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Atascocita girls hoops celebrate two-straight district crowns

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HOUSTON – With 0.82 seconds remaining on the clock, a 10-point lead in hand, Veronica Johnson turned towards her bench and walked down it fist-bumping every coach and player along the way.

Johnson could finally breath.

The 47-34 victory against rival-Summer Creek on Tuesday locked up the program's second-straight district championship and 32nd-straight district victory.

"This is awesome," Johnson said. "For this to be year four and for this senior class to be year four. They remind me all the time I'm a senior with them. It's been fun. These girls have never backed down or shied away from anything I was trying to do.

"This group of seniors they talk about the legacy they want to leave here and they have done just that to leave this legacy."

One of those seniors is University of Incarnate Word signee Brittney Stafford.

Stafford, who has played all four years on varsity at Atascocita, including being a captain since her sophomore campaign, has watched how this program has built up.

"When I arrived it was very difficult," Stafford said. "Sophomore year was more of a learning lesson for all of us. Coach, the team and we just built. We knew sophomore year was our building year. We wanted more. We had a goal in mind that sophomore year to be driven, to work harder, to be that team to do the impossible and make history. My junior year we did that and now our dreams are getting bigger."


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NASCAR heads to Thunder Valley on Sunday for the Food City 500. This will be the first short track race of the season as the guys will make a quick turnaround after running their second race at Charlotte on Thursday. This track is easily one of the most intense and high intensity type racetracks on the schedule. It's a 0.5 mile one groove race track with twenty-six degrees of banking in the corners. Its layout is similar to the nearby Nashville Fairgrounds.

This track is known for its close quarter beatin' and bangin' type racing, so there's a good chance that somewhere along the line someone will put the bumper to someone else which could cause upset drivers at the end of the race. The one thing I am looking forward to during this race is the return of the 750 horsepower package. Over the last couple of years this has provided the best finishes of the season including a fantastic battle between Denny Hamlin and Matt DiBenedetto last fall. Should Mother Nature cooperate this race will definitely be a good one.

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Later, when it seemed like Kevin Harvick was able to get away with twenty-eight to go, Chase Elliott took over the lead and never looked back as he went on to take the victory. It was finally sweet redemption for NASCAR's most popular driver. After the heartbreak of the 600 and Darlington, lady luck finally smiled upon the #9 Camaro. With the victory, Chase and his team proved that they are a force to be reckoned with all throughout the 2020 season.

While Elliott might have taken most of the spotlight, a driver that had a great result was Ricky Stenhouse Jr as he went on to finish 4th. When the teams got to Daytona, things seemed promising for the Mississippi driver as he won the pole for the 500 and seemed to be in contention, but late in the race things went haywire after crashing entering pit-road ending his chances. As the season went on the struggles continued. His average finish over the last five races would be 22nd including a disastrous lap one crash in the return race at Darlington.

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