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Benitez thrives in first year at North Shore after full circle journey

The philosophy that Benitez has brought back to North Shore has worked. Via VYPE

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HOUSTON – Life is a journey and sometimes just because you leave a place doesn't mean you will never return.

Sam Benitez's coaching journey kind of played out that way as it took him away from North Shore after the 2012-2013 season. Benitez, who had served as an assistant coach under David Green for six seasons, took the top job at Cypress Springs.

When North Shore needed its next head coach Benitez made his return to the East Side.

"It's been great, I feel like it is coming full circle," Benitez said. "I left to have an opportunity to be a head coach and build a foundation as far as a philosophy as a coach. To be able to come back and put that philosophy to the test and seeing we can be successful is great."

The philosophy that Benitez has brought back to North Shore has worked.

It has worked really well.

In his inaugural season as the Mustangs' head coach, North Shore is 23-2 and ranked No. 5 in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Weekly Poll after climbing as high as No. 1 in Texas in the past few weeks.

"I feel like we have a good group of kids that have a chance to be pretty successful," Benitez said. "They bought into what we're preaching and put in a lot of time and effort and we were able to do some things to get off to a pretty hot start."

North Shore rattled off a 19-game winning streak already this year, not losing a game between November 20 and January 15.

"I think we're still a work in progress," Benitez said. "We definitely have some pieces and we've definitely been successful. It just goes to show you can get beat any night. With that in mind we take it with a grain of salt, get back to practice, work on some things that we need to improve on."


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Yates has destroyed the rims in HISD for years. Via Vype

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With the boys' basketball postseason a few short weeks away, it got us thinking. Who is the top hoop troop over the past 20 years?

During that time, 14 teams have won state titles, but only two schools have more than one. You guessed it, Yates (4) and Willowridge (2).

But who was the best team? Did they even win a state title? See the Atascocita Eagles a few years back.

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The State Champs

Cypress Falls – 2015-16

This Cy-Fair ISD team made school history, winning their first-ever hoops title. Led by five starters who were juniors, the Eagles went 35-3 and beat San Antonio Wagner to win state.

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Yates – 2013-14

Fell to Dallas Madison but won state because Madison had an ineligible player.

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North Shore 2013-14

SMU's Jarrey Foster and UT's Kerwin Roach led this squad to a win over Converse Judson, finishing 35-3 on the season.

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Yates – 2012-13

Fell to Dallas Madison but won state because Madison had an ineligible player.

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Terry – 2012-13

One of the best dual-sport athletes in 20 years led Terry to state. Terry? Derrick Griffin was the Championship Game MVP as the Rangers shocked the world. Griffin would later play football and hoops at TSU.

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Travis – 2012-13

The Harrison twins (McDonalds' All-Americans) punched their ticket to state and won the title before heading off to Kentucky.

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Yates – 2009-10

Considered the No. 1 team in the country by several media outlets, this Lions' team could be the best in school history. Joseph Young, Snap Peters and Darius Gardner left a tremendous legacy at 3rd Ward High.

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Bush – 2009-10

Jordan Clark and Darius Richardson led Bush to their first state title. It would be coach Ronnie Courtney's third state title from two different teams.

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Yates – 2008-09

Same three (Young, Peters and Gardner) led the way for the Lions' first title of the 2000s.

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Kingwood -- 2004-05

Nic Wise, the son of legendary Yates coach Greg Wise, won state with buddy Michael Singletary. Wise would move onto Arizona in college.


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