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13 Houston hoopers nominated for McDonald's All-American Games

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HOUSTON, TX – Today, McDonald's is supporting the next generation of basketball talent by unveiling the list of more than 800 top male and female high school seniors from across the country who have been nominated to play in the prestigious 2019 McDonald's All American Games. 13 players – 3 male and 10 female – hail from the GREATER Houston area. The local players nominated for the 2019 Games include:

  • Sahvir Wheeler, Houston Christian School
  • Donovan Williams, Lawrence E. Elkins High School
  • Cody Hunter, Cypress Springs High School
  • Jawain Caston, Alief Taylor High School
  • Ashley Daniel, Lawrence E. Elkins High School
  • Kate Petrovic, Kinkaid High School
  • Dyani Robinson, Langham Creek High School
  • Briley Perkins, Langham Creek High School
  • Kayleigh Troung, Houston Jersey Village High School
  • Kaylynne Troung, Houston Jersey Village High School
  • Sophia Carrasco, Cinco Ranch High School
  • Allie Byrd, Kingwood Park High School
  • Elizabeth Scott, Klein Oak High School
  • Taylor Thomas, Ridge Point High School
  • McKinzie Green, Manvel High School

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If a person isn't a real Houstonian until they have favorite places for staple foods like burgers and Tex-Mex, then Astros pitcher Justin Verlander has officially embraced his new home.

In an interview that occurred during the Thursday, August 11 broadcast of the Astros game against the Texas Rangers, YouTube announcer Scott Braun asked Verlander if he found any food in Houston that he couldn't get in Detroit.

"I like Nancy's Hustle's burger," the pitching ace replied.

Indeed, what's not to like? The Nancy's burger — a double patty cheeseburger with chopped onions, pickles, and aioli on a housemade brioche English muffin — has been a staple since the restaurant opened in late 2017. Here it is, as captured by Houston food influencer Abbas Dhanani.

Beyond its deliciousness, Verlander's affection for the burger makes a certain amount of logistical sense. The EaDo restaurant is only about a mile from Minute Maid Park, and it stays open until 11 pm, making it a perfect post-game treat.

Nancy's co-owner Sean Jensen tells CultureMap that he and chef-owner Jason Vaughan consider Verlander and his wife, supermodel Kate Upton, to be regulars. "They have always been supporters and super nice when they visit," he writes in an email.

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