulations to the Freshmen Black Panthers on an impressive 62-38 rout of the Cougars. It was close for a half but then the Panthers put on a clinic. Nice work, gentlemen!

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All pictures will be posted in the District gallery - see link at left or click here. Thanks to Karen Wilkerson for the pictures added to the Freshmen Gold and Black galleries on Monday 1-12-09! Karen is getting good at capturing memories in that dark gym #2! Thanks to Greg Francis for the Sophomore and JV team pics!

Panthers lose a heartbreaker at Klein 52-50.

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First things first. Daverick, this was not your fault. Get your head up, young man. We need you ... badly! We believe in you ... totally!

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The Panthers jumped to an 18-5 1st quarter lead but then the Bearkats tightened their defense - as they always do - and things got progressively tighter until the game was tied in the 3rd quarter. The Panthers showed grit in regaining the lead. Too many mistakes, though, in the final quarter - including about 33% from the line - cost the Panthers the game. Let's give credit where it is due - both teams played well and it was a great game, but the Bearkats were outstanding down the stretch and deserved the win.

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Panthers, we believe in you. There are 12 games left and we need to count down to 8 wins. You can do that, no doubt about it. It starts Friday against Tomball. Let's go Oak!

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On a happier note, the JV Panthers were once again inspiring in a rousing 67-61 win against a very good bunch of Klein Bearkats. It was far from easy but somehow these guys just seem to make the plays they need when they need them. This team that started the season 0-2 is now 11-4. Awesome!

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All pictures will be posted in the District gallery - see link at left or click here. It takes several hours to prepare a gallery so please be patient.

Panthers fall to Collins 61-55 to open district.

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This shouldn't have happened. The Panthers controlled most of this game, although it was always close. But due to turnovers, a rebounding deficit, and missed free throws down the stretch the Panther lead evaporated. The Tigers finished the game with a 9-0 run to claim the win. Hang in there, Panthers. We believe in you!

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The JV, on the other hand, took care of business in impressive fashion with a 14 point victory over Collins. Special kudos to Joe Loisel for taking things into his own hands and executing with tenacity whenever things seemed to be getting dicey. Also notable was Brandon Harris's nice work at the point and everyone's efforts at the free throw line. Another great team win for the 10-4 Panthers!

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Unfortunately the sophomore and both freshmen teams fell to Collins although everything was close enough to expect a good chance at a victory in the 2nd round of play.

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Photo galleries. [All galleries are now posted.]

Panthers beat Conroe and Oak Ridge to grab 5th place in Conroe Classic!

DaVerick Hunt puts an exclamation point on the Conroe win!
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Congratulations, Panthers! You're awesome!

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The first game of the day pitted the Panthers against the home Conroe Tigers. It was a now familiar pattern with the Panthers dominating the early going and then facing a scoring drought due to missed layups and turnovers. Still the Panthers spurted to a 9 point halftime lead. The Tigers nailed a bunch of threes down the stretch to keep it close before the Panthers prevailed 75-67. Nice win, gentlemen! Photo gallery.

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In the second game the Panthers faced a good Oak Ridge team that had defeated them decisively in the first game of the season at Klein Oak. But this time it was different. It took two overtimes to get the job done, but the Panthers prevailed 69-60 to extract some revenge!

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Panthers, we are very proud of you! It has been a long time since a Klein Oak team could boast a record like 11-5.

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It should be an exciting district season. For the first time n many years we will have a chance to win every night!
Play defense, rebound and GO!

 

Panthers down Nimitz before falling to Morton Ranch on Monday in the Conroe Classic.

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The Panthers controlled the early going against Nimitz but clearly were out of gas in the 2nd half. Still they managed to rally down the stretch for a four point win over the Cougars. Photo gallery.

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Fatigue was definitely the enemy 1.5 hours later against a good Morton Ranch team. The Panthers trailed the whole way and lost game two by 16. Photo gallery.

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The Panthers will regroup in time to play again on Tuesday at noon at "The Pit" in Conroe. Come on out and support the Panthers!

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Click here for an updated tournament bracket!

Panthers face Nimitz in 1st round of Conroe Tournament!

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Come on out to Conroe for the 10:30 am tip on Monday, December 29th as the Panthers take on the Nimitz Cougars! Let's go Oak!

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The Panthers will play twice on Monday and twice on Tuesday in this tournament. Click for the tournament bracket. To get to Conroe HS, travel north on 45 to Hwy 105 and turn left.

Panthers celebrate by pounding Katy 75-40!

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The varsity started slowly but it didn't take them long to establish a pattern of domination for the game. Other than a slow start again for the 2nd half, it was all Panthers. And it was just what Coach Martin wants - play defense, rebound and GO! Interestingly that's exactly the formula for success KO employed in the 1980s under Coach Rick Penny. What's old is new again, it's working, and boy is it fun to watch! Thanks, Panthers, for bringing KO basketball back. Keep believing and enjoy your holiday!

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The JV got in the spirit also by KOing Katy 76-53. It was the same formula used by the varsity, with the same result. Dedication and selfless play are paying off for this group, now 9-4 on the season despite a 0-2 start. We're proud of you, Panthers!

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The Sophomores were even better than the 48-35 final score victory would suggest. If this group will work on finishing they will have something special going. The talent and athleticism is obvious.

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Your reported doesn't have scores yet for the freshmen games.

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Varsity, JV, Sophomore and Freshmen photo galleries.

Holiday Schedule 2008-2009

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Click here.

Panthers blast South Houston 68-47!

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The varsity Panthers took command from the opening tip and controlled the game. The Trojans, though, hung in there until late in the third quarter. The Panthers pulled away and were able to make sure everyone got some court time. Great team win, Panthers!

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The JV Panthers were also impressive in leading most of the way en route to a 67-49 win over the Trojans. Congratulations, Panthers!

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The Sophomores also notched a one-sided 46-29 win on Monday night. Nice work, Panthers!

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Photo galleries. The Freshmen Black, Sophomore (thanks to Mrs. Carlson!) JV  and Varssity galleries are posted. Freshmen Gold coming!

Panther JV impressive in twin wins!

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The JV Panthers set a recent KO scoring record with 93 points on Friday against Cy-Spring (a 93-70 victory).

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The JV then faced a very good team from Memorial (Spring Branch), resulting in a truly great game. Memorial was bigger and stronger - these are stout guys! - and our Panthers were  - well - smaller and more athletic.

An even game for the first half, the Mustangs dominated the third quarter. Our Panthers had every opportunity to fold, trailing 43-34 entering the final period. They were very frustrated. Would they quit?

Not this team!

They turned up the pressure, the defense, and the concentration level and somehow tied it at 55 with 1:20 remaining. Despite two turnovers down the stretch which tested the Panther defense, they had a final chance down 56-55. Brandon Harris - the smallest guy on the floor - by a lot - drove down the lane and lofted a soft shot off the glass and into the hoop with 2.6 seconds remaining to give the Panthers an unbelievable win! Thanks, Brandon, and nice job, gentlemen! Photo gallery!

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Unfortunately the Panthers came up just short of a second comeback of the day, falling to Klein Forest by four in the consolation championship game.

Panthers spank C.E. King in Dayton!

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The Panthers faced off against a C.E. King team for the 2nd time this season. The first time the Panthers turned the ball over too many times - and were victimized by a scoring error and an officiating error - resulting in a loss that shouldn't have happened. This time it was different as the Panthers jumped out to a 47-23 halftime lead and coasted to a 73-44 victory. The win gave the Panthers the consolation title of the Dayton Tournament. Nice work, Panthers!

Parents - Please attend Booster Club Meeting!

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Our next booster club meeting will be held on Wednesday December 17 at 7:00 p.m. (note the time change). 

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It is with great regret we have had to accept the resignation of our secretary Marie Bullock.  We will be holding open floor nominations and voting on a new secretary for our board.  If you are interested in this position please contact Don Loisel.  

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Other items:  
Banquet Shoot a Thon
Senior Night
Kingwood
Classic Spirit Item Sales  

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A final agenda will be published on Monday of next week.

Panthers fall to Huntsville at Dayton Tournament

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The Panthers were facing the defending tournament champion Huntsville Hornets. They stayed with them until the final few minutes but ultimately lost 68-55.

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Because one of the teams dropped out of the tournament the Panthers will only play once more, for the consolation championship, at Dayton at 4 pm on Friday.

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The JV Panthers faced a very good Humble team - the bracket was changed at the last minute - and led the entire first half before falling behind by 12 in the 4th quarter. The Wildcats were able to lay it up too many times to offset the impressive Panther 1/2 court trap. The Panther rally closed the lead to four points but they couldn't pull it off, losing by a final score of 71-61. The Panthers will play again on Friday at 6 pm (unless Spring changes the bracket again). Photo gallery.

Panthers down Baytown Lee 61-49!

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The JV Panthers scored their fifth win in a row with a 20+ point win at Lee. Contratulations to both teams!

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Correction! The Freshmen Black defeated Lee 52-46!

Game time notes, etc.

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Baytown Lee has cancelled the Freshmen "B" (Gold team for us) game. The Freshmen Black game will be at 4 pm, the Sophomore and JV games at 5:30 and the Varsity at 7 pm.

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The varsity tournament brackets for Dayton and Conroe have been posted. See the varsity schedule page.

JV Wins Manvel Tournament!

JV - Manvel Tournament Champions picture

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The JV team won the Manvel Tournament defeating a tough DeKaney team 68-63.  Down by 11 in the fourth quarter they fought back to win the game, scoring 29 points in the fourth.  They came back with team work and tough defense.

The team played four games and had four different leading scorers.

Game 1 KOHS 65 - Manvel 49 - Leading scorer Pitts 16
Game 2 KOHS 76 - Kingwood Park 56 - Leading scorer May 19
Game 3 KOHS 65 - Channelview 38 - Leading scorer Loisel 17
Championship KOHS 68 - DeKaney 63 - Leading scorer T. Thevenin 17

Leading tournament scorer Harris 49

This was a total team effort with unselfish play and great defense.

Congratulation Panthers! 

December 6th Tournament Updates

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The Varsity defeated Mayde Creek 73-66 in a consolation game in the Katy Tournament. It was a very competitive game against a good Mayde Creek team. The Panthers, though, led the whole way despite a Ram rally in the 4th quarter. Nice work, Panthers! Photo gallery.

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The JV Panthers made it to the championship game of the Manvel JV Tournament by notching their third consecutive victory on Friday. Saturday's result is not known yet.

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No news yet on the Freshmen Black in the Klein Tournament.

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If anyone has details on the JV or Freshmen teams, please send a note to your webmaster!

December 5th Tournament Updates

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The varsity suffered a disappointing loss to C.E. King on Friday. After a good start the Panthers went into a drought and found themselves down 17 entering the final period. They rallied to cut it to 4 before falling 72-62.

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The Panther JVs notched their first two victories of the season as this talented group got on track! The first win was over the host team from Manvel. Details and Friday's result to follow.

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The Freshmen Black Panthers defeated Cy-Creek in the 1st round of the Klein ISD Tournament in the strangest game your reporter has seen in a long time. The Panthers roared out of the block and took a 39-19 lead, then fell behind 63-45, trailed 67-52 entering the final quarter, and then won 79-75. Go figure! Congratulations, though, gentlemen for your heart and determination. Only a very special group of young men could fight their way back from that kind of adversity! We're very proud of you! Keep it going!

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Photo gallery - Varsity vs. Harker Heights.

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Photo Gallery - Freshmen Black vs. Cy-Creek.

Panthers drop hard-fought game in Katy.

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The varsity played a very good Harker Heights team Thursday night. Despite being down by 12 heading into the final quarter, they cut it to four in the final two minutes before falling 56-49.

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The Panthers will play a 2nd round game in the Katy Tournament on Friday at 3:30.

Panthers score two great wins in Tyler!

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The varsity defeated Edgewood 68-56 on Friday.

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In a come-from-behind, overtime win, the Panthers defeated Longview Pinetree 59-54 on Saturday.

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Way to go, Oak! The Panthers move their season record to 3-1!

Panthers rally to beat Magnolia 72-63!

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Congratulations, gentlemen. It was a great win!

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After a slow start the Panthers jumped out to a slim lead at the half and still lead after three quarters. But the Bulldogs came roaring back to take a 4th quarter lead before the Panthers showed their athleticism and determination down the stretch to secure the win!

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The JV suffered a really tough loss. A really slow start proved costly as the Panthers just couldn't get back on top despite a valiant effort in the 4th quarter. Hang in there guys. Those of us who have watched you through summer league know that the remainder of the season will be yours!

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The Sophomore Panthers, trailing by 17 at the half, also proved their mettle with a come-from-behind win. Way to go, Panthers!

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The Freshmen Black team won by about 20, but the game was closer than that. Our guys turned it on at the end in impressive fashion.

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We are proud of, and very thankful for, all the young men of Klein Oak Basketball. It's going to be a great season! Happy Thanksgiving! Photo galleries. (Note that more freshmen pics are coming.)

Panthers fall to Oak Ridge 70-65.

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It was a disappointing loss caused by an extremely slow start. The Panthers appeared tentative and therefore made way too many mistakes in the first half. They trailed at the half 39-22. Then the Panthers turned up the heat and started playing with confidence, tying the score at 49! Unfortunately a spent bunch of Panthers couldn't finish the deal and fell by five.

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Varsity, JV and Sophomore pictures are posted here. Others coming soon!

Meet the Panthers/Chili-Cookoff 2008!

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Wednesday, November 19th - 6:30 -8 pm

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Thanks for everyone who helped make the night a huge success!

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The Cheerleaders won the chili cookoff! [We're not sure, though, that there was not some undue influence exerted by some. Ahem.]

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Click here for some pictures!

Varsity & JV Pictures

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We took team pictures of the varsity & junior varsity teams, seniors pictures, and individual pictures of varsity players.

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Click here to see the gallery.

Golf Tournament 2008!

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Sunday, October 26

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Gleannloch Pines Golf Club

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Thanks to all those who participated, and especially to our sponsors!

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Click here for a photo gallery!

Summer League 2008

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Team Schedules, Rosters and Pictures.
[All the photo galleries should be viewable now. Sorry for the mix-up.]

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If any parents are interested in taking summer league pictures, please contact the webmaster before 6/18/08!

Congratulations to the newly elected officers for the upcoming 2008-2009 season that were elected at the May 5th general meeting:

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President - Don Loisel

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Vice President - Robert Herr

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Secretary - Marie Bullock

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Treasurer - Tom Toth

The Parent Booster Association recognizes and congratulates the following players who were recently inducted into the Klein Oak Chapter of the National Honor Society: 

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Miles Fabian

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Kevin Forsch

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Jeff Francis

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Jake Herr

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Amish Maknojia

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Jordan Najvar

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Nick Santoro

Final 2007-2008 Booster Club Meeting

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The last Parent Booster Association meeting of the school year will be held Monday, May 5th at 6:30pm in the Athletic Room.

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The agenda includes the election of officers for the upcoming year and a review of the final financial reports.

Congratulations to Panthers on the All-District Teams!

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2nd Team All-District

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Zack Price

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Chris Adams

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DaVerick Hunt

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Honorable Mention All-District

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Cameron Rogers

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Jordan Najvar

Panthers come up short in overtime at Westfield 67-63

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For most of the game it looked like the Panthers had this spoilers role down pat, poised to knock the Mustangs out of the playoffs. They led my 12 in the 2nd quarter and took a nice nine point lead at the half.

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But it didn't last long. Credit the Mustangs who responded to the challenge with some spectacular shooting in the 2nd half. The Panthers helped them some with too many turnovers, but it was mostly the Mustangs who just grabbed this game.

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We never like to emphasize one player because basketball is the ultimate team game, but your webmaster has to recognize the performance of Cameron Rogers. 22 points - not one of them the result of selfishness, just stellar play (9 for 14 from the field and 2 for 2 from the line) - and some really great assists (5). Nice work young man! If this is a sign of what to expect next year, November can't come too soon.

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Thanks to all our Panthers for your diligence and hard work over this season. The Panther Basketball program is in good hands and next year is going to be very exciting at the Oak!

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Photos are posted in the district gallery! [Thanks to Greg Francis for all the great pictures this year!]

Panthers can't overcome Collins - 39-56

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It was another one of those games that saw the Panthers compete valiantly against one of the state's top teams. And another game that slipped out of reach due to missed free throws and layups.

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Congratulations to the Freshmen Black team for a convincing win over Collins, avenging one that got away in the first round!

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Pictures are coming, but they aren't there yet.

Panthers fall to Spring 59-43

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It was tied at the half 24-24, but the 3rd quarter was a disaster for the Panthers as the Lions tossed in 22 while the Panthers struggled to score.

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Congratulations to the Sophomore team for a hard-fought victory on the road!

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Photos of all levels are posted in the district gallery.

Eagles deflect Panthers' best shot

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For three quarters the Panthers gave one of the best teams around all they could handle. But the Golden Eagles showed why they are so highly ranked in the 4th quarter, burying the Panthers beneath an avalanche of threes. Nevertheless, Panther fans have to be extremely proud of our guys for this outstanding effort.

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Congratulations to Coach Cary Black (K.O. class of '87) and the Golden Eagles. Good luck in the playoffs!

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Pictures from all levels are posted in the district gallery (link at left).

Booster Club Meeting - Monday, Feb. 11th!

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The fifth general meeting of the Klein Oak Boys’ Basketball Parent Association will be held on Monday, February 11th, beginning at 6:30pm in the Athletic Room (located across the hall from the main gym).  Items to discuss include:
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Spirit Item Sign Up for Last Home Game
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Shoot-A-Thon Results
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Banquet Planning
d)
       
Recognition Night for Strutters

Panthers fall to Klein 37-35

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bullet The Panthers, who led 27-21 and 33-29, made just two field goals and were 3 for 7 from the free throw line in the 4th quarter. Way too many missed layups.
bullet The effort, though, was excellent on both sides. Congratulations to the Bearkats for a hard-fought victory.
bullet The (extremely) bright spot for Panther Basketball tonight was another stellar performance by the Junior Varsity. Nice work, gentlemen!
bullet Some of the pictures are uploaded, but more are coming from Greg Francis!

Panthers come up just short in great Tomball game

bullet Just three weeks ago the Panthers found themselves down 35-15 at the half against the Cougars. Tonight they took a 20-16 lead into halftime. Although they couldn't pull it off, falling 52-46 in the end, the improvement is amazing, as was the effort.
bullet We're really proud of you, Panthers. You are warriors.
bullet And how about those JV Panthers! They pulled off an impressive win tonight after dropping the first game 76-45! Way to go, Panthers!
bullet Both freshmen teams also won tonight, with the Gold team avenging a 1st round loss at Tomball. And the sophomores came ever so close to avenging an earlier loss in another tremendous effort.
bullet Overall it was a night that made manifest the tremendous improvement in our program that our players and coaches have worked so hard to achieve. Keep up the good work, gentlemen!

Panthers drop overtime heartbreaker to Westfield

bullet Were it not for the Panthers spotting the Mustangs a 14-0 lead to start the game, it would have been different. As it was they spent the rest of the game playing catch up.
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Panthers fall to Collins

bullet Despite a tremendous effort by our Panthers - We're proud of you, guys! - our Panthers fell to Collins 73-40.
bullet The sub-varsity teams fared the same in the final score. Once again we are proud of the efforts of all these young men. Hang in there, Panthers!
bullet All district photos are now uploaded to the District Gallery (link at left).

Shoot-A-Thon Day 1-16-08

bullet Shoot for 100 Percent Panthers to cash in big!  Rack up those last minute pledges and  GOOD LUCK!

Panthers upset by Spring 66-46!

bullet Remaining Panther teams struggled as well with the Spring Lions!
bullet The Freshmen Black Panthers had a great run in the 4th period, but to no avail!
bullet Pictures of all games will be posted as soon as possible....  Please keep checking back!
bullet The Panthers travel to Klein Collins on Friday to take on the Tigers.

A note to our webmaster, Gary Nelson

bullet On behalf of the Klein Oak  Basketball Program, we would like to offer our condolences on the passing of your mother.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Shoot-A-Thon Reminder

bullet Wednesday, January 16th.  Players, please remember that your pledges will help offset banquet expenses and help purchase items for the Basketball Program.  Please rack up as many pledges as possible.

4th Booster Club Meeting Reminder

bullet Monday, January 14th at 6:30 pm in the main gym.

Panthers fall to Klein Forest 74-44!

bullet Remaining Panther teams also had a tough night against the Klein Forest Golden Eagles!
bullet Pictures of the games will be posted as soon as possible....  Please keep checking back!
bullet The Panthers will take on the Spring Lions at home on Tuesday... Pick yourself up guys, dust yourself off and get ready to tame the Lions!

A personal note from your webmaster.

bullet I'm going to be absent for a week or so. My 85 year old mother died on Wednesday and I really need to be with my 90 year old (on 1-23-08!) father, who is legally blind. I have some work to do also in dealing with the estate in Ohio.
bullet I'm posting pictures of the Klein games without the usual edits just because I don't have time to do them. I think you'll like them anyway.
bullet Greg Francis will be taking control of the Website in my absence, but please understand that he can't control all of this and he'll be doing the best he can.
bullet I'll be thinking of you, Panthers! Let's get some more wins!

Panthers Beat Klein 44-39!

bullet Congratulations, Panthers! That was a huge victory! Special kudos for a really nice job at the free throw line down the stretch after the Bearkats made a game of it by hitting two big threes.
bullet Congratulations also to the J.V. Panthers and the Freshmen Black Panthers for big wins over the neighborhood rival Bearkats on Tuesday night!
bullet The Panthers travel to Klein Forest to take on the Golden Eagles on Friday. Lace 'em up tight, gentlemen!

4th Booster Club Meeting

bullet Monday, January 14th at 6:30 pm in the Athletic Meeting Room (across the hall from the main gym).
bullet Items to discuss include:
a) Spirit Item Game Day Sales
b) Shoot-A-Thon
c) Basketball Program - Change in Scope
d) Banquet Update - Committee Solicitation
e) Lenny's Subs

Tomball pictures uploaded.

bullet Click the link at left to take a look. Thanks to Greg Francis for the Sophomore and J.V. pictures!
bullet Congratulations to the Freshmen Black team for a terrific 30 point victory at Tomball!
bullet Unfortunately the other Panther teams did not fare as well.
bullet You'll notice more pictures of Tomball's varsity than is usual for the opposing team. Coach Ball asked for a few and we were glad to oblige.

District Photo Gallery Started!

bullet Starting with the thrilling and victorious performance of our Freshmen Gold team against DeKaney on Wednesday.
bullet All DeKaney galleries now uploaded.
bullet Click the link to the left for the district gallery.

Tomball game time changes!

bullet All games will be one hour earlier than originally scheduled.
bullet Varsity game at 2 pm.
bullet J.V. and Freshmen Black at 12:30 pm
bullet Sophomores and Freshmen Gold at 11:00 am

Booster Club Plans Post-Season Banquet!

bullet A planning meeting will be held on Thursday, January 3rd at 6:30pm in the Athletic Room regarding the end of season banquet at Shirley Acres.
bullet We need everyone’s help in beginning to plan the program ad sales (due Feb. 8th), program layout and printing, video, registration, and decorating. Please plan on attending and help out with this large event.
bullet For more information, please contact lee.schultz@hotmail.com.

Panthers in the Conroe Varsity Tournament

bullet Click here for tournament recap.

Panthers sweep Pasadena!

bullet Congratulations to all teams for their winning efforts!

Congratulations, Panther J.V.!

bullet The Panthers defeated Santa Fe 70-35 on Saturday morning to capture 3rd place in the C.E. King J.V. Tournament!
bullet We're proud of you, Panthers!
bullet Photos of all three games are now posted in the non-district gallery.

Holiday Practice and Game Schedule

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Click here.

The Houston Chronicle
Features Coach Martin and the Panther Program!

It's a nice article and we thank the Chronicle.

The Panthers, though, have designs on being competitive on a slightly more accelerated time schedule.

[And nobody should blame Coach Host for a less than stellar record last year as the Panthers returned to 5A with an inexperienced team.]

Read the article!

J.V. Update - C.E. King Tournament Changes

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The tournament bracket for the C.E. King Tournament this weekend had changed as of Wednesday! Please visit the J.V. Schedule page to see the new bracket as well as a map to C.E. King H.S. Good luck, Panthers!!!!

How about those Panthers!

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The varsity Panthers gave a very good College Park team all they could handle on Monday night before falling 67-61. You're so close, Panthers! And we are very proud of you!

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We're also especially proud of the Freshmen Black Panthers. This talented group had lost to College Park by three on Saturday, but they evened the score with a scratch and claw 58-53 win on Monday night! Way to go, Panthers! Character shows.

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Speaking of character, all of our Panthers made us proud Monday night. Each team showed plenty of potential and lots of fight. Thanks, guys! The future looks bright for K.O. Basketball!

Parent Association - 3rd Meeting! - You're Invited!

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Monday, December 17th @ 6:30pm

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Athletic Meeting Room (across the hall from the main gym)

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Items to discuss include:
a) Spirit Item Game Day Sales Sign Up
b) Shoot-A-Thon
c) Basketball Program Ad Sales
d) Recognition Nights
e) Banquet Committee Solicitation

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Booster Club memberships will also be available for $100/family, which includes 2 tickets to the annual end of season banquet.

Varsity & J.V. Players and Parents - Note changes!

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Due to their football team having a playoff game on Friday, Dayton has rescheduled all of the Friday games in their tournament this weekend. Click here for the revised tournament bracket!

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The C.E. King J.V. Tournament, originally scheduled for December 14-15 will be December 13-15. See the J.V. Schedule for the tournament bracket and a map to C.E. King.

Panthers claim 2nd place in KO Classic!

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The Varsity defeated Houston Reagan on Thursday and then Brazoswood on Saturday, Dec. 1st before running out of gas against a tough Ft. Bend Travis team. (Pictures of the Reagan game are posted and the others are coming!)

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Congratulations, gentlemen, and go get Pasadena Memorial on Tuesday!

Panther Freshmen Black claim consolation trophy in KISD Tournament!

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The Panthers suffered a heartbreaking overtime loss to Cy-Fair on Friday night. 12 hours later they took out their frustrations on Cy-Creek before downing Cy-Springs for the Consolation Championship on Saturday afternoon.

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Way to go, guys! Pictures of all games are now posted. [Please understand that pics taken in the 2nd gym are not going to be stellar since those are essentially night photos.]

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Panther fans, you owe it to yourselves to go watch this talented and determined bunch of young Panthers play!

Game Pics

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Langham Creek pics (varsity only) are now posted to the non-district gallery.

Team Pics (& varsity individuals):

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Click here to see the pics your webmaster took today (Monday 11/12/07). All teams (as they now exist) plus current varsity individual pics.

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If you want to download one of these, not the picture's name and then click here for the folder of large pics. Then right-click on a picture's name and choose "save picture as."

Attention Freshmen Parents!

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The Booster Club would like to receive the home e-mail address for our FRESHMAN players so that we can keep you updated on meetings, upcoming events, etc. Please send your home e-mail address to jwfabian@comcast.net.

Pre-Season Photography!

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Click here, then choose a gallery. To the original JV and Varsity galleries from The Woodlands scrimmage, your webmaster has added the varsity scrimmage at Oak Ridge and some golf tournament pics.

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Update - Dobie Fall Shootout & Meet the Panthers posted. Thanks, Greg!

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Finally - Greg's pics from The Woodlands scrimmage!

Meet the Panthers Night

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Monday, November 5th

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Pictures now posted!

Parent/Booster Association 2nd Meeting

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The second general meeting of the Klein Oak Boys Basketball Parent Booster Association will be held Tuesday, October 9th, at 6:30pm in the Athletic meeting room (located across the hall from the main gym).

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Items to discuss include: 1) solicitation of volunteers for our golf tournament and Meet the Panther Chili Cook Off, and 2) approval of the 2007-2008 budget.

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Booster Club memberships will be available for $100/family, which includes 2 tickets to the annual end of season banquet.
 

Looking for earlier news items? Visit the archive!

Parent/Booster Association 1st Meeting
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The first general meeting of the Klein Oak Boys Basketball Parent Booster Association will be held Monday, September 10th, at 6:30pm in the Athletic office. The Athletic office is located across the hall from the main gym.

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Items to discuss include our membership drive, solicitation of volunteers for our fundraising activities (golf tournament, KISD Freshman Tournament), and presentation of the 2007-2008 budget.

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Come out and also meet our new Head Coach, Joey Martin. Coach Martin will provide his vision for this year’s season.

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Booster Club memberships will be available for $100/family, which includes 2 tickets to the annual end of season banquet.

2007 KO Basketball Golf Tournament!

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Sunday Oct 21, 2007 at 1:00 PM

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Click here for the tournament website.

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Click here for the sponsors sign-up form.

New Basketball Documents from Coach Martin!

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Players and parents - Please take a look here and download the documents that apply to you!

Open Gym! Mondays & Wednesdays 7-9 pm

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Open gym is, of course, open to all KO students (alumni also). Join us for some fun!

Coach Martin's Intermediate Summer Camp
An impressive group of 23 campers hustled through Coach Martin's first KO camp! Next year he wants 50! This is just the guy who can make that happen! Click here for some camp picks. [Click above images to enlarge.]


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Congratulations, Ryan Herr!

Ryan is the 2007 recipient of the Brian Hoff scholarship.

Thanks, Ryan, for displaying the team spirit and love for the game that honor Brian's legacy!

Pictured with Ryan are Vicki and Paul Fleming (Brian Hoff's parents) at the KO Senior Awards Program.

Summer League 2007!

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Click here for summer league rosters and schedules!

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Lace 'em up tight guys! Let's go compete! It's a new day for KO Basketball!

Welcome, Coach Joey Martin!

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We're pleased to have Coach Martin at KO!

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Thanks, Coach Martin, for contacting me. Here's part of what he had to say:

"My wife, Tami Martin, and I are very excited about the opportunity to work at Klein Oak HS. We have four children that are very excited also. Our oldest daughter Taylor is 12 and will be in the 7th grade, our "boy girl twins" Samuel and Savanna are 7 and will be in the 2nd grade. Our newest addition, Houston, is 4 months. I don't know if it was a coincidence or not that we named our last child "Houston," even though we call him "Hoot".

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Take a look at part of Coach Martin's resume. It's very impressive!

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Thanks to Coach Lair Crawford for handling a difficult situation with his usual professionalism. He's been our head guy through the spring and we appreciate all he's done. We hope, Lair, that you'll stay and provide some continuity in our program. Plus, we're lucky to have you at KO!

Pictures! - Keep checking back for new ones!

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Westfield 2
Freshmen Black - Thanks to Danny Henderson for these pictures!
Sophomores - by Greg Francis

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Collins 2
Junior Varsity - by Gary Nelson
Sophomore - by Greg Francis
Freshmen Black - by Greg Francis
Note: the above galleries are posted in a new format that allows for a slideshow view. To download a pic for your own purposes scroll down a bit and follow the instructions.

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Spring 2
Senior Night Gallery - by Tracy, Greg & Gary
Varsity - by Tracy Santoro
Junior Varsity - by Tracy Santoro
Sophomores - by Greg Francis
Freshmen Black - by Greg Francis
Freshmen Gold - by Gary Nelson

Congratulations Panthers! A great Senior Night victory! We're very proud of you!

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The Panthers wanted this one badly, but found themselves trailing by eight at the half. But heart won out as the Panthers stormed back in the 3rd quarter to take a five point lead into the 4th. Then they weathered the storm of a strong Spring comeback to grab the victory down the stretch 58-51!

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It was a great total team effort and a testament to the heart and character of these outstanding young men!

Seniors!

Jordan Seal
Austin Gracey
Ryan Herr
Luis Montano
Rodel Davis

[Listed here in order of seniority on the varsity at KO!]

Pictures! - Keep checking back for new ones!

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Spring 2
Senior Night Gallery - by Tracy, Greg & Gary
Varsity - by Tracy Santoro
Junior Varsity - by Tracy Santoro
Sophomores - by Greg Francis
Freshmen Black - by Greg Francis
Freshmen Gold - by Gary Nelson

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Klein Forest 2
Sophomore - thanks to Greg Francis
[Check out this version - same pics - with the ability to run a slideshow. Tell the webmaster what you think!]
Freshmen Black - by Greg Francis
Freshmen Gold - by Greg Francis

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Anyone else have any pictures to share? Like to take some? Contact the Webmaster.

Loyalty, Perseverence, Excellence!

Honoring our
Super Seniors!

Jordan Seal - 4 year letterman
Austin Gracey - 3 year letterman
Ryan Herr - 2 year letterman
Luis Montano & Rodel Davis
Click here for a photo gallery of seniors at Burroughs Park!

 

Congratulations Austin Gracey!

The leading scorer for KO Basketball signed a baseball letter of intent with Cisco Jr. College! Click here for pictures.

Special Kudos to the Varsity after Collins game!

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Unfortunately it wasn't a win on the scoreboard. But in the 23 years your Webmaster has watched KO varsity basketball (every game but five - and I was scouting those nights) I have never been more proud of a KO team than I was Friday night. Folks, these young men are warriors! Having been through so much, and playing with only 8 players for the second game in a day, the kind of effort we saw on Friday was miraculous. And inspiring. I know who my sports heroes are.

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Kudos also to Coach Host and Coach Crawford for getting our guys ready to show their best. Well, not quite their best. That's coming!

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Beat Westfield! 

Schedule Change!

Times for the games against The Woodlands on January 2nd have been changed (due to teacher in-service requirements). Here's the new schedule for that day.

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4:00 pm - Freshmen Gold & Sophomores

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5:30 pm - Freshmen Black & Junior Varsity

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7:00 pm - Varsity

Meet the Panthers Night

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Thanks, everyone, for making this annual event a huge success!

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Massive voter fraud in the chili election still under investigation! J

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Pictures

Oak Ridge Pictures

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Freshmen pics posted!

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J.V. pics posted!

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Varsity pics posted!

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Parents - We need more photographers! We have equipment to share, but we need you! Click here to contact the Webmaster for more information.

Note Schedule Changes!

bullet Just posted - revised schedules and tournament brackets for all levels

Oak Ridge Varsity Scrimmage Pics

bullet Click here.

The Woodlands Scrimmage Pictures - 11/4/06

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Varsity

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JV

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Freshmen

5th Period Practice

bullet October 30th 5th period pictures
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Click here

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Parents: If your sons are telling you that practices are intense, they aren't lying! Our coaches are doing an outstanding job!

Try-outs

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Sat Nov 11th

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Juniors & Seniors - 8-10 am

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Freshmen & Sophomores - 10-noon

Meet the Panthers & Chili Cook-off!

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Wednesday, Nov. 15th

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6 pm - KO Commons

Check the Schedules!

We have a bunch of changes. Some are there now. Others are coming.

bullet The Varsity has dropped the Texas Invitational at Pasadena and replaced it with the Magnolia Tournament!
 

 

Head Coach Tim Host!
We could hardly believe our good fortune two years ago at being able to hire Tim Host as our 2nd assistant. Why? He had already been "Assistant Coach of the Year" under Chris Bailes (Spring H.S.), a head coach, and the leader of the TABC basketball camp. Now we are proud to announce that this terrific, state-recognized, coach is the leader of the Panthers!

Please click here for a message
from Coach Host!


Assistant Coach
Lair Crawford
Coach Crawford comes to K.O. after two years as the head coach at Anahuac HS. He will coach the J.V. Panthers and serve as Assistant Head Coach for the varsity. Welcome, Coach Crawford!
(Click here for more information.)

Coaching Changes

It's hard to say goodbye to good friends, but we certainly wish all the best to Head Coach Steve Dibble, Assistant Head Coach Bill Bloodworth, and Coach Jim Barber.

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Steve Dibble has led the Panther program for the last three years. We made considerable progress during that period as Coach Dibble set high standards for competitiveness and conduct. It showed. Coach Dibble decided to move closer to home, taking the Varsity Assistant's job at Cy-Ridge H.S. (He will also be the head cross country coach.) Note from Coach Dibble.

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Bill Bloodworth was the Assistant Head Coach under former Coach Ken Butts (one year) and Coach Dibble (three years). During the Dibble years, Coach Bloodworth controlled the offense and called the plays. Coach Dibble always said "We have three head coaches" (including Coach Tim Host). We'll miss you, Coach Blood! Coach Bloodworth took the head golf coach job at Elkins H.S.

bullet Jim Barber was only at Oak for a year, but he did a great job with our Sophomore team and we'll miss him. He took a new football position in the Ft. Bend district.

Some of these positions have already been filled, but I'll let our new head coach make the announcement. It's coming shortly!

Check out the new KO Basketball Calendar!

bullet Right now only the summer league games are posted. Coming up will be open gym times, booster club meetings, special events and all the games!
bullet The best part is that you can download all this into your Microsoft Outlook or Palm calendar!
bullet Your Webmaster could use some help with this. Anyone interested? Click here.
Summer Action

Click for varsity 1 gallery

Click for varsity 2 gallery

Click for sub-varsity gallery


New Scoreboards!

Courtesy of the Boys Basketball Booster Club of 2005-2006!

Special thanks to Mike Rayburn of Absolute Sports Connection!

Summer League 2006!

bullet Click for rosters and schedules!

2006-2007 Schedules Posted!

bullet We still have a few holes and these schedules will change, but you can take a first look.

Congratulations, All-District Selections!

All District, 1st Team
Austin Gracey

All District, 2nd Team
Kyle Flores & Matt Evans

All District, Honorable Mention
Adrian Cabungcal

New Pictures Posted

bullet Varsity vs. New Caney - 2/14/06
bullet J.V. vs. New Caney - 2/14/06
bullet Varsity vs. Willis - 2/10/06
bullet J.V. vs. Willis - 2/10/06

Panthers winners in the end!

bullet Our Panthers went out winners Tuesday night in their home gym with a hard fought, emotional 49-41 victory over a tough bunch of New Caney Eagles.
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The task was made tougher as the Panthers shooting touch vanished at the half. 2nd half numbers: 22% from 2 point range, 14% from three, and 57% from the free throw line. Coach Dibble preaches that when the shots aren't falling, you can depend on defense and hustle on the boards. That's exactly what won the game down the stretch. The Panthers really demonstrated their heart and mental toughness in their final night on the court.

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Great job, gentlemen! We are so proud of you! The 2005-2006 season is gone, but it will not be forgotten. Neither will the tremendous young men who made 34 games seem too few.

Congratulations, Freshmen Gold - Undefeated District 18-4A Champs!

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Does someone have stats on how many steals these guys had this season? Wow! You were a treat to watch! And the future looks really good from here!

Panthers down Willis on the Road!

bullet The Panthers faced an inspired and determined senior night effort from the Wildkats of Willis. Tough defense on both sides was the order of the night. The Panthers prevailed 52-44.
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Great job, Panthers! We're proud of you!

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The Panthers will finish the 2006 season Tuesday night at home against New Caney.

Panthers battle hard but fall to Brenham 75-51

bullet Facing the #4 team in the state in their home gym, and without the services of Kyle Flores, the Panthers knew the task was formidable.
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The effort was outstanding. The execution failed for a few spurts, costing the Panthers a chance at the upset. The 24 turnovers were too costly to overcome. Overall, though, the Panthers did well against the tough Brenham pressure.

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We're proud of you, Panthers! Now let's get two wins to finish this season with pride!

Panthers fall to Waller 63-58

bullet A slow start cost the Panthers a chance to win this one. The Panther turned the ball over twice in the first 30 seconds and 13 times the first half.
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The game, though, was very much in doubt down to the last moment as the Panthers fought hard the second half but just didn't seem to be able to get the shots to drop. Specifically a 21% shooting performance from three point range hurt drastically.

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The Panthers will have to regroup by Tuesday as they face the #4 state ranked Brenham Cubs in their home gym. Go get 'em Panthers, we have only glory to gain!

Panthers drown Caney Creek!

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Coach Dibble was concerned about complacency after the easy victory at home earlier in the season. He needn't have been. The Panthers took care of business from the starting tip, won by Kyle, to the tune of a 23-11 1st quarter lead and a 40-18 halftime advantage.

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Coach Dibble challenged our guys to win it with defense the 2nd half. Caney Creek didn't score until well after the starters were pulled in the 3rd quarter. Then they did get a little hot, but not for poor Panther defense; they just started hitting shots once the issue was well out of doubt.

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Great job by everyone! 9 Panthers scored. 10 Panthers rebounded. 9 Panthers had assists. 7 Panthers had steals. 57% from 2 point range, 54% from 3 point range, 72% from the FT line. Wow!

New Pictures Posted

bullet Freshmen Gold vs. Montgomery
bullet Freshmen Black vs. Montgomery
bullet Sophomores vs. Montgomery- game 3
bullet Sophomores vs. Montgomery - game 2
bullet Varsity vs. New Caney
bullet JV vs. New Caney

Senior Night 2006

bullet Pictures from Jan. 27 ceremony

Panthers fall to Livingston

bullet What can we say? The Panthers lost 74-65 after holding a three point lead at 34-31 at the half. That was the pace we needed.
bullet But Livingston put up 25 points (to the Panthers 15) in the 3rd quarter as they got layup after layup. It was too much for the Panthers to overcome, although the effort was heroic. And the game was much closer than the final margin indicates.
bullet The effort was there, and the Panthers did play well, the Panthers simply didn't shoot the ball well. 37% from two point range will not beat good teams. It just wasn't falling for us. End of story.

Friday Schedule Changes

bullet Freshmen Gold will play at 5:30 against Livingston.
bullet Sophomores will play at 4:00 against Montgomery. See the Sophomore Schedule for future games.

Panthers fall to Montgomery

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This hurts too much for any words. It hurts simply because it probably shuts the door for an unbelievably awesome group of Panthers. We hurt for all of them, but especially the seniors.

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The Panthers led the entire game, except for a moment at 20-19, and then at the buzzer 62-61. A buzzer beater by a resilient Montgomery Bear team tore the hearts from the Panthers. It happened on the 5th shot of their last possession. That's hard to take, especially after leading by six with 1:20 remaining.

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The only thing we're sure about at this point is that we are hurting so much because these Panthers mean so much. We love you guys more than words can ever express. We are so proud of you, because of who you are but also because that was probably the best game our Panthers have played all year. So much promise!

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We do want to tip our hats to the Bears, a great team that refused to fold on the road. You certainly earned our respect. And we wish you the best down the road.

Panthers 59, New Caney 50

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Awesome road win, Panthers! What a way to end the toughest week in KO history!

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The Panthers never trailed for two possessions. They held Jayson Baker, perhaps the most dominant player in our district, to 10 points.

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It wasn't easy. New Caney plays great defense. And a 15 point lead in the mid 4th quarter was cut to 5 in the last minute. The Panthers didn't panic. They took care of business at the free throw line (18 for 22 in the 4th quarter!), and secured the victory. Nice work.

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The Panthers are two games (in the loss column) out of 2nd place at the turn, with 7 games remaining. Three of the next four games are at home. Remaining road games are at Caney Creek, Brenham and Willis.

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If needed the Willis game will be finished. The Panthers had a 13 point lead with 7:29 to play at home against Willis.

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Jarrett (the Willis player) was released from the hospital on Thursday. He is resting comfortably at home.

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Mrs. Harrison, the wife of the Willis head coach, sent a wonderful e-mail message to KO Principal Jean Heiskell. Click here to read that message (with her permission).

Prayer Warriors Needed!

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With 7:31 remaining in the game and the Panthers holding a 40-27 lead, basketball ceased to be important. A Willis player collapsed on the sidelines after coming out of the game complaining of chest pain.

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KO trainer Brian Marr treated the player courtside, later joined by two volunteer firemen. [You're our hero, "Doc"!] The young man was semi-conscious and responsive, breathing on his own. CPR and defib were ready but not needed. The two teams joined together in a prayer circle.

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After the ambulance finally arrived, the young man was transported to The Woodlands hospital. Another prayer circle was joined at mid-court by most of those in attendance. The game was suspended. Nobody was in much of a mood for basketball at that point. Many of the Klein Oak players headed to the hospital to stand beside their stricken opponent and his family.

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Our thoughts and prayers are with the Willis player involved, his family, and his teammates.

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And, Panthers, we thank God for you. I'm so thankful it wasn't one of you. And I'm in awe of the way you represented Klein Oak tonight. Class, Character, and Excellence is our school slogan. You set a new standard tonight, under the most trying circumstances. It's a standard the rest of us will have a nearly impossible challenge meeting. Thank you!

We miss you, Kevin.

Klein Oak lost yet another student, Kevin Chambers, on Saturday night due to a traffic accident. This one hits especially hard at KO Basketball because Kevin wanted to be a part of this program. Ineligibility prevented that. But Kevin had his academic life turned around this year before his life on earth was tragically ended Saturday night. Our prayers are with Kevin's family and friends, and especially with his twin brother Kyle.

Panthers, you are infinitely precious to all of us. You are not immortal. Kevin was so alive and full of promise on Friday. Now he's gone. Please learn from this and don't take any actions which could endanger your life. You are way too precious to lose. Honestly, we don't know how we could go on without each of you. Basketball is important, but it's not the most important thing. Just ask Kyle Chambers about what's important. Then pray for him. Please.

We will observe a moment of silence for Kevin before Tuesday's home game against Willis. Parents, please help us to drive the message here home. Right now, forcefully. And pass it along.

Heroic effort buried by 3s as Panthers fall to Brenham

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Against the #5 ranked team in the state you have to play hard, play well, and get lucky. The Panthers checked off the first two. But after cutting the Cub lead to 49-40 in the 3rd quarter, the Cubs responded as you might expect, unleashing 8 threes over the last 7 minutes to put the game well out of reach.

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The final score 93-58 unfortunately doesn't reflect how competitive the game really was, but those who saw it had to have left with great respect for the Panthers. Nice job, guys! We are very proud of you! Click here for some pictures.

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The Panthers are in a hole at 1-4, but far from out of it. The schedule now is in our favor. In fact last year's team was 0-5 over these same games. The schedule is flipped this year; last year's team lost the first five games of the 2nd round. So it's time to get on a roll, Panthers, and win the last two games of round one, then duplicate the 3-0 start of last year's group, but this time in round two. Hang on!

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Congratulations to the Freshmen Gold Panthers on another victory. We call them "the machine" around here! Click for some pictures. The Freshmen Black team hit a scoring drought at the wrong time (click for pictures) and fell to the Cubs, as did the JV. But it was a great effort on all levels.

New Scoreboards!

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Thanks to the booster club for ordering new scoreboards for the KO gym! That is a huge improvement for our program, and all the other programs what will benefit from the much needed improvement!

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Special thanks to Mike Rayburn for making it all possible by finding a matching funds sponsor!

Panthers fall to Waller 64-50

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We just didn't play well. Mostly we didn't shoot well. 30% from two point range and 33% from three point range won't win on the road against a fine opponent like Waller. 27 turnovers didn't help. [We did win the battle on the boards 43-40, against superior size.]

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Lesser teams would have folded in the 3rd quarter, but our Panthers made us proud, battling all the way - great defense even when the shots weren't falling. That's not easy, which is why so few teams do it.

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You are warriors, Panthers, and we are proud of every one of you. Forever. Period.

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The Panthers find themselves at 1-3. That's exactly where last year's 2nd place Montgomery team was a year ago. We believe in you, Panthers! Believe in yourselves, pull together, and let's roll!

Panthers dominate Caney Creek 81-44!

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We got it turned around! The Panthers had their backs against the wall, and they knew it. They responded as we knew they would, with a dominating victory.

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Coach Dibble asked the Panthers at halftime to get a 30 point lead for the 4th quarter so we could enjoy a relaxed victory. Ask and ye shall receive! Way to go, Panthers!

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Every Panther contributed. It was a great team victory! Click here for some pictures courtesy of Mark Garrett!

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And it completed a Panther sweep of Caney Creek! Congrats to all the sub-varsity Panthers also! JV pictures - click here! Freshmen pictures - click here!

Panthers fall 72-69 at Livingston

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The Panthers jumped to an 18-4 lead before the turnovers started to pile up. But they piled up quickly as the Panthers were in a 21-19 hole at the quarter. After 22 turnover in the 1st half, the Panthers were down by only a point. Although the turnover situation improved in the 2nd half, the shooting dropped off as fatigue set in. After trailing by ten in the 4th quarter, the Panthers clawed back in it, but missed some opportunities down the stretch to turn things in our favor.

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Hang in there, Panthers. We'll get this going our way. We believe in you!

Panthers 2-2 in Fredericksburg

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After a four hour road trip the Panthers faced a very athletic Copperas Cove team. The Panthers seemed to handle the trip well, building a 7 point halftime lead and a 10 point lead after three periods. But ... "Cove" came back in the 4th. With the Panthers hanging on down the stretch, Cove mugged Austin Gracey and threw him to the floor in front of the Panther bench. Coach Dibble said "You have to call that." It must have struck a nerve. Instant T. Two free throws tied the game, but the Panther D held on the last possession. Then the Panthers regrouped and dominated the overtime for a 69-63 win, much to the relief of a grateful Coach Dibble. Thanks, guys! And thanks to KO's first coach (Coach Dibble's high school coach), Rick Penny, for traveling to Fredericksburg for the game. It was great to have you there, Rick!

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After an emotionally and physically draining opening game, the Panthers were not at their best against a very good Providence team. And they needed to be. The Panthers hung in for a half, but were clearly out of gas down the stretch. The result was a disappointing 60-40 defeat.

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A Sonic dinner, a good night's sleep (despite the best efforts of players from another team), and a nice breakfast at the Comfort Suites recharged the batteries for a 9:30 am game against Vista Ridge (the new-in-2003 sister school to Cedar Park). So we thought. But the Panthers were still asleep when the game started. A 10-2 V.R. lead produced a time out. After a few words of encouragement (!) from the coaches, the Panthers tied it at 10 at the quarter. A six point lead after three looked good, but had it tied at the end before they fouled Matt Evans. Bad choice. A time out to freeze Matt didn't work as he calmly drained both free throws for the 48-46 win!

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The Panthers saved their best for last. They did everything but outscore a very good Lake Travis team. The Panthers had a four point lead and a possession with a minute remaining before half. Then disaster struck and they dug themselves a three point hole at the half. That was decisive, but it doesn't tell the story. The Cavs turned up the heat in the 2nd half. The Panthers fell to a 12 point deficit, but wouldn't fold. Heart and grit and great team spirit! The Panthers cut the lead, only to see it balloon to 12 again in the late 4th quarter. Quit? No way! The Panthers left everything - absolutely everything - on the floor at Fredericksburg. The lead was three with seconds left. After a desperate foul, the Cavs sealed their well deserved 61-56 victory with two free throws. The Panthers needed one more minute. They didn't win the game, but they won something much more important.

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It was a great tournament! Thanks to Fredericksburg H.S. for being great hosts! Thanks to Michelle Bingham for making the trip to serve as our trainer and to Emily and Kari Dibble for the video! Thanks to all the parents for great support! Thanks to KISD Athletic Director Robert Young for changing our policy and making this possible!

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And thanks, Panthers, for being the awesome young men you are. Your coaches have always believed in you, as people and as players. So much more so now after these two days. You make us very proud, and very thankful for the opportunity to share this season with you. And very excited about the weeks ahead. Let's go Oak!

Panthers down Pasadena 57-51

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For a while it looked like the Panthers were going to blow the Eagles away. That was the 3rd quarter. After a slow start, the Panthers were dominating. But then we got greedy (?) or something and the game got entirely too close. But the Panthers caught themselves and made the plays down the stretch to secure the victory.

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It was a win and we'll take it!

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Merry Christmas, Panthers! Thanks for being young men who make us proud every day. Be careful and be safe. Let's have a great tournament at Fredericksburg!

Panthers fall to Montgomery 50-42

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The effort was outstanding. The execution totally frustrating. The Panthers played just like they practiced this week, and that wasn't good. [Typical, though, for serious students in exam week.]

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Shooting was abysmal, just like practice. 29% from two point range, 25% from three point range, 57% from the free throw line. It's just about impossible to win with that.

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Montgomery wasn't much better, until the 4th quarter. Then they worked their offense and got layups. We shot threes. Bad idea!

Ouch! Panthers fall to Klein 82-51

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First, what Klein did. 3 point shooting: 100% in the 1st quarter, 71% in the first half, 62% in the 3rd quarter, 55% for the game. 52% of 2 point shots. That's most of this game, folks. They were on fire.

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The rest of the game was us. Sometimes, Panthers, you want something so desperately that it can mess with your mind in a way that makes it impossible to achieve. Like beating Klein. Your webmaster has been at KO long enough to understand completely. And I firmly believe that is what happened to us this night.

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We didn't do what we know how to do, what we know we can do. We didn't keep our poise in the face of a fast Klein start and so we let it snowball. I understand that, Panthers, because the team brain cramp ran from the statistician up.

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As Coach Dibble says, "Don't lose the lesson!" There are many other big games that we will all desperately want to win - starting with Friday night at Montgomery. So channel that energy, make it a positive. It begins by finding a way to let this one go. You have to help one another do that because it's a team thing. Be there for one another.

Panthers claim Consolation Championship!

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Panthers 61, Oak Ridge 45
Wow! What a great team victory!

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The Panthers had opened the season with a slim 51-47 win at home against the War Eagles. So a neutral court match up looked even. But the Panthers made it clear from the outset which team had improved more. The Panthers jumped out to a 16-4 1st quarter lead, led 35-16 at the half, and 53-25 after three.

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Congratulations to Senior Kyle Flores and Junior Austin Gracey who were selected to the All-Tournament Team! It is a testament to the awesome team mentality of the Panthers that choosing just two was very hard to do. So these two accepted the medals on behalf of the team.

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Panthers, we are so very proud of all of you!

Panthers rebound, beat Willis!

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The Panthers got off to a fast start, unlike the previous night, but the Wildkats wouldn't fold. The game went back and forth between a tie and a six or eight point Panthers lead.  The Panthers were pressed down the stretch but this time the Panthers gutted up and secured the victory 50-44. Nice work, Panthers!

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The Panthers take on Oak Ridge - for the second time - Saturday at 11:30 at Dayton H.S. See the varsity schedule for a map.

Panther JV falls to Cy-Springs

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The Panthers faced a very athletic and sharp shooting Cy-Springs team with only 7 players available. The Panthers fought hard, but couldn't keep up and lost 73-52.

Panthers fall to Vidor 50-46

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The Panthers had a six point lead with four minutes to go but a series of mistakes down the stretch opened the door for Vidor and cost the Panthers a loss.

Finals week schedule:

  Varsity / JV Fresh / Soph
Monday, Dec. 12th 4th period practice
leave at 4:30 for Klein
7:30 - 8:20
leave at 2:45
Tuesday, Dec. 13th 2:45 - 4:30 7-8:30
Wednesday, Dec. 14th 9:30 - 11:30 11:15 - 1:00
Thursday, Dec. 15th 11:15 - 1:00 7:30-9:10
Friday, Dec. 16th 9:30 - 11  Shootaround
leave at 4:15 for Montgomery
leave at 2:30 for Montgomery
Team pictures for all levels! Wear dark!
after shootaround 9:30 -11

Panthers fall just short.

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Your Webmaster was a skeptic, I confess. After watching Pasadena Memorial obliterate a good Dallas Hillcrest team in a tournament game, I didn't think our Panthers had a chance. But the Panthers showed incredible heart against the big, athletic Mavericks and enjoyed a 10 point lead at the half. Amazing.

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Memorial came roaring back in the 3rd quarter. But the Panthers seemed to weather the storm, retaking the lead. But - credit to where credit is due - the Mavericks made the plays down the stretch to escape with a 69-65 victory.

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Louie Black led the Panthers in scoring with 15, followed by Tim Garrett and Kyle Flores with 11 and 10, respectively. Adrian Cabungcal led on the boards with 9, followed by Jordan Seal with 8. Austin Gracey led the assists with 6.

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We're proud of you, Panthers. You have made incredible progress over the last three weeks!

J.V. Wins 3rd at C.E. King!

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Congratulations to the J.V. Panthers for finishing 3rd in the C.E. King Tournament. The Panthers defeated Dulles 71-56 in the 3rd place game!

Panthers run past Concordia!

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The Crusaders won the warm-up. This is an impressive team in a lot of ways. They have all the ingredients.

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Our Panthers refused to be intimidated. Coach Dibble promised to "uncork the offense" and the Panthers obliged with a 72 point performance and a 72-54 victory! It wasn't as easy as it sounds as the Crusaders came back strong in the 3rd quarter. The Panthers had to respond to the challenge and they did!

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This was simply a great team victory over a quality opponent. Unselfish play by all the Panther guards with great dumps to the post! Great defense in the post against superior size. We out rebounded them! Terrific job, Panthers!

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Not to be outdone was the Panther JV. In the first impressive, full-game effort of the season, the Panthers showed their talent.

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The Panther freshmen were also impressive in an 11 point victory, completing the sweep for Oak!

Free Throw Shoot-a-thon!

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Wednesday, Nov. 30th at 6:00 pm

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Players please get those pledges in! [Don't forget to ask your teachers!]

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Remember to bring your money for the pizza!

Panthers repay Magnolia!

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One year ago the Panther varsity entered the Magnolia game on a four game win streak and with great confidence. Two hours later they left with a devastating 75-30 loss.

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This year's varsity was determined to avenge that defeat, but turning around such a loss would take a true TEAM effort. And that they produced, with an exciting 44-41 victory over the Bulldogs!

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Defense! From 75 points to 41. Magnolia had scored 59 the night before against Brenham. Great work, Panthers! We are very proud of our TEAM, and thankful for each of its awesome young men!

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Highlights? How about 3 for 4 (including one 3) and 8 rebounds from Kyle Flores. 8 points, 5 rebounds (amazing!) and 4 assists from point guard Austin Gracey. 7 boards from Jordan Seal.

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And what can we say about Tim Garrett in crunch time? How about 1 for 1 and 6 for 8 from the line? Clutch. Gutsy. Vintage Tim Garrett! Depend on it!

Mr. Take Charge!

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Ask any coach what stat impresses them most and he will say the "take charge." Stopping those frustrating layups often means being willing to sacrifice one's body for the team. That takes uncommon courage; the intuitive thing is to protect yourself by moving away.

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Meet Kyle Flores! Kyle took his 8th charge of the season, and had two more attempts, in the Magnolia game. That's 8 charges taken in 9 games. And that's special.

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When not taking charges Kyle is a 6'2" post working down low against, in every game thus far, bigger and perhaps stronger guys. Nobody, though, has a bigger heart than Kyle Flores! It shows. Thanks, Kyle! You are a special gift to Klein Oak Basketball this year.

Texas Invitational Tourn.

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The Panthers had fun Saturday morning, downing Houston Reagan 61-36 and playing everyone equal minutes. But they ran out of gas, playing the sixth game in three days against a very athletic Baytown Sterling team, falling 64-39. [Most of the difference was in the 4th quarter when the Panthers were just spent.] Still, we're very proud of you, Panthers! You made great strides of improvement over these three days!

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The Panthers took it on the chin twice again Friday. No, this isn't fun. But tomorrow will be because the Panthers turned a big corner at halftime of the second game today. The Panthers play Houston Reagan at 9:00 am at Clear Creek (girls gym). See the bracket for information.

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Well, it wasn't a good start. The Panthers lost twice on Thursday. See the varsity schedule for details.

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Follow the varsity this weekend with the help of this handy map, courtesy of McDonalds (the tournament sponsor).

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Tournament home page - lots of information!

bullet Seeding for Friday and Saturday games will be done after the Thursday games.

Golf Tournament

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Pictures!

Panthers win!

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The Varsity came from behind to down Oak Ridge 51-47.
Matt Evans led the way with 15 points and four rebounds. Austin Gracey was great at point with 11 points and five boards. Jordan Seal led the rebounding with seven and also had nine points. Great job, Panthers!

bullet The JV and Freshmen Gold teams also won, while the Sophomores and Freshmen Black teams fell in close contests.

Meet the Panthers

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Spirit Items!

bullet Click for information and ordering!

Rosters Posted!

bullet All are tentative. [We're still adding new players and many of these players will moved from team to team as the coaches make the needed adjustments.]
bullet Use the links above to view team rosters.

Schedules for all teams have been posted!

bullet Varsity
bullet Junior Varsity
bullet Sophomores
bullet Freshmen
bullet Consolidated, printable schedule

Plan for the holidays!

bullet Holiday Practice Schedule 2005-2006