Harmatuks love basketball

John Harmatuk playing basketball for Klein High School 1990.

The Houston Chronicle looks at the impact families are having on Houston basketball. Klein High’s Harmatuk family is mentioned:

Another of those families, the Harmatuks, also is making an impact in northwest Houston.

John Harmatuk, boys coach at Cypress Springs, is in his 11th year with the Panthers. His younger brother, Scott, is in his first year as Klein Collins boys coach.

But they are just two of five boys in their family who have been involved in basketball. John, Scott and their three brothers played basketball at Klein High School and wore No. 22. Four of them went on to play college basketball.

Their father, also named John Harmatuk, coached in the summer basketball circuit for 10 years. With their family, it’s all ball all the time.

“Pretty much all that we did as a family was centered around basketball,” said the younger John. “The only times during family gatherings when we weren’t talking or arguing about basketball was when people made us stop.”

John and Margaret should be proud of their boys!

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10-year-old Houston boy hangs himself “like Saddam”

Matt Drudge has a link to abc13.com: Saddam’s execution cited in boy’s accidental hanging death

Police and family members said a 10-year-old boy who died by hanging himself from a bunk bed was apparently mimicking the execution of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

Sergio Pelico was found dead Sunday in his apartment bedroom in the Houston-area city of Webster, said Webster police Lt. Tom Claunch. Pelico’s mother told police he had previously watched a news report on Saddam’s death.

The wire story goes on to note that Police investigators learned that Sergio had been upset about not getting a Christmas gift from his father, but they don’t believe the boy intentionally killed himself.

I hope that this tragedy was an accident and that this little boy didn’t believe he was bad and deserved to die.

Jesus Christ gave His life as the ultimate Christmas gift from our Heavenly Father. Do you know Him?