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The 50 Best Boys Athletes in Houston

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As part of our yearly wrap up, VYPE decided to break down who amongst the city of Houston are the best high school athletes. We chose 50 boys and 50 girls, each of whom have excelled on and off their fields of play this season.

Let's get to it.

We already named the Top 50 Girls Athletes, so let's unveil the Top 50 Boys Athletes in all of Houston.

THE LIST

1) Kesean Carter, The Woodlands, Football, Basketball, Track (Texas Tech)

2) Quentin Grimes, College Park, Basketball (Kansas)

3) Jordan Groshans, Magnolia, Baseball (No. 12 Overall Draft Pick, Blue Jays)

4) Malcolm Epps, Dekaney, Football, Basketball (Texas)

5) Jaylen Waddle, Episcopal, Football, Basketball (Alabama)

6) Joseph Ogunbanjo, Alief Taylor, Football, Basketball, Track (Cal)

7) Craig Williams, Crosby, Football, Track (Baylor)

8) Travian Blaylock, Atascocita, Football, Track (Wisconsin)

9) Bryson Jackson, Kingwood Park, Football, Baseball (TCU)

10) Eddie Sumler, Cy-Fair, Football, Track (Houston)

11) Grant Gunnell, St. Pius, Football (Arizona)

12) Devon Achane, FB Marshall, Football, Track

13) Jackson Shearer, The Woodlands, Football, Lacrosse (Air Force)

14) Dru Baker, Tomball Memorial, Football, Baseball (Texas Tech)

15) Gavin Hoffpauir, The Woodlands, Cross-Country, Track (Texas A&M)

16) Chidozie Nwankwo, Foster, Football, Wrestling

17) Jaedon Ledee, Kinkaid, Basketball (Ohio State)

18) Demond Demas, North Forest, Football, Track

19) Clayton Bobo, Stratford, Swimming (Texas A&M)

20) Cole Hammer, Kinkaid, Golf (Texas)

21) Otito Ogbonnia, Katy Taylor, Football, Track (UCLA)

22) Colin Lawler, Kinkaid, Wrestling (North Carolina State)

23) Kam Scott, Manvel, Football, Basketball, Track (Missouri)

24) Daniel Manibog, Katy, Wrestling

25) Miller Kopp, Houston Christian, Basketball (Northwestern)

26) Michael Matus, Katy, Football, Track (Arizona State)

27) Dominick Houston-Shepard, Marshall, Football, Track

28) Jalen Preston, Manvel, Football (Texas A&M)

29) Jose Umana, Elsik, Soccer

30) Anish Sriniketh, Tompkins, Tennis

31) Jamal Bieniemy, Tompkins, Basketball (Oklahoma)

32) Chase Lane, St. Pius, Football, Track

33) Ty Madden, Cy Ranch, Baseball (Texas)

34) Kenneth Bodwin, Stafford, Track

35) Kason Martin, Manvel, Football (North Texas)

36) Peyton Lewis, Cy-Fair, Football, Baseball

37) Chad Bailey, Ridge Point, Football (Missouri)

38) Colin Howard, Concordia Lutheran, Football, Basketball, Track

39) CJ Washington, Tompkins, Basketball (Kennesaw State)

40) Matthew Riedel, Stratford, Golf

41) Cedric Patterson, Crosby, Football, Track (New Mexico)

42) Danny Bonilla, Conroe, Soccer

43) Ben Wong, John Cooper School, Golf (SMU)

44) Shane Sirdashney, The Woodlands, Football, Baseball (UTSA)

45) Daniel Bresko, Kingwood Park, Football, Baseball (Mary Hardin Baylor)

46) Kasen Handal, Tomball, Football, Baseball

47) Matthew Thompson, Cy Ranch, Baseball

48) Jordan Hood, Montgomery, Football, Baseball

49) Greyson Lembcke, Klein, Football, Baseball

50) Kendric Davis, Sam Houston, Basketball (TCU)

This article appears in the June Issue of VYPE Magazine. Pick up your copy at any one of our locations starting next week!

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Sunday afternoon provided a high-res snapshot of the state of Houston sports. The Astros, already assured of the best record in the American League, played a game they didn’t need to win. The Astros won, ho-hum, their 104th win of the season.

Meanwhile, eight miles away, the Texans, mired in last place with fan support dwindling, played a game they really needed to win. The Texans lost 34-24 to the Los Angeles Chargers in front of (giggle) 69,071 fans at NRG Stadium. The Texans really ought to stop saying the stands are packed. Every time a team punts, and cameras follow the ball skyward, there are thousands of empty seats on display. I know the NFL methodology for determining attendance, (total tickets sold, no-shows don’t count) but it just looks silly when the Texans announce 69,000 fans.

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In other words, the Texans have played four games they shoulda/coulda won. Shouda against the Colts, Broncos and Bears, and coulda against the Chargers.

Should/coulda four wins. Instead, none.

That’s the Texans. They’re in every game but can’t close the deal. Yeah, yeah, on Monday we hear, “the Texans are playing hard for coach Lovie Smith” and “they’re competitive” and “they’re a young team.” These are NFL equivalents of a participation trophy.

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Statuesque quarterback David Mills keeps saying “we’re in a good spot” and “we’re improving.” Statuesque as in he doesn’t move – or barely moves to avoid sacks. Sunday saw his first touchdown pass to a wide receiver. He’s now thrown four interceptions in the past two games. Let’s go to the tote board: 5 touchdowns, 4 interceptions, 4 fumbles, 11 sacks, qbr rating 28.5 – good for 28th in the league.

A bright spot, sort of. This was the first week the Texans didn’t cover the spread. They’re now 1-2-1 against Vegas oddsmakers, meaning you’ve won money if you took the Texans all four weeks. They head to Jacksonville next as early 6.5-point underdogs.

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