Shark Attack

New Shadow Creek having hoops success

Shadow Creek may not have much varsity experience, but the Sharks are hungry. Vype

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It’s not often a new high school is born. A chance to build school spirit and create a culture is rare.

In Alvin ISD, that rare opportunity has come along and its name is the Shadow Creek Sharks – a school just nine miles away from the powerhouse, now-rival Manvel High School.

Shadow Creek has long been rumored to be a school that could not only rival but also surpass the athletic excellence in every sport that Manvel has garnered. Granted, the football teams’ first varsity season is just around the corner in late 2017, the basketball team has made some major waves early in the season.

Shadow Creek boy’s basketball finished its inaugural varsity season 3-9 in district play just a year ago. Ironically, you could say they were in a shark tank of 23-5A last season with four of the state’s Top 25 teams in Elkins, Texas City, Manvel and state finalist Marshall Buffs.

For a team with no varsity experience or established culture, it’s safe to say it was an uphill battle. Even Tyron Henry, Shadow Creek senior guard, would agree.

“Last year, we were a young team that just got thrown in the fire and wasn’t ready. It was a tough year,” Henry said. “Now, we have learned from the little things from last year, which can help us win games.”

With only three district wins in 2017, the playoffs weren’t in the cards for the young Sharks, but last season gave signs of the things to come.

A 53-50 win over rival and state- ranked Manvel for the first time in any sport was a great consolation prize for a rough first season.

Shadow Creek started the 2017- 2018 season with a bang, running through some of the best teams in not only the city, but also the state. They defeated Manvel and Marshall – last year’s regional finalist in Region 3 of the UIL Playoffs.

With 10 wins already this season, the Sharks have set the foundation for their best varsity season yet.

According to Henry, he and his teammates don’t expect to just start the season hot, but have bigger goals in mind.

“We expect to keep doing what we’re doing and keep winning games to make it to the playoffs,” Henry said.

The Sharks are ready for the weekly battle inside 23-5A, and are not led by one prolific player, but as a unit.

The ability of skilled guards Elijah Brand and Henry, add the range of Akin Newton and combine the experiences of last year’s inaugural season, District 23-5A could turn into shark bait.

This article appears in the January Issue of VYPE Magazine. Pick up your copy at any one of our locations today!

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Houston's losing streak extended to five games

With key Astros missing, Detroit completes the series sweep

An overall bad day for the Astros on Wednesday. Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

On Wednesday afternoon, the Astros received a big blow to their chances in the series finale against Detroit and potentially longer. Five players: Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Yordan Alvarez, Martin Maldonado, and Robel Garcia would all be moved to the IL due to health and safety protocols, leaving them scrambling to get a whole team together for the game against the Tigers.

The Astros would not be able to overcome both the loss of players and the onslaught of another strong start by Detroit in Wednesday's game which put them too far out front for Houston to come back from to avoid a series sweep.

Final Score: Tigers 6, Astros 4

Astros' Record: 6-6, third in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Michael Fulmer (1-0)

Losing Pitcher: Lance McCullers Jr. (1-1)

Tigers knock out another starter early

Detroit continued their success of making Houston's starter work hard in early innings, getting after Lance McCullers Jr., and giving him an early exit. After a lengthy fist, they broke through in the second getting two hits, a walk, a hit batter, and an RBI groundout to put up three runs on 34 pitches.

He would have a quicker 1-2-3 third, but after giving up a single, a walk, and hitting another batter to load the bases and reach 87 pitches, he would be removed in favor of Joe Smith. Smith would allow all three of the inherited runners to score, adding those runs to McCullers Jr.'s final line: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 87 P.

Astros try to claw back into it

After Smith would go on to load the bases again in the inning, still with two outs, Houston made another pitching change to bring in Brandon Bielak to get the third out and stop the bleeding at 6-0. The Astros would get on the board in the fifth, getting a runner on base to set up a two-run homer by Jason Castro to cut the lead to 6-2.

Bielak remained in the game to try and eat up as many innings as possible. While he continued to hold the Tigers to their six runs through the six innings, the Astros clawed back into the game. In the bottom of the sixth, Houston put their first two batters on base with a walk and single before an RBI-single by Yuli Gurriel to make it 6-3. They would threaten for more but be held there for the time being.

Astros can't cash in, Tigers complete sweep

Ryne Stanek was Houston's next reliever in the top of the seventh, getting a 1-2-3 frame to keep it a three-run game, as did Brooks Raley in the eighth. In the home part of the inning, the Astros put their first two runners on base on an error and a walk, then loaded them with a one-out single by Carlos Correa. They'd waste their chance to make something happen, though, with an inning-ending double-play.

Ryan Pressly, who had no save opportunities in recent games, entered to get some work in the top of the ninth. He worked around a leadoff double for a scoreless inning, sending the 6-3 game to the bottom of the ninth. The Astros had yet another chance to make something happen, loading the bases with no outs to bring the go-ahead run to the plate. After two outs, Yuli Gurriel would bring one run in with a walk, but that's as close as they'd come, extending their losing streak to five games and getting swept by the Tigers.

Up Next: Houston will get a much-needed day off tomorrow to try and leave this poor homestand behind them. They'll pick things up in Seattle on Friday, with first pitch of the opener of three games at 9:10 PM Central. The expected pitching matchup is Jose Urquidy (0-1, 5.23 ERA) for the Astros and Yusei Kikuchi (0-0, 3.75 ERA) for the Mariners.

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