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CFISD’s Sharon Farrah honored by Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame

CFISD’s Sharon Farrah honored by Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame
Associate Athletic Director Sharon Farrah was a WBL first-round pick in 1979 Vype

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The Women’s Professional Basketball League (WBL) only lasted three years, but as the first league, it helped open the doors for others, including the 22-year-old Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), and left a lasting legacy that reaches all across the country.

That reach includes Cypress-Fairbanks ISD and its athletic office. And now even has an enshrined home.

Associate Athletic Director Sharon Farrah was a WBL first-round pick in 1979 following her playing days at the University of Missouri and played in the league’s final two seasons.

The entire league – the first professional women’s basketball league in the United States – was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame as the ninth team or organization to be recognized as “Trailblazers of the Game.” The induction ceremony was held June 9 at the hall’s home in Knoxville, Tenn. In addition to the WBL going into the hall of fame, the Class of 2018 included Tina Thompson, a two-time Olympian who led the Houston Comets to four consecutive WNBA titles, and Katie Smith, the sport’s all-time leading scorer in the United States.

 

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Reynaldo López struck out seven over six scoreless innings, Orlando Arcia homered and the Atlanta Braves won their third straight, 6-2 over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.

López (2-0) allowed four hits and walked one in his third straight sterling outing to start the season.

“It’s like I’ve always said, for me, the important thing is to focus,” López said through an interpreter. “To have the focus during the outings and then, to be able to locate those pitches.”

He has given up one run in 18 innings for an ERA of 0.50.

“He threw the ball really well against a really good hitting club,” Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. “Another solid one.”

Arcia hit a solo home run to left in the second and a sacrifice fly in the seventh.

Luis Guillorme and backup catcher Chadwick Tromp each hit a two-run double in the ninth to put the Braves ahead 6-0.

“Tromp has done a good job ever since we’ve been bringing him in these situations and filling in,” Snitker said. “I’ve got all the confidence in the world in him back there. ... He’s an aggressive hitter. He’s knocked in some big runs for us in the limited time that he’s played.”

Kyle Tucker homered for the Astros leading off the ninth against Aaron Bummer, and Mauricio Dubón had a two-out RBI single to cut the lead to four. After Bummer walked Chas McCormick to put two on, Raisel Iglesias induced a groundout by Victor Caratini to end it and secure his fourth save.

“They pitched well, and our guys are grinding out at-bats,” Houston manager Joe Espada said. “Even in the ninth inning there, we’re grinding, fighting until the end.”

Hunter Brown (0-3) yielded two runs on five hits with three strikeouts and three walks in six innings. Brown allowed nine runs in two-thirds of an inning in his previous start, last Thursday against Kansas City.

Brown said he executed better Tuesday than he had in his previous two starts.

“He mixed all his pitches well,” Espada said. “The breaking ball was effective. He threw some cutters in on the hands to some of those lefties. He mixed his pitches really well. That was a really strong performance.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Braves: 2B Ozzie Albies was placed on the 10-day injured list with a broken right big toe. IF David Fletcher had his contract selected from Triple-A Gwinnett to take Albies’ place on the roster.

Astros: RHP Justin Verlander (right shoulder inflammation) threw a side session Tuesday, but Houston will wait until Wednesday to see how Verlander feels before deciding whether he will make his first start this weekend against the Nationals, Espada said. ... RHP Luis Garcia (right elbow surgery) threw around 20-25 pitches off the bullpen mound, and RHP José Urquidy (right forearm strain) also threw off the mound, Espada said. ... LHP Framber Valdez (left elbow soreness) played catch off flat ground.

UP NEXT

Atlanta LHP Max Fried (1-0, 8.74 ERA) starts Wednesday in the series finale opposite RHP J.P. France (0-2, 8.22).

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