DYNASTY BUILDING: Memorial wins second 6A Team Tennis State Championship

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Mother Nature hasn't been kind in the past week.

A pair of cold fronts that have blown through the state the last week have brought with it blistering winds, diving temperatures and in some cases rain. Those conditions don't bode well for an outdoor sport such as team tennis.

The Memorial Mustangs overcame the first front on Friday when it sat through a pair of weather delays before eventually playing and defeating Seven Lakes 10-5 to punch its 11th-straight ticket to the UIL State Tournament this week in College Station.

With the state semifinals matches set for Wednesday, of course, here came another front. This one postponing the matches to Thursday and forcing whichever teams that would advance to play both rounds of the state tournament on the same day.

Not ideal.

But in the end, Memorial persevered. With a pair of 10-7 victories, the first over Southlake Carroll and the second over Plano West, the Mustangs captured the program's second Class 6A State Championship in the past three seasons. The last time Memorial won a state title before this year was 2017.

With the pair of wins on Thursday, Memorial completes the perfect season going 19-0. The Mustangs will not turn their attention to spring tennis where the program could bring home even more hardware on the individual level.


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HOUSTON – Spring football has become a "right of passage" over the years at North Shore High School as players go head-to-head to prove their worth of making that coveted varsity roster come the fall.

For the first time in his 25 years on campus, Jon Kay is preparing to not have that spring-time event, which for his program plays a vital role.

"[Spring football] is such a huge part of our evaluation process," Kay said. "I've been fooled before by kids in t-shirts and shorts that look awesome. Then when we put the pads on it's a completely different kid. I think you see that at every level."

Currently, the University Interscholastic League has cancelled all activities until May 4, which includes spring football practices, during that time, due to the Coronavirus Outbreak.

North Shore has historically not started until after the regional track meets. But as high school sports continue into this "unchartered territory" the thought of not having spring football at all is turning from a hypothetical into a reality.

"The thing I love about spring football is you're not game-planning, so there's no time wasted to teach specific schemes or anything for an opponent," Kay said. "Everything is fundamentals and the basic pillars of your program. I think you can still do that part early in Fall Camp, but I just don't know if we're going to be able push the kids to the limits we would in the spring."

Even though there is the loss of a maximum of 12 full-contact practices and a total of 18 practices, his team would be missing out on this spring, Kay is looking at it from a different perspective as well – a time to heal.

North Shore enters this spring as the back-to-back defending Class 6A Division I State Champions. In the past two years, the Mustangs have laced it up for 32 football games – 12 playoff bouts and two state title showdowns.

That's a lot of football for 15 to 18-year-old kids.

"I think this is a good opportunity for some of these kids to heal up and get their bodies fresh, especially at our place," Kay said. "I was thinking about Dematrius Davis and Shadrach Banks, who came up as freshmen. Those guys have played 46 games in their career in three years. That's a lot of football. A little bit of down time could be a good thing."


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