History made on Houston hardwoods

The Klein Forest Golden Eagles made an historic run to the Class 6A state tournament finals.

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WHILE HOUSTON DIDN'T WIN A PUBLIC SCHOOL HOOP TITLE, THERE WERE SOMEHISTORIC MOMENTS ON THE HARDWOOD.

The Klein Forest Golden Eagles made an historic run to the Class 6A state tournament finals. Coach Cary Black had a group of seniors who bought into his program and bonded together for one last run.

Kharee McDaniel earned the Guy V. Lewis Award as the city's top player, running his squad from the point-guard position. Calvin Solomon was the hottest player
in the postseason as the 6-foot-7 hybrid shut down opposing teams' top players and scored from the inside and out.

The Eagles fell short in the finals to Duncanville, but their legacy has been cast as one of the top programs in the city of Houston for their long-time consistency.

North Shore played some blue- collar basketball, living up to their #Eastside-tough mantra. Coach Sam Benitez pushed all the right buttons in his first season for the Mustangs, leading them to the state tournament semis from Region III. Keiman Capers, Bruce Scott and Jalen Means were the headliners, but it was a team built on the pillars of a stingy defense and a relentless effort on offense. It wasn't always pretty but North Shore grinded their way to the state Final Four.

The Jack Yates Lions are a state power under the direction of coach Greg Wise. The "Third-Ward High" squad played their usual game of relentless pressing and fast-breaking offense to throttle opponents to the state semis. Antwon Norman and JoQuarius Valrie led the way for the pride.

In the private school ranks, Houston Christian defended their Southwest Preparatory Conference title from a year ago as highly- coveted Sahvir Wheeler got healthy at the right time to push the Mustangs to the title.


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Carlos Correa had a big home run Saturday night. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

With four wins in a row, including the first two of this series, Houston had a chance to keep their momentum going to lock up a series win on Saturday in this four-game set. Although Texas would make it interesting late, the Astros would hold them off to get the victory.

Final Score: Astros 6, Rangers 5

Astros' Record: 23-17, second in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Luis Garcia (1-3)

Losing Pitcher: Dane Dunning (2-3)

Action in the first

After getting trounced the night prior, the Rangers managed to grab early momentum with a run to start the scoring Saturday night against Luis Garcia. It came after a one-out triple set up a sac fly, giving Texas a 1-0 lead. Houston quickly took control back in their favor, though, putting up four in the bottom of the inning on a two-RBI single by Alex Bregman and a two-run homer by Carlos Correa, making it 4-1 Astros.

The scoreboard went quiet after that inning, with both teams slowing down at the plate. Garcia put together a decent night, allowing just the one run over five innings of work, erasing some runners throughout the night. His final line: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR, 94 P.

Rangers tighten it up late

Bryan Abreu was the first reliever to enter for Houston, taking over for Garcia in the top of the sixth. He worked around a leadoff single, keeping it a three-run game, then returned for a 1-2-3 top of the seventh. Correa led off with a double in the bottom of the inning, setting up a two-run Kyle Tucker homer, extending his recent hot streak and the lead to 6-1.

Ryne Stanek took over on the mound for Houston in the top of the eighth but worked himself into trouble with a single and walk to set up a three-run homer by Joey Gallo to make it a two-run game at 6-4. He would manage just one out before a walk would prompt Dusty Baker to move on to Brandon Bielak. Bielak would allow a run while getting the final two outs, making it 6-5.

Astros secure the series

After a scoreless bottom of the eighth, Ryan Pressly would try to notch another save and close the door on the Rangers. He would get the job done, sitting the Rangers down in order, keeping Houston's winning streak intact.

Up Next: The finale of this four-game set will start at 1:10 PM Central on Sunday. Lance McCullers JR. (3-1, 3.10 ERA), fresh off of a recent gem, will look to continue his success for the Astros, while Kyle Gibson (3-0, 2.28) will try to stay perfect on the season for the Rangers.

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