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All in the family: Peavy trio makes it a special time at Dekaney

Dekaney’s Micah Peavy. Photo by Diana Porter

Originally appeared on Vype.com.

It was always his dream to get the opportunity to coach his sons. David Peavy – who is in his third year at Dekaney High School – enters his second season of getting to do just that. DJ is a senior, while Micah enters his sophomore campaign.

“It’s really unbelievable,” David said. “It’s something I been wanting to do since I started coaching.”

In 2014, DJ was a freshman at Steele High School in San Antonio and was the starting point guard. Sitting in the stands watching was David.

David had stepped back from coaching for the year and was serving as the athletic director of Akins High School in Austin.

Following his freshman season, DJ approached his dad about coaching him in high school.

The duo headed east to Houston and landed at Dekaney High School. This gave them the father- son, coach-player combo they had dreamed of.

“Playing for my dad can be hard at times but at the end of the day I know he wants the best for me,” DJ said. “And both of us are trying to do the same thing – win.”

Since the 2015-2016 season, David and DJ have been together on the court. Last year Micah moved up to the high school level and joined the group.

“Being able to have my dad and brother as my biggest supporters and my biggest critics makes me even better,” DJ said. “That is the best part to me.”

Last season for Dekaney, DJ averaged 14.5 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. DJ only trailed University of Texas football commit Malcolm Epps in points per game and was fourth on the team in rebounds.

DJ recently committed to Mercer to continue his basketball career.

“Whenever I went on my visit to Mercer I felt it was a perfect fit,” DJ said. “Love the style of play, opportunity to play right away and a chance to win.”

With this being DJ’s senior year, David said he is happy with where he is at heading into it.

“I don’t know what it is going to be like when we start getting a little closer to the end,” David said. “Everything just feels good. I feel comfortable with his development as a player and as a young man to this point.

I’m excited for him in his senior year that he has a chance to do something special here at Dekaney.”

Despite this being his last year and already committed to play college basketball, DJ said he still sees things he needs to improve on.

“I have to improve being a better vocal leader,” DJ said. “The past two years we had people who were, and now I have to step up and be that guy for the team.”

When asked about his ultimate goal for his senior year, the answer just took three words.

“To win state,” DJ said.

This article appeared in the October Issue of VYPE Magazine. Pick up your copy today!

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With three impressive wins to start this series against the once AL-leading Chicago White Sox, Houston tried to extend their winning streak to seven games and finish a four-game sweep on Father's Day. Thanks to a big inning against former-Astro Dallas Keuchel, they would win to keep their hot streak going.

Final Score: Astros 8, White Sox 2

Astros' Record: 43-28, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Lance McCullers Jr. (4-1)

Losing Pitcher: Dallas Keuchel (6-2)

Rough return to Houston for Keuchel

In his first game against his old squad, Dallas Keuchel would not have a memorable start on the mound for Chicago. Houston made him labor in the first inning, loading the bases though they only came away with one run on an RBI single by Abraham Toro, grabbing the early 1-0 lead. After going down 1-2-3 in the second, they got after Keuchel again in the third.

They ended up batting around against him that inning, including a two-RBI single by Yordan Alvarez, RBI double by Taylor Jones, and bases-loaded RBI-walk by Jose Altuve, which would end Keuchel's day very early and leave the bases juiced. Chicago's bullpen would walk another batter to give Keuchel another earned run, making it a 6-2 game, with all six going against the former Houston ace. Carlos Correa extended the lead to five runs in the next inning, hitting a leadoff solo home run to make it 7-2.

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That gave Lance McCullers Jr. a nice lead to work with, and he managed it well. He had one big mistake in the early goings of the game, giving up a one-out single in the second to set up a two-run home run, which at the time put Chicago in front 2-1 before Houston's offense came alive. He followed that up with four scoreless innings, erasing a walk in each with some tremendous defense behind him—his final line: 6.0 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 94 P.

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Still a six-run game in the top of the seventh, Blake Taylor entered as the first reliever out of Houston's bullpen, tossing a 1-2-3 frame. He continued in the top of the eighth, getting two strikeouts in another scoreless inning. The 8-2 score would go final as Ralph Garza Jr. would enter as the third pitcher of the day to wrap things up with a scoreless top of the ninth to finish the four-game sweep. The win, their seventh straight, paired with an Oakland loss earlier in the afternoon, moves Houston into the top spot in the AL West based on winning percentage.

Up Next: This long stretch of consecutive games continues on Monday in Baltimore, as the Astros pick up a seven-game road trip starting with a three-game set against Baltimore getting underway at 6:05 PM Central. Jake Odorizzi (1-3, 5.68 ERA) will get the start for Houston, going opposite of Keegan Akin (0-2, 5.76 ERA) for the Orioles.

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