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Houston-area hoopers reach career marks

Houston-area hoopers reach career marks
Byrd is committed to play soccer at North Texas. Via Vype

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HOUSTON – Ask a player if they ever thought they would hit 1,000 or 2,000 career points?

Most of the time the answer is no.

There are a few marks along the way the players, coaches and teams recognize until the player eventually hits that career mark.

In the past few weeks players across the city of Houston have reached career marks.

Allie Byrd – Kingwood Park

Allie Byrd has been a double double machine her entire career at Kingwood Park.

On December 20 against Willis, Byrd surpassed the mark of 2,000 points, becoming the all-time leader in school history in points.

Before Kingwood Park's game on January 25, Byrd was honored with a commemorative basketball. Following that game, Byrd officially had 2,170 points and 1,649 rebounds in her career.

Byrd is committed to play soccer at North Texas.


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Cristian Javier is in better shape this season. Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images.

As the Astros prepare to play their first game of spring training against the Nationals this Saturday, we're starting to see reports about how the players approached the offseason, and what tweaks they made to improve in the 2024 season.

Cristian Javier is a player Astros fans are hoping bounces back this year, as his ERA jumped from 2.54 in 2022 to 4.56 in 2023. Workload was thought to be one of the main factors causing his regression, he dealt with a dead arm last season and threw more innings than ever before (162).

Another explanation could be the pitch clock. This was another new element all pitchers had to deal with last year, and that also likely played a role in his struggles.

But according to The Athletic's Chandler Rome, Javier believes he was carrying some extra weight last season. Add that to some mechanical issues he was experiencing, and his struggles in 2023 make a lot more sense. And to be fair, he wouldn't be the first person to get a little fat and happy after winning a World Series.

In an effort to get back on track in 2024, Javier said he lost around 15 pounds this offseason. With the pitch clock not going anywhere, pitchers need to be in better cardiac shape than ever before.

Hopefully this modification helps Javier return to form and put up jaw-dropping numbers like he did in 2022. This rotation needs Javier to be the dominate pitcher we all know he's capable of being. With Justin Verlander behind schedule and Framber Valdez trying to bounce back from his own down year, Houston will depend on Javier like never before.

The Astros are certainly counting on it after giving him a 5-year, $64 million contract last season. Javier will definitely be a player to watch this spring.

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