The Kid

Faltine has Swag to match game

The Texas Longhorn–signee has played with USA Baseball multiple times. Via VYPE

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It's a cool, breezy day in Houston and Sanson Faltine III (better known as Trey) leans back, stretches his arms out on the metal bench and smiles from ear to ear.

With his Team USA jersey on, a red Fort Bend Travis hat propped up and slightly tilted on the top of his black curly hair, the kid is having fun.

Faltine is always having fun. It's baseball, why not?

"A lot of times kids in high school worry so much about getting recruited and being the best player that they forget about having fun," Faltine said. "I had friends growing up who were way better athletes than I was. They threw farther, hit farther but the process wasn't fun for them. I think that's what a lot of kids lose when they grow up."

With the fun he's had during his time at Fort Bend Travis has come a lot of success on the diamond. Faltine, who is considered by Texas baseball coach David Pierce as one of the "best two-way players in the country," hasn't gone unnoticed.

The Texas Longhorn–signee has played with USA Baseball multiple times, including going to Panama this past fall, where he helped USA win gold on the field and his teammates off of it.

"We would go to the hotel and the maids would come in asking if we needed anything. No one understood, so I had to go to everyone's room asking what they needed," said Faltine, who speaks Spanish. "Towels, shampoo, stuff like that. I got to work on my Spanish a little bit. Meet new people."

Following that experience, Faltine fulfilled a lifelong dream of signing with the Texas Longhorns in December.


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LONE STAR CUP STANDINGS

2018-2019 UIL Lone Star Cup winners announced

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AUSTIN, Texas – The University Interscholastic League announced the six winners of the 2018-19 UIL Lone Star Cup on Monday.

Southlake Carroll returned to the top of its class in Conference 6A, winning its seventh overall UIL Lone Star Cup. The Dragons won state championships in girls and boys swimming & diving, girls soccer and baseball, and placed teams in the top five at state in girls and boys cross-country, girls golf and spirit. The seventh Cup victory places the Dragons in a tie for third-most UIL Lone Star Cup wins.

In Conference 5A, Dallas Highland Park extended its lead of the most all-time UIL Lone Star Cup victories with its 11thwin. The Scots earned 124 points (tied with Argyle for most of any school in 2018-19) with state championships in football, girls soccer, boys golf and team tennis. Dallas Highland Park also had state bronze medal winners in academics, boys wrestling and boys swimming & diving.

Argyle extended its record streak by earning its eighth consecutive UIL Lone Star Cup victory. The Conference 4A winner took home state championships in academics, girls basketball and baseball, and earned state runners-up in marching band and boys golf. The win gives the Eagles a total of 10 Cup victories, which is the second most all-time.

Brock went back-to-back, winning its second consecutive UIL Lone Star Cup in Conference 3A. The Eagles were state silver medalists in boys basketball, state semifinalists in softball and made deep playoff runs in football, volleyball, girls basketball and baseball. This is the third time in school history that Brock has won back-to-back UIL Lone Star Cups (2009-10, 2015-16, 2018-19).

Mason captured its second UIL Lone Star Cup victory with a school-record 76 points in Conference 2A. The Punchers were state champions in football, state semifinalists in girls basketball and earned points for the most match wins at state tennis. Mason also earned points in academics by winning district, region and placing fifth at state.

In Conference 1A, Nazareth earned its third-consecutive UIL Lone State Cup. With a state championship in girls basketball, state semifinalist in boys basketball and third-place state team in girls cross-country, the Swifts earned 62 total points in 2018-19. Nazareth's academics, tennis, football and baseball teams also contributed points toward the victory.

The UIL Lone Star Cup recognizes six high schools (one in each of the six UIL conferences) based on their overall team achievement in a variety of sanctioned academic, athletic and music championships. All UIL member high schools in good standing are included for contention for the UIL Lone Star Cup. Trophy presentations will take place in the fall at events chosen by the winning schools.

The UIL Lone Star Cup program began during the 1997-98 school year.

Continue on Vype to see the Top 25 schools in each conference for this year's UIL Lone Star Cup standings.

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