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Elsik boys soccer is ready to rise to the top again in 2019

Elsik is entering unchartered waters in 2019. Via Vype

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VINCENZO COX VIEWS HIS TEAM JUST LIKE HOW A CAR COMPANY EVALUATES ITS TOP-SELLING MODEL.

The car design is ahead of its time, it's winning multiple national awards and everyone wants it. While all that is going on, in the back of their minds, the company is already working on and improving its next model.

Cox is working on his next model of Alief Elsik boy's soccer.

"You want to be that car of the year," Cox, the head coach of the 2018 Class 6A Boys State Soccer Champions, said. "To do that you have to enjoy what's going on the outside of the car but you still have to make sure that the car is the finished product. So, you have to constantly watch and improve."

Elsik is entering unchartered waters in 2019 – playing as defending state and national champions.

But no one is or wanting to talk about last year.

"What happened last year was last year," Elsik junior Andrei Aguirre said. "Now it's our turn for us to make our own chapter, write our own story."

"This is a new team," Elsik junior Mayno Linares added. "It starts all over again."


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As things continue to relax as far as the COVID-19 pandemic is concerned, a return to a semblance of normalcy seems imminent. The NBA has some parameters in place for a potential return. Training camps are set to open late this month and the season is supposed to open July 31. Whether that's the rumored Disney-centered one-stop shop or another form, they have a plan in place to return. There's also no argument between the league and players going back and forth about money either (MLB could learn a lesson here).

So when it comes to the potential return, how does that fare for the local team? The Rockets were 40-24 and tied for the fifth seed in the West when the season was shut down. Since they're getting ready to return potentially, we need to be looking at what chances they may have in making a run in the playoffs towards an NBA title.



Harden's new physique

According to his new trainer, James Harden has done more cardio workouts and lost some weight. Specifically, he's done more football player workouts as opposed to basketball player workouts. There was a pic of Harden floating around showing an obvious loss of weight. His new-found cardio and weight loss could mean more late-game and late-season success for Harden and the Rockets.

Westbrook's edge

Russell Westbrook has a competitive fire that can't be put out. It's like one of those never-ending burning torches you see at monuments. He wants nothing more than to prove he's a winner on a high level. Given that he's reunited with a long time friend in Harden, his competitive nature could help fill the gap where Harden may lack. These two have proven they can coexist very well this season. Now could be their time to take surge.

Small-ball

When the Rockets traded Clint Capela, they fully committed to small-ball. There were times they didn't have a guy in the lineup over 6'5. The tallest guy that gets regular time is roughly 6'8. The smaller, quicker lineup is an advantage on the offensive end, but can be a huge liability on the defensive end. Given the stoppage and restart of the season, it could help them. Suppose other teams are sluggish and can't get their chemistry straight. Houston's advantage is that they go through one or two guys and eat off their shooting. Shooting can be worked on during times like these, whereas other aspects of your game can't.


I'm not saying the Rockets have a built-in advantage, but they have as good a shot as they've ever had in the past. The field is wide open to any team that's in the playoff hunt. No team will have a built-in advantage over others. With the Rockets' unique brand of ball, they may be able to make a run at a title this season. Couple that with Harden's weight loss and Westbrook's competitive nature, it could be very interesting. Whenever the NBA comes back this season, which I believe they will, I think this team has a legit shot at winning it all.

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